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they came to die the common death of all men; or, who ever perished, being innocent. And, if they deny that they hold any such doctrine, then let them inform us upon what foundation their perfect band has stood for so many years. And, if all these doctrines are not doctrines of devils, lying words, the practice of hypocrisy, errors against the Lord, and intended to destroy the poor and needy; then let them prove me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth.
Some of you will say, “This close preaching, this harsh dealing will never do. Prophesy smooth things, prophesy deceits. A little more candour: you will drive
your congregation. As the Lord liveth, my greatest fear is, that I shall not drive away the rotten-hearted, the bastard Calvinists, from among you! I would sooner preach to fifty pious souls, than to ten thousand hypocrites, whose faith is vain, and who are yet in their sins, though I had a thousand pounds yearly for so doing. I want none in communion with us, who do not love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and in truth; nor shall I ever be as the Lord's mouth, unless I take forth the vile from the precious. And, if honest and faithful dealing; if declaring, without shunning, the whole counsel of God, will do it; I am determined, God helping me, to effect it.
Our Arminian swears, that he is moved by the Holy Ghost, and subscribes the same articles that I did. Let us compare them with his doctrine,
Original sin standeth not in the following of Adam, as the Pelagians do vainly talk, but is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam,' &c. &c. This is an article which the Arminian subscribes. How does this agree with the doctrine of perfection, or the basis of the perfect band?
• The condition of man, after the fall of Adam, is such, that he cannot turn, and
prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God,' &c. This article the Arminian subscribes. How does this agree with free-will and human power to choose or refuse, come to Christ, or stay away?
*We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.' This is another article which the Arminians subscribe. How does this agree with what the vile person in my text calls imputed nonsense?
· Predestination to life is the everlasting purpose of God; whereby, before the foundations of the world were laid, he hath constantly decreed by his counsel, secret to us, to deliver from curse and damnation those whom he hath chosen in Christ out of mankind, and to bring them by Christ to everlasting salvation, ás vessels made to honour.'. This article the Arminian subscribes;
ceives many? And how can they say, that all are redeemed from death, when the Lord says, they are but few who find the gate that leads to life? And how can they say, as this vile speaker does, that many are in hell for whom Christ died, when the scriptures declare that, “ The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their head;" and that they shall obtain joy and gladness, and that sorrow and sighing shall flee away? which, according to common sense, is so contrary to weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth, lamentation, mourning, and wo, This I will
This I will say, that those who are among the spirits of just men made perfect, hold particular redemption; for they say, Thou hast redeemed us from among men; and will sing this song in the new heaven and in the earth. Whereas universal redemption was never believed, even in hell; can you make them believe that they are redeemed from death, and ransomed from the pit, who are already in it, and enduring the sentence of eternal death? Never! till this
in my text can bring them all to Zion with songs; which will at once remove the gulph fixed, and cause everlasting torments and everlasting destruction to have an end. In this doctrine of theirs, the price is paid for all, but sure to none,
Thus, reader, the sovereignty of Jehovah is charged with tyranny; and the free-will of man, with his lenity, is exalted. His absolute choice
of his people is called the devil's lie, and a horrible decree. The perfect righteousness which the surety wrought out, and which our great creditor accepts and imputes to the debtor, is styled imputed nonsense. Predestination to adoption and future glory is no security; for we may be children of God to-day, and children of the devil tomorrow. This vile speaking reflects upon the invariableness of God, the immutability of his counsel, the eternity of his love, the stability of his covenant, and the veracity of his oath and promise; and reflects the same upon the atonement of Christ, the sufficiency of his sacrifice, the value of his intercession, and upon the whole work of the Spirit of God. Thus the vile
person in my text works iniquity, practises hypocrisy, speaks villany, and utters error against the Lord; which leads me to consider,
Fifthly, his drift in all this. It is to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The things which the hungry soul hungers after are, ,
First, righteousness, which the Spirit convinces him of, and which he makes him feel the need of, both from the sentence of the law, and from the accusations of his own conscience. An unrighteous man is condemned by the law, an unrighteous man is condemned by his conscience, an unrighteous man cannot face his Judge, an unrighteous man cannot stand in the judgment, an unrighteous man cannot stand in the congre
gation of the just, an unrighteous man cannot enter the kingdom of God; and by nature, God says, “ There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none that doeth good.” The awakened sinner sees and feels this; and, therefore, hungers and thirsts after righteousness; and the Saviour says, Blessed are such, for they shall be filled.
Secondly, he hungers after Christ, the bread of life; and that which sharpens his appetite is the fear of death, and dread of damnation; the fear of perishing in his sins, and the fear of eternal banishment from the presence of God, and the glory of his power. Such poor awakened souls have sometimes a beam of light darting in, and a gleam of hope starting up; but these often soon withdraw again, and all is dismal. Such an one runs from place to place, crying in his heart, “Who will shew us any good?” These vile persons in my text often get hold of such; and, instead of preaching Christ, they tell him to work out his salvation; but do not tell him, that God works in him either to will or to do. They bid him arise, and shake himself from the dust; but do not enforce the promised arm of the Lord. They bid him up, and be doing; but deny that God works all our works in us. They tell him to set in as a co-worker with the Spirit; but what is a poor wretch, who is covered with sin, and destitute of power, to do or to get, from such doctrine as this! How can the prodigal be received,