Spiritual refining: or A treatise of grace and assurance Wherein are handled, the doctrine of assurance. The use of signs in self-examination. How true graces may be distinguished from counterfeit. Several true signs of grace, and many false ones. The nature of grace under divers Scripture notions or titles, as regeneration, the new-creature, the heart of flesh, vocation, sanctification, &c. Many chief questions (occasionally) controverted between the orthodox and the Arminians. As also many cases of conscience. Tending to comfort and confirm saints. Undeceive and convert sinners. Being CXX sermons preached and now published by Anthony Burgess sometime fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and now pastor of the church of Sutton-Coldfield in Warwickshire.
Burgess, Anthony, d. 1664.
SECT. III. A Discovery of many false or unsufficient Signs of Grace which carnall men support themselves with.
- SERMON XIX. Rom 2. 28, 29. For he is not a Jew that is one outwardly, &c. Church-priviledges no sign of Grace.
- SERMON XX. Matth. 7. 22. Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, &c. Gifts and Parts in matters of Religion no sign of Grace.
- SERMON XXI. Hebr. 6. 9. But beloved we hope better things of you, and things that ac∣company salvation. That there may be affections and sweet motions of heart in holy things, which yet evidence not Grace, nor accompany salvation.
- SERMON XXII. Rom. 14. 17. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but Righte∣ousnesse, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost. Sheweth, That from Judgements, Opinions and Disputes, Argu∣ments of the Truth of Grace cannot be drawn.
- SERMON XXIII. 1 John 4. 1. Beloved, beleeve not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they be of God. Page [unnumbered]Declaring what deceits men lie open to, in Judging those things to be Works of the Spirit, which indeed are not.
- SERMON XXIV. 1 Cor. 13. 3. And although I give my body to be burned, and have not cha∣rity it profiteth me nothing. Manifesting that the greatest sufferings for Christ, are not infallible Evidences of Grace.
- SERMON XXV. Mat. 19. 20. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up, What lack I yet? Shewing that, and whence, men have such strong perswasions of their exact keeping of Gods Law.
- SERMON XXVI. Acts 26. 5. Which knew me from the beginning (if they would testifie) that after the straitest sect of our Religion, I lived a Pharisee. Declaring that many rest upon a strict way of Religion, which yet cometh not up to, but often is beside the appointment of the Word.
- SERMON XXVII. Mark 7. 7. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for Doctrines the traditions of men. Zeal and diligence in false Worship, no ground of Comfort.
- SERMON XXVIII. Mat. 5. 20. For I say unto you that except your righteousnesse exceed the righteousnesse of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Externall obedience to the Law of God, no sure evidence for heaven.
- SERMON XXIX. James 2. 26. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. That a Divine faith or perswasion of the truths in Religion, is not evidence sure enough of our being in the state of Grace.
- Page [unnumbered]SERMON XXX. John 8. 54. If I should honour my self my honour were nothing, It is my Father that honoureth me, of whom you say, He is your God. That every peaceable frame of heart, and perswasion of Gods love, is not a sure Testimony of saving Grace.
- SERMON XXXI. Deut. 9. 4, 5. Speak not in thy heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thine eyes, saying, For my righteous∣nesse the Lord hath brought me in to possesse this Land, &c. That outward successe, prosperity and greatnesse in the world is no true evidence of Grace.
- SERMON XXXII. 2 Pet. 2. 20. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, &c. That a mans leaving those grosse sins he hath lived in, is no sign of Grace.
- SERMON XXXIII. Mat. 19. 20. When the Disciples heard this, they were astonished, saying, Who then can be saved? The Difficulty, and in some sense, impossibility of salvation, not∣withstanding the easinesse which men fancy to themselves thereof.