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by young E'hriftianso 1 Moft of the Churches confutions and diviuons, have.been caufed by the younger fort of Chrif}i- ans Whoare in the heat of their zeal, and the infancy ofunderf ending : Who have 4eiiion ee nough to make them drive on, but havenot judge- nsent enough .to know the ways None are fo fierce and raíh in condemning the things and per- fons which they underf}and nor, and in railing clamours againfl all that are wifer and foberer than they. If they once take a thing to be a fin which isno fin, or duty which is no duty, there is no perfon, no Minif}er, no Magiftrate , who bath age, or wifdom or piety enough, to fave.them from the injuriesof juvenile temerity, if they do not think and .fpeak and do according to their green and raw conceits. Remember therefore tobe always fenfible of the great difadvantages of youth, and to preferve that reverence forexperienced age, which God in nature as'well as in Scripture hash made their due. If time at labour were not neceffary tomaturity of knovleage, why do you not trufl another with your health, as well as a fludyed experienced Phy- 'ician, and with your Mates, as well as a íEudyed Lawyer? And why do not Sea-men trua any oL tiler, togovern the .firip, as well as an experienced tPilot ? Do you not fee that all men ordinarily are befl, at that which by long f ady they have made their profeffion. I know thofetthat I-have :now todo with will fay, that Divinity is not learnt by labour and ment 'teaching, as other Sciences and Arts are; but by the teachingof thefpirit of God : and therefore the young- `Jl may have as much of it as eh? tilde /I. 'D 3 .rin(ss®