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the will of the Lord . ' "— " To a neighbour he said , ' I have not embraced a cunningly-devised fable ; my religion is a pleasing reality . I have preached the truth iu the integrity of my heart , and feel peace of conscience . * — ' Remember
( continued he ) it is not opinions that will save you or me , but holiness of heart and life . On impressions and raptures I place but little confidence , compared with that solid peace my mind feels from the word of God . This forms with me the sunshine of the day ; whilst
rapture , like the comet , blazes for a moment , ture , like the comet , blazes for a moment , and then disappears . *"— Having commended his soul to God in fervent prayer , this blessed man serenely breathed his happy spirit into the hands of Him who gave it . "
change same of their knowledge for a larger portion of zeal . A change is , we know , going forward , and forward it must and will go—a change in the exertions of ministers , and what we deem of paramount importance , a change in
among the laity . Let them once come to esteem those ministers most who labour most as ministers—who seek every opportunity of conveying the gospel to their fellx > w-men , and foster every promising effort to extend the dominion of truth and piety ; and then we shall see ministers no longer limiting their ministrations to some century or two of people , perhaps to a few scanty scores .
the requirements of the people . It is a fact , an unfortunate , a dishonourable fact , that too frequently those follow who ought to lead public opinion , and thus ministers are in many cases found to need urging rather than to urge . Before all things , then , we thiuk it important to raise the tone of requirement
The controversy at Devon port has waxed somewhat warm . Mr . Gibbs and his friends ( and rejoiced are we to find those friends in the working-class ) have conducted it on the Unitarian side with admirable effect . In this case , as in many others , our opponents prefer to
shift the argument from the evidence of Scripture to the merits of individuals . The stale misrepresentations made by Magee and Pye Smith of the views of Priestley and Belsham , &c , are served up to the people of Devon port as new and unheard-of monstrosities . But Mr .
Gibbs is too well read to allow such pretences to pass current . The following are given as the sentiments of Belsham , and labour is spent to shew how disgraceful they are to Unitarianism : " Jesus might imagine what never existed , aud might not be able to dietin
guish whether what he saw and heard was visionary or real . " Now hear Mr . Gibbs : " The passage from which the above words are culled , is as follows : * Mr . John Palmer supposes that our Lord , while he was in the wilderness , was favoured with divine
communications , during which he was completely secluded from all connexion with the external world , aud , like St . Paul , ( 2 Cor . xii . y ) he might imagine himself transported into heaven , and not be able to distinguish whether what he saw aud heard was visionary or real . And Mr . Palmer thought that when Jesus spoke of himself as having been in heaveu , and as coming down from heaven , it wu * iti allusion to this divine vision . ' Now , what will the candid reader say , when
Critical Notices . —Theological . 119
Art . III . —A Fifth and Sixth Letter to the Youngs People of £ > evon port , being a Vindication of Unitarians and Unitarianism . By Sylvamis Gibbs . We heartily wish that , not Sylvanus Gibbs himself , but his spirit , was in eveiy town of the United Kingdom . In every town ? Yes . What ! where
Unitarian societies already exist ? Yes ; Scarcely is there one in which Sylvanus Gibbs might not find a sphere for the employment of his talents ; a sphere in which a man of his spirit is needed ; a sphere among those whom the ministrations of our ministers , partly through necessity , partly through custom , partly through neglect , leave unapproached ;
we mean the people—the working classes . If the wish above expressed was realized , results , in most towns , would , in all probability , display themselves similar to those which have taken place at Devouport . There , " during the last ten years , " ** upwards of two hundred persons have united themselves in
Unitarian Christian worship , and many more are now desirous of taking sittings in the chapel , who cannot be accommodated . " We have both heard and read something designed to discountenance the preaching of ministers who have not received a collegiate education . Let those who have ho said or written look at
Devonport . For ourselves we are not scrupulous who does good so that good be done , and we measure a man's merits rather by the ardour of his beneficence than the colour of his coat . We know too well the value of learning to say one word against it > hut there are things better even than learning , and willingly would we see some of our ministers ex-
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1831, page 119, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2594/page/47/