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R E A S O N S

OF THE

PROTESTANT RELIGION:

A Discourse

DELIVERED AT A MONTHLY ASSOCIATION

OF

PROTESTANT DISSENTING QUALITY

MINISTERS AND CONGREGATIONS,

HELD AT

THE MEETING-HOUSE IN ISLINGTON,

MAY 4, 1815.

BY JOHN PYE SMITH, D.D.

Stand fast in the LIBERTY with which CHRIST hath made us free.

GAL. v. 1.

LONDON:

Printed by Stower & Small

field, Hackney ;
FOR JOSIAH CONDER, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD; T. HAMILTON, AND GALE,

CURTIS, AND FENNER, PATERNOSTBR ROW; AND MR. JOHNSON, SACKVILLE
STREET, DUBLIN.

Price 2s.

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TO

THE MOST NOBLE

HENRY,

MARQUIS OF LANSDOWNE,

EARL OF WYCOMBE,

&c. &c. &c.

THIS DISCOURSE

INTENDED TO SERVE THE CAUSE OF

TRUTH AND LIBERTY,

OF WHICH HIS LORDSHIP HAS EVER BEEN

THE FIRM, JUDICIOUS, AND CONSISTENT ADVOCATE,

IS INSCRIBED,

FROM A SENSE OF OBLIGATION,

AND IN TESTIMONY OF

THE AUTHOR'S HIGH ESTEEM

AND

MOST RESPECTFUL ATTACHMENT.

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REASONS OF PROTESTANTISM.

2 Ep. to the Thessalonians, ü. 3, 4.

LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS: FOR (THAT DAY

SHALL NOT COME,]EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, AND THAT MAN OF SIN BE REVEALED, THE SON OF PERDITION; WHO OPPOSETH AND EXALTETH HIMSELF ABOVE ALL THAT IS CALLED GOD, OR THAT IS WORSHIPPED; SO THAT HE AS GOD SITTETH IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, SHEWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD.

THE apostolic prediction, of which these words are a part, describes a great and extensive apostacy, which was to arise in the very bosom of the christian church. The description purports, that this falling away should not be a renunciation of the christian name, but should have its seat “ in the temple of God,” in the interior of the church or great body of christians; that its principles were already in operation, but that a temporary restraint would, be imposed upon them; that, on the removal of this restraint, it would rapidly and powerfully develope itself; that its character would be wicked, its means of action extremely artful, deceptive, and iniquitous, and its tend

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