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Ranters, and other Libertines,
Romanifts, and other pretended Churches,
Two-fold Apology for the Church and People of God,
They are vindicated from those that accuse them of
By ROBERT BARCLAY.
Phil. ii. 3. Let nothing be done through Strife, or vain Glory; but in
To which is added,
A Brief EXAMINATION and STATE of
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H is Malignity
the of Man's Nature in bis
UC fallen State, and fo averfe is he from walking in the straight and even Path of Truth, that at every Turn be is inclinable to lean either to the right Hand or to the left; yea, fuch as by the Work of God's Grace in their Hearts, and powerful Operation of his Spirit have obtained an Entrance in this Way, are daily molested, and fet upon on all Hands; fome ftriving to draw them the one Way, fome the other: And if through the Power of God they be kept faithful and ftable, then are they calumniated on both Sides; each likening or comparing them to the worst of their Enemies.
Thole that are acquainted with the Holy Scriptures, may obferve this to be the Lot of the Saints in all Ages; but especially thofe, whofe Place it hath been to reform and restore the Ruins of the House of God, when decayed, or any confiderable Time have been liable to fuch Cenfures: Hence thofe that fet about Repairing of the Walls of Jerufalem, were neceffitated to work with the one Hand, and defend with the other.
Chrift is accufed of the Jews as a Samaritan; and by the Samaritans quarrelled for being a Jew. The Apostle Paul is whipped and imprisoned by the Gentiles,