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TRUE BELIEVER’S DEFENCE,

AGAINST

CHARGES PREFERRED BY TRINITARIANS,

FOR NOT BELIEVING IN

THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST, THE DEITY OF CHRIST,

THE TRINITY, &c.

BY CHARLES MORGRIDGE,
Minister of the First Christian Church in New-Bedford.

BOSTON:

BENJAMIN 1. GREENE, 124 WASHINGTON-STREST.

1837.

C 1291.23.30

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
1865. Aprit si

Gitter :
Ghans. Christopher Folien,

of Brookline
(996.6.1849.)

Ifhrough'
Wim, Parsons Atkinson .

( 46. 6. 1838.)
Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1837,

By CHARLES MORGRIDGE,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

Printed by
J. C. PARMENTER,

New-Bedford.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

PAGE

SECTION I.

Design of John's Gospel, : : : : : : : 5

SECTION II.

The Christian and Trinitarian Doctrines Compared, s . 10

SECTION III. .

Doctrine of the Divinity of Christ, . . . . . . 20

SECTION IV,

The Doctrine of the Trinity, : : .

.

SECTION V.

The Doctrine of the Trinity not usserted in the Bible, . . .

SECTION VI.

Scriptural Evidence that the Father is the only true God, . .

SECTION VII.

Christ testifies that he is not God, . . . . . . .

SECTION VIII,

Of Worship addressed to Christ, . . . . . .

SECTION IX.

Doctrine of the Two Natures of Christ, . . . . .

SECTION X.

Of the Three Heavenly Witnesses, . . . . . .

SECTION XI.

Supposed Scripture Evidence of a Plurality of Persons in God, 101

· SECTION XII.

Supposed Scripture Evidence of a Trinity of Persons in God, 111

SECTION XIII.

Explanation of Passages which have been quoted to prove that Christ

is God,

. . . . .

. . . 119

Class I. Passages in which Christ is called God, . N20

Class II. The word God incorrectly applied to Christ, 127

Class III. Passages interpolated and corrupted, . 131

Class IV. Passages quoted to prove that Christ is equal with God, 132

CLASS V. Passages quoted to prove that Christ is Jehovah,. 134

CLASS VI, Peculiar attributes of God ascribed to Christ, 137

CLASS VII. Peculiar works of God ascribed to Christ, . 144

SECTION XIV.

The Spirit of God not another Person distinct from God, . , 147

SECTION XV.

Inquiry after the supposed Second Person in the Trinity, . . 158

SECTION XVI.

Historical Evidence that the first Christiuns were not Trinitarians, 162

TO THE READER.

A few months since, I was requested to furnish, for publication, a copy of a discourse delivered at the dedication of a Christian Chapel. As I preached extempore, and without notes, I felt that I had a sufficient apology for not complying with the request. About a month after, I was called upon by the same committee, and vehemently urged to furnish a copy. My reluctance, which before seemed invincible, gave way; and I commenced preparing the manuscript. At this time I thought of publishing only a sermon. The work, however, multiplied upon my hands ; and the result is, I have made a book. More than half the following pages were written after the printer commenced. During which time, my pastoral labors were considerably greater than ordinary.

By laying aside the form of a sermon, I have felt myself freed from some embarassment; and have taken the liberty to extend the argument more in detail. I hope my friends, by whose request I have been induced to appear before the public, will excuse the alterations which have been made, and the extension of the argu. ment.

New-BEDFORD, March, 1837.

THE

TRUE BELIEVER'S DEFENCE.

SECTION I.

DESIGN OF JOHN'S GOSPEL.

JOHN XX. 31.' “ But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

I begin with this text, because it decides upon four important points of controversy, which, for 'ages, have divided and distracted the Church.

First, it decides what we must believe, concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, in order to be saved. Some require us, at our peril, to believe that Jesus Christ is God; others, that he is equal with God; and others, that he is very God and very man. To the true penitent, who 'utters, with a full and bursting heart, the important inquiry, What must I do to be saved. ? it is infinitely sweet to turn away from the vain and contradictory speculations of men, to the pure Word of God—to the words of our text, which unequivocally promise life to all who religiously believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Secondly, our text decides for what purpose John wrote his Gospel. It is contended that his object was to prove, what is called in the Schools, the proper Deity of Christ. This is inferred particularly from the first verse of the

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