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city, and Christian moderation : whom his contemporaries esteemed as most capable of “ teaching learning by instruction, and virtue “ by example;" whom not this University alone, but our Church and Nation, have uni. formly esteemed, as one of their brightest luminaries; and to whose merits the testimony of two successive monarchs has been sanctioned by the approbation of the good, the wise, and the great; who have concurred in adopting the appellation, that his sovereigns had bestowed, and in transmitting his honour to pofterity as " the learned, or judicious, or reverend, or ve“ nerable Hooker k.”
Virtually disclaiming the modern do&trine of affurance, by declaring that “ the strongest “ in faith that liveth on the earth has always “ need to labour, strive, and pray, that his af“ surance concerning heavenly and spiritual “ things may grow, increase, and be augment" ed ;” and disclaiming the modern doctrine of perfection by an humble acknowledgment of his own unrighteousness, he bore his testimony to the truths, which I have been endeavouring to establish, even before the opposite heresies had taken root amongst us. With fingular gratification I close the present discourse by
Isaac Walton's Life of Hooker. Works, Oxford ed. p. 90, 25, 79, 60.
fuch an attestation to the foundness of the tenets, which I have been deducing from the Oracles of God: for I cannot consider it as a matter of trifling moment, that they are thus incidentally fupported by one, whose heart was the living pi&ture of that poorness of spirit, to which is promised the blessing of the kingdom of heaven; and whose mind was of a capacity to trace the operations of law, emanating from the bofom of the Creator, and diffufing harmony throughout his works.
Now unto “ the high and lofty One that in“ habiteth eternity, whofe name is Holy; who “ dwelleth in the high and holy place, with “ bim also that is of a contrite and humble fpi“ rit:" unto Him be glory and dominion for ever!
See Eccl. Polity. Conclusion of the first book.
1 Cor. ix. 16.
Though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to
glory of ; for necesty is laid upon me : year wo is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel.
AT the commencement of these Lectures, to the conclusion of which we are now rapidly advancing, the words, that have been just recited, were selected for your attention; because I was desirous that our minds might be impreffed, at the outset of the proposed ina quiry, with a due sense of the folemnity of the charge, into the grounds of which it was my design, with God's blessing, to examine: a charge, as was then remarked, which, if it were fubftantiated, must involve us in the guilt of corrupting, or renouncing, “ the truth
it is in Jesus;" and which must in confequence expose us to the “ wo," (as it is expressed in the text,) to the “ curse," (as St. Paul elsewhere expresses it,) denounced on
those, who “ preach not the Gospel" of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift.
Alive to the responsibility, which attaches to us as ministers of the Gospel, and to the tremendous punishment which awaits us, if we wilfully pervert or abandon the true evangelical faith ; I have endeavoured to give a just fcriptural exposition of those more prominent subjects, on which the charge in question is principally founded; to detail the particulars of the charge, as alleged by our accusers; to state, what I apprehend to be, the substance of our teaching on the controverted points; and to defend and vindicate our teaching by that, which alone can be pleaded in its defence, namely, the pure and unadulterated word of God. The several subjects of the conditions of man's justification ; of his predestination to life or death; of the efficacy, and perceptibility, of the operations of the Holy Spirit; of regeneration; of conversion ; of assurance; and of perfection; have been thus successively proposed to your thoughts: not, (for I would here repeat what was said in my introductory discourse,) not for the purpose of superseding, but of encouraging, more full and more minute investigation in those, for whose benefit these Lectures appear to have been principally designed. Whilst, therefore, I attempt to draw the attention of the younger part of my hearers to the foregoing topics, in order that they may be the better enabled to perform their ministerial duties with success; let me entreat them to prosecute the examination by the light of the facred Scriptures; assisted by those human aids, which have been so largely vouchsafed by a bountiful Providence to this country, and the study of which it is a prominent object of our academical institutions to promote.
A late excellent Prelate, who contributed much to the ornament and spiritual edification of our University, in which he occupied a distinguished poft, in a discourse from this place remarked, that “as heresies make their peri- ' “ odical revolutions in the Church, like comets 66 in the heavens, to shed a baleful influence 6 on all about them, the time seemed to be “ coming, when Antinomianism was to be
again rampant amongst us. And what won“ der” (he adds) " that this or any other he
resy should be introduced and propagated, “ if men, instead of having recourse to the “ catholic doctors of the ancient Church, and 66 to such of our divines as have trodden in " their steps, will extract their theology from 66 the latest and lowest of the modern sectaries, 6 thus beginning where they should end: if, “ instead of drawing living water for the use of the fanctuary from the fresh springs of