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world. To the Clergy, as to the appointed
guardians of the Christian Altar, the pro-
fessional interpreters of the Evangelic code,
and the constitutional promoters of order
and government, the public eye is in such
times particularly. directed. And whilst
there is any spring of Theological activity
in the Clerical mind; whilst any energy of
religious zeal, any regard for professional
character remains in the Clerical heart;-
they will not disappoint the public expec-
tation; but will continue to be, what they
heretofore have been, the most learned, as
well as the most zealous, of Christian Di-
vines.
: In such case; should it be the will of
Providence to put the Church of this coun-
try to a severer trial, than she has hitherto
experienced ; we shall have the consolation
to think, that her Watchmen will be found
prepared for the event. And though, in
Divine Wisdom it may be judged necessary,
to rouse us from that lukewarmness and
indifference, which are too apt to graft
themselves upon a state of undisturbed
prosperity; still we trust, that the spirit of

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our pious Reformers will not be found so far to have departed, as to provoke God to remove his Candlestick from this favoured land; but, that through Grace, it may be permitted to give light among us even unto the End.

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THE Prophecies delivered, and the Miracles recorded in the different parts of Holy Writ, prove the dignity of the person to whom they refer: “ the testimony of Jesus being, in their respective ways, the spirit of both.”

Taken collectively, they furnish an assemblage of proof, in support of the stupendous scheme for the salvation of man, moving on from its origin in the divine councils, through several appointed stages: of advancement, to its perfect accomplishment at the consummation of all things; which, if fully drawn forth and duly appreciated, places the truth of Christianity on that firm basis of Revelation, which

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All sound members of the Church there-
fore, must consider themselves indebted to
champions, who, in the armour of truth,
take the field against those Goliahs of infi-
delity, who, in our days of rebuke and blas-
phemy, are come forth to defy the arinies of
the living God: whose object is no longer
confined to insidious and disguised attacks
on the Church of Christ; but has manifested
itself in that open and determined hostility
to it, which, in the paroxysms of their athe-
istic insanity, they have promised them-
selves, will terminate in its total destruc-
tion.

But, whilst some of the Watchmen of Israel are engaged in the field with the open and declared enemies of Christianity; others may be not less usefully employed, in confirming the faith of those who are still desirous of holding fast their professional engagement. Whilst some are honourably employed in tearing away the disguise from that wretched system, which, under the veil of superior perfection, is now endeavouring to cheat the world to its

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