Intro

This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Must We Use Scriptural Terms?

QUESTION: Must we not use Scriptural terms in order to enter into any desired state of grace?

ANSWER: God can save a person grossly ignorant of such terms as he saved an Indian squaw convicted of sin who thought she must pray in English to the white man's God. She repeated the only two English words she knew, September and October, till she was assured of forgiveness by the witness of the Spirit. But if any well instructed person is ashamed of the words of Christ descriptive of any state of Christian experience he not only cannot enter into that grace, but it is said "of him will I be ashamed." Yet when perfection, or holiness, or perfect love, is confessed we should be studiously cautious to do it in such a way as to glorify God and not ourselves. A failure to do this has brought much needless reproach upon a good cause.

— from Steele's Answers pp. 47, 48.