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pline all Italy and Spain is as purely and “It was long ago observed, that there
politically kept from schism as England are sixteen several famous opinions in this
hath been by them. With as good a plea one question of original sin.”—Ibid. p. 330.
might the dead-palsy boast to a man, 'Tis I
that free you from stitches and pains, and
the troublesome feeling of cold and heat,
of wounds and strokes ; if I were gone,

all One hundred and twenty Villages in Sussex these would molest you. The winter might

wholly destitute of Evangelical Instruction. as well vaunt itself against the spring, I “ Had it not been stated on the unquesdestroy all noisome and rank weeds, I keep tionable authority of the Secretaries of the down all pestilent vapours: yea! and all Sussex Congregational Society, that such a wholesome herbs, and all fresh dews by host of villages, and some towns, were at your violent and hide-bound frost :—but this advanced period of the Christian era, when the gentle west winds shall open the quite out of the pale of the church of Christ, fruitful bosom of the earth, thus overguard- the statement would have appeared increed by your imprisonmen then the flowers dible. Tell it not to the heathen world, put forth and spring, and then the sun shall that in a county so close to the metropolis scatter the mists, and the manuring hand of highly favoured Britain, and where direcof the tiller shall root up all that burdens tors of missionary societies hold their meetthe soil without thank to your bondage.' ings, concentrate their energies, and arrange Milton. Reason of Church Government for the welfare of the world, that a populaurged against Prelaty, vol. 1, p. 6.

tion of not less than 60,000 are hitherto unblessed with those tidings which have partially gladdened the hearts of the Hin

doo, the Hottentot, and the inhabitants of [Fained Gear. What?]

the lovely islands of the Southern Ocean." Be strong, saith St. Paul, having your-Evangelical Mag. Feb. 1832, p. 69. loins girt about—some get them girdles with great knots, as though they would be surely girt, and as though they would break the devil's head with their knotted girdles.

[Lawfulness of Recreation.] Nay, he will not be so overcome; it is no “ I HAVE heard the Protestant ministers knot of a hempen girdle that he feareth; in France, by men that were wise and of that is no piece of harness of the armour of their own profession, much blamed in that God which may resist the assault in the they forbade dancing, a recreation to which evil day,—it is but fained gear.”—LATIMER. the genius of that air is so inclining, that Sermon on the Epistle for 21st Sunday after

they lost

many

who would not lose that. Trinity.

Nor do they less than blame the former determination of rashness, who now gently

connive at that which they had so roughly [Original Sin.]

forbidden.”—HARRINGTON's Oceana, p. 207. " It was well said of St. Austin in this thing, though he said many others in it less certain, Nihil est peccato originali ad prædicandum notius, nihil ad intelligendum

[Divine Judgments.] tius. The article, we all confess; but the

“Never, "says Donne, “ think it a weakmanner of explicating it, is not an

ness to call that a judgment of God, which knowledge, but of contention." --JEREMY others determine in nature: Do so, so far Taylor, vol. 9, p. 73.

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“For does not St. Paul himself make this and conclude the final condemnation of that the great ground and end of all reproof? man upon whom that judgment is fallen.”— 1. Tim. v. 20: Them who sin (says he) reSermon xlvi. p. 466.

buke before all, that others also may fear. And in Titus i. 13: Rebuke them sharply.

Where let us suppose now that St. Paul [The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from had to do with a pack of miscreants, who all Sin.]

had by the most unchristian practices de“ A CERTAIN man on the Malabar coast throned and murdered their prince, to whom had enquired of various devotees and priests this Apostle had so often and so strictly how he might make atonement for his sin, enjoined absolute subjection, plundered and and at last he was directed to drive iron undone their brethren, to whom the said spikes, sufficiently blunted, through his san

