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PAGE Chap. XIX. The Testimonies of
several great,learned, and virtuous Personages among the Gentiles, urged against the Excesses of the Age
296 to 382 Chap. XX. - The Doctrine and
Practice of the blessed Lord Jesus and his Apostles, the primitive Christians, and those of more modern Times, in Favour of the Discourse
382 to 422 Chap. XXI.—The serious Appre
hensions and Expressions of several aged and dying Men of Fame and Learning
422 to 466 Chap. XXII.-An Exhortation to
all, professing Christianity, to embrace the foregoing Reasons and Examples
NO CROSS, NO CROWN.
S. 1. Of the necessity of the Cross of Christ in
general; yet the little regard Christians have to it. $. 2. The degeneracy of Christendorn from purity to lust, and moderation to excess.
That worldly lusts and pleasures are become the care and study of Christians, so that they have advanced upon the impiety of infidels. §. 4. This defection a second part to the Jewish tragedy, and worse than the first : the scorn Christians have cast on their Saviour. S. 5. Sin is of one nature all the world over; finners are of the fame church, the devil's children : profesion of religion in wicked men makes them but the worse. S. 6. A wolf is not a lamb; a finner cannot be, whilst such, a Saint. S:7. The wicked will persecute the good; this, false Christians have done to the true, for non-compliance with their superstitions : the strange carnal measures false Christians have taken of Christianity ; the danger of that self-seduction. S. 8. The sense of that has obliged me to make this discourse for a dif
tation to take up the daily cross of Christ, as
tlse way left us by him to blessedness. 8. 9. Of the self-condemnation of the wicked; that relia gion and worship are comprised in doing the will of God. The advantage good men have upon bad men in the last judgment. S. 10. A fupplication for Christendom, that she may not be rejected in that great asize of the world. She is exhorted to consider, what relation the bears to Christ; if her Saviour, how saved, and from what: what her experience is of that great work. That Christ came to save from Jin, and wrath by consequence : not to save men in sin, but from it, and so from the wages
$. I. THOUGH the knowledge and obedience of the doctrine of the cross of Christ be of infinite moment to the souls of men, for that is the only door to true Christianity, and that path the ancients ever trod to blessedness; yet, with extreme affliction let me say, it is so little understood, so much neglected, and what is worse, so bitterly contradicted by the vanity, superstition, and intemperance of profeffed Christians, that we must either renounce to believe what the Lord Jesus hath told us, Luke xiv. 27. That whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after him, cannot be his disciple: or, admitting that for truth, conclude, that the generality of Christendom do miseradly deceive and disappoint themselves in the great business of Christianity, and their own falvation.
S. II. For, let us be never fo tender and charitable in the survey of those nations, that intitle themselves to any interest in the holy name of Christ, if we will but be just too, we must needs acknowledge, that after all the gracious advantages of light, and obligations to fidelity, which these latter ages of the world have received by the coming, life, doctrine, miracles, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, with the gifts of his Holy Spirit; to which add the writings, labours, and mar. tyrdom of his dear followers in all times, there seems very little left of Christianity but the name ; which being now usurped by the old heathen nature and life, makes the professors of it but true heathens in disguise. For though they worship not the same idols, they worship Christ with the same heart : and they can never do otherwise, whilst they live in the same lusts. So that the unmortified Christian and the heathen are of the same religion. For though they have different objects, to which they do direct iheir prayers, that adoration in both is but forced and cere monious, and the deity they truly worship, is the god of the world, the great lord of lusts: to him they bow with the whole powers of soul and senle. · What shall we eat ? What Ihall we drink? What shall we wear? And how shall we pass away our time? Which way may we gather wealth, increase our power, enlarge our territories, and diguify and pera