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on a few sheets of paper, all the artillery that was levelled at your head; and have sent the miscellaneous body to you, Sir, to be dissected, anatomised, and exhibited; for, as for this man, he has made void both law and gospel; therefore we desire you to tell us once more, from the press, whether you do make void the law through faith, or whether yon establish the law. Your compliance will greatly oblige,
Rev. and Dear Sir,
A few lovers of the truth, and sincere
lovers of you for the truth's sake.
MODERN PLASTERER DETECTED,
A Sermon delivered against Mr. HUNTINGTON, at Mr.
M's Chapel in Artillery Lane, on Thursday the 16th of August 1787, by Sir Ham Cottish, barren of light, and barren of life, beginning in manner and form following:
The question assigned for me this evening to * explain and enforce to you is, Whether is the moral law abolished or not? What obligations do we lie under to it? And what are those principles, or sentiments, which may properly be called Anti“nomianism ? And, as the foundation of this sub
ject, I would refer you to the third chapter of · Paul's epistle to the Romans, thirty-first verse, “ Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law.”
I am surprised, Sir, at the conduct of you and the rest of your Evangelical Association in not beginning with the word of God; he tells us to preach his word unto the people, whether they will hear or forbear. God's meaning in his word ought to be sought out and enforced; all matter
should be drawn from thence, and applied to the people, with an honest appeal to God and conscience; and, when a man has done that, he has delivered his own soul. But I suppose you were conscious that there is not a text in God's word that would supply your malice with slanderous artillery against either my life or doctrine; you, therefore, chose to spin one out of your own brains, when they were properly stirred with a consecrated bowl of negus; and the word of God must be brought in as subservient to your wicked designs, and for a cloak of maliciousness; while you discover your ignorance, in levelling your malice at those that are more useful and successful than yourself, and dishonour the cause thạt refuses to honour you.
You open your battery thus: · Brethren, I will ! not spend your time,' it should have been, I will not intrude upon or take up your time “to-night
with needless apologies; I am persuaded of your * candour; but this I will say, that this subject is
of infinite importance, and is of as great import6ance as any doctrine contained within the circle of Christianity; and that to oppose it is to sap
the foundation of all religion, both moral and • divine.'
These are home strokes. Such flourishes as these are as terrible as the brandished sword of Don Quixote, who, in his heroic frenzy, challenged even a windmill to a duel.
The moral law, you say, is the foundation of all religion, both moral and divine. I read in my Bible, there is no other foundation that any man can lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ, who was laid in God's decree from all eternity, and therefore called an elect stone; and that from all eternity he was set up as the only whead of influence, “ in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Yea, all the fulness of grace and eternal life is in him, and was given us of God in him, and in no other. And, if all spiritual life be in him, then it is from him, as the everlasting Father, that we receive it. If all spiritual blessings are given us of Gọd in him, and are derived from him, then he is the fountain of them; and, if there is no other foundation that God has laid but him, then all our faith, hopes, and expectations, must be built on him; and, if so, he is the foundation of all religion. The law was added because of transgression, that sin by the law might become exceeding sinful; for we know, that where there is no lay there is no transgression; so I had not known sin but by the law, for I had not known lust except the law had said thou shalt not covet.” It is the ministration of death and condemnation to sinners. They that trust in Moses are accursed by him, for “ aş many as are of the works of the law are under the curse.” If so, it is the foundation of every guilty sinner’s eternal misery, ruin, and destruction, instead of religion; and so the hardened wretch will find that dies under the dreadful curse of that