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IN RELATION TO III
END, AS WELL AS THE MEANS,
OFFICE FOX THE HOLY COMMUNION.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
THE CHARACTER OF THE AUTHOR.
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTOH,
hoohjettert to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,
The present divided State of Christianity, is so melancholy a Consideration to all Pious and Good Men, 'who thoroughly apprehend the dreadful Consequences of it; that they do fiot more frequently lament, than they do most fervently beg of God a sovereign Remedy for those unhappy Divisions that prevail in the World j. and labour as earnestly intheir several Stations to suggest such Methods as may prove most effectual to preserve the. Unity of the Faith; and may have the greatest Tendency to reconcile the Minds of Men to one another.
It is but too manifest, that among, the many visible ill Effeas of Parties, we may . reasonably reckon, as a very considerable one, the great Decay of the Spirit and Life of Devotion; for while Men are so deeply coneernedfor their several Schemes, and pursue them with the Vigour of their Minds, and the Bent of their Asfeaions; the solid and substantial Part of Religion is apt to evaporate; and " Charity, the very Bond of Peace and of all Virtues, without which whomeverlivethiscounteddead beforeGov? is but too frequently made a Sacrifice to those Differences that divide us. Not that anyjsiould forbear contending for the Faith once delivered to the Saints, Judepvx. 3. according to the Exhortation of the holy Apostle; but that they should remember, as the fame inspired Writer advises, when they build up themselves on their most holy Faith, that they pray in the Holy Ghost, and keep them
selves selves in the Love of God; looking for the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal Life, ver. 20, 21.
In order therefore to give some Stop to this growing Evil, the folloxving Method of Devotion is recommended to the constant Practice of all such Christians, to ho are not -willing to content themselves with only a Form of Godliness; and who are not desirous to be found among the Number of those that go such a fauntering Pace toxvards Heaven, as if they zeere indisferent whether they arrived or not at those Mansions of Bliss: The Design whereof istosix in their Minds thegreaX Duties of Religion, and to give them Hints how to exercise the same in their Thoughts, Words, and AB ions; and moreover to press them to a frequent and serious Use of the Means of Grace, with that Aim and Purpose that they may be transformed by tire renewing of their Minds.