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UPON A VARIETY OF
SEASONABLE AND IMPORTANT SUBJECTS
JONATHAN DICKINSON, A. M.
LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT ELIZABETHTOWN, N. J.
PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION.
WILLIAM S. MARTIEN.
BARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
LETTER I.-The Danger of Infidelity briefly represented
LETTER II.-A brief and general view of the Evidences of Chris-
LETTER III.-A Historical Account of the Birth, Life, Passion,
Resurrection, Ascension, and Future Kingdom of our Blessed Sa-
viour, collected from the Prophecies of the Old Testament,
LETTER VI.-Some Objections against the Internal Evidences of
LETTER VII.-The Doctrine of God's Sovereign Grace Vindicated;
LETTER VIII.-The Difference between a True Saving Faith,
and a Dead Temporary Faith, distinctly considered,
LETTER X.-The Seventh Chapter to the Romans contains the
Description and Character of a Converted State,
LETTER XI.-The doctrine of a Sinner's Justification, by the Im-
puted Righteousness of Christ, explained and vindicated,
LETTER XIII.-The notion of a First Justification by Faith, and a
Secondary Justification by Sincere Obedience, discussed and con-
LETTER XIV.-The Apostle James's Doctrine of Justification by
Works, in his Second Chapter, distinctly reviewed, and set in its
genuine light, by a comparison with the Apostle Paul's doctrine
of Justification by Faith,
LETTER XV.- Wherein is considered in what respects Good
Works are Necessary; and our Obligations to them represented
LETTER XVI.-The Nature of the Believer's Union to Christ
briefly explained and the Necessity of it asserted and de.
THE irregular heats and extravagancies of some late pretenders to extraordinary attainments in religion, their imaginary divine impulses, and ecstatic raptures, with other effects of their disordered fancies, have cast such a blemish upon the Christian profession, in the eyes of unsettled and unthinking people, that it is well if too many are not in danger of calling Christianity itself into question, from the manifestly false pretences and enthusiastic flights of some, who have put in a claim to so eminent an experience in the divine life. It is therefore thought needful, as well as seasonable at this time, that a brief and plain confirmation of the Christian religion be sent abroad among our people, to establish them in the foundation of our eternal hope. This has been my special motive to the publication of some of the first of the ensuing Letters.
On the other hand, whether for want of duly distinguishing between delusive appearances and the genuine effects of an effusion of the Holy Spirit, or from whatever cause, such has been the violent opposition of some to the late revival