H. (Henry) Venn.

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THE COMPLETE

DUTY OF MAN

OR, A

s y s T E m;^

O F

Poarinal and Pradical Chriftianitj,

To WHICH ARE ABDED,

I^ohms of Prayer and Oitices of Devotion
for the various Circurnftanccs oF Lif£,

DESIGNED rOR THE USE OF FAMILIES.

..- _ . / ' -• —

By H. "'V E N N, a. M.

RZCTOR OP YeLLINC, AND ChAFLAIN TO THE EaRL OF BuCKAN\

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.



Coming unto CHRIST ai unto a UvtMg SioMf, dtfallo'WiJ indeed of
vieny hut chjfen sfGoD, and pret'ious.

Ye at/oy as VfvtJy ftonts^ are huilt up a fptr'ttual houje^ mn holy pr\efl.
hood, to offer up /pir'itual facrifictSy atetptahle /•God by Jesus
Christ. i Peteh ii. 4, 5.



JIlMI [■"■■■Ml



WORCESTER, (Massachusetts.)
Phinted by SEWALL GOODRIDGE.



1804.



T A B L E

or *

CONTENTS

1 N T H E

COMPLETE DUTY of MAN



OTa«k

N the excellent Worth of the Soul 17
The Knowledge of the Soul's excellent Worth,

necefTary to perform Chriftian Obedience 23

The Carefulnefs to fave the Soul - • 25
. The Scripture CharaBer of God - -315 37

The perfeftions of God exemplified by Fads 43

The natural Condition of Man refpefting God 53:

On the Depravity of Man * - - 59

The Human Heart's Enmity againft God - 6fc

On the Perfection of the Law - - * 75:

The feveral Ufes of the Law - - *- 77

The fame fubjeO; continued - - - 8a
The Dangerous Miftakes, which, through Ignor-
ance of the Lav/, gOTcrn our Minds - - 88
Faith in our Lord Jefus Chrift afcertaincd from

Scripture Teftimony . - - 9;^

The Extent of Faith in Chrift - - 101
Great Advantages from receiving Chrift';^ own

Definition of Faith in his Name - - 104
The Foundation of Fa;ith in the Lard Jefus

Chrift - - - - i>^

The fama fubjeO: continued - - 124
The Ground for Faith in Chrifl to turn us from

all Iniquity - '. - - 127

On the Divinity of the Holy Ghofl: - - i33

On the Operations of the Holy Ghofl 139
On the conftant Agency of the Holy Ghofl in

ail Age5 - - - - ^42




CONTENTS*

On the Proprieties of the Spirit's Influence, and

the daring Impiety of denying it ^ . 149
On true and falfc Repentance - - 155

The fame fubjeft continued - - 159

The Tempers of a Chriftian towards Godj and

the Principles which form them - - 16^
The Tempers ofaChiftian towards God - 173
On the Tempers of a Chriftian towards God ijj
The Tempers of a Chriftian towards his Fellow

■ Creatures ' - ' ■ - - 182

On the Tempers of a Chriftian towards his

Fellow-Creatures - » - ip3

The Tempers of a Chriftian towards his Fellow-
Creatures » - - • igg
The Tempers of a Chriftian towards his Fellow-

* Creatures - - - - 202
Chriftian Humility - - - 20^
The Duty of a Chriftian in a Married State 214
The Chriftian's Duty in the Marriage State 218
The Natural Duty of Parents and Children 2^^
The fame fubjeft continued : - 231?
On the Education of Children - - . 2361
The Duty of Children towards their Parents 24^
On Self-Dcnial ' - - - 251
On the fin of Lewdnefs * - 25G
On Self-denial refpe^ling the Love of Money 263
On Love of Praife - , - ftS^
On Evnl Shame - - - 273
On Self-denied Submiftion of our underftand-

ing to God's Word - - ' 27S

On Devotional Duties - - 287^

On the Neceflity of Prayer - • 295

The Properties of acceptable Prayer ^ - 301;

On the certain Succefs of Prayer - - 307

Tiie Pleafures peculiar to Believers in the

Lord Jefus Chrift - - . 31^

On Pleafures peculiar to a Chriftian - 229
The Love of Chrift to his Church in all Ages

• the fame - • . , 338



P U E F A C E.



