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THESE Sermons, again offered to the public, stand in no need of any recommendation, having their praise already in the Churches; and for any to attempt it, would be doing a real injury to the worthy Authors, who are already well known by their useful labours. However, the Editor of the present edition begs leave to observe, for the information of such of the purchasers, in this country, as may not be so thoroughly acquainted with them, That among the many excellent treatises, written by divines of distinguished merit, either in this or our neighbouring kingdom, on the peculiar doctrines of Christianity, it has been justly observed, that none of them contain an illustration and defence of so many of the essential articles of the Christian system, as these volumes now handsomely printed, chiefly designed for the benefit of this nation, and known by the name of LIME-STREET SERMons. The occasion of composing these discourses, arose from a number of Gentlemen in London, firmly attached to the interest of our Divine Redeemer, and filled with a fervent zeal for the purity of the doctrines of revelation, taking into their consideration, that many evangelical truths, of the last importance, were not only secretly undermined, but violently opposed in their day, by subtle adversaries to the Gospel scheme; and, accordingly, they judged it proper to set up a public Lecture, that a course of Sermons might be preached in Defence of sundry cardinal doctrines, then so openly impugned. This laudable proposal met with the most hearty approbation from the lovers of the truth as it is in Jesus. According
cannot be got for any money; and a second-hand copy of them has often cost Twelve Shillings. On all these accounts, it is hoped this neat edition will meet with suitable encouragement from the friends of truth; especially from those who have often wished, that an edition of them were published at a moderate price. And if this meets with a favourable reception from the public, it will readily induce the Editor to republish, in handsome volumes, the labours of some other authors of distinguished abilities, in our neighbouring nation, which cannot now be had, but at a very advanced
WHEN doctrines of pure revelation are opposed, it is the duty of all who believe them, to appear in their defence: and this is really engaging in a noble cause; it is standing up for the honour of the great God, against those who set their imperfect reason, and proud conceits, above infinite wisdom. To strive for the faith once delivered to the saints, is most necessary, when it meets with the contradiction of sinners. As error never raged with greater violence than it does in our unhappy times, and as lukewarmness never discovered itself more, than in the present day of darkness, it never could be more expedient than now, to plead for the glorious gospel of the blessed God. The sufficiency of the light of nature is warmly contended for, by such as do not profess to reject revelation; and most of the doctrines of scripture have been given up, one after another, by some who yet declare that the Bible is their religion. It is therefore now time, if ever, for those who see no reason to renounce the old Protestant doctrines, the glory of the Reformation, to bear their testimony against the errors of the day, and to stand up for the great truths, which have been handed to them by their fathers, and which they have embraced, not merely because they have received them from the worthies who have gone before them, but because, after strict and impartial examination, they find that these, and no other, are the doctrines revealed in scripture.