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our Voice, but are apt to flatter, and be out of tune, when our Mouths are full of Hosanna's in the highest. Briefly, our Imperfections are so deeply rooted in us, that we cannot get rid of them ; in our Closets, in our most serious and fixt Contemplations, they are with us ; nay, the very House of God is not a Sanctuary from them, but they are apt to bear us company even to the Altar: Yet this is for our Comfort, that if we sincerely endeavour to Conquer and cast them off, they are not Wilful Sins, nor will God reckon them unto us to our Condemnation, because they are Infirmities which we cannot help.
4. Besides all these Infirmities,' there are several indecent Actions, which though they cannot be justified, or totally excused, if rigorously consider'd, yet cannot properly come under the Notion of Sins that are perfectly Wilful; because they are not the result of mature Deliberation, but rathet are done casually, by means of some surprising Temptations without, which on a sudden overcome ones Passions, or by means of fome great disturbance within, which for that time hinders the use of Reasor, and are too hard for it. Even in a State of Innocence, Man was set lower than the Angels, though the Bruitish
part was so Subject to the Rational Fa. culey of his Soul, that it was wholly under its command. Ever since the Fall, Mens Affections have been Rebels; which have been apt to over-master them, and carry them away against their Reason ; because Reason being many times wonderfully disturbed by them, it is not powerful enough to Govern and Rule them. And though the Grace of God be abundant under the Gospel, and very powerful in such as humbly obey it; yet even in Men that are Regenerated by God's Spirit, there is still a mixture of Good and Evil, as the hottest Tempers have some degrees of Cold; fo that a Wise and Holy Man, may through Surprise, or Incogitancy, or the Violence of a Temptation, be overtaken unawares.
It was not the case of Moses alone, to speak unadvisedly with his Lips, being provoked to it by the Peoples Murmurings : Nor was it David's Cafe alone, to say in his hafte, all Men are Lyárs ; nay, it was not Peter's Cafe alone, to deny his Lord through extremity of Fear. Every one is apt. sometimes to be born down by the Tempter, or by his own masterful and disorderly Passions
nor is there any Man but is sensible of some perturbations of Soul, which are usually occafioned, either by his own Hereditary
weakness, or by some ill Accidents in his
2. THE Nature and Quality of Un-
ble for them to be Satisfied that they are duly Prepared, as long as they labour under those Notions, especially if they be People of Tender and Scrupulous Spirits.
1. FIRST then in general we must Note, that we are not obliged to Repeat of Infirmities in such an high degree, as to Vow, Promise, and Undertake, that we will keep our felves free from all manner of Sin. Though we are bound to be very watchfui over our ways, and must resolve with our felves not to act knowingly and presumptuously against God's Commandments ; yet it doth not lye in our Power to live wholly Innocent from every the least offence. The Divine Grace doth allift and strengthen our Natures, but it doth not Destroy them: Men we are still, subject to the Frailties of Poor Mortal Creatures, and as long as we are compassed about with Flesh, we cannot lead such an Angelical Life, as to be clean from, all' Impurities, as those Blessed Spirits in Heaven are. The Condition of our Nature cannot bear it ; therefore the thing being impossible, we are not obliged at any time to resolve upon fuch high degrees of Sanctity as are out of our reach. For which Reason we cannot conceive our selves obliged to it in order to a due Celebration of the Eucharist : For at this great Solemnicy we renew that
Covenant we made at our Baptism, which
goes against his Stomach, like a Dose of * Poyfon, which he cannot away with,
but abhors the very thoughts of it. Now when a Man is thus disposed, his Repentance is right, and he ought to be comforted with it, and to bless God for it: And though he finds himself lyable to