Fause, lest you misjudge the cause Of fellow-sinners to your * harm ;
that confession of the heart which be- God dwell in you." (Compare John i, 12, lieveth unto righteousness, and there- 13,14, iii, 3, with Matt, xix, 28). "ISlow fore accepts the doctrine that God's if any man have not the Spirit of Christ,
Spirit has an incarnate manifestation he is none of his." Rom. vih, 9. Com-amougst men, though never ' in the pare Matt, vii, 21; Luke vi, 46.
fulness of the Godhead bodily,' but in " But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
Christ, Coloss. ii, 9, with 1 Cor. xii, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness,
3-12), "that Jesus Christ is come in the goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; flesh is of God: And every spirit that against such there is no law," (Galat. vi, confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come 22, 23), viz., no imputation of the curse in the flesh is not of God : And tins is entailed upon Israel by the law of Moses that spirit of Antichrist whereof ye have for sin against the first covenant, and heard that it should come : and even therefore the " no more curse" of Rev.
now already is in the world." 1 John xxh, 3, so that all Israel may be saved iv, 2. 3. (Rom. xi, 26), under God's new covenant, as predicted. Jerem. xxxi, 31-34.
If this be subjecting myself to our Church's censure, under No. XVIII of our 39 articles (though, " in foro conscientice," I think that article condemns only the rationalistic doctrine of human optimism, supposing a natural capability in man to become his own saviour), I can only say, God help me. I am honestly in search of truth, and cannot afford to barter honest convictions for a temporal policy, without scriptural proof that what I regard as honest convictions are delusive conclusions from imperfect reasonings of my own on Scripture. St Paul tells us (Bom. h, 11-17), " There is no respect of persons with God (compare Acts x, 34, 35). For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law ; and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves ; which shew the work of the law written in their hearts (compare Jerem. xxxi, 31-34 ; Heb. viii, 7-13), their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another). For the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."
* " The seat of the scornful" (Ps. 1, 1, with Rom. ii, 1 ; xiv, 4), is more likely, in God's sight, to be that of the accuser (as Antichrist, " sitting in the temple of God, and shewing himself that he is God " 2 Thess. ii, 4, with Ezek xxviii, 2, 3 ; Dan. xi, 36-45), by presuming to hurl the thunders of God's judgment against his fellow man as a blasphemer of Christ for subscribing only to the name of Jacob or Israel when living in the grace and gift of Christ's spirit, by living under the influence of the Holy Ghost) than of the accused as to which is the infidel 1 Surely God himself vindicates man accused of infidelity for not sjinbolizing with his neighboiu- as to the form of his belief, when the accused
In your indictment may Ixj flaws Exposing to yourselves * alarm !
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