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which, I hope, through grace, | forth Christ, as the only Saviour, will effectually guard you against and the end of the law for rightthis error.

eousness, to such as believe. This doctrine proposes eternal Thus you see, that the opinioni life on terms very different from which they hold very much lesthe gospel. The gospel doc- sens the glory of Christ, as the trine of justification is not on Saviour of sinners, and our oblithe ground of a legal obedience, gations to him and dependence and external conformity to the on him for salvation. According law, nor yet are men to be justi- to this, Christ is only a sharer fied, even on account of any real with the sinner in the merit of holiness, which they may have. his justification with God; or, But on the credit of the right- at least, the sinner has by his eousness of Christ alone, who is own goodness made it very spethe sinner's only way of access cially suitable, that Christ should to God, to which righteousness entitle him to his merits. he becomes entitled, not by his This proud sentiment also deown works but by faith alone. bases the law of God, and the But the other opinion places the nature of holiness. It insinuates, hope of salvation in the sinner's that holiness consists principalunblemished morals.

ly, in a regular life, and an inofTo this your neighbors will fensive conduct, and that God probably reply, "We do not requires, and can with propriety contend that external morality is require very little more than this the ground of justification, and of his creatures. This external we expect to be saved by Christ. morality many affect, who even We depend on him, for the deny the Christian religion. Is pardon of

our sins. But far this, my son, the pure spirit of be it from us, to think so un- divine love, so feelingly describworthily of Christ, as to suppose ed, and so illustriously exemplithat he will suffer any to perish, fied, in the holy scriptures ? Are who are upright and useful in holiness, and the law of God, their lives, for want of an inter- after all that is said about them est in his redemption.' But you in the holy scriptures, reduced will easily discover, that in such to this? If so, I confess I cana reply, they manifestly show, not see why the question of the that their dependence is fixed young ruler was not quite pertiwhere the young ruler's was. nent-What lack I yet ?' The statement is only varied a In the same proportion as this little, to accommodate it to the sentiment debases holiness, and Christian name. You will see the law of God, it diminishes the that their dependence for being idea of the extreme evil and accepted by Christ, and justified vileness of sin. On this princithrough him, is on their own ple sin is less contrary to the supposed goodness. At the best, law of God, which is a standardi they join their own goodness of holiness, than has been supwith the redemption of Christ, posed, and arises not from enmias the ground of acceptance and iy against God, or aversion to, Salvation : you will not ind how- and rebellion against his gorever, that the scriptures speak crnment ; but rather from in of any such wion.

They'set norance, bad creation and com

panions, and violent appetites, change of heart-a new creation or some accidental cause; and life from the dead-being is deserving of a much less pun- brought out of darkness into ishment, than that which is marvellous light-and from bethreatened.

ing like unto their father the It also places sin and holiness devil, to become one with Christ. essentially in things, in which And must all this be construed the word of God does not princi- away, into a mere ceremonial pally place them. This princi- regularity, which may arise only ple makes the essential things from circumstances, and acciof religion to consist in apparent dental causes ? It cannot be honesty, humanity, and a fair reasonably believed. morality. But the scriptures I hope that in writing to you, place them in the heart; and I need not enlarge much on this they speak of these amiable mo- subject. You see that this opinrals, as being but the natural ion flatters human pride-offers productions of an holy heart. eternal life on terms different God demands the heart. My from the gospel-robs Christ of son, give me thy heart. And the glory of being an whole Sathis is what the sinner must viour-debases the law, and the yield, or perish; for God seeth nature of holiness takes away not as man seeth. Man judgeth the evil of sin-describes sin according to appearance ; but and holiness principally in things the Lord looketh on the heart. in which the scriptures do not

