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ARMINIANISM.

1

all

the

grace

of

God

bellowed upon us, for our converfion

to

be

but

a

moral perluafion

by

his word, not

an infufion

of

a

newvital

principle

by

the

powerful working

of the

holy

fpirit. And indeed granting

this,

I

fhait

moll

willingly comply

with

them,

hr

affigning

to free

will one

of

the

endowments before recited,

a

power

of

refining

the

ope-

ration

of

Grace

:

but

inlead of

theother, mail

needs afcribe

to

our whole corrupted

nature;

and

every one

that

is

partaker

ofit,

an

univerfal difability

of

obeying

it,

or

coupling

in

that

work which God by his

grace

doth

intend.

if

the

grace

of

our conver-

Yon be

nothing but

a

moral

perfuafion,

we have no more power

of

obeying

it,

in

that

elate

wherein

we

are dead

in

fin,

than

a

man in his grave

bath

in

himfelf to

liveanew,

andcome out

at

the

next

call.

God's promifes, and the faints prayers

in

the

holy fcrip-

tare,

ferns

to

defign fach a kind

of

grace,

as

should give us

a

real, internal ability

of

doing

that

which

is

fpiritually good

;

but it

feems

there

is

no fuch

matter

:

for

ifa

man

fhquld perfuade me

to

leap over the

Thames,

or

file in

the

Air,

be

he never

fo

eloquent

his

foie perfuafion makesme nomore able

to do it, than

I

was

before ever

I

kw

him.

If

God's grace

be nothing but

a Tweet

perfuafion, though never

fo

powerful, it

is a

thing

extrinfecal, confifing

in

the propofal

of

a

defired objeft, butgives

us

no new

lrength

at

all,

to do any thing

we

had

not

before

a

power to do. But

let

ushear them pleading

themfelves,

to

each

of

there particulars

concerning grace and

nature. And,

Frff,

for

the

Nature

of

grace

:

God

bath

appointed

to

lave

believers

by

grace, that is, afòfi

andf,e

etperfuafon, convenient andagreeing

to

their

freewill, andapt

by

any

Almighty aílion,

faith

(a)

Arminius.

It

feems

fomething

frange, thatthe

carnal mind being enmity

againf

God,

and

the

will

inthralled

to

fin, and full

of

wretched oppoftion to

all

his ways;

yet

God

dhould

have no

other

means

to work them over unto him, but

fore

perfuafion

that

is

fweet, agreeable, and

congruous

unto them,

in

that

eIfate wherein

they

are

:

and

a

fmall

exaltation

it

is

of

the dignity

and

power

of

grace, when

the chief

reafon

why it

is

effeftuál,

as

Alvarez

obferves, may be

reduced to

a well-

digefed

fupper,

or

an m;di-

fburbed fleep,

whereby

forcemen

may

be

broughtinto better temper thanordinary,

to

comply with this congruousgrace. Butlet

us

for the prefent accept

of

this,

.and

grant

that

God dash

call fume by filch a congruous

perfuafion, at filch

a

time,

and

place,

as

he

knows

they

will

affent

unto it.

I ask

whether God thus

callcth

all

men,

on

only

force?

If

all, why are

not all

converted

?

For the very

granting

of

it to

be congruous,

makes

it

effeflual.

If

only fume, why

they

and

not

others?

Is

it out

of

a

fpecial

intentionto

have

them obedient

?

But

let

them take heed, for

this

will

go near

to

ela-

blilh the decree ofelefbion, and out

of

what

other

intention

it

fhould be,

they

Mall

ne-

ver

be

able

to determine. Wherefore

(b)

Coroneres

denies

that

any firth

congruity

is

re-

quired to the

grace

whereby we are converted, but only

that

it

be a

moral.perfuafion

which

we

may obey

if

we will,

and fo make

it

effeffual.

Yea

and Arminius himfel

after

he had defended

it

as the as

he

was

able,

puts

it

off fromhimfelf, and

ía'11

fathers

it

upon St.

Aútin.

So

that

as

they

jointly affirm, (c)

they canfefr

no

grace for

the begetting

offaith

to

be

neeefary, but

only

that

which

is moral

which (d) one

of

them interpreteth,

to

be

adeclaration

of

the Gofpelunto us.

Right

like

their

old

Mailer (e)

Pelagius, God,

faith

he,

wnrketh

in

us to

will

that

which

is

good,

and

to

will

that

which is holy,

mhilf{ he

fors

ús

úp

with

promife

ofrewards, and

thegreatnefo

of

futureglory,

who before

were

given over

es

earthly

defires, like

brute beafls loving nothingbut things prefent,

furring

up

our

flupid

wills to

a

defre

of

Goal, by

a revelation

of

wi

fdom, and perfuadi

g

us

to all

thatis

good.

Both

of

them

affirm

the

grace

of

God,

to

be

nothing but

a

moral

perfuafion

, :working by

the

way

of

power-

ful convincing arguments

;

but

yet

herein

Felagius

feems

to

afcribe

a

greater

efficacy

to

it,

than the Arminian, granting that

it

works uponus, when,

after the

manner

of

brute

beats,

we

are fetmerely

on

earthly things

:

but thefe,

as

they confef

,

that

(f)

for

the

prodetion

offaith, it

isneeeffary

thatfuch

arguments

be

prepofed

on

the

part of

God,

to

which no-

thing canprobably

be

appofed, why they

fhoald

not

feem credible :

fo

there is,

fay

they,

required

(a) Deus

ftatuit

falvareneedentes

per

grátiam, id eft, lenrm

a

fuavem

libereque

ipf

rum

arbitrio

onveniestemfeu

congruam fuafonem,

non

per

omnipotentem aitionem fea mutiosem, Armin. Antip-

fol.

zn.

(I)

Ad Moon.

His ita

expofrtis ex

mente Augultini,

Sc.

Armin.

Antip.

de

deal.

(a)

Fatemur

aliam nobis ad

alum

fides

eliciendum necelfariam gratiam non agnofci,

gum

moralem,

Rem.

ad.

Synod.

ad art.

q.

(d) Annuntiatio

dolrins

Evangelics,

Popp.

Aug',Jl. pmt.

fa.

1

m.

(,) Operator

in

nobis

velle good bosom eft, velle quod fanftum

eft, dam

nos

tcrrenis cupiénatibus

delitos mutorum moreanimalium, tantummódo peefentia diligentes,

future

glorie mapieudine,

&

Pramiorum pollicitatione fuccendit

:

dam

revelation fapientis

in

defderium Dei

lisp

pentem fufcitat

volungtem, dun) nobis

(bastes

canoe

quad

bonum

eft,

Pe

lag. apud

Aug.

de

arid.

e

p.

so.

If)

Ut

totem

alfenfus

hic

eliciatnr in

nobis, duo in

primis

neceffaria font. s.

Arguments alna

es

paste

Den,

quibus

nitl

verifimiliter appeal poteft, cur credibilia non lint.

s.

Pia

r

ts

animique grabiras,

Rem

detlar.

rap.

t7.fed.

s.

or.