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now take the liberty to offer them one passage from the 3d volume of the Magazine, page 143, last column, as an equal, if not very superior. "If I have any knowledge of my feelings, I have no disposition to misurderstand or misrepresent the views of my brethren who differ from me in their religious sentiments; but with my limited powers of perception, I cannot conceive of any other practical effect, as the fruit of the above doctrine,” (future punishment) "except down, RIGHT HYPOCRISY!" Here we have it in toto, and with a very gracious preface. On this subject I will not, at this time, multiply passages; but I can show my brethren, if they wish, from their own publications, where future punishment is represented as disguised Calvinism, and without a perceptible shadow of difference, both are pronounced alike unrighteous and cruel.* Heathen mythology and purgatory are more than once used as proper descriptive terms of this sentiment, and once have its abettors been published as mongrel Universalists. And if this is not enough, I can produce a passage where one has emphatically pronounced the CHRISTIAN doctrine of damnation an absolute lie, and entitled to no credit.
On this subject I need not enlarge, nor would I have offered what I have, but from a humble hope that my brethren would
eyes, and see what they have done, and what they are doing.
Our readers will perceive that there has been once a settlement between the junior Editors of the Magazine and the Authors of the Appeal and Declaration, and was broken up by them, because “the statements," as they say, "in that agreement were not true.” Notwithstanding this public notice, no charge of falsehood
The following definition of Calvinism, from a noted editor on their side of this question, in comparison with the above, will give to our views the deepest tinge of iniquity. "If,” says he, it is possible to concentrate all the essence of the most abominable, cruel, unnatural, vile, wicked, diabolical, and outrageously perverse principles in creation, into onc common focus, that focus is Calvinism !"
lies against those brethren at the Association. Be. sides how come these Editors to know so much about this matter, when they wrote the statement in answer to the Appeal and Declaration, and afterwards suffer themselves to be so intolerably cheated as to justify them in abandoning their own agreement? Again. Those young editors seem to tell us that they had forgot their duty, till the old gentleman came home, and reminded them; and, as they were under age, mere nominal editors, or something like it, the agreement was, by no means, binding.
Should we admit that the Appeal and Declaration were unprovoked, impolitic, and improper; still, it affects not the subject, very materially. The question now before us is, whether they support the public censure of the Southern Association. It is with reference to this idea, that I have endeavored to direct the present discussion. I cannot, therefore, but view the censure as the effect of a strange and unfortunate infatuation ; for I cannot yet think that the whole body of the Southern Association would designedly abuse any of their brethren. Charity induces me to conclude that many, in this unfortunate struggle, know not what manner of spirit they are of.
My readers will here observe, that in this notice of the public censure of the Southern Association, I have confined myself to what has previously been before the public, with the exception only of the extract from Br. Turner's letter. It likewise may not be improper, tho it may look somewhat bold, to caution the Association in attempting to maintain their censure, to be careful not to use arguments, which we shall be able to turn against some of the brethren that do not bea lieve in future punishment.
It is hoped the brethren will consider this subject with due caution, and take such steps as shall very justly entitle them to the name and character of Christian ministers.
SAMUEL C. LOVELAND.
GOD'S WILL. Some people tell us that God has two wills, a secret will and a revealed one. The revealed will is, that all men should be saved ; but the secret will is, that some men should be eternally damned.
Any person that has the use of his reason, and dares to use it, will see at once, that God cannot have two wills in direct opposition to each other. But if the subtle schoolmen have discovered a will, not revealed in God's word, and on this account may be called secret, that some men should be miserable to an endless duration, notwithstanding his revealed
will is to the contrary, how do they know but what God has another secret will that all men shall be eternally damned ? Surely, if they are unwilling to take his revealed word for it, how can they decide how the matter will prove. If the revealed will be no rule to judge of the secret, is it not as likely that God has a secret will of condemnation against the believer, which he has not discovered, as that he should have a secret will against the unbeliever, of which he is ignorant, but the believer has found it out? Again, if the secret will of God, in all cases, is in direct opposition to his revealed will, as they tell us it is respecting the misery of the wicked, then as his revealed will is, that all should be saved, it follows of consequence that all will be DAMNED.
