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me witness, that not one sentence in the whole has been dictated by the feelings of displeasure against any one of my fellow creatures.
These Letters are addressed to you, in hope, that if there must be an opponent, it may be one who is able and willing to investigate ; and one who has learned of Him who was meek and lowly in heart. This being your character, should vou see cause to answer my. Letters, you will look thoroughly and prayerfully into the subject, and not write at random. · You will not shelter yourself under the popularity of your own theory, and on that ground think yourself justified in treating with contempt the views of pour
friend. You will not sneer at arguments which you cannot refute by fair reasoning; nor substitute sarcastic and censorious declamation, for argument. You will not misrepresent my real views, for the sake of having something before you which you can easily refute. But if you view me in an error, you will
and, in the spirit of meekness and love, you will endeavor to show me my mistakes and errors. And you will write as one who expects to give account. And if I am in an error, be assured, Sir, that it is my cordial desire that you may be enabled to detect it, and to set it before me, and before the world, in a convincing light.
You will readily perceive, that there may be mistakes in explaining some particular texts, and yet the theory may be correct. In attempting to explain so many texts, it is very possible that there are instances of incorrectness. For one so fallible, it is enough to say, that my labor has been to investigate the real truth, without perverting or misapplying the Scriptures ; and that it has been my sincere desire to make the theory square with the Scriptures as a Divine STANDARD, and not to make the Scriptures bend to the theory.
Should you think it to be your duty to express your disapprobation of the theory, by way of a Review in some periodical work, you will give an impartial representation of my real sentiments, that those who read the REVIEW may have some opportunity to judge as to the correctness of the opinion you may express.
After you shall have written your objections by way of REVIEW, be pleased to turn to John xvii. and review the prayer of the Son of God; examine the natural import of
every sentence distinctly: then ask yourself these questions -Does not every sentence in this prayer perfectly harmonize with the sentiments against which I have been writing ?Yea, does not this prayer clearly contain the principal sentiments which the writer of the Letters has aimed to establish |--If he had forged a prayer for the Son of God, in support of his own theory, could he have written any thing more to his purpose than that which really proceeded from the lips of Christ ?--Are not, then, my objections to his views as really objections to the sentiments contained in the prayer of the Son of God?
And may that Divine LORD, in whom is our hope, lead us to a more perfect knowledge of himself; and grant, that not only you and I, but all who may read these Letters, may experlence the truth of the declaration which he made in his prayer to the Father, “ And this is life eternal, to know Thee the ONLY TRUE God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast SENT. And while it shall be our lot to differ in sentiment, let us daily unite in the prayer of Christ, that we all may be one, even as He and the FATHER ARE ONE. Adieu.
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