The vanity of thovghts discovered with their danger and cvre. By Tho: Goodvvin, B.D.
Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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The Contents of the Booke.

  • THe Heart compared to a house of com∣mon resort, Pag. 1, 2.
  • The Heart must be washt, not swept only, 3, 4
  • Wee must not lie downe with uncleane Thoughts, 5, 6
  • The vanity of our Thoughts, 7, 8
  • What is meant by Thoughts, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15
  • Their frame, or how conceived, 15, 16
  • When ours, and not the devils, 16, 17, 18, 19
  • How evill thoughts oft-times are punish∣ments of the neglect of our Thoughts, 18, 19, &c.
  • Vanity what; and how diversly taken, 20
  • 1, For unprofitablenesse, 20, 21
  • 2. For lightnesse, 22, 23
  • 3. For folly, 23
  • 4. For inconstancy and frailty, 23, 24
  • 5. For wickednesse and sinfulnesse, ••
  • Thoughts are sins, 25
  • 7. Reasons for it.
    • 1. The Law judgeth them so, 25
    • 2. They are capable of pardon 25
    • 3. They are to be repented of, 26
    • 4. They defile the man, 26, 27
    • 5. They are abominable to the Lord, 27
    • 6. They hinder all good, 27, 28
    • 7. They are the first motioners of all evill, 28, 29
  • Page  [unnumbered] A Heart sanctified, will (out of all objects that are put into the Thoughts) distill holy and usefull medirations, 31, 32
  • The vanity and sinfulnesse of the minde ap∣peares in an unwillingnesse to entertaine holy meditations, 37
  • What a hardnesse there is to holy meditati∣ons, 39, 40
  • How little while we are intent in them, 41
  • Not stedfast, but like one looking on a Star thorow an Optique-glasse, held with a Palsie hand, 43
  • We must watch, and that chiefly in Prayer, 45, 46
  • The vanity of mind in good things, is, To thinke of them unseasonably, 46, 47, 48
  • The difference of Christs, and Adams, and our Thoughts, 49
  • Of the positive vanity of our thoughts, and whereby it discovereth it selfe, 50, 51
  • And this is seen in 5. things.
    • 1. It its Foolishnesse, 51
    • 2. In its Independency, 54
    • 3. In its Curiosity, 62
    • 4. In its taking thought to fulfill the lusts of the flesh, 71
    • 5. In its representing and acting o∣ver sins in our thoughts, 74
  • Page  [unnumbered] This representation of our sinnes to our thoughts doth 3. things,
    • 1. It maketh the heart of man vaine and empty, 76
    • 2. It maketh our desires impati∣ent, 78
    • 3. It maketh them sinfull and cor∣rupt, 79
  • The seeming comforts which men have in speculative enjoying of pleasures, appeare In three things,
    • 1. In things present; 80
    • 2, In things past, 83
    • 3. In things future, 8
  • A sure way whereby to know our naturall inclinations, 101, 102.
  • The Vses of the Discovery of the vanity of our Thoughts, 102
  • Vse. 1. To be humbled for them, 102, &c.
  • The Reasons why wee should be humbled for them, 104, 105
  • Vse. 2. To make conscience of them, 109, 110
  • The Reasons why, 111, 112, &c.
  • Remedies against vaine Thoughts, à p. 116 ad finem.