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it give us of the weakness of buman nature, that the same persons so frequently bold inconsistent principles ? How many will say the strongest things in favor of an impartial search after trutb, and with the very same breath tell you, It is of no consequence at all, either for time or " eternity, whetber you bold one opinion or another.

These reflections are only designed to procure a candid unprejudiced bearing to what is offered in the following pages, in defence of wbat appears to me the fundamental doctrines of the gospel, which are now so greatly neglected, or so openly despised. I am encouraged to this republication by the great demand ibere has been for some of the pieces, particularly The Essay on Justification.

I must observe bere, that I have received several letters on this subject, desiring that the pbrase imputed righteousness might be changed, as liable to great exceptions ; a request wbicb I would readily bave complied with, if it could be made appear to be either unscriptural or dar.gerous. But as I apprebend it is fully warranted by Rom. iv. 6. and many otber passages ; so I do not see what can be understood by it, different from or more dangerous tban forgiveness of siń and acceptance with God, not for our own but for Christ's sake. As the case stands, therefore it is to be feared, that a studied endeavor to avoid the expression would do more barm on the one band than it could do service on the otber.

In the Treatise on Regeneration, now first published, the same general design is pursued, but in a way more directly practical ; and indeed I am fully convinced, that it is not only of much greater moment to make experimental tban fpeculative Christians, but tbat to explain and enforce the doctrines of the gospel is a better way to produce an unsbaken persuasion of their truth, tban to collect and refute the cavils of adversaries, which, thougb they are often trifling, are notwitbstanding innumerable. I hope this will excuse the introducing several passages of Scripture in the last mentioned Treatise, and applying them on wbat appears to me to be iheir obvious meaning, without taking the least notice of the unwearied pains frequently taken by wire drawing critics to interpret them in a contrary sense.

London, June, 1764.

J. W.

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A Funeral Discourse
By the Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, of New-York.

An Essay on Justification,
To which is prefixed a letter to the Rev. James Hervey.

Treatise on Regeneration.

INTRODUCTION.

CH A P. I.
Some general observations on the metaphor used by the apoftle

John, Except a man be born again ; and the fame or similar
expressions to be found in other parts of the word of God

SECT. I.
From this expression, Except a man be born again, be cannot see

the kingdom of God, we may learn the greatness of that
change which must pass upon every child of Adam, before
he can become an heir of life

SECT. II.
This expression, Except a man be born again, and other similar

expressions, imply that the change here intended is not
merely partial, but universal

SECT. III.
From these words, except a man be born again, be cannot see

the kingdom of God, and other similar expressions in the holy
Scriptures, we may infer that the change here intended is
not merely external and imperfect but, inward, essential and
complete

SECT. IV.
From this metaphor, except a man be born again, be cannot see

the kingdom of God, and other parallel expressions in the holy
Scriptures, we may learn that the change here intended is
supernatural

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In which is shewn wherein this change doth properly and directa ly confift, and what are its principal evidences and fruits

SECT. I Wherein the change in Regeneration doth properly and direct- Jy consist

SECT. II. The second part of this change

SECT. III.
The effects of Regeneration ; with some of the principal evi-
dences of its fincerity

SECT. IV.
A more particular inquiry into what properly constitutes the

fincerity of the change

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of the steps by which this change is accoinplished

SECT. I.
There must be a discovery of the real nature of God

SECT. II.
There must be a discovery of the infinite glory of God

SECT. III.
There must be a conviction of fin and danger

SECT. IV.
Of the degree of forrow for fin in true penitents

Sect. V.
Acceptance of salvation through the cross of Christ

SECT. VI.
How the believer recovers peace of conscience

SECT. VII.
How the Christian is governed in his daily conversation
CONCLUSION

SERMON
Absolute Necessity of Salvation through Christ.
Aas iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other : for

there is none other name under heaven given among men
whereby we must be saved.

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S E RM O .
The Trial of Religious truth by its Moral Influence.
Matth. vii. 20. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them

S E R M O N.
The Charge of Sedition and Faction against good

men, especially faithful ministers, considered and

accounted for. .
Als xvii. 6. last clause. These that have turned the World
upside down are come hither also.

SE R M O N.
Prayer for National Prosperity, and for the Revival

of Religion inseparably connected.
Isaiah li. 9. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the

LORD: Awake as in the ancient days in the generations of old. Art not thou it that hath cut Rahab and wounded the Dragon.

S E R M O N. The Nature and Extent of Visible Religion. Matth. v. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

S E R M O N.

All mankind by Nature under Sin. Romans iii. 23. For all have finned, and come fhort of the glory of God

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The finner without excuse before God.
Pralm cxxx. 3. If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, o
Lord, who shall stand ?

S E R M 0 N

Hope of forgiveness with God.
Psal. cxxx. 4. But there is forgiveness with thee; that thou

mayest be feared

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