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terpretation must be affixed to the language of another modern Predeftinarian of eminence; when, alluding to David's murder of Uriah and adultery with Bathsheba, he demands,

Though I believe that David's sin displeased s the Lord, must I therefore believe that Da“ vid's person was under the curse of the law ?

Surely no, Like Ephraim he was still a

pleasant child : though he went on frowardly, “ he did not lose the character of the man " after God's own heart"." And again; “ No “ falls or backslidings in God's children can “ ever bring them again under condemnation, « because the law of the fpirit of life in Christ 56 Jesus hath made them free from the law of “ fin and death o.” And again ; “ If Christ 6 has fulfilled the whole law and borne the

curse, then all debts and claims against his “people, be they more or be they less, be they “ small or be they great, be they before or be

they after conversion, are for ever and for

ever cancelled. All trespasses are forgiven “ them. They are justified from all things.

They already have everlasting lifep.” “ God 6 views them without spot, or wrinkle, or any “ such thing: they stand always compleat in “ the ererlasting righteousness of the Re« deemer. Black in themselves, they are

* Quoted from Sir Richard Hill, in Fletcher's Third Check to Antinomianism, p. 72. • Ibid. p. $0.

Ibid.

82.

comely through his comeliness. He, who is “ of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, can « nevertheless address them with, Thou art all “ fair, my love, my undefiled ; there is no spot « in thee ?."

Far be it from me to assert, that every man, who calls himself a Calvinist, does admit these abominable tenets, however they may seem in reason, and by fair deduction, to form a constituent part of his creed, and avowed as they are by some of our accusers : or that every man, who does maintain those sentiments, as part of his creed, is prepared to take advantage of that fanction, which they supply to licentious practice! Some minds indeed there may be, and such unquestionably there are, of superior quality, whose love of God is too devout, and their piety too ardent, to fuffer them to use their tenets as a licence for carelefsness or immorality; and who remain, as Tully testified of the disciples of Epicurus, virtuous in spite of their principles'.

· Quoted from Sir Richard Hill, in Fletcher's Third Check to Antinomianism, p. 84.

. Sunt nonnullæ disciplinæ, quæ, propofitis bonorum et malorum finibus, officium amore pervertunt. Nam qui fummum bonum inftituit, ut nihil habeat cum virtute conjun&tum, idque fuis commodis, non honestate metitur,

و

But this may be safely affirmed ; that whereever such principles are maintained, and that there are some persons bold enough to maintain them, the foregoing extracts will demonstrate,) the peril to a mind of the common stamp is palpable and incalculable. Let a man of ordinary temper be persuaded, that he is one of the elect ; (and it rests with the Calvinift to show, that persons in general, who maintain his opinions, will not be fo persuaded, unless on substantial grounds ;) and let him moreover, be persuaded of what we have seen there are not wanting teachers to persuade him, that no duties are required to be performed, no obligations to be fulfilled, no terms, no conditions to be observed, in order to quae' lify him for salvation ; but that whatever lins be may commit, he is sure to be saved notwithstanding ; that whatever be his falls and backslidings, all trespasses are forgiven him ; that God views him without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing ; that he is justified from all things; that he already has everlasting life ; that he stands always absolved in the everlasting righteousness of the Redeemer :—that person is little acquainted with the corrupt and vicious propensities of human nature, who hic, fi fibi ipfe confentiat, et non interdum naturæ boni. tate vincatur, neque amicitiam colere poffit, nec justitialu, Cic. de Off. lib. i. cap. 2.

will undertake to answer for the consequence ; or rather it

may

be said, who will not undertake to affirm, that the confequence will neither redound to the credit of the do&trinė, nor conduce to the everlafting welfare of its profeffor. “ The great advocates of election and “ reprobation,” fays Bishop Sherlock, a writer distinguished for the clearness and folidity of his judgment, “ always reckon themfelves in 4 the number of the elect; and that their ini

quities, of which they are often conscious,

may not rise up against them, they main“ tain, that the act of man cannot make void " the purpofe of God, or the fins of the eleet “ deprive them of the benefit of God's eternal “ decree. Thus fecured, they despise the vir66 tues and moral attainments of all men, and * doom them with all their virtues to destruc“ tion, whilst they advance themfelves with “ all their fips to a throne of glory, prepared “ for them before the world began.." “ If I

be elected, no lins can poflibly bereave me “ of the kingdom of heaven ; if reprobated,

no good deeds can advance me to it.” Suchwas the language of a German potentate in former times, when his friends admonished him of his vicious conversation, and dangerous ftate. “ An objection,” remarks Heylyn," not

Sherlock's Sermons, vol. i p. 89.

more old than common : but fuch, I must

confefs, to which I never found a satisfactory o answer from the pen of Supralaplarian, or “ Sublapfarian, within the small compass of

my reading

What fruit, on the other hand, is to be expected from those, who believe themselves to lie under a sentence of irrespective and inevio table reprobation ; intended and decreed to everlafting torments by the unalterable will, and fitted for perdition by the onnipotent hand, of God? What in a man of ordinary temper, but “a recklessnefs of unclean living,” a foul dead to every fenfe of religion, and a heart hardened in impénitence? Or, if such a persuasion gain poffeffion of one, whose mind is endowed with higher and more ingenuous qualities, and alive to a nicer sensibility, to what other confequences can it be expected to lead, than a dismal melancholy; a fixed and comfortlefs despondence ; or a gloomy alienation of reason ; which will endure as long as his mortal existence, and will at length break forth perhaps in a paroxysm of frenzy, or in a death violent and premature ? For such a being, an outcast in his own imagination from divine grace, and abandoned to irremediable condemnation, the present has no enjoyment

Heylyn's Quinquarticular History, part i. chap. iv.

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