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j- i ^ kwwl titaLcoanttpt- ** .- *•*• « t ^ tensions wbHterer to fc right similar j that of private property ; and the cry airaiast the violation of property raised , whenever its reformation is proposed , is no more than the cant of an interested JtrU . » -Pp .. SI- ® -
erf their « mvi *; fdr mite * * te stfftt luster liable and gloomy doetrktes of orthodoxy be first admitted as true , such « is ate ® £ * ment was uerer needed fyy nn& , nor could have been accepted by GodL It ia little
better than sophistry , therefore , to * &arga our representation of Christianity whh being defective , becaase it contains no remedy for an evil which , if thferTepre sensation be correct , ne ? er emoted . 7 &m
truth , we humbly presume , is , that ow brethren , by their misiaterpretatimi © f the Sacred Writings * first plunge tte whale human race into an hnagiaary abyss of guilt and woe ; and nest , &f further misinterpretation , discover an
imaginary method of delivering some few out of this abyss , wfeich they then call upon us to admire as a peculiar ex&si * lenee of thefr system . r ltiey first , &y their own vaiu imaginings , cast over the whole face of human ^ existen ce a thick
darkness , wWck strata trot eviery ray of h <* pe from the bosom of men , and theft reproach us thafc we have tod doefcrrae purposely revealed to dispei the wittering gloom which they themselves have created . But fat every moral and spiritual want with which man really becomes . && »
qtiafnted from nature or from revelation , assuredly Unitarian Christianity affords a sweet and abundant supply . To the peaitent sinner ft points atat a sure way \> f which hfe may attain to the forgiveness and favour of ( 3 torf , and this hi a paifh expressry consecrated tat tbe purpose by the mercy of Heaven , even in the btnua
way of repentance and reformaticm - To them that be slow to the practice of Virtue and r&iety , it brings ail the pteasiftg and < all the awfiil wQctivea to ri ^ hteou ^ nesSj ara « ii > g from the great thepes of future Judgment , eternfty and the &iv } ne favour . To tlie tpouiuing ohftdren of * affliction It affbrdd an inexhaustible
fountain of cotisolation and peace , by . givlDftf them ^ fth In the ctmsttfht provifleiiee of a heavenly TPaufeer , ^ Hw > se Stepe&smiiZonB are all mercy and truth . To them w > h o * e eyes ^ re closhig in the daarknsfce ^> f de « rt ^ it reveala the light of life and iminaiRttt *
lity . And if men have been brought to suppose that they need any : thing , of religion farther than tfrts , rhey are ^ nisled by fekjfe ^ ews ^ f ttoeft c % ti ; c »« ffi 0 otu or of the character arMl ^ g ^ ertifiiettt of © ad . "
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Art . III . —Zeal f < rr the Revival and Diffusion of Pure Christian Truth , a Duty arts tug- from Belief in its Divine Authority . A Sermon ^ preached at the UniMrian Chapel , in Parliament Court , ArtiHery Lane , London , on Wednesday , May 21 , 1823 , before the Supporters and Friends of the Unitarian Fund . By Henry Acton . 12 mo . pp . 32 . Hunter ; Eaton ; and Fox and Co .
THIS is an able aad judicious argumentative tfiststmrse . The proposition which forms its title is deduced from 1 Thess . ii . 13 , and is amplified in the following remarks : "1 . TWtt siae « Christian tratU is the
trrrrd of Gody the more nearly that it shall be professed hx its genuine purity , the greater , we are botind to hdteve , vtfill be tts efficacy in answetv ing the important purposes of Divine Providence . " " 2 . Ghristiart trtifch , heing the ward -ofiitod , is HadiHtbtedly of infinite t ^ lue to all to anki nd , tttrd
essentially coiOrdncive to thmr highest mortA improvetneiit ahd ^ h&ppipest . ^ 4 € 3 . From our cotiv !^ ti 6 n th rft C ! rrfs ^ tian truth 5 s the tbordof&od , we have good teas on to abrticipate its general diflfusion in the world . " " 4 . ?*
ers ^ aded that Christian tru th is the 4 vord of God , we must liold o « ir $ elre 8 feoiind to teceivfe it as a sacred trttsl ; , «* > inmitted to \ rt not for Our owfi beitte ^ rrt < ytAyt but that we may tio all In our power to disease its he&verify truths abroad . " Under the second head , the preach > - er thus vindicates " ti ^ e eiftcacy o £ the 8 iiDple doetriaes of the gmpel : " " Ottr pa ^ icnl ^* views , Indeed , have oee « coraiwonly denduueed 'by 6 ur Trimtarian breihvm As feeing W ^ Jny deficient
™ moral «^ l tte , ei ^ pfecfeiry < bfce # U 3 te thfey J » « ke us a ^ dsii ^ t ^ d Mfif / h no atmem& to tb ^ sdpposwa or ^ Utal fcad ittftftftte * J * t . of ^ ur fttflefc tttfttire , S 4 rffh 0 trt "M ^ Ay « waettie < ift , 4 t Is ^» , ^ d ead ***** HO 2 « !! 5 t 2 ^ ^ th *> l V&kfy > ^ ii « f # >«^ Irf *¦ Wit mh fr iito&ty iiaiWWg ? tm r ^^ l ^ fefe ^ ter ^ lpqlfe tb ^ o « T « WW OI ^^«^« ittm % a ^^^ tott ^^ We ^ t W *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 599, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/39/