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Construction of the Words. But indeed it would show a truer Modesty and Humility, if they would more entirely rely on God's Wisdom and Discerning, who knows infinitely better than we, what is agreeable to his own perfections, and never intended to leave these Matters to the Decision of the Wisdom and Discerning of Men; but by his own unerring Instruction, to determine for us what the Truth is; knowing how little our Judgment is to be depended on, and how extremely prone, vairt and blind Men are, to err in such Matters.
The Truth of the Cafe is, that if the Scripture plainly taught the opposite Doctrines, to those that are so much stumbled at, viz. the Arminian Doctrine of Free-Will, and others depending thereon, it would be the greatest of all Difficulties that attend the Scriptures, incomparably greater than its containing any, even the most mysterious of those Doctrines of the first Reformers, which our late Free-thinkers have so superciliously exploded.— Indeed it is a glorious Argument of the Divinity of the holy Scriptures, that they teach such Doctrines, which in one Age and another, thro' the Blindness of Men's Minds, and strong Prejudices of their Hearts, are rejected, as most absurd and unreasonable, by the wile and great Men of the World; which yet, when they are most carefully and strictly examined, appear to be exactly agreeable to the most demostrable, certain, and natural Dictates of Reason. By such Things it appears, that the Foolijkness cf God is wiser than Men, and God does as is faid in 1 Cor. i. 19, 20. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; I will bring to nothing the Understanding of the Prudent. Where is the Wise ! Where is the scribe ! Where is the Disputer of this World! Hath not God tm»dt foelist} the Wisdom of this World f And as it
site to it, P. 3. Sect. 6.
p. 249. Ibid. Sect. 7. . E.
Contingence, P. 1. Sect. FseSl. See Cause.
3. p. 28. the Inconsis- Efficacious Grace,
tence of the Notion, P. Concl. p. 404.
2. Sect. 3. p. 63. Whe- Election personal. See
ther necessary in order Decree.
to Liberty, P. 2. Sect. 8. Endeavours, what it is
p. 102.—implied in Ar- for them to be in vain,
minian Liberty, and yet P. 4. Sect. 5. p. 309.
inconsistent with it, P. 2. Render'd vain by Armi~
Sect. 13. p. 185. Epi- nian Principles, Ibid.
Curtis the greatest Main- p. 313. But not so by
tainer of it, P. 4. Sect. 6. Calvinism, Ibid. p. 316.
p. 321. Ibid. Sect. 1. See Sincerity.
p. 386. . Entrance of Sin into
Corruption of Man's the World, P. 4. Sect.
Nature, Concl. p. 403. 10. p. 376.
Creation of the World, Equilibrium. See In-
at such a particular Time difference.
and Place, P. 4. Sect. 8. Exhortation. See /»-
p. 338. vitation.
D Ecree absolute, not F Allen Man. See .so-
Determination. See 352.
Will. Foreknowledge of God,
Dictates. See Under- of Volitions of moral
standing. Agents, proved, P. 2.
£ e Sect.