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on the Lord's side? Who ?-Let him come forth to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty !"*
Secondly: Let a good understanding be cultivated among sincere Christians of different denominations. Let the friends of Christ know one another; and let not slighter shades of difference keep them at variance. The enemies of Christianity know how to avail themselves of our discords. The union which is here recommended, however, is not a merely nominal one, much less one that requires a sacrifice of principle. Let us upite so far as we can act in concert, in promoting the interest of Christ; and hold ourselves open to conviction with regard to other things. Let not the free discussion of our differences be laid aside, or any such connexion formed as shall require it: only let them be conducted with modesty, frankness, and candour, and the godly will find their account in them. Let it be the great concern of all, not so much to maintain their own peculiarities, as to know and practice the truth; not so much to yield, and come nearer to other denominations, as to approximate towards the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ, as expressed in his doctrines and precepts, must be the central point in which we meet: as we approach this, we shall come nearer to each other. So much agreement as there is among us, so much is there of union, and so much agreement as there is in the mind of Christ, so much of Christian union.
Finally: Let not the heart of any man fail him, on account of the high tone and scornful airs assumed by Infidels. The reign of infidelity may be extensive, but it must be short. It carries in it the seeds of its own dissolution. Its immoralities are such, that the world cannot long sustain them. Scripture prophecy has clearly foretold all the great governments of the world, from the time of the Jewish Captivity to this day—the Babylonian, Persian, Macedonian and Roman; together with the ten kingdoms into which the last of these empires has been divided, and the Papal government which sprung up among them; but it makes no explicit mention of this. It has no individual subsistence given it in the system of prophecy. It is not a beast, but a mere putrid excrescence of the
* Ferrier's Two Discourses at Paisley, in June, 1798.
Papal beast; an excrescence which, though it may diffuse death through every vein of the body on which it grew, yet shall die along with it. The beast, and all which pertains to him, goeth into perdition.* There is no space of time allowed for this government: no sooner is it said, Babylon is fallen, than voices are heard in heaven, declaring that the marriage of the Lamb is come. No sooner does the judgment sit, to take away the dominion of the little horn, to consume and to destroy it unto the end, than it follows, And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.t
Po pery is not yet destroyed, though it has received a deadly blow; and from what is said of the little horn, that they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end, it should seem that its overthrow will be gradual. While this is accomplishing, the reign of infidelity may continue, with various success; but no longer. Only let us watch and keep our garments clean, (a caution given, it is probable, with immediate reference to the present times,) and we bave nothing to fear. It is a source of great consolation that the last of the four beasts, which for more than two thousand years have persecuted the church, and oppressed mankind, is drawing near to its end. The government that shall next prevail will be that of Christ, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. Even 80, Amen. Blessed be his glorious name forever; and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen!
* Rev. xvii. 8, 11. + Dan. vii. 26, 27. The writer has since read a very able discourse by Mr. Nathan Strong, of Hartford, Connecticut, entitled, Political lastruction from the Prophecies of God's Word: in which the above sentiments are stated with great force and evidence.
FOR THE LATE
CHRISTIAN MISSIONS TO INDIA;
PART THE FIRST.
COMPRISING AN ADDRESS TO THE CHAIRMAN OF
THE EAST INDIA COMPANY,
IN ANSWER TO
STRICTURES ON THE PREFACE OF A PAMPHLET,
MAJOR SCOTT WARING.
There are such things done as thou sayest ; but thou feignest them out of thine own heart.
NEHEMIAH. And now, I say unto you, refrain from these men, and let them alone ; for if this counsel, or this work, be of men, it will come to nought : but if it be of GOD, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye he found even to 6ght against GOD.
GAMALIEL. Vol. II,