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Reply to the Dissenters' Rensons 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 ati answer was written
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 exposition 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 " industrious circulation of the Dissenters' Reasons in his neighbourhood, with the evident design of detaching the affections of the people from 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 potơer 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 Disseriters' reasons are urged in many churches, as absolutely necessary to be believed, 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 thie other; and when men are made to receive the notions of election, particular redemption, faith without 'Works, divine influences and final perseverance, they are Vol. VII. Churchm. Mag. Oct. 1804.
just ripe for separating from the Church as a legal state, unfit for spiritually-minded persons.
We have read Mr. Cobbold'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 una accountable and audacious assertion, that the Church of England is not a true or regulur Church; because of its national form-the doctrine preached in it--the mode of administering baptism, and the Lord's Supper, and its having 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 als ways composed of the three orders of Bishops, Presbyters, or Priests, and Deacons; deriving their power ultimately througli the Apostles from Christ: nor is there a well atq. tested instance of any other mode of Church govern, 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, but 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 samc 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 ot a minister being appointed otherwise, than by the laying on of the hands of those, who had been ihema: selves 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.
BY THE LATE BISHOP LORNE.
We all do fade as a leaf. Isaiah, lxiv, 6.
Dry and wither'd to the ground;
In a sad and solemn sound:
When, like us, he blighted fell,
"Tis, alas! the truth we tell,
your boasted white and red,
Number'd now among the dead.
See the end of all your care,
We have left our owners bare:
Fluttering high on fancied worth,
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,
l'early Yearly, in par course returning,
Alessengers of shortest stay,
Heaven and earth shall pass away,
Man, let all thy hopes be stay'd,
Bears a leaf that shall not fade.
Great Britain, Lives of the Admirals, &c.
I will not want companions tooz
Fair Truth shall serve me for a guide,
Thus thro' this wilderness I'll stray
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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 Parisle Gill, D.D. Editor of them by the Church of Ilanwell, in Middlesex, Rev. Spencer Cobbold, late fellow in the years 1800 and 1801; with of Gonville and Caius College, a Supplement, containing Ten oriCambridge, 8vo.
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