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ASTOR, LENOX AN
The Grounds of the Lord's Controversy with this Church and Land, in respect of the Prevalence of Error, the abounding of Immoralities, Contempt of the glorious Gospel, Breach of solemn Engagements, awful Abuse of God's Goodness, c.
The Duty of Saints and SINNERS in the Prospect
of threatened Strokes on these Accounts. Preached from different Texts of Scripture, and on
feveral Occasions, particularly Fast-days.
By the late Reverend and Learned
Minister of the Gospel at ETTRICK,
of Works and Grace. Now first published from the Author's original Manu
scripts, as peculiarly applicable to the present Times.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit faith unto the
churches, Rev. iii. 22.
Printed by and for JOHN GRAY.
[Price Eightpence] TRANSFER FROM LENOX.
THE following sermons were lent to the prefacer
by the Rev. Mr Michael Boston, the author's grandson. The perusal of them in the original manuscript gave him so much pleasure, and they appeared to be so applicable to the case of the present time, that he could not refift an inclination to transcribe them, and give them to the publisher. They are transcribed without any additions or alterations whatever, except what are merely verbal: so that the difcourses are the genuine composition of the worthy author, whose praise is in all the churches.
The reader will fee from the titles and dates of the several sermons, that they were preached at different times, and on various occasions, particularly on days of solemn fasting : on which it is rational to think, that so holy and judicious a minister, so accurate an observer of the times, one whose heart glowed with zeal for the glory of God, the purity and peace of the church, and the advantage of his country, would freely declare his opinion as to the state of public matters, and the evidences of the divine displeasure with the generation.
In the first sermon the author has in view the injury he supposed was done to gospel-truth by the acts of affembly
, 1720 and 1722, in condemning a book, entitled, The Marrow of modern Divinity, wherein the two following propositions were stigmatized as erroneous, viz. That as the law is the covenant of works, believers are wholly and altogether set free from it; and, That believers are set free both from the commanding and condemning power of the covenant of works; and by a former assembly's. condemning as unsound and most detestable another propofition, that it is not found and orthodox to teach, that we must forsake fin in order to our coming to Shrift. Our author has illustrated and vindicated