Excerpt from Theology, Vol. 4 of 4: Explained and Defended, in a Series of Sermons
From these considerations, arises the importance of inculcating much, and often, the preceptive 'art of the Scriptures, from the Desk. I well know, that preac ing of this nature has been op. Posed, and censured, by individuals, in several classes of chﬂs tians. By Antinomiam it may be consistently censured. As these men suppose themselves released from the Law of God, as a rule of duty, by the gracious dispensation of the Gospel they have considered the preaching of the Law as useless, and even as mischievous. Such sermons as have urged the religious and moral duties of man, they have st led legal sermons, and those who have delivered them, lega? Preachers. By this language they have intended to insinuate, or Openly to declare, that the co sign of such preaching was the establishment of the doctrine, that we are justified by works of Law and the subversion of the Evangelical doctrine, that we are justified by grace, throu hfaith in the Redeemer. That men have urged obedience tot e Pre cepts of the Scriptures, with this design, I shall not question, any more than that the same men have pursued the same design by descanting on the doctrines of the Scriptures; and even on those, which are purely Evangelical. But, that inculcating the practical duties, which are required of mankind in the Scriptures, Is, in this sense, legal reaching, I wholl deny. If this IS its true charac ter, Christ Himself was a legai'preacher. This Glorious Person in his own discourses has given these prece ts, expatiated upon them, and urged obedience to them upon man ind, in a vast multi tude of forms, to a great extent, and with unrivalled force and beauty. His Sermon on the Mount is an illustrious, and pre-em inent example of this nature.
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