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SEPTEMBER 2d. 1821,
THE REV. F. KNOWLES.
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that
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TRIUMPH OF INNOCENCES
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EXODUS, XX. 7. HEBREWS, XIII. 4. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. * Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judges
It is not my intention, my christian friends, to give any illustration of these words in a regular discourse. I adopt them merely as mottos.
Nor is it my intention, to address to you What Ishall offer on the present occasion, will be in the form of a vision, supposed to be presented to the mind.
As I would not be misunderstood, allow me to repeat it. What I shall address to you, on
present occasion, will be a Fiction; in the form of a vision, supposed to be presented to the mind. I shall have nothing to do with either real characters, or real scenes. Those that I shall present before you, will be fictitious; such as the creative power of fancy may call into birth.
I am aware, that this is a material deviation from the usual mode of preaching: byt does it not, at the same time, bear a very near resemblance to that adopted by our Saviour; and adopted by him almost invariably? viz. the "pårabolic. The parables which he delivered, were fictions; fourded probably, in some respects, on facts; but still, in themselves, they were fictions. And as he is our pattern, may we not imitate him? And being a perfect pattern, can we imitate him, and do wrong? I proceed, therefore
without further preface, to the object before me; only. entreating your serious and candid attention, to what may at present be delivered.
Philander was a man of noble and dignified sentiments. He had read much,
but he had reflected more. He was a Christian in truth, and in deed; not from education, or from fashion; but from inquiry, and conviction. He had examined the evidence for the Christian Faith; and his own was founded upon a rock.
Neither washe a Christian in speculation, but in practice. Truly might it be said of him that“The Kingdom of God was within him.” His spirit was modelled by that of his Master's; fervently pious towards God, his heavenly Father; ardently benevolent towards mankind, his brethren, It was his wish, it was his daily prayer, that the world might be good and happy; all