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DISCOURSE XXV. Thit those who are truly Religious will be delivered from all dangerous errors about Religion.
· Phil. ii. 15, 16. Let as many of us therefore as be perfect, be thus mind
ed : and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded> God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us
walk by the same rule, let us mind the same things.
T He substance of these words may be gather1 ed up in these four propositions.
I. There is that in religion, which is necessary and determined ; fixt and immutable, clear and perspicuous ; about which good men, they who are of growth and proficiency in religion, do not differ. As many as are perfect are thus minded.
II. There is also in religion that which is not fo necessary, and immutable, clear and plain, in which good men may happen to be otherwise minded one than another ; or otherwise than ought to be. If any be otherwise minded.
III. There is reason to think that God will bring out of particular mistake him that is right in the main. God fall reveal even this unto you. V ol. II.
IV. They who agree in the main, but differ in other particulars, ought nevertheless to hold together as if they were in all things agreed. To walk by the same rule, to mind the same things..
I. There is that in religion which is necessary and determined ; fixt, and immutable ; clear, and perfpicuous ; about which good men, those that are perfect, i. e. who are of growth and proficiency, or are sincere and honest, do not differ. The great, momentous, and weighty things of religion, are such wherein there is universal consent, and agreement. Good men do not differ in things that are 1. Perfectly agreeable to the divine nature i: or, 2: In things that are perfectly agreeable to human nature. 1. The great materials of natural light : and 2. The great articles of christian faith.
II. There is also in religion that which is not so necessary and immutable ; so clear and plain ; in which good men may happen to be otherwise ininded, one than another ; or otherwise than ought to be. If any be otherwise minded.
Here we may note,
First, The causes and occasions of error and mistake in these things.
Secondly, The preservatives, and security, against the danger of it.
· First, The causes and occasions of error and mistake, are these. .
1. The creature's fallibility.
2. Accidental prejudices from education ; converse : common sense : strong imagination : melancholick temper : weakness of parts, and (which