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THE
COLUMBIAN MISCELLANY I

CONTAINING
A VARIETY OF

IMPORTANT, INSTRUCTIVE,

AND

Entertaining Matter,

CHIEFLY SELECTED OUT OF THE PHILADELPHIA^

MAGAZINES, PUBLISHED IN LONDON,

IN THE YEARS 1788 AND 1789,

CALCULATED TO PROMOTE

TRUE RELIGION AND VIRTUE.

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Compiled for the Use and Benefit of the
FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST.

BY ABNER KNEEL AND.

"AND GOD SAID, LET THERE BE LIGHT : AND THERE WAS

Light." Bible.

KEENE, Ntmhampshire.

PRINTED BT JOHN PRENTISS, FOR THE EDITOR.

1804.

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knowledge of it? No, let us search the scriptures daily, and compare spiritual things with spiritual, and pray to God for light and understanding, laying aside all prejudice, and traditions of men, so that we may be enabled to obtain the plain tenor and meaning of the word of God; and in this way we shall grow in faith, and in the knowledge of the truth, and travel on from ane degree of grace to another,until we arrive at the perfect man in Christ Jesus.

I Have thought of late, that I never should attempt to vindicate the doctrine of Universal Salvation, nor any other principle whatever; but only to proclaim the glad news of salvation, in and thro' a glorious Mediator,and fo set forth the danger of living in the paths of sin, and the blessings that were promised to those who pursued a contrary course of virtue and piety. But seeing the doctrine very much abused by many; some preaching the principle (being charmed, as it were with the pleasing sound ef the name) without leading people into the true theory of it, and without teaching men the necessity of breaking off their sins by righteousness, and their iniquities by turning unto the Lord, in order to enjoy Christ, as their Saviour; while others, by being prejudiced against it, have treated it with contempt, as though it was a very heinous and licentious doctrine : therefore, I feel constrained to declare the whole truth as it is in Jesus, according as I understand the scriptures.

And considering my youth and inferior abilities, in knowledge and grace, I knew ot no

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