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question; but had lie done so, he dering death as the great enemy would have found that all Unita- of mankind, and of ascribing the rians do not deny the miraculous' victory over this enemy to God conception,' much less declare by Jesus Christ. He, the only Christ to have been fallible and begotten from the dead, by the peccable !
power of his resurrection, hatk “4. Because they reject his abolished death and brought life expiatory sacrifice, intercession, and immortality to light. This &c." j. e. they reject Mr. Free. was the great salvation effected ston's interpretation of the word by Christ, of which the apostles. sacrifice, but they presume to were witnesses and reporters. To think that they understand as well them the Unitarian feels his grati. as he the meaning of the word, as tude and reverence to be due, applied to Christ in the New but he does higher bonour to their Testament, and in the true scripe and his Lord, to the glory of God tural meaning, they gladly ace' the Father. knowledge the sacrifice of Christ. “7. Because Jesus Cbrist is so Mr. Freeston betrays a strange ig. little the subject of their public. norance of their sentiments and preaching, in which they so es. writings in the assertion that they sentially differ from the practice. deny that there was any merit in of the apostles.” Whence does. the shedding of his blood. His Mr. Freeston derive, his knowet cetera they do in all probability ledge of the “public preaching" deny.
of the Unitarians? Assuredly, “5, Brcause the important they do not preach Christ in his doctrines of regeneration, justific way, if he preach as unscriptu. catiod, divine influence, &c. are rally as he writes ; but let bim rejected by them as enthusiastic." know that they do preach Christ Here is another fc. which it is crucified, which Trinitarians do highly probable the Unitarians do not and cannot, and further tbat not believe'; but as to the im. they make it their just boast that portant doctrines specified, they their mode of preaching Christ do hold them in the sense in which is as congenial, as that of the selfthey believe they are taught in named orthodox is repulsive, to scripture, though they deny Mr. the plan of apostolic preaching. Freeston's sense of them as uns llard fate of Socinians!! If they scriptural, absurd and pernici. keep back their doctrine, they do σus.
not preach Christ; if they bring “6. Because I cannot see in it forward, they degrade him. is what respects Jesus Christ is a “8. Because they appear to saviour, upon their scheme, any lay anotker foundation for pardon more than the apostles were, and eternal life than what the But though invisible to Mr. Free. scriptures recommend.” Where ston, it may yet be made clear does this appear? Unitarians lay that the Unitarians distinguish no other basis of salvation than Christ as honourally as they find the love and mercy of God, rea him distinguished in the scrip- vealed and confirmed by Christ.. tures. The apostles have set They plead guilty indeed to the Unitarians the example of consi- charge of holding “ repentance
and a good life"? to be the indis. pole love to God, bope of heaven pensable conditions of salvation; and the practice of virtue) than but if this offend Mr. Freeston, other Christians, who shall dare he must bring his complaints to pronounce, unless he can read against the apostles, from whom the heart and be authorized to the Unitarians have learned to mount the seat of judgment? Our make the divine benevolence the author arrogates to himself this procuring cause, and well-doing prerogative of heaven, and, inthe necessary means of eternal sinuates that “ Socinians” are do.
ficient in “spiritual-mindedness". -“ 9. Because I find the church and “ morals," and asserts that on earth and the church in hea. they are “ frequently fond of cara ven, ascribe their salvation to the nat pleasure. Such slander, blood of the Redeemer.” What which must proceed either from does Mr. Freeston mean by the malignity or wilful ignorance, blood of the Redeemer,' more can call forth no other answer from than his voluntary death, his offer. Unitarians than their pity and their ing up his life for the good of prayers, Let them however take maukind! If more be meant, let, care and not regard this mode of it be explained:--if no more. be calumny as necessary to the re. meant, then it will appear a curi. puted orthodox system ; for we ous reason for not being a "So. know many of its advocates who cinian," that the scriptures teach would abhor the use of such poi. the favourite doctrine of the “ So- soned weapons, and who look on cinians," that salvation is by the such auxiliarics as Mr. Freeston denih of Christ, connected, as it as the greatest foes to the cause was in fact, and is in scripture, which they are officious to serve., with his resurrection.
