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THE

PREFACE.

never

lofe

jru

ad

vitar,z,

his

right to

Heaven,

what

fins

foever

he wallows

in

:

'I

fay,

whilft

men teach fuch doctrines, and yet cry

out

againft

Anti

-

nomians, Libertines, and

other

Sectaries,

what

do

they

in

judging

others,

but

oidemnthemièlves,

for they

grant

the premilès,

and deny only

the

conclufîon.

If

finch

doêtrines were

as

true

as

they

are

common, this

Author,

and

all

others,

that

have

written

on this fubjecti

might have

fpared

their pains, and thereforewe may

fay

with the

Pfalmiff,

It

is

time

pw. ,

9.

t

t6

fór

thee Lard

to

work,

for

they

have

deftroyed

thy Law.

Thefe men

are

like

to

Lyc:r

o

(

who

being

calf

into

a

frenzy by Dionifru

)

in

4.

ar

13.

that

diflempes

thinking to

have

cut

down

a

Vine,

with

the.

fame

Hat

-P.

57

chet

flew

his own

Son;

fo

thefe being poffeft

with

a

fpiritual frenzy,

which they call

zeal,

when they lift up their Hatchet to cut off fame

er-

rors, which like luxuriant branches have

fprung

up about

the

Law,

they

do nnawares

cut

down the Law

it

felf,

both

root

and branch,

making

the obfervation

of

it

arbitrary in refpeét

of

Salvation,

or

as

a

Parenthefis

ina fentence, where

the

fenfè

may

be

perfect

without it.

Such Errors

are far

more dangerous, than many

that

were held by

the

old

Herettcks, which were chiefly about matters fpeculative, whereas

there

reflect

upon mattters

of

praétife, and whileft they ftrike at

the root

of

obedience

to

the

Laws

of

Chriff,

they

do directly

take

away

the very

way

of

Salvation,

to the

certain

ruine

of

peoples

Souls,

and

do

utterly

overthrow the

foundation

both

of

Church

and

Common

-

wealth

;

fo

that

where

fuch doctrines

prevail,

nothing but

confufion, and diflólution

of

all

Govermentcan follow,

as

fadexperience in too many places íhews

;

where

the

genuine

fruits

of

fuch doctrines, appear

to

be

no other, than to rob

the

Prieft

of

his

Honour,

the Prince

of

his

power, the

people

of

their

Difei

pline

arid

Government,

Paffors

of

their

Flocks,

and

Sheep

of

their

Paffors,

Preachers

of

their Churches, Churches

of

their

Reverence, Religion

of

its Power,

and

theWorld

of

all

Religion. St. games

would have

us

to try

our Faith

by

our

Works,

but

diefe men will

have their

works tryed by

their

Faith.

To

the pure

all

things are pure ;

if

with

be

in their Heart,

God can

fee

no

fin

in

their

actions.

We

read

of

the

Scholars

of

one Al-

rnaricas

of

Paris,

who held,

that

what

was deadly

fin

in others, yet

if

it

were done

by

one,

that

was

in

Charity,

or

the

Rate

of

Grace,

it

was

no

fin,

or not imputed

to him,

for,

which they

were condemned

as

Hereticks.

Thefe men

Teem

to be fpit out

of

their mouths,

for they

would have

fins

diffinguiíhed

not

by

their

nature

or object,

but

by

the

tub-.

jeft

in

v,,

hom

they

are

:

and hence

they

hold,

that

all

their own

fins,

though

never

fo

great (

they

being believers and

eleft

)

are at

the moll but

infirmi-

ties,

which cannot endanger their

Salvation,

but

the

fins

of

all

others are

mortal

and

damnable,

which

impious doctrine

with the

reff

above-menti-

oned from which It

flows,

howfoever they

be

vanifht

over

with

fair thews

of

advancing

the

free grace

of

God, and

the

merits

of

Chrift,

and

the

deprefling

of

mans

power, yet

are indeed

no other than the

old

damned

Herefie

of

Simon

Magus,

who,

as Theodoret

faith,

taught

his

Difciples,

they were

free

from

the

obedience

of

the law,

and was

condemned by

the

Ancient

Church

in

Bafilides, Carpocrates,

Epiphanes, Prodicus,

Eunomims,

and

other impure wretches,

and

is

call'd

by

Luther himfelf

(whofe

un-

wary

fpeeches

have given toomuch

occafion

to

thefe

doctrines, ultimas

Diaboti flatus

The

lafl blaft

of

the Devil.

Againft

thefe

and

fuch like doctrines,

which

make this and

all

other

a

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books