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OR,

COVETOUSNESS THE SIN OF THE

CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

BY THE REV. JOHN HARRIS,

9

&c.

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AUTHOR OF

THE GREAT TEACHER,

TWELFTH THOUSAND.

LONDON:

THOMAS WARD AND CO.,

27, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1836.

WILLIAM TYLER,

PRINTER,

BOLT-COURT, FLEET-STREET.

BIBLIO

109

TO

J. T. CONQUEST, M. D., F. L. S., &c.

This Essay,

ORIGINATED BY HIS LIBERALITY,

AND

ACCOMPANIED BY THE PRAYER

THAT IT MAY PROMOTE HIS BENEVOLENT OBJECT,

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY

THE AUTHOR.

ORIGINAL ADVERTISEMENT.

Many of the wisest and best of men are of opinion, that there is no sin so prevalent among professors of the gospel as the love of money, and yet there is no subject on which so little has been written well. The late Andrew Fuller says, “ It will, in all probability, prove the eternal overthrow of more characters among professing people than any other sin, because it is almost the only crime which can be indulged, and a profession of religion at the same time supported.” One hundred guineas, besides the profits of its publication, will be presented to the author of the best Essay on this subject. Preference will be given to the most scriptural, poignant, and affectionate appeal to the judgment and conscience of those who professedly recognise the authority of revelation on avaricious hoarding, and on unchristian-like expenditure to gratify the lust of the eye and the pride of life, whilst they avow their obligations to redeeming mercy, and profess that themselves and all they have is not their own, but belongs and must be accounted for to Him who has said, “ Occupy till I come;" then “give an account of thy stewardship, for

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