1 Solemnly we now confess,
The Lord our Portion is;
He, our Joy and Righteousness,
Whilst we are aver his:
Dead with Jesus, freed from Sin,
We rise with him for ever free;
Now with him are enter'd in,
Where we his Glory see.
2 Human Nature's reconcil'd
To God, the Judge of all;
In which Nature ev'ry Child
Restor'd from Adam's Fall,
Bears his Father's sacred name,
New-born his Likeness from Above,
Joint-Partaker with the Lamb
Of all his Nature, Love.
James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ.
He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >