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letters, is alone permitted to give them sanction and currency. This ought not however to discourage him ; for fome will receive them, and profit by them, so far as what he has written may convey the mind of the Spirit, and borrow. a living influence from the revealede testimonies of his will. And the objection of their being chiefly patronized by the poor and illiterate, is, he conceives, no real diminution of their value, and no admiffible plea for rejecting them, so long as they live in the Bible, and are recommended by their happy influence on thousands ;, some of whom, we may add, are persons, of distinguished eminence in the literary world. It is some fatisfaction too, to reflect, that what has the authority of this book can never be rendered contemptible in the eyes of true wisdom, however insignificant the writer, and wants not the commendation of other wisdom to give it approbation with God, or credit with his Saints : But, he will venture further to add, that so far as this is the case with the following: Sections, however they may be repugnant to the prevailing spirit and maxims of the world, by whose opinion multitudes find it convenient and beneficial to be ruled, to reject them is to deny them, and to deny them to despise Him whose truths they are, and who is bound to see them fulfilled for the preservation of his own honour and dignity, whether the finner will believe and respect them or not. Let the scorner take care then, not how he flight the writer, but how he treat with indifference and contempt what is written, which has the countenance of the lively Oracles of God; for if this conduct be not chargeable with a fa nality, the Bible is a vague, indeterminate b the infidel juftifiable in difcarding it.
The notes which occur it was hoped migh relieve the mind under the tedious fameness o and answer, and at the same time illustrate an the several subjects they contain ; and the ne and then of texts in the original language of tures, the author hopes will not be deemed u pedantry and useless affectation, as they may then elucidate fome Scriptures to the comn without perplexing him.--The remarks on I tism at the close, as they were designed to si of this description, are attempted in a brief, form; and he flatters himself will be found fome of the leading arguments in favour of th without giving the smallest offence to his the contrary persuasion : an infelicity he wo! willing and sorry to occasion, and as glad to
As to the free use of the Book of Commo and other detached parts of the Extablished ( occurs by way of support and vindication of th principles to some of this Communion : ar perhaps suffice for an apology, to those who m. one, that the Providence of God had called h bour among perfons of this description, and is that his labours have been chiefly useful. A to acknowledge also, that the line of separation
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observe this is bis freccent rekersces 3 sen, a quotations from then; how she nga sentiments are jiffed spa the foctisg e ces mas profesion, and how little czuk be bas is 22 ae 2ninaiors of them by be back of their am. ! bliod, bigored attackses, however, to the word ceremonies of this Church, which has no longer in tion or plea bar cafton adás, a star fofer u to profit equally withere does, bei ferved, he thinks, with each secara. Sua a tachmeat he conceives to be as oppose so the a Chritian, wat isinical to the increase dra. >> ligion, as sepageart to reka aai pi 22.
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if this conduct be not chargeable with a fatal criminality, the Bible is a vague, indeterminate book, and the infidel justifiable in discarding it.
The notes which occur it was hoped might help to relieve the mind under the tedious fameness of question and answer, and at the same time illustrate and enforce the several subjects they contain ; and the notice now and then of texts in the original language of the Scriptures, the author hopes will not be deemed unnecessary pedantry and useless-affectation, as they may now and then elucidate fome Scriptures to the common reader without perplexing him.-The remarks on Infant Baptism at the close, as they were designed to suit persons of this description, are attempted in a brief, intelligible form; and he Patters himself will be found to contain fome of the leading arguments in favour of this practice, without giving the smallest offence to his brethren of the contrary persuafion : an infelicity he would be unwilling and sorry to occasion, and as glad to avoid.
As to the free use of the Book of Common Prayer, and other detached parts of the Etablished Church, it occurs by way of support and vindication of the author's principles to some of this Communion : and it may perhaps suffice for an apology, to those who may expect one, that the Providence of God had called him to la. bour among perfons of this description, and to such it is that his labours have been chiefly useful. He is free to acknowledge also, that the line of separation between
us, does not, at present, appear to him to be of so much importance, as to require an irreconcileable distance from that Church, much less an illiberal abuse of it. Tho' he be known under the denomination of a Difsenter, he does not think' himself called to be a fierce one: and to be able to make that distinction fubferve the interest of Chrift, from the principles on which an aspired Apostle acted (1 Cor. ix. 20.) is, in his opinion, an acquisition worth coveting. The form of found words, contained in the Liturgy, &c. have the author's perfect approbation, and his readers, who may constantly use them in their worship, will be able to observe this in his frequent references to them, and quotations from them; how much also, his leading sentiments are justified upon the footing of their own profession, and how little cause he has to fear an examination of them by the book of their own faith. A blind, bigoted attachment, however, to the forms and ceremonies of this Church, which has no support, fanction or plea but custom and use, and which will not suffer us to profit equally without them, he has obferved, he thinks, with much concern. Such an attachment he conceives to be as oppofite to the spirit of a Chriftian, and inimical to the increase of real religion, as it is repugnant to reason and good sense: and a wish to suppress its pernicious influence, fuggested the expedient of making quotations from them, and subjoining some remarks upon them. He is fenfible, if this were effected, one great and successful en