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canal shares , invent machines , tprite books , " &c . &c ., and give the profits to the Fund , is trifling , childish folly , most unworthy of the talents and character of your Correspondent ; but
when he goes gravely on to mention to Unitarians the purchase of lottery tickets , in the hope of gaining prizes for the benefit of the Fund 2 our feelings are changed to those of indignation and disgust . No , Sir ; I trust the
cause of truth will €€ run and be glon * fied" without its supporters identifying themselves with those corrupt and weak financiers who , to fill their coffers , make no scruple of employing means the most obviously calculated for
demoralizing the people . ^ The Parliamentary discussions which have from time to time taken place on this subject , must , I thought , have convinced every man who had the good of his fellow-creatures at heart , that it was
his bounden duty , by every method within his reach , to put down and discourage so fruitful a source of their crimes and misery . Little indeed did I imagine that it would ever be proposed to any body of Christians as a desirable pecuniary resource ; and should any
sect or denomination think proper to adopt it , I would , as a suitable auxiliary , warmly recommend their pro * ceeding in the next place to open a dram shop , which would be a much more certain road to profit , and be little more injurious to the morals of its customers than the lottery office .
I have thought it right to enter a decided protest against this strange proposal , which I cannot doubt will be received by all serious Unitarians with unmixed disapprobation , and remain , heartily wishing that all Christians were equally so , An " Enemy to every Species of
Gambling . P . S . Since writing the above , I have had daily proofs of the indignation which the strange paper alluded to has excited in the bosoms of Unitarians of every description . All lament that a month has been suffered to elapse
without a strong expression havmg appeared , to testif y their decided reprobation of the plans it proposes , as manifestly absurd , and , with regard to to the lottery , grossly immoral . I also beg ; leave to enter a protest against terming money collected by the members ofa society for its own particular
purposes , a Fellowship Fund . It is a Congregational Fund , which can pretend to no fellowship beyond its own pale .
Examination of Mr . Daniel I / arwood ' s Reasons for returning to Trinitavianism . €€ Till we all come in the unity of the faith , and of the knowledge of the Son of God , unto a perfect man . —That we henceforth be no more children , tossed to and fro , and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men , " Ephes . iv « 13 , 14 .
Sir , THE €€ painful emotions" which Mr . Harwood supposes must " necessarily be produced in your mind" by the circumstances of his relapse into the complexities of
Calvinism , [ see pp . 388—391 , ] will , I conceive , be limited to compassion for the vacillating mind of the writer . Emotions of a very opposite nature must , abstractedly from this fe ^ Ung , be excited in the bosom of the
Unitarian , who cannot but wish that every similar instance of defection from the Nazarene simplicity of faith , may ever be defended by similar arguments . If by man ' s being a ** fallen and depraved creature , " the writer meant no more than that he was prone to sin , the Unitarian , who believes that it was the office of Christ to €€ turn men
from the power of Satan unto God , that they may receive forgiveness of sins , " Acts ii . 18 , could have no dispute with him : but if by this , as appears to be the case , he understands a < € moral incapacity / ' the demand of
Jehovah , Ezek . xviii . 31 , " Why wijl ye die , O house of Israel ? " and his exhortation , " Make you a new heart and a new spirit , " must be regarded as egregious trifling or a cruel mockery : and if the " overcoming of the native bias to evil , " must be the " effect of divine influence" operating according
to election , there seems as little reason in the advice of the Apostle Peter , ( 2 Ep . i . 10 , ) that we should " give diligence to make our calling and election sure : ' nor if " these things be so , " can the veracity of Pbul remain imimpeached , when he expressly declares , that " God our Saviour mil huve all men to be saved /* To reasonings of , this kwd , we may oppose the question of X ^
516 Examination of Mr . Daniel HarmoodPs
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1820, page 516, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2492/page/16/