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not of the Resurrection of all Men, but of the Saints only, pag. 15–18. which were it true, as it is false, is nothing to the purpose ; and
yet he triumphs as if he had gained some great Victory, when he leaves me in full Possession of the Argument.
He names not so much as one Text befides the five I mentioned, where the one Offence is certainly and plainly referred to. Nor doth he pretend to find in those Texts any other Consequences of that Offence befides those which I have found, namely, temporal Sorrow, Labour and Death. He endeavours to thew from those Texts that Adam's Sin is imputed to us, and that we are punished for it: but carries that Imputation and Punishment no further than temporal Sorrow, Labour and Death. He don't fo much as affirm that we can from them collećt, that the Nature of all Mankind is mosally corrupted by Adam's Transgression, or that all Men thereby are justly made liable to the Torments of Hell for ever. Indeed, (pag. 27.) he feebly points at a farther Judgment to Condemnation, which, as he faith, came upon all the World, besides that mentioned, Gen. iii. 19. namely in Rom. iii. 19.—that all the World
may become guilty before God, or, fubject to the Judgment of God. But we all know, that Guiltiness, or being subje&t, or
obnoxious to Judgment, never did, nor will come upon all Men to Condemnation.--He deserts both the Persons and Cause he has undertaken to defend. He quite alters the Afsembly's Proposition, pag. 62–64. a certain Proof he thought it not defensible; and wholly declines meddling with any
other Text they have brought to prove, that for Adam's Sin we are justly liable to eternal Torments in Hell. He allows the supposed Corruption of Nature derived from Adam may be overcome by our natural Power, and that it is our own Fault, if we do not resist and overcome it, pag. 63. He don't pretend to assert an utter Incapacity in Man to do his Duty for want of natural Powers; but owns it is their Duty, and that they have natural Powers to do good; and that their actual Sins are chargeable on their own Choice, pag. 64. That it is the Sinner's own Fault, that he suffers himself to be drawn away into the Commision of actual Sins, pag. 70. That the Cause of our Sin is the Choice of our own Will; or, our Sin proceeds immediately from our own Choice. And if all this be true, what becomes of the common Doctrine of Original Sin ? which yet he strenously endeavours to support: or wherein, as to the main Point, doth he differ from me? whom yet he warmly opposes.
I SHOULD be glad to see all Debates red lating to the Sense of Scripture managed on all Sides in a Christian-like Manner; and wish, while we are endeavouring to difcover, or vindicate the Truth of Religious Principles, we may none of us lose the kind and ami. cable Spirit of the Gospel; or, resting in Speculative Knowledge, neglect Piety, or the Practice of the solid and obvious Duties of Religion.
ELIEVING the Scriptures to be a Revelation from God, and that they alone contain the true and genuine Principles of the
Christian Religion, it is my Resolution to make them the Study of
Life. What Doctrine they teach, I embrace, and will, to the best of my Ability, teach and communicate to others. What in them I find not, I will neither profess, nor teach, to gain any the greatest temporal Advantages. And from this
my upright Purpose, through God's Afm sistance, no Man Thall me persuade or deter; being convinced
eternal Well-being depends upon this Conduct. If I CORRUPT the Temple or Church of God by false Doctrine, I
know: God will. CORRUPT or destroy. me, 1 Cor. iii. 17. If I am faithful to my Trust as , a Minister of the Gospel, whatever my prefent Lot may be, I am sure of receiving in a little Time the Crown of everlasting Life : Therefore it is my earnest Desire and highest Ambition to understand, live and preach the Truth as it is in Jesus. I bear Good-will to all Mankind, and shall ever study to cultivate Peace and Friendship with all my Fellow-Christians. I would not willingly difturb or displease any Person in the World and why should any be displeased at me, while I sincerely follow God, and peaceably do
my Duty ? But if any one is disgusted, or reproaches, censures, or maligns me, I matter it not. May I but approve myself to God, be happy in the Testimony of a good Conscience, and in any Degree serviceable to the Cause of true Religion, I can disregard the Censures of Men, who shortly shall return to their Dust, and as well as myself, stand before the Judgment-Seat of CHRIS T;; where, I am sure, they shall not judge me, but be judged themselves.
In this Mind; in Love and Peace with all Men, in a full Persuasion I am to answer in the great Day for what I now write, and in Dependence upon the Father of Lights to lead me into the Truth, I address myself to the Work I have undertaken.