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appreciate the true nature of sin, or meanwhile let us leave them in unthe value of salvation. As to God's erring hands. being, in any possibility, a tyrant, it I have since had a glance of the is out of the question. None of our pleasing scene which will be presented people think him so. He has pro- to your view when you personally vided a full remedy, and nothing is realize, in a fuller degree, the blessings wanted but a willingness to apply for of the gospel.
N. it. This annihilates all idea of tyran
[To be continued.) ny. The tyranny exists in sin only. These exhibitions warn us to flee from
Trereife, the wrath to come, and do not beguile
June 8, 1824. is into it. You write and speak as if Moment to your Magazine, in our thoughts and feelings would have an influence upon these matters. If which my character was implicated, it were possible that I could cause and his statement was so incorrect the damnation of any one, I should be that I made complaint; and this comterrified. I would confidently offer, plaint he calls a desire to keep the instrumentally, the means of grace to matter “a-going." I wish that his every one, telling him or her they may apology had not been accompanied have it if they will. Say what you with this unfair remark. However, will, these matters ought to be left enough of this. These things speak implicitly with God. He has pro- for themselves. Accord to such inised to clear up every thing, and reasoning, a man who defends himself make us plead guilty, and justify him when attacked, is guilty of a riot. at the day of judgment.
I now beg leave to refer to a letWe are led away from ourselves, ter in the preceding part, signed A but must come home at last. A time Friend to Inquiry. This gentleman will come when, by Divine illumina- had asserted that Unitarians may be, tion, we shall be given to see how we and often are consistent members of have hardened our own hearts. While the Established Church ; and Mr. we regard our own state, we are look- Worsley replied, that " such a sentiing to what, in our opinion, God ought ment is destructive of all honest and to do with those, of whose true con- open profession, and all fair prospect dition we can be no judges at present. of the advancement of truth." I had Let us look to ourselves and try our- occasion to address a letter to the selves, and compare ourselves and our Friend to Inquiry on this very point, experience with that which is laid and I shall be much obliged if you down by Christ and the apostles. You will give my sentiments, which agree told me to envisage the subject. I with those of Mr. Worsley, a place in have awfully obeyed yonr advice, sub- your Repository. I regret to see in mitting to it as a mandate ; but you the Friend to Inquiry's letter, redo not reciprocate. I ask, but cannot marks, which again call forth the compel, nor even persuade you to en- matter in dispute : he observes, that visage your own state. You erade, the gentleman was attacked by our you turn your thoughts, and set about clergy, and removed from a certain doing God's work, instead of doing honorary post, on the ground of his what he has commanded you. “Ex- not being a member of the Church. amine our ownselves.” I bring myself But of what nature was this honorary in with trembling and anguish, and am post? It was the Presidentship of a constrained to say, “ Search me, O Society formed for the express purGod, and lighten mine eyes.” Give pose of promoting the doctrines and me a new heart and a new spirit; and views of the Established Church, which then I will, by thy all-powerful ena- views this gentleman avowed his resoblings, perform every thing thou re- lution to thwart. (See p. 142 of the quirest.
Repository for March.) By the exI anticipate your assent to this pro- pression of an “ honorary post,” the position, that the inore fully we shall whole truth is not told, and I am sorry be enlightened by the Holy Spirit, and to be again under the necessity of created anew in Christ Jesus, the bet- referring to the subject. I am sorry ter qualified we shall be to judge of also to see that this writer now avows the matters under discussion. In the a different motive for his defence of
the Unitarian doctrine from that ner does respectability begin? Shall which he avowed in his pamphlet. He Carey's Book of Roads be an Index has quitted the fair ground upon Purgatorius, and shew by an author's which he stood, and now confesses residence whether any thing that that he did it to prevent a inono- comes from him can be good ? Burn poly of good things,” by shewing your Nautical Almanacks, ye British that the Unitarian might consistently captains, for how can they be your have a share of them. Monopoly of guides in the Pacific Ocean or at good things! Hear this, ye shades of the North Pole, when ye shall be inLindsey, Disney and Wakefield! Hear formed (as is the fact) that the calcuthis, ye men of integrity, now living, lations were made by an inhabitant of who, with talents which might open a remote village in Corowall ! Break to you, on facile hinges, the gates of your lamps, ye labourers in the bowpreferment, still persevere in what ye els of the earth, for of what use can deem to be the better path, and for things be which were invented by a this very reason that ye think thereby native of Penzance! Away with the (in the language