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ARra1INIANISM.

65

(r.)-

Every thing

that

is

independent

of

any elfe in

operation,

is

purely

ative,

and

fn

confequentlya

God ;. for nothingbut

a

divinewill

can

be

apure

aft,

poffeffing filch a

liberty

by

virtue

of

its

own effence; every created

will muff have

a

liberty

by

parti-

cipation;

which includeth fuch

an

imperfectpotentiality,

as cannot

be brought

into

aft,

without forcepremotion

(as

I

may fo

lay)

of

a

fuperiour agent

;

neither

Both

this mo

tien,

being extriofecal,

at

all

prejudice

the

true

liberty

ofthe

will,

which requireth in

deed,

that the

internal principle

of

operation

he

aftive and

free,

but

not,

that

that

principleße not

moved

to

that

operation

by

an outward,fuperiour

agent;

frothing

in

this

fenfe

can. have

an

independent principle

of

operation, which

hath

notan:iildepeadent

being

:

iris

no

more neceffary

to

the nature

of

a

free

caul,

from

whence a free

aftion.

mug

proceed,

that

it

be

the firß

beginning

of

it, thanit

is neceffary

to the nature of

a

made,

that

it

be

the

firfr

calif.

(a.) Ifthe

free

a£ls

of

our

wills

are

fo

fubfervient

to

the

providence

of

God,

as

that

he

ulerh them to what end he will, and by

them

effefteth many

of

his purpofès,

then

.

they

cannot

of

themfelves

be fo

absolutely independent,

as

have in

their own

power,

every neceffary circumflance, and condition,

that

they may

life,

or not

wfe

at

their:

pleafure. Now

the

former

is

proved by

all

thole

reafons, and

texts of feripture

I

Id.:

fore produced, to

fheiv

that the

providence

of

God

overruleth

the

nftions,

-and

deter

-,

mineththe

wills

of

men, freely

to

do

that

which

hehath

appointed

:

and

truly,

were

it:

otherwife, God's dominion

over the mob things that

are

,in

the

world;, were quite

excluded, he

had

notpower to determine,

that

any one

thing

fhould,

ever come

to

pals,

.

which

hath

any.reference to

the

wills

of

men..

(3.)

All

the

afts

of

the

will being

pofitive entities, were it not previoufly moved

by

God himfelt; in

whom

we

live, move,

and have

onr

being,

mug

needs

have

their'

effence and

exigence folely from

the

will

it felf: which

is

thereby maded,a,:e.

a

firft.

and fupream caufe, enduedwith

an

underived

being

:

and

fo

much to

that

particular..

2.

Let

us now in

the

fecund place look upon

the

power

of

our freewilt,

in

doing

that

which

is morally good.;

where we

(hall find

not

only

an,

criminal imperfefliion,

in

as

.

much

as

it

is

created, but alto

a

contrafted

defect,

in

as

stn

ch

as

it

is

corrupted

:

the

ability which the Arminian

afcribe .both

it inthis

kind,

Of

doing

that

which

is

morally

and fpiritually

good, is

as

large

aáthemfelves willconfer

to

be competent unto

it, in

the gate

of

innocency even a

power

of

believing, and

a ponver

of

refining

the

Gofpel

;

of

obeying, and not

obeying;

of

turning,

or

of

not being converted.

The

fcripture,

as

T

obferved before,

bath

no

furls

term at all, not

any

thing

equivalent unto

it;

but

the

expregions

it

ufeth concerning

'our

nature

and

all

,fie

faculties

thereof,

in

this gate

of

fin

and unregeneration,

feem

to

imply the

quite

con.:

trary;

as

that

roe

are in

bondage,

Heb.

ii.

15.

deadin

fin,

Ephef

ii. 3.

and

fo

fee

from

r'ghteoufoefs,

Rom.

vi.

fervasei offm, der.

i

6.

under the reign and

dominion

ibere

f

ver.

12.

all

our members

being inf

rumens

of

unrghteoufnefs,

ver.

r

3

not free indeed,

untik

the

fon

make

us

free

;

fo

that this

idol

of

free will, in refpeft

of

fpiritual things,

is

lino;

one -whit

better than the other

idols

of the

heathen. Though it

look like Inver

and

gold, it

is

the

work

of

mens hands

;

it

hath

a

mouth, but

it

fpeaks

not, it bath

eyes

but

it

fees

not, it bath

ears

but it hears not,

feet

but

it

walks not,

neither

fpeaketh

it

through thethroat,

all

they

that

made

it,

are

like unto

it,

and

fois

every

one

that

ts

jléth

in

it,.

O

Ifrael,

trulf

thou

in the Lord,

&c.

That

it

is

the

work

ofinens hands,:or

a

human

invention,

I

lhewed

before;

for

the

reft,

it

hath

a

mouth,

unacquainted with

the

myßeries ofgodlinefs,

full only

ofeurfgandbitternefs, Rom.,iii.

14. fpeaking

great

feel,

ling

words,

Jude

roer.

16.

great

things

and

blafphemies,

Revel. xxüi.

9.

a.mouth ce

5Lg

the

fi

fh

toßn,

Ecclef.

vi.

5.

his eyes

are blind, not able

to

perceive

thófe things that

are

of

God,

nor to

know chafe

things

that are fpiritually

difcerned,

:Cor. ü:.

14.

eyes before

which there

is

no fear

of God,

Rom.

iii. 18.

his underffanding is

darkened,

becaaf of

the

blindnef-

of

his

heart,

Ephef.

iv. 18.

wife to do

evil,

but to do good

he

hath

no

knawledgeÿ

Jerem.

iv.

22. fo

that without fartherlight,

all

the

world

is

but

á

meer darkuefs,

}tlrn

a.

he

bath

ears,

but they

are

like

the

ears

of

the deaf

adder

to the

word

of

Gód,

refillingco hear the voice

of

the

charmer, charm

he

never fo wifely,

Pfal.

liv. 8. being

dead

when

this

voice

firft

calls

it,

yohn

v. 25. tares

flopped,

,that

they

fhould

bat

hear,

Zec11.

1t.

heavy

ears

that

cannot hear, Va.

vi.

1o. a

noie, to

which

the

Gofpel

is

the

favour

of death

unto

death,

2

Corr ii.

16. hands full

of

bleed,

liar. i; ,.y. and,

fingers defiled

with iniquity,

chap. lix.

3

feet indeed, but like

Mephibof esh,

lame

in

both

-by

a

fall,

fo

that

he

cannot

at

all walk in

the path

of

goodnefs

:

but

fwift

to

flied

blood, deflruflen

and

mifery are

in their

ways,

and

the way

of

peace they

have

not known,

Rom.

iii.

15, 16, 17.

T

theft