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“ Affections, by loving Salutes, humble Carriage, kind “ Invitements, friendly Visits ; and so they would “ win upon Men, and steal into their Bofoms, before
they were aware : Tea, as soon as any New« Comers (especially Men of Note, Worth and Actie “ vity, fit Instruments to advance their Design ) rs were landed, they would be sure to welcome them,
Joew them all Courtisy, and offer them Room in " their own Houses, or of some of their Sect ; and “ having gotten them into their Web, they could easily “ poison them by Degrees ; It was rare for any " Man thus hooked in to escape their Leaven.
“ 3. (Because such Men as would seduce others “ had need be some Way eminent) they would appear
very humble, holy and spiritual Christians, and full of CHRIST ; they would deny themselves far Speak excellently, pray with Soul-ravishing Expres.
fions and Affections, that a Stranger that loved “ Goodness could not but love and admire them, and so be the more easily drawn after them ; looking
upon then as Men and Women as likely to know “ the Secrets of CHRIST, and Bosom-Counsels of his " SPIRIT, as any other, And this Opinion of them " was the more lifted up, through the Simplicity and “ Weakness of their Followers, who would, in Admi
ràtion of them, telf others, that, since the Apostle's “ Time, they were perswaded, mone ever received fo
r much Light from GOD, as such and such had “ done, naming their Leaders,
4. As they would lift up themselves, fa also their « Opinions, by guilding them over with specious Terms
of free Grace, glorious Light, Gospel Truths,
as holding forth naked CHRIST :. And this took “ much with simple honest Hearts that loved Christ ; “ especially, with new Convert s, who were lately " under Şin and Wrath, and had newly tasted the “ Sweetness of free Grace. Being now in their first “ Love të CHRIST, they were exceeding glad to “ embrace any Thing that might further advance “ CHRIST, and free Grace ; and so drank them
66 in readily.
5. If they met with Christians that were full of Doubts and Fears about their Conditions, ( as
many tender and godly Hearts there were ) they “ would tell them, they had never taken a right “ Course for Comfort, but had gone on ( as they " were led ) in a legal Way of evidencing their "good Estate by Sanctification, and gazing after " Qualifications in themselves; and would shew "them, from their own Experience, that themselves, for
a long Time, were befool'd even as they are "now, in poring upon Graces in themselves, and " while they did so, they never prospered, but were ® driven to pull all that Building down, and lay “ better and surer Foundations in free Grace; and " then would tell them of this Gospel-Way we speak " of, how they might come to such a settled Peace, " that they might never doubt more, though they, “fhould fee no Grace at all in themselves : And
so (as it is said of the Harlot's dealing with the
young Man, Prov. 7. 21.) with much fair Speech " they caused them to yield, with the flattering of their “ Lips they forced-them.
6, They commonly labourd to work first upon Women, being (as they conceived) the weaker to
the more flexible, tender, and ready to yield : And if they could once wind in them, they hoped by them, as 'by an Eve, to catch their Hus
bands also ; which indeed often proved to true av mong us then,
“ 7. As soon as they had this wrought in themselves, and a good Conceit of their Opinions, by all
these Ways of Subtilty, into the Hearts of People ; “ nextły, they strongly endeavoured, with all the
Craft they could, to undermine the good Opini“'on of their Ministers, and their Doctrine, and
to work them clean 0:lt of their Affections ; telling “ them, they were forry that their Teachers had so « mifled them, and trained them up under a Cove
nant of Works, * and that themselves having “ never heen taught of GOD, it is no Wonder “ they did no better teach thein the Truth, and how " they may sit 'till Dooms-Day under their legal, “ Sermons, and never see Light; and withal, Joine“ times, casting Aspersions on their Persons and Prac" tice, as well as Doctrine, to bring them quite out "of Esteem of thein. And this they did so effectually
* Mr. JOHNSON, writing of these Times, observes,
that the good old Way would not serve the Turn “ with certain Sectaries, who, like cunning Sophis
ters, seeing the Bent of the People's Hearts (after “ so many Mercies received ) was to magnify the “ rich Grace of GOD in CHRIST, began to tell “ the People ( yet very privately ) that the most, if
not all the Ministers among them, preached a “ Covenant of Works, either course or fine ;
and with a what do you say to this? Vid. his TV onder-working Providence of SION'S SAVIOUR, P. 93. In the next Page he goes on to speak of them,
perswading che People, their Ministers were legal “ Preachers, teaching them little better than “ Popery, and unfit for Gospel Churches.---- Here's
nothing, says one of them, but preaching out of " the Law and the Prophets. Truly, savs another “ of them, I have not heard a pure Gospel-Sermon from any of them.”
