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THE POWER OF MAN TO DO THE WILL OF GOD,

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Richard Taylor and Co., Printers, Shoo-Lune, London.

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MY CHRISTIAN BRETHREN, In all theological controversies our appeal lics to the Bille, which contains the writings of the inspired prophets, and of the apostles and evangelists, who have recorded the precepts and doctrines of Christ, To those who lived in the times in which these books were published, they were, no doubt, very intelligible ; the language in which they are written, and the customs to which they allude, being perfectly known to them. But what was easy to them, a long course of time has rendered extremely difficult to us, who use a very different language, and whose manners

and customs are so exceedingly unlike those of the · Jews. On this account, it may puzzle the greatest

scholar of the present age to make out the sense of a
passage of scripture, which could not but have been
perfectly understood by the most illiterate person in
that age. In this state of things, the ignorant and
unlearned are very liable to wrest the scriptures, as
the apostle Peter says they ever have done, while good
sense and sound learning often maintain a very
unequal contest.
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