Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

38 Sincere Obedience nece Thry to SE M. as annexing invifible grace and very important II. ípiritual effe is to the outward miniftration of "+r`-'baptifm, the Lord's fupper, and it may be other ufages lefs valuable than thofe, which are wholly of human invention. Others, who difclaim fuch principles, yet muft have their fecret confidence, if they have any at ill, in the fame things, the real ufe and intent of which amounts to no more than a religious profeffion ; I fay their confidence muft be in thofe things, fence they ufe them conílantly and regularly, at the fame time indulging themfelves in immoralities, which their own hearts muft neceffarily sell them are contrary to the will of God. Now, the vanity and infufficiency of this pretence is fo apparent, it would feem not ne- ceffary to infift upon it. The perfuafion of this, one would think, muft follow in confe- quence upon our profeßion : fince by it the words of our Saviour muft be decifive in all cafes. For he is confidered as our infallible teacher, and he has fo exprelly declared, as in the text, not every one that faith, Lord, Lord, jhall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that dotb the will of my Father who is in heavçn; the wholetenor of the gofpel clearly fhcws the fame truth : nor can any attentive perfon