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CONTENTS OF VOL. VL

OF THE MORTIFICATION OF SIN IN BELIEVERS, ETC.

CHAPTER IV.

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The last principle; of the usefulness of mortification—The vigour and comfort of

our spiritual lives depend on our mortification—In what sense—Not absolutely

and necessarily; Ps. xxxviii, Heman's condition—Not as on the next and im-

mediate cause—As a means; by removing of the contrary—The desperate effects

of any unmortificd lust; it weakens the soul, Ps. xxxviii. 3,8, sundry ways, and

darkens it—All graces improved by the mortification of sin—The best evidence

of sincerity . . ....... 2L

CHAPTER V.

The principal intendment of the whole discourse proposed—The first main case of

conscience stated—What it is to mortify any sin, negatively considered—Not

the utter destruction of it in this life—Not the dissimulation of it—Not the im-

provement of any natural principle—Not the diversion of it—Not an occasional

conquest—Occasional conquests of sin, what and when; upon the eruption of

sin; in time of danger or trouble . . . . . . .24

CHAPTER VI.

The mortification of sin in particular described—The several parts and degrees

thereof—The habitual weakening of its root and principle—The power of lust to

tempt—Differences of that power as to persons and times—Constant fighting

against sin—The parts thereof considered—Success against it—The sum of this

discourse considered ........ 28

CHAPTER VH.

General rules, without which no lust will be mortified—No mortification unless a

man be a believer—Dangers of attempting mortification of sin by nnregenerate

persons—The duty of unconverted persons as to this business of mortification

considered—The vanity of the Papists' attempts and rules for mortification

thence discovered . . . . . . . .33

CHAPTER VIII.

The second general rule proposed—Without universal sincerity for the mortifying

of every lust, no lust will be mortified —Partial mortification always from a cor-

rupt principle—Perplexity of temptation from a lust oftentimes a chastening

for other negligences ......... 40

CHAPTER IX.

Particular directions in relation to the foregoing case proposed—First, Consider the

dangerous symptoms of any lust—1. Inveteratcness—2. Peace obtained under

it; the several ways whereby that is done—3. Frequency of success in its seduc-

tions—4. The soul's fighting against it with arguments only taken from the

event—5. Its being attended with judiciary hardness—6. Its withstanding

particular dealings from God—The state of persons in whom these things are

found . . . .43

CHAPTER X.

The SECOND particular direction: Get a clear sense of,—1. The guilt of the sin per-

plexing—Considerations for help therein proposed—2. The danger manifold—

(1.) Hardening—(2.) Temporal correction—(3.) Loss of peace and strength—(4.)

Eternal destruction—Rules for the management cf this consideration—3. The

evil of it—(1.) In grieving the Spirit—(2.) Wounding the new creature—[(3.)

Taking away a man's usefulness.] . . . . . . .60
CHAPTER XI.

OF TEMPTATION: THE NATURE AND POWER OF IT, ETC,

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