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Almighty. Having therefore thefe promises, dearly beloved; let us cleanfe ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and fpirit, perfecting bolinefs in the fear of God. Page 399
On Hearing of Sermons.
2 TIM. iii. 7.
Ever learning, and never able to come to the Knowledge of the Truth.
A DESCRIPTION equaily emphatical and disheartening! But to whom is it applicable? If there were fuch characters in an age painfully emerging from Jewish and Pagan darkhefs; are there fuch in modern days? If such characters are to be found among the moft obfcure and mifguided fects; are there fuch in the bofom of the national church? In ancient and in modern times, among fects and in the eftablishment, of fuch characters there have been and there are multitudes. Is it poffible? Shall man be ever learning, and never able to attain knowledge? Shall man labour, fhall he labour in the pursuit of religious truth, and reap no fruit from his exVOL. II ertions?