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preacher had stopped here we whether his deliberate sentiments on the should not have called the attention nature of Christianity, do not deserve conof our readers to his Sermons. Un.
sideration. He explicitly acknowledges
bis own entire corruption and his patural happily he has thought proper to devote nearly the whole of his third di- inability to any thing spiritually good, he
renounces all trust in his own doings, and vision to the purposes of proselytplaces his entire confidence in the meritoism, and such a proceeding we feel rions death of his Saviour; he ascribes bound to expose and condemn. The every thing in himself that was riglit to passages which we extract will shew the efficacious influences of the Holy Spiin what spirit this object is pure all
, he was an unprofitable servant, and
rit, he confesses that after he bad done sued, and shall offer some
he dies, as it were, with the words of the brief remarks upon the value of the Publican on his lips, God be merciful to reasoning that is employed. The me a sinner*:' The question is, whether first paragraph enquires, very pro- such a testimony does not demand attenperly, of Mr. Wilson's hearers, tion. And this the more, because he did whether they are fighting the good not imbibe these sentiments from educafight, running the race, and keeping after the most diligent examination of the
tion or early habit, but arrived at them the faith—and if our limits would per. Scriptures, and with the strongest prejumit we should readily transcribe it. dices against every one of them originally The second paragraph is as follows: lodged in his mind, and only resigned as
the force of truth carried him over them. “ But some may, perhaps, be disposed Besides this, it is undeniable that in proto doubt concerning many of these topics portion as he admitted and obeyed these of admonition, and even to object to peculiar doctrines, his whole character those peculiar views of Christianity on was changed, till at length, from a proud which they rest. To such persons let me contemptuous worldly minister, he benow be allowed to address myself, more came a humble lowly spiritual and devoted especially if they sastain the sacred office servant of God, delighting in the yoke of of ministers of religion, I will not pre- his Saviour, counting all things but loss' sume to enter with them on any points of for his sake, and only lamenting his rehesitation or controversy; but I will re- maining deficiences, and his inadequate spectfully beg them to review attentively returns of gratitude and daty for the the whole character of the aged and vene blessings he had received. Moreover, he rated person which we have been consi- afterwards spent a long and most laboridering. This may lead to an easier solu ous life in the further study of every part tion of the question, what constitutes the of Scripture, on which he was engaged genuine doctrines of Christianity. You for thirty-three years in writing a comwill allow, I am sure, that his life was a ment, and yet on each suitable occasion most holy and diligent one-that is, the be solemnly repeated his increasing confruit by which we are to judge of the tree viction of the truth of all the doctrines was good, and good in a very elevated which he maintained. Now I ask whesense that he laboured for the salvation ther any fair solution can be given of such of his fellow-creatures, opposed and sub a case, but the truth of the principles from dued his own sinful dispositions of every which it sprung." P. 67. kind, was an example to his family, and a blessing to his neighbourhood, walked This passage contains the pith of in all justice and benevolence towards Mr. Wilson's argument, and as it is man, and in all hamility and subjection especially addressed to clergymen before God. Such was his life for above who do not subscribe to his opiforty-five years. You will not deny, also, nions, we trust that it has been inthat he was a man of comprehensive pow. serted, since his Sermons were ers of mind, intense application, and remarkable acuteness; and that all his ta. lents were concentrated on one great sub *“He actually intimated this passage ject, religion. You will concede, more to be the proper text, if any funeral Serover, that his cast of mind was as far mon were to be preached on the occusion removed from any thing capricious or en of his death; dwelling on the word indoorli, thusiastical as can well be imagined as implying mercy through a propitiation; reasoning and investigation, not ardonr, and the words rõ dyaptwaq as signifying were his characteristics. I ask, then, emphatically, the sipper.".
