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churches, nothing but a belief in Jesus Christ. When the Ethiopian intimated a desire to be baptized, Philip told him that he might be baptized if he believed with all his heart : “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God," was the Ethiopian's reply; and Phillip immediately baptized him. “What shall I do to be saved ?” asked the Jailer ; “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house,” answered Paul and Silas; " and they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was baptized, he and all his, straightway." Other instances of the same purport might be quoted; and among all the cases of baptism and admission into the church, of which we have accounts in the NewTestament, I believe there is not one in which more was required of the candidate, in point of faith, than a belief in Christ. I doubt whether we have a right to add to the simple standard used by the apostles.
3. And I think too, that the natural effect of departing from the simplicity of the original creed, and of multiplying Articles of faith, is what always has been the actual consequence, to create and cherish animosity, strife and wrath among professed christians.
These are the principal reasons which induced me, as one, to advocate the omission of all sectarian tenets in our Declaration of Faith. They are submitted to the consideration and remarks of all our brethren, in the spirit of meekness and christian charity, by A MEMBER &c.
ORIGINAL ANECDOTES. A zealous, eloquent preacher of the Arminian principles, used the following energetic method to induce sinners to repent and serve Christ.
“Come, sinners ; leave the service of the Devil and try religion for one year--one month-one week, or even one day, and if you are dissatisfied and want to go back to your old master again, I will be the Devil's bondsman that he will accept of you."
An avaricious professor was asked, how he could exhort and pray with such fervor. He replied; “I leave my worldly disposition at the threshold of the house." True, said a neighbor ; but you are careful to leave it, where you can find it again, when you come out.
THEORETICAL & PRACTICAL RELIGION.
EDITED BY RUSSELL STREETER, MINISTER OF THE FIRST UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY IN PORTLAND.
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Same page, 10th line from the bottoin, for “Auretius,” read Aurelius.
Do. 9th “ “ “ for “Strics," read Stoics.
Page 86, 19th “ “ top, for “deforming," read defaming.
There are some typographical errrors which the reader will of course correct.