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Supper of the Lord. 12. The doctrine of the Sacra-
ments.

« The liberal spirit of the times has encouraged coalition
“ among different denominations of Christians in enlightened
“ efforts of benevolence. This coalition cannot but be at-
“ tended with favourable effects, where the members of each
« denomination are well acquainted with the ground on
“ which its own distinguishing views and practices are as-
“ sumed. Bat when that ground has little if at all occupied
“ the attention, the cooperation tends not to the establish-
“ment of each, but to the establishment of that which is
“ most generally supported and most extensively patronized,
• and to the proportionate diminution of the rest. And it
“ is to be observed, that the enlargement alluded to is not
“ that which arises from the dissemination of knowledge,
“ but that which is occasioned by the neglect of inquiry.”
Winter's Pastoral Letters, Pref. p. viii.

SERMON VI.

THE MANNERS OF THE AGE COMPARED WITH THE

SCRIPTURES.

2 Tim. iii. 4, 5..
Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a

form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.

Triumphs of Christianity.--Its failures foretold, espe-
cially in 2 Tim. iii. 1-5. I. Inquiry naturally suggested
by this prophecy; of which the terms may be resolved
into a love of pleasure, and a zeal for the form of god-
liness.-Under what restrictions the prophecy may be
supposed to be fulfilled. II. The prophecy applied, and
the application confirmed by specific instances of con-
duct not conformable with the Scriptural rules. 1. The

EXTRACT

FROM

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF THE LATE

REV. JOHN BAMPTON,

CANON OF SALISBURY.

-“I give and bequeath my Lands and “ Estates to the Chancellor, Masters, and Scho“ lars of the University of Oxford for ever, to “ have and to hold all and singular the said “ Lands or Estates upon trust, and to the in“ tents and purposes hereinafter mentioned ; “ that is to say, I will and appoint that the “ Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford “ for the time being shall take and receive all “ the rents, issues, and profits thereof, and (after “all taxes, reparations, and necessary deduc“tions made) that he pay all the remainder to “the endowment of eight Divinity Lecture “ Sermons, to be established for ever in the said “ University, and to be performed in the man“ ner following:

“I direct and appoint, that, upon the first “ Tuesday in Easter Term, a Lecturer be yearly “ chosen by the Heads of Colleges only, and by “ no others, in the room adjoining to the Print“ing-House, between the hours of ten in the " morning and two in the afternoon, to preach “ eight Divinity Lecture Sermons, the year fol“ lowing, at St. Mary's in Oxford, between the “ commencement of the last month in Lent 66 Term, and the end of the third week in Act - Term.

“ Also I direct and appoint, that the eight “ Divinity Lecture Sermons shall be preached “ upon either of the following Subjects—to con“ firm and establish the Christian Faith, and to “ confute all heretics and schismatics—upon the “ divine authority of the holy Scriptures—upon * the authority of the writings of the primitive • Fathers, as to the faith and practice of the pri“ mitive Church-upon the Divinity of our Lord “ and Saviour Jesus Christ-upon the Divinity “ of the Holy Ghost-upon the Articles of the “ Christian Faith, as comprehended in the “ Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.

“ Also I direct, that thirty copies of the eight “ Divinity Lecture Sermons shall be always

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