Richard Vines on cleansing our hands

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A corrupt and wicked life argues a man to be a stranger to God, and God him; for otherwise a man might draw nigh to God, and have unclean hands too, which the Text [James 4:8] supposes that it cannot be. That power which draws a man into acquaintance with God, doth proportionably kill sin.

That power which flows from God in acquaintance with a man, kills sin too: whether I go out to the sun, or the sun come in to me, the darkness is expelled: sin hath not dominion over them that are under grace, Rom. 6. 14. the knowledge of God sets a man loose from his bondage to the enslaving lusts he before served, ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free, John 8. 32. draw nigh to God, and be unclean if you can. That faith which is uniting to Christ, is a purifying faith; rebellion against the Commandments of God, is inconsistent with communion with God; you may fast, and pray, and ask, that you may consume upon your lusts, ver. 4. like a cutpurse in a Church, who comes not thither to seek God, but his prey. ...

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