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mandments of the Lord his God, and that therefore his kingdom should not continue.”

1 Sam. xiii. 8. There is not a more common deception than that which arises from the persuasion that the act is justified by the sincerity of the agent. Sincerity, it is to be observed, generally speaking, signifies nothing more than that a person is earnest in the pursuit of his object; that he really believes as he professes, and acts as his best judgment direets. But this sincerity may consist with the most irregular practice, and the most unchristian disposition. A man, for in{tance, may believe his own lie; and act upon

it with the same confidence that another acts upon the truth: he may have a zeal for God's service, but not according to knowledge; he may earnestly pursue a wrong object, or a right one, by irregular means. 'In all such cases the scripture has furnished us with a general rule of judgment, where it tells us, that “a. man is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.And, «s that there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the

of death." “ There are excellent works,” says Bishop RevNOLDS, “ which being done without the call of God, do not edify but disturb the body. The way for the church to prosper and flourish is, for every member to keep in his own rank and order; to remember his own measure; to act in his own sphere, to manage his particular condition and relations with spiritual wisdom and humility; the eye to do the work of an eye, the hand of an hand."

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In short, whatever ideas of serving God we may form to ourselves, God is not to be served by a breach of his commands. And this we may depend upon, that God will be best served, when the ate tention of every person in his own order, shall be confined to the discharge of the duties appropriate to his particular station.

DISCOURSE V.

On the Plea advanced by SEPARATISTS from

the CHURCH, that the Gospel is not preached in it.

A FURTHER plea commonly advanced by Sem

páratists is, that the Gospel is not preached in our Church. Had it been said, that the Gospel of J. CALVIN was not preached there, we should rea. dily have, pleaded guilty to the charge; but that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached there, we certainly maintain, upon the authority of those Scrip; tures from which it has been received. - The leading doctrine of Christ's Gospel, in the judgment of some Christians, is, that it holds out salvation to certain chofen individuals, exclusive of the general bulk of mankind. The doctrine of our church upon the subject is, that Christ died to purchase falvation for all men; all men, consequently, are interested in that great event, though all men will not be in a condition to be benefited by it. The notion of partial salvation is founded upon certain supposed absolute decrees; of which some preachers talk much, but confefsedly know nothing. The doctrine of general salvation, by which we mean fal. vation attainable by all men upon certain conditions, is founded upon the general fcope and tenour of the holy writings, supported by particular paffages direct to this purpose.

ST. John, speaking of Jesus Christ the rightcous, stiles him “ the propitiation for our fins; and not for ours only, but also for the fins of the whole world. I John ii. 2. It was the observation of St. Peter, upon his eyes being opened to the general design of the Gospel dispensation, « That God is no respecter of perfons: but in every nation, he that fear, eth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” Acts x. 34. But the doctrine of J. CALVIN makes God the greatest respecter of persons; and that in a matter of the most effential importance,

In another part of the facred writings, we are told by God himself, that * He has no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, but that he flould return from his evil way, and live." Ezek. xviii. 32.,.

'' But according to J. CALVIN, God has deter, mined, by an absolute decree, an event, which at the same time, in conformity with the foregoing declara,

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