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alw sies as as their very mouchs, cven a David, a Solomon, a Noak, is not fasc.

2. They arç in danger of those fins which they little tbink of; for it is a lign that they are not forcwarned and fortificd, nor have they overcome tbat fix; for victory here is never go dt fo cheap a rate : cspecially as to inward fins: If ic have not coft you inany a groan, and many • daics diligence, to conquer solfishness, pride and appetite; it's (wenty to one they are not conquered.

3. They are much in danger of those fins which they extenuate, and count to be smaller than they are. for indeed their hearts are infected already, by those falfc and favourable thoughes. And they are prepared to entertain a neeier familiarity with them. . Men arc cofily tempted upon a danger which focmcth small.

4. They are much in danger of thosc fins, which cheir comAtitutions and temperature of body doth encline them to ; and therefore muß here keep a double watch. No small part t of the punishment of our Original fin (both as from Adam, and from our necreft Parents) is found in the ill complexion of our bodics : The temperature of some inclincth chem vehemently to paffion; and of others unto left; and of others to fish and dwiness: and of others to gulofity,&c. And grace doch not immcdiately change this diftcmper of the complexion; but only watch over it, and keep it under, and abate it consequently, by contrary adions, and mental dispofitions : Therefore we shall have here unceflant -work, while we are in the body. Though yet the power of grace by long and faithful use, will bring ihe very sense, md imagination, and passions into so much caloncís, as to be far Icls raging, and calily ruled : As a well ridden horse will obey the Rider ; and even dogs and other bruirs will Nrive but little against our government : And then our work will grow more çafic : For as Seneca saith, Moxima pars libertat u oft bene moratùs venter: A good conditioned belly in a great part of a mans liberty: meaning, an ill con

и dirioned belly is a great part of mcos Navery : · And the same may be raid of all the senses, fantasic and passions in their re{p:0ive places. 5. We are much in danger of the fins' which ous callings,

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Trades and worldly intereft, do most and constantly témpt us to. Every man hach a carnal interest, which is his great templation; and cvery wisc man will know it, and there fet a double watch. 'The carnal intereft of a Preacher, is applause or prcs feriment: The carnal intereft of Rulers and great men, I shall piss by; but they must not pass it by themselves. The carnal intescht of Lawyers ar.d Tradesmen, is their gain, &c. Here wc must keep a constant waich.

6. We are much in danger of thosc fins, the matter of which is somewhat good or lawful, and the danger lyech only in the manner, circumstances or degree. For there the lawfulneß of the matter, occafionech men ro forget the accidentat rvilThe whole Kingdom feclech chc mischief of this, in in. Aances which I will now pass by. If eating such or such a mcat were not lawful it sell, men would not be so casily drawn to glucrony. I drinking wine were not a lawful thing, the pallage to drankennels were not so open : The apprchcnfion that a lusory lot is a lawful thing (as Cards, D.cc, &c.) doth occafion the heinous fin of time-wafting, and cltate-wafting gameters. If apparel were not lawful, cxcels would not be fo casily endured. Yca the goodness of Gods own Worship, quicreth many in its great abuse.

7. We are much in danger of thosc.rms, which are not in any great disgrace among thosc persons whom we most bonour and cltcem. It is a great mercy to have fin lie under a conmon odium and disgracc :. As wearing and drunkenness, and curfing, and fornication, and Popish errours, and fuperftition, is now amongh thc forwarded Profcffors in England: For here conscience is mok awakened, and help:d by the opinion : of men; or if there be some carnal respect to our reputation in it sometimes, yet it tendeth to suppress the fin : And it is a . grcat plague to live where any great fin is in little disgrace (as the prophanation of the Lords day in most of the Reformed? Churches beyond Sex; and they say, cipling, if not drunkenness in Germany; and as backhiting and evil speaking againft those that differ from them, is among the Professors in England, for too great a part; and also many fuperftitions of their owo; and dividing principles and pra&ices.)

8. But especially if the greater number of godly people live in Luch a fin, then is the temptation great indeed ; and it is but

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few of the weaker forr, that are not carryed down thar ftrcam. The Munfter cafe, and the Rebellion in which Munfter perished in Germany, and many other ; but cfpecially abundance of Scbifms from the Apotles daics till now, are too great evidences of mens fociablencfs in finning. We all like sheep bave gone aftray, and turned every one to biomon way, Ifa. 53 6. And Tikc Sheep in this, that if one that is loading, get over the hedge, all the rest will follow after; but especially if the greater part be gone. And do not think that our Churches are in fallible, and that the greater part of the godly cannot cure, or be in the wrong: For that would be but to do as the Papifts, when we hrve finned by fallibility, to keep off repentance by the conceit of infallibility:

9. We are in great danger of fiuning, in cases where we are ignorant : For who can avoid the danger which he fecth-nor? And who can walk Cafely in the dark? Therefore we fee that it is the ignoranter fort of Chriftians, and such as Paul callech Novices, that modt crre; especially when Pride accompanyath Ignorance, for then chey fall into the special condemnation of the Devil, 1 Tim. 3.8. Study therefore painfully and paTiently till you'understand the truth.

