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can offend the conscience of the most scrupulous Trinitarian . THEOPHILUS BROWNE . December 5 , 181 & . Address to the Congregation , which was very large and respectable * on the evening of December 6 , 1818 . My Christian Brethren ,
In reply to the letter which appeared in the Herald of yesterday , I would beg leave to assure you , in the first place , that we , the members of this congregation , do not pretend to find our way ( as it is strangely
expressed ) to the love of God without the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ , and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost or ftoly Spirit . Whether the love of God signifies our iove of him , or his of us , ( which is uncertain , ) we are convinced that his love is not to be
acquired , unless we strive to imbibe the true genuine Christian temper , which we understand to be meant by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ ; and we are very sensible that such
feeble , frail creatures as we are , stand greatly in need of the enlightening , supporting and directing assistance of the Spirit of our God , We do not in general use the form alluded to as a valediction at the close of our
devotion , because we think there is good ground to believe that the apostle referred , in the last clause of it , to the extraordinary and miraculous gifts and endowments bestowed upon believers in the very first age of the Christian
church , and which have long since entirely ceased . Taking the clause to convey the sense of such guidance and direction as may be now and at all times humbly hoped for from above , we have no objection , in the smallest degree , to the use of it .
2 . We do not bring up our own or our neighbours' children in the nurture and admonition of Soeinus . With this person we do not agree in some material points , and if we did in all his opinions , we should not wish to be called iiis followers . He was a learned ,
and , upon the whole , an excellent man ; but we look upon ourselves as no more belonging specifically to him than we do to Paul , or Peter , or A polios . We profess to be the disciples of Jesus Christ , and look upon him as , under God , our proper Master , Teacher and Guide .
- 3 . We are persuaded that what the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says , x . 29 , of treading under foot the Son of God , &c , was and is applicable only to the avowed and determined opposers and despisers of Jesus Christ
and his religion , apostates from his cause , and wilful violaters of his commands ; and we cannot but esteem it as contrary as possible to the true spirit of Christianity , to charge us with any thing so grossly impious and wicked . We purpose to have evenifiglectures every Sunday in this place during the
winter months ; and if you , my Christian brethren , would be pleased to attend , we would inform you exactly what pur sentiments are , and lay before you the grounds and reasons of our faith . We make a point of not teaching the children of the Sunday School those doctrines which are matters of
dispute and controversy amongst Christians . Our advice to them is uniformly this : " Be guided by your parents so long as you are children , but when you grow up and become men and women , inquire and judge for your * selves to the best of your knowledge and ppwer , with a single eye to the truth and in the fear of God . " As
your parents think proper to put you under our cave , we will do the best for you we are able , but we will not prejudice or bias your minds for or against any party or denomination of Christians .
I hope this may suffice , for the present , to convince our brethren that we are not those vile and worthless beings that we have been represented to be ; and that , notwithstanding what has
been said against us , you will be so kind as to assist us , by your generous contributions in our labour of love , in bringing up the children of our School in the nurture and admonition—not of
Soeinus , you may rely upon it , but of one very far superior to him , even Jesus Christ , our blessed Lord and Saviour .
Sir , Nov . 3 , 1818 . MR . Professor Monk , in his pamphlet on the subject of the Botanical Professorship at Cambridge , more than insinuates that neither Sic Isaac Newton nor John Locke are to be reckoned among Anti-Trinitarians . I wish the question were set at reftt , and it were stiewn whether , and hpw
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1819, page 19, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1768/page/19/