Apostle had so often commanded the greatdals, and on these spikes he was to place his

est brotherly love and amity; and lastly, naked feet and walk, if I mistake not, 250 rent, broken and torn in pieces the Church coss, that is about 480 miles. If through in which he had so earnestly pressed unity, loss of blood, or weakness of body he was

and so severely prohibited all schismatical obliged to halt, he might wait for healing divisions ; what (I say) do we think now? and strength. He undertook the journey,

Would St. Paul have rebuked such newand while he halted under a large shady fashioned extraordinary Christians, or would tree, where the Gospel was sometimes he not? And if he would, do we imagine preached, one of the missionaries came and

that he would have done it in the modern preached in his hearing, from these words :

treacherous dialect ? Touch not my rebels, The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all

and do my fanaticks no harm. No moderasin. While he was preaching, the man rose

tion-monger under heaven shall ever perup, threw off his torturing sandals and cried

suade me that St. Paul would have took out aloud, This is what I want; and he be

such a course with such persons, or have came a lively witness, that the blood of taught Timothy, or Titus, or any other gospel Jesus Christ does cleanse from all sins in

preacher, to do so, for fear of spoiling their deed."Baptist Periodical Accounts.

promotion or translation, or offending any
powerful faction of men whatsoever.

do
you

all consider with your[“ Rebuke them sharply."]

selves, whether you would be willing to

have your children, your dearest friends “ Let none think that those seasonable and relations, grow up into Rebels, Schisrebukes which I here encourage and plead maticks, Presbyterians, Independents, Anafor, proceed from any hatred of the persons baptists, Quakers, the blessed off-spring of of those wretches (how much soever they the late reforming Times? And if you deserve it) but from a dutiful concern for, would not, then leave off daubing and and charity to the publick, and from a just trimming it, and plainly, and impartially, care and commiseration of posterity, that and severely declare to your children and the contagion may not spread, nor the families, the villany and detestable hypopoison of the example pass any further. crisy of those which are such. And assure For I take reproof no less than punishment, yourselves that this is the likeliest way to be rather for prevention than retribution; preserve them untainted with the same inrather to warn the innocent than to reproach fection."—South's Sermons, vol. 6, p. 80. the guilty; and by thus warning them while they are innocent, in all probability to preserve and keep them so.

66 And pray

to

KELLISON

BAXTER.

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and have their common arguments at their [Doctrine of Angels.]

fingers' ends; which though they are thread“ It is the opinion of that greate doctour bare and transparent fallacies to the wise, and prince of diuines Saint Thomas of yet to the vulgar, yea to our unstuddyed Aquin, that the Angelles are so different in gentry, they are as good as if they had nature and perfection that there are not never been confuted, or as the best. 6th. tvvoe of one sorte and kind (as there are of | And what a world of wealth and secular men and other creatures) but that euerie one help is at their becks in France, Flanders, is distinguished in nature and office from Italy, Spain, Germany, &c. They have euerie one, enen from the highest to the lovv- millions of gold, and navies and armies est. Which his opinion is generallie receiued ready to promote their work, which other of all Thomists, vvho for their number and sects have none of. 7th. And what worldly learning beare noe little svvaye in the motives have their priests and fryers to schooles, and are no little esteemd in the promote their zeal ? Their superiors have Church of God. The same Doctour is also such variety of preferments, and ample of opinion that the Angels are farre more in

treasures to reward them with, and their number than are all the species or kindes single life alloweth them so much vacancy of all the corporall creatures in the vvorld, from domestick avocations, and withall, they that is, more then the celestiall bodies, then

so much glory in a pharisaicall zeal in comthe simple bodyes which we call the four passing sea and land to make proselytes, elements, yea then all the mixte bodies that it is an incredible advantage that they composed of them, be they inanimate or

get by their industry: the envious man animated, liuing or not liuing, as beasts, by them being sowing his tares, whilest plants, hearbes, metalles and the like, which others sleep, and are not half so industerious his opinion all his followers doe imbrace in resisting them. as constantlie as they doe the former.”— 8th. What abundance have they lately MATTHEW KELLISON.

