Hints to the Public and the Legislature, on the Nature and Effect of Evangelical Preaching Volume 1

Hints to the Public and the Legislature, on the Nature and Effect of Evangelical Preaching Volume 1

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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. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...shall be once brought to a conviction that the gospel, as they are'told, has neither terms nor conditi0ns, --no if 's and but's; that the idea of moral goodness as es sential to salvation, is done away;--that no qualification, even of merit, is izecessary for the attainment of future happiness in another life--that-that attainment is not suspended on the performance of any duties whatever, -----that it is procured for them by an eternal covenant, which no folly on their part can sins can be too great, no life too impure, no ofences too many, or too aggravated, to disqualify the perpetrators of them for salvation;---that the justyicntiou of those who have outraged every moral duty, has no connection with their future obedience.--When this evangelical system of faith shall have gained a thorough possession of the popular mind, it requires no very extensive foresight to predict what will be the result. Let us next advert to the nature of that morality which we have just seen treated with mockery, and the discourses of the moral preacher whom the weak and the worthless are taught by every artful insinuation to shun _ as a heathen orator. We shall be the better able to judge of that style of preaching which the gospel, and the necessity of the times, require to be exposed to the jeer of the rabble, and the scoff of the profligate. " ln every age (says the MORAL Divine) the practice has prevailed of substituting certain appearances of piety in the place of the great duties of humanity and mercyi Too many there have always been, who flatter themselves with the hope of obtaining the friendship of their Creator, though they neglect to do justice to their fellow creatures. But such persons may be assured that their sup)o.s'e(l_...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848675
  • 9781236848673