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65 Inasmuch as we cannot know the things of the 66 Spirit, without a spiritual discernment *, prayer “ is, in the first place, necessary to obtain a right * judgment of them. Before, therefore, you de“ termine to stop your ears against your minifter, 6 go and earnestly intreat the Lord, that “the eyes « of your understanding being enlightened, you

may know of the doctrine, whether it be of « God +.” You may put off these things with a “ laugh and a fneer, and brand them with what ig“ nominious name you please. This will be no

argument, I will not say of religion, but even of 6. good sense or good manners.

I would warn you also, that you cannot so put off the awful “ concerns of death, judgment, and eternity! “ However you may now refuse to listen to your “ minister, there is a time-coming when God will « be heard, and it becomes you to consider, how

you will answer to him, for the contempt thus " put upon his wordt."

In the mean time, I am thankful, that so many of you have embraced them, and I do not despair of this being the case with many others, even after I shall have ceased to exist. I « cast my bread on 6. the waters ;” and doubt not, that it will be found * after many days f." Should my life be spared, I fhall hope, by divine grace, to add to these fermons a second volume, of such as have likewise been

preached * 1 Cor. ii. 14. + Eph. i. 18. Jelin vii. 17

See « A Parochial Minister's Address to bis Paris fhioners," published at Leicester about twenty years ago Edit: 3d, page 8th and gth.

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Preached to you. Weak and imperfect as there discourses are, it is possible that, by the blessing of God, your children's children may be the better for them; and that some may meet me, in the realms of glory, who may have ascribed their first religious impressions to the perufal of them. They will probably be read by fome persons with less prejudice than they have been heard; and will, at least, be received, as a well-meant endeavour for their real and lasting advantage. God knows that “ my heart's desire, and frequent prayer to “ Him for you is, that you may be faved *." I can safely appeal to him for the fincerity with which I have laboured after the salvation of your fouls. This has been my only object which ! have pursued, and will pursue, through“ evil

report, and good report t." I have fought not yours,

but you I; and have been, and am, willing to spend and be “ spent for you, although 6 the more abundantly I love some of you, the “ less I be loved f." ' I have a watched for your “ fouls, as one that must give account.” “. Know

ing the terror of the Lord, I have persuaded “ you to flee from the wrath to come (a).” And, “ I take you to record this day,” that, as I have been willing to please you all, as far as I could do it " for your good, to edification (6),” so “ I “ have not fhunned to declare unto you all the “ counsel of God (c),” that if any of you perish

in a 3 * Rom. 8. 1.

+ 2 Cor: ji: 14. See 1 Pet. v. 2, &c. John iv. 35, 36. | 2 Cor. vi. 8. | 2 Cor. 12. 150 Heb. xiii. 17

(a) 2 Cor. v. 10, 13. (6) Rom, XV, 24 (c) Acts xx, 26, 27.

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in your sins, I be able to say, “ Your blood! 6 be upon your own heads :: I am clean *."

I dare not preach or publish any thing, but she “ truth, as it is in Jesus + :" but still, I would with ever to “.fpeak the truth iny love I." I dare not " pervert or conceal the gospel of Christ.” Does not the apostle fay, Woe is me, if I preacht “ not the gospel ç!”. “ Though we, or an angels 6 from heaven, preach any other gospel unto,

you, than that which we have preached unto

you, let him be accursed. As we said before, « so say I now again,. If any man preach any 66 other gospel unto you, than that ye have receiv"ed, let him be accursed || ?" Does he not say, « Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers 66 of Christ; and stewards of the mysteries of “ God: moreover, it is required, in stewards, that

a man be found faithful (a) ?" How then should I dare to be otherwise! How should I: dare to

keep back any thing that may be profitable for .you!(6)”. How should I, in that case, “ deliver “ my own soul!” “ If I give you not warning," will not your 6. blood be required at my “ hands (c)? Should I not equally degrade my character as a minister of the Church of Chrift, and of the Church of England ? Should I not be your very worst enemy? “ Whether you will hear, 6.or whether you will forbear (d)." I must do my

duty, | Ver. 15 See. 6, & 7.

* Aas xviii, 6. + Eph. iv. 21, f 1. Cor. ix. 6.

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(a) 1 Cor. iv. i, & 2. (6) ACES XX..20. (c) See Eżek. ii. 16, &c. xxxiiii 1 to 12. Dan, xii. 3. (d) Ezek, ij. 5, & 7. iii. 11.

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duty, in making known the mystery of the gos*pel, for which I am an amballador;!' and hope to-*lpeak boldly, as I ought to speak *.*

Our Bishop, in his first charge +, reminds his. clergy, that s the doctrines which we are bound,

by our duty to God, and to the laws of our “ country, and the engagements of our holy pro« feffion; to inculcate and maintain, have been

of late years, too much neglected.” And; in his last charge I, he tells us, “ It is incumbent on 6 us to present them frequently to our congregastions ; to impress them on their minds with all

energy we can derive from language; with " all the affection they are calculated to inspire," &c. And, at our ordination, all the ministers of the Church of England are thus folemnly exhorted by their diocesan 66. See that you never

your labour, your care, and diligence, until you have done all that lieth in you, according

your bounden duty, to bring all such as are or shall be committed to your charge, unto that agreement in the faith and knowledge of God, and to that ripeness and perfectness of age in

Christ, that there be no place left among you, h. either for error in religion, or for viciousness of “ life." And, we are reminded, at the same time, " If it shall happen, the same Church, or any mem"ber thereof, do take any hurt or hindrance, by

Teason of our negligence, we know the greatness W of the fault, and also ihe horrible punishment' W that will ensue g.”

Oh! Eph. vi. 19, & 20. + Page 28 | Page 22, &c.

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Oh! my dear friends, I “ have been with you, “ in weakness, and fear, and much trembling, “ And my speech, and my preaching, have not “ been with enticing words of man's wisdom." God grant that they may have been, and may still be, “in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power ; " that your faith may not stand in the wisdom of “ men, but in the power of God *;" that, when we appear together, on the great day, before our common Judge, none of you may have to accuse me of unfaithfulness, or wilful neglect ! that 1

may not have to testify against the final impenitency and unbelief of any of you! that fuch of you as have partly embraced the gospel of Christ, being firmly persuaded, in your minds, of the truths which you hear delivered, may become obedient to it in all things; and may experience all its divine consolations, and support, both in time and eternity, while such of you as are Christians indeed, may 6 grow in grace," until

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become fully 6 meet to be partakers of the inheritance of * the faints in light + !" God grant! that we may all finally enjoy this, “ through fanétification of 6 the Spirit, and belief of the truth I.," for the fake of Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour! Such is the prayer of

Your affectionate,
Though unworthy Minister,

N. HOLLINGSWORTH, xxiii. . 30, & 31.- -xių. 10, & id, xiv. 14, 15, & 16. Ifa. lvi. 10, 11, 12. Ezek. chapters xiii, & xxxiv.

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