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The First Part.
CONTAINING A Discourse of the Malice, Power, Cruelty and Dili
gence of Satan. Of his cunning in Temptation in the general. Of his Method of tempting to Sin. Of his Policies for maintaining his Possession. Of his Deceits for the preventing and spoiling Religious Services and Duties.
By R. Gilpin M.D.
2 Cor. 2.11. We are not ignorant of his Devices.
London, Printed by J.D. for Richard Randel, and Peter Maplijden,
Booksellers in New-Castle upon Tine, 1677.
1 Pet. 5. 8. Be sober, be vigilant ; because your Adversary the
Devil, as a roaring Lion, walketh about seeking whom he may, devour.
The Introduction to the Text, from a consideration of the
desperate ruine of the Souls of Men. The Test opened, expressing Satan's Malice, Power, Cruelty and Diligence.
He Souls of Men are precious, the whole World
cannot repair their loss; hence by God are all
Men in particular charged with care and watchT
fulness about them. He hath also set up Watchmen and Overseers, whose business it is to watch over Souls, and in the most strict and careful manner, as those that
must give an account. What can more ftir up Men to the discharge of this Duty, than the frequent alarms which we have of the assaults of such an Adversary, whose business 'tis to destroy the Soul? The Philistims are upon thee Sampson ; he fights continually, and useth all the policy and skill he hath for the management of his strength.
Besides, 'tis a Consideration very affecting, when we view the Desolations that are made in the Earth; what Wounds, what Overthrows, what Cruelties, Slaveries, and Captivities these con
quered quered Vassals are put to. It was (as some think) an inexcu
sable cruelty in David against the Ammonites, when he put them 2 Sam.12.31. under Savos, and Harrows of Iron, and made them paß through the
Brick-kiln ; but this Spiritual Pharaoh hath a more grievous House of Bondage, and Iron Furnace. Neither is this miserable deftruction ended, but will keep pace with Time, and shall not cease, till Christ shall at his appearance finally conquer him and tread him down. If Xerxes wept to look upon his Army through the prospective of devouring Time, which, upon an easy forelight, Thewed him the death of so great a company of gallant Men; we may well weep (as David at Ziglag) till we can weep no more : or (as Rachel for her Children ) refusing to be comforted, while we consider what a great number of succeeding Generations, heaps upon heaps, will be drawn with him to a consuming Tophet. And could we follow him thither, to hear the cries of his Prisoners, the roarings of his Wounded, where they curse the day that brought them forth, and themselves for their folly and madness in hearkning to his Delusions; the dreadful out-crys of Eternity,and then their rage against Heaven in cursings and blasphemings, while they have no mitigations, or case, nor the refreshment of a drop of Water to cool their Tongues, we would surely think we could never spend our time better, than in opposing such an Enemy, and warning Men to fly from the wrath to come, to take heed they come not into his snare ; with what earnestness would we endeavour to perswade Men? what diligence would we use to cast Water upon these devouring Flames, and to pluck Men as Brands out of the Fire ? 'Tis true, if Satan had dealt plainly with Men, and told them what Wages they were to expect, and set a visible mark upon his Slaves, or had managed a visibly destructive hostility, Men have such natural principles of self-preservation, and of hatred of what appears to be evil, that we might expect they would have fled from him, and still have been upon their guard : But he useth such Artifices, such Sleights and Couzenage, that Men are caft into a sleep, or a gelden dream, while he binds them in Chains of Darknes, they see not their end, the Snare, nor the Pit'; nay, he intoxicates them with a love of their misery, and a delight in helping forward their ruin ; so that they are Volunteers in his Ser. vice, and possessed with a madnes and rage against all that will not - be as willing as themselves to go to Hell ; but especially if they put forth a compassionate hand to help any out of that Gulf of Misery,
they hate them, they gnash upon them with their teeth, and run upon them with utmost violence, as if they had no Enemies but these compaflionate Samaritans.
How great is this Mystery of Darkness! Who shall be able to open the depths of it? Who shall declare it fully to the Sons of Men, to bring these bidden things to light? Especially seeing these hellish Secrets which are yet undiscovered, are double to those that have been observed, by any that have escaped from his power: He only whose prerogative it is to search the hearts of Men, can know, and make known, what is in the heart of Satan; he views asi his goings, even those Paths which the Vultures Eye hath not seen'; and can trace those foot-steps of his, which leave no more print or tract behind them, than a ship in the Sea, or a Bird in the Air,or a Serpent on a Stone.
Yet notwithstanding we may observe much of his Policies, and more would God discover, if we did but humbly and faithfully improve what we know already. 'Tis my design to make fome discovery of those Haunts I have observed, if by that means I may be useful to you to quicken and awaken you. And first I shall set before you the strength and power of your Enemy, before I open his Cunning and Craft.
There are found in him whatsoever may render an Adverfary The Text dreadful.
opened, As first; Malice and Enmitys ó Avzíduo is a Law Term, and signifies an Adversary at Law, one that is against our Cause; and the Text (as some think) heightens this Malice, (1:) by "the Article o, which denotes an Arch-Enemy --(2.) The Name Alábong, which signifies a Slanderer or Calumniator, ( for the
Crit. Sac. word is twice in the New Testament used for a Slanderer) fhewing his hatred to be so great, that it will not stick at lying and fall. The Accuser
of the brethren hood, either in accusing God to us, or us to God. Nay it parti
Rev.12.10. cularly hints, that when he hath in malice tempted a poor Wretch Gen.3.3. to fin, he spares not to accuse him for it, and to load him with Jobi, all things that may aggravate his guilt or misery, accusing him for more than he hath really done, and for a worse estate than he is really in
Secondly; His Power, under the metaphor of a Lion, a Beast of prey, whose innate property is to defroy, and is accordingly fitted with firength, with tearing Paws, and a devouring Mouth ; that as a Lion would rend a Kid with ease,and without resistance,