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PREFACE.

IF
F the Writer of the following Pages had not

believed that the interests of Morality are materially involved in this controversy, he would not have recommended his thoughts upon it to the notice of the public. The immoral tendency of the Restoration System is shewn in the course of this work.

One of the most important doctrines of Christianity, the doctrine of Atonement, has no place in the Universalist's creed, if confiftency be regarded. It cannot be reconciled with his doctrine of corrective punishment. Mr. Weaver observes, “ Divine justice is that perfection in God, by « which he endeavours continually to make all

intelligences just.”+ According to this representation, justice does not look backward, and punish .according to the deeds done in the body;' but forward, and disposes of her stripes in the way best calculated to correct the moral pravity of the mind. In this system, therefore, the doctrine of guilt has no place : no man need apply for redemption through the blood of Christ, the forgiveness of fins,' Eph. i. 7, but merely for the renewing of the Holy Ghost,' Titus iii. 5; fince the recovery of the mind to virtue is the great point to which the exercise of divine justice is directed. If the Blood of Atonement be not

counted, † Endless Misery overthrown, p. 9.

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counted, upon this scheme, an “unholy thing," it must be considered, at least, as an “unnecessary “ thing.” The most intelligent of the Univerfalists are fully aware of this, and have there. fore, very prudently, taken fanctuary in Socinianism.

'The author has endeavoured to leave the immoral no alternative betwixt conversion and a « fearful looking for of judgment and fiery in “ dignation.”. He, seriously wishes such to weigh well what is advanced, and, perhaps, they will see that even the infinite love and mercy of God is not to be called into question, should they, by rejecting the grace offered in the gospel, render themselves eternally wretched. It is hoped that such a view of things may have a happy influence upon their minds, and lead them to improve the present day of their visitation, so as to insure preTent and eternal happiness. Should this be the cafe in a single instance, he will think him felf amply compensated for the time and labour which he has devoted to this subject. He is, however, too well acquainted with the prejudices of mankind, in favour of schemes which are not very rigid in their exactions on the score of morality, to expect that many will be reclaimed who have given their assent to the system here opposed. His great aim has been to preserve the serious chriftian from falling into, what he confiders, a very dangerous error.

The arguments which prove the endless duration of future punishment are here brought forward sparing!y, as that subject is nearly exhausted by Messrs. Taylor, Fuller, and Jerram; whose valuable writings merit the most serious and atten. tive perusal.

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