Christian liberty, a sermon

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Page 106 - Hence complaints arose against these institutions of pietism, as if, under a striking appearance of sanctity, they led the people into false notions of religion...
Page 115 - Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets ; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish : for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
Page 107 - ... of their efforts towards the attainment of religious feelings and habits. But as it is the fate of all those denominations by which peculiar sects are distinguished to be variously and often very improperly applied, so the title "Pietist...
Page 108 - ... the government of the church and those who sat at the helm of the state. These apprehensions were justified by this important consideration, that the pious and well-meaning persons who composed these assemblies had indiscreetly admitted into their community a parcel of extravagant and hot-headed fanatics, who foretold the approaching destruction of Babel (by which they meant the Lutheran church), terrified the populace with fictitious visions, assumed the authority of prophets honoured with a...
Page 106 - Pietists was first invented ; it may, at least, be affirmed, that it was not commonly known before this period. It was at first applied by some giddy and inconsiderate persons to those who frequented the Biblical Colleges, and lived in a manner suitable to the instructions and exhortations that were addressed to them in these seminaries of piety. It was afterwards...
Page 32 - Behold, we shew you a mystery. After the first experience of the grace that cometh from thus hearing the word of God, you will no longer sleep, but you will be changed as in a moment by the mighty working of that faith which subdueth all things to itself. In the twinkling of an eye you will be raised from the death of Heathenish ignorance and antiscriptural corruption, into the life of the new creature in Christ Jesus* When the champions of Vital Christianity are called upon to vindicate these invidious...
Page 126 - Now that cards and dice are, of themselves, lawful, I do not know any reason to doubt. For if they be unlawful, it is because they are forbidden, or because there is in them something that is forbidden. They are no where of themselves forbidden : and what is in them that is criminal or suspicious ? Is it because there is chance and contingency in them : There is so in all human affairs ; in merchandise ; in laying wagers; in all consultations and wars; in journeys
Page 124 - ... unjustifiable partiality, to maintain, that even all those that professed, in general, this absurd doctrine, were chargeable with that furious and brutal extravagance which has been mentioned as the character of too great a part of their sect. This was by no means the case ; several of these enthusiasts discovered a milder and more pacific spirit, and were free from any other reproach, than that which resulted from the errors they maintained, and their too ardent desire of spreading them among...
Page 102 - Acts xvi. 17The most opprobrious epithet which the Jews thought they could give our Saviour, was to call him a Samaritan. " Thou " art a Samaritan, and hast a devil.
Page 28 - I do not say that that they believe in the miracles of St. Ignatius or St. Dominic ; but they believe in daily miracles performed among themselves : ? in preternatural effusions of the Spirit, in hourly and especial Providences, in sudden celestial influences and impulses, in divine visitations of favour or of vengeance.

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