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By THOMAS BOWMAN, M. A.
Vicar of Martkarz Norfolk.
The Fourth Edition, with many Additionse
LONDON : Printed for C. DILLY,
M. DCC. XC.
HE leading doctrines in the following
discourses are, 66 That all mankind became finners by the first disobedience of Adam, and are by nature children of wraththat we can be restored to the Divine favour, and made happy hereafter, only by faith in the Word of God-that, for the sake of the death and merits of Jesus Christ, whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting 14 B
life--that we must be renewed by the Holy Ghost, before we can lead a life of holiness and that, unless we are thus born again, we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven." Of these doctrines, you have groflly expressed your disapprobation ; frequently and openly declaring, that they are false and enthufiaftic. A heavy charge this, and coming from a person of your years and character, tends to have weight with, and unhinge the minds of many. It ought, therefore, to have been made good. But you have not, as far as I can learn, offered any reasons to prove them
You have even refused to make me acquainted with your objections, though I requested to know them with a proper respect. You have refused to meet me, with a friend or two, in order to examine the propriety of what I have advanced. I am therefore conAtrained to address you in this public manner. For the proof of my opinions, I refer you to the discourses themselves ; in which I have endeavoured to support them by Scripture and Reason; and shall now chiefly undertake to prove, that they are the doctrines of the established church, of that church of which you call yourself a member, and in which you have long officiated as one of its ministers,