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SEVEN DISCOURSES

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Our Lost State in ADAM,
Our Recovery by JESUS CHRIST,
And the Necessity of REGENERATION and
SANCTIFICATION by the HOLY GHOST.

To which is prefixed,
A LETTER to a CLERGYMAN.

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By THOMAS BOWMAN, M. A.

Vicar of MARTHAM, Norfolk.

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HE leading Doctrines in the following
Discourses

are,

" That we are lost in T

Adam, and are by Nature Children of
Wrath-that we can be restored to the

Favour of God, and made happy hereafter, only by Faith in the Death and Merits of Jesus Christ-that our corrupt Nature, derived from Adam, must be renewed by the Holy Ghost, beo fore we can lead a Life of Holiness, &c.—and that, unless we are thus born again, we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” Of these Doctrines you have disapproved; frequently declaring they are false, enthusiastic. If I had known your particular Objections, I would have attempted an Answer to them ; but, as you have not youchsafed to give them, I shall refer you, for the Proof of my Opinions, to the Discourses themselves ; and here endeavour to prove they are allowed by the established Church of England, of which you profefs yourself to be, not only a Member, but a Minister.

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Article IX. Of Original or Birth Sin.

“ Original Sin ftandeth not in the following.of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk) but it is the Fault and Corruption of the Nature of every Man, that naturally is ingendered of the Offspring of Adam, whereby Man is very far gone from original Righteousness, and is of his own Nature in. clined to Ēvil, so that the Flesh lufteth always contrary to the Spirit ; and therefore, in every Person born into this World, it deferveth God's Wrath and Damnaticn. And this Infection of Nature doth re. main, yea, in them that are regenerated."

Art. X. Of Free-Will. " The Condition of Man after the Fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself by his own natural Strength and good Works to Faith and calling upon God: Wherefore wę have no Power to do good Works, pleasant and acceptable to God, without the Grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good Will, and working with us, when we have that good Wili."

Art. XI. Of the Justification of Man. We are accounted righteous before God, only for the Merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own Works or Deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a moit wholsome Doctrine, and very full of Comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification.”

ART. XII. Of Good Works. Albeit that good Works, which are the Fruits of Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put

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