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disavow the authority of that work, as a true and privileged representative of Unitarian opinions. There is no cause for wonder that the disclaimer should be attempted, after the full and searching manner, in which it has been investigated. If, however, this book should still be repudiated, as a depository of the system, and Mr. Belsham's translation of St. Paul's Epistles should be chosen in preference, the same charge of defective scholarship, and dishonest or uncandid criticism, is unhesitatingly pronounced against it; and proofs of that charge have been accumulated, in weight and measure not to be resisted. If, therefore, the Unitarian, hardly pressed by objections to the Improved Version, should say, “I appeal unto Cæsar,” and refer his cause, so far as St. Paul's Epistles are concerned, to the judgment of Mr. Belsham's translation, the orthodox impugner may still say of the plea, "Valeat quantum valere potest,” and of the defendant, “Thou hast appealed unto Cæsar ; unto Cæsar shalt thou go.”* Meanwhile the believer turns
* The Rev. Hartwell Horne, in his valuable Introduction to the Critical Study of the Holy Scriptures, has given us (vol. ii, pp. 283, 295,) a list of authors, by whom the errors of both these translations, have been exposed, to which (for the latter) may be added Dr. Burton's Testimonies of the Aute-Nicene Fathers.
with increasing love to the truth as it is in Jesus; and lifts up his heart to the Gracious Author of the Bible in the words of St. Augustine, “Sint castæ deliciæ meæ Scripturæ tuæ ; nec faller in eis, nec fallem ex eis."*
“To vindicate the ways of God to man,” as revealed through Jesus Christ, for the salvation of a ruined world, was the purport of their authors in the following series of Discourses. It is for their readers, with the Bible in their hands, to judge how far that object has been attained. They deemed it a solemn duty, wherewith they were charged by their ordination vows, to make the attempt, in dependance upon the Spirit of God. His influence upon their hearts, and his blessing upon their intention, were sought in united and in private prayer. Amidst the many and engrossing labours of their pastoral functions, less time for research and reflection than they could have wished was at their disposal. They cannot look upon their respective portions in this collected effort, nor upon the whole, without a sense of deep humiliation before God, accompanied, as they trust, with some thankfulness of faith to Him who, in the appointments
* St. August. Confess. XI. 2.
of eternal mercy hath been set apart as the great High Priest of his Church, to bear the iniquity, even of the holy things of its members.
They are persuaded that they have a great cloud of witnesses to prove that the faith once delivered by our Lord to his Apostles, and by them to their successors, is essentially that of the Church of England. For this faith it is alike their privilege and obligation to contend, in that spirit of charity which becomes a believer in Jesus. Their weapons, also, are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong holds. Yet can they achieve no triumph, but as He, in whose cause they fight, may bless them with his help. They intreat, therefore, the reader's prayer in their behalf ; that while they have endeavoured to stand forward in the cause of the Lord, He may pardon their sins, accept their services, and prosper their unworthy labours.
It is indeed to be lamented beyond the power of language to express, that any who bear the name of Christ should rest so grievously short of that virtue in his blood to atone for sin, and of that almightiness in his grace to sanctify from its power, which are recorded throughout the gospel, in cha
racters of light and love that seem too radiant to be mistaken. But the Saviour has declared that blasphemy against the Son of Man shall be forgiven.* Let us, therefore, hope and pray that He will yet have mercy on those who deny the Lord that bought them—that the veil which conceals His glory may be removed from their hearts—that they may believe with the Catholic Church, in every age and in every country, that Jesus is God as well as man — and, in his two-fold nature as one Christ, entitled and enabled to fulfil the office of a Saviourt—that they may look on Him whom they have pierced by past infidelity, and cry to Him in the adoring faith of Peter,“We believe, and are sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”!
“O merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted, and live ; have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Heretics, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord,
* Dr. Burton's Testimonies, p. 489.
to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold, under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.COLLECT FOR GOOD FRIDAY.
All glory be unto the only God, the Eternal Power, Wisdom, Goodness, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons, and one God; Creator of all things, Redeemer of Mankind, Sanctifier of the elect, whose is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. *
* Leslie's Works, II. 400.