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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE... Missionary
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SCRIPTURES EXPLAINED OR ILLUSTRATED.
.. Job iv. 18.
164, &c. 257-8 Pfalın xxiv. 7.
239 Matthew xi. 21.
26 Luke iv. 18-30.
72, &c. John xiv. 16.
212-3 Romans iv. 17-25.
* 101, &c. x. 17-21.
185, &c. 1 Corinthians iv. 8. James ii. 20—24.
98 1 John iii. 6.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
AT the commencement of a periodical work, it is customary to give some account of its object and of the plan on which it is to be conducted. In compliance with this custom, and to make the public acquainted, as much as is necessary, with their sentiments, the Editors of the Advocate of Revealed Truth and Inspector of the Religious World, prefix this introductory address.
The object of the work is explained, in a great degree, by its title. But it may be expedient to state it more at large. It is fimply this; to vindicate the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, by removing from it those disguises by means of which its enemies have endeavoured to conceal its excellency and importance : to separate it from every human device, by drawing a clear line of distinction
between between it and all those delusions and absurdities, which wicked men, under the influence of him who has been a liar from the beginning, have invented, and called by its name, and imposed upon
the world in its stead : in a word, to exhibit it in its native fimplicity ; without presuming to make any addition by way of ornament or recommendation, or to conceal any part of it, through fear of giving offence.
In the prosecution of this attempt, the Editors will naturally be led, not only to declare their own sentiments concerning divine truth, but also to review the principles and conduct of, what is usually called, the Religious World. Accordingly they will animadvert occafionally on the various religious publications which are daily sent out into the world : and more especially on the productions of those, who, from their rank or talents, or any other circumstance, are likely to find numerous readers :—and they will also, as opportunity shall offer, observe and discuss the principles, by which the different affociations and public bodies, instituted for religious purposes, appear to be influenced.
In their remarks on every subject that may come before them, they will use the greatest freedom. It is their object, not to conciliate the public favour, or to get for themselves a great name; but, for the advantage of mankind, to bring forward into more general notice that word which is Truth. They will not therefore be deterred, by the frowns of the enemies of that word, from the faithful discharge of the duties belonging to the office they have undertaken : no ;-regardless of the consequences, they will endeavour, with Atrict impartiality, to render to every man his due ; praise to whom praise is due,
and censure to whom censure ;--desiring to have their judgments regulated by the word of God. To this alone they will have respect; to this they desire to pay implicit deference; acknowledging no other standard of truth, no other rule of conduct. By this word they mean to try all things, and to reject and expofe, as error and delusion, whatever is not agreeable thereto, however highly esteemed it may be amongst inen; remembering that what is most highly esteemed amongst men, is abomination in the fight of God ;—and that, if any man speak not according to the law and to the testimony, it is because there is no light in him. It is almost needless to add, that by the same standard to which they mean to bring the sentiments of others, they are willing to have their own tried : indeed they are earnestly desirous to have the principles, they shall bring forward, discussed ; persuaded that their cause cannot suffer by it, for it is the cause of truth. But that their readers may be qualified to decide what is, truth, they must search the fcriptures.
They are aware that this is an arduous undertaking. They have viewed the difficulties, and the question, who is sufficient for these things ? has suggested itself to their minds. But every consideration of the magnitude of the work, anch of their own insufficiency vanishes, in the view of the command, contend earnestly for the faitis once delivered to the saints. To him who has illueu this command, even to the Father of Lights, with whom is the residue of the Spirit, they look for wisdom and for strength. Though they be weak, they have a good hope that their labour will not be in vain : for God hath chofen the foolish things of the world to confound the wife; and the weak things of the world, to confound the things which are mighty.
They have determined not to confine themselves to any fixed plan in this work, but to be regulated by circumstances. In general their numbers will be made up of Original Efsays; Extracts from authors little known; Reviews of Religious Publications ; Articles of
Articles of Biblical Criticism; and Intelligence of the Transactions of the Religious World, accompanied with such observations as may be necessary.
The names of the authors from whose works they shall take extracts, will be given at the end of each Volume. And here they deem it necessary to observe, that they are not to be confidered as having adopted, or as pledged to support all the sentiments of any writer from whom they give extracts; but only those immediately contained in such extracts.
And now, praying for the divine blessing on their work, they send forth the first number of it into the world. They defire to feel no anxiety about its fate; but to commit it entirely unto him, to declare whose name and to vindicate whose honour, is, they trust, their grand object. in undertaking it. Whatever may be its fate, may HIS WORD have free course and be glorified! may his name be hallowed! All to whom it has been given to know him as God the justifier of the ungodly, will unite in saying Amen.