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ONE HUNDRED REASONS
THE DOCTRINE OF UNIVERSALISM.
So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Ezekiel, xxxiii. 7, 8, 9.
The arguments in favour of any system of truth, or opposed to any system of error, are as endless as are the relations of truth to truth, or as are the points of contradiction between truth and error.
If we fall in with one hundred reasons in favour of any system of error, we exclaim-How is it possible! What ingenuity! What cunning! What ability !-thus to clothe falsehood with the attributes of everlasting truth. The impossibility of advancing a single argument in favour of error, increases our amazement. The advocates of error are aware of the fact, that arguments innumerable can be adduced in favour of truth, and hence, now and then, we hear of an effort like the following, to propagate error: “One hundred arguments in favour of Universalism :" “ One hundred reasons in favour of Unitarianism :" “ One hundred reasons in favour of Mormonism :” “One hundred reasons in favour of Swedenborgianism,” &c., &c. In this insidious counterfeiting of God's truth, the friends of truth should learn wisdom. The arguments in favour of truth should be brought out in bold relief. The dominions of Jehovah, from their centre to their circumference, should be laid under contribution to this end. Truth, in all its connexions, with God, angels, and men, with heaven, earth, and hell, should be distinctly advanced, till before its dazzling brightness, and divine purity, errorists and error shall retire, ashamed, confounded, and scattered.
When the reader shall have perused these one hundred reasons in favour of truth, and opposed to error, we beg to assure him, that we have one hundred more on hand. Nay, we have one thou. sand. Nay, we will take the word of God, and the open volume of nature, and if he will accompany us, we will travel up the river of time, to creation, and down it to the judgment day-we will ascend every star, and stand with him at last on the outermost circle of all created spheres, and
as the points of observation shall multiply, and the footsteps of God be every where distinctly visible
-as his government shall become more and more glorious and extended, we will assure him, that while the empire of truth is so great, it nevertheless reaches on, through all duration, and all spaceenthroned upon creation.
Prudence dictates to every man, to reject the doctrine of Universal Salvation. Even in matters appertaining to this world, prudent men always choose that course of action which is attended with the least possible danger. If there are two roads which lead to a certain city, the one a perfectly safe road, and the other a road attended with great possible danger, the prudent traveller will pursue the road where there is no possible danger. He would be a fool to pursue that road which might possibly conduct him directly from the city to which he was desirous to go.
If this is a prudent course in reference to the transitory things of this life, how much more so must it be when taken in connexion with the great realities and interests of the eternal world. When two systems of religious belief are presented to us, one of which is attended with no possible danger, while the other may be attended with infinite peril,
which shall we embrace? What is the voice of prudence? Is there as great a probability that it will be as well with the wicked in another world, as there is that it will be well with the righteous ?
Is the transgressor certain that an offended God will not visit him, in a future world, with deserved retribution? If not, then is it not the part of prudence to prepare for the worst? He who does not prepare for the worst, gains nothing, but may lose his own soul. He who does prepare for the worst, loses nothing, but may save his soul.
The Universalists maintain, that we shall all be saved, to a man. We maintain, that not a man will be saved, who does not provide against the doctrine of future punishment, by repentance and faith. Now, we are all safe on their plan, even if we do not believe itand if we repent, and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we are safe, beyond the possibility of a doubt. Whatever becomes of Universalists, we shall be safe, if we provide for the worst. What, then, is the part of prudence ? Can a man gain any thing by becoming a Universalist? May he not lose every thing? If he will come and prepare for the worst, with us, we assure him of salvation. Is not here two chances, to their one? We have heard the doctrine of two chances, in this matter, ridiculed. But truth is mighty, and will prevail. Ridicule will often succeed, when argument cannot. But we call for argument to convince us that prudence does not dictate to every man to prepare for the worst, especially when the everlasting life of his soul is concerned.
It is a principle recognised and acted upon throughout all the departments of social or civil life.
The Christian world, for many ages, have embraced the doctrine of future punishment, and rejected the doctrine of Universal Salvation.
Now, if Universal Salvation is true, the whole Christian world have been in error. Then, Universalist ministers are wiser men, men of more learning, talents, and piety, than any men who have stood connected with the church of God, since the days of Luther. If Universal Salvation is true, then they are more indefatigable, prayerful students of the Bible, than all the illustrious and holy dead who have lived since the apostles! But they will not claim all this. How, then, can any man suppose that he is right in denying one of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible, against the piety and wisdom of the whole Christian world! What a preposterous claim for superior piety, and talents, and biblical erudition, is here set up by the Universalists. Let me embrace that view of biblical doctrines, in the belief of which all the friends of God and of man have lived and died. Let me embrace that system of religious faith, which has rejoiced thousands in life, and made ten thousand times ten thousand sing in death. The different sects in this land disagree on some minor points,