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was by the Reformers from Popery, because we find it in our Bible. This it is that makes us Predestinarians and Calvinifts : For Calvin nor Augustine, nor any Names whatever, are any thing to us, but as they speak from the Holy Scriptures. These are our only Oracles. What we find there, we believe and profess, tho' incomprehensible to our weak and shallow Minds, which are by no means the Measure of Truth. And we think we act a perfectly rational Part, as well as reverent before the HIGH GOD, the Infinite Intelligence, in bowing our Un. derstandings to his Revelations relpe&ing Truth and Duty, even where we cannot answer every Scruple or objection, for the reconciling seeming Oppositions.

Leť none then entertain the Doctrine of Ele&tion with Aversion, Scoff and Ridi. cule ; but with the lowest Reverence and highest Adoration. You will see with what Reason from the plain and sincere word of God, thro the following Discourses; which are, in our Judgment, as modest, strong and brief an Explanation and Vindication of this important Truth, as the Reader will be like to meet with ; and well suited to convince Gain/ayers, fatisfy the doubting, eilabiilh the wavering, and stop che Mouth

of

of vain Talkers, in Contradiction to the faithful Word, which we are commanded to bold fast and contend for.

We willingly take this Opportunity to testify our Concurrence with the Author in the Verity and Importance of this Doctrine; and our Satisfaction in his having preach'd and publish'd there Discourses.

And it is our hearty Prayer to God that the Churches of the Reformation, and our Churches in particular, may be confirm'd and established in this and other Doctrines of Grace, as they have been of old deliver'd to 'em and received by 'em: And that as it is their indisputable Right and Duty in their choice of Pastors, to take heed to the Soundness of their Principles, as well as to their godly Life and edifying Gifts, they may ever do so in Fidelity to God, and Care of their own Souls, and those of their Fa. milies.

That these Discourses may be attended with a Divine Blessing for theseEnds, and that our dear Brother may long live a Bleding to the Flock over which the HOLY

GHOST

and any of the

was by the Reformers from Popery, because we find it in our Bible. This it is that makes us Predestinarians and Calvinifts : For Calvin nor Augustine, nor any Names whatever, are any thing to us, but as they speak from the Holy Scriptures. These are Our only Oracles. What we find there, we believe and profess, tho' incomprehensible to our weak and shallow Minds, which are by no means the Measure of Truth. And we think we act a perfe&ly rational Part, as well as reverent before the HIGH GOD, the Infinite Intelligence, in bowing our Un. derstandings to his Revelations respecting

Truth and Duty, even where we cannot answer every Scruple or Objection, for the reconciling seeming Oppositions.

Leť none then entertain the Doctrine of El&tion with Aversion, Scoff and Ridi. cule ; but with the lowest Reverence and highest Adoration. You will see with what Realon from the plain and sincere word of God, thro'the following Discourses; which are, in our Judgment, as modest, strong and brief an Explanation and Vindication of chis imporçant Truch, as the Reader will be like to meet with ; and well suited to convince Gainlayers, Satisfy the doubting, eilabiilh the wavering, and stop the Mouth

of :

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of vain Talkers, in Contradiction to the faithful Word, which we are commanded to bold fast and contend for.

We willingly take this Opportunity to testify our Concurrence with the Author in the Verity and Importance of this Doctrine ; and our Satisfaction in his having preach'd and publish'd there Discourses.

And it is our hearty Prayer to God that the Churches of the Reformation, and our Churches in particular, may be confirm'd and established in this and other Doctrines of Grace, as they have been of old deliver'd to 'em and received by 'em: And that as it is their indisputable Right and Duty in their choice of Pastors, to take heed to the Soundness of their Principles, as well as to their godly Life and edifying Gifts, they may ever do so in Fidelity to God, and Care of their own Souls, and those of their Fa. milies.

That these Discourses may be attended with a Divine Blessing for theseEnds, and that our dear Brother may long live a Blessing co the Flock over which the HOLY

GHOST

GHOST has made him an Overseer, to feed them in the Strength of the LORD GOD, and be continued a burning Light before all the Churches ; and after a Life of great services receive the Rewards of the wife and faithful Servant at the Coming of our LORD, are the Prayers of his Bretbren and Fellow-Servants with him to these Churches of CHRIST.

his Bing, of our lo faithful Ser the Rewarda to the one and on , are the be at the

Bofon, April 15.

Benjamin Colman, Joseph Sewall, Thomas Prince, Andrew Le Mercier, John Webb.

1740.

N. B. Among the CORRECTIONS at the end,

these following should have been mention'd; Page 35. l. 7. from the bottom, read, The · elder shall serve the younger. p. 77. I 14.

for two r. too.

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