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provide for us. — Mr. Wejley^ not to be
left unprovided for, " came to Mr. De-
lamotte's^ — where I expedled a cool re-
ception. But God had prepar'd the way
before me — I was welcomed in fuch a 2 Journ.
manner — '*. P^2- 7-

Nor is this cafe without a proper Prece-
dent. For we read, that ' An Honourable
Matron was commanded by an interior Voice
to reverence St. Ignatius^ and provide him
with a Ship. — And Hkewife a Noble Senator ^ , ,.

- . f TO- 1 • Orlandin.

at yenice heard a yoice — directing him to Hift. je-
entertain the Saint hofpitably at his houfe'\ Tuit. lib. ^i
In what manner the Entertainers are"'^^*^^'
convinced, and whether they are convinc'd,
of this Divine Command^ I cannot fay.
But I perceive it is convenient for the Itine-
rants to give it out that it is Goi^ Tleafure
and Command, Otherwife they would not
order what they want at a Public-hotife^
and then tell the Landlord^ that he will be

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damrid if he takes any thing of them. This
{hall be prov'd, if required.

As I have mentioned internal Voices^
perhaps the feveral Impiilfes and hnprejjions
of the Methodijis may be of this Nature.
4 Journal, But that inftauce of *' an old hardened Sin-
P^g-S - ner (given by Mr. Wejley) feems rather of
the external kind. '' The Saviour of Sin-
7iers has faved me. He told me fo on Sun-
day morning. And he faid, I fliould not
die till I had heard his Children preach his
2 journal, GofpeL — And that of " the Moravian^ who
pas^ 7 '• deilring God to fliev^ him whether he flhould
leave his Wife and Children, immediately
hears a loud Voice faying, Fort^ Forty Forty
Go on^ go 071 \

We can 77Jatch thefe inftances too from

Popip Fanatics, '* Brother Buftamantiiis

was admonifhed by a vehement Lnpuljey

and interior Voice y to go to Gutpufciia,

This Voice of God was fo efficacious and

vehement in his ears, that inftantly he left

obnd. his Houfe and Bufinefs. — G(?;72;^^^ hears a

peg. 394. clear and manifeft Voice from Gody direding

B'ilingh. him into the Society of the fejidts,—K boy,

Aug- 13- about twelve years old, hears conflant in-

ward Voices calling him to PerfeBiony and

Orlandin. the Society. — God^ fpeaking inter7ially to the

vol. 2. heart of St. AlcxiiiSy told hirn that he

Kibad/r/* ^*^^il^ i^ot touch his Spoufcy but leave her.

pag. 484, — And he left his wife the very firft day

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of marriage, by the peculiar warning ^/^^
God, Jul. 17,

One may here be allowM to ajfk what
fort of Voice that was, which direBed the
Methodifl-preacher at Salijhury to ' debauch
oncy at leaft, of his Congregation, to run
away with her, and leave his own Wife.
And in general, with refped to Extraordi-
7iary influences of the Spirit^ and pretences
to hifpiration 5 whether Mr. Wefley might
not as well have been warned, as offended
by his friends the Moravians, " for talking 4 Journal,
much againft mixing 72ature with Grace, P^§* '°^'
againft imagination, and concerning the
Animal Spirits mimicking the Pov/er of the
Holy Ghoji.

§.27. Should the preceeding Gifts of
Infpiration , Revelation , and Dire5lions
fail ; they have another way of know-
ing the Divine will, which is by cafl-
ing Lots-, and particularly by openiiig the
Bible, where the firji paffage that offers it-
felf to the Eye is to be their Rule.

The Methodifls probably learned this Be-
termination by Lot of the Moravians 5
who, fays Mr. Wefley, " have a peculiar
efteem for Lots to decide points of im- 2 Joumalp
portance -,- — as the only way of fetting afide P- ^'•
their own will, and clearly knowing what
hih^willofGod\

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Sometimes Lots in general are fpoken, of

without 2Siy Jpecification of what /or/, or in

5 Journal, what manner, *' What we were in doubt

pag- 5- about, after prayer, we determined by Lot^

fays Mr. Whitejield, — I am come to know

2 Journal, affuredly, fays Mr. Wejley^ that where

P- 7' ^* Reafon failsy God will diredl our Paths, by

Lof\

Reafon certainly may fail them ; nor do
I think they can be ajjured of God'^ Direc-
tion by Lot : but may be under the fame
perplexity with their Relation St. Ignatius ^
who being on his Adventures^ and *^ com-
ing to a place where two ways met, flood
doubting whether he fhould follow a Moor
that had blafphem'd the Virgin Mary^ and
Jtab liim ; or elfe take the other way to-
Orlandin. wards Montferrat. In this great perplexity
lib. I. n". he took counfel, Vv^hich the fimplicity of a
Maff. Vit. P^^^^ ^^^^"^ '^oxx^ could excufe ; namely,
jgn.iib. I. to lay the bridle loofe on his Mide^ and let
«3p-3- him go which way he would''.

