called by other names, even by those of other eminent disciples, such as Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Ac. It might be asked in the language of the Apostle, were those eminent saints and reformefs crucified for you? or were you baptised in their names? And if you were not baptised in their names, how can you witli consistency be denominated after them? I know that ma ny pious and holy persons attach little or no importance to names; aha conceive that if they possess the, thing signified by the name, it is a matter of no importance by what nanrajgtey may be called. In this indifferency about names, many er rors have been committed. The name Christian, with the thing signified thereby, constitutes the sum total df religion. It is always proper and correct t& call things by their appropriate name#. If we are Christians, why not be called by this title and no other? A rigid adherence to this course would long since have ended those divisions, and sub-divisions which most painfully harrass and perplex the church of Christ. But there are some who con tend that the dame Christian was bestow ed upon the disciples at Antioch by their enemies, as an spoliation of reproach. For this opinion I can'find no evidence, either in the word of God or elsewhere. We may therefore conclude it to be a mere assumption. In opposition, however, to the notion that the name Christian was first applied to the disciples by their ene mies in the way of reproach, we wpl ad duce two witnesses, whose authority in such matters will not be called in ques tion. The first is Dr. Adpm Clarke, who, in his criticism upon the original word rendered in Acts xi. 26, were called, ex presses himself thus: “ It signifies in the New Testament, to appoint, warn, or no rmpatt by Divine, direction. In this sense die word is nsedklfati. ii. 12; Luke ii. 26; Acts x. 22. If therefore the name 1 was g|vej|Jby Divint appointment, it * most likely that Saul and Barnabas were directed to give it; and that, 4$$refore, the name Christian is' from God, as well as that grace ^i^ho|^ss Which are essen tially requiiSgSp implied in thf^eharaS' ter.” The Dr. continues, “ A Christian* therefore, is the highest character which any human being can bear i|fcm earth; ) and to receive itjrdln God, ajrthose ap pear to have done, how glorious the title!!’ The next is the pious and learned Mr. Da vis, who wrote a sermon expressly upon this subject, and in which he uses this lan guage: “ The original, which is here ten dered called, seems to intimate, that they were called Christians by Divine appoint ment, for it generally signifies an oracular nomination, or declaration from God; and to this purpose it is generally translated. Hence, it follows that the very name Chris tian, as well as the thing, was a Divine original; assumed not by a private agree ment of thq disciples among themselves, but by die appointment of God. In this view, it is a remarkable accomplishment of an old prophecy of Isaiah, chap. Ixii. 2. These views have been submitted, not with a design of impugning others, but for the purpose of exhibiting some of the rear ippns which influence us firmly and strictly to adhere to the Christian name. This gid adherence to *M»e, may bei of sport or derision to some, an# of tempt and scorn to others. But still, rience and observation unitedly satisfy our minds completely, that particularity, in religious matters, e\ external things themselves, can hardly be lied. The Bible is tye only criterion for regulating and guiding our course in rela tion t0*fe|kreligiou8 concerns. No Chris tian man can esteem a strict and rigid con formity to its requisitions of little impor tance. What that book inculcates must bind the consciences of all true believers; %

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