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• The believer is delivered from the irritating * power of the law; nor does he count the yoke of • the Lord hard, but easy, and his burden light. • And, as it has not an irritating power unto him, • so no more has it a condemning authority over • him.'
Believers are not delivered from the irritating power of the law altogether, for the law often finds them out. The best saints in the worļd have gone at times bound in the spirit; and, when they have lost sight of the covenant Head and a sense of their liberty, they have, like the Galatians, been again entangled with the yoke of bondage. If you, sir, are a stranger to this, the children of God are not. I say, the real believer is delivered from the com, manding power of the law, as a covenant of works, to do for life; and he is delivered from the curse of it, as the ministration of eternal death and damnation. And, if you deny this, you give God the lie; being ignorant of the letter of the law, of its killing power, and of the spiritual service of God;
r when we were in the flesh the motions of sin, which were by the law [stirred up,] did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the létter.” It is the commanding power of the law to do for life; that is the unbearable yoke. The damning power of the law is a yoke that is worn by those in hell. VOL. IV.
None but the devil ever sent such men as you into a pulpit, to tempt the Spirit of God, by putting a yoke upon the disciples' necks which you never felt the weight of; and, as for your life and conduct, God forbid that I should ever copy after it. I wish the next time you would preach from this text; “ Forasmuch as we have heard that certain, which went out from us, have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law; to whom we gave no such commandment; it seemeth good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things : that ye abstain from” worldly pollution and vanity, and cleave to Christ; “ from which if ye keep yourselves ye shall do well. Fare ye well," Acts xv. 24, 28, 29. Now we go on again.
. . What are those sentiments that may in a par* ticular manner be styled Antinomianism? We
begin with this idea; that whatsoever is a devia* tion from the moral law of God is an opposition 'to that law, whether in principle or practice, and
may be considered as Antinomianism; for this "heresy, that greatly abounds, is derived from the Greek word Antinomos.
Then Mr. Ignoramus, according to dog Latin, is the Antinomos, according to the Greek; for I insist upon it that he has made void both law and gospel.
• Whatsoever is a deviation from the moral law. • is an opposition to that law, whether in principle
‘or practice, and may be considered as Antino'mianism. Then you may call the whole gospel Antinomianism. The law says, “ The soul that sinneth shall die.” The gospel says, “ He that believeth shall never die.” The law says, “I will by no means clear the guilty.” The gospel says, “I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed." This, sir, according to your account, is Antinomianism; for both these assertions are opposite to the law, as a covenant of works; yet they sweetly harmonize with the law, as magnified, made honourable, and placed in the heart of a Surety, " who is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
A man that treats the law and the gospel as you have done is an Antinomian in principle. And stealing into the church while ignorant both of God and of yourself, and slandering those that God has sent to preach his word, is Antinomianism in practice. And, as Nathan said to David, “ Thou art the man.”
I will not believe that any man can prove his mission or commission from God, to preach his word, until he be made a partaker of the Holy Ghost. Christ's ministers are ministers of the Spirit; not of the letter; “ for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” “ All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” And the Saviour sent the same Spirit of inspiration upon his apostles before he sent them out to preach his gospel to every creature. It is true, we have schools that furnish
and send out a great number; but, i tine Spirit of God be not in them, the chiidren of God are sure to forsake them as soon as God discovers what they are; for such generally ribicule the Spirit's Works. However, " there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth him anderstanding; and without this they never can describe the experience of the just, nor understand the spiritual meaning of God's word. A school may teach human wisdom, the wisdom of the world, and every maxim of a worldly spirit; but cannot give inspiration; " NOW we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him," 1 Cor. ii. 12, 14; and so they are to you, sir.
And, when such graceless macaronies as you mount a rostrum, you cannot keep your reputation from sinking before simple people, unless you blind their eyes, obscure the gospel, and ridicule the spiritual labourers in it; and, being destitute of the Spirit, you are obliged to cry out, Beware of spiritualizing and allegorizing the scriptures.'
Reader, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God.” “ My word,” says the Saviour, “ is spirit and life;" and if it were not it could not feed the souls of the saints, for they are spiritual. The church of God in the liberty of the gospel, and the children of the flesh in the bondage of the law, are set forth by two allegories. Therefore, whenever you hear a man crying out against these things, you may call him Ignoramus, or Antinovice, and have done with him, for he knows nothing of the inatter.
Who the author of that book is, that you produced in the pulpit, and have quoted so long a paragraph from, I know not. It is no book of mine; therefore I shall leave the ridiculed author to defend his own testimony, as I am determined to do mine.
For my part, I think it would become you better to have entered the list, and detected the man from the press; and so have left the church of God at large to judge of the matter; which is a better way than culling out a few unconnected sentences, and putting your own constructions on them. For a man that can hide his profession as a methodist priest, in order to creep into the establishment in disguise, is a man that would do or say any thing; this is not giving one's self to the ministry of the word and prayer; “ Wherein a man is called, therein let him abide with God,” says Paul, not run away. : Our Saviour and his disciples never went to the schools of the doctors for human scraps; nor to the high priest for their credentials. They stood for their privileges as Jews; used the temple and the synagogues till they were turned out; and then they preached wherever an opportunity of fered, and a door was opened, and opposed every