But opening the Bible for direftion
feems to be their general way. Thus Mr.
Wejley under feme doubt, *' I deiir'd my
Majtcr to anfwer for me, and open'd his
2 Journal, Book. — when tempted by Satan^ ' All thefe
P- 3i> 33- days I fcarce remember to have open'd the
Tejlamcnt, but upon fome great and pre-
cious promiife. — In great perplexity, about
being weak in the Faith ; — and in trouble
and doubt concerning his own State, and

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whether he fhould wait mfilejice and retire-
ment, the Oracle oiGod is confulted twice. 3 journii.
' — Under great concern for thofe who were ^' ^' ^""^
driven about with [ira?2ge DoBrines^ I be- 4 Journal,
feeched God to fhew me where this would ^^^' ^°'
end. — Whether he fhoald take a Journey
to Brlfiol^ and what would be the Con-
fequence ; defiring not to be accounted Su-
perjiit ions' \ 3 Joui-n.

' The Moravians caft Lots, whether one, ^^^' ^^'
over whom Satan had almoft orot the
maftery, fhould be admitted to the Lord's 2 Journal,
Table-, are direded to admit him'\ P'S- ^9»

This Method of being directed by Lot^
hath been much in vosiue in feveral A^es,
and parts or the World -, making no fmall
fhare of their Siiperjtition, The Heathens
had various ways of doing it : — as by
jumbling together loofe Letters, or Wordsj
in an Urn, and making what Senfe they
could of fuch as were taken out by chance;
— by dipping into fome Book of high
efleem, as Homer, or Virgil, and then ap-
plying to their purpofe the firfl paffage that
offered itfelf, Gfc,

Reland tells us, that among the Mahome- Rel. Mo-
tans, the Alcoran is fo confulted by way ^^"^^^^^5,
oi Lot, — ^And the fame Cuflom crept in ^'^^^'
among the Chriftians, and efpecially in the
worfl Ages, about the i ith and 12th Ceji-
furies, by dipping in the Bible, which was
called the Saint Lots. Hence, '^St, Francis^,

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after betaking himfelf to Trayer, was in-

Ipired by the Oracle of God, to open the

Gofpel y which being opened three times,

always lighted on the TaJJion of Chrift y

whereby the Saint was prepared (as by a

Bonavent. prophetic Wanting) to receive xh^fve marks

cap.! 3. qJ- Jefus, exadlly anfwering thofe of his

F0LT72. Ma/ter^ by the hand of an ^/^^r/". —

So again, The f^vnt precious Saint ^ ** be-
ing refolved upon taking up the Rule of £-
*va?igelical Perfection in conjundlion with
Friar Barnard, goes to Prayers, and thrice
opening the Gofpel was confirmed in his pur-
Bonavent. pofe, by luckily hitting on thefe theje three
cap. 3- parages, — If thou wilt be perfeB, go and fell
fX T-tT. ^^^ — ^^^^ 7iothing with you on the way : — If
anyman will come after me, let him deny himfelf.
St. Francis, you fee, managed the matter
fo well, that he opened upon I^exts of
Scripture much more to his purpofe'than
any of our Methodifts have done.

