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A Plain Way of Stating It
Here is a sentiment from a man of God, who was never thought to be either fanatical or heterodoxical: “Any man who does not desire Christian perfection, and who does not constantly make it his aim to attain it, may set it down as demonstrably certain that he has no true religion.”
These are the words of Albert Barnes. We hardly know of any more emphatic or radical statement concerning Christian perfection than this. Had it come from some modern preacher of holiness, or “high priest of sanctification,” it would have been thought extremely ultra, and inexcusably uncharitable.
— February, 1880 —