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“But, my dear Sir, I asked what was that which he did not believe, for which he was damned p” .

Why, for not believing in Jesus Christ, to be sure.

“Do you mean to say, that unbelievers are damned for not believing there was such a person as Jesus Christ po

No, I do not; a man may believe there was such a person, and yet be damned.

«What then, Sir, must he believe, in order to avoid damnation pas

Why he must believe that Jesus Christ is a complete Šavior.

“Well, suppose he were to believe that Jesus Christ was the complete Savior of others, would this belief

save him pa

No, he must believe that Christ is his complete Savior ; every individual must believe for himself, that Jesus Christ is his complete Savior.

“Why, Sir, is Jesus Christ the Savior of any unbelievers

No, madam.

“Why, then, should any unbeliever believe that Jesus Christ is his Savior, if he be not his Savior ?"

I say, he is not the Savior of any one, until he believes.

“Then, if Jesus be not the Savior of the unbeliever until he believes, the unbeliever is called upon to believe a lie. It appears to me, Sir, tbat Jesus is the complete Savior of unbelievers; and that unbelievers are called upon to believe the truth; and that, by believing, they are saved, in their own apprehension, from all those dreadful fears, which are consequent upon a state of conscious condemnation."

No, madam ; you are dreadfully, I trust not fatally misled. Jesus never was, nor never will be, the Savior of any unbeliever. “Do you think Jesus is your Savior, Sirp” I hope he is. “Were you always a believer, Sirp” No, madam.

“Then you were once an unbeliever; that is, you once believed that Jesus Christ was not your Savior, Now, as you say, he never was, nor ever will be, the Saviour of any unbeliever ; as you were once an unbeliever, he never can be your Savior.” He never was my Savior till I believed. “Did he never die for you till you believed, Sirp” Here I was extremely embarrassed, and most devoutly wished myself out of her habitation ; I sighed bitterly, expressed deep commiseration for those deluded souls, who had nothing but head-knowledge ; drew out my wateh, discovered it was late ; and, recollecting an engagement, observed it was time to take leave.

I was extremely mortified'; the young lady observed my confusion, but was too generous to pursue her triumph. I arose to depart; the company arose ; she urged us to tarry; addressed each of us in the language of kindness. Her countenance seemed to wear a resemblance of the Heaven which she contemplated; it was stamped by benignity; and when we bade her adieu, she enriched us by her good wishes.

CALVIN'S FIVE POINTS. We give the following extract from Buck's Theological Dictionary, that our readers may possess a document that will afford in few words the essence of Calvinism. We need inform but very few of them that the five points do not embrace our sentiments ; por do we apprehend that we hazard much, in offering them without comment.

“The following statement is taken principally from the writings of Calvin, and the decisions at Dort, compressed in as few words as possible.

“l. They maintain that God hath chosen a certain number of the fallen race of Adam in Christ, before the foundation of the world, unto eternal glory, according to his immutable purpose, and of his free grace and love, without the least foresight of faith, good

works, or any conditions performed by the creature; and that the rest of mankind he was pleased to pass by, and ordain to dishonor and wrath, for their sins, to the praise of his vindictive justice. ..

"2. They maintain that tho the death of Christ be a most perfect sacrifice, and satisfaction for sins, of infinite value, abundantly sufficiently to expiate the sins of the whole world, and tho on this ground the Gospel is to be preached to all mankind indiscriminately; yet it was the will of God that Christ, by the blood of the cross, should efficaciously redeem all those, and those only, who were from eternity elected to salvation, and given to him by the Father.

“3. They maintain that mankind are totally depraved, in consequence of the fall of the first man, who, being their public head, his sin involved the corruption of all his posterity; and which corruption extends over the whole soul, and renders it unable to turn to God, or to do any thing truly good, and exposes it to his righteous displeasure, both in this world and that which is to come.

"4. They maintain that all whom God hath predestinated unto life, he is pleased, in his appointed time, effectually to call by his word and spirit out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ.

“5. Lastly: They maintain that those whom God has effectually called and sanctified by his spirit, shall never finally fall from a state of grace. They admit that true believers may fall partially, and would fall totally and finally but for the mercy and faithfulness of God, who keepeth the feet of his saints; also, that he who bestoweth the grace of perseverance, bestoweth it by means of reading and hearing the word, meditation, exhortations, threatening, and promises, but that none of these things imply the possibility of a believer's falling from a state of justification.

For the Christian Repository. AUTHORS OF THE APPEAL. Mr. Editor,-It has doubtless been anticipated that the Authors of the Appeal would make a public defence against the attack made on their characters by the Editors of the “Universalist Magazine,»* and, indeed, such a defence has actually been prepared for the press; but, by the earnest and sober advice of

have been informed that, as far as the general sentiment of the public can be ascertained, the serious and reflecting consider the attack as the effusion of a party spirit, and in character far below the dignity of christian ministers.

The controversy has assumed a character wholly personal, and our antagonists have descended to the lowest grade of personalities-laking up insulated, inadvertent, and indigested expressions, used in private conversation, and publishing them to the world! What person of sense will not pity the cause which requires such means to support it? or what cultivated mind would not be disgusted, on seeing a controversy of this kind protracted? Feeling a strong reluctance to following the course which they have marked out, in filling the public prints with crimination and recrimination of a personal nature, and being persuaded that the public in general, (all but those whose partial attachments place them beyond the power of conviction) will do us and themselves the justice to think of us according to what they have seen, and shall know of us in future, we are willing to risk the decision in their hands.

As it respects the final issue of this unhappy contest, I am unable to make any probable conjecture. We have once made an amicable settlement with two of the Editors; but, to our great astonishment they have assumed the right to violate it! Since this, we have offered thein terms for a settlement which, I am

* See Christian Repository, Vol. III.

confident, would be esteemed fair and honorable by all disinterested persons; but they have all been rejected! We must now leave the event to Him whe rules all things in wisdom and goodness.

I remain your sincere friend and
brother in the gospel,

JACOB WOOD. P. S. All Editors of papers and periodical works who will have the goodness to insert the above, sball receive the sincere thanks of

J. W.

FROM WILLIAM WORRALL, PASTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL

IST CHURCH, JOHN-STREET, GLASGOW, TO MR. HENRI

FITZ, EDITOR OF THE GOSPEL HERALD, NEW-YORK, Dear Brother in the Lord, '

Being now, through the kindness of a friend, in possession of the first and second volumes of the Gospel Herald, I am authorized by the churches in our connexion to express the high opinion they entertain, * * * * * * * * *

Mr. Van Velsan's challenge, subsequent shuffling, and final disgrace, must have had great influence upon the minds of the reflecting part of community. Never before was Calvinism so exposed and put to shame. Proceed, Sir, as a true and faithful soldier, in the van of the armies under the direction of the “Captain of Salvation.” Be instant in season and out of season, in making inroads upon the ramifications of the kingdom of darkness in the dreary dominions of sin and death ; and let the sound of your triumphs, from time to time, cheer and animate the lovers of truth on this side the Atlantic. We had no idea, until the reception by us of the Gospel Her. ald, and a benevolent epistle from Mr. Stephen R. Smith, New-Hartford, that we had such a host of friends in the United States ; and consequently, the satisfaction communicated by the information is inexpressible. We lost by reason of death our late

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