This pradlife has generally been con-
demned by grave Authors and Councils, as
juperjtitious and unwarrantable: And if the
^ Methodifts will pretend to juftify themfelves
from the Example oi Matthias, (the only
inftance in the ISew Teftament^ and that
divinely direded ) they only incur that
almoft conftant Prefumption of fetting them-
^'- 115-4- felves upon an equality with the Apojtles, &c..
Let me here add the Obfervation of Mr.
Church, in his Farther Remarks on Mr.
y, Wefley. " The Refledions of your friend

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Mr. Whitefield on this occafion were worth
your obferving. Having mentioxned your
drawing a Lot about preaching on free
Grace^ and receiving the Anfwer Preach
and Prints he adds, ' I have often quef-
tioned, as I now do, whether in fo doing
you did not ws^ tempt the Lord, A due ex-
ercife of Religious Prudence^ without a Lot,
would have directed you in that Matter'.
Afterwards he mentions your drawing ano-
ther Lot^ about his returning to London 5
which in a Letter to him you after v/ards
fuppofed might have been a wrong one.
This therefore he rightly calls an i?naginary
Warrant > and well obferves, that the
wrong Lot was juftly given you, becauje
you tempted God in drawing onj'\

A movQ judicious Sentiment perhaps never
idropt from Mr. Whitefield's pen : and yet
he may be taxed with an inconfiftency in
thus declaring againft what had been his
■own praBife, Had thefe two Lots turn'd
out agreeably to his own Dodlrine and in-
tentions^ they might have been allow'd to
come from God. But as they were for
Jree Qrace (not fuiting with his Calva -
nijti^al notions) and for taking a journey
he did not like ; they are become of no
Authority with him. Which puts me \\\
mind of the condufl: of Pope Honorius to-
wards St. Fraficis, ** The Saint had ob-
;ain'd a grant Jro?n Chrijt^ that whoever at
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any time ihould enter his Chapel^ fhould
have the Benefit of Plenary lndulge?7ce ; or-
dering him however to go to his Vicar the
Pope for his Corjirmation,

The Holy Father allows the order of Chrift
in the cafe, but thinks the Grant is too
large ; and accordingly confirms indeed the
Plenary and free Indulgence^ but curtails the
' time, and confines it to one fjigle Day in a
year, and no more." A ftrange inflance
either of the Pcpe'^ inconfftency ^ or of
fetting himfelf above our Lord,

You have the Account in one of the
Le[jons in their Eftablifjed Liturgy, Brev,
Rom. Francifc. Aug. 2. and more fully
in the Book of Conformities , fol. 197.

§. 28. Though I had fome Reafons for

referring to another place their Exftacies

and Raptures, Apparitions and Vifons

(reprefentations to the imagination either

in Sleep, or in a 'Trance \) yet, as thefe have

fome pretenfion to a Divine direction, \

ihall fay fomething of them here,

r^Deal- IVhitefield, " God fill'd me with fuch

■Z^'V-^^- icnfpeakable raptures, particularly once in

St. Johis Churchy that I was carried out

beyond myfelf.

loarnal, Se^ucard. ' I was fo fill'd with the

Spirit, — that I was carried beyond myfelfj

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and had fuch things Revealed to me as I
never had before.

Wefley, ' My Soul was got up into 3 journal,
the Holy Mount. I had no thoughts of P- »9-
coming down again into the body. " The
Lord reveal' dhimMi to her (a girl of about
feven years old) in an amafing manner :
and for fome Hours (he was fo wrapt up in
his Spirit^ that we knew not where fhe -x
was, — finking to Jiotbing in the difcovery
of his Majejty and Glory, — Many fuch
inftances of the out-pouring of the Spirit we Letters,
have among us'\

Tales of this nature are fo numerous
among the Popi/lo Saints, efpecially the
Female, that fome of their Lives confifl
of little elfe.

Mary of Agreda was not a year old, be-
fore fhe had fuch Raptures that flie funk
down to the Centre of her own nothiiignefs. Lire.
-—Magdalen of Pazzi's Life was almoft
one continued Ecftacy. — And St. Gertrude, Breviar.
who confecrated her Virginity to Chriji \^''^{^^'..^,
wdien only five years old, was illuminated
by 7na?2y Revelations and Vifions,

St. Alcantara at fix years of age was fo ^^rcv,
contemplative, that frequently he was ^°"'-
wholly abjorpt in God, a7id carried into ^^^ *^'
Raptures. — He caufed his Followers to be
in an Ecjlacy at the Sacrament, — and often
enjoyed the Prefence of ChriJl, the Virgin
Mary, and St, Francis^ &c. "" oa. 2->

