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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:
"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."f
This I have humbly attempted; and, in imitation of a most excellent prelate,J I have adapted my book to all; yet various parts 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, V 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 ali 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. t Acts, xx. 28.
\ Bishop Saunderson, who preached in an appropriate manner, ad aulam, ad clerum, ad populum. See the titles of his Sermoifc. II 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.
the Methodists inculcate, (as the Bishop intimates,)
not erroneously. .... gg
Divine Illumination. ... m
XXVII. On the Difficulties of the Scripture. - - 121
XXVIII. The Omnipresence of God a Doctrine universally allowed; but how is God everywhere present but
by his Spirit, which is the Holy Ghost. - 123
XXIX. the Want of Faith could not be criminal, if it depended only on the Understanding; but Faith is a Virtue, because it originates from virtuous Dispositions favoured by the Holy Spirit. - 127
XXX. Of the scriptural Word " Unction;" its high mysterious Meaing. ... 129
XXXI. On what is called by devout Persons Experience in Religion. .... 131
XXXII. On the Seasons of Grace. - - 135
XXXIII. Of mistaking the effects of imagination for the Seasons of Grace. ... 137
XXXIV. Of seasons of Desertion, or supposed Absence of
XXXV. Of the Doctrine, that the Operations of the Holy
of our own Minds. .... 141
XXXVI. Of devotional Feelings or Sentiments. 144
XXXVII. Of Enthusiasm. ... 147
XXXVIII. Cautions concerning Enthusiasm. . 151
XXXIX. Of being RIGHTEOUS over-much. - 154 XL. All extravagant and selfish Pretensions to the Spirit to
be anxiously avoided, as they proceed from and cherish Pride, and are frequently accompanied with Immorality. 159
XLI. Affected Sanctity, Demureness, Canting, Sourness, 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. - - - 163.
XLII. Bishop Lavington's Opinion, respecting the extravagancies and follies of fanatical Preachers, and pretenders to the Spirit. .... 166
XLIII. Pride the great Obstacle to the general Reception of
the Gospel of Grace. .... 168
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