This principle also denies the principally place them-denies scriptural doctrine of the entire the entire depravity of mendepravity of the sinner's heart. regeneration, and all the peculFor according to it, there can iar doctrines by which the gosscarce be found in a whole na- pel is distinguished from the tion, half a dozen abandoned philosophical opinions of such, wretches in an age, who, are as either deny revealed religion, more than half depraved. The or deprive it of all those docexternal conduct of almost all, istrines, which do not comport under such powerful restraints with their sinful desires. that they act decently, and appear You will easily discover, that but partially depraved, in the however agreeable such opinions sense of this opinion; whereas may be to your heart, you must you know, that the scriptures give up the bible, before you represent the carnal heart, as can embrace them ; for they are utterly corrupt--at enmity a- altogether irreconcilable with gainst Gods--not subject to his each other. And however speJaw—and so dead in trespasses cious the arguments may apand sins, that every imagination pear, by which they may be urgof it is only evil continually. ed upon you, (and much is said,

This erroneous opinion goes and with much subtilty in their also to the denial of the neces- support) one answer will always sity of regeneration, or repre- be sufficient- They are offered in sents it as a very different thing behalf of unscriptural opinions. from the description given of it I cannot forbear suggesting in the scriptures. These, rep- my fears, that the flattering adresent regeneration as a real ) dress of these sentiments, to the

natural pride and corruptions of in error. The grace of God your heart, and to the fair char- supplies a most efficacious moacter which you sustain for ex- tive to holiness; and holiness ternal morality, will insensibly is the inseparable result of the gain upon your reason and con- grace of God, when it is receive science, and that you will graded into the heart. The one is ually become a kind of infidel in the means, the other the end. fact, while you retain the Chris-Can the end be answered withtian name.

Let me intreat you out the means? Look at the to study the bible, and refuse to success of those philosophising listen to those, who would per- schemes of reformation which suade you to disbelieve its fun- inculcated the beauty and the damental truths, lest you bring excellency of virtue, but appliruin on yourself, and grieve ed no adequate motive to the

Your affectionate father, mind. On the other hand, can July 1, 1805.

L. the doctrines of Christianity be

of any use, except as they conduce to their proper end? To

allege this would be to degrade From the Christian Observer. the gospel, since its superority

above every other moral system On the Connection between the arises from its more powerful Grace of God and a Holy Life. effects in meliorating the char

acter and conduct of those who WHERE is in many a strange embrace it. In perfect harmo

desire of separating whatny with this view of the subject, God hath joined together—the we are told in scripture, that the grace of God and the righteous- Son of God gave himself for us ness of man. One set of per- for the express purpose of resons exalt the grace of God, deeming us from all iniquity, and and speak in the loftiesť terms purifying unto himself a peculof the gospel of Jesus Christ ; iar people zealous of good works. but say little of the duties of In order, therefore, to acquire man and the obedience which is a just view of the Christian disrequired of him : as if the bare pensation, we must regard a knowledge of the gospel scheme right system of faith, and a were to be substituted in the righteous and holy life as indisplace of true holiness ; or as if solubly connected. We must it were wholly unnecessary to consider it as a vain attempt efenter into the detail of that obe- fectually to reform our conduct, dience which man ought to per- unless we embrace the holy form. Others, equally unrea- principles which Christianity insonable, insist exclusively upon spires. And on the other hand, the importance of moral prac- we must deem it unnatural, and tice, and view with jealousy eve- even impious, to hold the truth ry attempt to give prominence to in unrighteousness; to exalt the doctrines of grace; as if a the doctrines of the gospel, and blow were thereby aimed at to neglect the practical effects morality, and as if the obligation which these doctrines were into a righteous life were thereby tended to produce. Few indeed undermined. Both are equally I avowedly separate the doctrines

