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Zelores and Honestus reconciled:
An Equal Check to Pharifaism and Antinomianism
TIE SECOND PART OF THE
To weigh the gold of gospel-truth, to balance a mul
cicode of opposite scriptures, to prove the gospel. marriage of Free-grace and Free-will, and restore primitive harmony to the gospel of the day.
By a lover of the whole truth as it is in ejus.
How is the most fine gold changed ! - Take heed that ye be not • deceived: for many shall coine in my nime, saying, I am Chrift' DOCTRINAL: -I am Christ' MORAL: -But, “To the law, r and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is becaufe there is no light in them' [or at least because) iker • wine is mixed with water, and their fiiver is ' [ partby] become o dross.'
“ Si non est Dei gratia, quomodo fulvat mundum,? Si non eft libes
“ rum arbitrium, quomodo judicat mundum?” Aug.
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J. BUCKLAND, in Pater-noster-Row, London, 1775.
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Just published, price Six-pence, 'The Fictitious and the GenUINE CeeED : Being a Creed for Arminians, composed by Richard
Hill, Esq; to which is opposed A Creed for those who believe that Christ tasted death for every man. By the Author of the Checks to Antinomianism. London : Printed by R. Hawes, (No. 34.) in Lamb
freet, near Spital-Square, 1775.
Ready for the Press, by the same Author,
An ESSAY on the Twin-Doctrines of Chrifliar
Imperfection and a Death Purgatory;
P R E F A CE.
THE Reconciler invites the contending parties to end
the controversy ; and, in order to this, he beseeches them not to involve the question in clouds of evasive cavils, or per,onal reflections; but to come to the point, and break, if they can, either the one or the other of his Scripture-Scales; And, if they cannot, to admit them both, and, by that means, to give glory to God and the Truth, and be reconciled to all the Gospel, and to one another.
EING fully persuaded that christianity fuffers Solifidians, and of the mere Moraliss; we embrace the truths and reject the errors, which are maintained by these contrary parties. For, by equally ad. mitting the doctrines of grace, and the doctrines of justice; -by equally contending for faith and for morality, we adopt what is truly excellent in each system ; we reconcile Zelotes and Honeflus'; we bear our testimony against their contentious partiality; and, to the best of our knowledge, we maintain the whole truth as it is in Jesus. If we are mistaken, we shall be thankful to those who will fet us right. Plain scriptures, close ara guments, and friendly expoftulations, are the weapons we chuse. We humbly hope, that the unprejudiced reader, will find no other in these pages: And to engäge our opponents to use such only, we present to them the following Petition.
For Candor's fake;--for Truth's sake ;- for Peace's fake ;—for the Reader's fake ;-and, above all, for the sake of Christ, and the honour of christianity ; whoever ye are, that shall next enter the lifts against us, do not wiredraw the controversy by uncharitably attacking our persons, and absurdly judging our fpisits, instead of weighing our arguments, and conKidering the scriptures which we produce. Nor pass
over fifty folid reasons, and an hundred plain paffages, to cavil about non-essentials, and to lay the fress of your answer opon mistakes, which do not affect the Arength of the cause, and which we are ready to correct, as soon as they shall be pointed out.
Keep close to the question : do not divert the reaa der's mind, by starting from the point in hand upon The most frivolous occasions; nor raise duft to obscure what is to be cleared up. An example will illustrate my meaning. Mr. Sellon, in vindicating the Church of England from the charge of Calvinism, obferves, that her catechism is quite anti-calvinistic, and that we ought to judge of her doctrine by lier own cate. chism, and not by Ponit's Calvinian catechism, which joor young king Edward was prevailed upon to recommerd some time after the establithment of our church. Mr. Toplady, in his Historic Proof, instead of considering the queflion, which is, whether it is not fitter to gather the doctrine of our cliurch from her own antiCalvinian catechism, than from Ponet's Calvinian cao, techilm; Mr. Toplady, I say, in his answer to Mr. Sellon, faitens upon the phrase poor young king Edward, and works it to such a degree, that be raises from it. clouds of mining duft, and pillars of black smoke ; : filling, if I remember right, a whole section with the praites of King Edward, and with reflections upon Mr. Sellon : And in this bright cloud of praise, and vark cloud of difpraise, the question is so entirely lost, that I doubt it one in an hundred of his readers has the least idea of it, after reading two or three of the many pages, which he has written on this head. By fsch, means as this, it is, that he has made a ten or twelve Shilling book, in which the church of England is condemned to wear the badge of the church of Geo neva. And the Calvinilts conclude, Mr. Toplady has proved, that she is bound to wear it; for they have paid dear for the Proof.
That very gentleman, if fame is to be credited, has some thoughts of attacking the Checks. If he favours me with just remarks upon my mistakes (for I have probably made more than one; tho' I hope