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for his success ; it would be ill-timed to ask their congratulations, but he invites them with confidence to scrutinize his every step in the enquiry, and requests them to join their prayers with his, that God's holy spirit may cause it to issue in the truth.
SIXTH ARTICLE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
“ Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of the faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.”
HOOKER’S ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY,
Fol. Ed. p. 49.
Companies of learned men, be they never so great and reverend, are to yield unto reason, the weight whereof is no whit prejudiced by the simplicity of his person which doth alledge it; but being found to be sound and good, the bare opinion of men to the contrary must of necessity stoop and give place.”
words on which it rests. Doctrine not to be established
thereon; Saint Matthew omits these words when relating
others used on the same occasion. Grammatical difficulty.
These and all others removed by employing as a paraphrase
our Saviour's own words on a similar occasion. Christianity
the one thing needful to bring man to the knowledge of God.
It vindicates on all points the Divine Goodness, and realizes
God's presence to all who seek Him.
vain. Infinite means fail of their object. It being impossible
to know the extent of eternal punishment, it cannot be man's
duty to know it; it cannot be God's will with respect to him.
No one will deny the necessity of proportion in human laws.
Are they more perfect than divine ? A law, to be a law to
any individual, requires that he should be capable of under-
standing it. We cannot understand what the intellect cannot
15. we practically know that God is love. Knowledge, then, ex-
cludes the doctrine. A faint sketch of the evils it threatens,
These evils only evitable by supposing it to be true in some
sense we do not understand, which is giving up the common
16. construction. The same test applied to the punishment really
threatened: it approves itself where the other fails. The one
as certainly brings to, as the other alienates from, God. The
fear of Eternal Torments can only prevent crimes : no action
founded thereon will reach to Heaven, It does not minister
17. to salvation therefore. Excellent persons, who have held the
doctrine, have been influenced by respect for the scriptures,
and fear of removing a restraint on sin. The author admits
the force of these motives, and professes to feel them. Strange
fruit of Almighty love. If not believed, yet God's power is
able to restrain sinners. Certainty of punishment more effec-
18. tual than severe enactments. Jurymen violate their oaths to
modify excessive punishments. Will not sinners raise doubts
where the disproportion is undeniable? To doubt of eternal
punishments causes a doubt of Christianity, if the one be in-
cluded in the other. To doubt of Christianity leaves man
mortal. Believers only have eternal life. And not even
those who knowing God as good, attempt to imitate Him, but
19. reject Christ. Considerations that account for the indifference
to Christianity of the largest part of professing Christians.
The belief that they are immortal, and God good, conceals