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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 exclud. ed 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
as great a fool, for tempting the elect, who cannot finally fall; as it is all lost labour, to say the least of it. The Scriptures pointedly declare that“God: (although he is infinitely good) will not, by the influence of his spirit, al. ways strive with man :" he will not always be imposed upon. This is pointed out in the first chapter of Romans, and is sometimes adduced by the votaries of absolute reprobation, in support of their favorite doctrine, al. though it bears no analogy to it.
God often bears with the obduracy and rebellion of man for many years, and uses every means that infinite goodness and wisdom can invent for his repentance, and reformation, yet always consistent with his divine attri. butes, and man's free agency. And he manifests this forbearance with impartiality, not only to those who hear the gospel with the outward ear,and prove disobedient thereunto, but also to those who never heard the gospel, yet saw repeatedly the light of the Holy Spirit, and felt, yet rejected its divine influ
ence. The Scriptures declare, that God is no respector of persons, but in
every nation, those that love and fear · hini, are accepted by him. It is there.
fore self-evident from scripture, reason and common sense, that those who slight the spirit of God, or the light of the world, which appears from time to time to every man, in every nation, kingdom, city, town and state, must be punished with banishment from the divine presence, and the glory of his power; whether they are called pagans or Christians. What is called the light of nature, I call the light of the spirit of Truth, that leaves every man inex. cusable, whether Jew, gentile or Christian, who neglects so great salvation. For, if those who never heard of the fall of Adam, or the death of Christ, are saved, by obeying the light of the holy Spirit, a manifestation whereof is given to every man to profit withal, so likewise, such persons, who shut their intellectual eyes against this light, will most assuredly be damned, for neglecting this spirit of Truth, or this heaven
ly light. This grace and light is sufficient to save all, and will 'infallibly save all who do not resist its heavenly influence. Surely then, he who resists, is the radical cause of his own destruction. He, therefore, who does not resist, is saved entirely by grace, not by works, least any man should boast. In the first instance, his salvation is rather passive than active, but afterwards, he comes to be a co-worker with the spirit; and so far from ascribing his salvation to works, as the sons of error do, he considers good works rather a reward, because it is his meat and his drink, his heaven and happiness, to promote the glory of his good God, from a principle of pure love and gratitude. The numerous instances adduced in the bible, wherein God, by his patriarchs, prophets and apostles, from time to time pleaded with the wickedest men, is a positive proof of his impartiality; and that he did not, nor does not take any pleasure in the destruction of wicked men : he waited, and still waits, with long-suffering mercy, for the re
turn of the rebellious sons of men, to their own happiness, not for his interest or aggrandizement; far from it! God is infinitely, supremely, and supereminently happy, glorious, powerful, good, gracious, magnificent and beautiful, in, through and from himself. Nothing that can happen on this earth, this solar system, or the billions of systems in creation, which I firmly believe are all inhabited, can either diminish or augment his supreme felicity, and super-celestial beauty ; for, were they all annihilated, he could create as many more in the space of six days. He therefore' wills the happiness of man from motives of pure and impartial philanthropy. THIS IS THE NAKED TRUTÉ, LET WHO WILL DISBELIEVE IT!! But I would at the same time add, that he cannot, he will not act inconsistent with himself, by destroying the equilibrium of his divine attributes, and the reasonableness of man's free agency, in order to bring man from present misery to future happiness; THE FACT 19, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM