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said to descend from heaven with the sound of a trumpet , with pow * er and great glory , and to separate between the righteous and the WJckerL
That this is the true interpretation I am fully convinced , both from the arguments adduced in its support in this ingenious
Dissertation , and likewise because it Completely explains many difficulties which are not capable of being otherwise satisfactorily accounted for .
In the first place , it gives a precision to the language and predictions of Christ , which we shall look for irt vain on any other principle : and , in the second , it
removes many formidable objections on the part of unbelievers . That I may not take up too much of your time , Mr . Editor , 1 shall merely adduce the following instance .
If it be affirmed , by admitting « e fact of a delegated power on the part of the first Christians to lyork miracles , after the ascension of their master , that thereby a door is opened to all the absurdities of the popish legends , the answer is obvious and decisive : — that this power was to be withdrawn tyhen the visible kingdom on earthy with which Christ was
THE LAYMAN ' S EXAMINATION OF THE REV , F . STONE ' S STATE * MENTOF HIS CASE , \ To the Editor of the Monthly Repository *
SIR , London ^ Jan . S 1808 . An old proverb in our language tells us , that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander ; and
"Whatever applies to a parish priest , ojx the article of teaching , is equally binding in the ease of &
invested , for a limited time , and for an especial purpose , should . finally terminate . From the memorable day of peatecost , to the total destruction df Jerusalem and
the complete overthrow of the Jewish polity , the rejgn of Christ was to be outward and visible ,, and to be administered by the vicegerency of the Apostles and their early converts ; and that the prediction was fulfilled , we have
complete evidence at this day by the astonishing effects which we know were produced , and which , if the fact were not admitted , would ^ be wholly unaccountable . After this period , the ^ gospel , ( or
the good news of a future everlasting life , ) so important , to illuminate the dark regions of ^ futurity , and to supply additional and stronger motives to the dictates of reason in favour of virtue , was to be left to take its own ^ -course ;
Christ indeed *\ vas still to reign and to govern by the influence of hi ? example , his death , resurrection ^ and ascension , but the power was to . be invisible , and to be exercised only on the hearts * of men ; and such in both instances has been the event , A Serious Inquirer ajfte $ Scripture T ^ vt ** .
bishop , A clergyman of Di ur ^ ham , styling himself Cler , Dunelm , has in your last , ( yah IIf p * 634 . ) brought forth strong
arguments against Mr . Stosiej and I am not in the least surprised at them / Mr , Cter , Dwxdm warn
28 The Layman ' s Examination-of the Rev . F . Stone ' s Case .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1808, page 28, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2388/page/28/