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PREFACE.

F the Writer of the following Pages had not believed that the interefts of Morality are materially involved in this controverfy, he would not have recommended his thoughts upon it to the notice of the public. The immoral tendency of the Restoration-Syftem is fhewn in the courfe of this work.

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One of the most important doctrines of Chriftianity, the doctrine of Atonement, has no place in the Univerfalift's creed, if confiftency be regarded. It cannot be reconciled with his doctrine of corrective punishment. Mr. Weaver obferves, "Divine juftice is that perfection in God, by "which he endeavours continually to make all "intelligences juft."+ According to this reprefentation, justice does not look backward, and punifh according to the deeds done in the body;' but forward, and difpofes of her stripes in the way beft calculated to correct the moral pravity of the mind. In this fyftem, therefore, the doctrine of guilt has no place: no man need apply for redemption through the blood of Chrift, the forgiveness of fins,' Eph. i. 7, but merely for the renewing of the Holy Ghoft,' Titus iii. 5; fince the recovery of the mind to virtue is the great point to which the exercife of divine juftice is directed. If the Blood of Atonement be not

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Endlefs Mifery overthrown, p. 9.
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counted, upon this fcheme, an "unholy thing," it must be confidered, at least, as an "unneceffary "thing." The most intelligent of the Univerfalifts are fully aware of this, and have therefore, very prudently, taken fanctuary in Socinianifm.

The author has endeavoured to leave the immoral no alternative betwixt converfion and a "fearful looking for of judgment and fiery in"dignation." He feriously wishes fuch to weigh well what is advanced, and, perhaps, they will fee that even the infinite love and mercy of God is not to be called into queftion, fhould they, by rejecting the grace offered in the gospel, render themselves eternally wretched. It is hoped that such a view of things may have a happy influence upon their minds, and lead them to improve the prefent day of their visitation, so as to insure prefent and eternal happiness. Should this be the cafe in a fingle inftance, he will think himself amply compenfated for the time and labour which he has devoted to this fubject. He is, however, too well acquainted with the prejudices of mankind, in favour of fchemes which are not very rigid in their exactions on the fcore of morality, to expect that many will be reclaimed who have given their affent to the fyftem here oppofed. His great aim has been to preferve the serious chriftian from falling into, what he confiders, a very dangerous error.

The arguments which prove the endless duration of future punishment are here brought forward fparingly, as that fubject is nearly exhausted by Meffrs. Taylor, Fuller, and Jerram; whofe valuable writings merit the most serious and attentive perufal.

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