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Rise, Use, and Unlawfulness
OF illi. In
CONFESSIONS OF FAITH,
CHURCH OF GOD.
IN TWO PARTS.
BY JOHN MO DUNCAN,
And yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Cor. 12, 31.
DISTRICT OP MARYLAND, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on this twenty-sixth day of March, in the fortyninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Joseph Cushing and Joseph Jewett, of the said District, have deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors in the words following, to wit:
“Remarks on the rise, use, and unlawfulness of Creeds and Confessions of Faith, in the Church of God; in two parts, by John M. Duncan, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Tammany Street, Baltimore. And yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Cor. 12, 31. He the only Heretic, who counts all Heretics but himself.--Milton. Historic fact is not Divine institution.-Miller. Let us not lay aside charity to maintain faith..--Ganganelli."
In conformity to an act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An act 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 also to the act, entitled, “An act supplementary to the act, entitled 'An act 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.”
The Author most respectfully and affectionately inscribes this little volume to Students of Theology, and to young Ministers of the Gospel in America. The varied interests of the Church of God are presently to be committed to their hands, and great confidence will be placed in their integrity. The country which gave them birth, and which has guaranteed to them the liberty of the most free and enlarged inquiry, occupies a moral position on a most commanding eminence. They may be the means of great good, or the instruments of great mischief-for their opportunities are splendid and numerous; and the present moment demands much vigour of thought, acuteness of observation, importunity in prayer, biblical simplicity, patience and perseverance in effort. Let them be careful that they do not fall below their own level, and disappoint the expectations of all who love the prosperity of the American Churches, and who long to see the gospel diffusing its blessings throughout the WORLD.