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This Work contains Extracts from eighty-five Authors, and References to

about twenty-five.

The principal extracts are from :-Brooks,-Bickersteth,—Sir Isaac Newton, J. Cox,—Wood,—Robert Hall, Frey,—Apology for Millennarianism, – Begg, Fry,—Bagster - Physical Theory of Another Life,-Granville Penn, - Bishop Newton,-Krummacher, -Hawtrey,– Hartley,—Cunningham,Goodwin,-Mede,—Keith,—Owen,-Rabett,—Topaldy,Blackwall,-Lowth, -Bishop Lowth,— Harmer,—Cruden,- Fowler,—Burder,— Bogue,-Usher, -Noel,-Gill,—Tyso,-M. Luther,— Irenæus,- Jerome, -Eusebius,-Lactantius,—Methodius, Origen,—Tertullian,—Anonymous,--&c., &c., &c.

The shorter extracts are chiefly from Vitringa,—Calmet,—Jortin,--Piozzi, -Savary,—Tull,—LaBruyer,-Rauwolf,—Sale,—Horsley,—Watts,-Young, -Hurd,-Cowper,—&c., &c., &c.


and violently retained by bloody contests, under the unjust assumption of divine approval. “God putteth down one and setteth up another,” according to the measure of national iniquity, and for other special ends. If the Jewish dispensation, notwithstanding its locality, was not maintained, but through the frequent miraculous interpositions of the Almighty, it should excite no surprise that the Christian dispensation has not maintained universal purity of profession. The former was political ; the latter is spiritual; the former was ceremonial; the latter is simple, and consequently less harmonious with the corrupt nature of man. The former was typical and temporary; the latter is substantial and perpetual; so that its ultimate universal adoption is not affected by the tardiness of its advancement, or the comparative fewness of its true members, which cannot obstruct the fulfilment of God's designs.

At the promulgation of the Gospel, the existing powers were not opposed or condemned by any direct or specific injunction in relation to war ; at least, so far as was calculated to excite general attention. But while the duty of lawful obedience to governments was enjoined, a spirit adverse to every passion which could generate war, was as clearly to be deduced from it. Thus while Christianity recommended itself to the consciences of its followers, political interference on their part was restrained within necessary bounds. The Romans, who, after a lapse of ages, so hardly endured the extinction of their idolatrous rites would not, at the same time, have received an open declaration of the unlawfulness of war, as being no less than a threatened extinction of their political existence.

Though "all men” were" called on to repent, believe, and obey the Gospel, yet its universal adoption, especially in relation to peace, was declared to be far distant. Not only the persecutions which overtook its followers during the primitive ages, but the papal usurpation of its authority which succeeded these, as well as the subsequent desolations of the Saracens and Turks, were all foretold, as, doubtless, necessary to preserve it in its original purity among the few who have remained faithful in the wilderness, during the lengthened predicted period. See Rev. XII. 6. In reference to these things our Lord says, “ It must NEEDS be that offences will come, but woe unto him by whom they come;" also, “ Think ye that I am come to send PEACE on earth, I tell you nay, but a SWORD:" yet he adds, on another occasion, “ALL they that take the sword shall PERISH by the sword.” And the numerous prophecies relative to the last days clearly evince, that the unrestricted favour of God shall not become universal till the glorious period arrive when “the work of righteousness shall be PEACE,” and “the nations learn war no more."


This Work contains Extracts from eighty-five Authors, and References to

about twenty-five.

The principal extracts are from :-Brooks,-Bickersteth,—Sir Isaac Newton-J. Cox, Wood,—Robert Hall,-Frey,—Apology for Millennarianism, -Begg,-Fry,—Bagster,—Physical Theory of Another Life,-Granville Penn, —Bishop Newton,-Krummacher, -Hawtrey,— Hartley,—Cunningham, Goodwin,-Mede,—Keith,—Owen,-Rabett,-Topaldy,—Blackwall,-Lowth, - Bishop Lowth,- Harmer.-Cruden,- Fowler,—Burder,— Bogue,-Usher, -Noel,-Gill,—Tyso,–M. Luther,— Irenæus, Jerome,-Eusebius,-Lactantius,—Methodius, -Origen,—Tertullian,—Anonymous,&c., &c., &c.

The shorter extracts are chiefly from Vitringa,—Calmet,Jortin,-Piozzi, -Savary,-Tull,-LaBruyer,-Rauwolf --Sale, Horsley,-Watts,-Young, -Hurd,-Cowper,—&c., &c., &c.


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