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following be noticed and duly considered : You will agree wiib me, the meaniog of the threatening was, that the steward should no longer retain his office, if the allegation which was the cause of his being called to an account, proved to be correct, or well founded. Hence, as he was not expelled from his office, is its pot demonstrative that he was nor GUILTY? from meetig with an expulsion from his stewardship, he was not, upon special examination, reprimanded, or even admonished. Hear the result of his trial : “The lord commended the unjust sterard, because he had done wisely ;"* and is it not just to be wise ? One of two things is certain, either the commendation was unjust, or the steward was innocent. Hence, so interpreting his words, as to make him guilty, involves us in another embarrassment, by alledging injustice upon him, who pronounced this commendation
Secondly, Should it be further ohjected, that the eommendation had respect only to his conduct after he was accused; The reply is, the objection introduces the greatest confusion into the parable. The sleward was called to account for certain conduct ; and to suppose him tried for one thing, and commended for another, is confusion. He was justified in view of the misconduct, alledged against him, or the transaction was highly improper.
Thirdly, Should it be deemed incumbent on the interpreter, to explain every particular; and nake a special applicatiop of every observation in the parable, such as, “to dig I cannot, to beg I am ashamed,”. &c. The reply is brief and direct :
Almost every parable in the New Testament would be inexplica. ble, were that method pursued, in their interpretation. The general meaning is to be set forth, and allowances. made for parabolical style. One point, however, should be carefully observed s. viz. in all tbe steward'o obøervations, he gave no intimations of attempting this
eformation in his conduct; but gave in sentiment the following paraphrase : If the unjust accusation prevail against me, and my lord in unrighteous severity take away my stewardship, I am resolved to make friends of those, from whom I may expect a more just and merciful treatment. The whole is a representation of the trials of the primitive christians, in miniature.
MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE WESTERN
ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSALISTS IN THE STATE DE NEW-YORK, A. D. 1820.
The Ministers and Messengers from the different societies of the Western Association. convened in. council at the Court-house in Eaton, Madison County, New-York, agreeable to the adjournment of the last session, on the 7th day of June, 18 20 ; and opened the session with solemn prayer, by Br. Archelaus. Green.
1. Appointed Br. SETA JONES, Moderator. .
Br. Nathi Stacy * Br. S. R. Smith
Clerks. 3. Received the letters from the several societies; and certificates and commendations of their respective Delegates.
4. Requests from the society in Dryden, and churches in Oxford, Sangerfield and Vernon, for the fellowship of this Association. .
5. Voted, that the above requests be granted.
6. Appointed Brs. Ferris, Underwood, Stacy, Flag ler, and Foster, a committee to receive requests for fellowship or ordination.
7. Received a communication, that during the receds of the Association, a council had been called to sigt apart for the minintay Be. Andrew Vandenberg of
Pompey; and also another council, for the ordination of Brs. Jobn S. Flagler at Norwich, and Amos Crandall at New-Berlin : That these councils respectively had deemed it proper and expedient 'o give ordination to the above mentioned brethren ; and that the solemnities were conducted with all gravity and sin: cerity as becometh sajpts.
Ordination of Br. Andrew Vandenberg. Br. J. Whitoal, introductory prayer; Br. E. Ferris, sermon; Br. J. Foster, consecrating prayer ; Br. N. Stacy, delivery of the scriptures and charge; Br. J. Whitnal, right hand of fellowship; and Br. A. Vandenberg, concluding prayer:
Ordination of Br. John S. Flagler. Br. N. Stacy, introductory prayer; Br. S. R: Smith, sermon ; Br. S. Jones, consecrating prayer ; Br. N. Stacy, delivery of the scriptures and charge Br. E. Ferris, right hand of fellowship; and Br. A. Crandall, concluding prayer:
Ordination of Br. Amos Crandall: Br. S. Jones, introductory prayer; Br. N. Stacy, sermon ; Br. 8. R. Smith, consecrating prayer ; Br. E. Ferris, delivery of the scriptures and charge ; Br. 8. Jones, right hand of fellowship; and. Br. J. S. Flagler, concluding prayers
The proceedings of the above named-cooncils-were approved.
8. Order of morning service on Wednesday.
Br. N. Stacy introductory prayer; Br. W: Underwood, sermon from Matt. v. 17, 18 ; Br. A. Green, concluding prayer.
Afternoon.-Br. 8. R. Smith, introductory prayer; Br. P. Morse, sermon from. Puala cxlv. 9; Br. sc. Jones, concluding prayer.
9. Voted to adjourn this Association to Thursday borning, half past six o'clock. Prayer by Br. J. Fora
10. Thursday morning, resumed the business of the council. Prayer by Br. J. Whitpal.
11. The committee for receiving requests for letters of fellowship or ordination, and the examination of candidates, report in favor of giving ordination to Rr. Pitt Morse, and letters of fellowship to Brs. Salmon Adams, Thaddeus Thompson, Jr. Artbur Field-approvedi
12 Appointed Brs. Whitnal, Ferris, Underwood; Smith, and Stacy, committee of discipline the casuing year.
13. Appointed Brs. Vandenberg, Crandall: Foster, Whitnal, and Stacy, a committee to visit the Genesee Branch of the Western Association at Henrietta or Pittsford, Ontario county, the first Wednesday and Thureday in October next. *
14. Order of public service, Thursday morning.
Br. A. Crandall, introductory prayer; Br. E. Ferris, sermon from Zech. viii. 5; Br.. A. Vandenberg concluding prayer:
Ordaining Service. Afternoon --Br. J. Foster, introductory prayer ;; Br. S. R. Smith, sermon from Jer. viii. 22; Br. N. Stacy;, consecrating prayer; Br. S. Jones, delivery of: the scriptures and charge ; Br. A. Green, right handof. fellowship; and Br. L. Knapp, concluding prayer.
15. Appointed Br. S. R. Smith, to prepare the Minutes of this Association for the press, accompany ing the same with a circular letter; and voted that one thousand copies be printed;
16. Voted that this Association hold an extra sess sion at Westun, Oneida county; the second Wednes. day and Thursday in September next; and thence be
Should any brother at the westward, who shall receive this, be able to favor the Editor with the proceedings of the: sebave named naceting, bo is requested to do it.
adjourned to meet in Bainbridge, Chenango county, the first Wednesday and Thursday in June, 1821.
17. Br. 8. Jopes offered bumble thanks to Al mighty God, and the Association adjourned.
SETH JONES, Moderator,
47 Churches in fellowsbip
THE EASTERN A86OCIATION OF
Paris, June 28, 1820. Agreeable to adjournment, the Ministers and Dele- .. gates composing the Eastern Association of Universalisis, met at the house of Bro!ber RUSSELL HUBBARD, and after uniting wiih Br. JOSBPH BUTTER-, Field in devout thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God, proceeded to the organization of the Couns cil, and
1. Chose Br. JOSEPA BUTTERFIELD, Moderator.. 2. Br. SEBASTIAN STREETER, Clerk. 3.
Br. EZRA F. BEAL, Assistant Clerk. 4. Order of public service for Wednesday, A. M. Introductory prayer, Br. 8. Streeter. Sermon, Br. J. Butterfield, from Psalm cxvi. 7a Return unto thy rest, O my soul ; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. Concluding prayer, Br. J. Butterfield.
P. M.-Br. J. Butterfield, the introductory prayer; Br. S. Streeter, the sermon, from Acts xxiv. 14. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the laro and in the prophets. Br. S. Streeter, concluding prayer.