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1. Whatever you have been doing in the world, you have but

lost

your time, if you have not done the one thing needful

2. And you have lost all your labour ..

3. You have been busily undoing yourselves

4. You have unmanned yourselves, and lived below your rea-

and as beside

your

The madness of them that are afraid of being godly, lest it

make them mad ....

5. You have but abused and lost all your mercies

6. You have neglected Christ, his grace and Spirit

7. Your hopes and peace are but delusions and irrational

Use 2. To lament the distracted course of worldlings

Use 3. Exhortation : what course will you take for time to

come ?...

Consider 1. It is necessity that is pleaded with you

2. It is but one thing that God hath made necessary

3. This one thing is that good part .

4. This good part is offered you, and you have your choice,

whether God or the world, heaven or earth, shall be

your portion.

Quest. How is it in our choice; have we freewill ?

5. If you choose it, it shall never be taken from you

A full confutation of those ungodly ones that deny the neces-

sity of a holy life in Thirty Queries ..

Object. It is not godliness, but your precise way that we call

needless. The particulars of a holy life examined

1. Much preaching and hearing

2. Reading the Scriptures

3. Fervent prayer

4,5. Diligent instructing families

6. The holy observation of the Lord's day justified

7. Strictness of life in avoiding sin

8. The rigour of church discipline.

Object. It is but few that are so strict

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3. It takes away the ball of the world's contention that
breaketh societies .

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4. It destroyeth selfishness, which is the destroying principle ibid.
5. It hath the most righteous laws

187
6. It is contrary to all disturbing evil .

ibid.
7. It effectually disposeth the mind to duty

188

8. It cleanseth the very heart, and killeth secret sin ibid.

9. It cementeth societies with unfeigned love .

ibid.

10. It maketh princes and rulers a double blessing : mani.

fested in five particulars

ibid.

11. It maketh the most loyal and obedient subjects

191

For, l. It makes them know themselves

ibid.

2. And to see God in their rulers . ..

192

3. And to obey and submit for conscience sake ibid.

4. And destroyeth self-seeking

193

5. And consisteth in charity

ibid.
6. Procureth divine blessings

ibid.
7. And makes men meek, and patient, and forbearing . ibid.
8. Disposeth to concord

ibid.

9. Assureth of the greatest rewards of obedience

194

10. And confirmeth against all temptations to disobedience ibid.
Object. Have not the greatest rebellions been caused by

your godly men, as the Waldenses, Bohemians, French,
and others nearer us? Answered

ibid.

Specially to Papists

198

12. Godliness makes men true to their covenants

199

13. It teacheth the true method of obeying

200

14. It maketh men of public spirits

ibid.

15. It maketh it their business to do good

201

16. It makes men love enemies, and forgive wrongs ibid.

17. It interesteth societies in the favour and protection of

God

ibid.

18. It is the surest way to all supplies

ibid.

19. It is the honour of societies

202

20. It must be best that is so heavenly

ibid.

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