Popular Preachers of the Ancient Church; Their Lines Anf Their Works

Popular Preachers of the Ancient Church; Their Lines Anf Their Works

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 18 edition. Excerpt: ...Egyptians were dead before the Hebrews reached the other shore in safety. This vengeance was requisite, that those who refuse to receive salvation may more swiftly perish.--Sermon 89. ON WHAT THE MORAL VALUE OF ACTIONS DEPENDS. Let no one reckon his works good previous to faith. Where there was no faith there was no good work. For the moral value of an action depends on the bent of the mind; and it is faith that gives to the mind a right bent. You do not consider principally what a man is doing, but the point on which his eye is bended--the point towards which he directs the arms that skilfully guide his course. Suppose, for example, a man steering a vessel in the very best style, but without any idea of the direction in which he is sailing, what avails his dexterity in spreading and trimming the sail and giving the prow to the waves? He is on his guard lest the sides of the vessel receive injury;. he is possessed of such strength that he turns the vessel to and from what point he chooses. But were you to say to him, Whither are you bound? he could only say, I have no idea; or, instead of that, he would say, I am bound for yonder port; but runs upon the rocks, not into port. Is not the danger in proportion to the agility and vigour which such a man displays in the management of the vessel?--the only result of the speed he makes being that he brings it to the shipwreck. Such also is he who runs with exceeding swiftness, but has missed the way. Would it not have been better far for the captain to have possessed somewhat less vigour, so as not to be able to manage the helm without some labour and difficulty, and for the traveller to have walked with slower and feebler step, provided he had kept the way, than to have run vigorously out of it...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579461
  • 9781236579461