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times attempt what he cannot accom “ He would persuade us, that what plish, and so at the end of the race, be has written is the gospel indeed. inay appear not quite so wise as he Disingenuous again. Ilis words are: did at starting; besides, in that feeble this, I conceive, to be a just represeeetfort some arguments might probably tation of the gospel of Christ, unconappear, which have so ettectually taminated with human invention;' " overturned the satisfaction of and if his conceptions are unfounded, Christ,” that he would not have found why did nof this writer attempt to it an easy task to set it again upon its correct them? No doubt, because he legs.
remembered the old suw', " It is niuch * And if I did, I should not think easier to find fault, than to amend!" myself obliged to admit his gross mis “ For my part, I consider his opia representations." Had a few of them nions to be as much a human system, been introduced, they would have as those of other people.” WH) given support to the charge; but their doubts that? But the question is not absence, renders it suspicious, for we what he thinks, but what can be cannot give this writer credit for all prove? he says.
Why, “their inconsistency with “ If I understand him, he belieres, themselves, and with the scriptures, that the atonement made by his If the sin of Adam exposed him not to (Christ's) death consisted in his fur- punishment in a future state, but to nishing a motive to reconcile, or con annihilation, how can it be true, that ciliate the hearts of men to God." if the death of Christ had not tahen Then he most certainly does not at all place, we had now been sitting in understand him, but has through ig- darkness, and in the shadow of death, porance, or something else, posi- under an apprehension of falling into tively perverted the author's meaning, eternal nothingness” The punish. for there is not in that book, any such went of Adam's oilence was death, idea as
“ atonement made by the it was a returning to the dust fron death of Christ," nor any language whence he was taken; the scriptore used which is capable of such a con. account stops here. Zeta may gallıp struction; the author has plainly des on as much further as he pleases; bis clared his belief to be, that atonement reference to Rom. 1. 16--21. will pot is reconciliation, and not satisfaction; assist him in his progress, but will that men, and not God, receive the prove that in this instance, as in anoatonement; and this they receive, ther case, he has referred to scripture when they believe in their hearts on without attending to its meaning: him that raised up Jesus our Lord This writer acts as if he thought that from the dead: according to the to interpolate, or to mutilate, to coin, statement given by Zeta, the atone or to forge, was all perfectly legal in ment consisted in furnishing a motive opposing what is deemed herrsy. The for the atonement; the author neither word annihilation occurs in his short has written, nor does he believe, such remarks, not less than tive times, and nonsense,
is there used as the word of the au“ He is mightily offended with cer- thor he opposes; when it is affirmed tain ministers for arrogating to them- that the term is not to be found in selves the character of gospel minis- that book as applicable to the sin of ters.” This is another instance of Adam. But in answer to the curious the fairness and candour of his re question, “How can it be true;" &c. marks. The author's words are, “ho. Why just as true as it is, that Zeta, nourable would it be to the cause of (who I suppose is not much more of Christ, if our popular orthodox di a marine traveller than myself,) and vines, would bow to learn a little more I should never have heard of such a of the doctrines of scriplure, before country as New Holland, if some they arrogate to themselves a sort of navigator had not made the discovery exclusive right to the character of gos- for us. This pretended proof there. pel ministers.” He had no objection fore of inconsistency, argues great in.
their claim of gospel ministers, as attention, or something worse; for the is meanly represented by the remark- question as it is stated, does substan. er; but only to the arrogant pretence tially answer itself, and by the auor an exclusive right to such a charac thor's words immediately following
the quotation it is compleatly met
" It was only by dying, that he could atonement of the New Testament be raised from death, and had he not means a satisfaction made to divine been raised from deatlı, there bad justice, nothing can be truer than that heen no hope, or prospect of future the author does not believe such an life to man." Ps. xxxi. 32. Wherein atonement; and from the peremptory Lien lies the inconsistency of this? stile of tbis writer, who would not sup
** And it its meaning" (the sentence pose that this was so plainly the case, passed upon Adam,) " is that in the as not to admit of a doubt, but that it day he ate of the fruit, he should be was a point indisputably settled by naihilated, his death must have ne common consent? But here the aucessarily prevented our existence.” thor ditters widely from his remarker, What a discovery! surely “there and dares to declare himself a firm needed no ghost to come from his believer of the scripture doctrine of grave to tell is this.” But wlio bas atonement, whilst he understands it said, or seemed to say, that the sen to consist merely in such a kind of tence was to have been executed on reconciliation as that wherein the tie sery day in which the offence sinners enmity is conquered. Let was committed. This idea is curi- that writer produce one proof from ously introduced for the purpose of the New Testament, that satisfaction fabricating another inconsistency. to divine justice by the death of But I ask, suppose the punishment of Christ, and not human reconciliation the first yansgression had extended to God, is the atonement which it to a future state ; and that punish- teaches, and the author engages to ment, a being cast into the lake that be for ever silent upon the subject. burneth with fire and brimstone; and But till that proof appears, and it nealso, as Zeta wisely supposes, that the ver will appear, he must retort the sentence had been put in execution charge upon Zeta, and his orthodox on the identical day that Adam ate brethren; it is not in an atonement that of the fruit, (for the supposition is they believe, but in an absurd scheme, equally applicable to either opinion,) hammered out by human invention, where had we then been? in what by which the honour of God is imworld born? and where should we peached, and his revealed will reprehare existed?
sented no better, than an olio of cru-" That sin should take an universal dities. range through the whole of mankind,” " Whatever may be the meaning of is perfectly consistent with scripture. the p!ırase, God hath reconciled us
• If this does not imply a corrupted unto bimself by Jeslis Christ, it must nature, it must remain unaccounted be expressive of what was wrought for for." A corrupted nature is admit. us upon the cross." If so, the Aposted, but not an originally corrupt na tles were sent upon a sleevelesserrand, iure; the scripture tells us, there was by being commissioned to beseech a period when "all flesh had corrupt those to be reconciled to God who id bis way upon the earth.” If the were before reconciled to him by cause of this universal departure from what was wrought for them upon the rectitude is a secret, much better it cross. Should this writerevet ondershould so remain, than to blaspheme stand this most noble passage of scriptue God of purity and holiness, the ture in its obvious sense, he will most universal creator of man, by repre, certainly blush for his daring perver. senting him as the author of all sin sion of it.
" Whatever age or condition." By But it is not worth while to follow this ingenuous addition to, or explica. him any further, for when men thus tion of the author's words, he has dis- dogmatize, interpolate words, and covered in him an advocate for the misrepresent an author, they only abominable doctrine of original sin, render themselves what they aim at and very adroitly sets it down as “a rendering those they oppose", worthy very singular concession.”
of public pity and contempt. “ After all that is said about the true scriptare doctrine of atonement,
1. S. it is not in an atonement that the author June 9, 1902. believes, but merely in such a kind of reconciliation as that wherein the sinner's enmity is conquered.” If the
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