Andrew Lee was Pastor of the North Church in Lisbon, Connecticut.
Andrew Lee's works were published by the son of Isaiah Thomas, who is known both as the father of American printing, and as a Minuteman at Lexington and Concord in the War of Independence.
Some of the thoughts expressed in these sermons are a refreshing return to an earlier time before American religious denominations became fixed in their particular "systematic theology."
Reverend Lee's language and logic give us a glimpse of the purity of mind and soul that followed in the wake of desperate revolutionary conflict and the tumultuous years following independence when the greatest minds of the time formulated the American Constitution and The Bill of Rights. These sermons seem to address the universal issues with which men of all times and places have also struggled, in times of peace as well as war. These issues are articulated here with a clarity that is perhaps only achieved in those times of great testing, tears, and tenuous victory that began in 1776 and that would remain tenuous until after the War of 1812.
Lee lived in a time of great intellectual pursuit and Lee's views of life and the Lord's Providence seem particularly blessed with illumination through the Holy Spirit.
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Sermon 1 - The Wisdom of God in the means used to propagate the Gospel
1 Corinthians i. 27, 28.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and god hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nought things which are." *
* The two ...read
Sermon 2 - The Wisdom of God in the means used to propagating the Gospel - part 2
1 Corinthians i, 27, 28.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are."
In the preced ...read
Sermon 3 - The Declensions of Christianity, an Argument of its Truth
Luke xviii. 8.
When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but be that believeth not shall be damned." So certified the risen Savior. Faith is made a condition of salvation. But God requires only a reasonable service. He must then have given evidence of the truth to which He ...read
Sermon 4 - The Declensions of Christianity, an Argument of its Truth - part 2
Luke xviii. 8.
"'When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth'?"
That the coming of the Son of man, is here intended of Christ's coming at the commencement of the latter day glory, hath been alleged in the preceding discourse, and several considerations adduced in proof. Additional evidence will arise from a view of the prophe ...read
Sermon 5 - Abram's Horror of great Darkness
Genesis xv. 12.
"And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him."
If we consider the sketch, given us in scripture, of the life of this patriarch, we shall find that few have had equal manifestations of the divine favor. But the light did not at all times shine on him. He had h ...read
Sermon 6 - Divine Impartiality Considered
Romans ii. 11.
"For there is no respect of persons with God."
The divine impartiality is often asserted in the holy scriptures; and the assertion coincides with our natural ideas of deity. The pagans indeed attributed to their Gods, the vices, follies and weaknesses of men! But the beings whom they adored were mostly taken from among men, and ...read
Sermon 7 - Moses' Prayer to be blotted out of God's Book
Exodus xxxii. 31, 32.
"And Moses returned unto the Lord and said, 'Oh! this people have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt, forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.'"
This is one of the most difficult passages in the holy scriptures. Many haven attempted to explain it, and in our ...read
Sermon 8 - Moses' Prayer to be blotted out of God's Book - part 2
Exodus xxxii. 31, 32.
"And Moses returned unto the Lord and said. Oh! this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou--wilt, forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray they, out of thy book which than hast written."
In the preceding discourse we endeavored to show that the idea of being willing to be ...read
Sermon 9 - St. Paul's Wish to be accursed from Christ
Romans ix. 3
"For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh."
Few characters more remarkable than that of St. Paul, are to be found in history. He is introduced to our acquaintance on a tragical occasion--the martyrdom of Stephen, where he appears an accomplice with murderers--"he wa ...read
Sermon 10 - David's Sin in the Matter of Uriah
2 Samuel xii, 13.
"And David said unto Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord.' And Nathan said unto David, 'The lord also hath put away thy sin; then shalt not die.'"
The sin here referred to is that of David in the matter of Uriah. A strange and sad event--taken in all its circumstances and connections, it is without a parallel. But the ci ...read
Sermon 11 - General Character of Christians
Galatians v. 24.
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the Flesh, with the Affections and Lusts."
St. Paul is supposed to have been the first herald of gospel grace to the Galatians; and they appear to have rejoiced at the glad tidings, and to have received the bearer with much respect. But after his departure, certain judaizing teachers ...read
Sermon 12 - The aggravated Guilt of him who delivered Christ to Pilate
John xix.10, 11.
"Then saith Pilate unto him, 'Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?' Jesus answered, 'Thou couldest have no power against me, except it were given thee from above: Therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.'"
Judea was conquered by th ...read
Sermon 13 - The Trial of Peter's love to Christ
John xxi. 15, 16, 17.
"So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?' He saith unto him, 'Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.' He saith unto him, 'Feed my lambs.' He saith to him again a second time, 'Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me?' He saith unto him. 'Yea Lord; thou knowest t ...read
Sermon 14 - Gifts no certain Evidence of Grace
Luke x. 20
"In this rejoice not, that the Spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your Names are written in Heaven."
Abundant notice of Christ's coming preceded that interesting' event. "To him gave all the prophets witness."
Neither was his entrance here unattended. It was announced by an angelic choir; by a miraculous s ...read
Sermon 15 - Human Characters determined only by Divine decision
1 Corinthians iv. 3, 4.
"But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment; yea I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord."
Corinth was one of the principal cities of Greece. Enjoying every advantage of situation, it became ...read
Sermon 16 - Characters will be disclosed, and Justice awarded
1 Corinthians iv. 5.
"--Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both wilt bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall everyman have praise of God."
St. Paul having professed himself a minister of Christ, and steward of the mysteries of God, acknowledged the ob ...read
Sermon 17 - God willing that all Men should be saved
1 Timothy ii. 4.
"Who will have all Men to be saved,--."
In verse first, the apostle directs "prayers and thanksgivings to be made for all men;"--which he declares to "be good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 'who will have all men to be saved'." Had salvation been provided for only a part of the human race, prayer and thanksgiv ...read
Sermon 18 - Balak's inquiries relative to the service of God, and Balaam's answer
Micah vi. 6, 7, 8.
"Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with, thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first born for my transgression; the fruit of my body for the sin of my ...read
Sermon 19 - Confessing Christ an indispensable Duty
2 Timothy ii, 12.
"--If we deny him, he also will deny us."
This is predicated of Christ; and looks forward to the day when all mankind will stand before him as their judge.
Denying Christ is here declared to be a mortal sin. Those found guilty of it will hear that sentence--"Depart ye cursed!" But this is to be understood only of a persev ...read
Sermon 20 - The Fear which terminates in the Second Death
Revelation xxi. 8.
"The fearful--shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death."
The terms on which only we can be Christ's disciples are laid before us in the Scriptures, and we are counselled to consider them before we engage to be his.
Though Christ was born to be a king, his kingdom ...read