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GOD'S AGENCY ON MANKIND;
ADDRESSED TO THE
CONGREGATIONAL CLERGY OF NEW ENGLAND.
ENTERTAINED BY ADVOCATES OF THAT THEORY,
THE MORAL EVIL EXISTING IN THE UNIVERSE
TO A DISPLAY OF THE DIVINE GLORY,
PUBLISHED BY JOHN SAYRE, 146 BROADWAY.
CONGREGATIONAL CLERGY OF NEW-ENGLAND.
The work of the Ministers of the Gospel is not contined to the limits of their parishes : they are appointed, not merely to preach Christ to the people intrusted to their care, but are also " set for the general defence of the Gospel.” They, as individuals, are constituted guardians of the public faith, as well as Pastors of the particular churches and congregations over which they are placed. It devolves on them to “ walk about Zion, to tell the towers thereof, mark well her bulwarks, and con. sider her palaces ;" to extend a watchful eye over her general interests, to detect and arrest the intrusions of error, guard her purity, and defend her liberties.
This duty is imposed especially on the Congregational Clergy in their individual capacity. Their churches have not, like the Presbyterian and Episcopal, adopted a common Confession of Faith, as a standard of orthodoxy; nor established a common Judicatory, to which those who depart from the faith once delivered to the saints, are amenable. A large proportion of their churches are entirely independent of the others, and at liberty to embrace
any system whatever of doctrine, and adopt any peculiarity of rites, without subjecting them. selves to the interference of any judicatory, or the sacrifice of any immunity. Their representative assemblies have no power to enact authoritative laws respecting the faith, rites, and government of their churches ; nor to pronounce authoritative decrees of excommunication, or disfranchisement.
THE NEW YORK
Southern District of New York, ss. BE E IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-sixth day of Septen
ber, in the forty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States of America, JOIN SAYRE, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
“ A Review of Doct. Emmons's Theory of God's Agency on Mankind; Addressed to the Congregational Clergy of New-England. Also, a Refutation of the Views entertained by Arivocates of that Theory, respecting the Necessity of the Moral Evil existing in the Universe to a display of the Divine Glory."
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