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coming the ivhent&nce of i ^ Sou of God , and the uttermost parts of thee&rth h ^ ve fong been his possession . Some Bel or Nebo of idolatry is daily compelled to bow down at the rising of the Sun of Righteousness , and to stoop his proud
forehead to the very dust at the proclamation of the gospel . The many corruptions that have so long impeded the inarch of Christian truth , are giving way before the influence of extended inquiry ; and as the vain traditions of men pass on , one after another , to that grave of
oblivion from which they shall experience no resurrection , the pure Christian religion continues gradually to assume in the eyes of meii that form of heavenly beauty and splendour by which it shall finally captivate all minds , and establish its righteous dominion in every heart . "—Pp * 27 , 28 .
The preacher concludes this unpretending , but interesting and excellent sermon , with modestly stating the ground of the Christian duty which he recommends :
Ci Persuaded that , in the course of Divine Providence , it has fallen to our iot , owing to the wise dispensations of God , and not to any merit of our own , to be favoured with more correct views
of Christian truth than generally prevail , we shall feel that we are discharging at once a . duty of piety and a c | uty of benevolence , when we unite to employ our utmost means for diffusing this truth and its attendant blessings /'—Pp . 32 .
We cannot dismiss our brief notice of Mr . Actoa ' s sermon without expressing the conviction which we have felt ip perusing it , that in the new and important charge which , in the course of Providence , he has been
called to undertake , that of one of the , ministers of the respectable Unitarian congregation at Exeter , he will be eminently useful in maintaining and promoting the cause of Christian truth .
Art . Iv .- —Star Addresses , adapted to the Ordinance of the Lord ' s Supper . By John Fullagar , Minister of the Unitarian Chapel , Chichester . Hunter andr Eaton .
^ rX 7 'E some apology al-, W ^ f most necessary to the worthy author of this unassuming bat useful publication , and indeed also to the public , for having dcslsiyed tire Notice of it 'to te % * Addrfesb ^ itateft to the . hoHrfi . % ijprier , to aajfojr snmTl
congregations in % he celebrating of that truly Christian , but too much neglected rite , have long been a desideratum among Unitarians ; and the
body is , we think , obliged to Mr . Fullagar , for having endeavoured to stfppiy this deficiency . For the observance of this institution , Mr . F . appears to be a strenuous advocate . In his Preface he says ,
" It is possible , that , without being aware of it , I may attach more thau proper importance to it , from my feeling , what some may regard , an undue preference for revelation over natural
religion . The more 1 reflect on the subject , the more am I convinced that the admirers of the latter owe their knowledge of the Deity , and of human duty and expectations , almost entirely to the former . The natural man receiveth not the
things of the spirit of God ; for they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know them , because they are spiritually discerned . " The Addresses contain a great variety of sentiment and remark . Suitable prayers are subjoined to them ,
breathing a highly devotional spirit , and also hymns , which are judiciously selected . We certainly would recommend this publication to those societies among- us , where recourse is frequently had to lay-preachers ; for we see no reason why such persons should not administer the ordinance , and we
do not know that we can ur ^ e upon congregations to attend to it more forcibly than by the description of it , contained in the third service : " This ordinance recalls to our minds all that Jesus did , all that he suffered for us , and thereby tends to awaken our
gratitude , to fan our love , and conseqaently y to fix our obedience to his precepts . In sitting around this ' board we appear not like the Corinthians , to drink or to not to excess : we corue not like the Catholic to partake of a wafer disgraced by priestly mummery : we are not come to indulge our , lasts or our palate : we are not come tQ weaken-our minds by . myshere
tery ,. or _ ' ' make pur , appearance our passport to worldly emo lument : neither do we come , as some if our Dissenting brethren , with the idea that the individual brought to our miuds bj thjft oidinauce was ordained to rcjc ^ iy ^' ffi ^ W igH ot $ u > v ^ p ^ e ,. of jaa ip /« W 6 p 4 ,, tarleft ., Mgigrt k o $ x /^^ ifffi yvbtiS w fl ^ -jp # » oft tjc gg o £ 9 « rhqw ? m JfJifflNi wfe ^ towewP .
^ 00 RcvUw . —FuUa&nr ' s Addre ^ es on the Ordinunce of the Lord ' s Supper ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 600, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/40/