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fessors of this one Religion may Unite;
and all true ones do Unite, in the Bond
of Charity. But those that insist on those

differences, with such zeal as they shou'd . do on the Substance, have either no Reli

on, or almost none at all. Hence it is, we
so often hear ; of whai Religion are you?
As if there were several Religions in the

Christian World. In Sum, the Question • ought not to be, of what Religion? but,

of what Faktion? They that run their dif-
ferences high, and insist on them, more

than on the Substance; in which all true ? Christians agree ; let them pretend what

they will, are not Religious but Factions ;
that is, have not Spiritual, but worldly
Designs to serve; worldly Passions to gra-

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In another place, upon the fame Subject, he expresses himself, as follows.

“There has been no Age of the Church, ! in which the Devil has not found means to

bring in some matter of Division; taking
occasion by Mens imperfect Judgments cor-

rupt Humours, Factiousness, Irreligiousness ' and worldly Designs. And in every Age, 'the Division on foot, seems weighty, and

of great Importance, however flight it be « in it felf. And the Reason is, because this

World is interwoven with it; worldly ..Profits, Advantages, and Honors, and Ć Mens Heats and Animofities arising from thence,

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' But when these are ceas'd, and after A. ges come to consider the differences ini • cold Blood, and freedom from those fee cular things, that accompany'd them in (the Times when they were

on Foot ; they can't but admire at the madness of Men; and wonder what it was, shou'd put

them into such Heats, about such Trifles. (The Reason plainly is, that worldly de

signing Mcn, knowing that nothing Animates Men's Zeal so much, as what relates to Religion, carry on their Designs, under

Notions of it : For Instance, if those a<bout the governing Part of a State, have

a mind to make more room for their Friends, by excluding others from Favour: Or, on the other hand, if Men have Am

bition to make themselves Popular, and any • difference be fow'd by the Devil (who is

the fower of Tares) among the People, both these Parties shall espouse the oppofite part of this difference and endeavour to run down their Adversaries, till the matter run so high in the notion of the Vulgar, as if Heaven and Damnation depended on it. Heretofore, the Church

Communicated Infants, as thinking it ne'cessary to Salvation; now it doth not: s Wou'd it not be a fad thing, that Blood

shou'd be drawn in this Controverfie on ' either side? and yet how often is it done

upon much less? How high did the Pre? deftinarian and Arminian controversie run • but lately. And yet how flight does ic

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seem now? And how very Idle, that Men & fhou'd fall out about what none of thcm < understand ?

And what Mr. Bonnell's Principle and Practice, was, with respect to the Divisions of the Church; we may learn from what ia another place, he says upon that Argument; and which still more fully proves the Greatness of his Charity.

A wise and good Man, whose Lot shou'd be, to dwell in a Place, where the People

were all Bandy'd against one another in ' several Factions, being Families all pro

ceeding from one Stock ; and all ally à to him; wou'd make it his Business, to carry himself as indifferently between them, as he cou'd; heartily grieving at their Breach of Friendship, and pitying their Animosities: But being all his Relations, he wou'd, wherever he came, endeavour to Sow Peace among the differing parties; he wou'd espouse none of their Interests,

nor engage in any of their Quarrels. But & if he heard that Branch of the Family, which

was nearly related to him ; with whom he

liv’d, and who, in his opinion, had the < Justest Cause and most Right on their side: $ If he heard that, I say, vilify'd and unjust' ly reproach'd; he wou'd generously inter

pose, and offer some inoffensive Apologies, « perhaps with fit Reprehensions to the Ag'gressors. The Church of Christ is one

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according to the different Pallions or la

terests of Men. A Wife and Sober Chri. <stian reckons himself truly ally'd to all,

Pities and Grieves at their unhappy dif. ferences, and is very unwilling to make himself a Party in their Quarrels, which worldly and ill minded Men on each side,

have rais'd, or at least Fomented. He car(ries himself indifferently among them, and

as one unconcern'd in their Childish Dif© putes. But if the Interest and Honour of ç that Church, whereof he was Born and • Lives a Member, be nearly concern'd;

he interposes with the Gravity and Authority of a Father: He reprehends and vindicates, as one above the contention, and not as a Party but a Judge.

I shall conclude this Head of his Charity, with his own Description of it: And never any knew it better, or Practis'd it more.

Oh! What is this excellent Gift of Charity; without which, whosoever Liveth, is « counted Dead before Thee; or even gives

his Body in Martyrdom for Thee, gains

nothing? It is even the whole Ornament c of a Christian Mind; the Complex of Spi

ritual Graces : It is to be Meek under ? Injuries and tenderly Compassionate to the miserable. It is to Rejoice in the

Good of all Men, and have a mean Opithers, than our own Praise ; never to be transported in an undue measure; never to be Captious, nor apt to take any thing ' amiss; to mourn for every thing that is ' Sin, and take exceeding Pleasure in the Good that any do; to be difficult in Entertaining bad Reports; and forward in believing Good; unwilling to despair of any, and to undervalue our own Pains, to procure their Benefit.

nion of our felves; our own Abilities and « Deserts. 'Tis to Hate no Man; to Treat

none Outragiously or Bitterly. 'Tis to be more concern'd for the Good of o

thers

This is to have the saine Mind which was in our Blessed Saviour, and resemble him as a Child resembles his parent. In such he is pleas'd, is satisfi'd and comfort.

ed over all the Troubles he has undergone
• for our fakes. These only can be pleasing
' to him, and thought worthy by him to

bear his Name. Whatever other good is
done, (if any can be, without this Tem-

per) is never own'd nor accepted by him.
' Dear Jesus, let me think on this Lesson,
$ till thou hast graciously taught it my Soul ;
o that I may have the Honour to be like
« Thee, whom I own for the Joy of my

Heart, and the Delight and Support of ç my Life. Amen.

One, in whom the preceeding Virtues fo Is a most eminently Shin'd, must be very well qua-calous and Jify’d to discharge all the Duties of Friend- Faithful ship. And this we may justly reckon one of Frieni. Mr. Bonnell's Excellencies; that he was a most Sincere, Faithful, and zealous Friend; had all those Qualities, which cou'd render his Friendship desirable ; Firmness and Re

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