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in an APOLOGY for TILENUS, against a VINDICATION of the Synod of DORT.
IT may conduce to our settlement
, to consider how many of the most Learned these laft Ages have produced, even when they launched forth on purpose to oppose the Truth, have absolutely yielded up themselves to the empire of it. Arminius undertakes the defence of Beza, but finding it impossible, retreats unto those Opinions which have worn his name ever since. Tilenus, while he sets himself in opposition to Arminius, is awakened with so clear a light, that he becomes a profelyte. Arminius' Arguments pressed so hard upon Junius, that he thought fit to give ground': and Vol. VI. Ą
Pifcator flincht a little more upon the impression made by his adversaries.
The Absurdities which unavoidably follow from these doctrines, are very reproachful to the Majesty of heaven; they deflower the beauty of his Attributes, evacuate the merits of Christ's death, frustrate the use of the holy Ordinances, and enervate the power of Godliness. For while they advance his Sovereignty, they impeach his Goodness; while they magnily his Liberty, they obscure his Wisdom; while they sweeten his Mercy, they imbitter his Justice; while they boast his Grace, they confound his Truth and Sincerity:
This doctrine attributes to God a power, not only above the laws he prescribes, and the promises he makes unto his fervants, but paramount to his own ellential Equity. For it faith he hath ordained the greater part of mankind to defruction, merely for his own pleasure. It makes God like . an unwise Potter, who makes vessels on purpose to dash them in pieces. It teacheth, that of men, amongst whom he found no disparity, he hath elected some, and rejected others; and that he introduced a necessity of amning for the illustration of his glory.
It teacheth, that God sent Christ to reconcile men to him. self, whom he loved with an uncbangeable love, before he decreed to give Christ for them : that he courts others to be reconciled, whom he hates immutably : that he calls them to repentance, enlightens them, gives them a talle of the heavenly gift, and zeal to do good works; and all this to serve for a golden chariot to conduct them with the more formality to a worse execution: that he binds some men to believe in Chrift, for whom he never died: that he invites them to a Covenant of Grace, and ties them to impossible conditions under it, that he may inflict the greater torments upon them; that some men's fins, (of what nature foever,) are privileges of their Adoption, confirmations of their Grace,