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The

`Prefáce

to

the Reader.

impartial Debates

about

things

controverted,

adds&ednels

to

PeffIntereft

and

Re-

putation with our refpeetive Patties, impatience

of

revere

Thoughts and

Studies;

and

of

impartial Confideration beforewe

Mc

and

pals

our Judgment, taking thing;

WO

much upon

Tru(t;

Prejudice againft thofe whole Sentiments are different

from

our

own,

laying

too great

a

weight upon eccentrical and meaner things,prying

too

boldly

into,

and

talking too confidently about things onrevealed, or but darkly

hinted to

us

in the Sacred

Text,

and reprelenring the

Doitrine of

Our.

Chrillianity

in our own

Artificial

Terms and

Schemes,

and

fo

confining the Intereft,

Grace, and

Heart of God

and

Chrill

to

our

refpeetive

Parties;

as

if

we had

forgot,

or had

ne-

ver

read

Rom.

14.17

-19.

Alla

ro. 34,

3c.

Gal. 6.

14

-16.

and

Eph.

4.

r

F:

That Perlòn

whofe

Thoughts,, Heart and

Life(hall meet me

in the

Spirit and Reach

of

z

Pet.

1.

t

-

-n.

shall

my hearty Love and

Service

,

although

he

de-

termine never

to,

hear me

Preach,or

tp Communicate with

me

all his

days,

through

the Imprellion

of

his

Education

or Acquaintance;

though at the fame time

lhould

be.

loth that

lath

a

narrow

Thought

should be

the Principle, Poile and Con

-

du&

of

my

Church Fellowlhip, Spirit,

or Behaviour.

God bath,

I

doubt

hot,

his

eminent

and valuable Servants

mall

Parties and

Perfwafions

amongst Chriftians.

An heavenly mind and Life

is

all in all

with

me.

I

doubt not

but

that God bath

many precious

faithful Ones

atnongft the Men

called

Independanü, Presbyieridns, A.

nabaptifis, Prelarical

And I humbly

judge

it reafonable

that'(

1.)

The

Mil-

carriages

of

former Parties be

not imputed to

fucceeding

Parties who own

not,

not

abet

their Principles

as

prodù&ive

of

filch

pra

&ical

Enormities..

(a. )

That the

Mifcarriages

of

tome

particular Perlons

be

not

Charged on

the

refl.,

until they pre

-

fe(

sormanifefttheirApprobationofthem,

.(s.)

That

what

is

repented

of

and

pardoned,be

not

fo

received

as

to foment

Divifions

and Recriminations.

(4.)

That

my trait

from Mr.

Baxter,

and

faithfulnefs

to him,

and

to

Polterity,

be not

conftrù-

ed

as

the Refùlt

of

any

Spleen

in me againftany Perfon

or

Párty mentioned

in

this

following

Hiltory.

(t.)

And that we

all

value

that

in

ohe

another,

which

God

thinks

lovely

where he forms and

finds it.

And

6.

0

Utinam! that we

form

mo

other

Tell

and

Canon

of

Chriltian Orthodoxy

and Saving Soundnefs,,

and Chrifti-

an Fellowthip,than what the

Sacred Scriptures give

us

as

Explicatory

of

the Chrifli-

án

Baptifmal

Creed and Covenant, as influencing

us

into an

holy Life, and

heaven-..

ly

Hopes and Joys.

I thought once

to have given

the World

a

faithful

Abftratt

of

Mr.

Baxter's

Doetrines or Judgment, containing

the

Sence

of

what

he

held

about

Jufification, Faith,

Works,

ee.

and

yetlaying

aude

his

Terms

of

Art: that

here

-,

by

the Reader might difcern the Confonancy

of

it

to the

Sacred

Text ,

and to the

Doetrinal

Confefliions

of

the

Reformed

Churches;

his

Confiftence

with himfelf,and

his

nearer approach in Judgment

to

thofe from whom he

feems

to

differmuch,

than

the prejudiced Adverfariesare aware

of.

But this

mull

be

a

Work

of

Tittíe', if

not

an

Enterprize too great

for

me,

as

I julily

fear

it

is.

But

I

will

do

by

him

as

I

would do

by

others, and have them do

by

me,

viz.

give

him

his

owned Explica-

tion

of

the BaptifmalCreed and

Covenant,

as

a fit

Teft

to

try

his

Judgment

by

-

and

if

his

Doctrines in

his

other

Treatifes confiff herewith, others perhaps will fee

more Caufe

to

think him Orthodox

in

the molt weighty

Articles,

and

lets

to

be'

fufpected,

notwith(tanding

his

different Modes

of

Speech.

The

Things profefedly believed

by

him

far

may

be

fees

in

his

Chriftian

Concord)

were,

THat there

ìe one only

God

:

The

Easier

,

infinite

in

Being ,

Wifdono

,

Goodnefl

,

and

Power

:

the

Maker, Preferver, and

Diofer

of

all

things; and

the molt juSb

and

merciful

Lord of

All.

That Mankind

being

fallen

by

Sinfrom

God

and

HappineJd,

under the

Wrath

of

God, the

Carfe

of

his

Law,

and. the

Power

of

the Detail, God

fe

laved

the

World, that

be

gave bis

only

Son to

be

their

Redeemer

:

who,

being God,

and

one

with

the

Father , didtake

tie

him

oar

Nature, and

became

Man,

being conceived

of

the Holy Ghafl in the Virgin

Mary,

and

born

of

ber,

and

named

J

E

Sid

S

C

H R

I

S

T:

and having

liv'd

en

Earth without

Sin, and wrought

many

Mirdele,,

for

witnefß

of

his Truth,

he

gave

up,bimfelf a Sacri-

fice

for

our

Sins,

and a

Renfom

far

us,

in

Bering

Death

on

the

Croft and

being,buried, be

it

Lord of all in

Glory

with

the

Father.

And having

ordained

that

all

that

truly repent,

and

believe

in

hime

and

love

him

a'áove

all things,

and

fncerely

obey

him,

and that

to the

e z

Death