The Canaanite Exterminated
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A Practical Treatise on Present and Entire Sanctification
In The Canaanite Exterminated, United Brethren in Christ pastor and author Chester Briggs refers repeatedly to Phoebe Palmers influential 1843 book, The Way of Holiness, as well as to the writings of Prof. Thomas Upham (Inward Divine Guidance; Religious Maxims), Madame Guyon and Fenelon, all significant to the American Holiness Movement. Although he was a contemporary of Palmer and Upham, his style and terminology in this volume soon confirm that, while they agreed with and experienced the entire sanctification that Wesley preached, Briggs and the Brethren did not descend from the Methodist Churchs lineage, as did many other holiness writers of his day. He echoes much of Palmers altar theology in obtaining sanctification, sharing her insistence to do it now. However, he goes into considerably greater detail than she in what would come to be called in the twentieth century, dying out. He uses the term crucifixion. Employing the oft-repeated biblical type of crossing the Jordan River into Canaan as symbolical of being sanctified, he refers to this death of the old man as exterminating the Canaanites: These battles will be between the life of sense, and the life of faith; between the various effects of the fall yet remaining, and the Spirit. He urges readers to persevere, no matter how long it takes for the Holy Spirit to rid them of the Canaanites and until they have the assurance in their heart. (Half a century later the concept would reverberate in W.B. Godbeys book Deeper Things.) Code 6467; 244 Pages.
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