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j. 29. If you want any thing more
particularly concerning Apparitioits and
Vi/ims', the laft mentioned Saint, " Al-
cantara^ was conduced by the admirable
oa. 25. Apparition of a new Star, when he was
1 Dealing, going to cojnfort St. Terefa''. Something,
P2g- 49- yQ^ j^^y fuppofe, hke that of Mr. V/hite-
journ. fields " After a long night of defer tion, the
pag- 47* Star, which I had feen at a diftance
before, began to appear again''. And Mr.
Seward may be deemed fuch a Vifionary^
when " though fo weak, fo mean, fo
vile, fo nothing an Inftrument, yet fur-
rounding the Throne of his Dear fejus^
he thought he faw his Siflers as bright
Seraphims in the manfions of blifs^ — -with
a refulgent Splendor above the reft of the
Heavenly Hoji'\
Conform. Juft ^s a Francifcau Fryar was feen by
l^ol. 84. ^ Brother fhining in glory and brightness
with St. Francis among Choirs of Angels :
Life, No. — Or, as Magdalen of Pazzi faw a Nun^
V-' ^^» and other Souls, which flie had gained,
^' raifed upon a Throne oj Glory. We have

^'^''* again infallible proof, that *' Alcaiitara
oa 2" "^^^ invited to the Heavenly Marriage by
all the Holy Trinity, appearing to him in
the utmoft clearnefs and brightnefs ^ — and
ht died at the very horn foretold' \ And
we find in moft of their Legends, that
fcarce a Saint died without previous no-

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fice from above ; the Mejfenger too com-
monly difFufing a light over all the room.
Which may help to give fome Credit to
that relation of Mr. Wejley concerning Vet,
Wright. '' In bed, but broad awake, I i journ.
heard one calling aloud, Feter I Peter P^S- ^S-
Wright ! And looking up, the room v^as
as bright as day. And I faw a man in
bright cloaths, v^ho faid, ' Prepare your-
felf, your end is nigh'. — He recovered
from the illnefs -, but died Vv^ithin a month''.
As to the Authority which fuch fort of
Revelations carry, Mr. Wejley fays this 5
" God does now give remijjion of Sins^ and
the Gifts of the Holy Ghoft 3 and often ^ ^^^^.^
in dreams and vifons of God'\ But after- Pag. 49.
wards he fpeaks more dijtruji fully : "I
told them they were not to judge of the
Spirit — by any dreams^ vifons^ or revela^
tions ; — v^hich were of a doubtful and dif-
putable nature, — might be from Gody and ji,. p. r.^
might 7iof\

This might be a caution to themfelves
never to be over confident. For my own
part, I will not deny that fuch DireBions
may fometimes come from God: but am
perfuaded that moft of our late ones are
the effect of imagiiiation or dijtemper^, and
fome of them mere counterfeits and impojiures.
Many, I know, even of Popiflj Enthiifiajls^
have fufpeded worj\\ and alcribed them to

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biabclical delujiom. Bat more of this
hereafter.

§. 30. Our Methodifts talk much of
" the great work^ which God is ?2ow be-
ginning to work over all the earth. If
you had been told, fays Mr. IVeJley, that
t Appeal, the jeakus God woiild foon arife, that he
§. 98, 99. would pour dovvn his Spirit from on highy
and re?2ew the face of the earthy — would
you not defire to fee that day ? — Behold,
the day of the Lord is come : he is again
vifiting and redeeming his people. — • At
this very hour the Lord is rolling away our
reproach".

Parted with full conviclion, fays Mr,
, Journal, J'^hitcfeld, that God was going to do great
pag. 6.^ * things among us. — Oh ! that we may be
any way injlrumental F'

I am far from queftioning the truth of
that happy State to come, having fuch
ftrong Authority from the [acred Writings.
But it may be asked, how they hiow this
prefent time to be the day of that great
work ; whether from Infpiration, or inter^
pretation of Trophetic Scripture : — and
they may be reminded, that diverfe warm
and Enthufiafiic heads, as Madam Boiirig-
nouy the French Prophets, &c. have all
fet out upon this pretence, have pronounc-
ed it to be coming in their own days, and

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themfehes to be the happy Inflriwients.
And how have they been deceived ?

About the middle of the 1 3/i Century
was publKhed a Book by the Mendicant
Fryers^ called, the Eternal Gojpel^ or Gof-
pel of the Spirit 'y afferting, that the Reign
of the Spirit was to commence within fix
years. The Book was full of many wicked
and blafphemous fancies, which I lay not to
the charge of the Methodifls : but leave
them at liberty to ruminate upon the Cha-
raBer given of them many years ago by
Mr. Howely which they may fee in the
Title-fia^e,

§31. I fliall now relieve myfelf and
reader ; referving what remains for a fe-
cond Part, I have already made fome
exciife for quoting and comparing feveral
little 2inA trifling things, in themfelves too
light to deferve our attention ; and am
afraid, that in the Sequel, a frefli Apology
will be requifite -, as I fliall be obliged to
relate fome things too horrid and flocking
to the mind.

