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is very different from that of most other authors; and perhaps, it may be read by some, into whose hands, other books of this kind, might never have fallen. It is with a considerable degree of diffidence, however, that the author of this publication, has ventured to make his appearance, as a writer in the world. He is very sensible of the magnitude of the subject; and that his ability to do it justice, may be inadequate to the undertaking. Had no other reason, however, existed in his mind, but the desire of
appearing as an author, his manuscripts would have been confined to his own library, through life. But a train of circumstances, which need not be related, left him 'no choice in
In passing the ordeal of learned criticism, he has not the vanity to think the work invulnerable.
Such as it is, it is now offered to the Christian public, with the author's sincere prayer, that it
may contribute something to the honor of God—to the support of the truth-to the edification of the saints-to the conviction of sinners; and to the confutation of the deleterious errors, againt which it is levelled. But, if it should be judged by the Orthodox, the candid, the pious, and the discerning part of men, to be weak, assuming, or not adapted to effect the object for which it is designed; he hopes that it will serve to promote his humility.--To God, and to his Church, it is, therefore, humbly and prayerfully submitted.
It is no small gratification to the auther, that he has received such'a liberal subscription; and he feels himself under the high obligation of gratitude to those gentlemen and ladies, who have appeared as the patrons of his work. As the appearance of these discourses, has depended entirely upon them, the author takes this method of expressing his cordial thanks, for their confidence, hoping that their expectations may be fully answered.
Among the list of his subscribers, he feels himself under peculiar obligation to that dear people, who heard these sermons delivered from the desk. No other town has given such an extensive and generous encouragement to this publication. As the sermons were written and preached for their benefit, they are now offered to them, as a memorial of the author's sincere regard. It is his ardent prayer, that they may be useful to them, and to their dear children, when they shall hear his voice no more. If he knows his heart, it was one leading motive for his first going into that town, that he might have an opportunity to do something, in his ministerial capacity, to vindicate the Divinity and atonement of Christ, and their kindred doctrines. He has reason, however, to mourn, that he has not done more service to the glorious cause, for which the Infinite Redeemer died. The author has no claim on God-no plea to make, but unworthiness-no other ground to hope but the Sovereign mercy of JEHOVAH ; through the atoning blood of “the Lamb of God, who taketh awaythe sin of the world.” To His blessing, therefore, the. following sheets are prayerfully resigned by the author,
DAVID HARROWAR. Utica, June 4, 1822.
I JOHN, v. 7.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father,
the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Much has been said and written in the Christian world on this interesting passage. The opposers of the doctrine of the ever blessed Trinity, have labored to make it appear, that it is spurious—the insertion of an uninspired pen. They do not, however, undertake to inform us, when this text was added to the Holy Scriptures, nor what particular person, or number of persons, committed the forgery. To impress the public mind with the idea, that the words under consideration have been interpolated, is certainly very important for Anti-Trinitarians; for, if the divinity of this passage is admitted, the doctrine of a Trinity of persons in God, is at once established. It must be expected, therefore, that every argument which is calculated to shake its sacred authority, will be eagerly seized by them and improved to their own advantage.
In every age, they have displayed more zeal and assiduity, to overthrow the belief of a plurality of Persons in the Divine essence, than the friends of that doctrine have done for its establishment. This may be easily accounted for on the principle, that man by nature is totally depraved. The enemies of divine truth, oppose it with