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John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity, 1630
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Winthrop, John, 1588-1649
the reason whereupon our Saviour groundes it, the first is that they are subject to the moathe, the rust the theife. Secondly, They will steale away the hearte, where the treasure is there will the heart be allsoe. The reasons are of like force at all times therefore the exhortacion must be generall and perpetuall which allwayes in respect of the love and affection to riches and in regard of the things themselves when any speciall service for the churche or perticuler Distresse of our brother doe call for the use of them; otherwise it is not onely lawfull but necessary to lay upp as Joseph did to have ready uppon such occasions, as the Lord (whose stewards wee are of them) shall call for them from us: Christ gives us an Instance of the first, when hee sent his Disciples for the Asse, and bidds them answer the owner thus, the Lord hath need of him; soe when the Tabernacle was to be builte his sends to his people to call for their silver and gold etc. and yeildes them noe other reason but that it was for his worke, When
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