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Forsaking God’s House, Robert Lee

4. While thousands of men have been made better by attending the public worship of God, no man was ever known to be made worse by such attendance. The only sure way to judge of the tendency of a thing, is to learn, what effects it has commonly produced. If two classes of men, in circumstances altogether similar, who live in the same place, work at the same employments, receive the same amount of wages, have enjoyed the same . . .

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5. Of all the millions of men who have, in all ages of the Church, attended the public ordinances of religion, no man of sound mind was ever known to regret his having attended them, but thousands have lamented most deeply and bitterly their failing to wait upon God in that manner; and very many have connected the commencement of that course, which led eventually…

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6. As the general habit of church-going is always accompanied with a general decency and regularity of behaviour, so, on the other hand, the general neglect of public religious worship is universally marked by a general profligacy of manners, by the prevalence of open and gross sins, drunkenness, fornication, theft, adultery, violence, murder, and all the other more heinous violations of the laws of God and of man. It is a fact well known…

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7. We shall cease to wonder at the powerful and salutary effects which undeniably result from attending the house of God, when we consider, that, God, the Giver of all good, both for the present life and the life to come, gives it under what conditions, and subject to what laws, he himself has seen fit. He preserves our lives on condition that we take food, drink, sleep, and whatever else he has pointed out to us as necessary…

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8. It is also extremely worthy of remark, that the reading of God’s Word itself, though an invaluable means of grace, and without which the work of God’s Spirit is not usually carried forward in the minds of men, has not experimentally been found to be the general instrument of conversion. This has usually been accomplished by means of the Word of God, spoken…

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