of Mr. Worsley) chilling and degrading sentiment ! “ you have the fairest prospect of ad- Truth is truth, let it come from where vancing the truth”! Why do ye appeal it will; and it is one mark of the against the Test Act? Why do ye great improvement of modern times, petition against the Marriage Cere- that such is the facility of intercourse, mony? Why do ye build separate that in the diffusion of opinion disa places of worship ? . I will venture to tance seems annihilated : it flies like assert, that a more strange concate- the electric fluid, and seems every nation of sentiments was never strung where almost at once. I am aware together than in this letter of the that I expose myself to raillery by Friend to Inquiry. I appeal to Uni- such exclamation. Far be it from tarians themselves. My opinion is, me to attach any importance to mythat if the Unitarian can put a bridle self; but I do think that this “ Coron his conscience, he ought also to put nish Controversy" (as yon term it) it on his lips. My opinion is, that has shewn, in a conspicuous light, and his protest does not clear him from by the adoption of it in your pages, hypocrisy, while he aims by "external in a permanent light, a most imporconformity," not to be shut out “from tant feature of the present times. a share of good things,” and that such Look at the Nonjuror in the beginning conduct does not deserve the compli- of the last century: see him conscienment of “ fearless." As to official tiously retiring from the preferment, dignity! my idea is, that if a pro- honours and the means of life ; and fessed Unitarian takes the sacrament see the Dissenter of the present day, for the express purpose of obtaining the disbeliever in the authenticity of any office, he obtains it by perjury; the Gospels, attending the services of and that if he at the same time pro- the Church, and partaking of its saclaims and propagates his opinions, he craments, approaching the table, not triumphs in his shame. When I speak with compunctions of conscience, but of a Unitarian, I speak of those "who demanding the offices of the Church hold the strict and proper humanity with a Writ in one hand and a Prayer of Christ as one of their fundamental Book in the other. Are not these tenets.” But I will not trespass any things new? Are they not important? farther. I beg you to give a place to Are they not worthy of observation ? a few arguments, which I had already is consistency a virtue, or is it not ? published on the inconsistency of a If it ceases to be thought so, has not Unitarian claiming to be a consistent a most important change taken place member of the Church.
in public opinion? Why a sneer at a Perunit me, before I conclude, to remote corner ? That these things enter my protest against such expres- have been exhibited in a remote place sions as a small and remote town,” adds to their interest; because, if they &c. Is the propagation of right prin- had happened in the crowd and fumes ciples to be checked, because they may of the metropolis, they might have originate among people in an humble escaped notice: a light set on a hill class, and in a remote town? At is more apparent in the country than what inile-stone from Hyde-Park Cor- in a city. Look at Mr. Wesley alone,
on a moor in Cornwall, at a loss which preaching what they called heterodox way to direct his steps, till he heard doctrines; but which were generally the sound of a distant bell. Such was approved by the great body of the the first appearance of that wonderful Society in Pennsylvania. It might man in this “ remote corner”! See also have conveyed MS. copies of the now the influence of his opinions : said Creed. Its patron, the Meeting count the thousands who bless his for Sufferings, had previously received, name. And may not opinions be now in its collective capacity, too memopropagated, though in a remote cor- rable
a lesson from the Yearly Meetner, with a power which may astonishing, for so imprudently printing that us, or rather those who survive us ? document, and presenting it in that If right, shall we not encourage them? state to the church, in full assembly, If wrong, shall we not endeavour to for its approbation, as if their work depress them? Is this doctrine of was incapable of amendment, even pseudo-conformity right or wrong? for its “ Pontiff” to venture upon In Athens it was a crime to be of no an open transgression of their prohiparty : but the crime of being of all bition. Some stray copies in print parties was never stigmatized, because have, nevertheless, certainly arrived (like parricide) it was never contem- in this country. Under the conviction plated: it is the principle of a new that these means are at hand, to corsect. In iny mind it is as noxious and rect any error that may be found in unwholesome in the religious world the copy I now send you of the other as the plague is in the natural world; nine articles of this most singular and though it may first shew itself in production, I am induced to offer a remote corner, it is not the less to them for insertion in your valuable be watched, proclaimed, avoided and Journal; that it may be preserved as (if possible) checked.
a useful warning against any similar C. V. LE GRICE. departure from the solar path of rea[Mr. Le Grice's Thoughts on In- son, enlightened by the lamp of ge
nuine revelation. This document is, consistency in our next. Ed.]
