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of and charitable, to defer it till then: words in that place, even such as not only out lix dismist Paul for that time, and pay of a swinish baseneffe crample under fooc che preci. om Word of God, "offered to them in a reproof

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Life is uncertain; we may die, or teen from (if you stop them in their course of fin ) dy; then be is for ever out of the lityou may forbe ar medling with them. And seeing the harder his heart ordinarily grote ger on, drink on, and at last despair, die, and recovery will be the more difficult. Im be damned. O fed condition! Whose bowels do Fude, speaking of secure linoers, not turns within him that chinks of their woful

bost of the fire, v.2;: misery! But as for others ( as we have opporo ihould snatch such

obj.6. But does not our Saviour 14.Cunicy) let us endeavour their amendment and before swine, Mac.7.6. And what area Thus much for che second thing, the removing ners but such. counted as a doz or a swine (in the fenle the third place, to give some Dire&tions for the viour usech che word :) For of fou lon tighe practise of it. account them as enemies, but admob well tothy oson life and converfation, chacir inay dogs and swine, appears by

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you may forbear medling with them. And seeing tebey will be filthy, let them be filthy still. Seeing

chere is no other remedy, let them (wear on, swagtiger on, drink on, and ac last depair, die, and

be damned. O fad condition! Whose boweis do not turn within him that chinks of their woful

misery! But as for others ( as we have oppor tunicy) let us endeavour their amendment and falvation.

Thus much for che second thing, the removing the prejudices, and answering the objections chac are conceiv'd against chis ducy. I come now in the third place, to give some Directions for the righc practise of it.

1. Labour to walk circumpectly chy self; look well to thy own life and converfation, that it inay be ( as much as in chee lies ) blameles and harmlese; that so thou maist be more capable of

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Il. Look well co thy own heart, that is not amille ( many times) to commend whac nelle. Take heed thou be noi moured turs our of any proud hamour of contradita trolling oibers, or of purpose to digung or out of vain glory, and a secret en

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and intentions be upright and fue forward to take notice of what is good and com

mendable in them, as to reprehend what is evil. And this will make them take reproof the better,

VI. Be serious in reprehending others. A of purch.fing toʻchy felfo dichiara lose and trifling reprehenfion between jelf and fuch by and base end; bue les chym carnet, usually doth more harm than good, and discharge thy due parther confirms the finner in his fia

, than reforms abare lin, and advance bolines in the him. Well may he çhink , ic maicers not much

III. Look well to it that the others make boc ajest at it. Solomon faies, fools ferest toreprove, be a fault in itself, make a mock at fon , Prov. 149. Let thy heart that he is guilty of to whom thou as therefore be deeply affected with the dishonour reproof, elle thou mistakest chymork done to God, the danger the parties soul is in if he

IV. Before chou setteft upon this so on in his sin; and then shew him plainly and up fervent prayers (either folemnly seriously the evil of it. if chou hast cime, or ferret mental la VII. Back and confirm thy reproofs with plain his own Glory, and the amendment ass, and that thou dost but mind him, what God hach and to direct, ufit, and blesse the feel chat 'tis God reproves him rather than thos ; of the party to whose benefit chy a.lbos declared concerning men in his condition : Tell

V. Let the reproofs chou doft aus Thall be sav'd, and who shall not, but as God whir'd in with prefaces of good wil, 20" will: Now God hath reveal'd that such as live sed with evidences of love, pity, and I bus and thus, shall never enter into bis Kingdom:

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VI. Be serious in reprehending others. A loose and trifling reprehension between jest and carnest, usually doch more harm than good, and rather confirms the sinner in his sin, than reforms im. Well may he țhink, ic matters not much '

, vhether he leave his sia or no, when he sees 0-. hers make but a jest at it. Solomon saies , fools Bake a mock at fin, Prov.149. Let thy heart herefore be deeply affected with the dishonour lone to God, the danger the parties foul is in if he po on in his sin; and then shew him plainly and Ceriously the evil of it.

VII. Back and confirm thy reproofs with plain laces of Scripture, chat the party may see and feel chac 'cis God reproves him rather than thou ; nd that thou doft but mind him , what God hach Ceclared concerning men in his condition : Tell im, 'tis not as thou wilt, nor as he will, who ball be fav’d, and who shall not , but as God vill: Now God hath reveal'd that such as live hus and thus; shall never enter into bis Kingdom: Therefore entreat him to consider where such

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courses will end, and what must needs become of his soul, if he do not timely repent and ferJuke those evil waies.

VIII. Be discreet in miniAring reproofs : Call in prudence to affist Charity. Diftingais prudently between person and person: For though all are to be reproved, ( except they be dozs or swine, or obftinate obdurate Hereticks, Tit.3.10.) yet all are not to be dealt with in the same mas mer. This Caution St. Jude gives us, Fude v.22. of some bave compassion, making a difference, and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire. Some are of a more flexible nature, and therefore

fair and loving admonitions are likeleft to work upon them. Some are hardned and ober rate finners, these should be rebuk'd sharply, Tit. 1.13. ( when gentler means will aor do and with fear must be pull d out of the fire, i.e. must be terrified with Gods Fudgmenis, that they may fear him who is able to cajt borb foul and boss into Hel.

IX. Be impartial in reprehending chose it chy duty to reprehend. Do noc do in reprovin men, as Saul did in executing the Command he has against Amalek, who spared the fat and chie and destroyed only the refuse. Puc on a truly asb. and Christian resolution, and fear net the facer men in performing i by Duty to God. God is dili poured by one mans fins as well as by anothers and lia i destruitive to the foul of oxi mami

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