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1 John iv. 8.
GOD IS LOVE.
FRIENDS of my life! It is my sincere wish, that at the close of my services among you-an event which cannot be very distant, and which may be very near-I may be able to say, "I have not shunned to declare unto you the whole counsel of God." When I inform you that I shall not experience this satisfaction, if I shall have neglected to lay before you, more in the detail than I have hitherto done, my matured sentiments on a subject which, next to the doctrine
doctrine of the immortal Life of the Righte ous, I conceive to be the most importánt doctrine of revelation, namely, the future Punishment of the Wicked, I am confident that the apology will be sufficient for the freedom and plainness of this address and of what will follow, even though I should advance opinions, which some of you may not yet be prepared to receive. In a series of discourses, delivered at different times on the Divine Perfections and Government, I have endeavoured to lay the foundation.. I shall now, by the blessing of God, which I humbly but fervently implore, attempt to raise the superstructure. I solicit only a patient hearing, and an impartial examination of the grounds of my opinions, while I give you, without reserve, what appears to me, a correct account of the whole plan of the Gospel Dispensation; from which I trust it will be manifest, that it is indeed "the glorious Gospel of the blessed God."