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St. James's Chapel.
The wicked Lives of Christians
no Argument against the Truth
I Tim. vi. 1.
"HE Purity and Perfe&tion of the SERM.
Christian Morality, considering II. the Meanness of the Persons who published that Do&rine, is a sure Argument
Serm. of its divine Original and Authority.
led in a way so little answerable to
What signifies it, says the Libertine,
This popular Objection St. Paul appears to have had much
his Thoughts, and doth therefore frequently press his new Converts in this and other Epistles, to distinguish themselves by a becoming San&tity of Life and Manners; for this Reason among
others, That the Name of God and his SERM. Dotrine be not blasphemed.
II. If there were great Occasion for such Exhortations then, there is much great
when the Manners of Chriftians are degenerated so far, not only from the Precepts of Christ, but even from the Pattern set by those first Believers; and when there are even among those, who call themselves Chriftians, fome, as ready to lay hold of this Objection, and to urge it in Prejudice of our Religion, as any of the most determined Heathens, even Porphyry, Celsus or Julian himself were.
From the Words therefore, a proper Occasion will be given me to enquire,
I. What Ground there is for a Com
plaint of the extreme Wickedness
just, how little Reason there yet