10. But above all, we are in danger of thosc fins which are masked wiib a pretence of the greatest trurbs and duties, and use to be fatbered on God and Scripturé ; and so under tbe fpeciom titles of Holiness and of Free Grace. For herc it is the undertanding chiefly that refiftcth, while the very names and pretences fecretly ftcal in, and bring them into love and reverence with the Will. And the poor honch Christian is afraid of relifting them, left it thould prove a refifting God. What can be fo false that a man will not plcad for, if he take it lo be a necer. fary truth of God? And what can be lo bad that a man will nor do, if he take it once to be of Gods commanding? The foresaid instances of the Munster and Germane aAions, with those of the followers of David George in Holland who took himself to be the Holy Ghoft, or the immediate Prophet of his Kingdom) and Hacket and his Grundlctonians ; and the Familifts, the Ranters, the Seckers, the Quakers, the Churchdividers, and the Kingdom and State-overturnets in England, have given fo great a demonftration of this, that it is not

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you, Mall tbink that obey do God fervice, Joh, 16, . And then who can cxpc& that their consciences should avoid it? Why did Paul persecute the Chriftians, and compel them to blasphemc? Because he verily thought that he ought to do many things againft the Name of Jesus, Ads 26.9. O it is religious fins which we are in danger of ! such as come to us as in the Name of God, and Christ, and the Spirit: fuch as pretend that we cannot be saved without chem: and fuch as pload the holy Scriptures : such as James 3. is written againl, when a wisdom from beneatb, which is caribly, fenfual and doo vilish, working by envy and Arift, unto confusion and every evil work, pretendeth to be the wisdom from above : when Zeal confumeth Love and Unity, under pretence of consuming fin: which madc Paul and John require us not to believe tuery pirit, but to try sbe spirits mobet ber fbey be of God, 2 Thes, z. & 1 Thef. 5.20, 21. 1 Joh.4. 1, 2, 3. And made Paul Cay, If an Angel from Heaven bring you anorber Gospel, let him be accur. fed, Gal. 1.7,8. And more plainly, 2 Cor. 11. 13, 14. Sueb are false Apostles ; deceitful workers; transforming tbemfelves in. so the Apostles of Cbrift: and no marvel, for Setar binsfelf is transformed into an Angel of light : therefore it is no great ibing if bi Minifters also be transformed as tbe Ministers of rigbteoufnej, wbose end shall be according to their works. And Aas 20.3€. Also of your own selves hall men srise, Speaking perverse things, to draw away Disciples after ibem. And what

need any Disciple of Chrift greater warning, than to remember that their Šaviour himself was thus assaulted by the Devil in his temptation, with [It is written.]

Yet let no Papift hence take occafion to vilific the Scripture, because it is made a plea for fin: For so he might as well vilific bumane Reason, which is pleaded for all the errours in the world ; and vilific thc Law, because Lawyers plead it for it Causes; yaa and 'vilific God himself, because the fame and other finncis plead his will and ausbority for their fins : when contrarily, it is a great proof of the Scripture Antbority and HoKOKT, thar Satan himfelf, and his fubtilch instruments,do place their greatest hope of prevailing, by perverting and misapplying it; which could be of no ale to them, if its authority were not acknowledged.

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Dr. We are in conftant danger of chose fins which we think We can conceal from men : Therefore suppose Hill chat all chat you do will be made known; and do all as in the open streets : Ir's wrieren (by (wo) in the life of holy Epbrem Syrus, that when a Harlos sempred him to uncleanncss, he defired but that he mighe chyfe the place, which the consenting oo, he chora the open market-place, among all the people and when the told him that there they thould be shamed, for all would rec; he told her such a le son of linning in the light of God, who is cvcry where, as was the means of her conversion. Conceit of fecrecy emboldenech to fin.

12. We are in constant danger of lins of sudden paion and irruprion, which allow us not feason to deliberate, and surprize us before our reason can confider. y

13. Wc arc in danger of fins that come on by infenfible de grees, and from small beginnings creep upon us, and come not by any

ludden wakening assaults: Thus pride, and cevi. toxfnefs, and ambition, do infe & men: And thus our zeal and deligence for God, doch usually dreaj.

14. Laftly, We are ip much danger of all fins which require a. conftant vigorovs diligence to resist shem, and of omirring thosc ducics, or that past or mode of daty, which must have a constant vigorous diligence to perform ic: Becaulc feeble Couls are hard, Jy kept (as is aforesaid ) o constant vigorous diligence.

Quch. 2. Wherein differebbe fins of a Sanâified perfunfrom piber mens ibat are uxlanäified.

Anw. 1. In a finaified man the babituat tens of bis will, is ever morc againht lio, than for it, however hc bc tempied into that particular a&t:

2. And as to the AU also, it is ever contrary to the scope and tenour of his life; which is for God and sincere obedience.

3. He hath no lin which is inconfident with the true Love of God, in the predominant babil : It never turnsch his heart to another End, or Happinels, or Malter.

4. Therefore it is morç a sin of passion, than of fittled.instreft and cboice. He is more liable to a hally peffion, or word, 03.unruly tboughis, than to any. Pacvalent covetoufness or am

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