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DELIVERED AT A MONTHLY ASSOCIATION
PROTESTANT DISSENTING HIS
MINISTERS AND CONGREGATIONS,
THE MEETING-HOUSE IN ISLINGTON,
MAY 4, 1815.
BY JOHN PYE SMITH, D.D.
Stand fast in the LIBERTY with which CHRIST hath made us free.
GAL. v. 1.
Printed by Stower & Smallfield, Hackney;
FOR JOSIAH CONDER, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD; T. HAMILTON, and Gale,
THE MOST NOBLE
MARQUIS OF LANSDOWNE,
EARL OF WYCOMBE,
&c. &c. &c.
INTENDED TO SERVE THE CAUSE OF
TRUTH AND LIBERTY,
OF WHICH HIS LORDSHIP HAS EVER BEEN
THE FIRM, JUDICIOUS, AND CONSISTENT ADVOCATE,
FROM A SENSE OF OBLIGATION,
AND IN TESTIMONY OF
THE AUTHOR'S HIGH ESTEEM
MOST RESPECTFUL ATTACHMENT.
REASONS OF PROTESTANTISM.
2 Ep. to the Thessalonians, ii. 3, 4.
LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS: FOR [THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME,]EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, AND THAT MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, THE SON OF PERDITION; WHO OPPOSETH AND EXALTETH HIMSELF ABOVE ALL THAT IS CALLED GOD, OR THAT IS WORSHIPPED; SO THAT HE AS GOD SITTETH IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, SHEWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD.
THE apostolic prediction, of which these words are a part, describes a great and extensive apostacy, which was to arise in the very bosom of the christian church. The description purports, that this falling away should not be a renunciation of the christian name, but should have its seat" in the temple of God," in the interior of the church or great body of christians; that its principles were already in operation, but that a temporary restraint would, be imposed upon them; that, on the removal of this restraint, it would rapidly and powerfully develope itself; that its character would be wicked, its means of action extremely artful, deceptive, and iniquitous, and its tend