The objections against the doctrines held by Mr. Foster,
prepared and presented by Capt. Sewall, are stated as follows:
ARTICLE 1. Holding that the gospel
dispensation was purchased by the death of Christ, in order that God might
accept of an imperfect obedience from his creatures, instead of that perfect
one which his law originally required.
2. Denying that Adam was created holy.
Holding that he had only a capacity to generate holiness by a series of
3. Denying the total depravity
of human nature in its unregenerate state. Holding it only in extent,
not in degree. Asserting that unregenerate persons have a moral
power, while such, to ask, and seek, and strive, in the gospel sense;
and that if they then improve common grace they will obtain special grace.
4. Denying the doctrine of absolute, unconditional
election. Holding that election is no more than God's foresight of
the faith and good works of his creatures, and these to be the discriminating
ground of their title to eternal life.
6. Denying the saint's final perseverance to be founded
in the power and faithfulness of God. Holding that if they do persevere
it is by virtue of their own choice, and asserting that persons may apostatize
from good beginnings, which if pursued would lead to saving grace.
7. Holding that the heathen, who are destitute of the
light of the gospel, really do their duty in their worship even
though they should hold to a plurality of deities. That Paul was doing
his duty while persecuting the church, and that we have no account
in Scripture of his being reproved for that conduct.
Transcribed from North's History of Augusta pages
205-206, where the source is stated as 'A copy in the hand writing of
H. Sewall, signed by him and Benjamin Pettingill, one of the elders of
the church, "and several others." '