True Christianity: The Doctrine of Dispensations in the Thought of John William Fletcher (1729-1785)

True Christianity: The Doctrine of Dispensations in the Thought of John William Fletcher (1729-1785)

by J. Russell Frazier

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John William Fletcher (1729-1785) was a seminal theologian during the early methodist movement and the Church of England in the eighteenth century. Best known for the Checks to Antinomianism, he worked out a theology of history to defend the church against the encroachment of antinomianism as a polemic against hyper-Calvinism, whose system of divine fiat and finished salvation, Fletcher believed, did not take seriously enough either the activity of God in salvation history or an individual believer's personal progress in salvation. Fletcher made the doctrine of accommodation a unifying principle of his theological system and further developed the doctrine of divine accommodation into a theology of ministry. As God accommodated divine revelation to the frailties of human beings, ministers of the gospel must accommodate the gospel to their hearers in order to gain a hearing for the gospel without losing the goal of true Christianity. This book contains insights for pastors, missionaries, and Christian thinkers on true Christianity from Fletcher, who devoted himself, according to Wesley, to being an altogether Christian.

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ISBN-13: 9781630873394
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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About the Author

J. Russell Frazier (PhD, University of Manchester) has served as a pastor for over twenty years and was a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene for over seven years. He serves as an adjunct professor for Central Christian College and Ohio Christian University.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

List of Abbreviations xviii

Introduction 1

1 The Milieu of Fletchers Theology 9

2 God of Nature and of Grace: Theological Foundations for the Doctrine of Dispensations 35

3 The Doctrine of Dispensations: An Overview 58

4 The Dispensation of the Father 99

5 The Dispensation of the Son 120

6 The Dispensation of the Spirit 158

Conclusion 211

Bibliography 223

Subjects and Names Index 279

Scripture Index 295

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