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BF THE j

ECONOMY

OF THE

CHURCH OF GOD,

AS IT EXISTED PRIMITIVELY,

tJNDEH. THE

ABHAHAMir DISPENSATION

AND THE

SINAI LAW;

<AND AS It IS PERPETUATED UNDER THE MORE LUMINOUS

DISPENSATION OF THE GOSPEL;

PARTICULARLY IN REGARD TO THE

COVENANTS.

By SAMUEL AUSTIN, A. M.

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS.

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"HIS KINCDOM II AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM."
"AMICUS SOCRATES, AMICUS PLATO, SED MAJOR AMICA VERITAS."

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(12) IB & it rememlrereiri tn»fc on the sixteenth day

V J of April in the thirty first year of the Independence of

the U. States of America, Samuhl Austin of said District, has deposited in this Office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as-author; in the wot*isriiallaw_ing.,ttirwit.

"A View of the pronomy oTthe Church of God, as it existed primitively, under the Abrahamic Dispensation, and- the Sinai Law; and as it is perpetuated under the more luminous dipensation of the Gospel ; particularly in regard to the Covenants. By Samuel Austin, A. M'. Minister of the Gospel in TForceJler, Massachusetts.

"HIS KINGDOMIIKATf rVEKtA-JTlttO KIWJDOM." "AMICUS SOCRATES, AMICUS PLATO, SED MAJOR AHICA VIRITAS.'*

In conformity to-the Act.of the. Congress of the U.

States, entitled; "An Act for the encouragementrof Learning,
by securing the Copies.of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Au-
thors and Proprietors of such Copies^ during the times therein
mentioned ;*' and also to an Act entitled, " An Act supplemen-
tary to an Act, entitled, an Aot for the encouragement of
Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books,
to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the times
therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the
Arts of Designing, Engraving-, and Etching Historical, and other
Prints.

Clerk of the District of
Massachusetts.

WILLIAM S. SHAW

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SEVERAL wtrrfts have been published -within a few fears, both in Europe, and in .(his Country, concerning the Churdh of God; particularly, the qualifications which are requisite for membership in it, its institutions, the persons to whom they ought to be extended, and the discipline which its officers', and ordinary members are to maintain in it- The JBaptist controversy, in which all these subjetts are more or less involved, has been lately revived- Books are multiplied, without 'bringing this controversy to a close. Difficulties still remain. to perpUx the humble enquirer, and keep up theveSemence of debate. Much truth ts exhibited. But a clear.

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consistent scheme, disembarrassed of real difficulties, seems to be wanting. &uck a scheme the Bible undoubtedly contains. To elicit this scheme is the only way to bring honest minds to an agreement. Whoever will candidly review the most ingenious Treatises which have been published in the Baptist controversy, will perceive that the Pa-dobaptists have a great preponderance of evidence on their side of the question. It -toil/, at the same time, be perceived, that they are not as united as could be wished in the principles of their theory. Some rest the evidence that the infant seed oj believers are proper subjects of baptism, almost wholly upon the covenant which Cod established with Abraham. Others have not so much respect to this kind of argument; but prefer to rest the defence of their opinion, and practice, upon what they apprehend to be the clearer intimations of the Gospel, and upon the records oj history. Different views are entertained of the nature of the Abrahamic covenant. It is debated whether this covenant was strictly, and properly the covenant of Grace; what was the real import, and who were the objects of its promises. Different opinions are entertained, and contrary.

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