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the arguments and doctrines of those who are its Ministers and interpreters in the place, where this attempt at its overthrow has been made.
Inobandoning this last occasion of a careful and elaborately strengthened restatement of their case, we confess they have disappointed us. Nor do we believe that even that part of the public which has most sympathies with them, and would most rejoice in their success, will contemplate the omission without surprise.
The origin and history of this controversy is sufficiently detailed in the annexed Correspondence. It will there be seen how our desire for a really close and decisive examination of the several points at issue between us has been evaded : our reverend opponents would not admit of any controversy of which declamation was not to be the instrument.
We have already stated at the opening of this Controversy, that we did not enter into this discussion for the sake of a Sectarian triumph, but in the more Christian hope of exposing and checking the Sectarian Spirit. To exalt the spiritual character of Faith above the verbal and metaphysical,—to unite mankind through their common love and acceptance of Christ's goodness and of Christ's God,—to make his Church one by their participation of one spirit, even the spirit of the life of Jesus,-has been our highest aim, not only on this particular occasion, but throughout all our Ministry. We acknowledge it to be an aim that,
rectly at least, is destructive of “ Orthodoxy,” that
is, of “the supposed attainableness of Salvation only
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*“ He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.” Athanasian Creord.
_get that in Orthodox bosoms the Spirit of Christ may dwell, we are not the persons to deny.
What interest or value can these disputations have for beings whose main business in this world is, in the prospect of a coming world, to conform their souls to the image of the heavenly model, to Jesus the pattern of citizenship in the new Heavens and the new Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness! “Whilst we are wrangling here in the dark,” says Baxter, “weare dying, and passing to the world that will decide all our Controversies, and the safest passage thither is by peaceable holiness." Whilst we are struggling for points, of which we know little or nothing, hearts are dead or perishing. Whilst we are battling for our conceits, we are all of us unsound within, not right with God, and falling away from the true service of our great master. Whilst proclaiming in Sectarian eagerness, “ Lo, Christ is here," and "Lo, Christ is not there,"— none of us are sitting at his feet, and submitting our souls and passions to his yoke. Whilst we are falling out by the way, in vain his heavenly invitation is addressed to our unquiet hearts—“ Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ; for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my voke is easy, and my burden is light."
BY REV. JOHN HAMILTON THOM.
o commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to
he light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Cor. iv. 6.