" that many declined hearing them, thongh they 6 were Members of their Churches ; and others “ that did hear, were so filled with Prejudice that.
they profited not, but studied how to object
against them, and censure their Doctrine, which “ (whilst they stood right) wis want to make their “ Hearts to melt and treible. Ies, fome that had r been begotten to CHRIST by. Joine of their faith
ful Lalo.rs in ENGLAND, for whom they could have “ laid down their lives, and not being able to bear “ their Absence followed then to New-ENGLAND, to
enjoy their Labours ; yet ti.ee, Falling acquainted " with those Seducers, were fidienny fo altered in " their difestions towards those their Jpiritual Fathers, " that they would neither hear them, nor willing“ ly come in their Company ; profeiling they “ had never received any Good from them.
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“ 8. They would not, 'till they knew Men well, « open the whole Mystery of their new Religion to
but this was ever their Method, to drop a or little at once into their Followers as they were cas
pable, and never would adminifter their Physick, “'till they bad given good Preparatives to make it “ work, and then stronger and stronger lotions, as " they found the Patient able to bcar.
“9. They would in Company, now and ther, let
fall some of their most plausible Errors, as a Brit 6 laid down to catch withal : Now if any began to 66 nibble at the Balit, they would
, ail niever give over 'till they had caught theiil ; but if any Should espy the naked Hook, and so fce their Danger,
ani! protest against the opinions, then you fioulil hite “ then fairly retreat, and say, ray, misiuke qe 110t,
for I do inear even as you do ; 999 and I cre but of one Blind in Saljiance, and diffcr only iin
“ Words....-By this Machivilian Policy, these Delu“ ders were reputed found in their Judgments, and
so were able to do the more Hurt, and were longer “ undetected.
“ 10----II. But the last and worst of all, and
. " which most suddenly diffus'd the Venom of these O.
pinions into the very Veins, and Vitals of the Peoar ple in the Country, was Mrs.
double week“ ly Lecture.”-...
This Mrs. ---, to give some Ac
, count of her, from the Author of the Rise and Reign of Antinomianism in New-ENGLAND, Pag. 33, 34. was a Woman of a nimble Wit and active Spirit, and a very voluble Tongue, more bold than a Man, though in Understanding and Judgment, inferior to many Women. She had discovered some of her Opinions in the Ship as she came over, which occasion'd fome Delay of her Admission, when she first desir’d Fellowship with the Church of BOSTON ; but by colouring her Opinions, she got admitted into the Church, and soon went to Work ; and being a Woman very helpful in the Times of Child-Birth, and other Occasions of bodily Infirmities, and well-furnish'd with Means for those Purposes, the easily insinuated her felf into the Affections of many ; and the rather, because she
fbe ' was very inquisitive about their spiritual Estates, and in discovering to them the Danger they were in by trusting to common Gifts and Graces, witbout any such Witness of the SPIRIT as the Scripture holds out for a full Evidence ;----all which was well, and suted with the public Ministry : But when he had thus prepared the way by such wholsome Truths, then foe began to set forth her own Stuff, and taught, that no Sanctification was any Evidence of a good Estate, except their Justification were first cleared up to them by the immediate Witness of the Spirit ; and that to see any Work of Grace (either faith or