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CHURCH OF ENGLAND:
Discourse on Confirmation.
BY THOMAS SECKER, LL.D.
PUBLISHED FROM THE ORIGINAL-M.SS.
BY BEILBY PORTEUS, D.D. AND GEORGE STINTON, D.D.
HIS GRACE'S CHAPLAINS.
PRINTED FOR A. & W. WATSON, CAPEL-STREET.
Lect. V. Grounds and Rule of Faith,.
Lect. XXXIV. The Nature and Number of the Sacra-
IN all matters of importance, every one that wants information, should first seek for it, then attend to it; and the more our happiness depends upon judging and acting right in any case, the more care and pains we should take to qualify ourselves for both. Now, the happiness of all persons depends, beyond comparison, chiefly on being truly religious. For true religion consists in three things; reasonable government of ourselves, good behaviour towards our fellow-creatures, and dutifulness to our Maker; the practice of which will give us, for the most part, health of body and ease of mind, a comfortable provision of necessaries, and peace with all around us; but, however, will always secure to us, what is infinitely more valuable still, the favour and blessing of God; who, on these terms, will both watch over us continually with a fatherly kindness in this life, and bestow on us eternal felicity in the next.
Since, therefore, whoever is religious must be happy, the great concern of every one of us is, to know and observe the doctrines and rules which religion delivers. Now, we all come into the world ignorant of these; and our faculties are so weak at first, and gain strength so slowly; and the attention of our early years to serious things is so small; that even were our duty to comprehend no more than our own reason would teach us, few, if any, would learn it sufficiently without assistance; and none so soon as they would need it. They would come out into a world full of dangers,