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THE MISCHIEFS OF SELF-IGNORANCE, AND

BENEFITS OF SELF-ACQUAINTANCE.

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EPISTLE DEDICATORY, &c.


The Text opened ...

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Self-knowledge, what; and how many sorts

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How far it is a shame to be ignorant of ourselves

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The mischiefs of self-ignorance, 1. It cherisheth atheism.. 37

2. Causeth ignorance of the life to come

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3. And of the evil of sin....

ibid.

4. It keepeth the soul from true humiliation

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5. It maketh Christ undervalued

ibid.

6. It makes a holy conversation vilified

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7. It makes men cheated by the world...

43

8. It causeth pride

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9. It makes men run into temptations.

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10. It makes temptations prevalent.

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il. It makes men quarrel with God's word and ministers ibid.

12. It destroyeth charity

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13. It is the cause of church-divisions...

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14. It maketh men troublers of the state

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15. It causeth errors. •

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16. It makes men unjust

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17. It makes men unthankful

ibid.

18. It is an enemy to true peace and joy.

ibid.

19. It makes men repine at God's providence,..

54

20. It makes men lose their time, and neglect preparations
for death.

55

Use.

Self-ignorance detected and reproved

55

Discovered by some effects : 1. By men's cnhumbleness 59

2. By the abounding of hypocrisy 61-3. By the love

of flattery, and impatience of plain reproof 63—

4. By men's partiality 65—5. When every man would

be a rule to others 68-6. By the great change that

approaching death, or other awaking providences make

69–7. By men's quarrelling with others in their

sufferings, and overlooking the great cause in them-

selves 78-The discovery prosecuted

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Motives.

1. If you know not yourselves, you cannot repent

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2. Nor be duly sensible of your misery

ibid.

3. Nor indeed by Christians

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4. You will not know what to do with yourselves.

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5. You will not know how to apply the word

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6. Nor how to confess or pray

90

7. Nor how to give thanks..

93

8. Nor how to receive the Lord's-supper

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9. All your studies will be irrational, preposterous, &c. 97

10. You will be much unuseful to others ·

11. You cannot well proceed to know extrinsic things.. 103

12. How many things have you to know about yourselves 105

Exhortation

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Caution against excessive studying of ourselves

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Who need this caution

110

Information : Why the sincere can discourse so fully and

savourily about heart-affairs ...,

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And why they are so full in prayer, and others so empty 117

The excuses of the prayerless answered ..

118

Why the upright are so prone to self-accusing..

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Motives to the Ungodly.

· 1. If you know not yourselves, you know not whether you

must dwell in heaven or hell....

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2. All shall shortly know themselves..

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3. And be surprised to find themselves in a mistake..

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How useful a companion conscience is to converse with..

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4. It is Satan's chief design to keep yourself ignorant

134

Yet some can go on in known misery

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A threefold despair..

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In what cases the sincere may go on in sin against knowledge 142

But the ordinarily self-knowledge would do much..

143

Information: Why faithful ministers search so deep, and

speak so hardly of unrenewed souls

147

Questions to the unsanctified .....

159

What Christianity is, and who sincere in the covenant

163

Who certainly are unregenerate

164

Exhortation to the Regenerate.

I. 1. To know their sins, 2. Their graces. 1. For want of

self-knowledge ...

168

1. You confess not sin as you ought to God or man 169-

2. You pray not against it, or for grace as you ought

170—3. You are negligent in your watch ibid.-

4. Seek not help 171-5. Lie in unobserved sins 172

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. 1. In general, When sin is 'most'unobserved.

2. Particularly, 1. The self-ignorant little think, while they

are orthodox, what errors they may fall into

2. Or in adversity, what sins prosperity may draw forth'..

3. Or how soon the resolutions of affliction may decay...

14. Or when the heart is warm and heavenly, how quickly

it

may

cool and fall to earth

True marks of grace
5. And in prosperity they little think what sins adversity

may detect or occasion
6. Or what pride may appear in those that are humble
7. Some of the greatest sins of Christians too little oh-

served and lamented: As, 1. The remnants of infidelity
2. The great imperfection of love to God

3. And want of love to one another
8. The insinuations of selfishness in all that we do
9. The eruption of passions that seemed inortified.......
Jo. Affections mixed with carnality, which seemed spiritual
Caution against overmuch suspicion or accusation of our-

selves...
2. Sin surpriseth more dangerously : 3. And the remedy is
. neglected, through self-ignorance..
II. What hinders believers from knowing their graces:

1. The sense of the contraries 199—2. The 'smallness
of grace 2003. Not judging by sure marks : the

essentials of holiness : what they are ..
What marks remain uncertain
What sin consist with true grace'.
* 4. Overvaluing, what we have, by looking at what we

ought to be..
5. Judging upon disadvantage: 1. Surprising ourselves
unpreparedly. 2. Judging in passion, of fear or grief.

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3. When helps are absent. 4. When our bodies are
melancholy, or otherwise unfit ibid.-5. Refusing the
former judgment of our sincerity, if we have not a

continued sight of grace
6. The variety and confusion of the soul's operations

Motives to labour to know our Sanctification.

1. It is a most excellent sort of knowledge

2. It is a most delightful felicitating, knowledge..

3: It might sweeten every place and state ......

4. It would much help our belief of Scripture

5. And our trusting on God in all straits

6. And our cheerful progress in religion....

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THE

MISCHIEFS OF SELF-IGNORANCE,

AND THE

BENEFITS OF SELF-ACQUAINTANCE:

OPENED

A DIVERS SERMONS AT ST. DUNSTAN'S, WEST;

AND PUBLISHED

IN ANSWER TO THE ACCUSATIONS OF SOME, AND THE

DESIRES OF OTHERS.

"For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth him

self: But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in brimself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden,"

Gal, vi. 3-5.

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