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pjgq . \ j udgmefit ^ Paul ^ wha proposed Eijpaelf as an example to the church—• l ^ aul , who was peculiarly the apostle 6 f the Gentiles , ^ n& to whom we therefore naturally took for precedent in the treatment of Unbelievers—this very Paul has left the strikin g case of Elyniaa , a case that In after ages was finely to be of frequent recurrence , unguarded , by word or hint that his conduct on that memorable occasion to be
w ^ s imitated by future Christians . But the force of the preacher ' s argument cannot be limited to the punishment of Elymas : it is fearful to think of the lengths to which we may be carried , if once we admit the
principle he contends for . If we are at liberty to reject the example of a person acting immediately under divine influence in one case , we may do the same in another , and our own partial view of the moral fitness of things will become the rule of our conduct .
Another fatal result of this principle I would mention with reverence—it tends to raise a barrier between us and that perfect Example , on whom the Spirit was poured without measure , and to remove it from our imitation .
All that I know of the character of Mr . Scott claims respect , and I believe nothing could be further from his intention than to misrepresent the facts or the doctrines contained in the New Testament : but I am inclined to think ,
that political or sectarian prejudice , or perhaps a mixture of both , has , in this instance , carried him further than scripture , when fairly interpreted , can warrant . I admire and esteem the candid and conciliating temper in which many passages of his Sermon appear to have been written , and therefore
lament that his better judgment did not suppress the invidious remarks contained in pp . 26 , 27 . They are inconsistent with the excellent lesson deduce ^ , from them immediately afterwards . re is consideration
. Thi ^ one arising from the differences of opinion in the C ^ rts ^ an Church , which merits the a ^ e ^ ition of all , and especially of those wW profess themselves anxious to restoi , ^ tji $ faith of that church to its pr ^ stpie purity . —When we reflect how very few were tfce points of faith , insisted on by our Saviour aad his apostles , and remember the busy inquisitive-
ness of the human mind , fchfc poHve&r trf association , the influence of parents and teachers , and the varieties of natural temperament , vy& shall perceive the absolute impossibility of these
pristine , essential truths remaining unaltered . The rays of heavenly light must be separated in passing through the prism of human imperfection ; let each mind then reflect the colour it is
prepared to receive , remembering that the most dissimilar tints proceed from the same source , and melt into e&ch other by imperceptible gradations . The Christianity of England , of France , of Holland , of Germany and of Russia , may , in various particulars , be opposite as the winds of heaven ; but all
these modes of faith profess to be built u ^ pon the foundat io n of the ap ostles and prophets , Jesus Christ himself being" the chief corner-stone . May we not , therefore , rejoice in believing that these different systems will gradually approximate , like the sides of
a pyramid , till at length they will be fitly framed tog-ether unto an holy temple in the Lord ? That happy period may yet be far distant , but we know that , from the first
promulgation of the Christian faith , In every nation , he that feareth God and icorketh righteousness is accepted with him . There is no difference between the Jew end the Greek ; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call
upon Mm ; wherefore , let us comfort one another with these words . THE INQUIRER .
Original Letter of the late Rev . Robert Robinson ' s ; communicated by Mr . B . Flower . Dalston , Sir , November 30 , 1820 . THE following is the major part of a letter written by the late Robert Robinson to an old
acquaintance of mine , who has given me leave to send it to your Repository . The first part relates to some outlines of his History of Baptism , but which are now uninteresti ng * The remainder is , in my opinion , as interesting notv , as it was at the time it was first written .
It was intended more particularly for the use of Baptist societies : how far the remarks may be applicable to those of other denominations , I leave to the consideration of your readers . BENJ . FLOWER :
¦* *? If Original Z * # 4 ter iqf 1 ke ifUe Jiev * Hobert Robinson ' s
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 14, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/14/