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me remind you that God's provision for salvation is, “ Believe Every soul that has not got salvation is in need of it. People on the Lord Jesus Christ.” He never says wait till you une will not believe their necessity; they say, Do not bother us with derstand the work of salvation. In truth, it is a mystery beyour religion: we have got something else to attend to. It takes yond our comprehension. But I declare it to you, as one who all our time to get a living; and besides, we are not a bit worse believes, and who, through faith, knows every word of the than anybody else. In fact, the reader may be ready to tell me declaration to be true. he (or she) knows plenty of religious people who do many Let me entreat you not to consider this question as an abthings he (or she would be ashamed of. Let me say at once, straction, as a doctrine. The Lord Jesus is not only the risen my present object is not to speak to you about religion. Sal Man; He is the living God: He knows the secrets of all vation is one thing-Religion, quite another. What I desire to hearts. While this life endures men may harden themselves in press upon you, my friend, is-that, sooner or later, you will unbelief, and treat Him with scorn, as they do. But, in a day want to know the way of salvation. There are but few who are soon to come, “every eye shall see him." He will shortly bo able-still fewer who are faithful and simplc-hearted enough scen coming to this world, which has so long rejected Him,“ in to tell you. You had better look at it now.
power and great glory," "and then shall all the kindreds of The plain declaration of Scripture is this, “If thou shalt con- | the earth wail because of Him." "We shall all stand before fess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine the judgment seat of Christ.” He will judge ALL. Death will heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be be no refuge, as some men vainly hope. He will judge both the saved.” (Rom. x. 9.) Well, say you, what if I don't? Hear living and the dead. Then will the unbelieving hcar that word the words of the Son of God: "Ho that believeth on the Son of fearful import, DEPART! hath everlasting life; He that believeth not the Son shall not There will be another judgment for those who trust the see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John iii. 36, 37.) Saviour during these days of his rejection. On these He will This is not said to frighten people into religiousness ; it is a bestow blessings and rewards, to endure for ever and ever. solemn declaration of fact, and is stated here to arouse your | This will be salvation indeed. carnest attention. I repeat, making what I first said personal, Such is the unspeakably important issue of the question-Do If you have not got salvation, you are in need of it. I beg of you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you doubtful you to get the question settled. To allow it to pass by, is to whether you believe in Him or not? If so, I will ask you continue in unbelief; and the sentence, as above, is already another question. Do you love Him? Give over thinking pronounced by Him who alone could save you!
of an abstraction. Do you love Him personally, the risen Do you ask me, Who is this Lord Jesus in whom you wish Jesus? You perceive that, for faith to be effectual, the heart me to believe? That is a sensible question. It is the most | must be stirred. What Scripture demands is, confession with desirable thing you can ask. Do not rest till you get a full the lips, and belief in the heart ; belief in the Lord Jesus, once and satisfactory answer. It is because they do not know Jesus, .dead, now in resurrection life and glory. If such is your belief, that people perish. Do listen whenever you hear Christians you must love your Saviour: you cannot help it. If you do tell about the Lord Jesus Christ. If people perplex you about not love Him, it is because you do not believe; you are yet in keeping the Sabbath, or breaking it-if they bother you about your sins. Oh, think of His lavished love on ruined sinners. teetotalism and reformation, and religious associations, you may Believe in Him, and live for ever. very well turn a deaf car to them all. But if you can find any In faithfulness, I must tell you, if you believe, you ought to willing to tell you about Jesus, listen to them with your whole | be baptised. The command of Jesus to His disciples is, “Preach soul's attention. Ask them to explain all they know about and baptize." The Lord said again, “ He that believeth, and Him. It is a living person you want to enquire about. Who is baptized, shall be saved; he that believeth not shall bo is this Lord Jesus? What was He? What did He do? Where damned.” is He? Who saw Him? What is He doing? Shall I ever
W. S. sce Him? Can He save me? How can He save me? Oh,
A Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. never give over asking till you are fully satisfied.
