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themselves the disciples of Christ, received, and were decided, in following, such advice; when worldly advantages and religious advantages seem to come in competition, as to the education and disposal of their
sakas friends suppose the Scriptures to represent Attn; genuine Philanthropy alone might, one would suppose, induce us to communicate them, if possible, to such as still "sit in darkness and the shadow of ■ But besides the benumbing power of sella its varied forms, and disregard to God and compared with what are judged the personal pofitjol interests of mankind; infidelity has diffused its contagion even among Christians: and the antiscriptural sentiment that heathens* and Mahometans, md Jcirs, may be saved by their religions, if sincere B rftaH, as we3 as Christians by their's, has cut the Terr smews of exertion, and led men to undervalue & Gospel iaelf. But if this sentiment be true why were aposdes and evangelists sent forth to preach to a! nations? To what purpose their labours, suftercgs and martyrdom? For what were they so zealous and earnest? Did they, or did they not, consider ail tocn. of every ration, exposed to the wrath of God -Jer condemnation, and in danger of everlasting miserr, from whkb they could not possibly be delivered, except by faith hi the Lord Jesus Christ? If this wet tbex judgment, they acted consistently; and if £fc -jaigCKDt were according to truth," they acted ■K wisdom and disinterested philanthropy, a, -ii-: ;e_l for the glory of God. The lan
T . of Am- conduct may be expressed in the words
for fcapostt". " The same Lord over all is rich unto
« tt • ,; ;..-: for uhosccver shall call on
"ad jp d the Lord shall be saved. How then
the ii ;! Mfev oa on him, on whopl they have not beJt .\nd how shall they believe in him of whom
"they have not heard? And how shall they hear with"out a preacher? And how shall they preach except "they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful upon "the mountains are the feet of them that preach the "gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good "things! So then faith cometh by hearing, and hear"ingby the word of God." And " without faith it is "impossible to please God." But if this were not their view of the subject, their whole conduct is perfectly unaccountable: if they erred in judgment, they were left to act in a manner suited to mislead all men, through successive generations, who should look up to them as declaring the will of God to men, and illustrating it by their example. And who can help ;perctiving that this sentiment both represents the apostles as enthusiasts and bigots; and impeaches the wisdom of Christ him-self in sending them forth into the world?
That avowed infidels should admit these conclusions, is not at all wonderful: but that an opinion so derogatory to the honour of Christ, and even, if carried to its consequences, subversive of christianity, should obtain favour among the friends of our holy religion, and influence their practice, can "be ascribed to nothing but the extreme deceitfulness of the human heart; and the deep subtlety of Satan, who thus endeavours to retain his destructive sway, without disturbance from the disciples of him, who came to destroy his works and subvert his kingdom.
Before we proceed to examine the judgment of the apostle, I would make a few remarks on the charge of ^charitableness, and even malevolence, which is brought against those, who in this respect undoubted
THE PARISH CHURCH OF
ST. ASDREW BY THE WARDROBE, AND ST. ANNE, BLACKJRlABSi
On Tuesday in Whitsun Week, May 26, 1801.
BEFORE THE SOCIETY FOR MISSIONS TO AFRICA
IXST1TBTED BY MEMBERS OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH, BEING
THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY.
Co ye into all the world, and preach ihe gospel to every creature: he that belitieth and is baptized shall be saved, and hi that believeth not shall bt damned. Mark xvi. 16.
Boo then shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? Or in shall they hear without a preacher? Or how shall they preach except ivy be sent. Rom. x. 14,15.
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