Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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To Mr. Jordain 187

To Miss Hubbard 189

To George Wheatley 190

To B. Vaughan 192

To the President of Congress 193

To Mrs. Green 196

To Dr. Price 197

To B. Vaughan

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it Possible to Arouse the People 138 Jesus Revealed as the Savior 379 Judgment the Ground of Repentance 202 Keep Politics out of the Church 160 Kind of Preachers and Preaching Needed 211 Knowing and not Doing 435 Laying the Corner Stone of a Catholic Cathedral 271 Lifted Above Sects and Parties 69 Light Within 61 Little Matters 53 Lord’s Day Meetings 270 Lotteries 11 Maintain a Pure Faith and Worship 289 Making the Bible Support Human Systems 71 Man’s Accountability .
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They are his servants.
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She makes her members chiefly of infants before they can make any successful resistance, and then never excludes except for heresy.
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What reason is there for departing from the otherwise invariable rule and giving us _pastor_, Eph.
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But we regard not this; we know we are right; and it is not the great number that will stand, but those who are right.
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They stand there, firm as the everlasting hills, serving God’s eternal purpose; confirming the divine mission of his Son, and the New Covenant, of which he is the Mediator.
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If a man’s learning is combined with piety, devotion, and consecration to Jesus Christ, and he is possessed with the humility and meekness inculcated in Christianity, and his learning enables him to unfold the unsearchable riches of Christ, with the simplicity, sincerity and devotion necessary to commend it to the hearts and consciences of men, it is of great value.
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What is it that makes the denomination? It is that which is peculiar to it.
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The work of the Pope is to lose sight of the dedication, or the consecration of men and women to the service of God, symbolized by the dedication of the temple, and turn the eyes of the people to great gatherings of people, to the flummery and parade of laying corner-stones, dedicating houses, immense piles of stone, brick, wood and mortar, baptizing bells and furniture, etc.
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There never was a Presbyterian before John Calvin.
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All was easy and utterly without affectation.
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—It is not his work unless done by his acknowledged and approved instrumentalities.
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We want men who will preach the Lord Jesus Christ, who will regard him, adore him, and obey him, and not a set of self-willed men, who idolize their own notions, and are determined to have them and propagate them, if the Lord’s name is forgotten, and the fold scattered asunder.
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Seeing that the light has come, men are inexcusable to be in ignorance.
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If we desire and intend to prosper in the great and good work of uniting saints, building up the church and saving men, we must confine ourselves strictly to the gospel—to the things of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ—determined to know nothing but Christ and him crucified—to glory in nothing but the cross of Christ.
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They would preach on common ground matters till they draw their hearers on and gain their attention.
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They have deserted God’s ordained power to save men, and are dealing out their insipid theories of spiritual influence, their views and philosophies, which have nothing in them to save, if they were all true.
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At this rate our large congregation would only just be able to support itself and bear its own weight! Who is to convert the world at this rate! If we can not do anything more than sustain ourselves who are to support missions, build colleges and take care of the poor? If you had such a preacher as you want, he would have to do everything himself, or you would not be satisfied.