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.

.

t tt

the

Soul.

of

lv!atJ•

· ,-

performances:

if

they live peaceably ·with ·

their neighbours, keep a tcn1perate

~ict,

·

obferve the returns

of

\vorfhip; frequent- ·

ing the church, or their clofet, and

fOJne–

times extend their hands to the relief of·

the poor,

they think

they have fufficiently

acquitted thenift?lves.

Others again

put

all religion in the affecrions, in rapturous..–

I1eats

and

ecfbtic

devotion ;

and all they

ai~11

at,

is to

pray.with pafiion, and think

of

heaven_

v1ith

plcafure, · and

to

be af–

feCted With

·

thoie

kjnd

and melting

expreffions _-· \vherewith

-they

court" their

Saviour, · till they pcrfuade the1l1felves that "

. they are n1ightily

in

love

with

hin1;

and

fr9m

thence affume

a

grea·t confidence

of

their

f

alvation, which

they

efteen1

the

chkf

of Chriftian graces.

~rhus

are thefe things

which

have any refemblance

piety,

and

at the befi

are but tneans of obtaining

it,

or particular

exercifes

of

it,

'frequently

,.

n1ifiaken for ·

the

whole of religion;

nay

fometilnes

wickednefs

and

vice pretend

to

tpat

nan1e.

I

fpeak

not

now

of

thofe

grofs

impieties wherewith the Heathens

were wont to

wodhip

their gods. There

are

but too

many ChriH:ians,

\vho would

confecrate .

their

vices,

and

hallow their

corrupt

affecrions;

w

ho1e

rugged

hun1our,

and ft1llen pride mu

ft

pats

for

Chrifl:ian

"

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