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refuse to accept them. And why not accept" them? Because he says "such terms are wicked and absurd, and an outrage against every righteous law of God and

man.'

Does he suppose then, that the Holy, Wise, and Just God has offered, or could offer, to us, the forgiveness of sins upon such terms, that if man has any right sense of justice or mercy, he would not accept them? How destitute then of any right sense of justice and mercy, does the reasoning of this letter make Him to be, who, as the Bible declares, does offer to our acceptance" such terms."

Again: says E. H. "Would he not rather go forward, and offer himself wholly up to suffer all the penalties due to his crimes, rather than the innocent should suffer ?"

As regards the sufferings of Jesus Christ, they were entirely voluntary, as the Scriptures abundantly shew; consequently the latter clause of this sentence loses all its force. He freely and of his own will, gave himself a ransom for us—a sacrifice well pleasing unto God.

What now is the penalty, or "all the penalties, due to man's crimes ?" Let the Bible answer- "Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that sinneth”—“ Everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his power"-"To be cast into hell"-" Suffering the vengeance of eternal fire"-"Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched"-"To be cast into the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone"" The smoke of whose torment ascendeth for ever and ever."

Is it not, then, a plain inference from the language of this letter, that "any rational being that has any right sense of justice and mercy, would rather go forward, and offer his soul up to suffer all these penalties," rather than accept the forgiveness of sins through the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ? And yet the Scriptures, as we have before shewn, fully assert that these are the terms upon which that forgiveness is offered.

"Nay," says E. H." was he so hardy as to acknowledge a willingness to be saved through such a medium, would it not prove that he stood in direct opposition, to every principle of justice and honesty, of mercy and love, and shew himself to be a poor selfish creature, and unworthy of notice ?"

Here, the words "such a medium," refer to the atonement, as must be evident from the context. What, then, saith this sentence? Was any rational being so hardy as to acknowledge a willingness to be saved through that medium, which the Scriptures declare to be the only medium of salvation that God hath appointed, viz. the coming, sufferings, and death of the Son of God, as a sacrifice for sin; would it not prove that rational being to be standing in direct opposition to every principle of justice and honesty, of mercy and love, and shew him to be a poor selfish creature, and unworthy of notice?

Now, if man would thus debase and degrade himself by accepting, or by merely acknowledging a willingness to be saved through the offered medium; what must HE be who would ordain and appoint that medium? We tremble when we reflect upon the inferences which result from the reasoning contained in this letter. Does it not make the Pure and Infinite Jehovah, the Judge of the spirits of all flesh, to be standing in direct opposition to every principle of justice and honesty, of mercy and love, and to be a poor selfish creature, and unworthy of notice!!

Let the reader contrast the sentiments avowed in this letter, with the views and the feelings of a truly awakened and penitent sinner. Humbled in the dust under an agonizing sense of the amazing weight of his sins, and the just punishment which they merit; conscious of his utter inability to extricate himself from this dreadful situation, into which his iniquities have plunged him; the repenting sinner casts about him a look of anxious inquiry, and exclaims in the anguish of remorse "Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death "Conscious of his utter unworthiness and nothingness in the Divine sight, he dare not so much as lift his eyes to heaven," but "smiting upon his breast," cries out, "God be merciful to a sinaer." Fully aware that his multiplied crimes have brought upon him all the penalties of the violated law, and that the just sentence of everlasting condemnation is upon him, he can most truly and sincerely adopt the language," A Saviour or I die, a Redeemer or I perish

for ever."

Would such a man, think ye, talk of not accepting the forgiveness of his sins, on the terms of the propitiation of

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