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in Christ, or new born, but in your old fleshly state; and are therefore compared to an old stinking vessel or bottle, fit for nothing but to be broken and destroyed. "Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel; therefore his taste remaineth in him, and his scent is not changed. The days come, saith the Lord, that I will send him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels and break their bottles," Jer. xlviii. 11, 12. Thus, young man, thou art a bottle, to be broken to pieces like a potter's vessel, if you die in your present state; and, as there is nothing in your heart but confusion and rebellion against God, you are justly compared to a bottle of smoke, Psalm cxix, 83; which it is to be feared will end at last in the fire of eternal wrath.'

Had the grave Divine adopted this method he would have stopped his mouth, and exposed his ignorance full as well, if not better, and in a more becoming manner, than telling a lie in Greek.

I shall quote no more of your performance, as you are drawing to a conclusion, and only rehearsing the old story over again; which, for want of matter, is repeated no less than six or seven times. Men that can preach such stuff as this, and those that can recommend it in prayer to the people, and beg God's blessing on it, are strangers to the teaching that I am under.

Mr. Belly, who charged God's word with impurity, and Mr. Holywell-mount, who called the

discourse superlatively excellent, know nothing savingly of God neither of them. To use the form of prayer, and mimic the appearance of ministers of the establishment, are things that my conscience could never brook; nor do I think it any part of the ministry to preach or to dress in robes to please men, much less a set of selfrighteous Pharisees, or dead formalists. Mimicking the orator; adapting the attitudes, actions, or manner of others; aiming at great swelling words; and attempting to affect the tender feelings or soft passions of depraved nature, my soul hates.

Pompous appearances, and public parading, to assemble and excite the curiosity of a multitude, with the assistance of an organ, and such trumpery rattle traps, may serve to charm fallen nature, lay carnal prejudice in a trance, and fill a house with hypocrites; but conversion to God is another thing. Religion goes best on her own wheels. Leave truth to gain ground by her own evidence, and esteem by her naked simplicity. She wants no varnish; human craft may obscure her beauty, but will never add to her lustre.

For my part, I believe the whole revealed will of God to be the believer's rule. The New Testament, as well as the Old, is a revelation of God's will; and God's will is the believer's rule. These assertions neither make the law void, nor injure it; and I think it is a better way of speaking, than to be crying out the law is the only rule, because it has a tendency to seduce the mind of a weak believer from the Saviour; and we know that, as

soon as the covenant of works and he meet together, they fall to hugging one another, till bondage be gendered, Gal. iv. 24; and, as soon as the mind is vailed and fettered, then the carnal enmity shews itself. Then he gets to striving and struggling, but gains no ground; he fights, but only beats the air; for sin takes occasion by the commandment, and it is impossible the law should subdue it; this is the foolishness of him that " perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord," Prov. xix. 3. And how should it be otherwise, when the law worketh wrath? Rom. iv. 15. The believer is commanded to love God and his neighbour; and he is under the highest obligation to it, because God has loved him, and circumcised his heart that he might love his God again. This is the old commandment, and includes the new one; and in keeping these there is great reward; for a sense of divine love is present pay, and an everlasting portion. The pleasing law of love is in the believer's heart; and that law is the most prevailing with him, as it constrains to obedience.

Thus he is not without law to God, but under the law to Christ. Enforcing the Spirit's work, a spiritual walk, and a union with the living vine, is the best way to obtain fruit; the branch cannot bear it of itself. But to expect spiritual fruits by enforcing legal principles is like washing the Ethiopian white, Jer. xiii. 23; or braying the fool in a mortar, Prov. xxvii. 22. " Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh."

If these doctrines are Antinomianism, I have


no objection to the name they entitle me to. thank God that he owns and blesses them, in bringing many sinners to Christ Jesus; and I much question if he has not done as much of his work by the instrumentality of your despised air balloon, as one of your company styles me, as he has by some societies who style themselves evangelical. For I am fully persuaded that God will never set his seal to such doctrines as yours. And, as for the success of your ministry, you can say but little about that; nor do I see how you should; for, if people run before they are sent, God says they shall not profit the people at all.

That is the most profitable doctrine which God owns and blesses the most, in turning sinners from darkness to light, and from the power of sin and Satan to God, Acts xxvi. 18; from the commanding power of the law to do for life, as a covenant of works, and from the condemning power of the same, the believer is delivered. Deny either of these, "then is the offence of the cross ceased." And you may as well preach up circumcision; "Circumcision and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God" for life, 1 Cor. vii. 19. "He that is circumcised is a debtor to do the whole law." And, as you preach up the binding power of the law over all the saints, you ought to preface your doctrine with the old text: Except ye be circumcised, and keep the law of Moses, ye cannot be saved."

I conclude, begging no favours, craving no quarters, scraping no acquaintance, desiring no

connexion, expecting no thanks, for the pains that I have taken in this work. But I shall submit to the decision of the great Judge, before whom we shall all shortly appear; and then it will be known that "not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth."

For the present I shall pursue my old method, that is if I hear of any new preacher, or new publication, or new combinations, that make a great stir in the world, I shall watch the hand and approbation of God; and, if he countenance them with his presence, and the power of his seal, I shall judge it to be of God; and shall ever love those in my heart that have success in the work of the Lord. But when I find preachers, books, or combinations, that exalt fallen nature, nurse human pride, countenance conformity to the world, charm Pharisees, encourage hypocrites, and disgust the children of God, I shall ever believe the devil to have the chief hand in that preacher, that book, or that combination.


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