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clothing, and said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send, therefore, to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house, of one Simon a tanner, by the sea side, who when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately, therefore, I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now, therefore, are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are conmanded thee of God. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons : but in every nation he that feareih him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts x. 1-35.
Nothing can be more plain, than that this good man was led by the spirit of Christ, and participated the merits of his death; although a heathen, and of course, a stranger to the Jewish, as well as Christian theology. And the same might be
said of righteous Job, who feared God, and eschewed evil; and was of course, led by the spirit of Christ; for, without that good spirit, he could do no good, negatively or positively ; much less enjoy that faith, by which he knew his Redeemer liv. ed ; and that although worms destroyed his body, yet in his flesh should he see God. Again, I would ask those hard-hearted sectarians, and their dignified doctors of divinity, arrayed in sacerdotal silk and cambrick, was it the holy spirit, or the spirit of the devil, who taught the friends of Job so much excellent knowledge? What clerical don in Christendom 'could preach, with or without his crutches, (alias, his written sermons) such excellent doctrine as they did, some few sentiments excepted? Who taught Elihu in particular, that " there is a spirit in man,” and that “the inspiration of the Almighty giveth hiin understanding?" Who taught him to vindicate the impartiality of Jehovah thus ?
“ Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding : far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God. He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead. Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others : because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways. So that they cause the cry
of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.” Job xxxiv. 10, 12, 23-28.
I would also ask, who taught Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Melchizedck, (and many more I could mention)
the true knowledge of God? They had no written word, nor pompous parsons to teach them? I answer, they were taught by the immediate inspiration of the holy Spirit. They depended only upon the holy spirit for direction, but we Christians in this enlightened age, too often depend upon our churches and parsons, and seldom, if ever, enquire of the spirit within us, what we shall do, or leave undone. Hence there are so many ignorant, bigoted, superstitious, servile, priest-ridden people in Christendom. Most Christians think no place so good to worship God in, as a church or meeting-house. I do allow, it is our bounden duty, not to neglect the assembling of ourselves together, for the purpose of worshipping God collectively, but I contend, that a more excellent place, is, the temple of our own hearts. I often hear the duty of attending public worship, inculcated from the pulpit, but very seldiom the more important duty, of attending the motions
of the holy spirit in our hearts. Indeed, many of our pedantic ministers of religion, do not believe in the holy Spirit ; although they sometimes, for form sake, mention it to the people in their sermons. Because they well know, if the people were enlightened by its light, they would not suffer themselves to be swindled out of their money, by a parcel of lazy, interested, selfstiled dactors* of divinity, and masters of arts, who live in pomp and grandeur upon the fleece ; and the devil may take the flock, for what they care. But in order the more fully to prove,
that the spirit of Christ has appeared to every man, in every country, and that they all have an equal chance for heaven by obeying its dictates, I would mention some of the sentiments of St. Paul, who, (although
* I would again observe, that the reader may remember, all my animadversions are applied only to Folitical and clerical tyrants and iinpostors.