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From the Scriptures. From the Com. Prayer, &c.

\. 25. xi. 33, 36. xvi. by thy glorious resiirrec

»5, 27. 2 Cor. xi. 31. tion and ascension; and

£pb. iii. 20, 21. 1 Tim. by the coming of the holy

vi. 14, 15, 16. 1 Peter ghost.

v. 10, 11. Jude 24, 25, "Son of God we be

Rev. iv. 8, 11. vii. 11, seech thee to hear us.

12.* « O lamb of God, that

"Grace be to you and takest away the sins of the

peace from God, our world, have mercy upon

* There are in scripture a sew ascriptions of praise and glory to the lord Jesus, 2 Peter iii. 8. Rev. i. 5, 6. v. 9, ii, 12, 13. vii. 9, 10. but not one, as if he were the great God. Indeed, they are not addrejsed to him, as if he were supposed to be present, except in the Revelation, c. v. and vii. where he is represented as being actually before the angels who address him. It should also be observed that he is there addressed as the lamb that ivas Jlain, as a creature capable of dying, which can never be said of the eternal, unchangeable Jehovah. Indeed, they address him as a Being entirely distinct from God; "thou wast slain, and hast redemed "us to God." v. 9. If he be joined with God in this act of praise, it is no more than David was. "All '* the congregation bowed down their heads, and wor". shipped the lord and the king." 2 Chron. xxix. 20. Honour will be due to the holy Jesus, but not religious worship.—Rom. ix. 5. may be translated—" the "God over all (the supreme God) be blessed for "ever."

From the Scriptures. Father, and the lord Jesus Christ." Rom. i.

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"Grace, mercy, and

peace, from God, the Father, and Jesus Christ our lord." 1 Tim. i. 1.

"Grace be with you, mercy and peace from God the Father, and from the lord Jesus Christ,

From the Com. Prayer, &C* us. O Christ hear us. Lord have mercy us. Christ have mercy upon us. Lord have mercy upon us. —From our enemies desend us O Christ. O son of David have mercy upon us. Graciously hear us, O Christ; graciously hear us, O lord Christ." Litany.

"For thou only art

the son of the Father, holy, thou only art the in truth and leve." 2 lord : thou only, O Christ,

John 3.

** Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven spirits*, who are before the throne—and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first

with the holy ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father." Communion Service.

"Now unto the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, and our God in three person?, father, son, and holy ghost, be honour and glory, dominion andpraise,hence

begotten from the dead,

* This expression shews that this and the three preceding passages should be considered only as pious nvishes and not prayers, for surely the writer would not pray to the'seven spirits.

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From the Scriptures. and the prince of the kings of the earth." Rev. i. 4, 5. See also Rom. xvi. 20, 24. 1 Cor. i. 3. 2 Cor. i. 2. 'xiii. 14. Gal. i. 3. vi. 18. Eph. i. 2. vi. 23. 24. Phil. i. 2. iv. 23. Col. i. 2. iv. 18. 1 Thess. i. i.iii. 11. 12. v. 23, 28. 2 Thess. i. 2. ii. 16, 17. iii. 5. 16, 18. 2 Tim. i. 2, 18. iv. 22. Titus i. 4. iii. 15. Philem. iii. 25. Heb. xiii. 20, 25. I Peter i. 2. v. 10, 14. 2 Peter i. 2. Jude 2. Rev. xxii. 21.

From the Com. Prayer, &c. forth and forever. Amen." —Henry on Prayer.

"■ Through Jesus

Christ our lord ; to whom with thee, O Father, and thine holy spirit, be everlasting praises." Doddr'tdge. "Jesus, my God, thy

blood alone, Hath power susficient to atone."

Watts, Ps. 1. 51. "To God the Father,

God the son, And God the spirit, three

in one, Be honour, praise and

glory given, By all on earth and all in heaven."

Watts''s Doxology. See also Ps. xix. long metre, \er. 5, 6. ps. xlv. c. ex. cxviii. &c.

"God the Father, God the son, and God'the holy ghost, bless, preserve and keepjou." Matrimony.

Brethren, before I proceed, suffer me to ask you, if you have carefully considered the passages, which have been laid before you? Have you read them over with attention? Have you endeavoured to read them with impartiality? Have you prayed to almighty God, that he would not suffer you to be carried away by groundless prejudices—that he would open your eyes to his truth?

Brethren, it is no trifling matter. It is a very serious question, whether we be to worship one divine person, or three divine persons—one God, or three Gods. Have you, then, really perused the above contrast with that serious attention, which the subject calls for? I do not pretend to have produced every prayer, or devout wish, or doxology to be met with in the New Testament. But I believe there are but sew, which are neither copied, nor reserred to. One should hope you will not think it too much trouble to turn to those places in your bible, to which you are reserred, and to those also, of which the words are given, that you may be satisfied one has quoted them fairly, and also selected such as are proper specimens of the whole.—Supposing that you have done this, and are satisfied; permit me to inquire, if you do not think, that there is a very striking difference between the scripture plan of worship, and the church os England plan* ?' Do you not think that the lord

Jesus

* Though the church of England only is expressly mentioned here, and in other places in this address;

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Jesus and his apostles prayed very differently from the members of our established church? Jesus and his apostles prayed to the Father, and to no other. He who is guided by the English, liturgy, prays to God the Father, God the son, and God the holy ghost, to "the hoi), blessed, and glorious trinity." The former worshipped one being: the latter worshipped three persons or beings f. The former, theresore, and

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yet the same observations which are made to shew that it is the duty of unitarians to leave that church, are generally applicable to trinitarian churches among the dijsenters.

f When trinitarians assert that the Father is God, the son God, and the holy ghost God, they must mean that the terms father, son, and holy ghost, are three different names of the fame being, or that they are expressive of three dijiina beings. If they mean that they are only different names of the fame being, it is difficult to see in what respect they differ from unitarians, except in using a language, which is very liable to be misunderstood. But is they mean that the terms Father, son, and holy ghost, are expressive of three, disiincl beings, each of whom is Ged, i^ it not undeniable that they assert the existence of Three Gods? It is to no purpose for them to fay, that they mean that there are three persons in the godhead; for still the question returns, What do you mean by the word person? Do you mean that there are three names belonging to the godhead? Or do you use the word person, as it is commonly used, to signify a distinct being, er intelligent agent f

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