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The fallen and ruined state of man...
Some of the sins of youth enumerated. 44
Cautions against some delusive supports
on which many rest their hopes, to
VII. Divine love a reason for early piety... 99
VIII. Early piety peculiarly acceptable to
God, and peculiarly honoured by him. 114
IX. The advantages of early religion. 124
X. The pleasantness of early piety. 153
XI. The happy conclusion of a religious
life, a motive for early piety.
XII. No real good possessed by those who are
destitute of religion: their ingrati-
tude to God, and cruelty to themselves 181
XIII. The vanity of youth, and the uncer-
tainty of life, reasons for the imme-
diate choice of early piety...
XIV. The sorrows and dangers that attend
the way of transgressors noticed, as
a reason for the choice of early religion. 198
XV. The terrors and fearful consequences of
death and judgment, to the uncon-
verted, a reason for early piety....
XVI. Some objections to early piety briefly
XVII. The young reader entreated to make
XVIII.Advice and directions to the young
Introductory Address to the Young Reader.
My dear young friend, if a person could rise from the dead to speak to you, how attentively would you listen to his discourse, and how much would you be affected by it.. Yet a messenger from the dead could not tell you more important things, than those to which I now beseech you to attend. I come to ask you to give your heart to GOD; I come to invite you to follow the divine REDEEMER now ; I come to entreat you to walk in the pleasant path of early piety. O that I could, with all the fervour of a dying man, beseech you to attend to your only great concerns!-It is not to a trifle that I call your attention, but to your life, your all, your eternal all, your God, your Saviour, your heaven, your every thing, that is worth a thought or wish