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SermonThe Wicked Heart Set to do Evil
      "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." -- Eccl. viii. 11. THIS text manifestly assumes that the present is not a state of rewards and punishments, in which men are treated according to their character and conduct. This fact is not indeed affirmed, ...read
SermonThe Wrath of God Against Those Who Withstand His Truth
      "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness." -- Romans i. 18. THE following context shows that in these words the apostle has his eye especially on those who, not having a written revelation from God, might yet know him in his works of nature. Paul's view ...read
SermonTotal Depravity
      John v.42--"But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you." These words were addressed by the Lord Jesus Christ, on a certain occasion, to those who professed that they loved God. I design, this morning, and in the afternoon, to establish the doctrine of total depravity. In doing this, I design, in the first place to show what t ...read
Total Depravity 2
      ROMANS viii. 7. --"The carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." THE law, spoken of here, is the moral law; or that law, which requires men to love God with all their heart, and their neighbour as themselves. The facts affirmed by the Apostle are, that the carnal mind is enmity against God, ...read
SermonTRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS
      MATTHEW XV. 6.--"Thus have ye made the commandment of God, of none effect by your tradition." The government which God exercises over the universe of mind, is a moral government, it is not of course, administered by direct physical agency; compelling mind to act, in the same manner, in which the physical laws of the material universe operat ...read
SermonTrue and False Conversions
      TEXT.--Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of my hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. --Isaiah l. 11. IT is evident, from the connection of these words in the chapter, that the prophet was addressing those who prof ...read
SermonTrue and False Repentance
      TEXT.--For godly sorrow worketh repentance into salvation, not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.--2 CORINTHIANS vii. 10. IN this chapter the apostle refers to another epistle, which he had formerly written to the church at Corinth, on a certain subject, in which they were greatly to blame. He speaks here of the effect ...read
SermonTrue Saints
      TEXT.-- "Who is on the Lord's side?" -- Exodus xxxii. 26. THIS question was addressed by Moses to the professed people of God, immediately after their great departure from God while Moses was in the Mount, when they went and worshipped a golden calf which had been cast for them by Aaron. After expostulating with the guilty nation, he called out, ...read
SermonTrue Submission
      TEXT.--"Submit yourselves therefore to God."--James iv. 7. THE subject of this lecture is, "WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE SUBMISSION?" Before I enter on the discussion of this subject, I wish to make two remarks, introductory to the main question. 1. The first remark is this: If any of you are deceived in regard to your hopes, and have built on a ...read
SermonUNBELIEF
      "So we see that they could not enter in, because of unbelief."--Heb. 3:19. In this discourse I shall notice, I. WHAT UNBELIEF IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. INSTANCES AND EVIDENCE OF UNBELIEF. IV. THE TENDENCY OF UNBELIEF. V. THE GUILT OF UNBELIEF. I. What unbelief is not. 1. It is not a negative state of mind. ...read
SermonVictory Over the World through Faith
      "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." -- 1 John 5:4. THE discussion of this text naturally leads us to make four inquiries, I. What is it to overcome the world? II. Who are they that overcome? III. Why do they overcome the world? IV. How do they do it? ...read
SermonViews Of Sanctification
      PREFACE. The substance of this treatise has formerly appeared in the Oberlin Evangelist, in the form of a course of lectures. Its publication in a more permanent form is thought by many to be important, and in preparing it for the press, I have been obliged, for want of time, to suffer it to remain very nearly in the same form in which it a ...read
SermonWAY TO BE HOLY
      'For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.' Rom. 10:4. In this lecture I am to show, I. WHAT IS NOT INTENDED BY THE ASSERTION THAT CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THIS ASSERTION. III. HOW CHRIST BECOMES THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. I. Wha ...read
SermonWhat Attainments Christians May Reasonably Expect to Make In This Life.
      "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it."--1 Thess. 5:23, 24. In this lecture I shall consider, I. WHAT SANCTIFICATION IS. II. WHAT IS NOT IMPLIED IN IT. I ...read
SermonWhat Will Bring Revival in America?
      by Jonathan Duttweiler (adapted from charles finneys writings). Much is being written and preached today concerning Revival. From every corner we hear America must have Revival or it will die (never realizing that she is dead already, thereby necessitating Revival!). Others proclaim that Revival is already here, that we are, at least in some pla ...read
SermonWhere Sin Occurs God Cannot Wisely Prevent It
      "It is impossible but that offences come; but woe unto him through whom they come!" -- Luke xvii. 1. AN "offence" as used in this passage, is an occasion of falling into sin. It is anything which causes another to sin and fall. It is plain that the author of the offence is in this passage conceived of as voluntary and as sinful in his act; el ...read
SermonWhy Sinners Hate God
      JOHN XV. 25. --["]They have hated me without a cause." These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. In my two former discourses on total depravity, I have endeavoured to demonstrate that all impenitent sinners hate God supremely. And having, as I suppose, established this doctrine beyond controversy, by an appeal to matters of fact, it now ...read

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