The Works of Thomas Chalmers, D. D., Minister of the Tron Church, Glasgow: Complete in One Volume (Classic Reprint)

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We shall conclude this part of our sub jcet with two observations.

First. The efforts of naturemay, in point of inadequacy, be compared to the applica tion of snow water. Yet there is a practical mischief'here, in which the zeal of contro versy, bent on its one point, and its one principle, may unconsciously inv'olve us. We are not, in pursuit of any argument whatever, to lose sight of efi'orts. We are not to deny them the place, and the im portance which the Bible plainly assigns to them; nor are we to forbear insisting upon their performance by men, previous to con version, and in the very act of conversion, and in every period of the progress, how ever far advanced it may be, of the new creature in Jesus Christ our Lord.\ We Speak just now of men, previous to con version, and we call to your remembrance the example of John the Baptist. The in judicious way in which the doings of men have been spoken of, has had practically this effect on many an inquirer. Since do ing is of so little consequence, let us even abstain from it. Now the forerunner of Christ spake a very different language. He unceasingly called upon the people to do; and this was the very preaching which the divine wisdom appointed as a preparation for the Saviour. He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

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