This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1662 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAP. IX. Holiness is the me (I Honourable Way, are resolved if Serifture and Reason an resolve us, that TM Godliness is the Safest, che Honestest, and the GainsuBest course: I stiall next shew you that it is the Most Honourable course. I know the world thinks otherwise of if. In most places it is a matter of reproach to be but feriom and diligent in Gods service. And though in thisplace and zithis time, through the great mercy osGod,ir is not (o with us.unless it be with here and there a sottish drunkard, yet there are too few places that are so much freed from this plague. And it is not yet I fear forgotten of God, since the very practice of a Godly life, was.a matter of greater scorn and derision, then to have been the prophanest swearer or drunkard. If a man would not have gone to the Ale house with them, nor sworn, or spoke prophanely as they did : and if he made any serious mention of the Scripture, or the life to come; if he reproved any gross offendor, if he prayed and ■instructed his family, and spent the Lords Day in holy exercises, this was enough to brand him with the name of Puritan or ^Precisian, and make him the common by.word of the town, and (let him be never so conformable to Bishops and Ceremonies ) if once he went under the name of a Puritan, he was lookc 'Hpon as in Sodom, by the open enemies of Piety, who insulted over them, and lived securely in open wickedness. This is the chiefest sin that God hath been scourging this nation for, if I am able to understand his judgements : I know men are apt to interpret providences according to their own interests aed conceits. Kut I take the help of the Scripture and the experience of former ages for my interpretation: and I am verily perswaded ( not excluding other fins) that...
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