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Against Subtle Constructions of Religious Obligations.

Against Subtle Constructions of Religious Obligations.

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preached in the chapel royal, st. james s, before the

queen's majesty.



" Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His right-
eousnesSy and all these things shall be added

unto you.'''' — Matt. vi. 33.

preached in the chapel royal, st. james s, before the

queen's majesty.



" Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His right-
eousnesSy and all these things shall be added

unto you.'''' — Matt. vi. 33.

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AGAIST SUBTLE COSTRUCTIOS OF RELIGIOUSOBLIGATIOS.BY UKOW PREACHER preached in the chapel royal, st. james s, before thequeen's majesty." Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His right-eousnesSy and all these things shall be addedunto you.'''' — Matt. vi. 33.These gracious and comfortable words werespoken by the Redeemer of mankind, the Headand Founder of the Christian Church,* for thesake of dispelling from the minds of His faith-ful followers, the members of His Church, thoseclouds of earth-born care, anxiety, and apprehen-sion which never fail to harass carnal and worldlypersons ; who, being destitute of the grace of God, are unable to lift their eyes, or raise theirthoughts, beyond the consideration of second? Ephes. V. 23.2 AGAIST SUBTLE COSTRUCTIOScauses, to the dishonour and neglect of the greatFirst Cause, who overrules the affairs of earth*as well as of heaven, and causes all things towork together for goodf to those who love Him ;to those who having been called by Him to the
 
adoption of sons, J by the sacrament of HolyBaptism, strive to walk worthy§ of their glo-rious calling, as heirs of GoD and joint heirswith Christ, II strengthening themselves by par-ticipation in the Holy Eucharist, with that spi-ritual foodf which nourishes unto eternal life.They are indeed words of grace and comfort.To speak to their general meaning they amountto this : that, as long as we make GoD thechief object of our lives, and strive to orderour conduct with a view to His glory, we shallnever want a friend able and willing to supplyall our wants : '* I will never leave thee, norforsake thee ;"'** we shall place ourselves under* Dan. ir. 17. + Romans viii. 28. 1 Gal. iv. 6§ Ephes. iv. 1. || Romans viii. 17. f 1 Cor.x. 16.** Hel). xiii. 6.3the immediate and special protection of JEIimwho has " all power in heaven and in earth,"*and, in that confidence, may go on our waycalmly and cheerfully under any and all circum-stances. How great a comfort this graciouspromise is they only can say who have madetrial of it,t but there is no station which doesnot need it, — none too high, none too low, to de-rive advantage from it. Take the case of thepoor peasant, who lives from hand to mouth,and whose whole maintenance, and that of hisfamily, depends upon his labour; who knowsnot from day to day that he will continue in
 
health to pursue his Iab.our, nor that he willcontinue to have labour to do ; who sees hisfamily increasing upon him, with no more cer-tain prospects of supply than the fowls of theair. What, but confidence in the care of hisHeavenly Father, can enable a man in such cir-cumstances to go on his way with peace and* Matt, xxviii. 18. •\ Psalv»&^'X3l\\»'^.4 AGAIST SUBTLE COSTRUCTIOShope ? to bear his lot with resignation and con-tentment, and thankfulness ; and to resist thetemptations which might naturally arise in hismind to evil thoughts and evil deeds of variouskinds? With the promises of God in view,those gracious promises which true religion, astaught by the Christian Church, sets forth be-^fore the servants of God, he is able to do this,and to feel sure that as- long as he seeks God,and puts his trust in Him, all that is necessaryshall be supplied to him. But he who is desti-tute of these sacred principles of true religionis destitute also of the comfort which they afford.Such a man, under such circumstances, is a preyto every evil passion, to envy and discontent, tomurmuring and complaining, to covetousnessand dishonesty, and is a ready and willinginstrument, fitted for those evil men and evilspirits, who are ever on the watch to take ad-vantage of men's weakness and distress, to goadthem into acts of sin.Who does not see from this, how deeply the

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