“11. Because the Divine Being " 10. Because, as far as I am appears to with bold the sanction able to judge, the Socinians, in of his blessing from them, in that general, are more curious, critical their ministry is not succeeded to and speculative, than devotional, the conversion of the ungodly." spiritual and practical.” This is Let us here only express our ad. an odd charge, and the man had miration that a minister of the need to be well satisfied of bis own “ New Connection of General Christian excellence who should Baptists” should set up numberg presume to prefer it. Curious, as a test of truth! . .. indeed, the Socinians? are in “ 12. Because the wisest and matters of religion, for they are best, the most prayerful and holy careful about truth; critical tog men, as well as the most learned they are, for they make it their in all ages of the church, have practice to search the scriptures; held very different views of Chris, and speculative they may be, for tian doctrines, and rejected their's they look well to ihé tendencies as dangerous errors." This rea, and consequences of epinions son we might suspect to be copied before they embrace them ; but from a Roman Catholic Preser, that they are less devotional or vative against Protestantism, if spiritual or practical (as far as we did not know that ignorance these words of Mr. Freeston's de- and presumption speak the same
language in all sects. How would to the spirit of the gospel, which Mr. Freeston reply to this argu. is the spirit of truth, of meekness, ment in the mouth of a Catholic? of diffidence, of caddour, of love He may “ commit the guidance and of a sound mind. of his conscience to a Doddridge, a Hall;" but the Catholic has a u wiser and better, a more prayer. A
· Art. IV. Imposition the Support ful, a holier, and more learned of Religious Impusture and guide, - the holy Catholic
Heresy; and the Enemy of church.'
Revealed Truth.- A Sermon " 13. Because they who hold preached before the Congrega. evangelical opinions are men after
tion of Protestant Dissenters, mine own heart, whose devotional
at Harlow, Essex, By Benja. views, tastes and habits are con.
min Penn Severn, 8vo. pp. 32. genial to my own :"9.d. I am not Jones, Newgate Street. Is. & Socinian, because I am not a Harlow is memorable in the Socinian.
history of Disseni, for having been Mr. Freeston's reasons now run the seat of the Synod, (as Mr. low, and the next is almost ver- Burke denominated it,) or, in bally the same as the 8th
plain language, of the Baptist " 14. Because, I dare not risk Association, which approved and my salvation on the foundation on recommended the late Mr. Robin. which they hope for eternal life." son's popular tract, A Plan of
“15. Because, I fear, I should bectures on the Principles of Nonfind no rest for the soles of my feet, conformity. It appears from this till I sunk into absolute Deism, sermon that the village still retains and be finally lost.”. We shall the savour of Dissenuing principles. astonish Mr. Freeston, probably, At the request of his congregation, by intorming bim that the great Mr. Severn has published one of champion of Christianity, whom the boldest defences of religious even the reputed orthodox profess liberty that we ever remember to to revere, Dr. Lardner, was a have read. We cordially recom" Socinian !”
mend it to the notice of our read. • Under this head, we find more ers, as a sample', we would fain bold calumny. The Socinians' believe, of the reasoning and lan are charged with considering the guage of a numerous, respectable epistles of the apostles, as the write and growing sect, the Particular ingsofother men,'and'theircollege Baptists, on the subject of the ai Hackney' is said to have been rights of coiscience. There is a • given up, because most of their peculiarity in the preacher's manstudents were infidels.' ; ner, which is as entertaining as
6. In fine," says Mr. Freeston, his arguments are convincing. " the direct tendency of the So. e s periment ... mi cinian scheme seems the very re, mill
!,.. verse of that of the holy scrip- Agr. V. A Portraiture of Primi. tures :") and, in fine, we say that 'tive Quakerism ; By William the spirit of such men as Mr, Penn. With a Modern Sketch Freeston is diametrially opposite of Reputed Orthodoxy, and • Real Intolerance, by Ratcliff excommunicating power exer
Monthly Meeting. 8vo. pp. cised by that body is consistent .:.60. "Cradock and Joy. 1812. with truth and freedom, with the
By some unaccountable asso. principles of William Penn, and ciation of ideas we have been above all, with the doctrine and thinking, all the time we have spirit of the New Testament. employed upon this pamphlet, of .. But the greater part of the pubthe title of one of good Arch.
Cod Arch. lication consists of a tract of Wil. bishop Tillotson's Sermons : viz. liam Penn's, less known by Qua. The folly and wickedness of ho- kers and others than its merits de. nouring dead saints and persecut.
cit, serve. We shall give the whole ing living unes.
title of it, with an extract or two, How dangerous a possession is relating to its history, from the spiritual power! In the bands of Editor's preface. Our end will the magisterial Pharisee, the lord. be answered, if we excite our realy, papistical prelate, and the
the ders to procure, and to put into • plain Friend, it is a certain,
in the hands of their neighbours, though not equal, instrument of this excellent manual of Quaker.
