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attention of erring and wretched mortals to the gospel of peace. He is justified, not only by the general principles of humanity, but by the particular command of the religion of which he is a minister. Thus saith the apostle:
6 Feed the flock of God, as much as lieth “ in you, taking the oversight thereof, not by “constraint, but willingness; not for FILTHY
LUCRE, but of a ready mind.* Take heed “ to all the flock, over the which the Holy “Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed " the Church of God, which he hath purcha“ sed with his own blood.”+
This I have humbly attempted; and, in imitation of a most excellent prelate, f I have adapted my book to all; yet various parrs of it more particularly to various descriptions of men; some to the great, some to the learned, but the greater part to the people: remembering the Apostle's example, who says, “ To " the weak became I as weak, that I might “gain the weak: I am made all things to all
men, that I might by all means save some; " and this I do for the GOSPEL'S SAKE, that “I might be a partaker thereof with you.”||
* 1 Pet. v. 2.
† Acts, xx. 28. # Bishop Saunderson, who preached in an appropriate manner, ad aulam, ad clerum, ad populum. See the titles of his Sermoi. # 1 Cor. xi. 22.
And now, readers, before you proceed any farther, let me be permitted to say to you, “ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and “ the love of God, and the fellowship of the
Holy Ghost, be with you,” in your progress through this book, and also through life, even to its close.
Censoriousness, ignorant and illiterate Preaching, no
Marks of a State of Grace, but contribute to bring
the whole Doctrine of Divine Energy into Contempt,
and to diffuse infidelity.
XLII. Bishop Lavington's Opinion, respecting the extrava-
gancies and follies of fanatical Preachers, and pre-
tenders to the Spirit.
XLIII. Pride the great Obstacle to the general Reception of
the Gospel of Grace.
XLIV. The universal Prevalence of the Holy Spirit-the
genuine Grace of the Gospel-highly conducive to the
happiness of civil Society, as well as of individuals. 171