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tory; but the religion of Christ reforms the understanding and will, and all the actions depending on them ; it chases away error, and vice, and hatred, and sheds abroad light and love, purity and peace, and forms on earth a lively representation of that pure society that is in Heaven.
Harmony of the Divine Attributes.
JOHN HOWE, A. M. AUTHOR OF THE LIVING TEMPLE...DIED 1705. To judge other men's consciences is of fo near
affinity to governing thein, that they that can allow themselves to do the former, want only power, not will or inclination, to offer at the other too, which puts the matter out of doubt, that when men of this temper complain of such usurpation, it is not that they think it an offence in itself, but against them only; and that no consciences ought to be free but their own. The procf of an honest and equal mind herein is when we judge this to be evil, not being hurt by it, or abhor to hurt others in this kind, when we have power to do it; upon which account that passage is memorable of the Emperor Maximilian II. to a certain prelate--that there was no fin, no tyranny more grievous, than to affect dominion over men's consciences; and that they who do so, go about to invade the tower of Heaven--a considerable saying from so great a prince, that lived and died in the Roman communion. What shall be thought of any such Protestants, that, without any colour, or shadow of a ground, besides differing from them in some very disputable and unimportant opinions, shall presume to judge of other men's consciences (consequently of their state God-wards) which such a one as he thought it fo presumptuous wickedness to attempt to over-rule or govern? All are for the truth, and they are all for peace and union ; by which fome, indeed, more gently mean, they hope all will quit their former mistaken opinions and ways (as, in great kindness to themselves, they take for granted all men's are but their own) and come wholly over to them ; others, that have not breasts capable of even so much charity as this, not only are as much lovers and adınirers of themselves, but so vehement haters of all that presume to differ from them, that they think them not fit to live in the world that durst adventure to do so; the meaning, therefore, of their being for peace is, that they would have all destroyed that are not of their minds; and then, when they have made a desolation, so that tocy, themselves, are left alone in the world, that they will call peace.
How little any of us know, or are capable of knowing, in this our present state that they that think they know most, or are most conceited of their own knowledge, know nothing as they ought
to know. That they that are most apt to contend, do, most of all, fight in the dark. That it is too poffible there may be much knowledge without love. How little such knowledge is worth ! That it profits nothing. That it hurts, puffs up, whén love edifies. That the devils know more than any
of us; while their want of love, or their hellish malignity, makes them devils. That as by pride comes contention, so humility would contribute more to peace (and to the discerning of truth too) than the most fervent difputation. But to close all, I pray, let us consider we are professedly going to heaven, that region of light and life, and purity and love. It well, indeed, becomes them that are upon the way thither, moderately to enquire after truth.
Humble, serious, diligent endeavours to increase in divine knowledge are very suitable to our present state of darkness and imperfeЕtion. The product of such enquiries
to heaven with us. We shall carry truth and the knowledge of God to heaven with
We shall carry purity thither, devotedness of ..foul to God and our Redeemer ; divine love and
joy, if we have their beginnings here, with whatfoever else of real permanent excellency, that hath a settled fixed seat and place in our souls now, and all there have them in perfection. But do we think we shall carry strife to heaven? Shall we carry anger to heaven? Envyings, heartburnings, animofities, enmities, hatred of our bre
thren and fellow Christians, shall we carry these to heaven with us ? Let us labour to divest ourselves, and strike off from our spirits every thing that shall not go with us to heaven, or is equally unsuitable to our end and way, be nothing to obstruct and hinder our abundant entrarice, at length, into the everlasting kingdom.
Sermons on Religious Contention.
hat there may
JEREMIAH WHITE *.
OW firange and absurd a thing is this, if
it were well considered to see a good
one hour of the day upon his knees, bewailing to God his own ignorance, folly, and miscarriages, and in another hour of the day fitting in the judgment-feat with confidence and scorn, judging, censuring, and condeinning his differing, mifiaken, and fallen brother? And yet, how commonly is this to be found among I think it no affront to any man's opinion to tell him, how fond soever he is of it now, that it must die. For all the truest and best notions we can have of spiritual truths and things here below, are to be done away when we arrive at that state above. So the Apostle expressly tells us; where having faid we know but in part, and prophesy but in part; he adds, when that which is perfet is come, then that which is in part shall be abolished : we shall then lose all out present beft notions and opinions of spiritual things ; not in a blackness of darkness and death violently breaking in upon, and overspreading them, but in a brightness of unmixt and eternal light, arising upon them, and comprehending them in itself. They hall all then be blotted out, not as water quenches fire, but after such a manner as the beams of the sun do put it out, by drawing up the finer, and fiery parts,' into themselves ; they shall then be put out, not as a candle is by the extinguisher, but as the darkness and shadows of the night are swallowed up by the light of the morning; or rather, as the several colours of light in the first dawning of the day, are, afterwards, drunk lup in the pure and perfect light of an encreasing day. It is as yet but a morning light with the most enlightened fouls here on earth. Thou art not yet so knowing, so good as thou shouldft be, if thou canst be satisfied with thyfelf, and thy present notions of things. Art
* A biographical account of Mr. Jeremiah White will be found in Palmer's Non-conformist Memorial. From his writings, and from the character he has left behind him, it appears that he was a man of confiderable eminence and piety.