Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)

By Benjamin Franklin

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| R[esolution] | | | * | | | * | |
| F[rugality] | | * | | | * | | |
| I[ndustry] | | | * | | | | |
| S[incerity] | | | | | | | |
| J[ustice] | | | | | | | |
| M[oderation] | | | | | | | |
| C[leanliness] | | | | | | | |
| T[ranquillity] | | | | | | | |
| C[hastity] | | | | | | | |
| H[umility] | | | |

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374 Enduring Hardness as Good Soldiers 280 Evangelists and Evangelizing 126 Evangelists—Pastors 320 Everlasting and Eternal 279 Exalted Position of Jesus 383 Exchanging Pulpits 209 Excuse for Creeds 146 Extent of One Man’s Influence 420 Faith Comes by Hearing 316 Faith, Repentance and Baptism do not Pardon 308 Feet Washing 253 Fine Clothes 90 Future Success of the Lord’s Army 252 .
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We have a book that nobody denies, except out and out skeptics, and one of supreme authority.
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This was the direct act.
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We hope the preachers generally will see what is being done by those in the work, go out and participate in the heavenly work, that they, too, when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, may have a crown of glory that fades not away.
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In all departments, industry, perseverance and energy characterize men who prosper.
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It is an easy work to pull down civil government, subvert the foundation of organization, condemn the means of enlightenment, and object to them.
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of the blood of the everlasting covenant, by the glories of heaven, or the terrors of hell, to turn to the Lord and follow him who loved us and gave himself for us? Is the public mind so distracted, and are the people so confused and lost to all that God has said and done, that they can not be induced to love Christ better than all human theories, regard him and feel the force of all his love to our lost and ruined world? Are the people so set upon gnawing the bone of contention, keeping up sectarian feuds; disputing upon the lifeless, soulless and profitless controversies thrust upon them, that they will neither hear the Lord nor be interested in the word of his grace? Must the public mind be wholly occupied with the useless distinctions between the views of men, the useless comparisons of doctrines and commandments of men, the comparative merits of different human systems, and an eternal train of customs unknown to the primitive church, thus bewildering the people and blinding their minds that they may neither see the Lord nor regard his authority? Is it impossible to bring the authority of the Almighty again to bear upon the world, to lift up the Lord before the people, that he may draw all men unto him, convert them to the Lord and place them under him? Is it impossible to rescue the people from the blinding influences of these times—from being merely followers of men, and believing human theories, which have no power to save, in the place of believing the great truth, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures—that he was buried, and that he rose from the dead? Is it impossible to interest the public mind with the things of God—with the revelation from God to man, with the religion of Christ itself? Is the love of God gone from the world? Has the Holy Spirit of God abandoned the church? Is the human race mad, insane and ruined, so that all pleadings and entreaties to turn to God must fail? Must the holy religion of Christ be set aside for the silly disputes of these times? Shall that holy religion that saved such vast multitudes in the days of the apostles, fired the hearts of the missionaries of the cross and supported the holy martyrs in passing through all the cruel scourgings, tortures and privations for the name of the Lord, be contemned, despised and rejected by the people of our day? O, that God would enable us to _arouse_ the people of this.
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Never did one, from the days of the apostles to the present time, get round, or by, this great requirement, and come to God.
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How perfectly disheartening all this is to.
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At the same time we repeat, that the righteous enter into “life eternal,” the wicked “go away into eternal punishment.
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The difference in the effect produced upon the human soul, by divine testimony, or divine faith, from that produced by human testimony, or what is purely human faith, is not that the same mind, or the same faculties of the mind are not exercised in both cases, nor is it owing to the difference between divine and human testimony; but the difference is in the things believed—the difference between divine and human things believed.
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We may say “the church in Cincinnati,” “the church in Covington,” “the church in Louisville,” “the church in Indianapolis,” etc.
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If a man can not define his position, so that all can tell which side he is on, we have no use for him.
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The laws of nature never raised a man from the dead, instantaneously gave hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb, or sight to the blind.
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But the question, in this case, is simply about what _he did_.
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If they could, they would lead our fair daughters to ruin, chuckle over the feat achieved, and dance on the graves of heart-broken fathers and mothers.
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We may be told that we may be mistaken, that they do love Christ.
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If the Lord should call on us for our annual report, ARE WE READY? FINIS.