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VINDICIARUM VINDE X:
der of Mr. Philip Cary.
Wherein he vainly attempts the defence of his abfurd
Thesis, to the great abuse and injury of the laws and covenants of God,
273 A Postscript to Mr. C ARY,
The SECOND APPENDIX:
TINOMIANISM; the Deduction of the principal Er-
GOSPEL-UNITY recommended to the Churches of CHRIST. .
A SE RM O N. 1 Cor. i. 10. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you ; but that ye be perfeétly joined together in the fame mind, and in the fame judgment, '.
E N G L A N D • D T Y,
Under the present
A LETTER to the dearly beloved Ministers of the Gofpel, (much to be reverenced in Christ) now at length, by the wonderful Providence of God, restored to Liberty : Addressed as a humble Supplication to the more aged, and as an Exhortation to younger Ministers and Candidates,
Rev. iii. 20. [Behold] I Atand at the door, and knock,
if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will
PRACTICAL TREAT IS E
Wherein the various kinds, uses, causes, effects and remes
dies thereof are distinctly opened and prescribed, for the relief and encouragement of all those that fear God in these doubtful and distracting times.
To the Right Worshipful Sir John HarTop, Knight
SIR, AMONG all the creatures God hath made (devils only ex. - cepted) man is the most apr and able to be his own tora mentor; and of all the scourges with which he lasheth and afa Aicteth both his mind and body, none is fouod fo cruel and intolerable as his own fears. The worse the times are like to be, the more need the mind hath of succour and encouragement, to confirm and fortify it for hard encounters; but from the worst prospect, fear inflicts the deepest and most dangerous wounds upon the mind of man, cuttiog the very Derves of its passive fortitude and bearing ability. · The grief we suffer from evil felt, would be light, and easy, were it not incensed by fear ; reason would do much, and religion more, to demulce and lepify our sorrows, did not fear betray the succours of both. And it is from things to come that this prospectiag creature raiseth up to himself vast hopes and fears: if he have a fair and encouraging prospect of serene and prosperous days, from the scheme, and position of second causes, hope immediately fills his heart with chearfulaess, and displays the signals of it in his very face, answerable to that fair, benign aspect of things : but if the face of things to come, be threatening and inauspicious, fear gaios the afcendant over the mind; an unmaoly, and unchristian faintDess pervades it, and, among the many other mischiefs it in. ficts, this is got the least, that it brings the evil of to-morrow
upon to-day, and so makes the duties of to-day wholly unferviceable to the evils of to-morrow; which is as much as if a man having an intricate, and difficult business cut out for the next day, which requires the utmost iptention, both of his mind and body, and (haply) might be prosperoufly managed, if both were duely prepared, should lie, all the night, restless and difquieted about the event, torturing and spending himself with his owo presagiog fears, so that 'when the day is come, and the business calls for him, his Nrength is no way equal to the bure. den of it, but he faints, and fails under it.
There is indeed an excellent use that God makes of our fears, to stimulate our Nothful hearts, to greater vigilance and preparation for evils; and there is a mischievous use Satan makes of our fears, to cast us under defpondency and apbecoming pulitlanimity: and I reckon it one of the greatest difficulties of religion, to cut, by a thread, here, and so to manage ourselves under threatniog or doubtful providences, as to be touched with so much sense of those approaching evils, as may prepare us to bear them; and yet to enjoy that constancy and firmness of mind, in the worst times, that may answer the excellent principles we are professedly governed by. ,. These last times are certainly the most perilous times; great things are yet to be acted upon the page of this world, before it be taken dowa; and the fcena antepenultima, latter-end, I say got the last, will be a tragedy. There is an ultima clades adhuc metuenda, a dismal slaughter of the witnesses of Christ yet to be expected: the last bite of the cruel bealt will be deadly, and if we flatter not ourselves, all things seem to be disposing themfelves in the course of providence towards it.
But, Sir, If our union with Christ be fure in itself, and fure to us also; if faith give us the daily visions and praelibations of the world to come, what well-composed fpectators shall we be of these tragedies! Let things be tossed fufque, deque, and the
mountains cast into the midst of the fea, yet then Pfal. xlvi. the affured Christian may sing his fong upon Ala
moth, A fong composed for God's hidden ones." This fo.poileth and steddies the miod, that we may enjoy the comfort and tranquillity of a resigoed will, when others are at their wit's end.
With design to promote this blessed frame, in my own and others hearts, in these frightful times, I meditated, and now publish this small tract, to which a dear friend (from whom I have often had the fair idea and character of your excellent fpirit) hath occasioned the prefixing of your worthy name; I beg