Unitarianism, in other words, of oppression. · Here is an interesting record of evangelical truth. . • the Ratcliff Monthly Meeting, “The Sandy Foundation Shaken; disowning Mr. Thomas Foster for or, those so generally believed and simply aiding in propagating the applauded Doctrines, of One God. favourite principles of William
subsisting in three distinct and se
parate Persons, the Impossibility Penn. The · Minutes' of the meet. ing are given by the editor, and out a plenary Satisfaction, the Jusfrom these it appears that the tification of impure Persons by an charges brought and proceeded on imputative Righteousness, refuted, by this Quaker loquisition, were from the authority of Scripture Testhat T. F. distributed some re. marks on the Quakers'Yearly Epis.
William Penn, a Builder on that
spis. Foundation which cannot be moy. tle, which appeared in the number ed. But to us there is but one God of our work for October 1810; that the Father, of whom are all things. he did not deny being the author of i Cor. viii. 6. Who is a God like certain publications under the unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity? name of Verax, intended to prove He retaineth not his anger for ever. that the early Friends were not Tri. because he delighteth in merey. nitariana; and that his name stands M
Micah vii. 18. Forl will not justify as a member of the Unitarian
the wicked. Exod. xxiii. 7."
. The following justly celebrated Book Society. The Editor has Tract was first published by Wilappended to the pamphlet the liam Penn, in the year 1668, in preamble to the Rules of the London, and soon excited so much Unitarian Society, and the Re. attention, that the author was commarks as they were published in mitted to the Tower, by a warrant this magazine. Thus the reader signed by Lord Arlington, the
principal Secretary of State, on ac. is in possession of the case be. !
count of the offence it had given tween Mr. Foster and the Rat- to some then at the helm of the cliff Monthly Meeting, and may church.' judge for bimself how far the “During Penn's imprisonment, it appears he was kept “under close him, for writing the Sandy Foonconfinement, and even denied the dation Shaken. visits of his friends.' His biogra- ." In this Apology,' says his pher adds, •But yet his enemies biographer, ‘he so successfully vin. attained not their purpose; for dicated himself, that soon after the when after some time his servant publication of it, he was discharged brought him word, that the Bishop from his imprisonment, which had of London (Dr. Henchman) was re- been of about seven months contisolved he should either publicly nuance. However quickly Penn's recapt, or die a, prisoner, he made release followed the publication of this reply: All is well; I wish this Apology, it scems, by his own they had told me so before, since account, to have had nothing to do the expecting of a release put a stop with the cause of his liberation. to some 'business. Thou mayest His persecutors, although professed tell my father, who I know will Protestants, were not to be so easily ask thee, these words; that my appeased. Nor was that work, fa. prison shall be my grave, before I vourable as it may be thought, to will budge a jot; for I owe my con- the Sabellian hypothesis, likely to science to no mortal man; I have produce such an effect. The high no need to fear. God will make ealogium it contains on Socinus, amends for all. They are mistaken not only on account of his parts, in me; I value not their threats nor wisdom, gravity, and just beha. resolutions; for they shall know I vigur,' but as having had, in many can weary out their malice and pee- things, 'a clearer prospect of reliVishness; and in me shall they all gious truth, 'than most of his conbehold a resolution above fear; con- temporaries,' would rather serve to science above cruelty; and a baffle inflame, than allay, the intolerant put to all their designs, by the spirit of such men. spirit of patience, the companion of “That it was not to their indul. all the tribulated flock of the blessed gence Penn was indebted for his Jesus, who'is the author and finisher release, but to the laudable ipter. of the faith that overcomes the position of the Duke of York, afterworld, yea, death and hell too. wards James the Second, appears Neither great nor good things were by a letter of Penns, dated Oct. 24, ever attained without loss and hard. 1688, to W.Popple, 'Esq. in reply ships. He that would reap and not to a most friendly epistle from him, labour, must faint with the wind, in which Penn'says, To this let me and perish in disappointments; but add the relation my father (that is, an hair of my head shall vnot fall, Admiral Penn, who died' Sept. 16, without the Providence of my Fa- 1670,) had to this king's service, ther, that is over all.'
his particular favour, in getting me "During this elose imprisonment, released out of the Tower of Lonthe loud and general elamours don, in 1669, my father's humble against him reached Penn's ears, or request to him, upon his deatir-bed, eyes, and induced him to write a to protect me from the inconvenismall tract which he called an Apo-ences and troubles my persuasion logy for the former, not with an might expose me to, and hisfriendly intention of recanting any of those promise to do it, and exact per. doctrines, which he had so recently formance of it, from the moment I professed to lay down, on the im- addressed myself to him. See his moveable foundations of scripture Works, vol. i, p. 131 to 139, ip and right reason, but to clear him- which these interesting letters are self from the fasporsione eust upon inserted."