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15 4 Beware of

15. f There are many false prophets, which indeed that will pretend

to you in {heeps clothing, but to conduct you in this Way inwardly they are to Happiness ; But take ravening wolves. care that ye be not deceived

by false Pretenders. They will come come to you with great shews of Piety, and specious appearances of Humility and Innocence; But their secret Design will be to pervert you by false Doctrines, to serve their Lufts ; and promote their own gain, by robbing and de

vouring you. 15 Ye shall know

16. Ye shall know them them by their fruits: from sincere Preachers of Do

gather

Righteousness, by the tengrapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? dency of their Doctrine, and

by their Works and Actions ; by their Pride, or their Covetousness, or their Sensuality, or their contentiousness, or the like. For as Thorns cannot bring forth Grapes, or Thistles bear Figs; so the Scope of a Man's Doctrine and the Actions of his Life, will discover themselves to be suitable to the Dispositions of his Mind.

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17. As every good Tree 17 Even so every bringeth forth good Fruit, good tree bringetń

forth good fruit; but and every corrupt Tree bad

a corrupt tree bringFruit ; so every good Man eth forth evil fruit. doth good things, and every evil Man evil things. 18. A good Man can no

18 A good tree more do evil things, than

cannot bring forth

evil fruit : neither a good Tree can bring can a corrupt tree forth bad Fruit ; and a bad bring forth good Man, notwithstanding all fruit. his Hypocrisie, can no more really and habitually do good things, than a corrupt Tree can bring forth good Fruit. 19. Every Tree that

19 Every tree bringeth not forth good that bringeth not Fruit, however it may look forth good fruit, is

hewen down and caft fair and be full of Leaves, into the fire. is yet by Men counted good for nothing, but to be cut down and burnt: In like manner every Man, whose Doctrine tends not to Virtue, and whose Works are not righteous and just, and good; whatever pretences he may make to Piety and Religion ; is certainly a bad Man, and if he continues so, designed by God to destruction.

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20 Where

20 Wherefore by 20. By these Fruits there. their fruits ye hall fore of good and evil Diknow them.

spositions and Actions, may ye certainly distinguish the Preachers of true Religion, from Deceivers and false

Prophets. 21 4 Not every

21. And according to one that saith unto these fruits of good and me, Lord, Lord, shall evil Lives; will God himenter into the kingdom of heaven: but self judge and reward or he that doth the will punish Men. For not eveof my Father which

ry one that makes an outis in lieaven.

ward profession of Religion, and believes and calls upon my Name ; but they only, who in their Lives obey the Commandments of God, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

22. Many will say unto 22 Many will say to me in that day, me in the Day of Judg. Lord, Lord , have ment; Lord, have we not we not prophesied in believed and embraced thy thy name ? and in thy name have caft true Religion

true Religion, and taught out devils ? and in and preach'd it to others ? thy name done many And have we not had so wonderful works?

great Faith, as even to cast out Devils and work Miracles in thy Name? Wilt thou not therefore now receive us and acknowledge us for thy true Disciples ?

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23. But

23. But I shall reject 23 And then will them, saying ; Notwith- 1 profess unto them,

I never knew you : standing you have indeed

depart from me ye done all these things, yet that work iniquity. since in your Lives and Conversations ye did not obey my Commandments, but were proud, or covetous, or sensual, or contentious, therefore I never * looked upon you as my true Disciples, neither do I now approve or acknowledge you; Depart from me all ye that have lived wickedly.

24. Wherefore he that 24 9 Therefore, Thall not only bear, and re.

whosoever heareth ceive these my Instructions, and doth them, i

these sayings of mine, but also remember, and con- will liken him unto fider, and pra&tise, and live a wise man which

built his house . upon according to them ; such a

a rock : Man may be compared to one that builds his House upon a Rock.

25. For as a House found. ed upon a Rock, stands un

25 And the rain

descended, and the thaken and firm, against foods came, and the

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* The words of Wome "eyvaw, I never knew you, fignifie in Scripture Phrafe, I never approved yon. Thus Psalm 1. 6. The Lord knoweth, that is, approveth the way of the righteous. So Rom. 7. 15. That which I do, 8 yuvaorw, I know®not, that is, I allow not. So 1 Cor. 8. 3. If any man love God, he is known, that is, approved of him,

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winds blew, and beat all the assaults of Rains and
upon that house : Floods, and Storms: So the
and it fell not, for it
was founded upon a

Man who in his Life and rock, 70 Conversation actually pratit

aises and obeys my Instru:70 con i

&tions ; - will firmly resist all the temptations of the Devil, the allurements of Plealure, and the terrors of Persecution, and shall be able to ftand in the final Judgment,

and be rewarded by God. 26 And every one

26. But he that shall hear that heareth these and receive my Instructions, fayings of mine, and doth them not, shall and yet not obey them in his be likened unto a Life and Adions; may fitly foolish man which be compared to a foolish built his house ipon Man, who builds his House

upon the Sand. 27 And the rain

27. For as a House withdescended, and the

out foundation, built upon floods came, and the winds blew, and beat the loose Sand, is not able npon that house : to resist the assaults of Winds and it fell

, and great and Floods, but is easily overwas the fall of it.

turned and ruined by them: So the Man, who hears, and believes, and makes profession of true Religion, but lives not suitably to the Precepts thereof; cannot relift the violence of Temptation, and will not be able to stand before God in Judg.

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