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St. James ii. 26.
faith without good works is dead also.
Titus iii. 8.
will that thou affirm constantly, that they
ROM the first rise of christianity down to SERM. this present time, there has always existed a set of designing or deluded men, calling themselves christians, who have maintained the doctrine of faith in opposition to that of good works; who have imagined, or preVOL I.
SERM. tended to imagine, that a belief in the life,
death, and resurrection of our Saviour, and
This doctrine of theirs they have ground-
mercy; a lively faith in the merits of our SERM.
I. Redeemer is alone requisite on our parts; what we do is out of the question; we have but firmly to believe, and we shall be entitled to an inheritance of life eternal,
I propose in this discourse to endeavour to overthrow this pernicious opinion, first, by explaining what learned men have in ge. neral agreed to be the real meaning of the
appear to make for it: secondly, by laying before you some strong and clear quotations from the scriptures, in which the virtues of a good life are insisted on as indispensably necessary to salvation; and lastly, by proving, from common sense and reason, the absurdity of expecting the favour of God and the rewards of Heaven on any other terms than by adding to sound faith good works.
And first, I will explain what learned men have, in general, agreed to be the real mean. ing of the passages, which are brought in