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of the grace of God from a converse with the world; in righteous and holy life, but ma- short, in all the various circumny do it practically. Many, stances of life. who will fully admit the holy The inconsistency which I influence of the gospel, yet act have been condemning, is greatas if the bare reception of its ly supported by our resting in truths were a kind of compensa- general ideas of religion without tion for, at least, what they entering minutely into the dewould call the lesser sins of man. tail of its duties; and by our beHence, with a strange inconsis. ing satisfied with approving tency, they will say, such a per- generally of its doctrines withson is, without doubt, a religious out a particular application of man, but he is passionate. An- them to our own cases and cirother is exceedingly pious, but cumstances. On the other he is sullen and morose. A third hand, nothing shews more deis very devout, but he is worldly. cidedly a truly upright spirit Is it not plain that a separation than the full and complete manis here made between religion ner in which religion is applied, and its practical influence ? It with distinctness and particularis supposed that a man can be ity, to a man's own case, carrireligious, and yet not gentle : ed through all the business of pious, and yet not benevolent : life, and made to regulate every devout, and yet not detached part of the conduct. It is an from the world. In the same easy thing to express an admiinconsistent manner do multi- ration of the scriptures, to speak tudes reason, who are religious in high terms of an excellent on the Sunday while they are treatise on religion, or to be wholly engrossed with the world loud in commendation of a pithrough the week: who can at- ous discourse. But the only tend with the same punctuality solid proof which we can give in the church and the theatre: who either case of cordial approbawould not on any account negation, consists in the close and lect the preaching of the gospel, faithful application of what we but in their families discover no- have read or heard to our own thing of its benign influence : consciences ; in the alteration

very carefully settle the ar- we are induced to make in those ticles of their faith, and hold parts of our temper and conduct them strenuously ; but take lit- which have been shewn to be tle pains to regulate their tem- wrong; and in the abiding naper, evidently overlooking that ture of the effects which, thro necessary duty, as if it were no the blessing of God, have been essential branch of religion. In produced in us. Herod knew a word, we are chargeable with that John was a just and holy the same inconsistency whenev-man : he heard him gladly and er the holy doctrines which we did many things because of him. believe are not embraced as prin- But when John plainly applied ciples of action, influencing and his preaching to Herod's own regulating our whole conduct, case, and said it is not lawful for teaching us how to feel, to act, thee to have thy brother's wife, to suffer, in our families, in our then the insincerity of his heart shops, in our retirements, in our l appeared ; he could not bear the Vol. VI. NO, 2.

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natural pride and corruptions of in error. The grace of God your heart, and to the fair char- supplies a most efficacious moacter which you sustain for ex- tive to holiness; and holiness ternal morality, will insensibly is the inseparable result of the gain upon your reason and con- grace of God, when it is receivscience, and that you will grad. ed into the heart. The one is ually become a kind of infidel in the means, the other the end. fact, while you retain the Chris. Can the end be answered withtian name.

Let me intreat you out the means? Look at the to study the bible, and refuse to success of those philosophising listen to those, who would per- schemes of reformation which suade you to disbelieve its fun- inculcated the beauty and the damental truths, lest you bring excellency of virtue, but appliruin on yourself, and grieve ed no adequate motive to the

Your affectionate father, mind. On the other hand, can July 1, 1805.

L. the doctrines of Christianity be

of any use, except as they con-
duce to their proper end? To

allege this would be to degrade From the Christian Observer. the gospel, since its superority

above every other moral system On the Connection between the arises from its more powerful Grace of God and a Holy Life. effects in meliorating the char

acter and conduct of those who THERE is in many a strange embrace it. In perfect harmo

desire of separating what ny with this view of the subject, God hath joined together-the we are told in scripture, that the grace of God and the righteous. Son of God gave himself for us ness of man. One set of per- for the express purpose of resons exalt the grace of God, deeming us from all iniquity, and and speak in the loftiesť terms purifying unto himself a peculof the gospel of Jesus Christ ;| iar people zealous of good works. but say little of the duties of In order, therefore, to acquire man and the obedience which is a just view of the Christian disrequired of him: as if the bare pensation, we must regard a knowledge of the gospel scheme right system of faith, and a were to be substituted in the righteous and holy life as indisplace of true holiness ; or as if solubly connected. We must it were wholly unnecessary to consider it as a vain attempt efenter into the detail of that obe- fectually to reform our conduct, dience which man ought to per- unless we embrace the holy form. Others, equally unrea- principles which Christianity insonable, insist exclusively upon spires. And on the other hand, the importance of moral prac- we must deem it unnatural, and tice, and view with jealousy eve- even impious, to hold the truth ry attempt to give prominence to in unrighteousness; to exalt the doctrines of grace ; as if a the doctrines of the gospel, and blow were thereby aimed at to neglect the practical effects morality, and as if the obligation which these doctrines were into a righteous life were thereby tended to produce. Few indeed undermined. Both are equally I avowedly separate the doctrines

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