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PA

AT

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter;

145

in

peace, James

;.

rß,18. I

began by

experience to underhand the meaning

of

thofe words

of

Sr. Paul,

r

Tim.;.

6.

[

Not a

Novice,

left being

lifted

up

with

pride,

befall into the

condemnation

of

the

Devil.] Novices,

that

is,

young, raw, unexperien-

ced Chriftians,are much apter to

be

proud,

and cenforious,and

factious,

than old

experienced, judicious Chriftians.

§

21.

But the Difference between the

Godly

and the

Ungodly,

the

Spiritual

and the

Carnal worshippers

of

God;

was

here the moft conuderable

of

all. An

humble,

holy,

upright

Soul

is

fenlible

of the intereft

of

Chriff and

Souls

;

and a,

gracious

Perfon

is

ever a

charitable

Perfon, and loveth

his

Neighbour as'himfelf;

and

there-

fore

judgeth

of

him,

as

he would

be

judged

of

himfel

f

and fpeaketh

of

him

as

he

would

be fpoken

of

himlèlf, and uleth him

as

he would be ufèd

himfelf

:

And it

is

as

much againft

his

charitable inclination to difagree or feparate from

his

Brethren,

much more

to

profecute

them

or

cuff

them out,

as

it

is

againff the

nature

of the

body

to difinember

it

felf,

by

cutting

off

any of the

parrs.

And

it

is

eafie

to

bring

Perlons to Agreement,

at

leaft

to

live

in Charitable Communion.

But

on the

other

fide

the Carnal,

Selfith

and Unfan6tified,

(

of what

Party or Opinion

foever)

have

a

Nature that

is

quite

againft holy

Concord and

Peace.

They want that

love

which

is

the natural

Balfom

for the Churches wounds

:

They

are every

one

Seljifh,

and

ruled

byiSelf-Intereft,

and have

as

many

Ends

and Centres

of

their

Delires

and

A

&ions,

as

they

are individual Men.

They

are

eafily deceived

and led into

Er-

rour,

efpecially

in

Pratticals, and againtt Spiritual

Truths,

for

want

of

Divine Il-

lamination, and Experience

of

the Things

of

God, and

a

Nature fuitable there-

to.

Their

Defigns

are Carnal, Ambitious, Covetous,as Worldly Felicity

is

their I-

dol and their End

:

God

is

not

taken for their higheft Governour,

his

Laws

mull

give place

"to

the

Defires

of

their Flefh

:

Their

very

Religion

is

but

Pride and

Worldlinefs,

or

fubjeCt

to it.

They

have a

fecret Enmity againft

a

holy, fpiritual

Life,

and therefore againfi the People

that

are holy

:

They

love

not

them that are

ferious

in their own Religion, and that

go beyond

their

dead

Formality

:

Thisirn-

mity, provoked

by

Selfintereft

or Reproof,

loth

eafily

make them Perfecutors

of

the

Godly,

if

they

have

but

power.

And their carnalworldly

hearts incline

them

to

the carnal worldly

fide

in any Controverfies about Religion, and

to

Corrupt

it,

and make

it

a

carnal thing. Thefe Hypocrites in the

Church

do betray its

Purity

and Peace, and

fell

Chrilt's Intereff and

the

Gofpel for

as

fmall a

price

as

Judas

fold

his

Lord

for.

And though in

a

time, when

Gods

Providence letreth

his

own

Caufe on

the

higher ground, and giveth it the advantage

of

holy Governours,thefe

Men

may pofibly

be ferviceable to its welfare,

as

finding

it

to

ferve

their

carnal

Ends

;

yet

ordinarily they will

fell

the Peace of

the

Church for Preferment; and

are either

impoJng perfecaring

Dividers,

or

difiontented

humorous

Dividers; and

hardly

brought to

the neceffary terms

of

a

jolt and holy and durable Peace,

(of

whom

I

have more largely

written

in my Book called

Catbolick

Unity).

Thefe,

and ma-

ny

more Impediments do

rife

up againftall conciliatory

endeavours.

§

22.

But I found not

all thefe alike in all

the

difagreeing Parties,

though fome

of

both

Sorts

in every Party.

The

Era/turn

Party

is

molt

compofed

Of

Lawyers

and other

Secular Perfons,

who better underhand the Nature

of

Civil Govern-

ment, than the

Nature, Form

and Ends

of

the Church, and

of

thofe

Offices

ap-

pointed

by

Chriftfor Men's Spiritual Edification

and Salvation.

The

Diocefan Party.

( with

us

)'

confifted

of

force grave, learned, godly

Bithops ,

andforce lober godly

People

of

their

mind;

and withal

of

almoft

all

the carnal

Politicians,Tempotizers,

Prophane,

and Haters

of

Godlinefs

in the Land

;

and all the Rabble

of

the igno-

rant, ungodly Vulgar: Whether this

carne

to

pats

from

any thing in

the

Nature

of

their

Diocefan Government,

or

from

their accommodating the ungodly

Sort

by

the

formal way

of

their

Publick

Worlltip;

or

from their heading

and

pleating

them

by running

down the ftrieter

fort

of

People whom

they hated

;

or

all there

together;

and

alto becaufe

the

warp and

muff

do always

fall

in with the Party that

is uppermoft,

I

leave

to the Judgment

of

the confiderate Reader.

The Presbyte-

rian Party

confifted

of

grave,

orthodox,

godly Minitiers, together with

the hope

-

fulleft

of

the

Students and young Minitters, and

the

fobereff,

godly, ancient Chri-

ftians, who were'equally averfe

to

Perfecution

and to

Scbifm";

and of thofe

young

ones

who wereeducated and ruled by theft

:

As

alfo

in thofe

places

where

they

molt prevailed,

of

the

foberehfort

of

the

well

-

meaning

Vulgar,

who

liked a

god-

ly

Life, though

they had no great knowledge

of

it

:

And

this

Party

was

motidefi-

rous

of

Peace.

The

Independant Party hadmany

very godly Mini tiersand

People,

but

with them many

young

injudicious perfons

, inclined

much to Noveltiesand

Separations, and abounding more in

Zeal ,than

Knowledge

; ufually

doing more

V

fo,