-won in England, notwithstanding they have wanted publick liberty, and have only taken

secret opportunities to seduce ? Persons of [Plausibility of Popish Disputants.]

the nobility, and gentry, and of the cler“CONSIDER 1st. How suitable Popery is to gy, as well as of the common people, and a carnal inclination, (as I have manifested zealous professors of religion of late, as elsewhere). 2nd. What plausible reasons well as the prophane have been seduced by Papists have to delude poor souls, from pre- them. Princes in other countries have tended universality, antiquity, &c. 3rd. And been wonne by them; and the Protestant how few of the vulgar are able to defend their religion cunningly workt out: and what a Faith, or to answer the two great sophis- lamentable encrease they had made in Engtical questions of the Papist, Where hath land before our warres, by that connivance your Church been visible in all ages and and favour which through the queen was How prove you the Scripture to be the Word procured them, (though incomparably short of God? 4th. And how it will take with of this absolute liberty) is sufficiently known. the people to be told that their fore-fathers 9th. And it is not the least of our danger, all died in the Romane Faith. 5th. And that the most of our ministers are unable above all, what a multitude of Jesuites, to deal with a cunning Jesuite or priest : Fryars, and Priests can they prepare for and this is not to be wondered at; conthe work, and poure out upon us at their sidering how many of them are very young pleasure from Flanders, France, Rome, and men, put in of late in the necessity of the other places; and how these men are pur- Churches (which the world knows who have posely trained up for this deceiving work, caused,) and there must be time, before

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young men can grow to maturity, and an ceremonies and the tyranny of prelacy hath unfurnished nation can be provided with been removed, and it is free to preach and able experienced men; and the cessation profess according to the Gospel; and this of Popish assaults of late, hath disused liberty is abused to looseness, profaneness ministers from these disputations. The Re- and insolency. That which is, or should formation seemed to have brought down be, the better part of the land, that prePopery so low, that we grew secure, and tends to religion, and hath the face or name thought there was no danger of it: and the of the church, it is like a piece of ground Papists of late have forborn much to meddle that hath been stirred by the plough, and with us barefaced, and have plaid their the tils-man doth not follow on to give it game under the vizor of other sects; and more earth in due season: it runs out in withall young godly ministers have been so weeds and baggage; or as a field which taken up with the greater work of winning is driven, and the heart of it worn out, souls from common profaneness, that most

whatever seed is cast in, it returns nothing have laid by their defensive arms, and are

but carlock and such like raffe; all manner grown too much unacquainted with these sectaries creep forth and multiply as frogs controversies; we have so much noted how and flies and vermin in the spring, and controversie in other countreys have eaten there “is variance, hatred, emulation, with out much of the power of godliness, that strife, sedition, heresies, envyings, revilings, we have fallen by disuse into an unac- and the like.' Everywhere there is minquaintedness with the means of our neces- gled a perverseness of spirit; like the sary defence; and while we thought we prophet's bottles we are filled with drunkmight lay by our weapons, and build with enness and dash one against another, flying both hands, we are too much unready to spirits go forth to deceive and prevail, and withstand the adversary, Alas, what work make us wade upon our own destruction.'" would liberty for Jesuites and Fryars make -Ward's Sermon before the House of in one congregation in a few months space! | Commons, 26th March, 1645, p. 31. I must confess this, though some will think it is our dishonour. It is not from any strength in their cause (for they argue against common sense itself;) but from

God's Plenty feeding True Piety. their carnal advantages, and our disadvan- “ Ask these amphibia what names they tages fore-mentioned.” Baxter's Holy would have. What, are you papists ? no, Common-Wealth.

