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I can compare some ranting Arminian preachers, who represent salvation as a matter of chance, and press men to help forward their own conversion, upon pain of damnation, to none so well, as to auctioneers; who, with the hammer in their hand, are always bawl­ing out, “Now is your time; now is your time: agoing, agoing, agoing.” Such a method is equally inconsis­tent with the analogy of faith, and subversive of the majesty of the gospel. Shall I order a dead soul to awake, and raise itself to life?

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The elect are betrothed to Christ from everlasting, in the covenant of the grace; they are actually married to Him, and join hands with Him, in coversion; but they are not taken home to the Bridegroom’s house until death dismisses them from the body. All God’s children are stillborn. They come spiritually dead into the world. And dead they continue till they are born again of the Holy Ghost. All the promises of man to man, ought to be conditional. It is only for God to make absolute promises; for He alone is unchangeable and omnipotent. 

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A sovereign Protector I have, Unseen, yet for ever at hand: Unchangeably faithful to save, Almighty to rule and command! He smiles, and my comforts abound; His grace as the dew shall descend; And walls of salvation surround The soul He delights to defend. Kind Author and ground of my hope, Thee, Thee, for my God I avow; My glad Ebenezer set up, And own Thou hast helped me till now. I muse on the years that are past, Wherein my defence Thou hast proved;

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