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that ecclesiastical unity may be dispensed with,
and that differences on that subject are matters of
unimportant consideration.

With these sentiments before you, I trust you
will no longer think, that the most confirmed judg.
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ment with respect to the nature of the Christian
Church, and the obligation all Christians lie under
to conform to it, is necessarily connected with an
uncharitable disposition towards those who think
fit to separate from it. To give Christians right
notions of the Church, that, by understanding
what is meant by living in unity and godly love,
they may be disposed to conform to the will of
its Divine Founder, is, I conceive, one of the
greatest acts of charity that a Christian minişter
can perform. Should he not succeed in his endea-
vours to promote the welfare of his fellow-Christians,
he ought, at least, to have credit for his intention,
and not be made answerable for consequences
which it is his professed object to prevent. Many
learned and wise men, from a want either of firm-
ness of mind or decision of judgment, have been
induced to palliate and soften doctrines which it
was their duty earnestly to maintain. Others there
are, whose professional abilities might qualify them
to stem the tide of prevailing error, who adopt a
maxim unsanctioned either by the Gospel or expe-
rience, that false opinions, if let alone, will die of
themselves. These are patterns of discretion, after
which I feel no wish to copy. The Bible has
taught me, what it will teach every man who is
disposed to learn, that there can be no compromise
between truth and error. If, therefore, the doctrine

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maintained in my book respecting the Church, as a society of Christ's framing, be true, the conclusions drawn from it must stand their ground, how unpalateable soever they may be to those Christians, who, “instead of drawing living water for the use of the sanctuary from the fresh springs of antiquity, take up with such as comes to them at second or third hand from the Lake of Geneva.

The cause I have taken in hand, I am well aware is not a popular one. That weak and temporizing conduct, by which many of the cabinets of Europe have contributed to the success of the desolating system of French policy, seems to be the conduct which is judged to be best suited to the present circumstances of the Church. The consequence, it is to be feared, will be, that that deluge of sectarianism which is now inundating our land on every side, will, in the end, sweep away every bar. rier which the constitution of this country has to oppose to its destructive progress. This idea, however, is not likely, at this time, to be generally adopted. The loose habit of thinking, which constitutes one of the characteristics of the present day, must be unfavourable to an advocate for established order. But that minister of the Church who is not prepared to go through evil report, has undertaken an office for which he is unqualified. “ If they have called the master of the house Beel. zebub, how much more shall they call them of his household ?"* When I consider what the Church of England

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has been, and what she now is, (to make use of the
strong language of a very great man) “ like an oak,
cleft to shivers with wedges made out of its own
body,” it is not without anxiety that I look for.
ward. When I consider, moreover, that the esta-
blished Church of England, an undoubted branch
of the Church of Christ, furnishes the best secu-
rity for the preservation both of Christian doctrine,
and the peace and happiness of my country ; my
earnest prayer to God is, that she may be restored
to Apostolic purity. Should it, however, be the
will of that. Being who ruleth in all the kingdoms
of the earth, that in judgment for the desertion of
her professing friends, or the general unworthiness
of her members, the enemies of the Church shall
be permitted to lay her honour in the dust—as a
minister sincerely attached to her cause, I feel no
wish to survive the fatal event.

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APPENDIX

TO THE

GUIDE TO THE CHURCH;

IN

SEVERAL LETTERS;

IN WHICH THE PRINCIPLES ADVANCED IN THAT

WORK ARE MORE FULLY MAINTAINED,

IN

ANSWER TO OBJECTIONS.

BY THE

REV. CHARLES DAUBENY,

LATE ARCHDBACON OF SARUM.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

Some Extracts from the Author's Diary, &c.

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F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD, LONDON,

BY F. C. BAKEWELL, CHRONICLE OFFICE, BATH.

1830.

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