An affectionate address to church people and dissenters, by a lay churchman [signed J.D.H.H.].

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Page 8 - 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 8 - Albeit that good works, which are the fruits of faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's judgment ; yet -are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively faith ; insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known, as a tree discerned by the fruit.
Page 8 - We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings.
Page 5 - THEY also are to be had accursed, that presume to say, that every man shall be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law, and the light of nature. For holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.
Page 10 - For if the soul desires to be humbled, she hath forms provided of confession to God before his Church ; if she will rejoice and give God thanks for particular blessings, there are forms of thanksgiving for all the solemn occasions, which could be foreseen, and for which provision could by public order be made; if she will commend to God the public and private necessities of the Church, and single persons, the whole body of...
Page 6 - Rom. v. 1, 2. is to be thankful,"* we beseech him to give us that due sense of all his mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we may show forth his praise, not only with our lips but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to his service, and by walking before him in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Page 10 - ... be made ; if she will commend to God the public and private necessities of the Church and single persons, the whole body of collects and devotions supplies...
Page 6 - May he open your heart, that you may discern his holy, and acceptable, and perfect will, that you may have a right judgment in all things, and evermore rejoice in his holy comfort.
Page 8 - that servant which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes ; but he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required ; and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Page 13 - Some of their teachers expressly maintained, that as the elect cannot fall from grace nor forfeit the divine favour, the wicked actions they commit are not really sinful, nor are to be considered as instances of their violation of the divine law ; and that consequently they have no occasion either to confess their sins, or to break them off by repentance.

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