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Preached at Portsmouth 15th July, 1802, before a society of
UNITARIAN CHRISTIANS established in the South of ENG.:
Ps. CXXVII. 4, 5.
THE USEFULNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES.
2. TIM. III. 16.
All Scripture ... is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
HERE is no consideration which more
effectually exposeth the folly and wickedness of the church of Rome, in prohibiting the reading of the holy scriptures; than that of the end and usefulness of those compofitions. Their end is to make us wife unto salvation; their usefulness, in the concerns of religion, is most comprehensive: since they are
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for cor
rection, and for instruction in righteousnefs; " that the man of God may be formed to per
fection, and thoroughly furnished untoevery 'good work.” That Church, by its conduct,