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Synopsis: This Treatise which now is presented to a publike construction, was (many yeers past) the subject of my private Meditations and Sermons. I did not affect any farther publication of it, then in the Pulpit; but the importunity of others hath compelled it thus to appear in Print. Not that the manner of handling the Subject (here insisted on) is excellent or exquisite, but that the matter handled may be supposed to be of common use & benefit; as a little star hath influence, though not that glory which is proper to the Sun. The case which is here put & discussed, is a case of common experience; there is no beleever, but sometime or other will confess it is his. The Sun being seated in an heavenly orb, shineth with a very pure & constant light, but the candle (though set, & burning in a golden candlestick, yet) burns with a snuffe, & much variablenesse. When Christians are translated, and transplanted from earth to heaven then their graces shall become perfections; there are no defects in heaven, there are no mixtures inheaven, but whatsoever is pure there, it is altogether pure: yet on earth it is otherwise, neither the habits of grace, nor the acts of grace are alone in any Christian: When I would doe good, evil is present with me, said Paul; And, I beleeve, Lord, help my unbelief, said that poor man in the Gospel. Where is the beleever who insists not more on his fears then on his faith? and is not oftner lamenting his doubts, then rejoycing in his assurances? none have an interest in Christ, but beleevers; none have title to a solid and setled peace, but they; and yet we see the children fearful, & bondmen confident; the best of men still in suit, & the worst of men quiet, as if in ful possession; none doubting less then such as have most cause to doubt, & none doubting more then such as have most cause to triumph in Christ. And in truth thus it wil be, whiles gross ignorance veils over presumptuous sinners, and misbelief is incident to tender spirits. And is not the hand of Joab in this business too? Is not Satan in all the sins of wicked men, and in most of the troubles of good men? either he tempts us to sin, & that will cause us to doubt; or else hee tempts us to doubt, and that wil cause us to sin. Surely it is not the shortest of his wiles and arts, in matters of Religion, to keepe the judgements of some still staggering; and in matters of a souls interest in Christ, to keep the heart still doubting. Doth he not know that the Christian canot so happily improve Christ, who is stilin suit to prove his title to Christ? For the better expediting of these soul-suits, peruse (if thou pleasest) this ensuing Work, which is (I confess) not a garden for every one to walk in, but only physick for the sick or weak. It is intended as an Hospital for the lame, only for a troubled sinner, only for a weak believer: And the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, even he who establisheth us in Christ, prosper it for his glory and the help of some one or other. Thy faiths servant, OBADIAH SEDGWICK.
About the Author: Obadiah Sedgwick (1600?-1658) was an English clergyman of presbyterian views, a member of the Westminster Assembly. He was son of Joseph Sedgwick, vicar of St. Peter's, Marlborough, Wiltshire, and then of Ogbourne St. Andrew, and was born at Marlborough about 1600. He matriculated at Queen's College, Oxford, on 18 June 1619, aged 19, moved to Magdalen Hall, and graduated B.A. on 5 May 1620, M.A. 23 January 1623. He was tutor (1626) to Sir Matthew Hale. Having taken orders, he became chaplain to Horace Vere, 1st Baron Vere of Tilbury, whom he accompanied to the Low Countries. Returning to Oxford, he commenced B.D. on 16 January 1630. His first preferment (1630) in the church was as lecturer at St. Mildred's, Bread Street, London, where his puritanism got him into trouble. On 6 July 1639 he was presented by Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick, to the vicarage of Coggeshall, Essex, in succession to John Dod. On the opening of the Long parliament he regained his lectureship at St. Mildred's, and became known as a vigorous preacher against episcopacy. In the autumn of 1642 he was chaplain to the regiment of foot raised by Denzil Holles. He was a member of the Westminster Assembly (1643), and in the same year was appointed a licenser of the press. On 6 October 1643 he spoke at the Guildhall in favour of the league with Scotland for the prosecution of the war, and his speech was published in Foure Speeches, 1646,. In a sermon of September 1644 he preached for 'cutting off delinquents.' He held for a short time the rectory of St Andrew's, Holborn, on the sequestration (13 December 1645) of John Hacket; but next year (before May 1646) he was appointed to the rectory of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and resigned Coggeshall where John Owen succeeded him (18 August). He was a member of the eleventh London classis in the parliamentary presbyterian system; but also on 20 March 1654 he was appointed one of Oliver Cromwell's 'triers,' and in August of the same year was a clerical assistant to the 'expurgators.' His health failing, he resigned St Paul's in 1656, and was succeeded by his son-in-law, Thomas Manton. He was a man of property, being lord of the manor of Ashmansworth, Hampshire. Retiring to Marlborough, he died there at the beginning of January 1658, and was buried near his father, in the chancel of Ogbourne St. Andrew. By his wife Priscilla he had a son Robert, baptised at Coggeshall on 19 October 1641, who was a frequent preacher before parliament.
Title: The Doubting Believer
Publisher: Soli Deo Gloria Pubns
Publication Date: 1997
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