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THE BACKSLIDER-ANDREW FULLER-1840 EDITION

THE BACKSLIDER-ANDREW FULLER-1840 EDITION

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THE BACKSLIDER HIS NATURE,SYMPTOMS AND RECOVERY.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) The Backslider: or an Inquiry into the Nature, Symptoms, and Effects of Religious Declension, with the Means of Recovery was originally published in 1801. Fuller's work, though, has stood the test of time.

Among all his various practical treatises, there are few, if any, of greater value than that on backsliding. Like a most skilful physician, he explains, with singular ability, the nature of the disease, lays down the symptoms of it, and prescribes the method of recovery.

THE BACKSLIDER HIS NATURE,SYMPTOMS AND RECOVERY.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) The Backslider: or an Inquiry into the Nature, Symptoms, and Effects of Religious Declension, with the Means of Recovery was originally published in 1801. Fuller's work, though, has stood the test of time.

Among all his various practical treatises, there are few, if any, of greater value than that on backsliding. Like a most skilful physician, he explains, with singular ability, the nature of the disease, lays down the symptoms of it, and prescribes the method of recovery.

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defile the imaginations and desires. Whore-

dom and wirier and new wine, take away the heart*

It is from sad experience of the defiling nature

of past sin, that David when he came to himself

prayed as he did ; Create in me a clean heart,

O God, and renew a right spirit within me.\

A mind thus enfeebled, stupified, and defiled,

must needs be in a very unfit condition to resist

new temptations. The inhabitants of a besieg-

ed city, who are weakened by famine and dis-

ease, and discouraged by a number of disaffect-

ed persons within their walls, have no heart to

resist, but stand ready to listen to the first pro-

posals of the besiegers.

And in proportion as we are disabled for re-

sistance it may be expected that the tempter will

renew his attempts upon us. If Satan have any

influence on the human mind, it may be sup.

» Hos. iv. 11.

t Psal. li. 10.

OF BACKSLIDING.

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posed that he acts with design, and knows how

to avail himself of the most favourable seasons

to effect his purpose. And this we find to be true

by experience. In proportion as we have yield-

ed to temptation, it will rise in its demands ; so-

licitations, greater in number and in force, will

ply our minds. As a resistance of the devil will

be followed by his Jleeingfrom us, so, on the con-

trary, a non-resistance of him will be followed

by renewed and stronger attempts upon us. One

sin makes way for another, and renders us less

able to resist, or to return to God by repentance.

When once the thief has gained admission into

our habitation, he will bid us defiance. Innu-

merable evils will compass us about, and our ini'

quities take hold upon us, so that we shall not be

able to look up : they will be more than the hairs

of our heads ; therefore our hearts will fail us*

• Psal. xl. 12.

F. B.

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