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THE BENEFITS OF CONVERSION.

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Doct. IV. The Lord hath confirmed it to us by his oath, that he

hath no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that he Turn

and Live: that he may leave man no pretence to doubt of it. 389

Use. Who is it then that takes pleasure in men's sins and

death? Not God, nor ministers, nor any good men

390

Doct. V. So earnest is God for the Conversion of sinners, that he

doubleth his exhortations with vehemency,“Turn ye,turnye." 394

Applied

396

Some motives to obey God's call and Turn

397

Doct. VI. The Lord condescendeth to reason the case with

unconverted sinners, and to ask them why they will Die. 406

A strange disputation. 1. For the question. 2. The disputants ibid.

Wicked men will die, or destroy themselves.

ibid.

Use. The sinner's cause is certainly unreasonable

409

Their seeming reasons confuted :

414

Doct. VII. If after all this, men will not Turn, it'is not long of

God that they are condemned, but of themselves, even of

their own wilfulness. They Die because they will Die,

that is, because they will not Turn ..

425

Use 1. How unfit the wicked are to charge God with their

damnation. It is not because God is unmerciful, but

because they are cruel and merciless to themselves ... 430

Object. We cannot convert ourselves; nor have we freewill.

Answered

434

2. The subtlety of satan ; the deceitfulness of sin; and the

folly of sinners manifested

435

3. No wonder if the wicked would hinder the conversion
and salvation of others

ibid.

4. Man is the greatest enemy to himself

436

Man's destruction is of himself, proved

ibid.

The heinous aggravations of self-destruction

441

The concluding Exhortation

443

Ten Directions for those that had rather Turn than Die

446

Five prayers : one for families; one for the Lord's day; one

for a penitent sinner; one for children and servants; one

in the method of the Lord's prayer, being an exposition of it. 452

PREFACE. The question resolved whether a man may be saved

in any religion, that is serious in practising it? No religion
will save a man that is not true to it, and serious, and dili-
gent in practising it. Why the author rather publisheth
such common necessary things, than confutation of the ma-
ny calumnies published against himself. His expectations
from men ; and answers with Tertullian about sufferings.
An advertisement about a passage cited out of the Homilies.

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His justification for opposing scorners and enemies of holi-
ness, out of the church Homilies. A passage about Philip
Nerius, the Father of the Oratorians

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The text opened

487

Doct. I. The work of this life cannot be done when this

life is ended.

488

Doct. II. Therefore, while we have time, we must do the

work of this present life, with vigour and diligence ibid.

1. Time cannot be recalled

489

2. Life shall never be here restored

491

3. There is no doing this work in the life to come .. 493

What it is to do it with our might ...

494

Some cautions...

496

Instances of the work to be done with our might.

497

What might have we?

Answered.....

508

How to rouse up ourselves to seriousness.

ibid.

What to think of them that oppose a holy, serious diligence

in the service of God.

511

The greatness of the sin

513

Especially if they are preachers.

515

What it is in religion that hypocrites hate

517

Seneca's testimony for seriousness

520

A terrible passage in our Homilies against scorners at godliness : 523

The greatness of their sin

524

Object. It is not godliness, but humour, faction, disobedience,

hypocrisy, &c. Answered

532

Advice to the flocks.

535

Object. Be not righteous overmuch. Answered

537

Exhortation to serious diligence....

538

Object. 1. I have lost

my

time. Answered

544

Object... I have opposition and hindrances

545

Object. 3. I am dull and cold

546

Directions and cautions

547

Reasons for pleading this cause with ministers.

549

The Exhortation re-enforced

551

The devil's design to make use of differences in smaller

matters against Christianity and godliness itself...... 554

Such differences, sects, divisions, shall be no excuse to the

ungodly, but aggravate their sin, as being against that

which all sects and parties were agreed in

555

What that religion is that we call men to be serious and dili-

gent in. ]. To live according to the principles of faith

that among Christians are past controversy. Ten named ibid.

2. To do that materially that all are agreed on. Ten duties named 560

3. To do that in the very manner of God's service that

all are agreed in. Ten particulars mentioned . . .

564

Object. I will never believe that God delights in long and

earnest prayers, or is moved by the words of men. Answered 574

Object. Is not your strict observance of the Lord's day a

controversy. Answered

576

The Conclusion exhortatory

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TREATISE

OF

CON VERSION,

I'REACHED AND NOW PUBLISHED FOR THE USE OF THOSE THAT ARE STRANGERS TO A TRUE CONVERSION, ESPECIALLY

THE GROSSLY IGNORANT AND UNGODLY.

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

2 Cor. v. 17.

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