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but the bad arguments of our author, are not easily ex-
hausted, let the reason of their employment be what it
may. I feel disposed, however, to hasten my examination
to a conclusion^ and shall notice but one other class of
personalities, which our author has employed in the con-
troversy. He places himself on the seat of judgment,
calls our praises will-worshijj, adding to the Word of God^
&c. &c. &c. then he flings vengeance around with an un-
sparing ha!id, and to save his charity, makes the crimes of
Nadab and Abihu, a thoughtless mistake; and pronounces
Uzza a pious man, that he may have a kind of excuse
for not sending us all to perdition at once. He says, *' On
this subject we have more than mere verbal prohibitions.
To succeeding ages God has set up actual monuments of
instruction and of warning. The fact of Nadab and Abi-
hu is full in point. In their character, there does not ap-
pear to have been any intentional opposition to the insti-
tutions of God. Thoughtless, perhaps, they brought, in-
stead of the stated fire from the altar, common fire from
the hearth. This appears to have been a very trivial de-
viation from the appointed order, but it was a deviation;
and God, by an alarming stroke, taught Israel that he
would be sanctified in them that approach to worship him,
by a punctilious regard to every part of his institutions.
The death of Uzza impresses on the mind a similar lesson.
The apparent smallness of the deviation, and purity of in-
tention, never, in the sight of God, consecrated an inva-
sion of his prerogative, the exclusive right of settling the
matter and the forms of Ids own worship. Uzza was pi-
«us, and being actuated by a very laudable motive, the
safety of the ark of God, he took hold of it. But this was
not required of him, and his life was forfeited by his de-
vout temerity. God is still the same; strange 'fire, and
the intrusion of an unhallowed hand upon the ark, are as
offensive now, as formerly they were. He will not give
his glory to another. Whether are those who use scrip-
ture psalms, or those who employ our multiplied hymn
books, in the worship of God, most in danger, in the case
of psalmody, of unwarrantable innovation.? Let this be a
question, not of disputation, but of conscientious inquiry,"



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ON PSALMODY.



p. 95. To view the above merely as a specimen of rea-
soning; or ara:ument, would relax the muscles of a stoic;
l)ut to consifler the liberty Mr. M'M. takes to accommo-
date such awful transactions to Ms purpose^ is calculated
to fill the mind with much more solemn reflections.
What are his arguments? Having: assumed what he can
never prove, that sinaina: the praise of God in the languajjie
of the prespnt dispensation is will-worship — adding; to
scrwf7ire, &c. he proceeds to inform us that


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