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Boors pointed it out to me,) and that is in the 4 page,
Where the outher speaks about men rising by their : merit's just as ony thing a man can doo can be profit
ible to God, as a* (vise man can be profitible to himself, as holy Job say's; and, as it is weel kend, that our best works are a' filthy rags in his sight, and we are a' carnel sold under sin.--Now, Mr. Prenter, as sic legat doctrin Winna gang doon wi me and my neiboors, who are guid sott'o foulks, and very pies and orthodox Christians, they were a for stoppin takin the Magazin at yince, "but I tell them that wud no do, for We had putten doon 'cur names for yea year at least, and that fourpens in the *month' wadna breck us; and, besides, it was but fair we
Hould gie the outher a chance to speak for himself, or you for kim, as you wanted us to owerlook ony errors in 'che futse Number; 'and maybe'ye didna see this in your "harry. Now, Me. Prenter, we want to ken, whether it
the belief of the souther of that paper, or no, that a man's works can be profitible'to God, or that i ony good thing can come out of the despiritly wicked bert of man, from which proseeds, evil thochts, murders, adultreys, and so forth, as says Sant Matthew. sa@phope you will let us ken this in your nixt number, . and oblidg me and my nejboors.
Feb. 1813. VIS JOHN RONALDSON.
. The HERESY DISAVOWED! or, the Answer." 1131371 Seri II" ! .. , W HEN a word occurs in reading a book, professedly diss written with a good intention, that admits of two meanings, it is certainly the most Christian conduct to put the
s is. Your Friend,.
best construction upon it; and when a passage appears of dubious import, it is but fair, in the words of our candid enquirer, to give the author, or publisher, an opportunity of coming to an explanation before proceeding to rash censure.
Our worthy correspondent, whose frank and open manner of going to work deserves every attention on our part, may rest assured that the very intelligent and learned gentleman who honoured us with the Introductory Address would be among the last in believing " that a man can be profitable to God, as a wise man can be profitable to himself,” or that any good thing can proceed from the unregenerate heart of man.
Nor do we think that a person of honest Join RONALBson's disposition would have put any such construction on the passage, if he had been left to himself, and his judgment remained unsophisticated by the arguments of his prejudiced . associates.
Taking the context into consideration, WHO are said to be sure to rise by their merits? Why, they who have acquiesced, or, in other words, consented to*, complied witht, and rested in f the dispensations of an all-wise God, of which the Gospet, or dispensation to the Gentiles, is most assuredly . onell. Now, keeping this in view, and the impossibility of . any person consenting to, complying with, and resting in the dispensation of the Gospel as the means of Salvation, withont : being conyinced of the necessity of a Saviour, and of his own inability to save himself, how is it possible to put any other construction on the words objected to, than that the Christian labourers, there alluded to; -were sure of rising, not on account: of, or for any intrinsic value.in, but by $ (i. e. the means, the manner, or according to) their-merits, agreeably to the uniforms .
. .. . language
* Acquiesce-to consent to, t to comply with. BAILEY.
* To rest in. JOHNSON.
Jews, and the Gospel to the Gentiles. BAILIY.
language of Scripture: --Prov. xxiv. 12.-II. Cor. xi. 15.6 Rev. xxii. 19.-Gala. vi. 7mand with the account of the last -judgment, Math. xxv.34, &c. .
From the authorities we have quoted, qur, Correspondent must observe that no forced interpretation has been put on the words, it is what they naturally suggest, and in whigh light they appear to have been viewed by the more enlightenved and judicious part of our readers, without an exception. 3. We hope this will satisfy our : apparently well-meaning
Subscriber. With regard to his neighbours, we are sorry to observe, that with all their claims to orthodoxy, and superior sanctity, they seem so destitute, of the distingujshing characteristic of genuine Christianity CHARITY. They have fully evinced that they have an aversion to merits in deeds as well as in words, or they could never have come to the resolution of withdrawing from a voluntary agreement on their part, merely because a single.expression did not exactly tally with their imperfaet ideas, (while they, at the same time, confess, they were otherwise well pleased with the work,) without giving either the author or us, an opportunity to explain
ourselves. jo . . ; A work confessediy.calculated nat to fatter men's prejudices
and vices, cannot be expected to please ALL, particularly those who make 80 light of the moral virtutes ; but as these are so few in number, and we have the countenance of so many of the more sensible, and,, consequently, more liberal part of the community to encourage us in our humble attempt to do
good, we have gmall cause to complain ; especially as we may "father expect an increase of Readers of the latter description kom a steady adherence to our plan upon rational principles. We, therefore, take leave of John's neighbours by advising
them, in their zeal to avoid one extreme te beware of run( ning into another, and in recommending to their attention the following picture of
IS AAC CUMMING,
A CHARACTER TO BE AVOIDED.. fram “ The Cottage Fireside." Published by. Messrs Olijkant,
Waugh, and Innes, Edinburgh.
AS ke-Feturned from church, I had just begun a very 'interesting conversation with my brother on the subject of the discourses we had heard, when we were interrupted by some of our neighbours coming up and joining our party. 1«What an excellent sermon we have had to. day,os said I, after the usual compliments were over.
Yes," replied a respectable looking man, "okr minister always gives us good advices, and, what is better, he al
ways sets-us-a good example.” “Good advices! good - example !! cried Isaac CUMMING, who came limping up ebebind, what hae ebey to do wi’ the gospel! It's a'
legal doctrine, I-say ! It's a? Aleby rags! Qur minister's bae sound if the faith, I say. He's aye saying Do! Do! just as if we could do ought. He forgets that we are all carnal, sold under sir ; and that our heart is deceita
ful above all things, and desperately wicked; be forgets'? " Stop, stop, my good friend.!! interrupted , 1 ts not so fast if you please: Yow-forget what your minis
ter said, otherwise you would not accuse him of an o i mission which he did not make.- What you allege, he
forgets, he bappened to take particular notice of
nelancholy fact, indeed, be drew a very different conclu. assion from what you seem disposed to do. He did not say that on this account we ought to give up the task of
education in despair; and folding our hands in indolence, leave our children, unwarned and unguided, to the se. ductions of an evil world. He told us, on the contrary,
and he urged it with a force of cloquence which I have seldom heard equalled, that this consideration should make parents double their diligence, as it readers their task more difficult and more precarious.”—“ This is at very fine," replied Isaac, with a sneer shrugging his shoulders, “but it's no sound doctrine I say. For it supposes we can do something; now I say that we can do naething. The apostle says-It is God that workerb in us to will and to do of his gond pleasure." “ True, Isaac," said I, “but you forget that on this very ac. count the apostle urges us do work out our OWN salvation. -We can do nothing indeed of ourselves as we ought.; but through Christ si rengibening us we can do all things. We can expect no blessing from God, except we be found in the path of duty; but in this path we cannot fail to find every blessing in the pon.er of Omnipotence to bestow. Ask, says Jesus, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall finid; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." pro What do you mak' of this text, then," returned Isaac, “ I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase--so then neither is be that planteth any." thing, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth -- the increase. “That text,” answered I, “ explains my opinion much better than I could do myself. : The exertion of.divine power is as necessary to the growth of the natural 28 of the spiritual seed. My brother here. may plow his fields and sow his corn, but without the - blessing of God not a single blade will grow.' And yet
I am sure you would think him a madman if he were to refuse to work merely because the success of the op