Live Without Sin! It Cannot Be!

Live without sin! It cannot be!

Author: Charles Wesley
Tune: [Stand up for Jesus, Christian, stand] (Hull)
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1 Live without sin! It cannot be!
This the enormous mountain stands,
The grand impossibility,
The hindrance to our Lord’s commands!
But when the God of perfect love,
To build His Church, appears again,
Th’enormous mountain shall remove,
And sink, and flow into a plain.

2 By faith we see our Lord descend,
And every obstacle give place:
He comes, He comes, our sin to end,
With the omnipotence of grace!
He comes, He comes, His house to build,
He bids the inbred bar depart:
And tempted then, we cannot yield,
We cannot sin, when pure in heart.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10648

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Live without sin! It cannot be!
Title: Live Without Sin! It Cannot Be!
Author: Charles Wesley
Source: Short Hymns, Vol. II (Bristol, England: E. Farley, 1762)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


[Stand up for Jesus, Christian, stand] (Hull)

In the Himnario Adventista the refrain is first, in the other hymnals the verse is first. The tune is the same.

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