19, Sherborne-street, Downham-road, N. I can reply briefly to these questions, but it is a never ending theme. Do not be content with the little I can say about it. Jesus, the Son of God, in eternal union with the Father,)
THE CITY OF CONFUSION, the Creator of all things, came into this world more than
(Isaiah xxiv. 10.) Eighteen-hundred-and-sixty years ago, in the likeness of
AND THE WAY OUT OF IT. sinful men. While He was here, He was occupied in teaching men the will of God. HE ONLY could make the mind of God fully known. One thing He stated expressly - namely, that
A FAIT IFUL WORD FOR CHRISTIAN S. the thing needful to a right understanding of God is trust, belief, faith in the Son-Himself, Jesus. We never can un
8. MINISTRY.-(Continued from our last.) derstand God or His ways till we trust in Jesus. According to! Yet we have no desire to press or censure unduly either the mcre reason, faith in the Son may not seem necessary to an Clergy or Christians who sit under them.' The majority have understanding of the Father, but it 18 absolutely so. When been trained up in the belief that the various denominational the Saviour was upon earth, He was not only occupied in systems as they exist, are more or less in accordance with the preaching and teaching, but He went about doing good ; and He word of God, and that the only question for a believer to decido commanded all His followers to do the same! How unlike the so- | is, 'Which is the best ?' Doubtless it must seem a heinous called great men of this world, who are ever seeking to get piece of presumption on our part to declare them all wrong. something for themselves! Jesus the Saviour was all benevo. But this is the only possible result of a spiritual scarch into lence-always giriny, taking nothing! He fed the hungry, scripture, provided the searcher be free from bias. We can healed the sick, poured blessings upon the poor. He was, as only say, dear christian reader, we have no personal object to indeed HE IS, the DIVINE MAN-full of excellence, altogether serve. Scarch for yourself. It is to our Lord each one of us lovely. Will you not believe in Him? Will you not trust will have to give account. Him? But, above all, He gave Himself over to dcath and For the Clergy we desire to express the deepest sympathy, judgment for the sake of all believers. Yes, He became our The majority have doubtless accepted their appointments in Substitute and Sin-bearer, enduring all the judgment of God on perfect integrity of heart, and it requires a mighty effort of account of sin, instead of those upon whom the wrath of God faith to withdraw from such a position. We believe our gracimust otherwise have rested. Honce the force of his own words, ous Master regards them most tenderly, and yearns over them which I have quoted. If you beliere in Jesus, God will never most lovingly even where faith is weak, and the natural mind have a word to say to you about wrath; the Saviour endured loads them to cling to the things which are seen,' rather than it in your stead. If you believe not, the wrath of God abideth give up all in faithfulness to Him who is unseen. But, oh, on you.
what rejoicing there is where faith triumphs! where pure love You may say, you do not understand how this can be. Let for the Lord responds to his touching appeal, 'If ye love me
keep my commandments !' Dear Christians, there have been to build up systems of religion, nor going on with worldly such there are—who, preferring to honour the counsels of Him thoughts of improvement, but looking for that full and perfect who died for them, have quietly abandoned clerical dignity and deliverance which He himself will bring. We know that emoluments-have chosen to deny themselves, and take up the when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him cross daily, and follow Jesus.' And what amazing power as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth for good there is in such an act! Thus to walk in the footsteps himself even ils ho is pure.' (1 John iii. 2.) In the meantime, of tim who'stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,' there the word for us is, 'Let us go forth, therefore, unto Him withto suffer many things, and to be rejected and crucified-is to be out the camp, bearing his reproach. For here we have no a'a living epistle' indeed, 'known and read of all men.' No continuing city, but we seek one to come.' (Heb. xiii. 13, 14.) power of language can preach such a sermon as that. We are The camp of Israel consisted of all who were called to be God's speaking the truth in love, yet know that it will generally be people ; but when evil came into their midst, Moses pitched the unwelcome; but must testify the truth.
