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try.Lest it should be supposed, however, that those, who adopt this worship, have really been impious, let it be remarked, that Dr. Priestly himself expressly says, he considers the principles of Calvinism, us generally favourable to that leading virtue, Devotion ; even an habitual and animated Devotion.” Another Writer* also, no way favourable to these principles, says, in the British Encyclopedia, “If we consider the character of the Calvinists,” (whom he mentions together with several others) “ when compared with that of their antagonists; we shall find, that they have excelled in no small degree in the practice of the most rigid and respectable virtues; and have been the highest honour of their own ages, and the best model for imitation to every age succeeding." But Calvinists to a man, have been worshippers of Christ : as have also been alınost all other members of the Church universal; and to this idolatry, if it be just, the Scriptures have led them. Of course the guilt of leading mankind into that gross sin is, on this scheme, chargeable to the Prophets and Apostles. But can the Prophets and Apostles have led mankind into the abominable sin of idolatry ? Can the principles, which lead to idolatry, be favourable to habitual and animated devotion? Can the men, who have excelled in the practice of the most rigid and respectable virtues; who have been the highest honour to their own age, and the best models for imitation to succeeding ages; have been regularly guilty of this sin? Can the system, which asserts, or involves, these things, be truth?

Can all, or any of, the things, which I have asserted concerning Christ from the Scriptures, be true of a man; or of any created being? Can a man, can an angel, be the First Cause, or Last End, the Preserver, Proprietor, Possessor, and Ruler, of all things? Can a creature be the brightness of the Father's glory, and the exdress Image of his person ; the Light of the world, the Propitiation for sin, the Saviour of mankind, or the Object of religious worship? Can any religious man, on a death-hed, say, “ Gabriel receive my spirit ?or “ Lay not the sin of my murderers to their charge? Can Gabriel give life, raise the dead, or bestow immortal life? Can he judge the world, reward the righteous and the wicked, or be the glory, light, and temple, of heaven? What would be the impression, were a minister of the Gospel to say, I Baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of Gabriel, and of the Holy Ghost? or the Grace of Gabriel, the Love of God, the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen? Would not these things beyond measure shock the minds of a Christian Assembly, as the most palpable blasphemy? Was there ever a minister, even an Arian, or a Socinian, who could bring himself thus to speak in such an Assembly? Would not this be, not merely comparing, or likening, one of the Angels to JEHOVAH, but placing him on the same level? Yet these things are said of Christ. * Robert Forsythe, Esq.

+ Article Predestination.

Why are they said of him, if his nature be like that of Gabriel! Why are they seemingly said? Was it not perfectly easy for the Omniscient God to have said, if he chose to say it, that Christ was a mere man, or a mere creature ? and so to have said this, that it would not have been misunderstood even by the plainest man? Did he not understand language sufficiently? 'Has it not been said in such a manner, as to be intelligible to all men, by Arius, Socinus, Zuicker, Price, Priestly, Belsham, and many others? Did any man ever mistrust, that they have not said it? Was not Jehovah more interested to say it, if it is true, than they were ? and so to say it, as to be easily, generally, and certainly understood? Was he not more able? Did he not foresee all the doubts, difficulties, errors, misconstructions, and consequent sins and idolatries, if they have indeed been misconstructions and idolatries, arising from unhappy language, used in the Scriptures? Have not the Prophets who spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost : have not the Apostles, who spake the things freely given to them of God, not in the words which man's wisdom taught, but which the Holy Ghost taught ; ex. pressed the mind of God on this subject, and every other

, in the very manner, chosen by God himself? Has not his infinite faith fulness and mercy, then, sufficiently guarded every honest mind against this erroneous sin?

But if Christ be not the true God, the great body of Christians have, in every age of the Church, wholly misunderstood the Scriptures concerning this most important doctrine, and mistaken, intinitely, the real character of their Saviour. Of course, the Scrip. tures have been so written, as that the natural interpretation of them is a source of total and dreadful error; even of that, which they themselves denounce in terms of the highest reprobation ; viz. idolatry. For the interpretation, which has been given them by the great body of Christians, in every age and country in which they have existed, is beyond a controversy the natural interpretation. That men, who first make a philosophical system of religion, and then endeavour to reconcile the Scriptures to it, should understand them falsely, cannot be wondered at; but that they should be falsely understood by the great body of mankind, who for their religion come to them only; and yet the way of holiness be stills highway, in which wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err; is a position, which is yet to be explained.

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