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tween a legal commandment and an endless life. Christ is not after the former, but after the latter: "a priest, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life." This distinction, Sir, is necessary for, though it be a truth, that "he who saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;" so, on the other hand, he that subverts the soul of a believer, saying, Be circumcised, and keep the law of Moses, is a liar also, for God gave him no such commandment, Acts xv. 24.

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And, in the last day, Christ declares he will say to all such, depart from me, I never knew 'you, ye workers of iniquity. Would any one of 'this complexion dare to say, in that day, Lord, 'I knew that, if thou wast pleased to make me holy, I should be so; and, if not, I could not 'make myself so? or, Lord, I thought thy holi'ness was imputed to thy believing people, and 'that none but blind legalists were greatly con'cerned about personal holiness and good works? 'Oh, with what shame will such wretches then ' appear! with what universal contempt will they 'then be covered! Their mouths will be for ever

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stopped; and their damnation, we have reason 'to fear, as sure, as it will appear to an assembled 'world awfully just!'

Before all these fall under the sentence of damnation, it will be necessary to examine whether the trumpet has given a certain sound, and

the watchman delivered his soul by a faithful warning: if not, the blood of these Antinomians will be required at the watchman's hand. Have you shewn them the spirituality of God's holy law, its vast demands, the curse of it, the perfection it requires, and the necessity of flying from the wrath revealed in it? Have you pointed out Christ, his precious blood, and the Holy Ghost, as the only sanctification for saved souls? Have you insisted on an application of the atonement, living faith, Gospel hope, efficacious grace, and an union with Christ, as the only way to obtain purity of heart and good works? Examine your Letter, reverend Sir; and, if you have not, the Antinomians, in their desperate state, speak more consistent with the oracles of God than the watchman himself; according to what you have put in their mouth; 'Lord, I knew that, if thou wast pleased to make me holy, I should be so; and, if not, I could not 'make myself so.' This is truth: it is the Lord our God that sanctifies us. The Ethiopian cannot change his skin, nor the leopard his spots; no more can they who are accustomed to do evil, do good. The Pharisees made clean the outside of the cup and platter, and appeared a nation pure in their own eyes, but they were never washed from their filthiness; therefore publicans and harlots went into the kingdom of heaven before them. If you drive them to the works of the flesh, or to the works of the law, for holiness, sanctification, or good works, their sin lies at your door.

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"Who can say, I have made my heart clean?" Can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit? or, can a man sanctify or purify himself? They who purify and sanctify themselves, and they that eat mice and swine's flesh, shall both be consumed together, saith the Lord, Isa. lxvi. 17.

Lord, I thought that thy holiness was imputed to thy believing people.'

If the Antinomians make such a reply as this, it is to be feared that the preacher had run among them before he was sent, and was no more than a letter-learned novice; for, if he had been a pastor according to God's own heart, he would have fed them with knowledge and understanding, Jer. iii. 15; and not have sent them to the bar of God with such an unscriptural plea as this. Besides, God hath promised, that if a man stand in his counsel, and cause the people to hear the word from his mouth, that he shall turn them from the error of their way, and from the evil of their doings: but, if men thrust themselves into the office, they can only travel, and bring forth wind; for, how can it be expected that they should work any deliverance in the earth, when God says he is against those who steal his word; and adds, "They shall not profit the people at all?"

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'Lord, I thought thy holiness was imputed to thy believing people; and that none but blind legalists were greatly concerned about personal 'holiness and good works.'

This is a farther confirmation of the ignorance

both of the tutor and the pupil: for how could any man, properly instructed in the way of the Lord, ever have imagined that a blind legalist is a zealot for personal holiness and good works, when the Scriptures declare that the legalist is under the law; has the veil upon his heart; is under the curse; cannot please God; is in the flesh; enmity itself; not subject to the law of God, nor can be; a child of wrath; condemned already; who bids God depart from him, he desires not the knowledge of his ways; is under the law; and the motions of sin, which are by the law, work in his members to bring forth fruit unto death; twice dead, plucked up by the roots! A likely matter that such a blind legalist should be concerned for personal holiness and good works, when he knows not what the work of faith, labour of love, or patience of hope, is; no, nor the root they spring from, nor the grace that teaches them, the decree that ordains to them, the living Vine that produces them, nor the faith and love which send them forth! Such a blind legalist can only be zealous for dead works at most; and we know that there can be no serving the living God, nor escaping his wrath and damnation, unless the conscience be purged from these, Heb. ix. 14.

You may well lament, Sir, but you have no room to marvel: for who can wonder at poor, simple souls, being led away by these wretched Antinomians, when an old established minister, the son of a minister, a master of arts, a master of

a seminary of learning, a tutor of the prophets sons, and a spiritual potter, who undertakes to fit vessels of mercy for the Master's use, sends forth to the churches of God, and the world at large, such inconsistent, undigested, unconcocted, and unconnected--What shall I call it? Gospel? God forbid! Law? By no means; it is nothing like it. It is "philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Pardon, reverend Sir, my plainness, as I have not handled you in the like violent manner that you did me at Bristol; but, indeed, you cannot lament more over the people's attachment to Antinomianism, than I marvel at your doctrine. But, why need I make an apology? A real lover of personal holiness and good works has, doubtless, learnt to do as he would be done unto; and can be no more offended at my plain dealing, than I was at the violent manner in which he dealt with me.

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They willingly lived in sin, and abused the 'Gospel to the purposes of their own licentious 'hearts, instead of using it as the means of grace ' and holiness. This, this will be the awful sub'ject and ground of their condemnation. They 'will then see, that whatever they could or could 'not do, they certainly could have done very differently from what they did; and that they are 'justly condemned for not doing it; their sins not belonging to God, but themselves.'

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The man who willingly lives in sin, and abuses

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