Tabernacle, the hcly place, outside the camp, and all who deIf Christians believed in the presence of the Lord in the sired to be true worshippers separated to him, and went outside midst of any two or three believers, they must own practically the camp. This is the figure used in the above scripture, and that the first place, the Headship of the assembly is His. Heb. is specially adapted to the present times. The camp-that is X. 24–25 is pretty conclusive as to Christians gathering the entire mass of those who take the ground of being God's together without any more human leader : 'Let us consider people-has become a ' City of Confusion,' the Babylon of Rev. one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not for- | xviii. Dear Christian reader, we have shown you the Way Out saking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of of It. Can you not find two or three content to gather around the some is; but exhorting one another, and so much the more as Lord in a room of your own, or in any convenient place? God ye see the day approaching. Gathered round the Lord him- | will own you, and 'add to the Church.' Once more we repeat self, His presence being as real to faith as when he presented the Lord's gracious assurance, 'Where two or three are gathered himself in the midst of his disciples after his resurrection. He together in my name, THERE AM I in the midst of them.' will lead his people by the Holy Spirit indwelling them, in In conclusion, let us own the hand of our Saviour God, in worship, in prayer, and in opening up the Scriptures. He is bringing many together for mutual edification over the scripfaithful, and ever honours faith. Jesus Christ, the same ture, and for prayer. We believe that bible meetings and yesterday, to-day, and for ever !' If we own his presenco, prayer meetings are producing wonderiul and blessed effects, and place ourselves in absolute dependence upon his guidance, The way in which believers assemble themselves in these last and buve no confidence in the flesh,' he will raise up days, simply as Christians, for prayer and study of the word,' Teachers and Pastors. These, however, are secondary bless- is proof of the unsatisfying character of denominationalism, ings. If we hold to the Lord himself and His Word, we may with all its aids, appliances, and organizations. No doubt, well be content. Read Paul's address to the Ephesian elders, in many who attempt to teach, and many more who undertake to Acts xx. 32--34 ; after warning them of dangers from without | lead in prayer, are sadly ignorant of God's ways. But most of and within, he says: 'And now brethren, I commend you to those who read and pray are men of faith, and the Lord owns God and the word of His grace, which is able to build you up them. Blessed be his name, he will own whatever is of faith and to give you an inheritance among all them which are and · whatever is not of faith is sin. We, therefore, earnestly sanctified. I have coveted no mar's silver, or gold, or apparel. exhort our brethren and sisters in the Lord, (whether or not Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands (his own hands) you have faith enough to give up your sectarian standing,) to have ministered unto my necessities, and them that were with seek frequent opportunity of meeting earnest followers of the me.'
Lord Jesus Christ, however few in number. Be teachable, bo
prayerful, depend upon the Holy Ghost to guide you into all 9. MEETINGS.-A careful study of the Epistles to the
truth.' If you do not know of such meetings, invite Christians Corinthians will clearly show the mind of God as to the way in
to your own houses. Anywhere, anyhow, MEET. which Christian assemblies should be conducted. All who as.
Once again we quote the words 'provoke one another to semble together are there taught to be in subjection to the Lord
love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourJesus Christ, the Head of the Church, ever present with them,
selves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one and guiding all subject ones by the Holy Ghost. He will use
another, and so MUCH THE MORE AS YE SEE THE DAY APPROACHwhom he will, even as he gives gifts, dividing to every
ING. Surely those who are watching can see the day approachman severally as he will.' This is so contrary to the systems of religion men have been
ing! constructing for centuries, that the reader may have difficulty BAPTism and the Lori's SUPPER we would fain offer a few in receiving it. Yet the one question is · What saith the remarks upon, but space will not permit; separate papers on Scripture?: Read Acts ii.; you will there find the true church these subjects may be had 'of the publisher of this journal. at its very commencement, in all its freshness and simplicity of We would, however, press these two ordinances upon the solemn construction. Look at verses 41, 42 : 'Then they that gladly attention of believers. Though in no way essential to salvation, received his words were baptized, and the same day there were love to the Lord requires our faithful observance of them. As added about three thousand souls. And they continued sted soon as a person has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, he or sho fastly in the Apostle's doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking ought to be baptized. We believe a Christian has no claim to of bread and in prayers. The chapter concludes with these be received into fellowship until baptized (if scripture-teaching words, “The Lord added to the church daily such as should be on the point be regarded). As a follower of Jesus he should saved.”
