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SOCIAL WORSHIP

AND

ORDINANCES

OBSERVED BY THE FIRST CHRISTIANS,
DRAWN FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES ALONE

AN ATTEMPT TO ENFORCE THEIR DIVINE
OBLIGATION;

ANd TO

REPRESENT THE GUILT AND EVIL CONSEQUENCE)
OF NEGLECTING THEM.

BY JAMES ALEX. HALDANE.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED BT J. RITCHIE.

Sold by Ogle & Aikman, Parliament Square; M. Ogle,
Wilson's Street, Glasgow; R. Ogle, surnstyle, and
Williams & Smith, Stationers Court,
London.

[Price Four Shillings in Hoards ]

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... PREFACE.

The Writer of these pages is aware, that the subject of them is by no means popular, even among those who are esteemed. the disciples of Chrift. Besides the particular prejudices of various persons in favour of their own practice, the subject, by a kind of general consent, has of late years been considered as little connected with practical religion. Whether this has arisen from most parties being conscious that their own modes of worship are little conducive to godliness, and that they cannot be defended from the Scriptures, he presumes not to determine.

The religion of Jesus, in its doctrines, precepts and institutions, is one connected whole; in proportion as one part is overlooked, the force of all wiU be weakened. He who feels, as every Christian must, his proneness to let flip the most important truths of the word of God, will be thankful that the Lord has graciously employed various means to- preserve in our minds the remembrance of them. He has revealed his will in the most engaging and affecting manner, and has also instituted various ordinances of worship, all which represent,, and are memorials of the doctrines of. his ward

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