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j z s SAsf peaReligiouspasions, apt tobe moll confident , and not fufpeet them, the matter Teeming fogreat andgood, about which they are exercifed. And Perilou4 ; becaufe the greatneß andgoodnefs of the matter, doth make the errour the greater and the mode. I have (hewed before how eafie it is, to think that our Relig:ou pafsions, are all the works of the fpirit of God For we are apt to eflimate them , by the depth and earneflnefs which we feel. But excellent perfons have been here miflaken, as fames and John were. And not only fo, but when the paf- lion isup, the judgement it f:If is feldome to be far trufled ; For it inclineth us to err in all things that concern the prefent bufinefs. Therefore Bill remember the diFference between true zeal and falfe : And know that he that is upright in the main, and whofe zeal for Chriftianity is found, mayyet have much, zeal that is unfound with ir. Firfl, It is an ill fign whenyour zeal is raifed about forcefingular opinion which you haveowned, and not for the common falvatien and fubflance of the Chriftian faith or praetife. Or at leafl,when your odd opinion hath a greater proportion of your zeal, than many more plain and neceffary truths. Secondly, when your zeal is moved by any jerfonal intercft of your own By honour or dif- .honour ; By any wrong that is done you, or any z.putation of wifdome or goodnefs, which lieth on the caufe. Or at lea(l when your own intereft bath too large a proportion in your zeal. Thirdly, when your zeal is more for the inter.: ell of your party, than for the Univerfal Church, and the common caufe of Godlinefs, and Chri- f}iarity; and can be content that fay?: detriment to