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there no more co prove this, than the Inftances of Fofepbs brethren, of Pharaoh, and the murderers of our Lord, ic were enough. We usually lole inore by the fatceries of Sa. can and the world, chan by their violence. It these basty, course, unpol lhed Sermons, Mhall prove beneficial to the souls of any, chis also may come in among the lower rank of Instances. If the Devil had let me aloge, they might have been cact aside, and no further molested him or his Kingdom, for ought I know, than they did
upon the Preaching of them. But seeing he will needs, by malicious mifreports, and slanders, kindle suspicion, and raise offence,
against them and the Auchor, let him take what he gets by ic. He hath never yer got much from me, by violence, or by bis foulmoucbed slanderous in ftruments : No not when the impudence or multitude of their slanders, have forced me to be filent, left I trouble the Reader, or misspend my time,
The first of these Dilcourses, being intended to undeceive the formal Hypocrite, and to call men from a VAIHz co a Saving serious Religion, and to acquaine chem that cry out against Hypocrisie, where the Hypocrite is to be found; it seems, provoked the Ignorant or the Guiltys in so much that che cry went, that I Preacht down all forms of
A 2 Prayer,
Prayer,' and all Government and Order in the Church : when there is not a Syllable thar hath any such sense : But it seems what I spoke against the Cokafs,was interpreced to be spoken against the Body of Religion.
The words of Mr. Bolton and other Divines, which I have cited against the Reproachers af serious piecy, are added since che Preaching of the rest, as being more fic co be presented here to the eye, chan in the Pulpit to the car.
The petulancy of men on both extreams, constrained me to add, The Bridle for their tongues.
The second Difcourse I understand offended some few
of the Gallants, that thought they were too roughly handled'; let them here peruse it, and better concoct it, if they please.
I only add this Observation to the Heirs of Heaven, thac are above this world, and live by Faith.
Few rich men are truly Re. ligious : It is as hard for them to be saved, as for a Camel to go through a needles eye. Yec rich men will everywhere be the Rulers of the world, and so (as to outward proceâion or opposition the Judges in macters of Religion. Judge cberefore whether Dominion and earthly raign, be the portion of the Saints (as Jewishly fome of late imagine ) :. and
what usage we must ordinarily expect on earth ! and whác condition the Church of Christ is like to be in to the end. As his Kingdom, lovurs, is not of this world. A low despised, fuffering Atate, is it chac Believers must ordinarily expect, and prepare for, and ftuHy to be serviceable in.lf bete cer (inay I call it better) come, take it as a Feast, and grudge not when the table is with. drawn, and look noc it should be our every dayés fare. But yec value the more highly those few of the Rich, and Great, and Rulers, that are above this world, and devote their power and riches to the Lord, and are Holy and Hea venly in the midst of so greac