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SERMON I.

THE USEFULNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES.

2. TIM. III. 16.

All Scripture ... is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,

for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

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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,

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