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A54945 A discourse of prayer wherein this great duty is stated, so as to oppose some principles and practices of Papists and fanaticks; as they are contrary to the publick forms of the Church of England, established by her ecclesiastical canons, and confirmed by acts of Parliament. By Thomas Pittis, D.D. one of His Majesties chaplains in ordinary. Wherefore, that way and profession in religion, which gives the best directions for it, (viz. prayer) with the most effectual motives to it, and most aboundeth in its observance, hath therein the advantage of all others. Dr. Owen in his preface to his late discourse of the work of the Holy SPirit in prayer, &c. Pittis, Thomas, 1636-1687. 1683 (1683) Wing P2314; ESTC R220541 149,431 404

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god_n they_o ought_v to_o be_v mindful_a both_o of_o modesty_n and_o discipline_n non_fw-la passim_fw-la ventilare_fw-la preces_fw-la nostras_fw-la inconditis_fw-la vocibus_fw-la etc._n etc._n not_o to_o brethe_o out_o our_o prayer_n in_o insipid_a word_n nor_o throw_v out_o our_o petition_n which_o be_v modest_o to_o be_v commend_v unto_o god_n with_o a_o tumultuous_a speech_n because_o god_n be_v not_o the_o hearer_n of_o the_o voice_n but_o the_o heart_n nor_o be_v he_o to_o be_v put_v in_o mind_n of_o any_o thing_n by_o clamour_n and_o outcry_n who_o see_v and_o understand_v the_o thought_n of_o man_n and_o now_o i_o have_v finish_v this_o discourse_n of_o prayer_n which_o i_o both_o write_v for_o and_o preach_v to_o the_o people_n to_o who_o i_o have_v as_o i_o ought_v fair_o dedicate_v it_o and_o if_o other_o only_o to_o exercise_v their_o censure_a talon_n shall_v find_v fault_n with_o it_o let_v they_o in_o charity_n honest_o mend_v it_o or_o else_o they_o may_v as_o assure_o they_o will_v turn_v the_o buckle_n of_o their_o girdle_n behind_o they_o finis_fw-la i_o desire_v here_o to_o recommend_v to_o the_o parish_n to_o which_o the_o former_a discourse_n be_v dedicate_v a_o few_o collection_n out_o of_o a_o book_n entitle_v the_o vindidication_n of_o the_o presbyterial_a government_n by_o the_o minister_n of_o the_o province_n of_o london_n november_n the_o 2._o 1649._o they_o complain_v that_o to_o such_o a_o degree_n of_o apostasy_n some_o be_v arrive_v that_o they_o be_v labour_v for_o a_o odious_a toleration_n of_o all_o abominable_a opinion_n as_o can_v shroud_v themselves_o under_o the_o name_n of_o the_o christian_a religion_n pag._n 103._o and_o that_o those_o error_n which_o be_v but_o few_o in_o the_o prelate_n time_n be_v now_o many_o in_o they_o their_o note_n on_o rom._n 16.17_o mark_v they_o which_o cause_n division_n etc._n etc._n be_v that_o we_o be_v not_o only_o require_v to_o avoid_v their_o doctrine_n but_o their_o person_n for_o proof_n of_o which_o be_v quote_v 1_o tim._n 6._o ch_n 3_o 4_o 5._o pag._n 104._o the_o doctrine_n of_o a_o toleration_n of_o all_o religion_n be_v contrary_a to_o godliness_n and_o open_v a_o door_n to_o libertinism_n and_o profaneness_n and_o that_o all_o doctrine_n be_v to_o be_v avoid_v that_o hold_v forth_o a_o strictness_n above_o what_o be_v write_v and_o therefore_o their_o advice_n be_v that_o man_n must_v be_v candidate_n of_o a_o canonical_a not_o a_o apocryphal_a strictness_n and_o where_o god_n have_v not_o a_o mouth_n to_o speak_v man_n must_v not_o have_v a_o ear_n to_o hear_v nor_o a_o heart_n to_o believe_v pag._n 105._o that_o doctrine_n which_o cry_v up_o purity_n to_o the_o ruin_n of_o unity_n be_v contrary_a to_o the_o doctrine_n of_o the_o gospel_n and_o they_o conclude_v with_o this_o affirmation_n that_o certain_o the_o government_n that_o carry_v in_o the_o front_n of_o it_o a_o toleration_n of_o different_a religion_n and_o be_v not_o sufficient_a to_o keep_v the_o body_n of_o christ_n in_o unity_n and_o purity_n be_v not_o the_o government_n of_o christ_n and_o again_o that_o doctrine_n which_o be_v contrary_a to_o the_o rule_n of_o faith_n or_o any_o duty_n require_v in_o the_o ten_o commandment_n or_o to_o any_o petition_n of_o the_o lord_n prayer_n be_v not_o a_o doctrine_n of_o christ_n and_o therefore_o to_o be_v reject_v pag._n 107._o nay_o they_o complain_v that_o then_o they_o be_v a_o hypocritical_a nation_n and_o the_o people_n of_o god_n wrath_n because_o they_o have_v be_v truce-breaker_n self-lover_n traitor_n false_a accuser_n and_o all_o under_o the_o specious_a form_n of_o godliness_n nay_o if_o any_o will_v read_v over_o the_o book_n they_o will_v by_o their_o own_o confession_n prove_v some_o of_o the_o wicked_a people_n under_o the_o cope_n of_o heaven_n we_o be_v say_v they_o proud_a secure_a liar_n swearer_n and_o forswearer_n murderer_n drunkard_n adulterer_n and_o oppressor_n we_o have_v not_o learned_a righteousness_n but_o unrighteousness_n by_o all_o the_o