Lectures on the Gospel of St. Matthew: Delivered in the Parish Church of St. James, Westminister, in the Years 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Lectures on the Gospel of St. Matthew: Delivered in the Parish Church of St. James, Westminister, in the Years 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801

Every friend to religion, morality, good order, and good government, and more especially Of the ministers of the Gospel, to exert every power and every talent with which God had blessed them, in order to counteract the baneful effects of those pestilential writings, which every day issued from the press; to give some check to the growing relaxation of public manners to state plainly and forcibly the evidences of our faith, and the genuine doctrines of our religion, the true principles Of submission to our lawful governors, the mode of conduct in every relation of life which the Gospel prescribes to us; and to vindicate the truth, dignity, and divine authority Of the sacred writings. All this, after much deliberation, I conceived could in no other way be so effectually done as by having recourse to those writings themselves, by going back to the very fountain of truth and holiness, and by drawing from that sacred source the proofs Of its own celestial origin, and all the evangelical virtues springing from it, and branching out into the various duties Of civil, social, and domestic life.

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