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LAY-MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,

And especially to those of the
COLLEGIATE CHURCH OF AYR:

OCCASIONED BY

DR. M-GILL'S PRACTICAL ESSAY on the Death of

JESUS CHRIST.

PROVING,
That he denies the great Doctrines of the ATONEMENT, of

the Deity of our Lord, &c. &c.

To which are added,
A LETTER TO THE DOCTOR,

And an

HUMBLE ADDRESS to the Members of the General

Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

BY A FRIEND TO TRUTH.

THE SECOND EDITION,
CORRECTED AND ENLARGED:

Wth Reflections on the Influence of the Socinian Doctrine

on Holiness of Life.

Prov. xxvi. 25. When he speaketh fair, believe him not : for there

are seven abominations in hi. heart.
Luke xxii. 48. Judas, betrayej thou the Son of man with a kiss ?
i Pet. ii. 2. As new-born babes desire το λογικον αδoλον γαλα. .

E DIN BURGH:
PRINTED FOR W. LAING; W. MILLAR, GLASGOW; J. MATTHEWS,

BELLAMY AND ROBARTS, LONDON.

M DCG XC.

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L E T T E R.

I.

To the Lay Members of the Church of Scot

LAND, and especially to those of the Col-
LEGIATE Church of Ayr.

My BRETAREN,

T may seem strange that an unknown, and at beft, an

manner. You undoubtedly form a very respectable body of professing Christians; and are therefore entitled to the moit respectful treatment. It would be inconsistent with your juft clainas to call your attention on a trivial occasion. As members of the state, you are often summoned, by the friends of their country, to a laudable concern about your rights as men and citizens. If you, when addresfed in that capacity, although you may not coincide in every point with those who claim your regard, yet deign to weigh what they submit to your judgment, and at least, to form a charitable opinion of their intentions; we hope that you will not entirely turn a deaf ear to us.

We call not your attention, indeed, to the valuable rights which you postess as citizens; but to those higher privileges which are conferred on you as Christians. We endeavour not to awaken your zeal with respect to civil liberty ; but to that far more glorious liberty, “ wlierewith Chris hath made 115 66 free.” If you patiently bear with those wlio put you in mind of the laws and rights, which were handed down to you from your illultrious forefathers, at the expence of their blood; will you not extend your indulgence to us, while we vindicate those, which have been purchased for you by the blood of the Son of God. Nor is it a subject of

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