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voted her to perpetual chastity: as several modern critics explain it, and as it seems to be the cafe. For, inspired as he was, it is not to be presumed that he was guilty of such a fatal mistake: and St. Paul reckons him amongst the worthies, who, by faith, obtained the promised reward. i
, How, then, could the God of Israel " change "sides," by relishing the profane vapours of idolatrous blood, smoaking, not in his honour, but in honour of the idols of the Moabites? The text you quote, "And there was great "indignation against Israel," proves no more, than that the confederate kings were angry with themselves for having forced the unhappy father to plunge, as it were, the dagger in his own bowels, in the person of his son.
When, to deny propitiatory sacrifices, you say, that " God cannot be bribed or flattered," I agree with you. But, sure, you would not controul his power, nor contest his authority, to impose laws and obligations on his creatures; to annex to the observance and infraction of those laws,' rewards and punishments; to re? quire their submission by visible symbols; in the victim stretched and bound on the altar, to remind them of the chains of sin, and of their state under their Creator's hand, who? each instants
stant, can deprive them of their lives; in the fable smoak rolling from the blazing holocaust, to make them perceive a ray of hope, directing their eyes to a distant victim, the effusion of whose blood was to quench, one day, more active flames, and to change this scene of carnage and.misery, into means of expiation; not indeed by the virtue and efficacy of the sacrifices in themselves, but inasmuch as they typified the immolation of" the Lamb that is flain * **siom the foundations of the world," in the observance of whose law, and in the love and knowledge of whose person, consists eternal life. Age, a variety of accidents, and the uncertainty cf death, press our return to a merciful Redeemer. It-is too late to dispute uith Jesus Christ his Divinity,—or with the foul its immortality,—when the spirit is arraigned at the awful tribunal of the Judge of the living and the dead.
I have the honour to be
Your affectionate servant,
OK, THE NEW
TEST OATH VINDICATED,
And proved by the Principles of the CANON And CIVIL LAWSjl
- And the Authority of the
With an EsQjjI *- Y into the
GROUNDLESS CLAIMS OF THE STUARTS.
In a Letter to a Protejiant Gentleman.
"Duo sunt, Imperator Auguste, auctoritas sacra "Pontificum, et regalis potestas."
Gt-Iasius, in epist. ad Analtasium.
OR THE NEW
TEST OATH VINDICATED.
NOTWITHSTANDING news-paper declamations, and the heavy charges brought against Popery, you are candid enough to tell me, that "you do not look on my profession as "an imputation so dangerous that it entirely '' destroys all correspondence." You are not mistaken in your conjeaures. However we may differ in belief, you have nothing to apprehend; as speculative tenets do not interfere with the duties of civil life, and that my practical doctrine tends more to improve, than corrupt the heart.
We have been school-fellows, and well united.
We have met in foreign kingdoms, and the
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