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kinds. 1. Open enemies to God and religion. 2. Disguised enemies, hypocrites under a feigned covert of friends. 3. Well-meaning, but injudicious, indiscreet friends; friends in heart, but rashly and undesignedly doing the work of enemies. All these must be carefully guarded against, in their turns, as occasions happen, by as many as love not to be deceived, or really love their own souls. For if any man suffers himself to be deluded, or led aside, when he may avoid it; it signifies little whether it was by the rude attacks of one, or by the smooth hypocrisy and treachery of another, or by the weakness or madness of a third. The fault is, to be misled at all, so far as may be prevented : and the rule of Scripture is, to stand firm and stedfast in true doctrine and holy life, against all seducers, of what kind soever, and never to be misled by any. But what I have here briefly hinted is pursued at large, and to much greater advantage, in the following Discourses, from which I shall no longer detain the reader.
DANIEL WATERLAND. WINDSOR, Dec. 24, 1739.
THE substance of the following Discourse was at first drawn up in the form of Two Sermons, which were delivered at Twickenham first, and next at Windsor. Having been severally pressed by some of both audiences (whose judgments I ought to value) to let the Two Sermons appear, I fell to transcribing, digesting, and enlarging them, till they turned out such as is here seen. And I thought it not improper to superadd, at the bottom of the pages, a convenient number of authorities, or explanatory notes, for the use of such learned readers as may be disposed to examine things with care, or may be inquisitive to know from whence many of the thoughts were taken, or on what foundation they stand. This is all that I conceived necessary to advertise the Reader.