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modern christians must be wrong, in alvocatin.com the cause of people, who still hold the same kind of false doctrine, and refuse to give it up.-We have also the highest authority for asserting, that 1. empire or kingilor, can be considered safe and durable, Unit is not founile ed upon the solid basis of righteousuess —A
king may“ build bimself a wide honse and large, .“ chambers, and may ceil it with cçlar, anil
paint it with vermilion;"'--but the prophet immediately asks, shall “he reign becausc bu ~ clothes himself in cedar?"-Withont "joilye. “ment and justice," his palace would " be full “of unrighteousness, and bis end would be like “that of Jehoiakim the son of Josiab king of Ju. “ dah."—National prosperity, with liberty and happiness, depend entirely upon conduct agreeable to God.—The pride of a powerful nation may induce it to exclain“ who shall bring me “ down?”—To which, the Alinighty replies; " though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and “though thou set thy nest among the stars, “thence will I bring thee down."Suppose the constitution of a state, to be formed upon the required basis of judgement and justice; and suppose the church of Christ to be established in it, under the protection of the government of that kingdom, to which the people go with joy and gladness, a certain number only excepted, whose consciences, they argue, will not allow them to enter into it, and worship there; is there any precept, or is any thing said in the
bible, ibat shews, that such dissentients are entitled to all the rights and privileges of that state, whose interest and welfare, depend upon its preserving the religion of Christ, pure and unsullied, and which cannot be so preserved, unless its governors are upright, zealous mein- , bers of it?~When the Queen of Abab, pai mens into the highest posts of trust and honor it: her busband's civil goverunnent, who performed their religious services in the house of Biral, instead of the temple of God, into what kind of a state did Israel quickly tall-Scriptural precedents are against the adinission of the false worshipper where he can do no good, but where be may do much mischief;—and the whole tenour of the bible, is directly against the idolater, having any power in the affairs of the church of God.- Indeed it inay be truly said to teach us, that the remark, with which a grave Roman senator, is reported to have finished some of his speeches in tbe senate house, re-, . specting a city, which he looked upon as standing in the way of the rising grandeur and prosperity of his country, ought to be used by every > British senator, and re-echoed by every member of the church of Christ :-the idolatry and false, worship of the Roman Catholic religion must be destroyed. “Every plant, said the son of “ God, which my heavenly father bath not “planted shall be rooted up."-Noxious plants and weerts do not injure the growth of choice and yaluable flowers, and spoil the appearance, of a beautiful garden, more than the inscriptural doctrine of Rome, and its tyrannizing powei, prevent the diffusion of the principles of pure religion—the peace and happiness of man-and the accomplishment of one of
Christ's great prophecies ;—“If I be lifted .“up from the earth, I will draw all men unto
“me”—Fire and sword are not necessary for the destruction of religious errors :—the plain truth as it fell from the lips of Christ, often repeated by christians, will prove an irresistible weapon:the repeated publication of it, may give offence, and excite indignation in some breasts ;-but that is not to be considered :--we are perfectly safe when we imitate the example, and follow the directions of him, who said, “ what I tell you in ilarkness, that speak “ye in light;—and what ye hear in the ear, “ that preach ye upon the house-tops."—On a particular occasion, when the hypocritical conduct of the Scribes and Pharisees had created a warmth of expression in hiin, which shewed his earnest zeal in the cause he had undertaken, his disciples seein to have been alarmed for his safety, and came to him saying, "knowest thou “ that the Pharisees were offended at what you , "said " He replied, “let them alone—they “ are blind leaders of the blind; and it the “blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a “ ditch."--He had previously called them hypocrites, and applied the prophecy of Isaiab to them-"This people draweth nigh unto me
10 with their month, and honoureth me with * their lips, but their heart is far from memin “ vain do they worship me, teaching for doc“trine the coininandments of men." Instead of endeavouring to soften their wrath, this was calculated to increase it ;-but as he had drawn their character's faithfully, he disregarded their anger and malice, and only added—“it must "needs be that offences come;—but woe to "that man, by whom the offence cometh.”—
Suppose it had been the will of God, that the Messiah, as the Jews expected, should have established a temporal kingdom at his first co. ming, and reigned in righteousness in the land of Judlea; -how would he have conducied himself towards the Scribes and Pharisees, the citizens of his state?--So long as they persisted in their religious errors, and entertained opinions contrary to, or rather destructive of the doctrine, he intended should spread from his kingdoin throughout the world, would be have put them in a way to bave obtained seats of honor on his right hand, and on bis lelt? - His reproving addresses to then do not warrant any such conclusion ;-oor can any one, point out an inconsistency, or an alsárd act in the whole of his earthly ministry Would any of bis olfi. cial servauts, or the admirers and sipporters of his government, bare ventured to propose, or press upon nim the admission of those into bis courts, who refused to conform to his religious ordinances, appointinents, and opinions?
Assuredly they would not:--for, the very spirit of their master's government would be, to overturn, and not to sanction, or “wink at” the talse notions in religion, they either hypocritically, or absurdly entertained. - In the best days of the kingdom of Israel, when “judgement and "justice graced the faithful city,” what prophet proposed to the prince on the throne, that persons who refused to bow before the altar of Jehovah, should be admitted to the highest posts of honor in his government? The sacred history records no such anomalous conduct in the servants of God :-they dare not be guilty of such an offence:--they knew that such a proposition would have been dangerous to themselves, and equally so to the safety and welfare of their sovereign's dominions and prosperity:on the contrary, they recount more than one instance, of the advantage and benefit which some heathen nations enjoyed, when their princes had wisdom and discernment enough to commit the management of their affairs to men, “whose hearts were right towards God," and whose integrity, was not to be affected by "chains and dungeons, or fiery furnaces, and “ dens of lions."
It is not a law of the divine government, that any kind of evil should be cherished, or suffered to exist, for the chance of some eventual good.-Religious errors, and bad practices arising out of them, “sifted the house of Israel “among all nations," after their city was