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9. Bishop Bull's opinion on the Evidence of the Spirit of

God on the Mind of Man, and its union with it; the

loss of that Spirit by Adam's fall, and the recovery

of it by Christ . . . . . 51

10. The opinions of Bishop Pearson and Doctor Scott,

author of the Christian Life, and an Advocate for

natural Religion, against spiritual Pretensions : 56

11. Opinion of Bishop Sanderson on the impossibility of

becoming a Christian without supernatural assistance 59

12. Bishop Smalridge on the absolute Necessity of Grace 62

13. Human Learning highly useful, and to be pursued

with all Diligence, but cannot, of itself, furnish

Evidences of Christianity completely satisfactory,

like those which the Heart of the good Christian

feels from the divine influence : with the opinion of

Doctor Isaac Watts . . . . 69

14. The opinion of Dr. Lucas, the celebrated author of a

Treatise on “ Happiness,” concerning the Evidence

of Christianity arising from Divine Communication. 78

15. Passages from a well-known Book of an anonymous

Author, entitled Inward Testimony . .

16. Dr. Townson's Opinion on the Evidence which is in

this Book recommended as superior to all other . 84

17. Dr. Doddridge on the doctrine of Divine Influence .

18. The Opinion of Soame Jenyns on the fundamental

Principles of Christianity . . . 91

19. The opinion of Bishop Horsley on the prevalent neg.

lect of teaching the peculiar doctrines of Chris-

tianity, under the idea that moral duties constitute

the whole or the better part of it. Among the pe-

culiar doctrines is evidently included that of grace,

which the Methodists inculcate, (as the bishop inti-

mates,) not erroneously . . . . 93

20. The Church of England teaches the true Doctrine of

Grace

. . . . 99

21. On the Means of obtaining the Evidence of Christianity,

. afforded by the Holy Spirit . . . 104

CONTENTS.

22. Temperance necessary to the reception and continuance

of the Holy Spirit in the heart ; and consequently to

the Evidence of Christianity afforded by Divine Il-

lumination . . . . . . 108

23. On improving afflictions duly, as a Means of Grace

and belief in the Gospel . . . . 110

24. On Devotion—a Means, as well as an Effect, of Grace

-no sincere religion can subsist without it. . 113

25. On Divine Attraction

. . . 116

26. On the Difficulties of the Scripture . . . 119

27. The Omnipresence of God a Doctrine universally al.

lowed; but how is God every where present but by

his Spirit, which is the Holy Ghost ? . . 122

28. The Want of Faith could not be criminal, if it de-

pended only on the understanding; but Faith is a

Virtue, because it originates from virtuous Dispo-

sitions favoured by the Holy Spirit . 126

29. Of the Scriptural Word Unction;' its high myste.

rious Meaning . .

. . 128

30. On what is called by devout persons Experience in Re-

ligion . . . . . 130

31. On the Seasons of Grace

. . 135

32. Of mistaking the Effects of Imagination for the Seasons

of Grace .

. . . 137

33. Of Seasons of Desertion or supposed Absence of the

Spirit .

. .

. . 140

34. Of the Doctrine that the Operations of the Holy Spirit

are never distinguishable from the operations of our

own Minds

.

. .

. 142

35. Of Devotional Feelings or Sentiments . . 146

36. Of Enthusiasm . . . . . 149

37. Cautions concerning Enthusiasm . . . 154

38. Of being Righteous overmuch

. 158

39. All extravagant and selfish Pretensions to the Spirit to

be anxiously avoided, as they proceed from and

cherish Pride, and are frequently accompanied with

Immorality

. . . . . 163

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40. Affected Sanctity, Demureness, Canting, Sourness,

Censoriousness, ignorant and illiterate Preaching,

no marks of a State of Grace, but contribute to ·

bring the whole Doctrine of Divine Energy into

contempt, and to diffuse Infidelity . . 166

41. Bishop Lavington's Opinion, respecting the Extrava-

gancies and Follies of fanatical Preachers, and Pre-

tenders to the Spirit . . . . 170

42. Pride the great Obstacle to the general Reception of

the Gospel of Grace . . . . 172

43. The universal Prevalence of the Holy Spirit—the ge-

nuine Grace of the Gospel-highly conducive to

the happiness of civil Society, as well as of Indivi-

duals .

.

. . 176

44. Of Holiness—its true Meaning and absolute Necessity 180

45. Of a good Heart

wood Heart

.

. . . 184

46. On the superior Morality of the Christian Philosophy 188

47. The true Genius and Spirit of Christianity productive

of a certain tenderness of Conscience, or feeling of

Rectitude, more favourable to right Conduct, than

any Deductions of unassisted Reason or heathen

Morality . . . . . 191

48. The great Advantage of Christian Philosophy being

taught by a commanding authority . 194

49. Morality, or obedience to the Commandments of God

in social Intercourse and Personal Conduct, re-

markably insisted upon in the Gospel . . 199

50. Unbelievers not to be addressed merely with subtle

Reasoning, which they always oppose in its own

way, not to be ridiculed, not to be treated with seve-

rity, but to be tenderly and affectionately exhorted

to prepare their hearts for the reception of the in-

ward Witness, and to relume the Light of Life,

which they have extinguished, or rendered faint,

through Pride, Vice, or total Neglect . . 201

51. Of the inadequate idea entertained by many respect-

able persons concerning Christianity ; with a sug-

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