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68

A

DISPLAY

Of

fions

of

affertions

fo

contradiaory to theirs

;

and fo

they

would not trouble

the

church,

letthem

take

all

the

glory

unto themfelves,

as

doth (a)

Grevinehocio, :

I

make myfelf,

faith he, d

f

r

from

another, when

I

do

net

refifi God and his

divine

pre-

determination,

which

/

could

haverefifed

; and

why

may

I

not

boag of this as

of

mine

own

that I

could, to

of

God's

mercy

;

(endowing his nature

with

fuch

an

ability,

as

you heard before)

but

that

I

would,

when

I

might have doneotherm

fe,

is

of

mine

power.

Now

after

all

this, they are

forced to

confefs

forceEvangelicalgrace, though

confifting only

in a

moral

perfuafion, by

the

outward

preaching of

the

word.

They

teach,

3.

That

God fendeth

the

Gofpel,

and

revealeth

Chrif

Jefus

unto men,

according

as

they

are well difpofed

themfelvesfor

Such

a bleffing

i

(b)

Sometimes,

fay

they

in

their

Synodical writings,

God calleth

tìaiu

or

that

nation;

people,

city, orperfon, to the

communion

of

evangelical grace,"

whom he

himfelf

pronounceth worthy

ofit,

in

comparifón

of

others: fo

that

whereas

Alto

xviii.

1o.

God encourageth Nu!

to

preach at

Corinth,

by affirming

that

Ile had

much

people

in

that

city

(which doubtlefswere

his

people then, only

by

virtue

of

their

ele£tion) in

theft

mens judgments;. (c)

they were

Called

fo, becaufe

that

even

then they feared God,

and ferved him

with

all

their

hearts,

according

to that

know-

ledge

they

had

of

him,

and

fo

were ready

to

obey

the

preaching

of

St.

Paul.:

fraüge

do&rine! that

men Mould fear

God,

know

him,

ferve him in fircerity,- before

they

ever:

heard

òf:

the Gbfpe!,

and by thofe mears deferve

that

it

Should

be

preachedunto

them

!

this

is

that

pleafing of. God before faith

that they plead

for;

Aft.,

Synod.

fol.

Go.

that

(d) preparation and difpofrion to

believe, which

men attain by

the

law, and

virtuous education

r

that

(e) fomething which

is

in

Emus,

whereby though they,

are

not

jufiified,

yet they are madeworthy of

jufcification

i

for

(f)

converflowand

the

performance

of

good works;

is in

their

apprehenfion

a

condition prerequired

to jufifica-

tion,

for

fo fpeak

the

childrenof

Arminius

:

which

if

it

be

not

an

exprefiod

notto be

parallelled

in

the

writings

of

any chrifìian,

I

am fomethiug

miftalteo

the

füm

of

their

do£ttine

then

in

this particular

concerning

the

power

of

free will

in

the

Rate

of

fin, and

unregeneration,

is

that

every man having

a

native inbred power,

of

believing

in

Chilli,

upon the revelation

of the

Gofpel,

hath

alfo

an ability

of

doingfa much good,

as

(hall

procureofiGod, that the

Gofpel

be

preachedunto him,

to

which without

any

internal

affìfance

of

grace, he

can give

affent

and

yield

obedience

:

the peeparatoryaffs of

his

own

will

always proceeding

fo

far;

as

to

make him

excel

others,

who do not

perform

them,

and

are therefore

excluded

from further

grace.

Which

is

more grofs

Pelagianifm

than

Pelagius

himfelf

would ever

jufilÿ

:.

wherefore we

rejef

all the former pofitions,

as fo

many

monfers

in

chriftian religion, in

whofe room

we

offert there

that

follow.

(r..

That

we

being

by.

nature

dead in trefpaffes andfins, have no powerto

prepare

our

felves

for the receiving

of

God's grace

:

not

in

the

leaf

toeafure to

believe, and

turn

our felvesunto him.

Not that

we deny,

that there

areany, conditionsprerequired

in

us

for our converfion, difpofitions preparing us in fume meafure for our

new

birth

or

regeneration,

but

we

affirm

that

all thefe

alfo are

the effefs

of

the

grace

of

God, re-

lating to

that

aloneias

their proper

caufe,

for

of

our

felves,

without

him,

roe

ran

do no

-.

thing,

John

xv.

15.

roe

are

not able

of

ourfelves

to

think

'.

any thing

as

of

owe

felves, z

Cor. iii.

5.

much

lefsto

do

that

which

is

good,

..

in

refpe&

ofthat,

every one

of

our mouths

muff

be flopped,

For

we

have

all

finnedand

roman

(tort of

the

glory

of

God,

v. 19,

23.

tee

are

by

nature the children,

of wrath,

dead

in

erefpaffes

and

fns,

Ephel,

ii.

1.

Rem.

viii. 9.

our

new

birth

is

a

tefurreltion

from

death,

wrought.by

the

greatnefs

of

God's power;

and what

ability,

I

pray,

hank a dead

nano,

to

prepare

himfelf

for his

refurrefion.?

Can

he

collet

his

scattered duff, or renew

his

perified

fenfes?

if

the

leopard

can change

his

Spots,

and

the

Ethiophian'

his skin, then

can we

do good who by nature are taught

to

do

evil,

)hrem. xiii.

23. we are all ungodly, and

withoutfrength

confidered when Chrift

(a) Ego meipfum difcerno, cum enim Deo

ac

diving pradeterminatiuni enfifere

polfem, non

raid

tames, atqúi in

.no quid ni

lieeat

miles

tanquam :de

meo gloriali.? quod

enim

putut

Del

miferentls eft.

quod astern volui cum polfemnolle,

id mea-poreftatiseft,

Grew.

ad Amer. p. 235.

.(b) Inter.

'dom

Deus bane vel

i11am

gentem, civitatem, perfonam, ad

Evangelical

grabs

communionem

soot,

quáin ipfe diguamprununtiat comparative,

&c.

Rem..Dedarat. font.

Synod.:

(r)

]Ili in quorum

gratiam,

DominusPaulum in Corinrhuni

milt,

dicuntur

Doi

populos, gum Deum

turn

timebanr, tique,

feeundum cognitionem gnaw de

eo

habebanq ferviebaute

s

ammo,

& be

ad

predicationem

Pau',

&n.

Corv.

3.

feat

27.

(d)

Per

legem, vei

per

piam

educationcm,

vet

per

iniliturionem

---Per

lee

enim bominem

ptnparari,

&

difponi ad etedendum, planiffimum

eft,. Rem.

alt.

Synod.

CO

P0e-

cedit

liquid

in

peccatotibus, quo quamsis

nondum juftificati funs,

digni

effisiantur juftificatione,

Gre-

'alt.

ad Am.

pagg.

434.

(f)

Tenendum eft,

venom

converfunem

poemarionemq;._

bonorum

opetum

elf¢

conditionem prarequifiram ante juftificationem,.

ill.

Arm. peal.

od

sop.

7.

ad

Ram.

died