not permit his conscience to rest until he has conformed to the In these few sentences we have a perfect presentation of God's plain command of his Saviour. Receiving into fellowship is order of things for Christians, viz. : 1. The reception of the another question. Assemblies must deal with it in the presence word of truth; 2. Baptism ; 3. Continuance in the Apostles' l of the Lord, guided by the Written Word' and the Holy doctrine ; 4. Christian fellowship; 5. Breaking of Brend (the Spirit's interpretation thereof. If each Christian chooses faithLord's Supper); 6. Prayers. All that is here stated any two or fulness to his Lord in preference to every other consideration three Christians are competent to carry on. Anything added all will be plain enough. After baptism there should be comto it of man's invention (or changes made to suit his thoughts plete fellowship with Christians, in Prayer, in Praise, and in the about what is best,) must entail positive loss.
Breaking of Bread, i.e., the Lord's Supper. We gather from We do not expect these truths to be generally received. But
lly received. But Scripture that the early Christians came together on the first the question for each believer to ask himself or herself is, ‘Am I day of the week for that purpose, but there is no rule. Love to going on with that which is wholly of God ? Have I decided
our Saviour cannot be very strong, if once a weck be found too for God and the word of his grace, to the rejection of all else?' |
| frequeut to show the Lord's death till he come.'
It our hearts are true to our Master when he comes he will Be assured, dear reader, there is deep significance in the spread of the knowledge of the Lord's promised return. The sound
find us as to walk and fellowship outside the City of Confusion.' has gone forth, ‘Behold the Bridegroom cometh.' He would have us, in all simplicity, waiting and watching ; not seeking
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you as a brother in Christ with all the saints in every place When you speak of" water baptism," do you mean that call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs " baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the and ours." The first part of this sentence is virtually contraHoly Ghost,” or “baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus?" dicted by the last. You know very well that, as members of There is much " cause of stumbling" in not keeping these the body of Christ, we are as ready to own you as you us. things in mind.
Not only so, but if our gracious Lord were to lead us to Crewo I quite agree with you, and have always urged, that we could have full fellowship with you as members of the “Brethren" make too much of “ the Table." This arises Church of God, at the same time that we should repudiate your from the Clerical Element having been so strongly developed party standing. -- You call us to account for upholding in many of the dear early Brethren. It is simply Popish ! | the simple titlo of “ Christians." We are just as free to use Of all places, the Lord's table is surely not the place of the terms “ Saints" or " Brethren”- but, in consideration of judgment ! [Self-judgment is quite another question.] We the special appropriation of these by Brethrenisms, we, in eat and drink judgment if we discern not the Lord's body general speaking, prefer the other Scriptural term, because it is 1 Cor. xi. 28, 29; and what is that body ? 1 Cor. xii. 27 says that by which all parties are known. We thus take upou us,
Now ye are the Body of Christ and members in particular.' in common with all believers, “ reproach for the name of Christ;" Jesus, then, as the Head, and his Members, as the body are to we bear our part in the common burden, and own ourselves no be discerned. Ephes. j. 22, 23. 1 Cor. viii. 12. &c., &c. better than the rest. You quote against us Gal. vi. 1. In Let us not sin against Christ! 1 Cor. viii. 12.
this you make a common mistake. The thing spoken of in that With love, and in patient waiting, yours to serve, Scripture is, the duty of restoring an individual overtaken in a
S. C. H. fault. We would gladly and humbly do this for you, dear
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which God would have them to walk. They say,
"Turn aside; rest and be comfortable with us ; we BELOVED,—You will gladly listen to what I bring also are of the prophets." "What harm is there" you in the name of our Lord ; though to many, I find, in this, that, or the other? Satan is transformed the proclamation of the whole Truth is very un- | into an angel of light! welcome. It is a great while ago since the Beloved; We must answer all with—"It is writrequest was first made to a prophet of God ten.” When our Lord was tempted of the devil, "Prophesy to us smooth things.” The spirit which having fasted in the wilderness forty days, the devil actuated the unfaithful Israelites of old is, however, said to him, “If thou be the Son of God, command rife among Christians. An unsparing declaration of this stone that it be made bread.” Jesus was “hunGod's mind operates now, as it always did.
