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REIGN OF GRACE,

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BY

ABRAHAM BOOTH.

WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH THE GRACE OF THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST WE SHALL BE SAVED, PETER.

GRATIA NON ERIT GRATIA ULLO MODO, NISI SÍT GRA-

TUITA UMNI MODO, SYNOD, DORDRECHT.

THE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FROM THE

FOURTH LONDON EDITION.

NEW YORK:
PRINTED BY T. ALLEN, BOOKSELLER AND STATIONER,

No. 12, Queen-STREET

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THE gospelof Reigning Grace,being a doctrine

I truly divine, has ever been the object of the world's contempt. It was of old a stumblingblock to the selfrighteous Jew, and foolishness to the philofophic Greek. Paul, who was a resolute affertor of the honours of grace, and indefatigable in preaching Christ, found it so by repeated experience ; and that, not only among the illiterate and profane, but also among the learned and the devout. Nay, he had frequent occasion to observe, that the religious devotees of his age were the first in opposing the doctrine he preached, and the most hardened enea. mies against the truth of God. The polite, the learned, the religious, were all agreed, to load both his character and his doctrine with the foulest res proaches. Nor was this treatment peculiar to Paul, but common to all his cotemporaries, who espoused the same glorious cause, and laboured in the same beneficent work. The doctrine they preached was charged with licentiousness. Their enemies boldly aihrmed that they said ; Let us do evil that good may "Emle. Thus were their character and their labours

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