Theological Works; Published at Different Times, and Now Collected Into Volumes Volume 3

Theological Works; Published at Different Times, and Now Collected Into Volumes Volume 3

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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. 1806 edition. Excerpt: ... universal prevalence of ignorance, impiety, infidelity, and vice. Publick worship, in one form or other, has undeniably constituted a part of true religion, in every age; and surely all serious and impartial persons will allow it to be reasonable that our great Creator and Benefactor should require us openly to adore his name, thank him for his goodness, and avow our entire dependence on him in all things, and that we should delight in meeting together for these important ends. They, therefore, who refuse to join statedly with his congregations, in rendering him the tribute which be justly claims; and they who draw nigh to him with their lips, when their hearts are far from him, are alike guilty of robbing him of the glory due unto him. VI. The Sovereign of the universe hath a right to appoint his own vicegerents. He uses two principal means in governing mankind. His spiritual law has authority over the conscience, and takes cognizance ' of the thoughts and intentions of the heart, and numbers of those actions, which human laws cannot reach; and its sanctions chiefly relate to the future and eternal world: but civil government and human laws, have authority over the outward conduct, in those things that relate to the welfare of society; and their sanctions are wholly of a temporal kind. Whether we study the book of reason, or that of revelation, we must allow that civil government is the ordinance of God, for the punishment of evil doers, and the protection and praise of those that do well: and when we duly reflect how he accomplishes his purposes by instruments and second causes, as well as by an immediate interposition, we shall perceive, that the existing government, and the persons actually established in authority in any country, are more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 236g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516729
  • 9781236516725