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A Reply to the Dissenters' Reasons for separating from the
Church of England; in a Letter to John Gill, D.D. · Editor of them. By the Rev. SPENCER COBBOLD, A.M.
late Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; • 8vo. pp. 46.-RIVINGTONS.
THE pamphlet to which this is ari answer was written
T by Dr. Gill, the principal man among the antipadobaptists of his day. He died in 1771.
His works are prodigiously heavy; and calvinistical in the extremity of supralapsarianism. In his ex position of the Bible, nine volumes, folio, he has heaped together all the lies and conceits of the talmudists and cabalists, to explain what needed no explanation at all. His Body of Divinity, 3 vols. 4to; and the “Cause of God and Truth, as he calls it, in 4 vols. 8vo; are esteemed inestimable treasures by all Calvinists, because they carry the extravagant and dangerous notions of eternal election, eternal justification, the irresistibility of Grace, and consequently the absolute certainty of Salvation to the highest pitch.
Such was the writer, whose “ reasons for dissent" are here calmly and dispassionately answered.' Mr. Cobbold, who was not aware of the circumstances of the author's death, when he sat down to answer his pamphlet, was induced to publish this reply in consequence of the * in dustrious circulation of the Dissenters' Reasons in his neighbourhood, with the evident design of detaching the affections of the people froin the Church.”
This is an additional proof of the restless and insidious spirit of the Sectaries, who, not content with the protection of a most liberal toleration, are constantly endea vouring by every means in their potřer to undermine the ecclesiastical establishment of the country: that material branch of the Constitution, in the destruction of which all would be involved in confusion.
While the doctrinal part of the Dissenters' reasons are urged in many churches, as absolutely necessary to be be: lieved, the separatists add to it, objections to liturgical forms of worship, to infant baptism, and episcopal government.
The one party therefore only serve to prepare the way for the other; and when men are made to receive the notions of election, particular redemption, faith without Works, divine influences and final perseverance, they are
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just ripe for separating from the Church as a legal state, unfit for spiritually-minded persons.
We have read Mr. Cóbbold's reply to the flimsy, but artful and malignant pamphlet of the Dissenters with great satisfaction. He leaves no objection unnoticed and unconfuted; but replies to every one in order, and that in a plain, close, convincing, and what is of vast influence, temperate and christian'manner. We could, with pleasure extract many excellent and forcible passages from this admirable tract, if our limits would permit; but we shall content ourselves with giving what is said in the postscript, in reply to the Doctor's un accountable and audacious assertion, that the Church of England is not a true or regulur Church; because of its national forin--the doctrine preached in it--the mode of administering baptism, and the Lord's Supper, and its haying a temporal head."-To this Mr. Cobbold replies:
« Now, neither of these, nor all of them together, are the criterion of a true Church, if we are to be guided by. Scripture. A true Cliurch of Christ, in Scripture-sense, is always understood to be a religious society under the government of regularly appointed, and duly commissioned ministers; which ministers appear, both from Scripture, and the concurrent voice of antiquity, to have been ala ways composed of the three orders of Bishops, Presbyters, or Priests, and Deacons; deriving their power ultimately through the Apostles from Christ: nor is there a well ata tested instance of any other mode of Church governa ment being in use for the first thousand years, --consequently, wherever this form derivatively subsists, there is a true Church.
“I do not say this for the pleasure of unchurching others, bui merely with a view to make good our own pretensions so uncharitably disputed.. If the Dissenters esteem their order of ministers equally valid with ours, I have no quarrel with thein-only let them allow us the same liberty. But there is one order of men, calling, themselves ministers, to whom I cannot allow the title I mean those, who have nothing to shew for their authority but their own appointment. My reason is, because. in the whole New Testament there is not a single instance of a minister being appointed otherwise, than by the ; laying on of the hands of those, who had been themselves duly commissioned.".... We earnestly recommend the perusal of this tract to
our readers, and shall be glad to find that its circulation is widely extended; by way of counteracting the poison contained in the Dissenters Reasons.
THE FALL OF THE LEAF.
A SACRED ODE
Dry and wither'd to the ground; ...,
When, like us, he blighted fell, .
"Tis, alas! the truth we tell.
On your boasted white and red,
Number'd now among the dead.'
See the end of all your care,
Fluttering high on fancied worth,
Brings us down to parent earth,
Who for new ones daily call,
Every leaf must have its fall.
Gay in health and manly grace,
Summer gives to autumn place,
Hither turn th' unwilling eye,
Autunın tells a winter nigh."
Yearly, in par course returning,
Messengers of shortest stay,
Heaven and earth shall pass away,',
Man, let all thy hopes bé stay'd,
Bears a leaf that shall not fade.
An Allegory. .
Great Britain, Lives of the Admirals, &c.
W I will not want companions too ;
Fair Truth shall sețve me for a guide,
Thus thro' this wilderness I'll stray
LIST OF NEI PUBLICATIONS IN DIVINITY. A Charge delivered to the Clere tor of Long Newton, in the county A gy of the Diocese of Bristol, of Durham. at the Primary Visitation of George The Epistle of Saint Paul the Lord Bishop of Bristol, in the year Apostle to the Romans in Hebrew, 1804, published at the request of corrected from the Version pulsa the Clergy, 4to.
lished by Dr. Ilutter at NuremA Charge delivered to the Cler- burg, 1000, and by Dr. Robertson gy of the Diocese of Chester, at at London, 1661, now re-published the Primitry Visitation in the with many improvements, by Rich months of July and August, 1804, ard Caddick, M, A. of Christ and published at their Request, by Church, Oxford, 12mo. Henry William Lord Bishop of Sixteen Discourses (abridged Chester, 4to.
from the Works of the Right Rev. A Reply to the Dissenters Rea- Father in God, William Beveridge, sons for separating from the Church D.D. sometime Lord Bishop of St, of England, in a Letter to John Asaph:) preached in the Parisla Gill, D. D. Editor of them by the Church of Ilanwell, in Middleses, Rev. Spencer Cobbold, late fellow in the years 1800 and 1801; with of Gonville and Caius College, a Supplement, containing Ten oriCambridge, 8vo.
ginal Discourses, by the Rev. G. A plain and practical Discourse, Il. Glasse, M. A. Rector of Hana explanatory of the Communion well, and Domestic Chaplain to Service of the Church of England, his Royal Ilighness the Duke of by Charles Plumptre, A. M. Rec. Cambridge.
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