Table of Contents

Nature and Causes of Apostasy from the Gospel

Title page.

Prefatory note.

To the reader.


Chapter I. The nature of apostasy from the gospel declared, in an exposition of Hebrews vi. 4–6.

Chapter II. Partial apostasy from the gospel — Pretenses of the church of Rome against the charge of this evil examined and rejected.

Chapter III. Apostasy from the mystery, truth, or doctrine of the gospel — Proneness of persons and churches thereunto — Proved by all sorts of instances.

Chapter IV. The reasons and causes of apostasy from the truth or doctrine of the gospel, and the inclination of all sorts of persons thereunto in all ages, inquired into and declared — Uncured enmity in the minds of many against spiritual things, and the effects of it in a wicked conversation, the first cause of apostasy.

Chapter V. Darkness and ignorance another cause of apostasy.

Chapter VI. Pride and vanity of mind, sloth and negligence, love of the world, causes of apostasy — The work of Satan, and judgments of God in this matter.

Chapter VII. nstance of a peculiar defection from the truth of the gospel; with the reasons of it.

Chapter VIII. Apostasy from the holiness of the gospel; the occasion and cause of it — Of that which is gradual, on the pretense of somewhat else in its room.

Chapter IX. Apostasy into profaneness and sensuality of life — The causes and occasions of it — Defects in public teachers and guides in religion.

Chapter X. Other causes and occasions of the decay of holiness.

Chapter XI. Apostasy from evangelical worship.

Chapter XII. Inferences from the foregoing discourses — The present danger of all sorts of persons, in the prevalency of apostasy from the truth and decays in the practice of evangelical holiness.

Chapter XIII. Directions to avoid the power of a prevailing apostasy.


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