« 上一頁繼續 »
a good man, he will allow this as it respects his overt acts; but he will perceive, or think that he perceives, a something ambiguous, when it is further affirmed, that nothing is wanting to his delighting in the laws of God, but his own choice. If it can be proved, either from Scripture, or experience, that the soul has, in the proper sense of the words, the same control and dominion over love and hatred, complacency and aversion, in morals, that it has over the voluntary motions of the body, there must be an end to the controversy. But till it be shown that terms, implying physical power, may be applied, with strict propriety, to the production of moral dispositions, by the agency of the will, in the same sense as voluntary motions are connected with the exercise of volition, a man may be puzzled, without being persuaded, by such a course of reasoning. The doctrine of the two delectations has been ingeniously supported by the followers of Augustine; but it may be doubted, whether it has shed new light upon this difficult question; for, after all that has been offered, a man seems to be left in the situation of him who feels no conviction, although he may not be furnished with a conclusive answer.
London, October 1, 1822.
REMARKS UPON A LATE APPEAL TO THE SERIOUS
AND CANDID PROFESSORS OF CHRISTIANITY."
OBSERVATIONS UPON A LATE FAMILIAR ILLUSTRA
TION OF CERTAIN PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE."
“ I will also shew mine opinion."
JOB xxii. 10.
To write in defence of a doctrine, which has been so repeatedly and ably defended by many learned men; or to make any remarks upon a pamphlet, which has been already answered, may appear to some a very unnecessary employment. It may be proper, therefore, to inform the reader, that the following observations were written chiefly for the sake of the common people, who have not time to read, or money to purchase many books; and that no reflection is intended upon the gentlemen, who have already published their remarks upon the “ Appeal.” The writer of these observations, imagining that the multiplicity of the subjects handled together in that pamphlet, tends rather to confound than instruct those who have not read or thought much upon the subjects it contains, has chosen to fix the attention of his readers to one point, which certainly deserves the most deliberate consideration.
It is allowed on all hands, that the truth respecting this doctrine is fundamental in religion. If the Lord Jesus Christ is but a mere man, then the doctrine which attributes divinity to him, is undoubtedly “a radical cor
a ruption" of the Scriptures : but if he is so one with the Father as to be, with him, the true God, then to reject his divinity is a radical error. The reader, therefore, should consider well, that the subject before him is not of a trifling nature, and such as he may either embrace or reject with safety. This is by no means the case. If he is wrong in this matter, he is fundamentally wrong.
The first and great commandment is, that we should worship the Lord God, and him only. If, therefore, we either withhold divine honour from him who is God, or give it to him who is not, we are breaking that commandment, on which all the rest depend ; we are either blasphemers, or idolaters; and we are assured, that none such shall inherit the kingdom of God. Let me then beg of my reader to keep in view the importance of the subject, and to remember what is required of us in order to our preservation from fundamental errors. There are two things absolutely necessary: 1. That we pray earnestly to God for divine wisdom : “ If any of you