It will however, I perfuade myfelf, ap-
pear, — that this new difpcnfation is a Compo-
Jition of Entbufiafm, Superftition, and Im^
poflure. When the blood and fpirits run
/6%/', inflaming the brain and imagination ;
it is moit properly Enthifwf?n ; which is
Religion run mad : -r- when lew and de-
jccicd^ caufing groundlefs terrors, or the

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placing the great duty of man in little Ob«
fervances ; 'tis Superj}itio?iy which is Re-
ligion feared out of its Senfcs : —when any
fraudulent dealings are made ufe of, and
any wrong projeds carried on under the
mask of piety , 'tis Impofture^ and may be
termed Religion turned Hypocrite,

Should any thing I can offer make fome
improvement of a ferious and fiber Senfe of
true Religion among us, free from Enthu-
fiaftic Delufions^ with regard both to Faith
arid good works, it will be fufficient fatis-
faftioji : And the benefit will be doubled^
if by means of the Cotnparifin with Popery^
a juft deteftation of that wicked Communion
be prefervedy and efpecially if encreafed.



The END of the First PART*



ERRATUM.

^*g« %<)y in the Note, fcr, 4 Journ. p. 24, rW, p. at'-

3Frd/>r, Ibtd, p. 21, r«?«s/, p. 24.



THE

ENTHUSIASM

O F

METHODISTS

AND

PAPISTS

C OMPARED.
PART II.



Vanity or Self-Conceit is another Circumjiance that for the moji Part prevails
in the CharaBer of an Enthufiaft. It leads Men of a •warm Temper ^ and
Eeiigicus Turn, to think themfehes ivorthy of the fp(c:al Regard^ and extraor-
dinary Favours of God ; and the Breath of that Infpiration to ivhich they pre -
tend is often no more than the Wind of this Vanity, ivhich pufFs them up to
fuch Extravagant Imaginations. This flrongly appears in the Writings and
Lives of fame Enthufiaftical Heretics, in r^e Myftics both Antient and Modern,
in many Founders of Orders, and SaintF, both Male and Female, among the
Papifts, tn feveral Vxot&^Sint Sectaries f the laji AgCy and even in fame of the
Methodifts «ow. ^////->f Divine Communications, Illuminations, <:«</ Ecftacies,
to ivhich they pretended, evidently fprung from much Self-Conpeit, ivsrking
together ivitb the Vapours of Melancholy upon a warm Imagination, &c.

L V T T E J. T N on the Converfion of St. Pa u r..



LONDON^

Printed for J. and P. K n a p t o n, in Ludgate-Strest,
M.DCC.XUX.



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Your firft Objetlion is to my Manner of

Page 6. Writing ; that '' If I am a Clergyman^ the
whole Strain of my T^erjormance difcovers a
Le'-jity unbecoming my Charafter.'* And
here I am afraid you have the Advantage \
as writing with a Le^oity quite becoming your
Character y i. e. with that Sort of Levity ,
which confifis in a Privation of Weighty
and exemplifies (to ufe your own Expref-
lion) "what Feathers ive all are. Nor could
you have been more light and infignificant,
unlefs your Name had been Ferronet,

As to the Force of the Objedlion of r/V/-
cuhus and irreligious Banter 3 — I read that
one of Bifiop Stilling feef s Fopifio An-
iagoni[ls called him '^ a 'Theological Bufoon^
impioufly and profanely employing his Wit
in deriding and blajpheming the Saints.'"
And yet, fuch is m.y Modefiy, and humble
Imitation oi your Humility^ I defire to fuc-
ceed no better a2;ainft Metbodijm than he
did againl!: Popery.^ — But here, it feems, I

\tiA. am greatly miftaken.- For, *' By irreligious
.Banter y I have unhappily fixed upon a mofl
improbable and ineffeBual Remedy for re~
.covering tht IVletbqdip out of their Extra-
•vagant Freaks," If fo, why are you fo
pettilTa ? Why lb wrathful ? I might rather
cxped an Addrefs of Flanks from White-
field and Compa72y\

