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and walk as men; as your ungenerate heathen neighbours ? We see instances of this spirit frequently, and almost in every place. We meet with many who have, as St. Paul observes concerning the Jews, a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. It is neither well directed, nor well founded: Some persons are warm and eager in defending and propagating their own sentiments on controversial points: they censure and condemn all who do not hold those, and call them by some hard and opprobrious names: nor do they always spare those of the same sentiments with themselves, if they are not equally zealous for them. They esteem all those to be pious and godly who are in their own way of thinking, though fome of them trample upon common probity and fidelity, and discover much conceit, bitterness, and ill-temper; while they entertain an unfavourable opinion of all others, be their characters ever so unblameable, and their lives useful.
Consider how zealous many good men are for little things, for important nothings. truly be said of some objects of their zeal, that they are not the things of Christ-of others, that they are the least of his things-of little value and weight in his religion. What zeal do they shew for particular phrases, forms, and ceremonies, for human standards and traditions, and for party distinctions! What zeal for doctrines
confessedly mysterious and unintelligible, and about which wise and good men in every age have differed; and which, therefore, undoubtedly are not essential to religion and salvation! What zeal and pains to be at the head of a party, or c siderable in it; or to make proselytes to it! While there hath been very little zeal for the indisputables, for holiness and usefulness of life, and conformity to the rules of the gospel. How violent, fiery, and bitter, hath the former zeal been; and what dreadful effects hath it produced in the church! But how little is seen of that wisdom which is from above, which is pure, peaceable, gentle, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
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PHILIP FURNEAUX, D.D.'
CLA PHAM.DIED 1783.
, the nature and design of the system of revealed truth should be carefully studied and thoroughly understood. Regard it not as a magazine of uncertain or speculative opinions, or of entertaining problems; but as containing truths of the clearest evidence, and the utinost importance, relating to the perfections, providence, government, pur-poses, and will of God; to the nature and con
dition of man, his present duty, his future profpects ; in a word, to the fcheme of redemption and salvation, through the infinite mercy of the Father, and by the life, doctrine, miracles, death, resurrection, afcenfion, and exaltation of his incarnate Son. Are there, or can there be subjects of greater importance than these to sinful men? And the lively oracles in which these interesting events and doctrines are recorded, are an infallible test of truth; all others are to be tried by thein; they by none. :: Remember that you not only set out, but proçeed in the name of Jesus. For you receive not your commission from Socrates, or Plato, or Cicero, or Seneca; from Luther or Calvin, Arminius or Baxter, or from any other great men, ancient or modern, through an excessive and injudicious regard to whose reputation or authority, the Christian church hath been unhappily rent into a thousand different contending parties) but solely from Jesus Christ. Take heed, therefore, that you preach him the only Lord, and yourselves servants of the churches for his fake.
When various factions arose amongst the Corinthians, and one boasted, I am of Paul; another, I of Cephas or Peter, and I of Christ; the apostle put to them these pertinent and poignant interrogatories, Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? It should, therefore, sirs, be your prin
cipal care to keep your eye on your commifsion, and on your master, and to direct men's regard to him, as the only head in his church, and the only sovereign in his kingdom, as well as our only Saviour and guide to heaven. Set on foot and promote no private or party schemes ; no interest of your own or others in derogation of, much less in opposition to his. Let it be your constant aim and ambition to render men loyal and faithful subjects to that King whom God hath set on his holy hill of Zion. Maintain and cultivate peace, charity,'' and unity, with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in fincerity; however they may differ from one another, or from you in religious opinions or modes of worfhip. Meekness and humility are the peculiar ornaments of a Christian, especially of a minister, as nothing can be more indecent in him than haughtiness and pride. Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, meekness, long suffering and humbleness of mind, as well as bowels of mercies and kindness; and above all, put on Charity, which is the bond of perfection.
Charge to Ministers at Bridport:
RICHARD PRICE, D.D. F.R.S.
God, it would have been taught the world with such clearness and precision, as not to leave room for doubts and disputes. It is wonderful to me, that any person can mention this who believes the doctrines of natural religion, or who has read the defences of Christi anity. Has the Author of nature given us reafon in this manner,
or even the information we derive from our senses ? Is it possible, while we continue such creatures as we are, that any instruction should be so clear as to preclude disputes ? Supposing the Deity to grant us supernatural light, are we judges what degree of it he ought to give, or in what particular manner it ought to be communicated?
Again: The animofities, persecutions, and bloodshed, which the Christian religion has occasioned, have been urged as objections to it. This, likewise, certainly should not be mentioned till it can be shown, that there is one benefit or blessing enjoyed by mankind, which has not been the occasion of evils. How easy would it be to reckon up many dreadful calamities, which owe their existence to knowledge, to liberty, to natural religion, and to