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Minister, for the dispensing of his Gifts, and exercise of his Providence ; for San&ification,
for Instruction, and for the Confirmation of L. VII. 'the Faithful: Who was himself in the last C. 41: P: days born of the Virgin Mary, who con380.&alibi paflim.
vers’d holily, according to the Laws of God; was crucify'd, and died, and rose again the third day, ascended into Heaven, will come again to judg the quick and the dead, by a righteous distribution to every one according to their Faith and Works; and is to reign for ever and ever. So that the supreme Dignity and Monarchy of God is ever to be preserv'd in all things: viz. that the Holy Spirit, with all the other Beings, be own’d sub
ordinate to Christ; and the Son himself to Paslım. God, even the Father; according to the Doc
trine of the Blessed Apostle Paul, who says 1 Cor. thus : For when all things Mall be subdued unto XV. 28. him, then shall the Son also himself be subječt
unto him that put all things under him; that God may be all in all.
We have elsewhere with greater care, and more largely demonstrated these things, which we have here in brief included in this Profession of our Faith. And we beg of you of the present Age, and all others that are Partakers of the same Mysteries with us, not to fear the Censures of Men, nor to be impos'd on by their Sophisms, nor seduc'd by their Flattery ; but to pass your judgment upon what has been offer'd according to Truth and Equity; as suffering the better part to prevail, and preferring Reason before Prejudice, so as to fly from all the Soares and Nets which the Devil contrives against Mankind; and thereby thinks to affright, or at least to to
allure many of those who do not prefer what is really profitable before what is pleasant, nor esteem things future more secure than those that are present; that so the worser part may prevail over some of them. But may God avert any experience of this that I have said! tho there be many that conspire for Fallhood, and are departed from the Truth; preferring the present Glory and Security before things pleasing to God and truly useful. May he preserve the Faith of my Followers onmoveable and firm to him that deliver'd it to them; while they wait for the Judgment-Seat of our Saviour Christ į where all Haughtiness, and Glory, and Falfhood will intirely vanish; and those that are to be judg’d must stand naked of all their Authority and Attendance; and where Affluence and Riches, be they here never so highly esteem'd among Men, is utterly insufficient to put their Adversaries to fame. For a multitude of Men in all their splendor is not there equivalent to one poor and pious Person; or able to cause his rejection, where Truth it self is to approve him. It being agreeable to God's just Method of Retribution, that their Piety should plead for them at that day, who do now, on its account, esteem Death it self to be Gain; while Christ, the Disposer of the Rewards, did formerly and still does render to every Combatant the Prize according to his Desert : to those that undergo great Labours for the Truth, true Liberty, and the Kingdom of Heaven; but to those that have dishonour'd it, from the Wickedness of their own Minds, inevitable Punishments. And so much shall suffice on both
sides at present; and may all at last succeed