Sermons, on a Number of Connected Subjects

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 224 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1803 Excerpt: ...they have learnt it. And how much pleasure ido many appear to take in such discourse! how heartily will they laugh, without the least wit, only at uttering or hearing horrid oaths and imprecations! This often seems no less unaccountable, than shocking, to serious people. What pleasure there can be in this way of sinning, or what temptation there can be to it, many have been exceedingly at a loss to conceive. Perhaps the pride of being thought bold and fearless, may have some influence; though very little, one would think, when it is well known that the most despicable of all human beings, very commonly distinguish themselves by this sort of courage, as much as the great and noble, or any men whatever. Of this mystery, the doctrine in our text, I conceive, gives the only true and full solution. Whence is it that men are so much disposed to revile and slander one another, and have generally such a relish for defamation? It is owing to general ill-nature, undoubtedly; and very often to a particular, personal enmity. The pleasure taken in profane discourse, it is very certain must proceed from a similar cause. It gratifies the enmity of the carnal mind against God and religion. Were it not for this enmity, such horrid profanation of sacred things, could afford no delight or entertainment to any mortal. Were men friendly to the Deity, it would, certainly, be most offensive and disgusting to them. 5. From the general love of sin, and hatred of the law of righteousness, this enmity plainly appears-. " Ye that love the Lord," says the psalmist, " hate evil." Nor can any thing be more natural or necessary than that they should. Those who love God with complancency, will hate sin, for what it is in itself: and those who love him with any friendly...

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