Marshall - BT765 M37 1788

The Gafel-M1fiery Diteet. VI, fin as fin, and to love godlinefs for itfelf, though they be convinced of the neceffity of it to falvation ;. and therefore they canncst love it heartily. The on- ly means they can take to bring themfelves to it, is, to tir up themfelves to an hypocritical practice in their old natural way, that they may avoid hell, and get heaven, by their works. And their confciences witnefs, that the zeal and love that they have for God and godlinefs, their felf denial, farrow for fin, flriEtnefs of life, are in manner forced and extorted from them by flavith fear, and mercenary hope; fo that they are afraid, that, if they fhould truft on Chrift for falvation by free grace without works, the fire of their zeal and devotion would be quickly ex- tinguithed, and they fhould grow carelefs in religion, and let loofe the reins to their lofts, and bring cer- tain damnation upon themfelves. This moveth them to account them the only Boanergeffes and powerful preachers, that preach little or none of the do&rine of free - grace, but rather fpend their pains in rebuk- ing fin, and urging people to get Chrift andhis falva- tion by their works, and thundering hell and damna- tion againft (inners. It hath been further obferved, that fome that have contended much for falvation by free- grace, without any condition of works, have fal- lenintoAntinomianopinions,and licentiouspractices. The experience of thefe things bath much prevailed with force learned and zealous men of late amongft ourfelves, to recede from the dottrine of juftifica- tion by faith, without works, formerly profeffed un- animoufly, and ftrongly defended by the proteftants againft the Papifts, as a principal article of true re- ligion. They haveperfuaded themfelves, that fuch a way ofjuftification is ineffe tual, yea, deftructiveto fanEtification; and that the practice of fincere obe- dience cannot be eftablifhed againft Antinomian do- tages and prevailing Tufts, except it be made the ne- ceffary condition of our jollification, and fo of our e- ternal falvation. Therefore they conclude, that God