judgement_n of_o god_n we_o be_v worse_o and_o worse_o by_o all_o our_o deliverance_n we_o have_v spill_v the_o blood_n of_o christ_n in_o the_o sacrament_n by_o our_o unworthy_a receive_v nay_o after_o all_o this_o long_a catalogue_n of_o sin_n they_o tell_v we_o that_o it_o will_v be_v too_o long_o to_o reckon_v all_o the_o particular_a relative_a iniquity_n of_o the_o party_n of_o magistrate_n minister_n husband_n wife_n etc._n etc._n and_o they_o conclude_v this_o with_o those_o expression_n isai_n 1._o from_o the_o 5_o verse_n onward_o ah_o sinful_a people_n a_o people_n lade_v with_o iniquity_n a_o seed_n of_o evil_a doer_n etc._n etc._n vid._n pag._n 109_o etc._n etc._n let_v god_n and_o other_o man_n now_o judge_v out_o of_o their_o own_o mouth_n for_o it_o be_v not_o my_o business_n to_o judge_v any_o man_n but_o to_o go_v on_o a_o little_a more_o with_o that_o orthodox_n doctrine_n which_o this_o provincial_a assembly_n there_o exhibit_v they_o say_v far_o pag._n 119._o that_o it_o be_v the_o duty_n of_o all_o christian_n to_o enjoy_v the_o ordinance_n of_o christ_n in_o unity_n and_o uniformity_n as_o far_o as_o it_o be_v possible_a because_o the_o scripture_n call_v to_o unity_n and_o uniformity_n as_o well_o as_o to_o purity_n and_o verity_n and_o that_o not_o only_o because_o it_o be_v not_o impossible_a in_o itself_o but_o for_o that_o god_n have_v promise_v that_o his_o child_n shall_v serve_v he_o with_o one_o heart_n and_o with_o one_o way_n and_o with_o one_o shoulder_n and_o for_o this_o they_o quote_v the_o prophet_n among_o the_o jew_n predict_v the_o glorious_a flourish_a of_o the_o gospel_n jer._n 32.39_o zeph._n 3.9_o zech._n 14.9_o as_o also_o our_o bless_a saviour_n prayer_n that_o we_o may_v all_o be_v one_o as_o the_o father_n be_v in_o he_o and_o he_o in_o the_o father_n joh._n 17.21_o that_o so_o from_o the_o unity_n and_o love_n of_o his_o disciple_n the_o world_n may_v believe_v that_o god_n have_v send_v he_o and_o therefore_o this_o provincial_a assembly_n conclude_v that_o nothing_o hinder_v the_o propagation_n of_o the_o gospel_n so_o much_o as_o the_o division_n and_o separation_n of_o gospel_n professor_n nay_o they_o far_o say_v that_o if_o all_o man_n can_v come_v up_o in_o all_o particular_n to_o the_o uniformity_n of_o the_o church_n yet_o they_o ought_v to_o hold_v communion_n together_o in_o what_o they_o agree_v and_o to_o prove_v this_o they_o quote_v the_o text_n which_o that_o very_a worthy_a and_o reverend_a person_n dr._n stillingfleet_n the_o present_a dean_n of_o st._n paul_n church_n choose_v to_o preach_v his_o most_o excellent_a sermon_n from_o before_o the_o lord_n major_a of_o this_o honourable_a city_n against_o which_o so_o many_o pen_n have_v be_v sharpen_v and_o blunt_v too_o phil._n 3.16_o nevertheless_o whereunto_o we_o have_v already_o attain_v let_v we_o walk_v by_o the_o same_o rule_n let_v we_o mind_n the_o same_o thing_n nay_o they_o add_v also_o that_o this_o be_v the_o practice_n of_o the_o primitive_a christian_n which_o be_v the_o very_a same_o thing_n which_o the_o reverend_a dean_n endeavour_v to_o prove_v and_o yet_o man_n pretend_v to_o the_o same_o principle_n with_o these_o provincial_a divine_n either_o as_o plain_o endeavour_v to_o deny_v such_o thing_n or_o according_a to_o the_o custom_n of_o pharisee_n &_o jesuit_n attempt_v to_o evade_v they_o by_o face_n or_o distinction_n the_o lord_n help_v i_o who_o be_o a_o poor_a simple_a man_n when_o person_n of_o wonderful_a and_o miraculous_a education_n and_o learning_n thus_o talk_v in_o and_o out_o nay_o far_o in_o the_o matter_n of_o forbearance_n the_o provincial_a divine_n desire_v only_o that_o all_o thing_n may_v be_v tolerate_v that_o consist_v with_o the_o fundamental_o of_o religion_n the_o power_n of_o godliness_n and_o with_o that_o peace_n which_o christ_n have_v establish_v in_o his_o church_n but_o to_o preach_v up_o or_o practice_v that_o which_o make_v rupture_n in_o the_o body_n of_o christ_n i_o use_v here_o their_o own_o language_n and_o to_o divide_v church_n from_o church_n and_o to_o set_v up_o church_n against_o church_n and_o to_o gather_v church_n out_o of_o true_a church_n and_o to_o hold_v communion_n in_o nothing_o this_o say_v they_o we_o think_v have_v no_o warrant_n out_o of_o the_o word_n of_o god_n and_o will_v introduce_v all_o manner_n of_o confusion_n in_o church_n and_o family_n and_o not_o only_o disturb_v but_o in_o a_o little_a time_n destroy_v the_o power_n of_o godliness_n purity_n of_o religion_n peace_n of_o christian_n nay_o set_v open_a a_o wide_a gap_n to_o bring_v in_o atheism_n popery_n heresy_n and_o all_o manner_n of_o wickedness_n and_o therefore_o this_o provincial_a assembly_n of_o the_o minister_n of_o the_o province_n of_o london_n conclude_v pag._n 121._o with_o that_o description_n which_o dr._n ames_n give_v