[The Universalist Leader.]

An interesting discussion is going on in R—, Pa. "A backslider," as he calls himself, raised the question as to false doctrines in the Church, including that of everlasting punishment holding that while he was "a backslider from the nominal Church he was not from the true Church." He was answered by the pastor of the Reformed Church, who made the following astonishing statement: "For twenty-five years the writer of this has assailed the doctrine of everlasting punishment as being unscriptural and unthinkable. He could point the critic to at least fifteen other ministers in this city who believe not in everlasting punishment, and consequently never preach it. We all preach the certainty of retribution, but not of endless suffering. And we feel assured that more than ten thousand ministers in the United States have ceased to believe the doctrinal monstrosity—everlasting punishment—which never was taught by the Scriptures when rightly understood." This called forth vigorous responses from clergymen of other churches; some condemning his view, some admitting it in part, but all showing that decision upon it was of vital importance.

[New Bedford (Mass.) Standard.]

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