that is malitious slander to say so: what, are you protestants ? no, that is a great

slander. Ye say yourselves, that Protes[A fanatic Spirit, a deadly one.] tants are divided into Calvinists and Lu“If we can but once entitle our opinions therans, and yee scorne to be of either of and mistakes to religion and God's Spirit,- these two rankes : what then, either you it is like running quicksilver in the back of a

cannot tell, or you dare not tell what your

title should be. sword, and will enable us to strike to utter

In the interim, albeit yee destruction and ruin." —HENRY MORE.

bee severe adversaries to the Presbyterians, Preface to the second edition of his . Song of

we may justly call you, as you would be, the Souli'

new reformers. Methinks I see you, like English taylors, every man with a paire of

sheares in his hand, that he might cut (if [Perverseness of Spirit.]

he might be suffered) every day a new fa“The grace of God is received in vain, or shion in our church. Alacke for pittie: rather turned into wantonness. The yoke of | for the spawne of these spawners; what

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HUNTINGDON.

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shoales of middle Christians have they slipt [Divines, Tetrarchs of Time.] into our waters which have alreadie poured

“IF divines have failed in governing out their owne shame Half Christians, Di

princes (that is of being entirely believed by abolares, half-penny Christians, or scarce worth an halfpenny, hardly can any man

them) yet they might obliquely have ruled tell what image or superscription they beare.

them in ruling the people, by whom of late Halfe fish, halfe flesh, halfe God, halfe Baal,

princes have been governed : and they halfe king, halfe pope; church papists,

might probably rule the people, because the

heads of the church (wherever Christianity halfe mammon; all which love religion as the counterfeit mother loved the child, is preached) are tetrarchs of time, of which which shee would have divided; halfe would

they command the fourth division : for to serve her turne. Their Delphicus gladius

no less the Sabbaths and days of saints is dimidium plus toto, halfe is better than the

amount; and during those days of spiritual

triumph, pulpits are thrones, and the people whole, and hee wants wit who cannot serve

obliged to open their ears and let in the ortwo masters. Neither are these men's opi

dinances and commands of preachers ; who nions onely thus unsettled, as clouds carried

likewise are not without some little regency up and downe, with every puffe of winde: but their affections give them no rest

, night throughout the rest of the year: for then nor day. They are turned as doores on

they may converse with the laity, from

whom they have commonly such respect, the hindges, and hang at half chane, halfe open, half shut. Some are resolved against

(and respect soon opens the door to persuadrunkennesse: but not against swearing,

sion) as shows their congregations not deaf

in those holy seasons when speaking predoagainst swearing, not against lying, not

minates.”—Preface to Gondibert against profaining the Sabbath, against fornication, not against strife, against idlenesse, not against rebellion, against stealing either

[Miracles never cease

ase.] oxe or asse, but their fingers itch at sacriledge. These would blush at Petilucite,

“MIRACLES have not ceased in their spibut to lay their hookes into God's portion,

ritual operations,” says HuntingDON, “no, is for the maintenance of their worship, that not even the miracle of speaking with new they may beare the golden wedge in their tongnes, Mark, xvi. 17, for I firmly believe bagges, and the Babylonish garment on their that if ten men out of ten different counbackes, they hold it no wrong to breake into

tries, and each of them of a different lanthe house of God.”—A Sermon preached guage, were to come and hear a discourse at Paul's Cross, 18th June, 1645, by JOHN

delivered in the English tongue, if God inWHALY, p. 33.

tended to convert those men, his own Spirit would carry the word with such convincing power as to make them know what were

their own thoughts, and would make them [Religious Intolerance.]

feel and understand his displeasure against PIETRO DELLA VALLE who could be their sins, and make them know their amused at the superstition of others, says

wretched life, and their present state before that when the Ecce Homo was exposed du

God, even in the language wherein they ring a sermon in the Jesuit Church at Goa, were born. The Spirit of God would make the women used to beat their servants if them understand, by feeling, that the kingthey did not cry enough to please them.

dom of God is not in word, but in power, 1 Cor. iv. 20. I could find a living witness of the above assertion if I chose: but I forbear.”The Sinner saved, vol. 1, p. 25.

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