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Page 269 - Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation.
Page 269 - The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.
Page 133 - The reader feels his mind full, though he learns nothing ; and, when he meets it in its new array, no longer knows the talk of his mother and his nurse.
Page 358 - But the youth born and brought up in wicked times, without any bias to good from early principle, or instilled opinion, when they grow ripe must be monsters indeed. And it is to be feared, that age of monsters is not far off.
Page 136 - It can intend nothing befides, nor aim at any thing beyond, nor , be provok'd to any thing contrary. So that we have only to confider, whether there be really fuch a thing as a Mind which has relation to the Whole, or not. For if unhappily there be no Mind, we may comfort our felves, however, that Nature has no Malice : If there be really a MIND, we may reft fatisfy'd, that it is the beft-natur'd one in the World.
Page 265 - And shall not he reckon with those who dare to run without his mission, pretending that they trust they have it, when perhaps they understand not the importance of it ; nay, and perhaps some laugh at it, as an enthusiastical question, who yet will go through with the office ? They come to Christ for the loaves ; they hope to live by the altar and the gospel, how little soever they serve at the one, or preach the other ; therefore they will say any thing that is necessary for qualifying them to this,...
Page 287 - ... that must recommend them to their affections. That a discourse be heard with any life, it must be spoken with some ; and the looks and motions of the eye do carry in them such additions to what is said, that where...
Page 359 - It would be as great rashness to fix a time for the breaking of the storm that hangs over our heads, as it is blindness and infatuation not to see it; not to be aware that it may break. And yet this infatuation has always attended all falling states.
Page 269 - Chrilt by faith, and not for our own works or defervings : wherefore, that we are juftified by faith only, is a moil wholeaq 3 fome fome doftrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely J» eKprefled in the Homily of Juftification*.
Page 288 - ... are shortsighted, have peculiar reasons to avoid it. Indeed almost all persons are accustomed from their early years to read in a different tone, from that in which they speak at other times : and we seldom correct it thoroughly. Or if we did, what we say in such manner as to make it seem the present dictate of our own hearts, will much better make its way into the hearts of others, than if our eyes are fixed all the while on a paper, from which we visibly recite the whole. It will ordinarily...

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