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vert it, to make it fall in with our
corrupt opinions and prejudices. 169 2. That the paffages so perverted, were
such as were hard to be understood, and therefore not necessary to be understood.
170 And farther, were such as did not treat
of points indifferent, but of the greatest moment.
170 3. That this forced interpretation of ob
scure passages, was in opposition to
other plain evident ones. Those that wrest fcripture, with all these
aggravating circumstances, may juttly be said to wrelt them to their deftruction.
172 From the scriptures being turned to ill
purposes in the apostles days, we learn, not to wonder if they were so in aftertimes.
173 And if such unexceptionable interpreters
of their own writings could not secure thein from misrepresentation, the great expediency of an infallible judge is not so clear as is pretended.
174 From St. Peter's assertion we learn, that
we ought to bring with us a right intention of mind, when we read the holy fcriptures.
disposed and qualified to pursue that
Three ranks of men, into which thofe that
name the name of Christ may be divided,
Μ ο Ν
November 2, 1718.
ACTS Xxvi. 26.
T might be hoped, that in a country, wherë
profeffed, but interwoven into the civil frame, and eftablished by a law, the truth of Christianity might, at all times, be taken for granted; and that the ministers of Christ might have nothing to do, but to build on that foundation, and be ever employed in exciting men to a practice suitable to their profeffion, and to "adorn the doctrine of
öf our God and Saviour in all things," Tit. ii. 110 But, alas! the frequent and daring attempts of infidelity, that interrupt us in our course, make it necessary for us to " lay again the foundation" VOL. III.