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pa * dgn trbiis anticipated and provided for , we receive a greater assurance that it is really the counsel of God to receive sinners to his favour , and that no difficulty will obstruct or delay the course of his mercy . That there are
hours in which an awakened conscience will feel the greatest consolation from this view , is abundantly proved by Christian experience . Comfort will thus be administered when we are most in need of it .
In answer to your intelligent correspondent Mr . Cqgan , ( p . 288 , ) I beg to say , that I have not read the work of Mr . Kenrick ' s to which he alludes , but the sentiment which he derives from it appears to me very judicious and valuable . I think , however , there
is not so much difference between the common sense of the forgiveness of sins and that which he contends for , as he seems to imagine . T . F . B .
Lewes , Sir , May 10 , 1822 . AS a confirmed Unitarian , and feeling the inestimable value of those views of the Divine administration I have been led to embrace , I cannot but regret , in common with my
Unitarian brethren , that our religious sentiments are not more generally received , understood , and I might say enjoyed ; and that our comparative deficiency in number , added to the strenuous exertions and ardent zeal of
our more orthodox brethren , leave us but little hope of their yet making any very rapid progress in the Christian world . This regret is particularly felt by the believer in the unrivalled supremacy of Jehovah , when he beholds the gospel , in which he has
revealed his glorious and endearing attributes , with the benevolent design and end of all his providential dealings towards his earthly offspring , through time and in eternity , making its rapid way ( through the , extensive co-operation of Bible Institutions ) over the
niore remote and unenlightened regions of the globe , . defaced by what he considers many false interpretations , totally at variance with the general tenor of the Scriptures , and decidedly ° ppose (| to the truth as it is in Jesus . * et , surely , he must be but little ac-T lttinte < * wit ** the liui ^ hear t , with the nature of its motives and springs
of action ; its susceptibility of hope and fear , joy and sorrow ; with the elevating and ennobling effects of immortal prospects , compared with the debasing influence of mental apathy or degrading superstition ; in short , with the appaling difference between
living without God in the world , and rejoicing in the light of his countenance ; who does not see ample reason to rejoice in thi 3 extensive distribution of the word of life , although not thoroughly purified according- to
his perceptions , from some erroneous comments and translations , the offspring of a less enlightened age . He knows that these comparatively trifling spots in the glorious sun of righteousness , but partially , very partially obscure its heavenly effulgence ; anil
that an ample sufficiency of moral and religious light still remains to guide the wandering probationer , on his way , and conduct him in the paths of pleasantness and peace . What I Are no other views of Divine Providence , save
those he has himself embraced , capable of leading the erring soul to heaven ? Has the gospel , then , through the long extent of eighteen centuries , notwithstanding the unhappy mutilation of some of its sublimest truths ,
beeji of such contracted efficacy , as only to guide to future bliss , in proportion to the just conceptions by its , followers , of what we term its spG ^ ula ~ tive truths ? Oh , no ! Perish theute ^
welcome thought ! Millions of souls of every denomination have already felt its power , and so shall millions more . Providence , in its own good time , that time which unerring wisdom knows to be the fittest and the best .
will , if necessary to the fulfilment of its merciful decrees , ordain that truth , unclouded truth , shall be acknowledged and received by all . It is not for us to scan the ways of Him whose thoughts are not as our thoughts , and whose ways are not as ours , in having so long permitted such a diversity of
opinion among theibllowers of his Son : but this we know , $ hat through all the darksome mists of bigotry and ignorance , and during their moat arbitrary sway , the declared , will of the Almighty has blazoned forth i » characters of uadiminishe ^ d light , M > be seen and knpwn by jail who chose not to close their eyea against it % commanding influence , —tae will ' of Una
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 525, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/5/