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PRE FACE.
P
ERHAPS the General Preju-

dice against Christian Perfection (the Subject of Many of the following Verses) may chiefly arise from a Misapprehension of the Nature of it. We willingly allow, and continually declare, there is No such Perfection, in this Life,, as implies either a Dispensation from Doing Good and attending all the Ordinances of GoD; or a Freedom from Ignorance, Mistake, Temptation, and a Thousand Infirmities necessarily 'connected with Flesh and Blood;

2. First, we not only allow, but earnestly contend, (as for the Faith once deliver'd to the Saints) That there is no Perfection in this Life which implies any Dispensation from attending All the Ordinances of GOD; or from doing Good unto All Men, while we have Time, tho. Specially unto the Houshold of

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Faith. And whosoever they are who have taught otherwise, we are convinced are not taught of God. We dare not receive them, neštber bid them God speid, least we be Partakers of their evil Deeds. We believe that not only the Babes in Christ, who have. 'newly found Redemption in His Blood, but those also who are grown up unto Perfeet Men, unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of CHRIST, are indispensably obliged (and that they are obliged thereto, is their Glory and Crown of Rejoicing) as oft as they have Opportunity to eat Bread and drink Wine, in Remembrance of Him; To search the Scriptures; By Fasting (as well as Temperance) to keep their Bodies under, and bring them into Subjection; And above all, to pour out their Souls in Prayer, both Secretly and in the Great Congregation.

3. We, Secondly, believe, and therefore speak, and that unto All Men, and with much Assurance, That there is no such Perfection in

this Life, as implies an Entire Des liverance, either from Ignorance or Mistake, in Things not essential to Salvation, or from manifold Temptations, or from numberless Infirmities, wherewith the Corruptible Body, more or less, presses down the Soul. This is the same thing which we have spoken from the beginning, If any teach otherwise, they are not of us. We cannot find any Ground in Scripture to suppose, That any Inhabitant of an House of Clay, is.. wholly exempt either from Bodily. Infirmities, or from Ignorance of many things ; or to imagine Any is Incapable of Mistake, or of falling into divers Temptations. No; the Disciple is not above his Master, nor the Servant above bis LORD. It is enough that every one who is Perfect, Mall be as his Master. 4. But what then, it

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you mean by One that is Pere feet, or, One that is as his Maf ter? We mean, One in whom is the Mind which was in Christ, and who fo walketh as He walked; a Man

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that þath clean Hands and a prire Heart; or that is cleansed from all Filthiness of Flesh and Spirit: One in whom there is no Occasion of stumbling, and who accordingly, doth not commit Sin. To declare this a little more particularly, we understand by that Scriptural Expression a Perfext Man, One in whom God hath fulfilled His faithful Word, From all your Filthiness and

from all your Idols will I cleanse you-I will also save you from. All your Uncleannelles. We understand hereby, One whom God hath Sanétified through out, even in Body, Soul and Spirito One who walketh in the Light, as He is in the Light, in whom is no Darkness at all; the Blood of Jesus CHRIST His Son; having cleansed bim from all Sin.

5 This Man can now Testify to all Mankind, I am crucified with CHRIST ; nevertheless I live; yet I live not, but Christ liveth in me. He is Holy, as GOD who called him is Holy, both in Life and in all manner-of Conversation. He loveth the

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