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PROPER FOR THE
Confideration of all Sorts of People at all Times; more especially, whenever in danger of PUBLIC CALAMITIES: Collected out of the Holy Scriptures; fhewing the EVENTS, which fome Perfons have Reason to fear; and those for which others have Ground to hope.
Whereunto is added a LETTER, proving, that the public Reading the Holy Scriptures on the Lord's-Days is an Ordinance of divine Appointment, for the fpiritual Benefit of all Sorts of Hearers, and is Part of that public Worship which God requires from his People.
All intended for promoting Piety and the Confolation of ferious Chriftians of every Denomination, when under Affliction, either of a temporal or fpiritual Kind, frequent in the common Course of Life; and likewise for their Comfort in Times of public Calamities.
By THEOPHILUS LOB B, M. D.
Printed the J. BUCKLAND, at the Buck in Paternofter-Row. MDCCLXI.
101. e. 103.
F (as alledged in the tenth Letter of this Book) the Public Reading the Holy Scriptures on the Lord's-Days in the Affemblies of Christians, is an Ordinance of God's Appointment, for the fpiritual Benefit of all Sorts of Hearers, and is a Part of the Public Worship He requires from his People; then it ought to be performed in every worshipping Affembly of Chriftians, on thofe Holy Days: And thofe Congregations, and their Minifters, who have not used this Ordinance ought no longer to neglect it.
The following Queries are proposed to confideration.
1. As to thofe Minifters of Chrift, who have not performed this Part of the Public Worship of God on the Lord's-Days, it is queried, Whether they are not guilty of diminishing from the Things, which the Lord hath commanded, and guilty of withholding from Him Part of the Public Worship which he requires; and guilty of withholding from ferious Chriftians an Ordinance appointed for their further Inftruction, Edification, and Comfort; and guilty of withholding from the ignorant and ungodly Perfons, who may come to the Public Worthip of God, what he ordained, as a Means of Knowledge, Converfion, and Salvation to their Souls?
2. As to the People of those Congregations, it is queried, Whether they are not bound in Duty, for the Glory of God, and the Good of immortal Souls, to entreat their Minifters to perform this as well as the other Parts of Public Worship, that fo they may enjoy the Advantages, and Comfort of Hearing the Holy Scriptures read every Sabbath Day?
See Col. 417. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the Miniftry, which thou had received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.