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WORSHIP Of GOD
ANd OF THE
CHARACTER And OFFICES
BY A CANdId ENQUIRER AFTER TRUTH.
rT",HE author of the following sheets was -*■ a gentleman of great worth, and considerable learning; a pious and good man/who was desirous of worshipping God and forming his religious notions according to the instructions of divine wisdom. Accordingly, he spent a number of years "in examining .*« the sacred writings of the Old and New "Testament, with the utmost desire, and "most ardent prayer, that he might be •«' rightly informed in the truest fense of the A "holy a holy authors of those divine books." He was zealously attached to truth, and the honour of God , and these he endeavoured to promote, to the very utmost of his power. He was fully persuaded in his own mind of the truth of his sentiments concerning God and Jesus Christ. He founded them upon the sacred scriptures, for which he had the highest veneration: he considered the sacred authors of the Bible with great attention, and a sincere endeavour to understand their true meaning; and according to the Teftdt of his most diligent and candid examination, he believed. He looked upon scripture to be the best and most infallible expositor of scripture; and therefore paid but little regard to any fiuman scheme or explanation: and he thought himself thoroughly justified to his own conscience in taking his notions of God from the word of God alone. These are his words: "1 think, I write, I speak, upon "this important article, viz. that the God "and Father of Jesus Christ is the only "true God, with a clear understanding and
w a clear conscience. I have no doubts, no "scruples; no fear of offending God, or ct displeasing Christ: no secret misgivings "that I am or may be mistaken: but a full cc and entire persuasion, that this foundation *' is most certain and infallible. I doubted cc early of the vulgar scheme; to solve my "doubts, I read the holy scriptures, and "them alone, for many years, with the <c greatest attention and caution; with all "earnest desire of finding the truth; without "any bias, prejudice," or prepossession.. I "had been bred up in great reverence for *' the ancient fathers, and the venerable tc names of Luther, MelanSihon, Calvin., Cran"mer, &c. I preserve still a great but caaf' tious veneration for these excellent persons: "their memories will always be sacred with "me, for those glorious attempts they made "to rescue the Christian religion from Romijh "error, idolatry, and superstition. But they u can no longer impose upon me with their "authority, though they may affect me with "their reasonings. I will now be no CranA 2 merian,