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be thrown away on heretics. Now as nearly all those still laboring in India are protestants, should our author be of the same opinion with his former brethren, abundant as these qualities may be in his own mind he may think that nothing of candour and impartiality ought to be wasted on heretic missionaries, who, in defiance of the decrees of heaven as expounded by himself, persist in a course he views with horror, that of giving the heathen the pure and unadulterated word of God. Hence, that if unable to convince them of “the desperateness of such an attempt,” he should labor by every means to stir up the people of Great Britain that they may compel them to desist from a course so horrible as that of giving the heathens the Bible, the source of all the evils which have befallen the Abbé's church in the last three centuries, is precisely what we might expect. Whether the good people of Great Britain will be so complaisant to the Abbé as to shut their own eyes that they may clearly discern with his the folly of giving to the heathen the Holy Scriptures, by the apostle deemed “ able to make men wise unto salvation," time alone must determine. : - How fully our author has delivered the Hindoos over to perpetual reprobation, may be seen at p. 112, of his work, where he asks, “ Are we not warranted on beholding the unnatural and odious worship which prevails all over India, in thinking that these unhappy people are lying under an EVERLASTING anathema ; that by refusing to listen to the voice of the heavens which declare the glory of the Lord, they have for ever rendered them. selves unworthy of the divine favors; that by obstinately rejecting the word of God, which has been in vain announced to them without intermission, during these last three or four centuries, they have filled up the measure of their fathers, have been entirely forsaken of God, and, (what is the worst of divine vengea ance,) given over for ever to a reprobate mind, on account of the peculiar wickedness of their worship, which supposes, in those among whom it prevails, a degree of perversity far beyond that of all old Pagan nations." To this we briefly reply, that the guilt of refusing to listen to the voice of the heavens, the Hindoos share in common with all other heathen nations, and till the gospel reached her, with Britain herself; that none share the divine favors because they are worthy; that in the whole of these three or four centuries our author and his predecessors have not permitted the Hindoos to see a single book of the Sacred Scriptures, and what they gave them in lieu of it, was something quite suited to "a sen, sual people;" that the Hindoos have not like the Jews “killed the prophets and stoned those sent unto them" to render that passage applicable to them; that if all natiOns shall serve Christ, no nation can be for ever given over to a reprobate mind, since the Jews are not, for the seed of Jacob are not cast off for ever;" that if the Hindoos be a nation in which sin hath more abounded, thap in any one on earth besides, they form precisely the nation among whom He, who "was manifested to destroy the works of the devil,” if he be Almighty, will most fully delight in magnifying his power to save; since the Scriptures declare, that “where sin hath abounded, there shall grace much more abound,” that “God will famish all the gods of the earth," and that Jesus Christ “must reign'till he hath put all enemies under his feet.” Such is the ignorance of the Scriptures on which our author has founded the whole of his work! : The Abbé indeed goes farther and doubts whether Chris

tianity will ever be the religion of more than a minority of the nations of the world! After having endeavored to shew that it has remained stationary for the last thou. sand years, 'he asks, p. 108, “Now who has told us that Christianity shall not remain stationary in like mans ner and continue to the end of the world to be the reli. gion of only the minority of mankind ?" This is a question worthy of the Abbé; as is the manner in which he attempts to evade Christ's declaration, that “ the gospel of the kingdom shall be published in all the world for a witness unto all nations, before the end come.” On this his comment is, “ His sacred pledge, in this respect, has been fulfilled, or is still fulfilling, but at the same time has he told any one that all nations, or even the majority of them, should be brought under the yoke of the gospel?” We answer, yes; the Spirit of Christ declared nearly three thousand years ago, that all nations shall serve him;" and eight hundred years still more early, that "in him shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

Desperate however as is this attempt to prove that Christ shall not receive the heathen for his inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession, and that he shall not reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet; it is to this that our Author's declaration respecting the Hindoos has inevitably reduced him. If Christ must receive the heathen for his inheritance, he must receive those in India ; if he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet, he must reign till he hath destroyed boudhism and brahmunism, unless our author will declare that these are not inimical to Christ's reign in the heart. As this therefore constitutes the core and essence of his work, our readers will, we trust, permit us carefully to examine the Scriptures on this subject, since it is by these alone that this question can be decided. In doing this we shall employ no other guide than plain common sense; as this, we are certain, will enable us to see how many there are of the predictions respecting Christ's extending his spiritual dominion over all the earth, “whose true meaning cannot be perfectly understood by us," as the Abbé affirms p. 109. Surely the Spirit of truth and wisdom did not deserve from our author such a reflection on what he has written for our instruction!


The Abbé Dubois's First Position, that India will never

· receive the Gospel, examined by the Scriptures.

In examining the Sacred Records on this subject we cannot promise to notice every passage which alludes to the ultimate spread of the gospel throughout the earth; for were we, these alone would fill all the pages we can allot to the Abbé's work. We must therefore content ourselves with noticing a few of the most prominent. We may however begin with the first promise made to man by God that cannot lie. “It, or he, shall bruise thy head.” Here our Abbé will doubtless allow, that the Tempter whose head is to be bruised, is Satan, the “ father of lies;" for should he attribute speech, and understanding more than human, to an irrational reptile, he would still pause before he imputed to a beast or reptile, falsehood, malice, and impiety of the highest kind; for of the falsehood, malice, and impiety of beasts we hear nothing in scripture, particularly before the fall of man. Common sense also refers the bruising of the tempter's head, to the destruction of this power among men; for corporal head he has none. Should our Abbé, as he thinks brahmunic deception so much more malignant and fatal than Satanic, since from the last men may be delivered, from the first, never, wish to substitute the Spirit of brahmunism for the Tempter, instead of Satan, as being by far the most malignant of the two, we have no other objection than what arises from the difficulty he may find in establishing his hypothesis. The liberation of India from his yoke is equally secured by this promise, whether the spirit who rules in the brahmuns be one of Satan the Tempter's principal adherents, or the Tempter himself, as being Satan's superior in cunning and malignity.

We may also briefly notice the promise delivered to Abraham, two thousand years afterwards, “ In thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” That this refers to their being blessed by Christ's gospel, St. · Paul testifies nearly two thousand years after that period : “And the Scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed, that the blessing of faithful Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.” According to the Abbé however, India has hitherto been only cursed by the gospel. But are the Hindoos included among “the gentiles,”-“the heathen”-“the families of the earth ?” Yes, as really as the inhabitants of the British Isles. On what ground then does he believe them destined to perpetual exclusion from this blessing? On precisely the same that Joanna believed herself destined to become the mother of Shiloh-his own fancy.

It may not be improper here to examine how deep an interest the “ Five Hundred Millions” our author mentions as found in Eastern Asia, or India including

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