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The Preface

to

the

Reader.

Deathfhall

be

!eyed, and

they

that

will

not

Thall be

damned

,

and

commanded

bii

fiers

to preach the

Goel

to

the World

:

He

will

come

again and raife

the

Bodies

of

all Mem

from Death,

and willfet

all the World

before

bim

to

be

judged,

according

to

what tbeJ

bave

done

in

the Body

e

and

be

will

adjudge the Righteous

to

Life Ever /afting, and

the

rtß

to

Everlafting

Puni(hment; wbieb fhall

be

Executed

accordingly.

That

God

the Holy

Gboft, the Spirit of

the

Father

and

the Son,

war

fim

from

the

Fa-

ther

by

the Son, to

inffire

and

guide

the Prophets

and

Apojlies,

that

they

might

fully

re-.

veal

the

Dottrine

of

Cbrift

; And

by

multitudes of

Evident Miracles, andwonderfulGifts

to

be

thereat

Witnefl

of

Cbrift and

of

the

Truth of

his Holy

Word:

And

alfo

to

dwell

and work

in all

that

are

drawn

to

believe,

that,

being

fsrft filmed

to

Chriff

their Head,

and

into

cue

Church

which

is

his

Body,

and

fo

pardoned and made

the Sons

of

God

, they

may

be

a

peculiar

People

fanttifud

to

are

;

and

may

mortife the

Fefh ,

and

overcome

the

World

and

the

Devil

r

and

being

zealots

of

goal

Works, may

ferve

God

in Holineß

and

Rigbteóufneß,

and

may

live

in

the

ffecial

Love and

Communion

of

the

Saints ; and in

hope

of

CbrijFs Coming,

and of Everlafting

Life.

In the

belief

hereof

the;Things confented

to

were

as

followeth

t

°Hat

be

heartily took

thée one

G

OD,

for

bis

only

G

G

D

,

and bis

chief

Good:

and

1

this

'

E

SUS

C

H

R

I

S

T

for

his

only

Lord,

Redeemer,

and

Saviour, and this

HO

LT

G

HOST

for

bis

Santlfer

c

and

the

Dottrine

by

bim revealed,

and

fooled

by

his Miracles,

and

now contained in the

Holy

Scriptures,

be took

for

the

Law

of

God

and

the

Rule

of

bis

Faith

and Life

:

And

repenting unfeignedly

of

his

Sins,

be

did

refolve,

through the Grace

of

God, ßncerely

to

obey

him,

both

in

Holeneß to

God

,

and

Righteouf-

neef

to

Men, and in

fecial

Love

to

the

Saints, and

in

Communion

with

them

; ageinft

ai

the Temptations

of

the

Devil,

the

World,

and

his own Flefh

; and

this

to

the Death.

If

therefore

thefe things

were

Bellhved

and

Contented

to

by

him

;

and if

thefe

things

do

efentiare oar

Saving Cbrifiianity, and

fo

be

1ùt

icient

to

make us

all

one

in.

Chriff, why

fhould force

different Modes

and Forms of

Speech, wherewith thefe

great

Subftantials may and do confift

,

obtain

of

Men to think him

Heterodox,

becaufe he

ufes

not their Terms

?

And why

Ihould fuch

Diltances and Dilcords

be kept up

amungft,

us,

whillt

we all

of

us

own

all

the forementioned Articles,

and are always ready

(on

all

fides) to renounce whatever Opinions

(hall

appear

to overthrow or

(hake fuch

Articles of

Faith,

and

Covenanting Terms with

God

and Chriff

?

And

I cannot

but believe

that

all

Chriltians

ferioufly bound for

Hea-

ven, and

that

are

fixed

upon

thefe

Truths, are nearer each

to

other

in

their Judg-

ments

than different

Modes

of

Speech feem

to reprefentthem.

Of

fuch great

Con-

sequence

is

true

Charity

and

Candour

amongst Christians.

3.

The

Reverend Prelates, and the Minifters and Members of the

Church

of

England, may poffibly

diftafte

his

plainnefs with

them,

and

think him too

severe

upon them:

But I.

they are no Strangersto

his profeffed

and exemplified Mode-

ration. Who

valued

their Worth

and

Learning more than

he did

?

Who more

en-

deavoured to keep

up Church Communion with them,

by Pen, Difcourfe

and

Praetife, though

not

exclusively

?

Who more

Iharply handled, and more

throughly

wrote againff, and reprehended total Separation from them

than

himfelf?

And

what Diffenter

from them ever

made fairer and more noble Overtures

,

or more

ju-

dicious Propolàls for a large- and lafting Comprehenfion

with them, than they

knew he did?

And who more fairly warned

them of the

difmal Conlèquénces

and

calamitous

Effe

&s

of

fo

narrowing the Church of

England by

the

ftri& Aels

pro-

cured and executed againff

fo

many

peaceable

Minifters, who thereby were

fllen-

sed,

imprifoned,

dilcouraged and

undone? And

how

many

Souls

and Families were

ruin'd and fcandaliz'd by their impofed Terms, another (and

that

a solemn

and

great) Day

will

(flew

e're long. a.

Our Author

never yet endeavoured to un-

Church them

,

nor

to eclipse

their

Worthies

:

nor

did he ever

charge their

great

Severities

on them

all.

He

ever would acknowledge

(

and

he

might truly do

it

)

that they

had

great

and excellent

Men,

and many fuch amongft

them, both

of

their

Laity

and

Clergy.

;. He

thought (

whatI

am

satisfied

is

true)

that many

of

them little knew who

and

what

was

behind the Curtain, nor what

deigned nor

great

Services

were doing to

France

and

Rome

hereby.

4.

And

his

great

Sufferings

from them may

well

( even

as

other things) abate their Cenlarïng

(if

not prevent