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and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe? Do we embody Christianity? Do we not only put a copy before others and leave them to write, but take the pen and show them how to form each letter? Are we men of God; heavenly, disinterested, dead to the pleasures, interests, and honours of this world? What would Paul say, if he were to come amongst us? Would he not have reason to say, All seek their own, none the things that are Jesus Christ's? Are we not fishers of ease, fame, money; rather than fishers of men ?”
His remarks in the way of removing objections may now properly close the whole.
"You may perhaps say, If this be the character of the minister who comes in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ, there are a great many who are very far from it. No doubt there are: but remember, a Christian is a devout penitent, reconciled to God, and obeying the Gospel; and yet you are all called Christians. And do you wonder, then, that many are called ministers, who are not what they should be? It is not their fault as ministers, but as men. What makes nominal Christians, makes nominal ministers; but neither the one nor the other can be accepted of God. When you had a minister who did not care for your souls, did you earnestly pray for him? Or did you neglect him, as much as he neglected you? If you did not pray for one to teach you aright, what wonder if God permitted one to come who taught you wrong? Complaints and murmurs are not the way to obtain good ministers, but prayer, fervent importu
"Some of you may think, however, that all these sentiments in religion are new, and that we who preach them have some peculiar notions. But no, my brethren, they are not new. There are hundreds and thousands of ministers who preach no salvation but in conversion, forgiveness, newness of heart and its holy fruits. Look into your prayer-books, and it is the doctrine of every part of them. Look into your Bibles, and you find it there. It is not new, except as every thing is new, that
we have never attended to. It is as old as the Reformers, who died martyrs for professing it. It is as old as the Apostles. It is as old for substance, as Abraham, and even as the promise given after the Fall. It is only because we have never studied these matters, that we think them new."
CHRIST'S TRIUMPH OVER DEATH THE MOTIVE TO UNFAILING OBEDIENCE.
CHARLES GRANT, ESQ.
ST. JOHN'S, BEDFORD ROW,
On Sunday, November 9, 1823.