Imatges de pÓgina


THOUGH the following work, as a System of

Divinity, has the appearance of being new, yet certainly it proposes no new foundation: for other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ:-If we speak not according to this word (Christ) it is because there is no light in us;-but if we are led by this lighi, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day and for ever, much darkness is discovered in our most approved modern systems; and it will appear that our maite er-builders, if any may be called such beside the Prophets and Apostles, have, in a great measure, builded aside from the foundation, and must there. fore suffer lofs.

It is certain that the work not framed accord. ing to the true and only foundation, though the study and labour of ages will not profit men ; and the torch of divine revelation cannot be too soon applied to the vast pile which shall set it all on flame; and though the hand or instrument to do this must expect to be treated by many as a vile incendiary, yet he will deserve well of the world of mankind; for let the hay, wood and stubble be consumed, and the light of the divine foundation, and the gold, silver and precious


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