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AMR

144

The

L

IF

T

©f

the

L

r

B.

I.

6.

Alfa

that

they

too

much exploded Synods, refuting them

as

Rated, and ad-

mitting thet$ but

upon fome extraordinary Occafionr.

7. Alfo

their

over.rigidnefs againft

the

Admiffron

of

Chriftians

of

other Church-

es

to their Communion.

8.

And their making a Minifter to

be

as

no Minifter to

any but

his

own Flock,

and

to

as

to

others but

as

a

private

Man;

with

divers others fuch Irregularities,

and dividing

Opinions

:

Many

of which

the moderation of the

New England Synod

bath

of

late

correaed

anddifowned

; and fo

done very

mud-4

to

heal

theft

Breaches.

4

rq.

s.

And for the

Anabaptifis

I

knew

that

they injurioufly excluded the

In-

fants

of

the

Faithful from folemn entrance

into the Covenant

and

Church

of

God,

and

as

frnfulty

made

their Opinion

a

Ground

of

their

Separations from the

Churches

and Communion

of

their Brethren

;

and

that among

them grew up

the

Weeds

of

many Errors and

Divifions,

Sub-divifions,

Reproach

of

Minilters, Fa-

.Rion

and Pride, and fcandalous

Praítices

were fomented in their way.

4

r6.

The

cafe

Banding thus with

all thefe Parties,

I thought it

my

Duty,

r.

To

labour to bring

them

all

toa concordant

Pradtice

of

fo

much

as

they

all agreed

in. z.

To

fet all

that

together which

was

True and

Good

among them

all, and

to

promote that

fo

far

as

I

was able,

and to

rejea

the

refs. 3.

And

efpecially in or-

der to thefe, to

labour the reviving

of

Cbrifbian Charity,

which

Faûion

and

Dif-

putes

had lamentably extinguilh'd.

But

how to accomplilh this,

was

beyond

the

Profpea of

my Hope.

17. Befides

the Hinderances which,are contained in Mens

Principles,

I

found

three

others

which wereexceeding Powerful

:

One

is

in

Mens

Company

and ano-

therin their

feeming

Inrerefhs,

and the chiefeft

of

all

in the

Difpofition and

Qtia'=

lity

of

their

Minds.

4

18.

r.

Some

that

were moll converfant with faber, peaceable, experienced

Men,

and were under the

Care

of

peaceable

Minifters,' I found

very

much inclined

to

Charity

and Peace. But multitudes

of

them convertedmolt with ignorant,proud,

unexperienced, Pafftonate, Uncharitable Perfons; who made it

a

part

of

their

Zeal

and Ingenuity to break

a

Jeft

in

Reproach

and Scorn

of

them that

differed

from

them

;

and who were ordinarilyBackbiters,'

and bold unrighteous Cenfurers

of

others, before they well

underlined them, or

ever heard them give a Reafon

of

their Judgments or PraPices,

or

(peak for themfelves.

And the hearing

and

converting with fuch Petfons

as

the:

doth powerfully

dif

oft Men to the

fame

Difeafe, and

to

fin

impenitently after their Example.

Efpecialiy when

Men

are

incorporated into

a Seel

or

uncharitable

Parry,

and

have

captivated

themfelves

to

a

human Servitude in Religion,

and given up themfelves to

the

Will of Men,

the

Stream will bear

down the

plaineft

Evidence, and carry

them

to

the foulelt

Errors.

19.

z.

And

as

it

is

carnal

Interefá

that ruleth

the carnal World,

fo

I

found

that

r. Among

SelfriJlMen,

there

were

as

many

/were/is

and Ends,

as

Perfons;

and eve-

ry one

had an

Intereftof

his

own which

governed

him, and

fet him

ata

very

great

Enmity to the molt neceffary

means

of

Peace.

i.

And that

ever

Man that had

once

given up

himfelf to

a

Party,

and

drowned himfelf in

a

Faûion,

did make

the Intereft

of

that

Faûion

or Party

to

be

his

own

:

And the

Interelt

of

Cbriflia

pity,

Catbolicifm

and

Charity,

is

contrary to the Intereft

of

Seas,

as facb.

And

it

is

the Nature of

a

Salary,

that

he preferreth

the Intereft

of

his

Opinion,

Sea

or

Party,

before

the

Intereft of

Chriftianity,

Catholicifm and

Charity, and

will

fa-

crifice

the latter

to

the

Service

of

the

former.

§

zo. 3.

But the

GrandImpediment I

foundin the temper

of

Mens Minds ; and

there

I

perceived

a

manifolddifference. Among

all

theft

Parties

I found

that fome

were

naturally

of

mild and

calm

and'

gentle

Difpofition,

and

force

of

fower, Bow-

,

ard,

paffronate, peevilh, or furious Natures

:

Some were young

and

raw and un-

experienced,

and

thofe were like a young

Fruit,

four and

hall;

addised

to

pride

of

their ownOpinions,

to

Self-

conceitednefs,

Turbulency,

Cenforioufnefs and

Te.

merity,

and

to

engage themfelves for

a

Caufe

and Party

before

they underftood

the matter

:

and were led about by thole

Teachers and

Books

that

had once won

their higheft

Efteem;

judging

of

Sermons and Perfons by

their Fervency; more

than by the

foundnefi

of the Matter and the

Cade.

And

fame

I

found on the

other

fide,

to

be

ancient and experienced Chriftians that had tried

the

Spirits, and feen

what

was

ofGod,

and

what

of

Man, and noted the Events

ofboth in

the

World;

and theft werelike ripe Fruit, Mellow andfweet,

firft

pure, then peaceable, gen-

tle,

eafy

to

be

intreated,

full

of

Mercy

and goodFruits,

without Partiality; with-

out Hypocrify, who beingMakers

of

Peace, did fow the Fruits.

of

Righteoufnefs

in