But, to compound tfee Matter with you
by a plain Truth, nay Manner of writing

(whether



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(whether with Levity^ or Graijify) afFe<S$
not in the leaft the Merits of the Caiife,
The Enthujiafm is exadtly ihtfamey neither
more nor lefs, better or worfe. The only
^eJUon to the Purpofe is, whether I have
made my Rotations jiiftly and fairly ? Let
this be /uppofedy till 'tis difprovcd. — Some-
thing however more jerioiiSy horrible and
Jhocking, will appear toward the End of
this Second Part, and efpecially in the
Third 'y where the Nature of the SiibjeEl
will be apt to raife Abhorrence and Indigo
7iation rather than Laughter. For, con-
trary to my Intention, I am forced upon
a Third Party your Enthufiajms are fo
many. Nor had I exadly enough com-
puted the Number^ or confidered the Vir"
flics y of your Confec rated Beads.

Before you Attack my Comparifon in
Form, I find you fiibbling at my Title-
Page : In one Place, " 'Tis ?20t rejirained^- 7-
enough to Anfwer my Principal Defign : "
In another Place, " 'tis too much reftrained >P- 20^
you would have me make an Addition to it,
and let it run thuSy The Enthufiafm and Im-^
pojlure^ &c." I ftand corredled, and have
no Objed-ion to your Amendment. Con*
iider however, that before you meddled
w^ith my Title-Page^ you fhould have con-
fulted your Grammar^ and made Senfe of
vour own.

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But I fhall not fo eafily give up my
Parallel of the Montanifts, I find it (ticks
too clofe, is pinching, and makes you
Wriggle. You want fadly to get rid of
it ; for which you affign fome doughty

P. 8.. Reafons, " Ton omit^ you fay, .making
any Repiy fo my Account of the Montanifts^
becaufe 'tis quite foreign to my "Title-Page^
and alfo to my Principal Defign% " that of
Comparing you with Papijis. You know
that J introduced tlie Montanifts^ to fhew
that the Spirit of Enthufiafm is always the
fame. And though the Montanifts were no
Papijls, they were Heretics, full of //;/-
pojhires and Impieties ; in a Word, the
'Methodifts of their Times. And why
-fhould you turn away your Face from your
Cdcn Likenefs ? But you have another

^t,ij. Reafon 3 '' The Account of the Montanifts
beifjg not founded on Writings of their own \
and- fo at the befl very Precarious."
Did I fiy, the Account was not founded
"on their own Writings? Did I not
•exprefsly fay, that our Accounts and
ExtraBs of their own Wr-itings were col-
"leded from the heft Hiftorians of thofe
'Times? And fnppofing they had ;^^^ been
founded on their own Writings 3 mufl they
therefore of Courfe be Precarious ? Doth
-no Hiftory d'eferve Credit, but what was
written by the ABors ? What then be-
comes of the Faith of almofi all Hiftory ?
And is every Thing right and true which

Men



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Men write concerning Themfehes ? Well
then ! Tour Accounts^ "Journals^ &c. are
wrote by your Faithful Self: Therefore
not fre carious and iincertai?j. But yet,
you now own you have written Things
worfe than Precarious -, Things abjolutely
and confefjedly Jalfe. And had you died,
and the Myjlic Dove fled away to Heaveny
before your Recantation-^ thefe Falfities
muft have paffed upon the World for ///-
fallible Truths^ Revealed from above.

In the fame Page you catch me tripping,
and even falling into an Inconfifiency. I
had charitably fuppofed, that the Methodijis
might perhaps fet out from real Motives
of foicere Piety, adding afterwards, " their
fetting out with warm Preteiices to Re-P.s-
formation." Your Remark is, " If by
'Pretence I mean a mere Hypocritical Pre-
tence^ I am then guilty of a Self-Contra-
didrion/' But may not your M^^/rj^'^ be
fmcere ; and yet your Pretences to Reformat
tion be idle^ and vai7i, and ahfurd? (For
I did not fay Hypocritical.) And is not
-the World fully fenfible -Lvhat Sort of Re-
formation has always been the Aim of En-
thufafls ? As to your ^ejlion^ how can
Pretence and Reality be reco?2ciled? We are
agreed : my whole Comparifon has proved
they cannot ; and your Recantation has con-
firmed it.

But I am like to be in a ivorfi Condition: p. ^■



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