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is far from thinking himself able, either to grapple with the enemy alone, or to advise you in the various plans, which may be proposed for execution, in this spiritual conflict. He only wishes to be thought worthy to be admitted to a council of war, and in his turn to give his opinion concerning the militant Church,
In these capacities as fellow student, and fellow soldier, he takes the liberty to exhort you to study diligently the laws and discipline of our spiritual militia, and most religiously to regard the precept of the Captain of our salvation ; WATCH. The worst enemy is he who is in the garrison, and means to be false: The enemy against whom at present we are principally to watch, is not the Mahometan, the Jew, or the Pagan, but the treacherous Christian; who having imbibed christianity in his early life, betrays it in his maturity; and though continuing in external communion with thofe who profess it, is an Infidel in his heart. · Infidelity is a great sin, and the divine refentment will be to infidelity, at least what it used to be to idolatry, 'when the Jew was the favourite of God: The greatest crime he could commit was to give bis honour to false Deities, and now that the Chriftian is become the favourite of God, the greatest crime he can commit is to deny divine revelacion. There are many vices which a woman may forgive her husband, and one that she will not; and many vices which a man may forgive his wife, and
* Eurepy, fellow labourer. *** Συρρατιώτης Philip. ii. 25. TovapKing's rūs outopías Heb. ii. 10,; .
one that he will not. This is also the case
cal events fulfilling prophecies, which is an increase of evidence every day arising. The scriptures informing us that there is no other name under heaven whereby a man can be Saved but the name of JESÚS CHRIST, if they, to whom he has been preached with such abundant evidence, do not believe, they deprive themselves of the only means of eternal salvation, and commit the worst of fins, perhaps the fin against the HOLY GHOST.
He who compassionately wished to gather the Jews under his wings, as a ben gathereth her chickens, and the Jews were only emblematical of the whole human race, for he has the same affection towards mankind) could not avoid expressing himself strongly on the other hand. Tbou Capernaum which art exe alted unto Heaven, skalt be brought down to Hell. For if the mighty: works which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would bave remained until this day. But I say unto you, that it hall be more tolérable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. :
Seeing therefore that infidelity is so great a fon, all care ought to be taken in the educati. on of youth, lo as to impreis luch sentiments of religion upon their minds, as may render them observant of the truth, and the laws of God. This perhaps may be called by those, who are witty (coffers at'every thing serious, ai method of inftilling Prejudices. But since it is evident, that the bulk of mankind will ever act by education, custom, or example, which in reality is nothing more than Prejudice, even when they happen to be night, (Prejudice be
ing any opinion taken up without reason,) is it not prudent to prejudice all persons, as early as possible in favour of that, which is thought truth? · But say they, systems of religion are various, and though all pretend to flow from one fountain, the Scriptures; yet the perverseness of men has fo muddied the waters, that few have skill to strain what is necessary for their spiritual subsistence.
This indeed with concern we are obliged to own ; yet lamentable as the case is, mankind must make the best of this troubled state of things, till it shall please the Spirit of God once more to move upon the face of the waters, and reduce this chaos of religious opinions, to a well connected system of saving truths. And this, inasmuch as we are to expect no further revelation, must arise from an honest. and diligent application of human talents to the divine books; which books certainly contain in them whatever an all-wise, and an allgracious God thought necessary for ignorant corrupted men. Solomon tells us it is the Glory of God to conceal a thing; we should therefore acknowledge it great mercy in him to reveal any thing to us: But he has revealed a great deal, which, by a proper application of human means, may be understood, so as to give reasonable comfort to honest minds.
u minus. is T OYOU this province does particularly
belong, who, in the seminaries of learning are either laying the foundation of human letters, whereon to build the fabric of divine
science; orare already arrived at the honour and station of being wisé « master builders. Ye are now examining the fields of nature, where every object to a philosophic mind demonstrates a self existent Being, infinitely powerful, wise, and good; the whole creation being as one vom lume, in which every line expresses the divine Attributes: For the invifible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and godhead. - By natural philosophy alone you are able to answer many of the pretenders to atheism. For if one of them afferts that the supreme being is material, you can fhew from bodies moving in fluids, that there is a vacuum, but the fupreme being is infinite as to fulness, as well as extent, consequently not material : For matter is not infinite as to fulness, since there is a vacuum. You can also thew that inertness is one of the first, and most obvious properties of matter, whereby it ever continues in one state, unless altered by some impelling or resisting power; consequently it can never begin motion; but the fupreine being must be the author of motion in the world, otherwise there would be no such thing as motion at all: Hence is it demonstrated that God is not material...
If it be objected by another to the doctrine of the resurrection of the fame body, that hu. man bodies may pass into one another, either among those who live upon human flesh, if there be any such, or by passing in food into such animals, as are customary food to man;
d copos apxotixtav. ' Cor. iii. 10. !