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THE DUTY OF A CHRISTIAN SUBJECT.

A SERMON

PREACHED IN

THE PARISH OF SEDGLEY,

ON

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER, 14, 1830,

BEING TIB

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

BY THE

REV. CHARLES GIRDLESTONE, A. M.

VICAR OF SBDGLEY, STAFFORDSHIRE.

BIRMINGHAM :

PRINTED FOR H. C. LANGBRIDGE : J. PARKER, OXFORD; AND C. J. G. & F. RIVINGTON,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCA-YARD, LONDON.

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A SERMON.

St. MATTHEW XXII. 21.

"RENDER THEREFORE UNTO CÆSAR THE

THINGS WHICH ARE CESAR'S; AND UNTO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE God's.

It was pretended by the Jews that these two precepts were incompatible; that to pay tribute to Cæsar, the Roman Emperor, was treason to their King, Jehovah. They were however at this time subject to the Roman government; they used the Roman money; and by the very image and superscription on that money, our Lord confuted their vain pretences, and avoided the snare they had laid for him “in his talk." (v. 15.) “Is it," say they, “ lawful to give tribute to Cæsar or not ?" (v. 17.) designing whichever way He answered, to make Him obnoxious either to the Romans or to the Jews. Yet out of their own mouth does he in' this text convict them, teaching us at the same time that His religion instead of interfering with our

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