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Now it came to pass, as they stood upon their way with a fine favorable wind, after the fog had passed over, that they chanced to espy a sail bearing down upon them, and thinking she might be of the King's service, forth with trimmed their course so as to meet and speak with her. But as they drew near, they found she looked more like a pleasure yacht with streamers, than anything else, and they could not make out her rig till they got close enough to speak without difficulty. Her course lay athwart the bows of the ship, westward, while they were going South East. The vessels lay to for one another, and as the sea was quiet, they could easily converse without changing position.

The vessel's name they found was False Confidence, and she had a rakish look that truly did not belie her name, and her Captain's name was Glib, a man well known and highly honored in his native land of Oppositions of Science falsely so called.

The vessel herself was built in the Country of Liberal Christianity, and had been constructed with a propeller in her stern called Philosophy, which, together with the Engine, was put under the charge of one Deism as First Mate. Nevertheless, they went by the wind when it was favorable, and only took to the propeller when the wind did not serve, or when they would go in the teeth of the wind. Sometimes the Captain put Deism at the helm, but more generally left it in charge of the regular steersman, one Mr. Man's-Wisdom.

The Second Mate's name was Plausible, and he had under his control a number of men, some of whom were mariners, and among them a notable crew named Surface, Tradition, Prejudice, Shallow, Secondhand, Explain-away, Pick-flaw, Fair-speech, Voluble, Anything, and Nothing. There was on board in the steerage a library for their use, entitled Salvation made Easy; or, Every Man his own Redeemer. In the hold they had many bales of stuff, called Rudiments of the World,? Profane and Vain Babblings, 1 1 Tim. vi. 20.

2 Col. ii. 8.

3 1 Tim. vi. 20.

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Accommodations, Perfectibilities, Refinements of Science, and Vain Janglings. They had also a stuff both for cargo and ballast together, called the Dignity of Human Nature.

The first salutation was made by Captain Glib, who stood upon the quarter deck and cried, Well, friends, what cheer?

How goes the world with you?

Then said Peter, Not at all; for we go from the world, and it will not take passage with us at any late.

CAPTAIN GLIB. —Then answered the Captain, The more's the pity for you, to leave so pleasant a companion behind you.

PETER.—But the word of God, said Peter, admonishes us that the friendship of the world is enmity with God,' and we are not sorry to leave the world's vanities behind us for things that are much better in store for us.

Captain Glib.-Well, you may take your course, and we'll take ours. We are bound now to Cape Transcendental, to carry our wares, and get the latest notions.

Well, answered Peter, that is just what the Athenians were doing, when the Apostle Paul came among them; but they did by no means relish the truth, when he told them that he perceived they were in

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4 James iv. 4.


all things too superstitious, worshipping so many dumb idols, and in fact wholly given to idolatry.”

The Athenians, said Captain Glib, meant to make sure, when they set up an altar to the unknown God, that they had got the right one, at all events, even in their ignorance; and thus worshipping him, they thought they were all right, whoever he might have been, and however much they had mistaken him.

But, said Peter, their ignorance was their own fault, for he never left himself unknown, nor without witness, but had always been the giver of all good, and now had sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. The Jews, added Peter, require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom, but it is only Christ and him crucified, that can ever be the power of God and the wisdom of God unto salvation; yea, our wisdom, our. righteousness, our sanctification and redemption.

Then Captain Glib answered with a sneer that he did not believe salvation hung on any dogma; and moreover, said he, I thank God the world is no longer in leading strings to a squad of Calvinistic Theologians. One man has his way, and another man his; but in the end all will come right. For God is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works."

Well, said Peter, that is a great and blessed truth, and we in this world are bound to be thankful to God

5 Acts xvii. 16.

61 Cor. i. 22, 39.

7 Psa. cxlv. 9.

for every man who sincerely thanks God for anything. That is a good beginning. And right glad we are to see how correctly you can quote Scripture. But now, Captain Glib,.can you tell us in what way God hath been pleased to show to us, and exercise towards us, his tender mercies, so that we sinners on earth may be drawn back to him in Heaven? Is it not in his most wonderful infinite love and mercy, in so loving the world, as to give his only begotten Son to die for sinners, that we might be saved from dying eternally in our sins? Is there any tender mercy, or any possible benevolence, that can be compared with that, or that ever could be imagined by the side of it? That is surely God's mercy, and what can we do with it? * If we reject it, we are self-condemned and lost, and the fault is all our own; for good and upright is the Lord; therefore will he teach sinners in the way; but they that are not sinners need no teaching about it.

But who are they, Captain Glib, and where do they live ? added Peter. Did you ever meet with any of the perfectly holy ones? Nay, you know that there are none righteous, no not one. You know there is but one way of salvation, only one name, only one Saviour. And if any man be not in that way, his is the wrong way, whatever name he bears. And the wrong way leads to death,

8 Psa. xxv. 8.

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