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The Neceffity

of

Vol. II-

general,

or

any

particular

Sin

or

Vice

; and fo often

as we

perfwade

to

Holinefs

in

general,

or to the

Performance

of

any particular

Duty

of

Religion,

or

to the

Exercife

of

any particular

Grace

;

for Repentance

includes

the forfaking

of

Sin,

and a

fincere

Refolution

and Endeavour

of

Reformation

and Obedience. And

we preach

Repentance

fo often

as we infift

upon

fuch Confidérations and

Argu-

ments,

as

may be powerful

to deter

Men

from

Sin,

and to

engage

them to

Holi-

nefs. And

we

preach

Faith

towards oar

Lord

yefus

Chrif1,

fo

often

as

we declare

the

Grounds

of

the

Chriftian Religion,

and infift

upon

fuch Arguments

as tend to

make

it

credible, and

are

proper to

convince

Men

of

the

Truth

and Reafonable-

nefs

of

it ; fo often

as

we

explain

the

Myftery

ofChri(t's

Incarnation,

the

Hiftory

of

his

Life,

Death,

Refurre

&ion, Afcenfion, and

Intercefüon, and

the proper

Ends and Ufe

of

thefe

;

fo

often

as

we

open

the

Method

of

God's Grace for

the

Salvation

of

Sinners,

the Nature

of

the Covenant

between God and

its

and

the

Conditions

of

it,

and

the

way

how

a

Sinner

is

juftified

and

bath

his

Sins

pardo-

ned, the Nature

and Neceffity

of

Regeneration and

San

&ification

; fo

often

as

we

explainthe

Precepts

of

the

Gofpel, and the Promifes and Threatnings

of

it,

and endeavour

to

convince

Men

of

the Equity

of

Chritt's Commands, and to af-

fure them

of the

Certainty

of

the Eternal

Happinefs

which the Gofpel promifes

to

them

that

obey it, and

of

the

Eternal

Mifery

which the Gofpel threatens

to

thofe that

are difobedient ;

all

this

is

preachingFaith in

our

Lord

7efus Chri

ft.

III.

This

may corre&

the irregular Humour and Itch

in

many

People, who

are

not

contented with this

plain

and

wholefom Food,

but

nmft be

gratified

with

fub-

lime

Notions

and unintelligible

Myfteries,

with

pleafant

Paffages

of

Wit,

and

ar-

tificial Strains

of

Rhetorick,

with

nice

and unprofitable Difputes,

with

bold In-

terpretations

of

dark Prophecies, and peremptory Determinations

of

what

will

happen next

Year, and

a

pun&ual Rating

of

the

time

when

Anti-

Chrifi [hall

be

thrown

down, and

Babylon (hall

fall, and

who

(hall

be

employed in this

Work.

Or

if

their

humour

lies

another way, you

muff

apply your felf to

it, by making

(harp

Refle&ions

upon

matters

in

prefent conttoverfie

and debate, you mull

dip

your

Stile in

Gall and Vinegar, and

be all Satyr and

Inve&ive againft

thofe that

differ

from you, and teach People to hate one

another,

and

to

fall

together

by

the

ears ; and

this

Men call

Gofpel

preaching,

and

fpeaking

of

Seafonable

Truths.

Surely

St.

Paul

was

a Gofpel Preacher,

and fuch an one

as

may

be a

Pattern to all

others

; and

yet

hedid

none

of

thefe;

hepreached what

Men might

underfland,

and

what they ought to

believe and

pra

&ife,

in

a

plain and

unaffe&ed

and con-

vincing

manner; he taught

fuch things as made

for

Peace,

and

whereby he

might

edi-

fie and build

up

Men

in

their

Holy

Faith.

The Do

&rines

that

he preached will ne-

ver

be

unfeafonable,

that

Men (hould leave

their

Sins,

and believe

the

Gofpel,

and

live accordingly.

And

if

Men mull needs be gratified

with Difputes

and Controverfies,

there are

thefe great

Controverfies between

God

and

the

Sinner

to

be

(fated

and determi-

ned

;

Whether this

be

Religion, to follow our own

Lufts

and

Inclinations,

or

to

endeavour

to

be like

God, and

to

beconformed

to him,

inGoodnefs, and Mercy,

and Righteoufnefs, and

Truth,

and Faithfulnefs

?

Whether

Jefus Chrift

be

not

the

Meffiasand

Saviour

of

the

World? Whether

Faith

and

Repentance

and

fin

-

cere Obedience be

not

the Ternis

of

Salvation, and

the

neceffary

Conditions

of

Happinefs

?

Whether

there

(ball

be

a

future Judgment, when

all Men (hall

be

fentenc'd according

to their

Works? Whether there

be a Heaven

and

Hell

?

Whether

good

Men

(hall be

eternally and

unfpeakably

happy,

and wicked Men

extremely and everlaflingly

miferable? Thefe are the great Controverfies

of

Religion, upon which

we are

to difpute

on God's

behalf

againft Sinners.

God

afferts,

and

Sinners

deny thefe things,

not

in

Words, but which

is

more em-

phatical

and fignificant, in

their

Lives

and

A

&ions.

Thefe

are pra&ical

Contro-

verfies

of

Faith, and

it

concerns every

Man

to

be

refolved

and determined

about

them,

that

he may frame his Life accordingly.

And fo for

Repentance

; God

Pays,

Repentance

is a

forfaking of

Sin, and

a

tho-

row change and amendment

of

Life; the

Sinner fays,

that

it

is

only

a

formal

Confefüon, and

a

flight

asking

of

God forgivenefs

:

God

calls

upon

us

fpeedi-

ly