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What moveth the hypocrite to this self-deceit, and what are the

reasons and uses of his vain religion

In what respects the hypocrite's religion is not vain

In what respects his religion is vain

Use 1. Why a seeming, outside, hypocritical religion is so
common in comparison of serious faith and godliness..

Why popery hath so many followers

Use 2. To awaken the self-deceiving hypocrite
Ten infallible marks of grace, which are in all that are sound
believers, and set together, describe his state; premised
to prevent the misapplication of what followeth, and
groundless trouble of the sincere....

Terror to the self-deceiver. 1. His religion being vain, his

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1. The deriders, scorners, revilers, or opposers of serious godli-
ness; their terror in the aggravation of their sin....

2. Those that uncharitably reproach each other, for lesser dif-

ferences in religion

Of the common malicious use of the nicknames-puritans, pre-
cisians, zealots, &c...........

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Bishop Downame's testimony of the use of the word puritan in
his time

The testimony of Dr. Robert Abbot, regius professor of divi-
nity in Oxford, and Bishop of Salisbury.

Mr. Robert Bolton's testimony at large...

His further description of the formal hypocrite
Bishop Hall's character of a hypocrite

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3. The sinfulness of passionate reproachful speeches against

superiors, when we suffer by them for religion's sake;

proposed to the consideration of suffering tempted

Christians, how sincere soever

How far we may mention such sins of others,
Two causes of men's frowardness of speech...
Who is indeed the hypocrite. The impudency of our common
hypocrites that take serious godliness for hypocrisy. If
we will be Christians indeed, we must be content to be
so, though we are not thought to be so; and to be ac
counted hypocrites, when we have done most to approve
our hearts and ways to God

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THE FOOL'S PROSPERITY.-Proverbs i. 32, 33....

REPENTANCE.-Ezekiel xxxvi. 31.......

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THE

VAIN RELIGION

OF THE

FORMAL HYPOCRITE,

AND

THE MISCHIEF OF AN UNBRIDLED TONGUE,

AS AGAINST RELIGION, RULERS, OR DISSENTERS,

DESCRIBED IN

SEVERAL SERMONS

PREACHED AT THE ABBEY IN WESTMINSTER,

BEFORE

MANY MEMBERS OF THE HONOURABLE HOUSE OF COMMONS,

MDCLX.:

AND

THE FOOL'S PROSPERITY

THE OCCASION OF HIS DESTRUCTION

A SERMON

PREACHED AT COVENT GARDEN.

BOTH PUBLISHED TO HEAL THE EFFECTS OF SOME HEARERS' MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND MISREPORTS.

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