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“A peculiar people.”
—1 Peter 2:9
What an involuntary testimony do ungodly persons often bear to the truth of the Scriptures! What, for instance, is more common in the world, and amongst those who are lying dead in a profession, than language of this kind: “What an odd kind of people there are at such a chapel! What particular notions they have! What peculiar sentiments they entertain! There is only a set of peculiar books suited to them, and there are only a few peculiar preachers whom they will hear; and in all their words and actions they manifest an exclusiveness, a bigotry, a narrow-mindedness which is very different from what you witness at other places!”
Is not this bearing a testimony to the truth of God’s Word? Does not truth unwillingly fall here from the lips of enemies? Has not God Himself said that they are “a peculiar people?” Then this very peculiarity that is stamped upon them, and which the keen eye of the world discovers, is...