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talked to about it, he soon relinquished his client, at least to all appearance. However, this was left as a witness in the court against him; and, though silent then, by a professed change in Loud's mind, yet allowed to speak on any future occasion.
The next was respecting the moral law as a believer's rule of life and action, which he at first denied; but about two years and a half ago changed his mind, and began to dispute almost incessantly for it; and being frequently opposed, he got worse and worse upon it, abusing and speaking evil of Mr. Huntington and of all that hear him. From that time I began a little to watch him, and have continued to do so to this day, He would, for one or two Sundays together, go to Tottenham-court, and perhaps on a third to Providence; when I observed that he was, at least, nine times out of ten asleep during the whole time of worship. This I charged upon him about two years ago, when I disputed with him about the law, for, I believe, two hours; and, though in fact I stopt his mouth, yet his stubborn spirit could not bend. Soon after this he was severely afflicted with a putrid fever, as was his wife also, and I think two of his children. I must confess it gave me some degree of pleasure when this heavy trial came upon him; not to see or hear barely of the miseries of a fellow creature; but, as I knew him to be employed in fighting against the truth, I hoped the Lord would by that means have purged out the rebellion of his heart; but I am sorry to
say he came out, as the wise man says, like a fool brayed in a mortar. He did not, indeed, belch out, as he had done, against the Providence connection, because, a few of that dear community had supported him in his late distress; yet the Lord knows my heart, I have sometimes thought, when I have met him, that he looked with a fallen countenance, and like a man with a conscious roguish principle about him, among a few honest, simple souls, that he found he could not injure.
It was not long after this when our dear friend Gilbert told me he had broached a strange new doctrine respecting the person of the Mediator: affirming that he was not God and man, of two distinct natures; but that the Word, the second person, was made flesh, or that the Godhead was converted into manhood in the womb of the virgin; and that, if he had seen Jesus Christ with his bodily eyes, he should with the same eyes have seen, in that very body, the true essence of God. About five months ago he called at King street on some business; when we took occasion to ask him about this new thing, and dis, puted for some time. He then insisted upon it that, if the Saviour really partook of the seed of the virgin, he was a sinner; and that his death and sacrifice had no more merit in it than if he, Loud, himself should die a martyr. He said he believed that Christ partook no more of the seed of the woman than his handkerchief, at the same time drawing a pocket handkerchief through his fingers;
or than a funnel partook of wine, or any other liquor, that passed through it. The idea that God could not suffer, he said, was only a common handeddown, made-up expression, without any scriptural ground for it. We proposed many scriptures to him, which he could not answer; but, as he remained quite obstinate, we told him that the error seemed to be almost, if not altogether, damnable, and that he certainly was in an awful state. However, he professed himself to be very comfortable, and said it was a very wholesome doctrine, and that he got it on his knees.
These are some of the many wicked things he advanced. I have also heard that there are some who are deceived by him, and have embraced his wicked doctrines. I think, my dear friend, if you was to take a person or two with you, and call at his house, you would be an eye and ear witness to what I have said. My paper forbids me to proceed; must therefore conclude with kind respects to Mrs. Berry. Your affectionate friend, and brother in our dear dear Lord,
To Mr. HAMILTON.
As you have desired my judgment in writing of the person of the Saviour of poor last sinners, &c. it is thus:
First, That he is the eternal Son of the eternal Father, by inconceivable generation.
Secondly, That this Son, called the Word, who was with God, and was God, was, in the fulness of time, made flesh; or a man, in likeness of sinful flesh, in fashion as a man, and was born of a virgin.
Thirdly, That this Son of God, one in essence with the Father and the Holy Ghost, being born a man child, the son of man, was anointed with the fulness of the Holy Ghost, and did grow up to manhood, obeying the law of God perfectly through life; endured temptation, poverty, &c. in behalf of those for whom he became a man of sorrows, and acquainted with griefs.
Fourthly, That this God Man, having been upholden by his Almighty Father till he had set judgment in the earth, the sword of justice awoke against him; he was left alone, and failed, expired, or resigned his life, under the stroke, a ransom for many.
Fifthly, That this man Christ Jesus, consisting of body and soul, very God, having shed his blood, and laid down his life, his body was laid in the grave, and his soul descended into hell, under the sentence of death and fierce wrath of God; and there abode until the third day, when his Father, having received the last mite of payment at his hands, justified him in the Spirit, and loosed the pains of death.
Sixthly, That he, God, being thus freed from VOL. XII.
the heavy debt, came forth from the prison of hell, and quickened and took up his body, and the life he laid down, his Father also concurring, together with all power in heaven and earth.
Seventhly, That this God after some days ascended, body and soul, and was received up into glory, and sat down at the right hand of his Father; where he, who was dead, but is now alive, ever liveth to make intercession, &c.
Eighthly, That that very body and soul, Jesus, God himself, the true God and eternal life, will again descend to judge the quick and dead.
So that he which was conceived in the womb, born of the virgin, lived, died, &c. &c. was God, wholly God, and nothing but God, as touching his nature or essence. So I believe, and therefore have I spoken.
To MR. LOUD.
MY DEAR SIR,
HAVING seen two letters concerning your and the doctrines you hold, which are not true, and things which you neither acknowledged nor confessed when you joined us, I should be glad if you would call at my house next Monday or Tuesday morning, as it is my duty to adınonish you; and, if you and I cannot settle matters, we will have a vestry meeting. Think soberly, and