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EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT

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OF.THE

UN G O D L Y,

Illustrated and evinced to be a Scripture Doctrine:
AND THE

Salvation of all Men,

As taught in several late Publications, confuted.
In a new. Arrangement of the Subject in Dispute.

In Three PART S.-

In the First,—The.insinuating Arguments of the Univer-
salists are considered and refuted; and the Credibility of
the commonly received Doctrine is evinced.

In the Second,—The everlasting Punishment of the Ungod-
ly is illustrated and evinced.

In the Third,—The Arguments of the Unlversalists, from
Scripture Texts, and their. Evasions, are considered and
refuted.

By STEPHENJOHNSON, M. A.

Pastor of the first Church in LyMe.

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THE INTRODUCTORY.'

P R E FA C E.

WILL the Supreme Judge of the world, in the last day, sentence us to everlasting lise or punishment according to our characters formed in this state? So Christ hath expressly taught us; and it is of most interesting importance to every one, to know and realize it. This was the saith of the Jewish and Christian church in the days of inspiration. This hath been the common saith of the Christian church ever since. This was the saith of our pious foresathers in this land; and hath been the undisputed saith of their posterity, until the present age. And considering the powerful, salutary tendency and influence of this doctrine, for the good of men in this world and world to come, is it not to be lamented, that this important article of the Christian saith, mould be drawn into question? But so it is. The contrary doctrine, " that all men shall be saved," is now exhibited to public examination. —A clear stage—sair dealing and argumentation—we ask no more.—Great is the power of truth, and it will prevail.— Christ hath furnished his servants with sufficient ability and saithfulness, from age to age, to vindicate the saith once delivered to the saints; and to unmask and expose error, however disguised by art and sophisty; nor need we question it in the jpresent or any future day.

When I read the pamphlet, intkled, " Salvation for ajl JVfen," printed in Boston, 178a, I viewed it as an opening •wedge of controversy i and thought it duty to turn my tho'ts upon the best method of desending the doctrine of the future putufliment, as commonlv received i» the Christian wodd; which

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