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AUTHORS PREFACE.

secondly,

that

it is

sincerely

intended. And if it have

this

only success,

that

it

may occasion others, who

have more ability and

opportunity

than

I

have, to

bring in

their

assistance

for

an

opposition to

the

vehe-

ment and importunate insinuations of

the

world in

these

things,

to

have

an

entertainment

in

the

minds

of professors,

this

labor

will

not

be lost.

But

things

are

come

to

that

pass amongst us,

that

unless a more

than ordinary vigorous exercise

of

the ministry

of

the

word,

with other

means appointed

to the same

end, be

engaged

in,

to recall professors to

that strict

mortifi-

cation,

that

separation

from

the

ways

of'

the

world,

that

heavenly

mindedness,

that

delight in the contemplation

of spiritual things, which

the

gospel, and

the

whole

nature of the Christian religion

do

require;

we

shall

lose the glory of our profession, and

leave

it very un-

certain what

will be

our

eternal condition. The

same

may be spoken

concerning

love

of

the

world, as to

the advantages and emoluments which

men

trust

to

attain

to themselves thereby.

This

is

that

which ren-

ders

men

earthly

minded, and most

remote

from

hav-

ing

their

conversations

above.

In

the

pursuit

of

this

corrupt

affection

do

many

professors of religion grow

withering,

useless,

sapless;

giving no evidence

that

the

love of

God

abideth

in

them.

On

these

and many

other accounts,

do

many Christians evidence them-

to

be

strangerlrto

spiritual mindedness, from

a

life

of

meditation

and holy

contemplation

on

things

above

:

yet

unless

we

are found

in,

these things

in

some

good measure,

no

grace

will thrive or flourish

in.

us

;

no

duty

will be

rightly

performed by us

;

no

condition

sanctified or

improved: nor are

we

prepared

in

a due

manner,

or

made meet for

the inheritance

of

the saints in light. Wherefore, as

was said,

to direct

I