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can do without, as well as David and Solomon; may it not be compared to a dead Serjeant, whose lungs and heart are pulled out : And whose ill-smelling remains, far from being a “ valiant guard" against the forward. prove au enticing lure to unclean birds, who fly about in search of a carcass !
Excuse, reader, this prolix and ludicrous defence of the Serjeaut. The subject, though treated in so queer a mauner, is of the utmostimportance ; for the Minutes, the Checks, and the secoud gospel-axiom, stand or fall with Serjeant IF. If he is a coward, a krave, or a cipher, Antinomianism will still prevail ; but if he re, covers his true and lofty significance, he will soon rid the church of Antinomian dotages. As“ much respect is due unto hiin,” and to St. James's undefiled religion, which the ingenious book I quote indirectly undermines, I thought it my duty to “ open my bag” also, and let out a ferret; or to speak exactly the language of Everton, a fox,” to chase “ a straggling goose hard at band." Take notice, however, that by the “ goose,” I do not mean the reverend author of The World Unmasked, for he has wit enough, and to spare ; but the “ waddling dame," Calviuistic contradiction, alias Logica Genevensis. And now, reader, I lay her before thee, not to make thee “ zup" upon her, “ amidst a deal of cackling music," but that thou wouldest help me to nail her up to the everlasting doors of the temple of truth, as sportsmen do cranes and foxes to the doors of their rural buildings,
Were I to conclude these strictures upon the daugerous tenets, inadvertently advanced, and happily contradicted, in The Christian World Unmasked, without professing my brotherly love and sincere respect for the ingenious and pious author ; I should wrong him, myself, and the cause which I defend. I only do him
justice, when I say, that few, very few of our elders, equal him in derotedness to Christ, zeal, diligence, and ministerial success.
His indefatigable labours in the word and doctrine, entitle him to a double share of honour; and I invite all my readers with me to esteem him highly in love for his Master's and his work's sake;' entreating them not to undervalue his vital piety, on account of his Antinomiau opinion ; and beseeching them to consider, that his errors are so much the more excusable, as they do not influence his moral conduct, and he refutes them himself, far more than his favourite scheme of doctrine allows him to do. Add to this, that those very errors spring, in a great degree, from the idea, that he honours Christ hy receiring, and does God service by propagating them.
The desire of catching the attention of his readers, has made him choose a witty, facetious manner of writing, for which he has a peculiar turn; and the necessity I am under of standing his judirect attack, obliges me to meet him upon his own ground, and to encounter him with his own weapons. I beg, that what passes for erangelical humour in him, may not be called indecent levity in me. A sharp pen may be guided by a kind heart ; and such, I am persuaded, is that of my much esteemed antagonist, whom I publicly invite to my pulpit ; protesting that I should be edified, and overjoyed, to hear him enforce there the guarded substance of his book, which, notwithstanding the vein of Solifidianism I have taken the liberty to open, contains many great and glorious truths.
END OF THE SECOND PART.
In doctrine shew uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound specch that cannot be condemned: That he who is of the contrary part may he ashamed.
Tit. ii. 7, 8.
In which the Author gives an Account of Mr. Hill's
new Method of Attack, and makes some reconciling Concessions to the Calvinists, by means of which their strongest Arguments are unnerved, and all that is truly scriptural in Calvinism is openly adopted into the Anti-Calvinian doctrine of Grace.
We should be deservedly considered as bad Protestants, if we were not ready always to give an answer with meekness to every man, (much more to Mr. Hill, a gentleman of 'piety, learning, reputation, wit, and fortune,] who asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us.' We confess, that after the way which our opponents call the beresy of the Arminians and Perfectionists, we worship the God of our fathers; believing what is written in the scriptures concerning the extent of redemption by price and by power.
Concerning the extent of Christ's redemption by price, we believe, tható he, by the grace of God, tasted death' to procure initial salvation ‘for every man,' and "eternal salvation for them that obey him :' And concerning the extent of his redemptiou by power, we are persuaded, that, when we come to God by him, he is
ble and willing to save to the uttermost' our souls from the guilt and pollution of sin here, and our bodies from the grave and from corruption hereafter.
With regard to our extensive views of Christ's redemption by price, Mr. Hill calls us Arminians: and with respect to our believing, that there is uo perfect faith, no perfect repentance in the grave; that the Christiau graces of repentance, faith, hope, patience, &c., must be perfected here or never ; aud with respect