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P

A iz

T

I.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter:

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fperity,

and

intenfively and radicatedly

in the Winter of

Adverfity

;

yet

ufually

their Night

is

longer

than their

Day,

and that

Day its

felt

hath

its

Storms

and Tern

-

pelts.

For the

Prognoflicks are evident

in

their

Caufes

: x.

The

Church

will

be

hill

Imperfen

and

Sinful,

and

will have thofe

Difeafes

which need

this

bitter Remedy.

2.

Rich Men

will be the

Rulers

of

the World ; and Rich Men

will

be

generally

far from true Godlinefs,

that they muff

come

to Heaven

as

by Human Impafbilsties,

as a

Camel through

a Needles

Eye.;.The

Ungodly will

ever have an

Enmity againft

the Image

of

God,

and he that

is

born

of

the

Flefh will perfecute

him that

was

born after the Spirit, and Brotherhood will

nctt

keep

a Cain

from killing an

Abel,

who offereth

a

more acceptable Sacrifice

than

htmfelf

:

And the Guilty

will Bill

hate the

Light,

and make

a

Prey

to their Pride and

Malice

of

a

confcionable

Re-

prover. 4.

The

Paftors will

be flill

troubling

the Church with

their Pride and

Avarice and

Contentions;

and the

worn

will be feeking

to

be the

greaten, and

they that

Peek

it are liken

to

attain

it.

r. He

that

is

higheft

will be Rill

impofing

his

Conceits upon thofe under him, and

Lording

it

over God's Heritage, and with

Diorrepbes

calling out the Brethren, and

ruling them by

conftraint, and not

as

Vo-

lunteers.

6.

Thofe that are truly

judicious

will ftill comparatively

be

few ;

and

confequently the Troublers and

Dividers will be

the Multitude

;

and

a

judicious

Peace-maker andReconciler will be negle&ed, flighted, or hated by both Extreams,

7.

The Tenour

of

the

Gofpel

Predietions, Precepts, Promifes and Threatnings,

are

fitted

to

a

People in

a

fuffering State. 8.

And the

Graces

of

God in

a

Believer

are

monly

fui,ed

toa

State

of

Suffering.

9.

Chrinians

muff imitate Chriff, and

fuffer

with

him

before they reign

with him

;

and

his

Kingdom

was

not

of

this

World.

co.

The

Obfervation

of

God's dealing

hitherto with theChurch in

every

Ageconfirmeth me

:

and

his

befooling

them

that

have dreamed

of

glorious

Times.

It

was fuch

Dreams

that tranfported the

Munffer

Anabaptins, and the Followers

of

David

George

in the Low Countries, and

Campanella,

and the

Illuminati

among the

Papins, and our

Englifh

Anabaptins and other Fanaticks here, both in the Army

and the City and Country. When they

think the

Golden Age

is

come, they

Phew

their Dreams in their extravagant

Altions:

And

as

our Fifth

Monarchy Men,

they

are prefently upon force unquiet

rebellious

Attempt, to let up

Chrif

in

his

Kingdom whether he will or not.

I

remember how

Abraham

Scultetus

in Curricu-

to

Firs

fate confeffeth

the

common Vanity

of

himfelf and other

Protenants in

Germany,

who

Peeing

the

Princes

in

England, France,

Bohemia,

and

many

other

Counttys,

to

beall at onceboth Great and

Wife, and Friends

to Reformation,

did

prefently

expel

the Golden

Age

:

But

within one year either Death, or Ruines

of

War or

Back

-

hidings, had expofed all

their

Expeótations to Scorn,

and laid

them lower than

before.

29.

I do not lay

fo

great

a

Serefs

upon the external Modes and Formes

of

Wor-

(hip,

as

many young

Profeffors do.

I

have

fuffpe&ed

my

felt,

as

perhaps the

Reader

may do, that

this is from a

cooling and declining from

my former.

Zeal (

though

the truth

is,

I

never much complyed

with Men

of

that

Mind)

:

But

I

find

that

judgment and

Charity

are the Caufes

of

it,

as

far

as

I am

able

to

difcover.

I

can-

not

be

fo

narrow

inmy Principles

of

Church

-

Communion

as

many are

;

that are

fo much

for

a Liturgy, or

fo

much againtt

it,

fo

much for Ceremonies or fo

much againtt them, that they

can hold

Communion with no Church that

is

not

of

their Mind andWay.

If

I

were

among the

Greeks,

the Lutherans, the Indepen-

dants;

yea, the Anabaptins

(

that own no Herify, nor

fet themfelves

againft

Charity and

Peace)

I

would

hold

fometimes occafronal

Communion with

them

as

Chrinians

(if

they

will

give me leave, without forcing me to

any

fmful

Subfcription

or

A

&ion)

:

Though my mon

:dual

Communion

should

be

with

that

Society,

which

I

thought

mon

agreeable

to the

Word

of

God,

if

I werefree

to

chufe.

I

cannot be

of

their

Opinion that think God

will

not

accepthim

that

prayeth

by

the Common-Prayer-Book, and

that

filch

Forms are a

felfinvented

Worfhipwhich God

reje&eth :

Nor yet

can

I

be

of

their Mind that

fay

the like

of

extemporary Prayers.

go.

I

am much

lets

regardful

of

the Approbation of Man, and let

much light-

er

by

Contempt

or

Applaufe,

than

I

did longago.

I

am oft

fufpicious

that

this

is

not

only

from

the

increafe

of

Self

-

denial

and

Humility;

but partlyfrom my be-

ing

glutted

and

forfeited

with human Applaufe

:

And

all worldly things

appear

molt

vain

and

unfatisfalory

when we have tryed them

molt.

But

though

I

feel

that this bath force hand

in the

Eifel,

yet

as

far

as

I

can perceive,

the Knowledge

of

Man's Nothingnefs, and God's tranfcendent Greamefs, with whom

it

is

that I

1

have molt

to do, and the

fenf

of

the

brevity

of

humanethings, and the nearnefs

of