The Episcopal Manual; A Summary Explanation of the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the United States

 
9780217949644: The Episcopal Manual; A Summary Explanation of the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the United States

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 Excerpt: ...of virtue, and the commanding authority of true piety, will ever procure the veneration, esteem, and affection of the wise and the good,i and extort homage from wickedness. If religion be the happiest course, you cannot too soon enter upon it. Though you should live to old age, you ought not on that account to put it off, because every day's delay is a delay of your highest bliss, every day's delay strengthens the habits of a contrary nature, renders your desire and power to return less powerful, and finally will overthrow them altogether. How many men do we see, who have grown old in sin, who have the wish, but not the power, to withdraw from the world their hearts, of which it has had so long possession! There are principles in our nature which render the work of conversion difficult, if not impossible, when deferred to a future period. You may repent to-day, but to-morrow it may be out of your power. If you find it difficult to-day to forsake your sins, how can you hope to find it easier tomorrow, when to the sins of yesterday you have added those of to-day? To-morrow is in eternity. To-morrow you may have gone down to the grave, with all your sins and imperfections on your head. But were you sure of living, and that God would vouchsafe the grace of repentance, and power to burst the adamantine chains that bind the old offender, yet to neglect religion for one moment, is to neglect your true interest, and to offer the highest affront and ingratitude to the God who made and redeemed you, and who continues to crown your life with mercy and loving kindness. You would devote the prime and strength of your days i Dr. Abcrcrombie's Lectures, to which some of the above remarks are indebted, contain important advice to parents and catechumens. to your own pleasu...

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