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Tjhe following Tiibute is part of a Discourse delivered to an Unitarian Congregation , in the county of Suftblk ; and is extracted from the " Bury and Norwich Post" of Nov . 23 , 1808 , by the desire of a Correspondent . Editor .
« The command in the Text , ( % Tim . ii . 15 . ) * Study to show thyself approved of God , ' was given to Timothy a faithful minister of Jesus Christ . We have applied it to the circumstances of all men * Our minds are > however , at this time , forcibly drawn to connect with the subject one of those good and great servants of our Divine master , lately
deceased , to whom there are few similar characters raised up in an age . Not many need to be told that * 1 mean the Rev . Theophilus JLindsey . On his removal to receive his reward , we naturally exclaim , a Prince and a great man is this day fallen in Israel . " " If any man ' studied to shew himself approved of God , * as a Christian , and a Christian minister , he did so . Had you known this ancient and venerable
disciple , as it was may happiness in a small measure to do , you would pronounce him a King and a Priest in the inheritance and Temple of God . Here you mig ht see an Apostle of the primitive age , than whom Paul cannot obtain a h igher place in his master ' s ap - probation , independently of the
miraculous gifts with which he was endued . " To approve himself to God was the principle ^ and the approbation of Qod was the ruU "of his conduct , if we may form a judgment of human character . The consciousness of the Divine approbation supported him in the most trying
circumstances , and will be his croivn of rejoicing for ever . i ( Under the influence of such principles , he sacrificed great preferments and prospects in the established Church . These he counted as nothing when
they came in competition with the favour of God .. As he was convinced that' to us there is but one God , the Father , ( 1 Cor . viii . 6 . ) he consulted not withiksh and blood when he thought it
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his duty tQ renounce the worship of those whom he thought to * be no Gods . * ( Acts xix . 2-6 . ) This event in his life is an sera in the history of religion in this country . With him we may say that
the great cause of the unity of God began in England , as a public interest and profession ; and he has been one of the most favoured instruments of God in its support and propagation . Since he began , with the meekness of a Christian , and
the zeal of an Apostle , to call the world to the worship of one God , the Father , ' multitudes of all conditions have shaken off their slumbers , arid opened their eyes to tjie clear light of the Sun of everlasting Truth . Thus , in a few years , without bustle , without ebservatioriy like the
coming of the Kingdom of God , ( Luke xvii . 20 ) , thousands , and tens of thousands , have forsaken their idols , and now worship the Almighty Creator , « the former of our bodies , and the father of our spirits . ' Without the excess of zeal
by which other conceptions have been forced on the world , the "worship of on * Cod , which has only to be understood in order to be adopted , has made its way , and is now supported by a large body of Christians , respectable for their numbers , and probably the most respectable body of religious men on the globe , for excellence of moral character and extent of
information . " But the father of this cause is now gone * to receive the fruit . of his labour . He died in peace , and at an advanced age , the natural effects of that incomparable mildness of temper , of that serenity of mind , of that conscientious discharge
of duty , of that temperance , and that selfgovernment * for which he excelled most other men since the apostolic £ ge . The enemies of his faith have paid , unwillingly , a profound homage to the virtues of Theophilus JLindsey ; and are ready to acknowledge , though without pleasure , the success of his invaluable labours . We
hope that he has left many sons and brethren in the Churches of God . " As for himself , though he is dead , he yet speaketh , ( Heb . xi . 4 . ) He will speak to the day of final judgment Nq time can destroy his memory . No devastation can cancel his writings , And if the promise of Christ be true , aad
TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF MR . LINDSEY ; AN EXTRACT FROM A SERMON ON HIS DEATH .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1809, page 34, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1732/page/34/