perhaps, only worth preserving whilst
such incompetent persons as its auSır,
June 10, 1824. thors bear sway over, and are sufS I have been lately informed fered to occupy influential stations in
that the gentleman who was the a professed Christian Church, the Clerk, or more properly the Chair- members of which are, generally speakman of the three last Yearly Meetings ing, I conclude, by the judicious reof Friends, held in London, had not jection of this intended symbol of their even seen a printed copy of the large faith, much better informed, equally edition of ten thousand copies of a well-disposed, and of sounder mind Creed, the first three articles of which than these blind teachers. were inserted in Vol. XIX. p. 15, of Whoever they are, whether minisyour Journal; I wish to exonerate ters or elders, they have drawn, with him from the imputation of having much complacency, a confused and received from his American corre- dark portrait of their own theology, spondent, in print, any of those pro- very defective in perspicuity and in hibited articles, which the Yearly real scriptural knowledge; at the same Meeting of 1823 “ ordered to be lock. time, equally remarkable for incored up in the fire proof for safe keep- rect quotations of Scripture, someing”
times I fear intentionally, in order to The " large packet” I spoke of, p: uphold their preconceived notions and 14, has been, I find, lately represented prejudices, or with very censurable as containing chiefly American news. carelessness and inconsistency, if they papers or other periodical works, in esteem those writings as containing some of which those controversies a true record of special revelations among the American Friends had been from God. That your readers, and discussed. This important packet, especially those who are of the Sotherefore, probably also contained ciety of Friends, may the more readily some account of the futile attempt of judge for themselves of this American the same parties to censure and silence production, I shall annex a reference the truly venerable Elias Hickes, for to the texts which I suppose are al
Inded to in each of the twelve articles. Testament is not quotod as it stands They may thus easily see by consulte in the received text, but, in my aping the text and the context of each, prehension, much more consistently how much more clearly the genuine with the true sense of the apostle. sense of the sacred writers may be The next article of the Creed is as gathered from the text than from their follows: mutilated comments. Such a com- Fourth. “The infinite and most pilation of discordant materials, af- wise God, who is the foundation, root fords a fit subject for much animad- and spring of all operation, hath version. I shall only notice a few of wrought all things by his eternal Word the passages which seem to me to re- and Son: this is that Word that was in quire it, and those briefly.
the beginning with God, and was God; The texts referred to in the first by whom all things were made, and article are 2 Tim. iii. 15, 16, and 2 without whom was not any thing Pet. i. 21. That from Paul does not, made that was made. Jesus Christ is and cannot with reason be said to dis- the beloved and only-begotten Son of tinguish between canonical books of God, who in the fulness of time, scripture and those which are of du- through the Holy Ghost, was conbious authority. Barclay knew better, ceived and born of the Virgin Mary. and renders the text thus : "All In bim we have redemption through? scripture given by inspiration of God his blood, even the forgiveness of is profitable for correction,” &c. The sins. We believe he was made a sareceived text says, “All scripture is crifice for sin, who knew no sin ; that given by inspiration,” implying to the he was crucified for us in the Aesh; ill-informed English reader that the was buried, and rose again the third whole volume was, in the same sense, , day, by the power of the Father for written by inspiration. The transla- our justification, ascended up into tors knew that no Greek MS, said heaven, and now sitteth at the right any such thing, and have therefore, hand of God.” I add the texts to very properly, printed the important this and the remaining articles which word is in italics, to denote that no I suppose the writers had in view. It corresponding word is to be found in would not have been amiss had they the Greek text.
given references to them in the mar. The text from Peter relates to the gin, or at the end of each article. prophetical parts of the Scripture John i. 1, xxiii. 14; Matt. i. 20; only, which must have been imparted Luke i. 35; Eph. i. 7 ; 2 Cor. v. 21; by Divine inspiration, if they are so 1 Pet. iv. 1; 1 Cor. xv. 4; Rom. iv. called with propriety.
25; Coloss, iii. I. On behalf of the second article, no Fifth. “ As then, that infinite and other text of even the received Ver. incomprehensible Fountain of life and sion than the noted interpolation 1 motion operateth in the creatures by John v. 7, is adduced, for a very his own eternal word and power, so good reason, because no genuine text no creature has access again unto teaches any such doctrine.
