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exaggeration, and to act fairly and honestly towards what you profess, for the most part, to believe. Let me request from you similar candour and fairness in return, towards those sentiments of ours from which you dissent.' Do not misrepresent nor caricature our doctrine: do not take the ignorant statements which some Trinitarians have been guilty of making, as a fair representation of our creed. Do not raise a phantom of heterodoxy, under the name of orthodoxy, and then justify yourselves to your own breasts in scorning and deriding it; but act fairly, and judge righteous judgment.
My controversy, you will remember, is not with you, nor with your ministers, but with what I believe to be your baneful and dangerous errors. I would not, willingly, give you or them the least unnecessary offence; nor have I any personal feelings of ill-will to any one of you: on the contrary, nothing would gratify me more than to prove instrumental in doing you good.
Receive, then, in good part, that which I have now ventured to address to you; and suffer neither prejudice nor pride to stand in the way of your profiting, or prevent you from “ receiving, with meekness, that ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls !”
END OF THE FOURTH LECTURE.
THE PROPER DEITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST PROVED
FROM THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES.
BY THE REV. JAMES HALDANE STEWART, A.M.
“ASSEMBLE YOURSELVES AND COME; DRAW NEAR TOGETHER, YE THAT
ARE ESCAPED OF THE NATIONS: THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE THAT
SET UP THE WOOD OF THEIR GRAVEN IMAGE, AND PRAY UNTO A GOD THAT CANNOT SAVE. T YE, AND BRING THEM NEAR; YEA, LET
THEM TAKE COUNSEL TOGETHER: WHO HATH DECLARED THIS FROM
ANCIENT TIME? WHO HATH TOLD IT FROM THAT TIME? HAVE NOT I
THE LORD? AND THERE IS NO GOD ELSE BESIDE ME; A JUST GOD AND
A SAVIOUR; THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME. LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE
SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE
IS NONE ELSE. I HAVE SWORN BY MYSELF, THE WORD IS GONE
OUT OF MY MOUTH IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SHALL NOT RETURN,
THAT UNTO ME EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, EVERY TONGUE SHALL
SWEAR."--Isaiah, xlv. 20, 21, 22, 23.
ASSEMBLED, as we are, in this House of Prayer, consecrated to the service of the ever blessed God; assembled also, in the name of his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and thus assembled, meeting for the special purpose of maintaining his honour, and upholding his righteous cause, I would, with humility, adopt the words of the Apostle Paul, when opening his defence before King Agrippa.