Practical Discourses on All the Parts and Offices of the Liturgy of the Church of England

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 534 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. 1837. Excerpt: ... both which, being out of the right way, and wandering in the bypaths of sin and error, call for our pity, and need our prayers. The second sort is 'such as are deceived' by the subtlety of others. Of this kind, there have been many the beginning of Christianity. Our Saviour cautioned his disciples against being deceived by any, telling them, that 'many would come in his name, and deceive many, ' Matt. xxiv. 5; yea, that there should arise false Christs and false prophets, ' that would 'show such great signs and wonders, as, if it were possible, would deceive the very elect, ' verse 24. Some, he tells us, 'will come in sheep's clothing, ' to betray the flock into their clutches by outward shows, when ' inwardly they were ravenous wolves, ' Matt. vii. 15; designing to devour whom they pretend to feed. St. Paul foretold, that 'after his departing, grievous wolves would enter in, not sparing the flock; also of their own selves would men arise, speaking perverse things to draw disciples after them, ' Acts. xx. 29, 30; and therefore he advised the Romans to 'mark them that caused divisions among them, and avoid them; for they that are such, serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and with good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.' Rom. xvi. 18, 19. In the Epistle to the Ephesians, he speaks of the ' sleight of men, and the cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, ' Eph. iv. 14; meaning, the arts and diligence of deceives to draw men into the snares of error and deceit, by which they become ' like children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine: ' working upon them with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, ' 2 Thess. ii. 10, with Ivipytia rije?rAavtie, with all the power and efficacy o...

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