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11. Enthusiasm (1695-1697)

Section 16 (of 16)

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I say not this as if I would have it thought that god could not or did notsometimes enlighten mens mindes in the understanding of certain truths or excite them to good actions by the immediate influence and assistance of the holy Spirit without any extraordinary signes accompanying it . And in such cases where the Truth imbraced is consonant to the Revelation in the sentenses or the action is conformable to the rule of Right Reason or Holy writ , we may be assured that it is from the Spirit of god because we have it from that Revelation which we are sure he has given us of Truth But it is not the strength of our private perswasion within our selves that can attest it to be a light or motion from heaven noe thing can doe that but the written word of god without us. or that Rule of Reason which is commnon to us with all men. Where Reason or Scripture is expresse for any opinion or action we may receive it as of Divine Authoritie. But tis not the strength of our owne perswasionwhich can by it self give it that stamp, The bent of our owne minds may favour it as much as we please that may shew it to be a fondling of our owne but will by noe means prove it to be an Ofspring of heaven and of divine original

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I say not this as if I would have it thought th that god could not or did not sometimes enlighten mens mindes in the understanding  of certain truths or excite them to good actions by the immediate influence and assistance of the holy Spirit without any extraordinary signes accompanying it . And  in such cases ... where  the Truth imbraced is .... is consonant to the Revelation in the Holy sentenses  or the action is  conformable to what is there commanded the rule  of Right Reason or Holy writ , we may be assured that the revelation or impression it is from the Spirit of god because we have it from  that him in the Revelation of his word which we are sure  he has given us of Truth But this will not in the least justifie the folly of any impertinent or unseasonable action however lawfull much lesse the in it self much lesse will it authorize any because our fond conceit ascribes it to divine impulse it is not the strength of our private perswasion within that our selves that can assure us that this is a attest  it to be a light or motion from heaven noe thing can doe that but the rule written word of god without us. or that Rule  of Reason which is commnon to us with all men. Where Reason or Scripture is expresse for any opinion or action we may receive it as of Divine Authoritie. But tis not the strength of our owne perswasion which without any thing else that can by it self give it that stamp, The bent of our owne minds may favour it as much as we please that will prove may shew it to be a favourite fondling of our owne but will by noe means prove it to be an Ofspring of heaven and of divine original


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I say not this as if I would have it thought th that god could not or did not] 4: In what I have said I am far from denying, that GOD can, or doth

understanding] 4: apprehending

And] 4: But

cases ... where] 4: Cases too we have Reason and the Scripture, unerring Rules to know whether it be from GOD or no. Where

Holy sentenses] 4: written word of GOD

action is ] 4: action

rule] 4: dictates

it is from the Spirit of god because we have it from] 4: we run no risque in entertaining it as such, because though perhaps it be not an immediate Revelation from GOD, extraordinarily operating on our minds, yet we are sure it is warranted by

we are sure] 4: om.

attest] 4: warrant

Rule] 4: Standard

perswasion] 4: perswasions
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