A Discourse of the Liberty of Prophesying, and the Doctrine and Practice of Repentance

A Discourse of the Liberty of Prophesying, and the Doctrine and Practice of Repentance

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...only because man"s fortune was broken, and his spirit troubled, and his passions disordered and vexed by his calamity and his sin, ---but because man, upon the birth of children and the increase of the world, contracted new relations, and consequently had new duties and obligations; and men hindered one another, and their faculties, by many means, became disordered, and lessened in their abilities; and their will becoming perverse, they first were unwilling, and then unable, by superinducing dispositions and habits, contrary to their duty. However, because there was a necessity that man should be tied to more duty, God did, in the several periods of the world, multiply commandments, first to Noah, then to Abraham, and then to his posterity; and by this time they were very many: and still God held over man's head the covenant of works. 3. Upon the pressure of this covenant all the world did complain, " tanta mandata sunt, ut impossibile sit servari ea," said St. Ambrose: " the commandments were so many and great, that it was impossible they should be kept i." For, at first, there were no promises at all of any good, nothing but a threatening of evil to the transgressors; and after a long time they were entertained but with the promise of temporal good things, which to some men were performed by the pleasures and rewards of sin; and then there being a great imperfection in the nature of man, it could not be that man should remain innocent; and for repentance, in this covenant there was no regard, or provisions made. But I said, ll. The covenant of works was still kept on foot;---how justly, will appear in the sequel; but the reasonableness of it was in this, that men, living in a state of awfulness, might...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236960548
  • 9781236960542