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out illustrating the words of the apostle. Never, in all the pages of controversy, have we before seen such an example. How applicable are the words of inspiration; -“Thou thoughtest I was altogether such an one as thyself ; but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.” 6. Are not my ways equal, are not your ways unequal ?" "They changed the glory of the incorruptible God, into an image made like corruptible man."
Whether Mr. Rand would exemplify his doctrine, in his own conduct, or not, it is a just representation of Calvinism, so far as it manisests an indisposition to grant relief to all the miserable. They hold that God is ABLE to reclaim and restore every sinner, if it was his PURPOSE to do it. He has decreed that . MANY shall be left in their fallen, helpless state, to perish forever. Hence the pretension that some will not be saved, implying an inability in God to save them if he were disposed, is highly preposterous. The real, undisguised truth is, according to Calvinism, they will not be converted and blessed, because God has determined they shall not. The editor of the “ Mirror” dare not controvert this point.
3. The expositor thinks the passage on which he comments, gives - great encouragement to every sinner to repent and be saved." Then it is as clear as the light of noon-day, that if his views of its doctrine be correct, it was designed as a gross imposition on some of them ; for if Paul meant to encourage them to seek for salvation, whom he believed his God PURPOSED and decreed to make endlessly miserable, his conduct was just as reprehensible, as that of any other man. But the apostle was not a sophist, and therefore acquires no honor, by having such expositions given to his language. No, the eternal and incontrovertible truth is, St. Paul meant to give a clear and full declaration of the main point of doctrine in the glorious gospel, and as every thing depends on the DIVINE PLEASURE, he stated it in such a connexion, that none but such as are blind
ed by education, prejudice, or unfeeling partiality, will be likely to misunderstand him. 1. He exhorts that supplications, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, without exception. 2. He declares this to be good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth ; as above stated. 3. Pursuant to the divine will in the salvation of all men, the Mediator between God and men, gave himself a ransom for all men, as a testimony of the love of God, to be proclaimed in due time. 4. Lest some unfeeling sophist should attempt to explain away this precious declaration, the apostle asserts his authority to make such a proclamation, and annexes a direct affirmation, “ I SPEAK THE TRUTH IN CHRIST AND LIE NOT.”
So the controversy is between St. Paul, and the editor of the Mirror. If Paul did not use any deception, God will have all men to be saved, in Jesus Christ ; but if he did, the editor may be right in saying, it is not his purpose or determination to be the Saviour of only a PART of the world.
FOR THE CHRISTIAN INTELLIGENCER.
Portland, mer pour letter,sloo thou king chers stand,
UNIVERSALISM ON A DEATH BED. Dear Brother-In your last epistle you informed me of the death of two of your kind and esteemed friends* in Portland, members of your society. As I began to read this clause of your letter,gloomy thoughts ran through my mind. Ah, cruel death! thou king of terrors ! Two inore have fallen at thy hand, while others stand, and mourn, and weep. But, my mind was not long pained with such gloomy reflections. Your declaration that “they remained, to the last moment of life, firm and unshaken in their Faith in the Universal Saviour," called my mind from this dismal scene of death and dark
* Capt. PRICHARD and Mrs. SMITH.
ness, to the bright scene of glorious life beyond the tomb, where death can never come, and supplied me with two more powerful testimonies against the assertion, often unjustly and tauntingly made, that a belief in the doctrine of the Universal goodness and salvation of God, will not give support in a dying hour. .
Those who make this assertion use their utmost endeavours, when occasion offers, to make the assertion true. Great exertions are often made to alarm and terrify the sick, who profess to believe that Christ will prove to be virtually, what the Father sent him to be, viz. “ The Saviour of the world.” But in all such cases with which I have been acquainted, as well as in the case you mention, these exertions have proved ineffectual. Though it has been said that the approach of death would cause them to give up their faith, yet death, together with all these pious exertions have not been able to destroy their confidence in the crucified and risen Saviour, who, they believed, is the propitiation for their sins, and not for theirs only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
A case of this kind lately occurred in Sidney. A young lady by the name of Lucinda Taylor, aged about 20, died a few weeks since, triumphant in the faith of the gospel, through which life and immortality are brought to light for the dying family of man. She found by happy experience that this faith was good to live by in time of prosperity, that it was good in days of great distress, and good in her dying moments.
