A Criticism of Dr. James Mudge's "Growth in Holiness Toward Perfection"
DANIEL STEELE, D.D.
AUTHOR OF "LOVE ENTHRONED;" "MILESTONE PAPERS;" "HALF HOURS
WITH ST. PAUL;" COMMENTARIES ON LEVITICUS, NUMBERS, AND
JOSHUA; "BINNEY'S THEOLOGICAL COMPEND IMPROVED;"
AND "ANTINOMIANISM REVIVED; OR THE THEOLOGY
OF THE SO-CALLED PLYMOUTH BRETHREN
EXAMINED AND REFUTED"
NEW YORK: HUNT & EASTON
CINCINNATI; CRANSTON & CURTIS
Copyright by HUNT & EATON, 1896.
[This text is in the public domain. Text scanning and formatting by Craig L. Adams.]
"A man that is not a thorough friend to Christian perfection will easily puzzle others, and thereby weaken, if not destroy, any select society." — John Wesley's last recorded utterance on Christian perfection, made in the year of his death, 1791.
EDITOR'S NOTES: I feel very fortunate to have acquired a copy of this book many years ago, though it was in terrible condition. It was quite yellowed, and looked as if something was spilled on it long, long ago! And, I'm afraid, my efforts in scanning it destroyed its binding. That's why I speak of the book in the past tense. But, at least, the text is preserved.
Steele wrote this book to refute Dr. James Mudge's book Growth in Holiness Toward Perfection. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of that book — and can only gather the threads of Mudge's argument from Steele's refutation. Nevertheless, several interesting arguments are advanced about the disputed points. The book itself is rather brief and many of the chapters are quite brief. It is not hard to grasp the gist of the controversy. The only change I have made in this text is the occasional use of blockquotes for some of Steele's longer quotations. Readers can decide for themselves whether Steele is back-peddling here about the "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" language commonly used in the Holiness movement — and in his own previous books.
The chapters of this book may be viewed online, either by using the hyperlink Table of Contents below or by using the navigation bar on the right.
— Craig L. Adams
I. The Title and the Contents
II. A Fundamental of Methodism
III. Definition Defined
IV. The Great Fallacy of the Book
V. Definition of Holiness
VI. Depravity Defined
VII. Native Depravity and the Law
VIII. Definition of Sin
IX. Cleansing Means Empowering
X. Christian Perfection not in the Articles of Religion
XI. Christian Perfection not Ideal
XII. Sanctification up to Knowledge
XIII. Evidence of Entire Sanctification
- Not Conscious of Quiescent States
- The Spirit Gives no Testimony to Perfected Holiness
XV. Discrediting the Witnesses
XVI. All the Saved are Sanctified
XVII. Sanctified Parents of Depraved Children
XIX. Love and Perfect Love the Same
XX. No Distinct Classes in the New Testament
XXI. A Kind of Second Blessing Needed by the Church
XXII. Retrocession a Prerequisite of Sanctification
XXIII. Entire Sanctification a Limit to Growth
XXIV. Irrelevant Proof Texts
XXV. No Sins of Ignorance
XXVI. The Absolute Right Unknown to the Masses
XXVII. Subjective Purification
XXVIII. The Author's Experience
XXIX. Baptism With the Holy Ghost
XXX. Sanctification Instantaneous and Entire
XXXI. Genesis of the Doctrine of Entire Sanctification
XXXII. A Cloudy Outlook
XXXIII. A Sunny Outlook
- Faithful Preaching
- Saving Faith
- Direct Witness of the Spirit
- Reinstatement of Christian Perfection in the Pulpit