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ARMINIANISM.

61

revealed in the fcripture, which

fhould give

us

the

leaft

intimation

of

their

attaining

everlafling happinefs.

For not to

confider

the corruption

and univerfaldifabiiiity

of

nature, to do anything

that

is

good,

without

ChrifT

we can do nothing,

lam

xv.

5.

nor

yet

the

finfuluefs

of

their bell

works,

and a£tions,

the

facrifices

of

the

wicked being

an

abomination unto the Lord, Nev. xv.

S.

Evil trees

cannot bring

forth

good

fruit,

men do not gather grapes

of

thorns, nor

figs

of

thiftles, Matth.

vii.

16.

the

word

of

God

is

plain,

that

without

faith,

it

is

impollible

to

pleafe God,

Heb.

xi. 6.

that he,

who believeth not,

is

condemned, Mark. xvi.

16.

that

no

nation, or perfon,

can be

bleffed, but

in

the

feed

of

Abraham, Gen.

xii. and

the

bleffing

of

Abraham comes

up-

on

the

Gentiles only

by Jefus

Chrift,

Gal.

iii.

14.

he

is

the

way, and

the

truth,

and

the

life,

John

xiv.

6.

hone comes

to the

Ether

but

by him, he

is

thedoor,

by

which

thofe

that

do

not

enter,

are

without, with

dogs, and idolaters,

Revel.

3.1.1.

fo

that

other

foundation

of

bleflednefs

can none

lay, but what

is

already

laid,

even

Ribs

Chrift,

r Cor.

iii.

rz.

in

brief;

do

but compare thole two places

of

St. Paul, one

Rom.

viii.

3o.

where he fheweth,

that

none

are glorified, but thole that are called, which

is

infìrumeutaliy

by

the

preaching

of

the

word and Gofpel

:

and

it

will

evidently appear,

that

no

làlvation

can be

grunted unto

them,

on

wham

the

Lord

hurls fo

far poured out his

indignation,

as

to deprive them

of

the

knowledge

of the

role means

thereof,

Chrift

jefus. And

to

thole that are otherwill: minded,

I

give

only

this

neceffary caution,

let

them take heed,

lefl whilft

they

indeavour

to

invent new ways

to heaven for

others,

by fo doing,

they

loofe

not

the true

way themfelves.

S. S.

Oh fools! and

flown to

believe,

all

that

the

Prophets have

written:

aught

not

Chrift

to

have

Mired

tbefe things

a'

Lab. xxiv. 25,

26.

Abraham r

y

feed

to

foe.,:y

d

y,

and

he

fair

a

and

our glad,

Tillais

viii.

56.

By

his knowledge

fh ll.

my

righteous

fervent

jrftify.

many,

for

he

(hall

bear their iniquities,

Ifa

lru.

r 1.

fee

the

places

heroic cited.

At

that

time

theywere without

Chrifi

r

being

'.aliens

from

the

common

wealth of

Ifrael,

and

ftranaers from

rise

covenants

of

prom

f

,

having

no hope,

and

without God to the

torld, Eph.

ii.

r

z.

There

is

no

other name under heaven given

unto men;. whereby

we

miff

be

faved,

but

only

byClJt,

Abbi iv.

,

a.

The

b(ff

g of Abraham

comes

on

the

gen-

tiles

by

jefur

Chrift,

Gal. iii.

14.

He that

believerh not

is condemned,

Mark.

xvi.

16.

without

faith

it is

impaffible to

ple. fè

God,

Heb.

xi.

6.

Other

foundation can

no

man

lay,

but what

is

already

laid,

even

jefaa

Chr

fr,

r

Cor. iii.

i

b.

Lib. Arbil.

There

is

no

place in

the Old

Teßament,

whence it may appear,

that

faith

in

Chrift

as

a

redeemer,

was

either

enjoyed or found

in

any

then,

Rem-

Apel.

Abraham's

faith had no reference

to

Chrift,

Armin.

The

gentiles livingunder

the OldTeffa

ment, though

it

was

not revealed unto

.

them

as

unto the

Jews,

yet

were not

ex..

eluded from

the

covenant

of

grace, and

from falvation,

r

"aro.

I

deny this propofition,

That

none can be

frayed

that

is

not ingrafted into Chrift

by

a

true faith,

Bert.

To

thisqueftion,Whether

the

only

way

of

falvation,

be

the life,

paffion,

death,

refurre£tion and

afcenfion

of

Jefus

Chrift,

I

anfwer no,

Venator.

Ipoon,

;t:o:z.":0e-

ry;.

aó.:iseß.ís.ecw

..ó.esor

°

S:o;F

tiro

C

H

A P.

XII.

Of

free-will,

the

nature and power

thereof.

OU R

next task

is

to

take a view

of the

idol

himfelf; of

this great deity

of

free

-will,

whole original being not

well

known, he

is

pretended

like

the

F.phefian

image

of

Diana,

to

have fallen down from heaven, and to have his

endowments from above

:

but

yet confdering

what

a

nothing

he

wan

at

his

firb difco-

very,

in

comparifon

of

that

vaft giant

-like hugenets,

to

which

now

he

is

grown, we

may

fay

of

him,

as

the painter

faid

of

his monfIrous pi&ure,

whichhe

had mended,

or

S

rather