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A Plain and Full

INSTRUCTION

IN THE

PRINCIPLES and DOCTRINES

OF THE

Christian RELIGION:

(Being the Abstracts of a Course of Lectures on the Church-Catechism)

By way of Question and Answer.

By SAMUEL ADA MS, M. A. Rector of Alvescort in the Councy of Oxon, and Late Fellow of

NEW-COLLEGE in OXFORD.

O X FORD: Printed by L. Lichfield, for A. Peisley; and are to be

sold by 7. Knapton, H. Clements, 7. Meadows, and 7. Morphew, Booksellers in London. MDCCXVIII.

Price I s, 6 d.

TO THE

INHABITANTS

Of the PARISH of

ALV ESCOTT,

In the COUNTY of OXON.

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My dear Neighbours,

AVING, for some Years

past, applied my self to that Method of Instruction amongst you, which is commonly called Catechizing; I, at length, for your Sakes, and in Hopes that these poor Endeavours of mine may be yet made more useful to you, by Printing them, presume to Publish them to the World And to you I now

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DEDICAT IO N. Dedicate them ; humbly beseeching Almighty God, that He would convince you, more and more, of the great and folemn Obligations we are all under, of being throughly acquainted with the Saviour of the World ; and what He hath done and suffered for us

For, believe it, There is no other Name given among Men whereby we may be Javed: Nor any other Method of Salvation, than that which He hath proposed to us in His Holy Gospel: And therefore, we are not only forewarned by Him, Unleß ye repent ye shall all likewise perise: But He hath also declared, in the plaineft Words that can be ; He that believeth not fall be damned ; He that believeth not is condemned already; He that believeth not the Son shall not see Life, but the Wrath of God abideth on him: Making both Repentance and Faith absolutely necessary ; declaring them (both one and the other) to be the only

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DEDICAT IO N. Terms, upon which such Sinful Creatures as

can escape the Damnation of Hell. And now that this is so plainly and fully revealed; what, my Brethren, shall we say to those unhappy Persons amongst us ; who profess the Chriftian Religion, only as it is the Religion of the Country where they live, and continue wilfully ignorant, and regardless of the inolt faving Truths of the Gospel? Will such an Ignorance be any manner of Excuse for them ? Will they fo much as dare to plead it at the dreadful Tribunal of their Neglected Lord ? If any Persons can hope to escape the Denunciations of God's Wrath against Unbelievers, it iuft be those that never heard of Chrift; those who have had the Gospel of Christ hid from thein : But as for others; who may, at any time, search the Scriptures themselves, or have them faithfully explained to them; if there is any Meaning in

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