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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1801 Excerpt: ...speak well of you! for so did their fathers "to the false prophets." LuKEvi. 22, 23, and 26. This is a true setch of the devil's, to persuade men that the reproach of Christ is a hindrance to the course of the gospel, by which he endeavours to make void the cross of Christ: whereas on the contrary, every one of us must most certainly believe that he can do nothing at all to the purpose, as long as he resuses to wear this badge of Christ. We must resolutely break through all oppositions surrounding us, and take up the reproach of Christ, before we can expect that the sull blessing of the gospel should attend our endeavours. 7 'However, by this way of being reserved, and not exposing ourselves, some may be won.' Ans. I sear thou wilt only make hypocrites like thyself; men that are ashamed of Christ and his word, and unwilling to suffer any any persecution for the cross of Christ, and yet arc at the fame time vainly puffed up with some knowledge of truth. But if once thou canst resolve with boldness and an unshaken presence of mind to break loose from the bondage of searsulness, and thus to evidence thy faith, by taking to thee the reproach of Christ, then others waxing confident by thy sufferings, will be the more emboldened to speak the word without sear. Philip, i. 14. But as long as this is not done, thou wilt not be trusted by any of God's real children. For a servant of God must be tried and approved by suffering. 8 'We must not expose ourselves, and let others make fools of us, for how then shall we be in a condition to edify them.' Ans. This is a common objection with them, who by the sear of man, suffer themselves to be kept back from their real conversion. True it is we ought not to do any thing, that is weak or foolish, I mean that is cont...
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