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AR

MINI

ANISM.

59

unto

thefe

affections;

are-the di£tates

of

their patriarch

Arminius,

(a)

affirming, that

the

rvhole

defcription

of

the

f

faith of Abraham, Rom.

iv.

maker

no

mention

ofyers

Caaj,

either

eaprfy,

or

fo implicitely

at

,that

maybe

of

any

one

e

fly

underflood,

aid

to

the

teftnnony ofi

Chrift himfelf to

the

contrary,

fob viii. 56.

Tory

father Abraham

rejoiced to

fee

my

day,

and

he

faro

it,

and

was

glad

o

he :mfwereth,

he rejoiced to

fee the birth

of

Ifaac,

mho

was

a,

type

of

me,

-a

goodly

glofs

corrupting

the text.

z.

What

they teach

of

the

Jews,

that

allo

they grant

concerning

the Gentiles,

.

living before

the

incarnation

ofChrilt

;

they alto might attain

falvatíon, and

be

ji

ßi

:Std

without

his

knowledge

:

for (b) although faith

Carvinw,

the covenant

mas not

revealed rota

them

by

the

fame

mean, that it

was untothe gems,

yet

they are not

to

be

f

ppofed to

be

excluded

from

the-c000nart

(of

grace)

nor

tobe

excluded

fromfalvarion; for fome way

or other

they

were

called.

They

are come

at length

to

that

perfe£lion

in

fetting out this

Hain

ofclriftiaaity, that

Bertiuo

on

good

co

t

de

anon

denied

this

propofitiou,

that

no

man can

be

fated,

that

is.

not

_

ingr

ft

ed

into Chrtfl

by

.tnec

faits and

(,)

Venator

to

this

q efi

or IV:mbar the

only means

ofalvat

be

the

i

f

.p

f

a

tb

furre&.

d

feet

f

f

j

fes

Chrift

a

a.{

vereth,

No.

Thus they lay met.

in Abraham's

bofhm, who ,,ever bel.i:ved

in

the

,oc

of

Abraham,

make them overcome

the fèrpert,

who never

heard

of

the

feed

of

the woman; bring

goats into heaven,

who never

ivCC

ab

the

flock

of

Chrift,

never

edt6

ad by

him

the

door

make

me:pleafe

God without

t.ith,

and

obtain the

remifion

o fi s

wir'mat

the fput

klisg

ofthe

blood of

ri

the Iamb;

to

be tved

without

a

Savioar,re.eemoif without

a Redeemer

;

to become

the

fors

of

God,

and never know

their

elder broti:er

;

whicli

prodigious

error might yet

be

parkloned, and afcribed to human imbecill icy,

had it

ea-

fually flip; from

their

pens,

as

(d) it did from

Tome

others; bat

Teeing

it hathfouncfa-

tion in

all

the

grounds

of

their

new

dokrine,

and

is

maintained

by them

on

matt,,

r

deli-

beration, (e) it mull

be

looked

on

by

it

clarifiions, as an

herely to

be

derefted

and ac-

curfed.

For,

firjb

they deny thecortagio

r

and

demerit

of

original

fan:

then make

therove-

Cart

of

grace

tobe,,

,ivaflr1,

o,:d

comprehend

all and

every

one

ofthe

pollerity

of

;Adamo

thirdly,

grant

a

power in our

(elves

to

come unto

God,

by airy foci,

meas

as lie

will ap-

point

and

affirm, than he

doth

alffn

Il,me means

unto

all, and

it

will

naturally follow,

that

the

knowledge

of

Chrift

is

not abfólutely

necefTary

to

titivation

:

and

fit

down

falls

the

prehemirer:ce ofchriftianity,

its heaven

-

reaching crown

mall

be

laid level with

the

Services

ofdung

-hill Gods.

(f)

It

is

true

indeed,

fome

of

the

ancient fathers, before

the riling

of

the

Pelagian

herefy,

Who

had

fo

put

on

Chrift,

as Lip

firs fpeaks,

that

they

had not fully

put

offPlato,

have

unadvifedly

dropt

Tome

Speeches Teeming

to grant,

that

divers men before

the

incarnati-

on, living

used nóy,

according

to

the

di{latcí of

right

reafon

might

be

Paved

without faith

in Chrift

as is

well (hewed by learned

Car

aboa,

in his heft

exercitatian

on Baroriue

:

but

let

this

be

accounted

part

ofthat

Rubble, which

(hall

burn at

the

Taft

day, wherewith

the

writings ofall men, riot divinely infpiredmay

be

flaired. It bath

alfo

Cce (as

what

hat!; not ?)

been

drawn into dispute among

the

wrangling

iehoolanear,

and

yet,

which is

rarely

Teen,

their

verdi£t

in

this

particular,

alanoft unanimously

paffeth

for

the truth

t

(g)

Aquinas tells us a

fiory

of

the

corpfe

of

a

heathen, that

Should be

taken

up

in

the

timeofdte

emprofs

Irene,

and

her

foil

Coj

sas

ne,

with

a

golden plate

on

his breaft,

wherein

was

this infcription

:

Unit

a

tern

rf

a

ti

Sin,

end

l

believe

in him, Oh

fun!

Thou

(halt

fee

me

again in the days

of Irene

and

Conftantire. (h) Fut

the

queftiou

is

not, whether

a

gentile believing

in

Chrift

may

be

fcvcd, or

whether God did not reveal

him felf and

Isis Ton,

extraordinarily to

Tome

of

them

?

For.

Shall

we

ftreighten the breaft, and

fi-,orten

the

arm

of

the almighty, astlabugh he might not

do

what

Inc

will

with his

own

?

But-whether

a

manby thecoadu£t

ofnature,withoat the

knowledge

of

Chrift,

may come

(a) Confderetur

amnia

defcriptio

fidei

Abraha,

Rom. iv.

&

apparabit

in 'ila Jefu

Chriai

non fieri

mentionem,

exprelfe, -fed

illa

tantum

implication,

o

tin esplicare

cuivis

non

eft facile, Armin. Gavi-

fua

e6

videre natalem

Mac,

qui

fait

typos

loti,

ideni.

(5) Gentes

fob

vcreri tenamento vi-

vcnte, heat

;ifs

irta

ratlone qua Judeis

non

frit

revelcmiu

r

nonLunen

iode

continuo ex firdero runt,

area

fatale

yrscife

excluli

jadiratidehentqui

aliquo faltem mono vocaneur,

Corvin. dcénf.

Armin.

ad

Tilers.

fol. nay.

(e)

Nego

have

profiionevfr

nemine

:n

pane

f

lvari, quam qui Jcfn-

Chrifto,

per veram fidem fit

infant, Bert. ad Sibrand.

fol.

Ili.

(,ih

Ad

hone

qusltìm,ein

an unica

vin

talons,

ft

vita, pallia, mors,

reforrellia

&

affcenfo Jura

Cinilli?

refpondea, non. Venar. apud

Tefl.

Hom.

e,

Peltiam.

(e) Zuing.

profef

fin.

ad reg. Gal

-

(

Artie.

'art.

ri.

the

Church

of

Eng.

(g)

,at.

magis

repngnat

fide;, quam fine

fide

fy.

e(If i,oBt

/ittm

hoininum, Ac

it.

'de

indo.

Sala. Prot.

(5) Again.

2.

28. e.

2.

a.

7:

e,

(i)

Chndus afteirar

ex vir-

gins,

ek

ego

credo

in

cum,

o Sol

!

Tub

Irene

St

Conitantini temporibus iterum

me videbis.

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