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CON TEN T S.
THREE LETTERS to a Friend on the
Satisfaction of Christ: Wherein are oc-
Deity, bis Eternity, Prescience, &c.
Prov. III. 27. With-bold not Good from them to whom it
is due, when it is in the Power of thine
o discourse upon any Duty in Ge-Serm. I. e neral, without applying to Parti
ticulars; is little more than idle Declamation and empty Flourish : it is to let our Arrows fly at Random, when we should direct them to a certain Mark. That Charity in general is a Duty, No-body will deny : but there are Many, who, on the Account of particular Circumstances, think themselves entirely discharged from the Performance of it: Many, who, though they own the Obligation, yet disown it in it's due Degrees. Suffer me then to confider, Vol. II. B
Serm. I. I/, Who are the Persons obliged to
Give to charitable Uses, and in what Proportion. :
IIdly, Who are the Persons qualified to Receivé our Charity.
IIIdly, The Manner in which we ought to bestow our Charity. And,
Lastly, To lay before you the Motives to this Duty.
Charity, in the most comprehensive Sense of the Word, takes in a large Compass : it extends itself to a hearty Desire and Endeavour to do all possible Good by our. Heads as well as our Hands ; by our Words as well as Works: by instructing the Ignorant, advising the Mistaken, reclaiming the Wicked, comforting the Afflicted, encouraging the Virtuous and Worthy, &c. Charity even takes in Piety. For, not to men-, tion that Piety, or a Regard to the Deity, is the Foundation of Charity, or Love to our Fellow-Creatures; exemplary Piety is one considerable Instance of doing Good : It is letting our Light shine out before Men,