gered,” he needed the bread; what objection could In the first days of the present dispensation, " the be made to the proposal ? The natural man would word” was not as honey to the taste of all. Let us say, “None whatever.” But “Jesus answered him contrast two cases. When Peter and the rest of the saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread Apostles, on the day of Pentecost, accused their alone, but by every word of God.". So with the other hearers of the wickedness they had committed-these temptations. There is much in each to commend it were pricked to their heart, and said, “Men and to mere human judgment. Satan exerted all his brethren, what shall we do?” They owned their subtlety when dealing with our Saviour. In every error, enquired for the remedy, and obtained it. case Jesus defeated the foe with, " It is written"! When another audience was before Stephen, and he Let us imitate our Master, and be armed with an laid against them the solemn charge, “ Ye do always “ It is written," with which to repel every invitation to resist the Holy Ghost," these were cut to the heart, unfaithfulness. and gnashed on him with their teeth. Moreover they Oh, my Brother, my Sister, Think of the immeasurcast him out and stoned him. Yet these were reli able consequences of the present fight of faith. Think gious people!
of " the crown of life,” “the hidden manna," "the Blessed be God, there are many in our day who white stone with a new name," “ the rule over the will listen to the Truth, though it pricks. The nations," " the Morning Star," the owning of thy divine word soon heals them. But, alas! what a name by Jesus before His Father and before his multitude find themselves more grievously wounded angels, Jesus making those "who say they are Jews, by " the Sword of the Spirit”—continually cut to the and are not, but do lie, to come and worship before heart, yet obtain no healing balm for their wounds, thy feet, and to know that he has loved thee!” because they stubbornly resist the Holy Ghost. Be The “Lord Jesus," the “I am," the “Alpha and loved :' be sure that mere words of man, mine or Omega," " the Beloved," saith to thee—“ Behold, I any other are (concerning the truth as it is come quickly! hold that fast which thou hast, that thou in Jesus) powerless to hurt. Those who wince lose not thy crown. (He does not say, that thou lose under what is written in this paper, are those who not thy life!] Him that overcometh will I make a need to be either pricked or cut; and the word of Pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no God does it. Let the puncture, however, effect its more out: and I will write upon him the name of purpose, and the member soon becomes whole. As my God, and the name of the city of my God, new to those who are only willing to listen to exhortations Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from adapted to their prejudices, and made like the sound my God; and my new name.” Moreover, He saith to of "a pleasant song"-I can only say, They are in the thee-"As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be Lord's hands, and he will deal with them. For my zealous, therefore, and repent [i.e. turn from all own part, though earnestly intent upon “speaking that is contrary to his mind—and do whatever is the truth in love," my only care is, to make known pleasing in His sight;] Behold, I stand at the door the mind of the Lord.
and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the When of old, the man of God had cried against the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him altar at Bethel, it was a PROPHET who tempted him and he with me." Now at this present time, while from the path which God had appointed! He had you are yet a pilgrim.] "To him that overcometh will fulfilled one part of his mission and would have com- I grant to sit with me on my throne, even as I also pleted it faithfully but for his brother prophet. overoame, and get down with my Father in his Solemn varning! Christians, alas! mislead one throne."
