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THE

WHOLE WORKS

OF THE

REV. W. BATES, D. D.

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PRINTED FOR JAMES BLACK, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN; W. BAYNES,

54, AND T. HAMILTOX, 37, PATERNOSTER ROW; AND

ROBINSON, son, & HOLDSWORTU, LEEDS.

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I. SERMONS OF THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

Psa. 103. 4. But there is forgiveness with thee that thou mayest

be feared.

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What is contained in forgiveness,

Proofs that God is ready to forgive,

The extent and freeness of divine forgiveness,

Caution lest men abuse this doctrine,

It affords strong consolation to those who are wounded

in spirit,

Be excited to seek pardoning mercy,
The properties of confession of sin,
The duty of pardoning the offences of others,

Divine forgiveness a powerful motive to thankfulness,

II. THE SURE TRIAL OF UPRIGHTNESS.

Psalm 18. 23. I was also upright before him, and I kept my-

self from mine iniquity.

The Preface, ligÝ

FIRST. How a man's peculiar sin may be discovered ;
[1.] How it may be discovered from its causes. By ascer-

taining the sins which are peculiar.

1. To the different temperaments of men's bodies,

2. To the several ages of life,

3. To the several callings of men,

4. To prosperity and adversity,

5. To the society with whom we converse,

6. To the times in which we live,

[2.] How it may be discovered from its effects,

1. It is frequently and easily committed,

2. It has the supremacy in the heart,

3. It engrosses the thoughts,

4. Men desire to conceal it from others,
5. An enlightened conscience reflects upon it with an-

guish,

SECONDLY. What is implied in a man's preserving himself

from his peculiar sin,

1. Abstaining from the practice of that sin,

2. Mortifying the inward affection to it,

THIRDLY. This is a decisive evidence of sincerity,

1. God approves it,

2. It is equivalent to perfection,

MOTIVES to this duty,

1. Habitual indulged lusts are irreconcileable with a

state of grace,

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2. By divine grace we may subdue the strongest lusts, 107

3. Subduing a ruling sin will make the victory over

other sins more easy,

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