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prone to this self-deceit. 4. In wbat respects this Religion is Vain, and wby. 5. And then we shall consider how to improve these truths by a due application.

1. Concerning the first, I must thew you, 1. What this seeming Religion is made up of. 2. And what it wants, which maketh it delusory and vain.

In general, This Vain Religion, is made up sometimes, of all that, 1. A laudable nature or temperacure of body, 2. And good education and excellent means, 3.A. fifted by the common workings of the Spirit, can produce.

More particularly, 1. A Vair : Religiousness, may have a great deal of superficial. opinionative knowledge: and so may have the trnest Religion for its object: the true do&trines of Faith, may be believed by a Faith that is not true : the hypocrite as to the

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Waterials of his Creed may be Orthodox, when ignorance a boundeth, he may be a knowing man and pitty the ignorance of others: when errurs abound, he may be af the right opinion in Religion, and {peak much against the errors of the times, as one that is wifer then the giddy heretical sort of people : He may [Know the will of God, and approve the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the Law, and be confident that he him. Self is a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in derknets, an in ftru&ter of the-foolish, a teacher of babes, which hath the form of knowkedge, and of the truth in the Law,] Rom.2.18,19,20. He may know His much materially as the upright may, and be able to convince gain, fayers, and be a notable Champion for the defending of the truth, against the many adverfaries that oppofcit i and so may be emi

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gently usefull in his generation.

2. He that is but Religion's in Vain, may be frequent in the worshipping of God; and may seek: bim daily, and delight to know his wages, and to approach him, and ask of him the Ordinances of justice, as if he were one of the people that did righteousness, and forfook not the Ordinances of their God, Ifa. 58.1,29 He may be oft in fafting, and pundual in keeping boly dayes and ceremonies, as verse 3. Ifa. I. 12, 13, 14, 15: Luke 18.11, 12, 13. and exercise much severity on himself, [ after the commandments and doctrines of men in things that have a theme of wisdom,in Will-worship, and Humi lity, and neglecting of the body not in ang

boxour to the fatisfying of the flesh, ]Col.2.20,21,22,23.Though he be flow paced in the right way, he is swift in his mistaken paths. Though he liketh not precisenefs,

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zeal, and forwardness, in the fpiritual works that God prescribetb; yet when it comes to his own, or other mens inventions, he will be religious and righteous overmuch, Eccles. 7. 16. and forward to of: fer the sacrifice of a fool, that confidereth not that he is but doing tvil, while he thinks to please God with the sacrifice of bis services, though he turn away his ear from an obedient hearing the word thar should direct him, Ecclef. 5.1,2. Prov. 28.9.

3. He that is but Religious in Vain, may see the evil of discord and divisions, and inveigh much against schismaticks, and see the excellency of unity and peace ; and therefore may joyn himself with the visible Catbolick Church, and with the Christians and Congregaticks that are moft for unity. There have alwayes been Hypocrites in the most orderly peaceable socie.

ties of believers, and still will be.

4. The self-deceiving Hypocrite, is oft-times very sensible of the evil of vertiginous mutability in Religion

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3 much resolved to continge - what he is, and may cast many a jeer at the weather-cocks of the times, and the unconstancy and levity of ignoranc,or temporizing men and may stand to bis party, and profesion, against much opposition, as glorying in his constancy, and being ashamed to be thought a changling or such a turn-coat as others whom he merrily deridech.

5. An Hypocrite that hath no other Religion but delusory and vain, may obferve the weaknesses of persons that are of lower education and

parts, and may loath their indiscretion in conference and be. haviour, and their unbanfonse exPressions in prayer and other du

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