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THE FRIENDS OF SCRIPTURAL CHRISTIANITY;
PREACHED IN THE MEETING-HOUSE OF THE
SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION,
On SUNDAY, the 26th of AUGUST, 1827,
And published at the Request of several of those who heard it.
BY HUGE HUTTON, M.A.
MINISTER OF THE OLD MBETING-HOUSE, BIRMINGHAM.
“ LET all men believe the Scripture and that only, and endeavour
to believe it in the true sense, and require no more of others; and
AND JOHN HODGSON, BELFAST.
THAT PORTION OF THE
PRESBYTERIANS OF IRELAND,
WHO DISCLAIM THE AUTHORITY OF THE “ WEST.
MINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH,” AND OF ALL
OTHER HUMAN CREEDS, EITHER AS A TEST OF
CHRISTIAN TRUTH, OR AS A BOND OF CHRISTIAN
AND WHO PRACTICALLY MAINTAIN
SUFFICIENCY OF THE SCRIPTURES
TO MAKE MEN WISE UNTO SALVATION;
RECOMMENDING THE UNION OF THEIR ZEALOUS
EFFORTS IN THE SERVICE OF
IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED BY
BIRMINGHAM, OCTOBER 1, 1827.
tween the brethren in distant places, become in this way, auxiliary to his precepts and arguments, for promoting our edification, and winning us to the side of truth and duty. For they carry back our thoughts to the days of the simplicity of the Gospel, when Christians loved each other; when each felt a brother's concern for the temporal and spiritual welfare of every fellow-disciple; when those, who had great possessions, sold them, that they might communicate to the necessities of the poor and persecuted saints; and when all, who were called by the name of Christ, and continued faithful to their profession, were united in one spirit of love and one work of generous and steady zeal, for diffusing the blessings of salvation over the earth. Although we are not furnished with much information, respecting the separate claims on our regard, of the individuals who are mentioned in these references; and although, in many instances, nothing but their names exist, preserved in these records of christian sym
pathy and affection, to point our view to the fact that such ornaments of the faith ever had a being; still the monuments that remain, are objects of deep and pleasing interest to the reflecting mind, and are sufficient to awaken its emotions of veneration and gratitude, as often as they are contemplated with the attention which they deserve.
Sometimes, indeed, feelings of an opposite character to these, are excited in the breast, by the allusions which are occasionally made in these Scriptures, to some timid, wavering and time-serving professors, who loved the things of this present world, and for their sake, neglected or deserted the cause, which Jesus died to establish, and for whose benefit the true believers were ready" to suffer the loss of all things,” counting every earthly good as insignificant, and unworthy of regret, if sacrificed for the truth, to which God had borne witness by his prophets. More frequently however, are our spirits refreshed and our praises won, by the constancy and