Beloved, You can only overcome by faith : Faith up with so much cleverness, that many might read his kept in exercise. Faith, not in men's words and de- | writings without detecting the snare. Yet Christians vices, but in, “ It is written.” Faith manifested in who compare what they hear with Scripture, could not personal love to Jesus, and intimate, holy fellowship fail to discover it. (Alas! that this duty is so little with him. Let him “dwell in your heart by faith,” | attended to, notwithstanding the warnings of Christ, How prone we are to forget that we are in a scene of and the experience of eighteen hundred years.) spiritual warfare! Carnal weapons will not avail us. Then ensued the manifest failure of Brethrenism as "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his an institution. Plymouth ought, according to Scripmight. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may ture, to have been left to deal with its own heresy. In be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For the days of the Apostles, the Church at Ephesus did we wrestle not against flesh and blood, (though the not interfere with Smyrna, nor Pergamos with Thyatempter often comes against us in human form,] but tira, neither Rome with Corinth, nor Corinth with against principalities, against powers, against the rulers Colosse. The Lord admonished each assembly apart. of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wicked- To the same Lord Jesus Christ should the cause at ness on high." Satan is above you, and he is stronger | Plymouth have been committed, if the evil rethan you. If you do not accept divine provision for mained unjudged by the members of his body in the conflict, he will get many an advantage over you. that place. Instead of this, the leaders of the I pray you consider the perfect equipment Christ has confederacy in London assumed jurisdiction in the provided for you; see Eph. vi. 10—24. Estimate the matter. Nor did they stop there, but (as we undervalue of His strength, and the armour provided for you stand) proceeded to propound an anticipated difficulty in that Scripture. Put it on, and do not cease to wear to assemblies of “the Brethren" in various places : it. Divinely equipped, you can indeed stand. Thus namely—“On the supposition that Plymouth failed to may you be found by the Lord at his coming. He put away the heretic, would any member of that Church will come soon. How precious are those words in be received elsewhere to communion ?" It is not the last chapter of Revelation, “Behold I come surprising that some of the assemblies so addressed quickly," . ..... “Behold I come quickly, declined to reply to that question. Of these the Bristol and my reward is with me, to give every man accord- meeting, using a chapel called Bethesda (as we are ing as his work shall be.” ....“Surely, informed), sent an answer to the effect--that should I come quickly." May you and I be always ready such a case as that suggested, occur with them, they with the rejoinder as it is written—"Even so, come, would seek guidance from the Lord to deal with it. Lord Jesus."
Hereupon it seems the dictators in London decided Waiting that bright and happy consummation, to put away all meetings who would not at once concur Believe me,
with the demand made upon them to pronounce beforeYours in true Christian fellowship, hand upon a difficulty which might never arise. Absurd The EDITOR of PRECIOUS TRUTH. as this reads, we believe we have given but the simple
facts. Only think of a christian conclave in London,
based upon, no one knows what, assuming power to put PLYMOUTH BRETHREN-THE BRETHREN-OR
away assemblies in the gross, not only in London, but BRETHREN.
in Bristol, and other places! Thus, it seems, was When we issued our second paper on “the Ply brought about the first great division. The separatists mouth Brethren,” our purpose was to have left the sub- henceforth excluded all who did not hold their views, ject there. We have, however, received so many and gave them the designation of " Bethesdas," or communications touching their unhappy disputes, the other side”-while those put away, denominated and, moreover, so much misrepresentation has been the other party "exclusives." Oddly enough, there published respecting them, especially by a certain are many dear christians in both camps who know Dr. C. and a writer in the Sword and Trowel | little or nothing of the nature of the middle wall built -that for the Truth's sake we are constrained to offer up between them. The young “exclusives” are led some further remarks. What particular name each to think the “ Bethesdas" all heretics ; and the lat. section of the Brethren should be called by, we cannot ter must of necessity look upon the “exclusives” as discover. Originolly, no doubt, the believers who sad fanatics--but the cause of division few are able to came together upon the ground now occupied by tell. There have been other ruptures. The chiefs of these denominations, were recognised among one an. the London “exclusives" have since sat in judgment other simply as “ brethren.” But it is now common upon matters concerning “ The Brethren" at Guernwith many of them to speak and think of their party sey, and we know not where besides. There is no end as, "the Brethren,' " the Saints ; " while by other to ecclesiastical pretension when once the anti-scripbodies of Christians and the world they are generally tural principle of confederacy is admitted. known as “the Plymouth Brethren," without any | One circumstance connected with these matters we divisional distinction.
must not pass over. The extra-judicial conclave in With regard to the principal rupture produced London on one occasion (probably oftener) were nonamong these (once united) bodies, some years ago, it plused for want of scripture on which to base their seems, the leading brother at Plymouth was betrayed | proceedings; whereupon the conscience of the meeting into an unfaithful use of Scripture. He began to was appeased by reading from the 2nd Epistle of Jobi, teach what was certainly heretical; but it was covered as follows: "For many deceivers are entered into