Faith in Chrifi, whatever difputes may have hitu
-taifcd ahdut its nature^ is allowed on all hands Iq he &
o^pital doHrinc of the gofpel^ and ejfcntial i9 #
Ghriftian.

In full agreement with great lights of the primi*
tlvc churchy our own^ and all the reformed ones^ I un^
dcrfiand by it a dependence upon Chrijl for rightcouf'^
%ef% andfrmgth^ as having paid to the jufiice of Gsd
full fatisfattion for his broken law^ and obtained ac*
ceptanctfor all believers in his ndme^ 'to the reward of
eternal life. Should an explanation of this pointy now
itfeemsfo offenfive to many^ be demanded^ the follow^
mg is humbly fubmitted to confideration.

Sin is the tranfgrcffion of God's law^ which fofoon
MS broken^ fuhjeEis us to its penalty. The frfl fm of
ihefirfl man is a decifve proof of this truth ^f landing
in the front of the Bible^ a perpetual important lejfon of
intrusion to mankind^ in a pointy which otherzuifc
eould not have been known by them ; and which^ not-
mthfianding thefolemnity of its delivery^ they are al^
tuays apt to overlook. But thi s faEi ought very parti cu*
hrlyto be confidered^becaufe defigned to give us a clear
infight into the nature of Go d^ and the nature of fin ^
find as a key to the fubfequent ' difcoveri es of fcripture,
lor if the fm of eating the forbidden fruity involving



v'i jE* R E ? A C E.

in iti fatal confquencn the zahoU human rdce^ could
not he pardoned ; 'Oie may fairly prcfame^ fin has aU
xoayi the fame nature in ike eyes cf en' unchangeable
God, Therefore^ every fr.^ cs cr. cB cf difohedience
€:id rchcUion againjl him, muf he the ohjecl cf his dif
f'leafure at all timcs^ and fore-oer fepar ate from him
every foul cf rian in xuhom it is found unpardoned find
unpirgedo

This ^Ivcs an alarming viezu of cur condition imdfT
fn, immediately exciting this qitejiion, How ere finneri
to he reflored to the favor of God ? An enquiry^ ^f M'^
^^hcrs the viofl important. And you are again defircd
to hep your eye fixed vpan the fcripture character cf
Cod, his hollnef or haired of fin y and inflexible wilUfi
punifii it, rcmemhering at the fame time, that every a^
cf difohedience has the fame accurfed nature zuith thi
frf, and as certainly expofes the offender to condem-
nation.

Jf you rcjife to admit this avful account cf the na^
ture of fin, and of God, hecaufe contrary to the idea yaw
have framed of him, and derogatory ^ as you fancy, to hii,
perftdions, you are then required ta prove under what
fge of the zoorld, or in what part of fcripture you find
it recorded, that God has revoked his decree againftfn^
und made a change in the lava given to man at his crea^
iion. This voas, Ufevpon obedience, and in cafe of
iravj^rcf[!cn, death. The fcripture,^ on the contrary^
?-t pcrfca harmony wuh itfelf acquaints us, that at the
f cor.d promulgation of the lazv, God appeared in the
fa'^ie inrjff •^. f over eigntVy and v;ith the fame denuncia^
hon if wrath cgcivf fmnerSy as he dU- at the begirt



PREFACE. vii

ning, Curfcd 15 every one that continucth not i»
tU the things which arc written in the book of the
law to do tiicm. Oi which we may cbfcrvc by the
xuay^ that as more than temporal death was ncccjfarily
implied in the ihreaiciing and curfc to the Jews, bc^
I caiife that



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