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REV. THOMAS HALYBURTON.
AN INTRODUCTORY ESSAY,
REV. DAVID YOUNG,
PRINTED FOR CHALMERS AND COLLINS;
AND G. B. WHITTAKER, LONDON.
It is much to be feared, that, in times of peace and prosperity in the church, many have got into her fellowship who know very little, if any thing at all, about the true spirit of Christianity. Impositions of this kind, it is true, like forgeries on our national coinage, have been practised in every age; for there never was a time, at which it could be said, “ They are all Israel who are of Israel.”
But at present, and especially in our favoured country, there is evidence that the church is under an exposure of this kind which is somewhat peculiar. The times are gone by, at which the man who said he was a Christian, had to make good his word at the hazard of his liberty, or his property, or his life; and the spirit of scepticism, which something more than half an age ago, was so restless, and so full of
is now put under a powerful suppression. It is not able, as heretofore, to give currency to the maxim, that saintship and imbecility are one and the same thing. The coarse and impious ridicule which, in those days, laughed the unstable out of his profession, and deterred the timid from putting it on, is, to a great