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certaine it ys , present by Ms spirit 5 for slse w bodify presence hee * coi ^ inued not with ids apostles , but during his abode on earth . And tliis promise of his spiritual presence was to their successors ; else why to the end pf the world ? The apostles did not , could
not , live so long- But then to thp successors the promise goes no further than I am with you always ; which reaches to continual assistance , but not to divine and infallible / 9 " John xiv . 16 . The Hjoiy Ghost did abide with th £ apostles according to Christ ' s promise there made , and shall abide with their successors for
ever , to comfort a . nd preserve them . But here ' s no promise of divine infallibility made unto them /* Can any thing more to the purpose be said in answer to ifce &Qgma&cdl assertions and high claims of various modern church advocates £
Being now in my 70 th year , and though still able regularly to discharge my public duties and to call on my near neighbours , yet ne ^ er going a day from home , and not having all the books at hand necessary for the purpose , an attempt once designed must be g iven up . It wps to draw up a vindication of Dissent from the writings
and in the very words of many eminent divines of the Establishment . Some seriously objecting to this , and others to that , as absolutely needing alteration , $ nd , as the very learned Dean Prideaux observed , ( in some work tp
which I cannot make a direct reference , ) " might be much mpre $ asUy altered thai * defended . " Sucha treatise might be highly ; useful , and $ 0 vyould the continuation of Mr . NeaPs f ^ hft ^ l History . H&d my excellent friend Dr . Toulmin ' s life been prolonged , Jie 'would ihay , e endeavoured to finish what K ^ i ^^^^ fifi ^ w-
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sible lad y ^ edjutcat ^ d . in the Churchy told me that she approved Dissenting societies chiefly on this accouat , —' that each one of them could alter or adopt such modes and forms m appeared
most scriptural and edifying . In the Churcli , nothing could be chang ^ though greatly desired by numerous judicious and pious members , vvithout parliamentary uijterference /^ Pj ^ d ©« B is that liberty with which Chri&t ; makes his disciples free , and highly commendable those . who Mand fast in it , as St . Paul exhorts , Gal . v . I .
Mr . Robert Bragge , famous for making numerous discourses on Josephs Coat , it is saidj , thus expressed himself to warn his ^ Jiearers jagainst ivery degree of heir ^ &y : * B ^ xjterianism lead ^ to Arminianism , Arminianism to
Arianism , Ariani § m to SociiiianisEO , Sociniapi ^ m ( Humanjtariajoism was not then talked of ) to Deism , Deism to Atheism , and Atheism to hell /' Dr . JBepson hearing this , rep li ed , ' " Axnuch shorter wav might be pointed out . Calvinism leads to Autinomian
ism , Antinomianism to a wicked life , and where that leads adjnits of no doubt / ' Communicated to J . Cornish by Dr . Benson ' s venerable friend , Dr . Amory . J ) r . Amory was , ^ . . worthy member of the well-chosen Committee for gain ing Belief to Dissenting Ministers and
ScUooUmasters In 1772 . The bishops joined in tirray ^ gai ^ st it . JQr . A . waited wi ^ h others on Bishop Warbun ton . Il > was observed that las support might naturally be expected , who , in a contirpv ^ sy wijth JBfcbQp LowiJi , had avowed his opinion ,: " tiW toJeration ought not to be withheld from idola-The Bfe lKip
t ^ rs ^ ipisi&A to be excused , sayWg > 4 < , a Li » ftn mu 6 t pay ^ Oi ^ e regard AQ fbiS iCOi ^ ttexions . ^ iJDr . Amory replied , " Why not stand forth
^ one , } jp $ LQr < J , fjike Atwiiel , m . the nople caue ^ e ^ f tmth } ' * . > [ > TSbe f > mu& Bishop vvafi nQtsu ^ iej ^ Jyiiighnminded to act t&us pr-. A ^ 0 ^ ^*^ ^^^ ia ^ arly life jto sacri ^ eiat < the « hmie of . i ^ gi ^ ty , jftud h # & fmty ^ tetep » iiia 4 > to ¦ t M ^^«^ # f ^^ K ¦ " u i' ^ : ' ' } -: ^ J . CQiw « h inqwirii ^ r tof hia . ihen wojrtlw Wtqr * rJ ) x . Kippi 8 , how it was
Extracts ? f ) d Anecdotes from Mr . CQrnhh . 469
vol . xv . 3 v
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1820, page 469, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2491/page/25/