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supremely ungrateful rebels, who shut themselves out from the light, and calumniate the holy Spirit by which it is manifested to a guilty, ruined world. If therefore, such rebels are doomed to eternal darkness, the impartiality of Jehovah should not in justice be impeached, but the obduracy and ingratitude of man. All necessary means and measures are abundantly provided, for the temporal and eternal happiness of man, by the boundless mercy of God; if, therefore, he is unhappy, either here or hereafter, it is his obduracy and ingratitude makes him so.
The doctrine of the universality of Christ's death, which Scripture, reason, and even common sense unanimously consolidate, seems to be so obvious to the meanest capacity, that it is almost wasting time to attempt to elucidate it by argument. I would ask, Is it not more reasonable (even leaving Scripture testimonyout of the question) to believe, that “ Christ, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man,' as the bible plainly declares, than that he died only for one in about every thousand of the human family, which predestinarians always virtually, and sometimes positively declare. The simplicity of my argumentation, although as plain as A B C to the humble Christian, will no doubt be hid from the wise and prudent of this world, and their pompous, pedantic, dignified clergymen. However, it is now as it has always been, namely, Christ for the augmentation of the glory of his grace, and that doctors of divinity might not have whereof to boast, manifests his truth to the humble and illiterate, and confounds the wisdom of the wise by their argumentation. Many well disposed, and even learned persons, who abhor the doctrine of unconditional reprobation as impious as well as antiscriptural, are at a loss to conceive, how those who live in remote parts of the world, and never heard of the Saviour's sufferings and resurrection, can participate the merits of his death; which I will endeavour to shew, in the subsequent arguments.
We have already proved, both from Scripture and reason, that Christ tasted death for all men, of all complexions and countries, and hath given to every man, whether European, Asiatic, African, or American, a certain day of visitation, pouring upon his benighted soul, the light of his spirit; by this means making it possible, both for all kinds of men, and each man of every kind, to partake the fruit of the Savi. our's death. “Christ is the true light, that enlightens every man that cometh into the world;" those who have not heard the gospel, as well as those who have heard it. Christ by his spirit and grace calls, entreats, invites, alarms the unbaptized, as well as the baptized infidel, in order to bring him to a sense. of his misery, and save him therefrom. This spirit, when not resisted, works the salvation of some heathens, and would work the salvation of all. To those who thus resist, Christ becomes a gavor of death unto death; but condemns none but those who continue to resist his grace and holy Spirit, and to
whom he really made an offer of salvation. This doctrine, which is the complete antipode of the doctrine of our opponents, greatly exalts the merits and universality of Christ's death; seeing it is applicable to the wants of all men, every where under the sun, and is the source of every good and perfect gift, the radical cause both of the conviction, the conversion, sanctification, and glorification of the poor penitent sin
It removes the cause of despair, and encourages the vilest sinner to hope in the mercy of God; “ to cease to do evil, to learn to do well," that the good spirit may abide with him, and lead him to all truth and righteousness. It is a great means of convincing infidels of the truth and certainty of the Christian religion, as it tallies with their own experience; because, there is not one of them on the face of the earth, but at one time or another has had.visitations from the Spirit of Truth, reproving them for sin, and filling them with horror at the consequences thereof, and promising peace and happiness, on re
pentance and obedience to the light of divine truth. The excellency of this scriptural doctrine, is encouraged and advanced through the over-ruling power of God, even by its greatest enemies and opposers, whether Prelatical or Presbyterian, rev. or right rev. doctors of divinity; whether they read the gos. pel, or preach it, they are compelled to call all men to repentance, that they may be saved ; not even one is excluded from their invitations and exhortations. Thus, against their own doctrine, and wills, and belief, they are constrained to preach the truth I advocate; though by the bye, sometimes, after preaching the willingness ofChrist to-save all that will come unto him, and all are invited, they let slip one of their favourite predestinarian sentiments : thus they spoil all their eloquence,when they suggest any sentiments favorable to absolute reprobation; but this is not often the case. The preacher is a fool, who labours for the conversion of those. unhappy souls, who he believes are reprobated by decree; and the devil is