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TERMS OF COMMUNION;
A PARTICULAR VIEW TO THE CASE
BY ROBERT HALL, M. A.
First American (from the Third English) Edition.
“That they all may be one, as thou Father art in me,
PUBLISHED BY ANTHONY FINLEY
T. $. Manning, Printer.
THE love of controversy was in no degree the motive for writing the following sheets. Con- , troversy the writer considers as an evil, though often a necessary one.
It is to be deprecated when it is directed to minute or frivolous objects, or when it is managed in such a manner as to call forth malevolent passions. He hopes the ensuing treatise will be found free from both these objections; and that as the subject must be allowed to be of some importance, so the spirit in which it is handled, is not chargeable with any material departure from the christian temper. If the Author has expressed himself on some occasions with considerable confidence, he trusts the reader will impute it, not to a forgetfulness of his personal deficiences, but to the cause he has
undertaken to support. The divided state of the the christian world has long been the subject of painful reflection; and if his feeble efforts might be the means of uniting a small portion of it only in closer ties he will feel himself amply rewarded.
The practice of incorporating private opinions and human inventions with the constitutions of a church, and with the terms of communion, has long appeared to him untenable in its principle, and pernicious in its effects. There is no position in the whole compass of theology, of the truth of which he feels a stronger persuasion, than that no man, or set of men, are entitled to prescribe as an indispensable condition of communion, what the New Testament has not enjoined as a condition of salvation. To establish this position, is the principal object of the following work; and though it is more immediately occupied in the discussion of a case which respects the Baptists and the Pædobaptists, that case is attempted to be decided entirely upon the prin