Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

f j SERMON VII. Of Believing in JESUS C H ß I s T. z JOHN. III. 23. And this is his commandment, that we fhould believe on the name of his Son fefus Chrift. H E firft duty we owe to chriftianity,'S E R M. as a revelation from God, is to give VII. it a fair hearing, to confider it maturely, in ` ' ' order to a fixed refolution of obeying it ; if it appeareth, upon an impartial enquiry, to be that divine doctrine which it is pretended to be ; without this it cannot have its proper effect upon us, on the temper of our minds and our converfations, nor can we reafonably hope for a participation of the benefits it offereth. But there are many who hearing, hear not the gofpel, nor underhand it; they are carelefs and unattentive, wavering and unconftant, or their minds inlaid with deep prejudices againft the truth and power of godlinefs, againft that ftritnefs and purity, that innocence and goodnefs, which the pre- N 3 cepts