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C R E E D
REVIEWED And EXAMINED:
Several gross and dangerous Errors, advanced by the
The Protestant Doctrine concerning the Covenant of Worh
IN TWO VOLUMES.
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By DAVID WILSON, /y
——Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered
Printed for George Keith, at the Bible and Crowns,
WHEN I sirst read the Letters on Tberon and Aspqfio, published a sew years ago, I soon perceived such a spirit breathing through the whole of that performance, as would make one suspect, that the author thereof had something else in view than to desend the pure doctrines of the gospel, which he would have us believe is the chief scope of his book.
This Gentleman pretends that he has discovered in the Dialogues wrote by the late excellent Mr. Hervey, and in some celebrated treatises and sermons therein recommended,' several dangerous errors, and gross corrup-' tions of the Christian doctrine; and insinuates, that the native tendency of these Writings is to sully the honour, and obscure the glory of divine grace manisested in the atonement; to gratisy human pride, and cherish that enmity that is in the heart of every man by nature against the true doctrine of the grace of God 5 and thus to infnare, seduce, and destroy the souls of men for ever. Could
he have made this appear, the Public, no doubt, would have been greatly indebted to him for his labour; as it must highly concern every one to know the truth in its purity and simplicity, and as stript of all thole false colourings and disguises which men of corrupt minds are apt to put upon it; and thus be undeceived with regard to matters of the last importance.
Could he prove what he has considently asserted concerning some eminent ministers of the gospel; that the leading scope of their writings and sermons was to prompt and encourage men to work out and establish a righteousness of their own, in order to acceptance with God, and to gain their applause by artsully accommodating all the doctrines of the gospel to their religious pride; that, instead of preaching Christ Je|us the Lord, and proclaiming the glad tidings of salvation through a crucisied Re•.'cseemer, it was their chief aim to set forth their own importance; and that they were even so arrogant as to usurp the character and work of Christ, in order the more efsectually to gain the esteem, and procure the, admiration of their hearers; I confess, I fee not what apology could be made for them; but must acknowledge, that they deserve the worst of characters, as having been undoubtedly the worst of men.
But an intelligent and' unprejudiced reader, who peruses this author's book with the smallest degree of attention, will find that, through the whole, he rather supposes these things to be. true, than proves, or even, by any fair method of reasoning, attempts to prove that they are so. He is indeed "very liberal in his invectives against these worthy men, whose praise is. in the churches and with an air of self-sussiciency, and a degree of confidence rarely to be met with, brands them with the opprobrious names of enemies to the ancient apostolic gospel* Pharisees, self-seeking men, Scribes and. disputers of this world, double dealers with God and man, &c. He. - puts what constructions he pleases upon their words and expressions, and ordinarily wrests them to a meaning which they never intended, yea, which is directly opposite to their declared principles, and thfe whole scope and tendency of their doctrine; and then declaims with great warmth, and sometimes at great length, against those errors and false opinions which he would make the reader believe are the native consequences of what they taught. By such deceitful artifices as these he may impose upon the weak and unwary, but the attentive and judicious wiil easily perceive the fraud, abhor his disingenuity, and treat his impertinent a 3 and