If the seeret will of God be the will of decree, and the revealed will a will of command and disposition of mind, it is altogether unaccountable how the secret will of God fixed those decrees, which were contrary to the disposition of the divine mind.
Our all-wise Creator cannot be indifferent of the final destiny of his offspring man. He either wills they all should be saved, or he wills they should not St. Paul says, "God will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim. ii. 4. Many good people pray for the salvation of all men, and can it proceed from a wicked spirit, that we believe what the pious and benevolent pray for ? No man that is unwilling to have all men saved can pray
the Lord's prayer; because in that we say, thy will be done, and what God's will is should ever be remembered.
Christ says, "he came down from heaven not to do his own will, but the will of him that sent him.” Then Christ came to save all men, for this is the will of God. For this reason he tasted death for every man ; sent his apostles into all the world ; and commanded them to preach to every créature. All that the Father giveth bim, namely, the heathen for his inkeritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession, shall come to him, "and him that cometh to me,” he says, “I will in no wise cast out."
The prophet Isaiah says, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied." He that came to do the will of God shall be satisfied. It seems then the will of God must be done. The benevolent Redeemer shall be satisfied! Who can wish for more ? Do the gloomy shades of hell surround you ? Jesus has the keys. He opens the prison doors, and lets the prisoners go free. He breaks in pieces the gates of brass, and cuts in sunder the bars of iron. He binds up the broken hearted, proclaims liberty to the captives, and comforts all that mourn.
So we learn that if the will of God is not always done now, we may look for the time when it will be. We do not believe that all the prayers of good men for the salvation of their race, all travail of the Redeemer who tasted death for every man, and the extensive will of the supreme God, will be recorded in the archives of heaven, as the everlasting romembrance of failure and defeat. Neither can we believe that he who wills us good, will turn to will us evil ; nor he who tasted death for us will cease to love us; nor will the acceptable prayers of the just be lost in everlasting forgetfulness.
Dedication. The new Meeting-House in Medway, Mass. built and owned principally by Universalists, was dedicated to the worship of Almighty God, on the 29th of May last. Sermon by Br. Ballou of Boston.
Installation.-On Monday, June 2d, was installed, as Pastor of the First Universalist Society in this town, the Rev. David PICKERING. Lessons of Scripture were read by Rev. Mr. Fuller of Attleborough Introductory prayer by Rev. Mr. Killam of Attleborough-Sermon by Rev. Mr. Bisbe of Brookfield(text, Jeremiah xxiii. 28, who also offered the installing prayer. The delivery of the scriptures, charge, right hand of fellowship, and concluding prayer, by Rev. Mr. Dean of Boston-Benediction by the Pastor elect. The appropriate and impressive services were interspersed with hymns suited to the occasion, and performed in a manner creditable to the choir. The day was fine; the audience numerous and attentive.
On Wednesday, May 29, Br. BENJAMIN WHITTEMORE was ordained to the pastoral care of the Universalist Society in Şcituate, Mass. Brs. H. Ballou, H. Ballou, 2d, S. Stetson, and W. Morse, were present, and each took a part in the services.
May 19, the new Universalist Meeting-House in Shrewsbury, Mass. was solemnly dedicated to the worship of God. In the afternoon, Br. JACOB WOOD was installed as pastor of the Society worshipping in said House. Brs. Dean, Wood, Monroe, Hudson, and Maynard, took part in the exercises.-Chr. Intel.
OBITUARY. DIED at Bernardston, Mass, on the 30th of March, after a very distressing sickness of about four years duration, Mrs. Nancy, wise of Rev. John Brooks, aged 41. The deceased was greatly beloved and respected for her virtues, during lise, and died, as she had lived, believing in the universal love of God and salvation of men.- Ing.
In Reading, March 29. ROSALIA MARCELLA AMSDEN, daugh. ter of Mr. Asa Amsden, fifth year of age.
in Cumberland, R. I. on the morning of the 23d of June, Br. Asa WHEATON, in the 28th year of bis age. At the last