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Ch. i. Canflancy Ju they he did it on any difference ofOpinion,or occaflonal QitarreI, but it is molt like it was that he was a Gentile Chriltian, and too much defpifed the yews, as they cnfur'd and fepara- ted too much from the Gentiles, Rom. r4. Gal.u. Thus Separation on both fides loonbegan, and even Peace-making Apoftles could not be heard by the Dividers. I I. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good, he that doth good, is of God : but he that doth evil, hath not feen God. r r. Imitate not filch proud, hurtful, uncha- ritable, dividing Examples; whatever it pre- tend to, a hurtful uncharitable courfe is not of God, ftuh are not true Believers, and know not God aright. But it is doing good that mull thew that we are of God. By their Fruit ye hail know them. Note; Clergy Raman Cruelty by Inguiftions, Prifons, ejeâing true Minifiers, &so. thews that de. in Faith. Ch. r they are not ofGod, tho' they pretendPower Order, Unity, Faith, as if it were for God and, Truth. r z. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth it felt: yea, and we alfabear record, and ye know that our record is true. 52. Both by common Report, and his own Goodworks, and our true W itnefs, commend Demetrius. 13, i 4. I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee. Eut I truft I fhall Ihortly fee thee, and we (ball fpeak face to face, Peace be to thee. Our friends falute thee. Greet the friends by name. 53, r4. Nerei Kind RemembrancesandGree- tinga arc fuitable to Chriftian Friendlhip. The General Epiflle of Saint J U D E, (mofl probably the Apollle. ) the Churches cafe, who fear none but prophane Enemies. 3. Tho' Love and Mecknefs may be predo- svim.nt in Chrißians, eared contending for the Faith againft corrupting Hereticks is oft a Du- ty. But if this be pretended for odious ten- floes, Excommunications, Perferunions, or divi- ding Contentions againfl Chrifiians of the fame Faith, for their Differences about Leifer things, and for tolerable. Imperfections,, or for'doubt- ing ofunneceffary Opinions, Ceremonies, Parma, or Haman Canons, it will be no cover for the 4. It is the Faith firlt deliver'd to the Chur- ches by the-Apoftles, that Corrupters deprave, and we muff contendfor, and muß be the Teft ofour feveral Differences. 5. Keep Faith and Religion found among it Profeffors, and it will overcomethe World. 4. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, un- godly men, turning the grace of our God into lafcivioufnefs, and denying, the only Lord God, and our Lord Jefus Chrift. q. For there ate crept in by little and little as in the dark, tome men that Chriß had be- fore told us fhould arife, (or God decreed to condemn for their fin) ungodly men; that tho' R r 4 they C H A P. I. r. Jude the fervant of Jefus Chrifi, J and brother of james, to them that are fanítified by God the Father, and preferved in Jefus Chrift, and cal- led: 2. Mercy unto you, and peace, and love be multiplied. t, z. Note Men being judg'd of according to their Profeffron, all Chriflians are call'd San- agedPerforas. 3. Beloved, when I gave all dili- gence to write unto you of the com- mon falvation : it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye fhould earneftly contend for the faith Which was once delivered - unto the faints. 3. Note t. The common Salvation fignifieth but that way to Salvation which all mat go in that will be faded, God's High-way to Hea- ven, Chriftand his Gofpel. u. The Apoftles writing more againft Here- ticks and yews than kjeathens, tells us, That the Church hath more caufe ufually to defend the Truth againft pretended religious Zealots and Seth that are erroneous, than againß open Pa- gans, who are not animatedby fo much blind Zeal againft them ; therefore they know not