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1. The NATURE of the SENAI Cove
II. The CHARACTER and PRIVILEGES of
the APOSTOLIC CHURCHES, with an Examination of Dr. TAYLOR's Key to the EPISTLES.
III. The NATURE of Saving Faith,
promulgated to the Heathens. V. An Attempt to promote the frequent
dispensing the Lord's SUPPER.
By JOHN ERSKINE, M. A.
One of the Ministers of EDINBURGH.
LONDON: Printed for EDWARD and CHARLES DILLY,
in the Poultry,
near the Manfion-House.
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******HE three first of the fol. 000 lowing Differtations were ne
ver before published. The COO X two laft, were printed in
* Scotland, several years ago. I flatter myself, they somewhat illustrate the sentiments of Heathen Philosophers ; and the doctrine and worship that have prevailed in different ages of the Christian Church. But they are chiefly intended to explain and defend certain Scriptural Truths, of which I apprehend many entertain false, or at least indistinct ideas,
and yet, which could not have been sufficiently unfolded from the Pulpit, without usurping the place of what was more necessary.
If I have found fault, with certain commonly received opinions, it is not from af. fectation of singularity. The growing disposition in Britain and her Colonies, to renounce many important doctrines main-, tained by the first Reformers, indicates an approaching Apoftacy from the Faith of Chrift to another Gospel. Yet, in leffer matters, the best and wiseft have erred, and it cafts no contempt on their memory, but discovers a becoming reverence for the Sacred Oracles, to try their opinions by that infallible touchstone.
I suppose, it is above thirteen years, since a great part of the Differtation on the Sinai Covenant, was delivered before the Presbytery of Glasgow. And it is near fixteen years, since the substance of the Differration on Faith, was preached before the late Earl of Leven, his Majesty's High Com: miffioner to the General Affembly. I thought it probable, if my fentiments were