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CONTENTS.

CONVINCEMENT. "

CHAP. I.

Trials of mind on the doctrine of unconditional election and

reprobation, and a gracious deliverance from a despairing
miod, by God's appearing by his Spirit.- Page 12 to 18.
The doctrine of unconditional election false; otherwise sa.

tao is but the servant of God--a subject of reward, as he

must be as useful and necessary to the order of God's de-

crees, as the angel Gabriel.-P. 19-20.

CHAP. II.

Religious reflections while in the army, and a convincement

of the impropriety of war; retirement from the army,
and many promises made to God forgotten in a retired

life.-27-38.

Resolutions for a reformation of life, with a sense of crea.

turely weakness.- A dream showing the condition of the

church,abd foreboding things several years to come.39 46

CHAP. III.

Religious resolutions publicly manifested, and confirmation

of God's loving kindness, by the interpretation of a for.
mer dream. Trials of mind about baptism, and altacb.

rent to the Free. wilt Baptist church.-47-52.

Trials about preaching-instruction by dreams. Religious

disputes follow religious revivals, and the abuse of texts,

with the inconsiderate use of Psalms and Hymns.-53-66.

CHAP. IV.

Doubts occasioned by the multiplicity of religious opinions,

and the mind inadequate to find the truth by the scrip-

tures.--67-69.

Temptations tu disbelieve the existence of a God and Sa-

viour overcome. The Jewish dispensation preferable to

the gospel dispensation, supposing the scriptures to be

the only rule for faith and practice.—70--76.

The potion of the millenium ibought to be false-led to in-

vestigate the scriptures on other things.-77-84. .

CHAP. V.

The ordinances thought to have no foundation in the scrip-

tures of truth, and ihe condition of the church appeared

by a former dream.-85–88.

The attention of the Free-will Baptist church called to the

subject of baptism.--89--96.

The Spirit of God too much distrusted. Ministers of the

gospel too frequently prostitute their functions by light

and trifling conversation.--97--100. Duty shown by the vision of the night.--101--105.

CHAP. VI. First public testimony against the ordinances, and the op.

position met with, of some in society.-106-117. By doubts and fears reduced to distrust a religious attain. "ment and every witness knowo.-- Confirmation by the rerelation of God's Spirit at noon-day, 118-128."

CHAP. VII. Delay of duty, and adversity considered to be in answer to

prayer.--Untimely rocal prayer, reproved.--131--139. Adversity considered as instruction.--The use of the sacra.

ment attempted for the last time.--140--148. The pretended benefit of the sacrament found to be ground.

less, by the examination of others, and a dismission from society, requested.--149--154.

CHAP. VII. Ordination refused. A dream showing the condition of the

church.-156--165. Dreams, a christian privilege, and the peans by which God

gave instructions to his people, from the patriarchal time, to the time of the apostles and early christians. A letter from society; ordination refused, with an acquaintance with Friends.--166--180.

PLEA ON BAPTISM.

CHAP. I. The law of types given to map after the fall-what man fell

from, and what man must be restored to.- 188-197. The tabernacle and offerings, with the washing of water and

the anointing of oil, taught the worshippers that mankind were polluted, and what they must be, to be restored to

the image of God.-197--199. Baptism under the law of Moses. The term gospel rejec

ted, and the term kingdom of heaven shown to be most proper, to show the distinguishing line between the legis. lation of Moses and Cbrist, and John a prophet, and by birth a priest, and in life restricted by the law. John come to make known Christ. Jobn preached the baptism of repentance, not water baptism ; by repentance a peo

ple was made ready for the Lord. 206--217. John was to Christ what Moses was to John. 218--220.

CHAP. II. John fulfils his mission in pointing out Christ to Israel.Christ

baptized under the law. The kingdom of God, or the kingdom of heaven, preached by John, by Christ and his disciples as yet to come. Christ did not teach water

baptism. 221...227. Christ's transfiguration on the mount, taught his disciples

that the kingdom of Christ was yet to come, and that the law dispensation could not end until Christ was crucified. Mark, xi. 30. Luke, vij, 30; hence no reference to the bapé tism of water. John come in the way of righteousness,

Matt. xxi. 32.-228---232. Christ suffered according to prophecy, in the last of Daniel's

weeks, and the order of the tabernacle; the rending of the vail plainly shows when the proper christian dispen. sation commenced, and shows that water baptism, with other things, were under the law till then. 233 240,

CHAP. III. The commission given to the apostles, Matth. xxviii, 19, did

not include water baptism, but the baptism of the Spirit; a baptizing virtue which was to attend the preaching done

by the influence of the Spirit. 241 260, Five reasons why the commission should dat be received for water baptism. 261 268.

CHAP. IV. The apostles were men of religious prejudice, as well

as other meu. Cornelius and bis household the first and the last instance of Gentile baptism. The three thousand (Acts ïi. 41.) were Jews, The Samaritans were Jews. The Corinthians, the Eunuch, Lydia and the Jailor were Jews, the twelve bap:ized by Paul, (Acts xix. 5.) were Jews. The council of elders and brethren at Jérusalem clear the Gentiles from baptism by water with

other things. 269 285. The apostle Panl was not sent to baptize with water, and he believed in the one baptism of the Spirit as the one, and only christian baptism, Rom. vi. 4. 1 Peter, iii. 21. 1 Cor. x. 2, have no reference to the baptism of water, 986. 902.

ON THE SACRAMENT, OR LORD'S SUPPER. •

CHAP. V. Christians disagree on the sacrament. The eucharist and

sacrament, not mentioned in the scriptures of truth. Pa. pists, Luther's and Calvin's notion about the gacrament; iheir jealousy towards each other manifested in the great sacramental contest in Germany. 303 316.

CHAP. VÌ. Jesus Christ did not say of the bread and wine," do this

till I come." The historical account of the Jew's pasgo over compared with the scripture, showing that Christ's eating with the disci ples was of the passover, and that nothing of a sacramental nature was enjoined.-317-346.

CHAP. VII. The breaking of bread mentioned in the scripture was done

only at a Jewish feast or at a common family meal, Luke xxiv. 30. Acts ii. 24, 26.-XX. 7.-1 Cor. xi. have no allusion to a sacrament.--347-364.

CHAP. VIII. The use of bread and wine, and water baptism is but one

with the ceremonial law of the Jews.-365-368. The sacraments could not be enjoined on christians with

out adding to the covenant made with Abraham, contra.

ry to the oath of God.-369--972. The gospel sabbath transgressed by the sacramental obserye

ance, and christians forbade to touch, taste, or handle of all such things as perish with the using.-373-394.

ON THIE SCRIPTURES.

CHAP. IX. Three opinions relative to the use and intention of the

scriptures.-395-406. The scriptures are not so much as one stone in the founda• tioa upon which God hath mada man's salvation depen,

dant, but the inward light, or the Spirit is the sure guide into all truth. The scriptures are not the word of God : they show what the word of God is.-407-431.

ON ORDINATION.

CHAP. X The ecclesiastical succession cannot be proved without ad. mitting the church of Rome, to be the true church. The wickedness of the papists, and the pretensions of protestants on ordination, found to be but pretensions. 432–440. The laying on of hands without proper authority, and with.

out grace. The Spirit gives a proper qualification for a minister of the gospel.-441-443.

THE CONCLUSION. Recapitulation, with a few remarks, showing that christian

duty consists, 1stly, in love to God, edly, in loro to make 444-453.

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