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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, always strive with man :" he will not always be imposed upon. This is pointed out in the first chapter of Ro. mans, 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 infinité 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

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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 therefore 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 inexcusable, 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 like. wise, such persons, who shut their intellectual eyes against this light, will most assuredly be damned, for neglecting this spirit of Truth, or this heaven

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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

TO DO IT. There can be no true happiness but in the love of God, and that love must not be forced, but must be of free choice, as any other love is unwor. thy of him. He nevertheless can, and he certainly does, use every means consistent with his attributes, to win man to his own happiness, as I have demonstrated in our second department. How feelingly does he expostulate with the rebellious and ungrateful Israelites in the fifth chapter of Isaiah.*

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In the phraseology of Isaiah, I would ask the reader, or I would rather entreat him to ask his own reason and common sense, What God could do more for him than what he has already done? “What could I do for my people that I have not done ?" Reader, 0! do !! read and answer these kind in. terrogations, as you will wish you had done, when you are nailed on the bed of death, or arraigned at the bar of God, which perhaps will shortly be the

“What could thy best friend on earth, what could pitying angels, what could the Author of all good do for thee, that has not been done? Thy Cre. ator hath given thee reason to distinguish between good and evil; to know what is thy life, and what will seal thy ruin. He hath placed conscience in thy breast, to warn thee in the moment of thy guilt. He hath sent down to thee, Him whom he had dearest in all heaven, to give thee yet ampler instruction in the way to bliss. And the Son condescended to come with the same willingness as the Father sent him,

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