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ham, of what the human heart is at length capable. Let him implore of God the gift of his Spirit, ere he be delivered over to final obduracy! Let him pray that that conscience, which he has done so much to harden, may not be finally seared! Let him open, with holy submission, the word of God which he has so long neglected. And thus, in genuine abhorrence of his past sins, let him lay his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. Deplorable as his situation may be, still let him not despair of that abundant mercy of God in Christ Jesus, which is able to pardon and renew the chief of sinners; but, obediently employing every means of religious improvement, let him look up to God for that direction and grace which may enable him to return to the paths of rectitude, dispose him to repair, in every possible manner, the injuries he may have done to his family and to the community, and lead him to that true contrition for sin, that humble faith in the satisfaction of Jesus Christ, and that renovation of heart and life by the operation of the Holy Ghost, which can alone heal his wounded spirit, instil peace and tranquillity into his heart, make him holy and happy on earth, and prepare him for the presence and enjoyment of God in heaven!
THE MOST REV. THE ARCHBISHOPS,
THE RIGHT REV. THE BISHOPS,
THE REV. THE CLERGY,
THE OTHER MEMBERS
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN
Inconsistencies and Contradictions
WHICH HAVE APPEARED OF LATE IN SOME OF THE
BOOKS AND TRACTS
Of that Society.
FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1816.
It is with pain I venture to call the attention of the Members of the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge to a circumstance which, if it be not speedily and effectually remedied, cannot fail to prove highly injurious to its interests. I allude to the adoption and circulation by the Society of a Tract, by Dr. Mant, on the subject of Regeneration; the main positions of which appear to me to be in open hostility to nearly fifty of its previous publications.
Having been for many years a member of the Society, I have seen and rejoiced in its growing prosperity. It seems to me, however, absolutely essential to the continuance of that prosperity, that the Society should at least maintain consistency with itself in the doctrines which it circulates. Its Bibles and Prayerbooks, indeed, admit of no alteration. But if palpable contradictions shall appear in its books