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From all that has been said, I have two in ferences to make.
1. That, if Heathen books give this testimony to Divine Revelation, we should use them for the best end they are capable of answering, the confirmation of our own faith. They will never draw us away from God, if we understand what Heathenism is, and whence it came ; should we ever omit to take advantage of it, in our arguments against Infidels. Thus it will answer a purpose contrary to its intention and nature; it will confirm what it was intended to confound : as when “out of the eater came « forth ineat;" and it will be happy for us, if our teachers of youth will give them such bints occasionally, as will acquaint them with this use of it. We shall not then be long under the dominion of profligate scholars, who use their heathen learning for no end, but as an instrument of evil, to corrupt and destroy the Christian world; increasing all that misery daily, which abounds too much already.
II. I would also recommend, that the deplorable consequences of a departure from the true God should be pointed out to all schoolboys, as the Apostle has displayed them in the first chapter to the Romans: which was extended
as a warning against the corruptions of Heathenism, and should never be forgotten to the end of the world. It is full as necessary now, as when the Apostle wrote it. For these times have now brought us about to a parallel apostasy in the French nation ; worse in its guilt than the original departure to Heathenism ; and, I believe, worse in its fruits. All that the apostle has said of the antient Heathens and their abominable morals may now be applied to the French, in whom it is fully verified, so that they are become the very pests of the earth, and their metropolis, in the literal sense of the words, a second Sodom. Heathenism will be no source of corruption to Christians, who, with their eyes open, remember the dreadful effects of it of old, and see the consequences of it now : from which may God defend all those young men, who are now on the road to a learned education ! and in this prayer, I am confident you, Reverend Sir, will most heartily join with
Your faithful and
WILLIAM JONES. NAYLAND, Marcb 3, 1799.
THREE CONVERTED JEWS,
BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED
CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
" 'When thou art converted, strengthen thy Brethren.”
Luke Xxii. 33.