preached. For of those who are, easy and natural expression of our sentithas especially addressed, the num
ments *; whilst without them, all is debers that frequent * “ St. John's, fective and constrained and sophisticated, Bedford-Row," cannot, we presume, salvation of men; that, in short, every
and, what is more, inefficacions as to the And if they were espe- imaginable attestation to divine truth concially admonished by its Minister curs in the support of them, and concurs from his pulpit, they were admo. also in marking the utter impoteney of nished in their absence, and could every other system.” P. 71. not profit by the admonition; and they were admonished in the
If the reader thinks that it was
presence of a congregation by whom necessary, in preaching a funeral they are condemned unheard, and sermon upon Mr. Scott, to lug in who did not require any addition to the Bishop of Peterborough's extheir prejudices against the Clergy, amination questions, or that no Such addition, however, they must
“ scheme of Scriptural doctrine has have received from other passages the impress of God's blessing in in these discourses. For having actually producing the conversion enumerated what he considers the and edification of souls,” except the genuine doctrines of the New Testa scheme of Messrs. Wilson and Co., ment, Mr. Wilson proceeds in the it is useless to say another word following terms;
upon the subject. But if he thinks
that our vulgar uncalvinised Chris “ You shall find that these principles are tians have, in some few instances, the key to a holy life ; that they constitute been pious men themselves, and that divine method of recovering man to fostered
fostered and promoted piety in the favour and image of his Creator, which is the grand peculiarity of the Christian faith; others, he will probably venture to and that no other scheme, however plausi- maintain his opinion in spite of the ble, has the broad impress of God's bless- rash and unwarranted and unclariing in actually producing the conversion table declarations of Mr. Wilson. and edification of souls. You will, more. Perhaps also, he inay smile at the over, discover, as you pursue sincerely the inquiry, that, 'not merely one individual, modesty and humility of him who like the eminent person before us, bas lield
asserts that the question between these principles as the nutriment and life himself and his brethren “ is settled of all practical religion, but that tliey have at once in his favour, and that there been maintained by Proplets and Apostles neyer was a case more clear,” than and Martyrs before us, that they form the that he bimself is in the right, and grand decisive features of the faith of the whole Church, that the holy effects contidually produced by them wherever they *“ The question as to which class of moare scripturally preached, resemble those dern divines approaches the nearest to the in the first ages of Christianity, that the sentiments of our Reformers, as expressed great luminaries of the Reformation agreed in our established formularies, is settled at in the profession of them, and founded on once by asking, which class quotes contithem the various Protestant Churcles, that nually and without evasion, the language the entire fabric of our own Church in her of those documents throughout? Which Articles and Homilies and Liturgy rests refers to them with repose of mind and on them; that when they are fully admit- entire acquiescence? Which appeals to ted, the language of those formularies, as thein simply and unreservedly in the plain well as of the Scriptures, becomes the and grammatical sense? The very ques
tions answer themselves. There never was * There is an affectation, if not a trick a case more clear; and the awkward atin this title. Every body has heard of tempts made to escape from it, only inSt. George's, Hanover-Square, St. An crease that clearness. Would our Redrew's, Holborn, &c. &c. But Mr. Wil- formers, for instance, have framed the son's chapel onglit not to affect a desig- eighty-seven questions now imposed in the nation which is appropriated to parish diocese of Peterborough? Or would the Churches. Why has the word Chapel been arthor of those eighty-seven questioms have
drawn up the Thirty-nine Articles?" REMEMBRANCER, No. 33.
that Hammond, and Jeremy Taylor, ality, abstraction from the world, love to and Pearson, and Bull, and Water the Saviour, faith, lumility, joy, activity in land are in the wrong. We are very
improving our opportunities, in redeenready to believe that Mr. Scott ad- ing time, and walking circumspectly in our
whole conduct." P. 79. vanced in gentleness and candour as he advanced in years—and we hope This sentence fully explains the that all his surviving friends will advice in the preceding page. The undergo a similar process. Mr. names and the parties we are to look Wilson may claim the support of above, are those of the Church Apostles and Martyrs; but while of England, and her orthodox sons, the great mass of our standard wri. the names and parties we are to look ters on Divinity are opposed to him, to are those of Cecil, Robinson, and and while among the productions Venn!! Can Mr. Wilson imagine of many other eminent living au- that such wretched trifling as this thors, the work of Mr. Young on will promote either piety or peace? the Epistle to the Romans, and of He cannot mean that the departed Dr. Lawrence on the Tenets of the friends whom he enumerates, had no Reformers, are lying unanswered
nanes, He cannot affirm that they and unanswerable on his table; the did not constitute a party in denunciations which he fulminates the Church. He has no right to against " worldly theology,” (p. 73) assume that they are to be taken may be forgiven upon one conside- for the Church itself, although their ration, and upon one only ; viz. mantle has fallen upon him. Yet that he has nothing better to say. as he positively declares that no
One more extract and we have doctrines but his own have ever done. The hesitating reader may been blessed by God to the constill be in doubt whether Mr. Wilson version of souls, as he enumerates really means what the words that
none among the revered and happy have been quoted signify. We our. dead but his own predecessors, inselves doubted, even after a second structors, companions, and friends, and a third perusal; and one sen we know not how to avoid conclu. tence more especially, in which we ding that he has imbibed the tenets are exhorted to look up above of Popery ; and denies that there is names and parties and controver any salvation out of the pale of his sies,” seemed to imply that he could
own sect. not have intended to say what he Here we should willingly close has said. The following passage these remarks,-but there was a undeceived us :
question put by Mr. Wilson in one “ To this end, let us catch the mantle did not stop to answer at the time
of our preceding extracts, which we of each departing saint, and copy the particular excellencies wbich marked his cha. when it occurred, because we were
Let us mark, and gain advan- anxious to go on with the business tage from, the address, judgment, acute- immediately before us; but which ness, and originality in his public dis- it is nevertheless incumbent upon courses of one; the strength, vigour, and simsplicity of faith of another; the kind
us to answer now, lest we be susness and tenderness of a third; the pasto- pected of passing it by on account ra zeat of a fourth; the interior knowledge of its insuperable strength. The of the heart of a fifth; the generous compassicu for the state of mankind of a
son, Venn, Buchanan, will instantly occur sisti*; w.ilst from all we learn spiritu. to most of my readers; to whichi, wbilst
the pen is in my hand, I must add that of
Richardson--whose departure has follow*“ The revered and beloved pames of ed close on that of the subject of these Cecil, the two Milners, Newton, Robin Sermons.”
