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T

I.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

131

zr.

I

am much more

fenfible

how prone many

young

Profeffors

are

to

Spiritual

Pride and Self conceitednefs, and

Unrulinefs and

Divifion,

and

fa

to prove the

Grief

of

their Teachers, and Firebrands in the Church

;

and how much of

a

Mi-

niRer's

work lieth in preventing

this,

and humbling and confirming

fuch

young

unexperienced Profeffors, and keeping

them in

order

in their

progrefs

in

Reli-

gion.

22.

'Yet

am

I

more

fenfible

of

the Sin and Mifehief

of

ufing

Men

cruelly

in

Matters

of

Religion, and

of

pretending Mensgood, and the

Order of theChurch;

for

Ads

of

Inhumanity or Uncharitablenefs:

Such

know not their own Infir-

mity, nor yet

the

nature of Paftoral Government, which ought to

be Paternal

and

by

Love

;

nor

do they know the way

to win

a

Soul

, nor to

maintain

the

Churches Peace.

23.

My

Soul

is

much more

aflli

@ed

with the thoughts

of

the

miferable

World,

and

more drawn out

in

delire

of

their Converfion than heretofore:

I

was

wont to

look but

little further than

England

in my

Prayers,

as

not

confidering the

Rate

of

the

rel

of

the World

:

Or

if

I

prayed for the Converfion

of

the Jews, that

was al-

moil

all.

But

now

as

I

better underftand

the

Cafe

of theWorld, and the method

of

the Lord's Prayer, fo there

is

nothingin

the World

that

lyeth

fo heavy

upon my

heart,

as

the thought

of

the

miferable

Nations

of

the

Earth: It

is

the molt

alto

-

nilhing part

of, all

God's Providence to me,

that

he fo far

forfaketh

alma

all

the

World,

and confineth

his

fpecial

Favour to

fo few

:

That

fo fmall a

part

of the

World

haththe

Profelßon

of

Chriflianity, incompanion

of

Heathens, Mahome-

tans and

other

Infidels

!

And

that

among

profeffed Chriftians

there are

fo

few

that

are fared

fromgroßDeluftons,

and have

but any competentKnowledge

:

and that

among

chafe

there are fo few that are

ferioully Religious, and

truly

fer

their

hearts

on

Heaven.

I

cannot

be affe&edfo

much with the Calamities

of

my own Relati-

ons, or he Land

of

my Nativity,

as

with the

Cafe

of

the Heathen, Mahometan;

and ignorant Nations

of

the Earth.

No

part

of

my

Prayers are fo deeply

ferious;

as

that for the Converfion

ofthe

Infidel

andUngodly World, that God's Name may

be fanEtified, and

his

Kingdom come, and

his

Will

be

done on Earth

as

it

is

inHea-

ven

:

Nor

was

I

ever before fo fenfible

what a

Plague the Divifion

of

Languages

was which hindereth our fpeaking to them for their Converfion

; nor what

a

great

Sin tyranny is,

which keepeth out the Gofpel from moll of the Nations

of

theWorld.

Could

we

but

go

among Tartarians,

Turks, and

Heathens, and fpeak

their

Lao

guage,

I

fhould be

but

little troubled for

the

filencing

of

Eighteen hundred Mini

Reis at once

in

England,

nor

for all the

yell

that

were

talc

out here,

and

in

Scotland

andlrelas,d

:

There

being

no Employment

in

theWorld

fo defirable

in my

Eyes, as

to

labour

for

the winning

of

fuch miferable

Souls

:

which

maketh me greatly

honour

Mr.

j

obn

Eliot,

the Apoftle

of

the

Indians

in NewEngland,and whoever

elfehave la.

boured in fuch work.

24.

Yet

am

I

not

fo

much inclined

to

pafs

a

peremptory

Sentence

of

Damnatioh

upon

all

that never heard of

Chrift

;

having force more reafon than I knew

of

be-

fore, to

think

that God's

dealing

with

fuch

is

much unknown

to

re

!

And that the

Ungodly

here

among

us

Chrifians

are in

a far

worfe Cafe

than

they.

zq. My

Cenfures

of

the Papilts do much differ from

what they

were at

frít

I

then thought

that their

Errours in

the

DoEleines

of Faith were their molt danger-

ous

Miflakes,

as

in the

Points

of

Merit, Jufiification

by Works, Affurance

of

Sal-

vation,

the Nature

of

Faith,d'c.

But

now

I

am affured

that their

mif-exprefrons,

and

mifunderftanding

us,

with our miftakings

of

them, and inconvenient expref-

fing

our

own

Opinions,

hath

made

the

difference

in

thefe Points

to appear much

greater

than they

are;

and

that in

fame

of

them

it

is

next to none at

alh

But the

great and unreconcilable Differences lye, in their

Church Tyranny

and Ufur-

parions, and

in

their

great

Corruptionsand

Abafement

of

God's Worfhip,

together

with

their befriending

of

Ignorance

and

Vice.

At

firlt

I

thought that Mr.

Perkins

well proved

that

a Pappif

cannot

gobeyond

a

Reprobate:

but now

I

doubt not

but

that

God

bath

many fanúified Ones among

them, who

have received

the

true

Doctrine

of

Chriftianity

fo praetically

,

that their contradiétory Errours prevail

not

againft them, to hinder their Love

of

God, and their

Salvation

:

but

that their

.Errours are likea

conquerable

Dofe

of

Poyfon which Nature doth overcome.

And

I

can never

believe

that

a

Man

may

not

be

fared by

that

Religion, which

doth

but bring him to the true Love

of God,

and to

a

heavenly

Mind

and Life

:

nor

that

God

will ever

call

a Soul

into Hell that truly loveth him..

Alfo

at

fir11

it

would

difgrace

any

Doctrinewith

me,

if

I did

but

hear it

called

Popery and An

-

tichril}ian

but I have long learned to

be

more impartial, and to

diAike

Men for

S

a

bad