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seems just in the sight of men, God condemns * this presumption, and boast of pride.'— Pre'sume not on your own righteousness to reign :' (that is, as your title to the kingdom of God :)

Presume not on the mercy of God to sin.' There is not one clause, in the whole passage, that does not coincide with the views of most Calvinists on these subjects, especially those of the evangelical clergy. Even among such Calvinists, or others, as hold evangelical doctrines in a manner which is justly considered as Antinomian, very few indeed would adopt the language which Augustine puts into the mouths of Antinomians of his day. But I may be bold to say, that Great Britain produces no set of men, who more decidedly, particularly, and constantly, testify against this perversion of the gospel, and every variety of it; by sermons and publications of various kinds; than the evangelical clergy. It would be easy to prove this by quotations ; but the appeal is made to our printed works in general ; some of which, at least, our opposers ought to read carefully, before they undertake to confute or condemn us." Let no 'man deceive you with vain words,” except you ' are partakers of repentance, and “ bring forth

fruits meet for repentance," all your religion is 'vain, your hopes presumptuous, and your de

struction inevitable, whatever other attainments, 'gifts, or experiences you may have to boast of, or to buoy up your confidence. All other appearances, (of repentance,) whether of terror is* suing in self-dependence, and neglect of Christ; • or of supposed evangelical humiliation, issuing ' in professed dependence on Christ and free

our believing, and relates to his giving us, “ the “ Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” to quicken us from the death of sin, that we may repent, believe, and obey; and the promise is to those who do repent, believe, and obey.]

AUGUSTINE. "The wicked, who have faith.' Fidelium iniquorum.

What a lamentable thing it is, that in every age there should be great numbers, to whom this description in some sense may be applied! They assent to the truth of Christianity in general, and to many of its doctrines : they are not infidels : they have a notional faith, but they are wicked men; that is, they live in the habitual practice of sin, and neglect of their duty to God and man, and are worldly, and ungodly, and selfish, in their whole conduct. There are no doubt many of this description among Calvinists; but there is, at leást, as large a proportion among Anticalvinists; and especially among those who oppose the doctrine of justification by faith, and salvation by grace alone. They profess to depend on good works, yet neglect to practise them; as if the very scarcity of them would enhance their value! Yet they encourage themselves in this strange inconsistent course of life by a presumptuous reliance on the mercy of God; and soothe their consciences by the idea, that, as professed Christians, they shall not be judged by the strict and holy law of God, but by some milder and more pliable rule! What millions of these antinomian professors of Christianity are there at this day, in the visible church! Even if he should happen to fulfil all which

· August. Ref. 425.

seems just in the sight of men, God condemns

this presumption, and boast of pride.'- Pre'sume not on your own righteousness to reign :' (that is, as your title to the kingdom of God :)

Presume not on the mercy of God to sin.' There is not one clause, in the whole passage, that does not coincide with the views of most Calvinists on these subjects, especially those of the evangelical clergy. Even among such Calvinists, or others, as hold evangelical doctrines in a manner which is justly considered as Antinomian, very few indeed would adopt the language which Augustine puts into the mouths of Antinomians of his day. But I may be bold to say, that Great Britain produces no set of men, who more decidedly, particularly, and constantly, testify against this perversion of the gospel, and every variety of it; by sermons and publications of various kinds; than the evangelical clergy. It would be easy to prove this by quotations ; but the appeal is made to our printed works in general ; some of which, at least, our opposers ought to read carefully, before they undertake to confute or condemn us." Let no 'man deceive you with vain words,” except you

are partakers of repentance, and “ bring forth ‘fruits meet for repentance,” all your religion is 'vain, your hopes presumptuous, and your de

struction inevitable, whatever other attainments, * gifts, or experiences you may have to boast of, 'or to buoy up your confidence. All other ap'pearances, (of repentance,) whether of terror is'suing in self-dependence, and neglect of Christ; 'or of supposed evangelical humiliation, issuing ‘in professed dependence on Christ and free

grace, while sin is not abhorred and avoided, 'nor holiness loved and practised ; are superficial and hypocritical.' 'Let no repentance then satisfy any man, which does not endear Christ and universal holiness ; and divorce the heart from every sin, especially that which was before the 'customary and beloved sin.' - Though God is "“ rich in mercy;” though there is “ plenteous

redemption" in the blood of Christ; yet neither the mercy of God, nor the blood of Christ, will 'avail for any except the penitent: to others all

the threatenings of the law alone belong; nor have they any part or lot in the gospel, except the deeper condemnation of “ neglecting so 'great salvation,” and abusing the mercy of God, and the redemption of Christ, into an encouragement to continue in sin.'—Every serious student of the scriptures must have observed, that they always represent repentance and faith

as inseparably connected.'— True repentance is ra believing repentance, true faith is a penitent

faith.' - Faith comes at the Lord's call, uses his appointed means, waits in his way, stays his

time, perseveres under every delay and discou'ragement. “ Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” The wise man 2 is the true Christian : his faith is living and obedient, and raises a permanent structure, which all the storms of life and death shall assail in 'vain. But foolish men, professing to build on the tried foundation which God hath laid, deceive themselves with notions, and with a dead Discourse on Repentance, by the Author, first published 1785.

• Matt. vii. 2427.

(faith ; their presumptuous confidence and dis

obedient profession will make way for the awful ‘fall of their fair but baseless edifice in the great • decisive day; and unutterable anguish and de

spair will seize on them—when the angry Judge shall leave them speechless, while with an awful

frown he will say, “I never knew you : depart * from me, all ye workers of iniquity."_ What a

wonderful sight is in this chapter2 set before us! * The long-expected seed, the child of promise,

the well-beloved Isaac, now grown up to matu‘rity, and entwining every day more closely round

the tender affections of his parents, of which he was justly deserving; nay, the church's hope, "and the declared progenitor of Him, “ in whom * all the families of the earth are blessed ;" bound, “ laid on the altar, and mildly expecting the fatal blow from the hand of his loving father; who, with collected firmness and intrepid resolution, takes the knife to shed his blood, and prepares immediately to kindle that fire which is to con* sume him to ashes ! For this singular conduct. * Abraham could render no other reason than the express command of God: nor was there any

other principle of obedience to that extraordinary * command (an obedience never equalled by mere man,) than faith; an unshaken belief of the Lord's testimony; a firm expectation of the accomplishment of his promises; and a full confidence in his wisdom, power, and love. Though * the command seemed to run counter to those • promises, Abraham knew that it only seemed to

do so; and that the Lord would take care to 'Warrant and nature of faith, by the same. Gen. xxii.

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