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1. In general, When sin is most unobserved..

2. Particularly, 1. The self-ignorant little think, while they

are orthodox, what errors they may fall into ......

2. Or in adversity, what sins prosperity may draw forth..

3. Or how soon the resolutions of affliction may decay....

4. Or when the heart is warm and heavenly, how quickly

it may

cool and fall to earth

True marks of grace

5. And in prosperity they little think what sins adversity

may detect or occasion

6. Or what pride may appear in those that are humble

7. Some of the greatest sins of Christians too little on-

served and lamented: As, 1. The remnants of infidelity

2. The great imperfection of love to God

3. And want of love to one another ...

8. The insinuations of selfishness in all that we do

9. The eruption of passions that seemed inortified....

10. Affections mixed with carnality, which seemed spiritual

Caution against overmuch suspicion or accusation of our-

selves...

2. Sin surpriseth more dangerously : 3. And the remedy is

neglected, through self-ignorance..

II. What hinders believers from knowing their graces :

1. The sense of the contraries 1992. The smallness

of grace 2003. Not judging by sure marks : the

essentials of holiness : what they are

What marks remain uncertain

What sin consist with true grace

4. Overvaluing what we have, by looking at what we

ought to be..

5. Judging upon disadvantage: 1. Surprising ourselves

unpreparedly. 2. Judging in passion, of fear or grief.

3. When helps are absent. 4. When our bodies are

melancholy, or otherwise unfit ibid.-5. Refusing the

former judgment of our sincerity, if we have not a

continued sight of grace

6. The variety and confusion of the soul's operations

Motives to labour to know our Sanctification.

1. It is a most excellent sort of knowledge

2. It is a most delightful felicitating, knowledge.

3. It might sweeten every place and state

4. It would much help our belief of Scripture

5. And our trusting on God in all straits

6. And our cheerful progress in religion..

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THE

MISCHIEFS OF SELF-IGNORANCE,

AND THE

BENEFITS OF SELF-ACQUAINTANCE:

OPENED

IN DIVERS SERMONS AT ST. DUNSTAN'S, WEST;

AND PUBLISHED

IN ANSWER TO THE ACCUSATIONS OF SOME, AND THE

DESIRES OF OTHERS.

“For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth bim

self: But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden."

Gal, vi. 3-5.

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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

ANNE,

COUNTESS OF BALCARRES, &c.

MADAM,

Though it be usual in Dedications to proclaim the honour of inscribed names, and though the proclaiming of yours be a work that none are like to be offended at that know you, they esteeming you the honour of your sex and nation; yet that you may see I intend not to displease you by any unsafe or unsavoury applause, I shall presume here to lay a double dishonour upon you: The one by prefixing your name to these lean and hasty Sermons: the other by laying part of the blame upon yourself, and telling the world that the fault is partly yours that they are published. Not only yours I confess; for had it not been for some such auditors as Christ had, (Luke xx. 20; Mark xii. 13,) and for the frequent reports of such as are mentioned, Psal. xxxv. 11, I had not written down all that I delivered, and so had been incapable of so easily answering your desires. But it was you that was not content to hear them, but have invited them to recite their message more publicly; as if that were like to be valued, and effectual upon common hearts, which through your strength of charity and holy appetite is so with yours. My own thoughts went in the middle way; neither thinking as those that accused these sermons of injurious tendency, against — I know not whom, or what, (that have been so long in contention, that they dream they are still contending, and fancy every word they hear, from those that their uncharitableness calleth adversaries, to signify some hostile, terrible thing; as the scalded head doth fear cold water :) nor yet did I think them worthy to be tendered by such a publication to the world: But valuing your judgment, and knowing that the subject is of great necessity, though the manner of handling be dull and dry, I hope it may be profitable to some, and I find nothing in it

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