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ARMINIANI.SM.

4L

de

faao,what

God Both; but

de

jute,

what

rich

finners

deserve they tell

us

plainly

(a)'

that

Gcd

wilt not def}inare any

infants

ro

eternal

puotifhmonr

for

original

fin,

without

their

owti-ppoper

aftual

fins, neither can

he do

fo

by

right,

or

in

j

ßíce

:

fo

thatthe

children

of

lurks,

Pagans,

and

the

like infidels, ftrangers from

the

covenant

of

grace, departing

in

their

infancy

are far happier than

any

chriflian men, who mull undergo

a

hard

warfare

againft fin,

and Satan,

in

danger

to

fall finally

away

at the

laft

hour

;.

and through

many difficulties,

entering the kingdom

of

heaven, when

they

without further trouble

are

prefently

aHUmed

thither

for

their

innocency.

Yea

although they

are

neither

ele

&ed

of God;

for

as

they affirm,

he choofeth none but for

their

faith, which

they

have not

:

nor re-

deemed

by

Christ, for he diedonly

for finners,

he faveth his

people

from their fins,

which

they

are

not guilty

of;

nor

fan&ified by

the

holy ghoft,

all

whore operations

they re-

{train

to

a

moral f vafio

:,

whereof

infants

are not

a

capable

fubje&.

Which

is

not much

to

the

honour

of

the

b'leífed

trinity

:

that

heaven

flhould be

replenished with

them

whops

the father never eie£led,

the

ibn

never redeemed, nor

the holy

ghoft fan&ified.

And thus you

fee,

whatthey

make

of

this original gravity

of

our nature, at molt

an

infirmity,

or

languor

thereof

;

neither

a

fin,

not

the

punishment

of

fin

properly

fo

cal-

led,

nor

yet

a

thing

that defaces

punishment

as

a

fin.

Which

fail affertion,

whether

it

be

agreeable

to

holy

fcriptnre

or no, thofe two

following

observatious

will

declare.

(r.)

There

is

no confufion, no

diforder,

no

vanity

in

the

whole world, infany

of

God's creatures,

that

is

not

a

punishment

of

our

fin h,

Adam.

That

great

and almoft

univerld

ruine

of nature,

proceeding from

the

curfe

of Gcd

overgrowing

the earth;

and

the wrath

of

God revealing

it felf

from heaven,

is

the proper

iffue

of

his cranf-

greffion.

It

was of'

the great

mercy

of

God; that

the

whole frame

of

nature

was

not

prefently rolled up

in dariçnefs, and reduced

to

its primitive

confufion.

Had

we

our

felves been

deprived

of

thofe remaining fparks

of

God's image in

our

fouls,

whichvin-

dicates

us

from

the

number

ofthe

beasts

that

perish, had

we been all born

fools, and

void

of

reafon,

by

dealing

R>

with

fore

in

particular, he fheweth

us

it

had

been

but

justice

to

have scrapped

us

in

the

fame

mifery,

all in

general. All things

whenGod

firft

created them, were

exceeding good, and

thought

fo

by

the wifdom

of

God himfelfa

but our

fin

even compelled

that

good and wife

creator, to hate,

and curie

the work

of

his

own hands

,

turfed

it

the

ground,

faith

he to

Adam, fo thy fake,.

in

fervour

shalt

thou

eat

of it

all the days

of

shy

life ; thorns alfa and thiflles (hall

it

bring

forth

unto thee,

Gen.

iii.

17,

IS.

Hence

was that heavy burden

of

vanity,

that

bondage

of

corruption,

under

which

to

this day the

whale

creation gróaneth, and eravelleth in pain

until

it

be

delivered,

Rom.

viii.

zr,

22. Now

if

our

fin

had

fisch a

ftrange malignant influence upon

thole things;.

which

have no relation unto us, but

only

as

they

were created for our

ufe

;

furely

it is

of

the

great mercy

of

God

that

we our

felves are

not quite confounded

:

which

doth

not

yet

fo

interpofe

it

felf, but

that

we

are

all

compaffed

with

divers

fad effe

&s

of

this

iniquity,

lying

a&ually

tinder divers

preffang

miseries, and defervedly obnoxious

to

everlafting deftru

&ion. So

that,

(z.)

Death temporal, with

all

its

antecedents,

and

attendants,

all

infirmities,

fick-

neffes, wafting deflroyiog paffions, cafualties

that are

penal,

all

evil conducing

there-

unto, or

waiting on

it,

is

a

punifhment

of

original

fin

:

and

this not only,

becaufe

the

first actual fin

of

Adam

is

imputed

to

us,

but

molt

of

them are

the proper

issues

of that

native

corruption,

and pollution

of

fm,

which

is

Stirring and

operative within us, for

the

produ

&ion

of

fuch fad effe&s,

our whole nature

being

by

it

throughly defiled.

Hence

are

all

the

disfortures, and diflemperatures

of

the

foul, by lulls, concupilkences,

paffions, blindnefs

of

mind, perverfenels

of

will,

inordinafenefs

ofaffe

&ions,.

where-

with

we are preffed, and

turmoiled

:

even

proper

iffues

of

that inherent

fin,

which

poffeffeth

our whole

fouls.

Upon

the

body

al fo

it

hath fach

an influence, in difpofing

it

to corruption and mortality,

as

it

is

the original

of

all

thofe infirmities,

fickneffes

rand

difeafes, which make

us

nothing but

a

flop

of

fach, miferies

for death

itfelf;

as

thefe

and

the

like degrees, are

the

steps

which lead

us

on apace in

the

road

that

tends

unto it

; lit

they

are

the

dire& internal efficient

caufes

thereof,

in fubordination

to the

justice

of

almighty God,

by filch means

mailing

it

as

a

punifltment

of

our

finsin Adam.

Man

before

his

fall,

though

not in regard

ofthe

matter whereof he

was

made, nor

yet

meerely in refpe&

of

his quickning form,

yet

ill

regard

of

God's ordination,

was

im-

(a)

Pro certo

Raruunt

beam

hullos infantes, fine

alnalibus

ac propeiis precari,, moriestes,

erre.

's cruciaribns

deiinare

eelle,

ant

jure deftinare

paffe ob

peccatum quad vocatur originis,

Rem.

Apol.

I.

87.

N

mortal,