him, but in and by the Son, according In support of each position in the to his own declaration, No man third article, almost every book of the knoweth the Father but the Son, and received canon, even in any transla- he to whom the Son will reveal himtion, may be pertinently and conclu- self. Again, I am the way, the sively quoted. Its truth has, indeed, truth and the life; no man cometh to been maintained by all Christian the Father but by me.' Hence he churches in every age, from that of is the only Mediator between God and the apostles to the present ; whatever man, for having been with God from other tenets any of them may have all eternity, being himself God, and also held, and professed to incorpo- also in tinje partaking of the nature of rate therewith. I shall therefore only man; through bim is the goodness and refer to the following texts: Gen. i love of God conveyed to mankind, and 1, xxi. 33; Neh. viii. 6, ix. 6; by him again man receiveth and parPsa. xvi. 1, xxxvi. 6-10; Isa. xl. taketh of these mercies.” Matt. xi. 25—28; Rom. ix. 5, as those which 27; Luke x. 22; John xiv. 6. In the compilers probably had in view; quoting the texts of Matthew and and observe that the one from the New Luke, their united testimony is made very free with, apparently to make it Christ by his death and sufferings comport better with the notions of hath reconciled us to God, even while the compilers of this creed. How we are enemies ; that is, he offers dangerous is such a practice! Besides reconciliation to us, and we are therewhich, they have suppressed the tes- by put into a capacity of being recon timony of Christ himself, who in the ciled: God is willing to be reconciled preceding verse declares bis Father to unto us, and ready to remit the sins be “ Lord of heaven and earth," and that are past if we repent.” 1 Pet. ii. in this, addressing him, says, “ All 24 ; Matt. xxvi. 28; Heb. ix. 26; things are delivered to me of my Rom. v. 10; xviii. 19. Father, and no man knoweth,” &c., as Eighth. " Jesus Christ is the interquoted bị these creed makers, till cessor and advocate with the Father in they come to the last word of the heaven, appearing in the presence of text, which they render himself” God for us; being touched with a feelinstead of " him," as it properly ing of our infirmities, sufferings, and stands in the received version, plainly sorrows; and also by his spirit in designating the Father and him only, our hearts, he maketh intercession the sole “Lord of heaven and earth,” according to the will of God, crying thus making it refer to the humble Abba Father : he tasted death" for Prophet of Nazareth, whom his God every man, shed his blood for all and Father made “both Lord and men, and is the propitiation for our Christ,” but who never, as here falsely sins; and not for ours only, but also represented, claimed the possession of for the sins of the whole world. He underived and infinite power.
alone is our Redeemer and Saviour, Sixth. “We acknowledge that of the captain of our salvation, the proourselves we are not able to do any mised seed, who bruises the serpent's thing that is good, neither can we head: the Alpha and Omega; the first procure remission of sins, or justifica and the last ; he is our wisdom, rightion by any act of our own; but ac- teousness, justification and redempknowledge all to be of and from his tion; neither is there salvation in any love, which is the original and funda- other; for there is no other name mental cause of our acceptance, 'for under heaven given among men, God so loved the world, that he gave whereby we may be saved." Rom his only begotten Son, that whosoever viii. 27; 1 John ii. l; Heb. ix. 24, iv. believeth in him should not perish, 15; Gal. iv. 6; Heb. ii. 9; Mark but have everlasting life." John iii. xiv. 24; 1 John ii. 2; Isaiah 'xliv. 6; 16. This text is pertinently and cor. Heb. ii. 10; Gen. iii. 15; Rev. i. 8, rectly quoted. It is also strictly in xxi. 6, xxii. 13; 1 Cor. i. 30 ; Acts unison with the explicit declaration of iv. 12. these Friends in their own language,
Ninth. “ As he ascended far above and equally so with the uniform expo- all heavens that he might fill all sition of the corner-stone of Unita- things, his fulness cannot be comprerianism. Nay, it is even expressed hended or contained in any finite creaalmost in the very terms of Dr. Car- ture; but in some measure known penter's Appeal, and in perfect ac- and experienced in us, as we are precordance with many authentic expla- pared to receive the same, as of his nations which I have seen of the fulness we have received grace for foundation of their faith.
grace. He is both the word of faith Seventh. “ We firmly believe it and a quickening spirit in us, whereby was necessary that Christ should he is the immediate cause, author, come; that by his death and suffer- object and strength, of our living faith ings he might offer up bimself a in his name and power, and of the sacrifice to God for our sins, who work of our salvation from sin and his ownself bare our sins in his own bondage of corruption.” Eph. iv. 10; body on the tree;' so we believe that John i. 16. the remission of sins which any par.
Tenth. “ The Son of God cannot take of, is only in and by virtue of be divided from the least or lowest that most satisfactory sacrifice and appearance of his own divine light or no otherwise ; for it is by the obe- life in us, no more than the
sun from dience of that one, that the free gift its own light. Nor is the sufficiency of is come upon all to justification. Thus his light within, set up or mentioned