A year ago she was brought to endure several months of extremely distressful sickness, during which it was sometimes thought, by herself and friends, that life would continue but a few hours longer. At such times, as well as during her whole sickness, professors of religion were trying, both by persuasion and by the most horrid denunciations, to induce her to renounce her faith. On one evening in particular, when it was not expected that she would continue until morning, one of her visiting neighbours told her that the probability was
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that she had but a little while to live, and if she did not change her belief, she would sink to hell !! After I had heard of these things from several others, they were told me by Miss Taylor herself, who recovered her health so that she has since visited this town. " These anathemas of men,” said she, "did not inove me. I was confident that my Saviour was sufficient for me, and I knew that those who were constantly endeavouring to disturb my rest, knew nothing of my doctrine."
As winter again came on, consumption renewed its hold on this daughter of Zion, and, as though the greatest distress of body were not enough, several of her neighbours again renewed their efforts to distress her mind. I visited her during this, her last sickness; and though she viewed death near, her rest in the Lord was glorious. That heavenly calmness and serenity marked her conversation, which is rarely found.
I inquired whether any were yet exerting themselves, as they had done before, to shake her confidence in the impartial and never-failing Saviour of sinners. 6 Yes," she replied, “ many continue their endeavours: but their exertions to weaken, rather tend to strengthen my faith. The more they say, the more I am led to look to Jesus, and I behold more and more beauties in him. I feel that I am safe in my Saviour's arms."
In this rest she continued to the last,“ being sealed with the spirit of promise," and joyfully expecting “the redemption of the [whole] purchased possession,” of him “who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” So I suppose that those who were her 66 miserable comforters," have, in their thoughts, sentenced her to ceaseless wo. Of this I judge from the assertions before mentioned. What must she have done to give them ground to hope for her future welfare ? She must have assented to their creed. She must have expressed a conviction that there is an endless hell for the greater part of sinners, and a Saviour for but few, and that she, either according to what she had done for herself, or according to an eternal decree of God, was to be of the happy few. Then they could have thought that “all is well.” But not to make a Christ of experience, nor trust in assenting to a certain creed ; but to trust implicitly in the Son of God, and believe that he is the unchanging and never failing friend and Saviour of the whole human family was thought sufficient to cast one off forever- from the mercy of God. "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."
S. ČOBB. Waterville, Feb. 25, 1823.
FOR THE CHRISTIAN INTELLIGENCER.
MISTAKEN ZEALOTS. MR. EDITOR-In the discharge of my professional duties, I frequently fall in company with various denominations of christians, and am made acquainted with the means which they severally use, to promote their respective systems. After witnessing the management and stratagems of the friends of modern Calvinism, a system of decrees and cruelties, ingeniously saturated and sophisticated with pretended benevolence and pity, I feel it my duty, as a sincere well-wisher to the inhabitants of Maine, and of the world, to expose a delusion, so detrimental to human happiness and dishonorable to the character of Jehovah. I allude, Sir, to the exertions which are now making to introduce Calvinism in disguise, by a pretention to creaturely benevolence, as having the power of salvation. Knowing it is morally impossible to convince an enlightened public of the impartial goodness of God, in view of the partial doctrine of election and reprobation, the crafty and designing and mercenary leaders of the present mighty movements in the churches, have adopted a plan, flattering to human pride, by calling on professors to exhibit their own benevolence, and secure to themselves the glory. They are indirectly told of their omniputence to save from perdition, millions and millions of immortal souls !! These are their words: “ There is a claim-nay, a