enumeration of Mr. Scott's actions the first time that we were ever dis. and opinions, concludes in these tinctly told what Mr. Wilson's opiwords; " Now I ask whether any nions concerning predestination are ; fair solution can be given of such a but even now we should be at a loss case but the truth of the principles respecting them, if he had not said from which it sprung?" This ques- that he agreed with his deceased tion, as we have already observed, friend. We cannot admit, therecontains the pith of Mr. Wilson's fore, that Mr. Scott " has given the argument. All besides is mere de- impression to his age,” or even to clamation, assertion, and effrontery. ' his sect; but he has done what was And as he kuows that these three in his power; he has refused to rewill pass undisputed with half his ceive theirs. He is explicit and hearers, he calculates that his query unequivocal and candid far beyond will satisfy the rest. We shall shew those with whom he was connected. very briefly, that it ought not to And' he would have been more suce satisfy any body, and our task will cessful as a controversialist, and then be done. If in the course of more esteemed as a partizan, if he it, we should be led to speak of the had been less estimable as a man writings of Mr. Scott in a manner and a Christian. which may wound the feelings of a But the diligence with which he single individual who was connected formed, and the sincerity with which with him, we shall be heartily sorry he expressed his opinions, can never for it.
prove that they were correct. He Of Mr. Scott himself we are quite seems himself to have thought difcertain that we shall say nothing ferently ; and this notion among which ought to give offence. We many others proves that he did not have repeatedly quoted and com- argue closely. For if it follows mented upon his writings; and we that a man is in the right because have always said that we were in- he has taken pains to make himself debted to him for a more accurate so, it will also follow that contraacquaintance with the tenets of his dictory propositions may both be party, than any other cotemporary true. Since many very sincere inwriter could furnish. We knew him quirers after truth embrace opposite only in his writings; and there we sides of the same question. In the always found him candid, manly, “ Force of Truth,” a work highly and uncompromising. To his tenets commended by Mr. Wilson and we shall never assent, but the fair. others for its convincing properties, ness with which he avowed them, Mr. Scott lays the great stress of dese to be commended. He his argument upon two circumknew that a part of them, the belief stances-that God has promised to in Calvinistic predestination more teach those who pray for his inespecially, was unpopular. He saw struction; and that he Mr. Scott numbers who concealed or softened had so prayed. He infers in the down similar sentiments. And the most unqualified terms, that either concealment was crowned with suc " the substance of the doctrines cess. But so far was Mr. Scott which he had embraced are containfrom encouraging these practices, ed in the word of God," or "the that he attempted to put them all Scripture must be given up to be out of countenance, and set an ex. scoffed at by infidels and atheists, ample of sincerity which bids fairer and rendered useless to the humble for applause than for imitation. For anxious inquirer after divine truth.” even in the discourses before us, This, in point of fact, is the sum Mr. Wilson speaks much less openly and substance of Mr. Scott's arguthan Mr, Scott; and not only is this ment; and nothing can be more
unsatisfactory or more inconclusive. they are erroneous, and so the en-
and indefectible grace. We have Mr. Scott has chosen to take it no reason to believe, that the docfor granted, that some particular tripes of Bull and of Waterland doctrines are necessary to salvation, were even so much as apprehended and his inference is, that the Holy by his mind. That he never beSpirit will teach them to every lieved them is incontrovertible. willing scholar. We have no ob- What right then can he have to jection to the inference, but we question their effect upon the heart, dispute the premises. Their accu- the conduct, or the preaching of racy is assumed, but is no where one who really thinks that they are established; eminent writers, of un- true?
true ? His preaching before he questionable piety, have proved that was converted, produced no effect!