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Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. John Newton, of London, Vol. 3 of 6

To those who acknowledge the authority of Scrip ture, St. Paul's express assertion should be sumcient proof of 'this point, if we could produce no other; but, besides the many other passages in the book of God to the same efi'ect, it may be demonstrated by the most obvious proofs, experience, and matter of fact. The history of the Old Testament from the death of Abel, the nature and grounds of the opposition which Jesus and his Apostles met with, and the treatment of the most exemplary Christians that have lived in sue ceedingages, are indisputable evidences of this offen sive truth for, what can be stronger marks of enmity against God, than to despise his word, to scorn his fa vour, to oppose his will, to caress his enemies, and to insult and abuse his servants, for no other offence than their attachment to his service?

But when, from these premises, the apostle infers, So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God, though the consequence is evident, it may seem at first view unnecessary; for.ena it be supposed that the carnal mind, which breathes a Spirit of defiance and enmity against God, will have any desire or thought of pleasing him? Yet thus it is. - The carnal mind is not only desperately wicked, but deeply deceitful; it deceives others, and often it deceives itself. As the magicians of Egypt, though enemies to Moses, at tempted to counterfeit his miracles, and as balsamlnflqduc'i'ion.

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