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I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard

of the man void of understanding: and lo! it was
all grown over with thorns; nettles had covered the
face thereof, and the stone-wall thereof was broken
down. Then I saw, and considered it well : I looked
upon it, and received instruction.

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On the injurious and dangerous ef-

fects of sin lying upon the con-
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PRE FACE.

THE following pages were occasioned by the Writer's observing several persons, of whom he had formerly entertained a favourable opinion, and with whom he had walked in christian fellowship, having fallen, either from the doc

trine, or practice of pure religion. A - view of their unhappy condition made a

deep impression' upon his mind. If he has been enabled to describe the case of a backslider to any good purpose, it has been chiefly owing to this circumstance. IIe hopes that, though it was written with a special eye to a few, it may yet be useful to many.

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BACKSLIDER.

ans.

WHETHER the present age be worse than others which have preceded it, I shall not determine; but this is manifeft, that it abounds not only in infidelity and profligacy, but with great numbers of loose characters among professing christi

It is true there are some eminently zealous and spiritual, perhaps as much to as at almost any former period: the disinterefted concern which has appeared for the <iffufion of evangelical religion is doubtless a hopeful feature of our times: yet it is no le's evident that others are in a fad degree conformed to this world, instead of being transformed by the renewing of their minds. Even of those who retain a decency of character, many are sunk into a Laodicean lukewarmness. Professors are

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