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their Lusts, and secure Heaven; build Tabernacles here, and secure Mansions hereafrer ; keep in with God and Man, and like the Samaritans, 2 Kings, 17. 41. fear the Lord, and terve graven Images. This Doctrine, that Chrifti hath freed them from the wrath of God, in their lansez makes Religion sit foft and easie upon them, and doth not disturb them in their sensual Enjoyments. It's a comfortable Do&rine to flesh and blood; never could any thing have been invented more agreeable to their Lufts; and if God had ftudied to do them a kindness, he could not have done them a greater, than to let his Son suffer all that is to be suffered by them; and so after their delights and sinful-fatisfactions here, conduct them into a far more glorious Paradise. If it be fo, truly Confideration is Vanity, and the Preachers are Fools and Mad-men to press it upon their Auditors: Spiritual Men are distracted, and fitter for Bedlam 'than the Pulpit. : Their Religion is nothing but a Trick, and they keep a great stir to no purpose; cry aloud; but edifie not; and lift up their Voices meerly to trifle away time, and confirm the House of facob; in their Sins. But who sees not ihat this is an invention of the Devil, first to darken the Sinner's understanding, and when the Candle is out, to rob him of his everlasting Happiness!
And, Sirs, will you be robbed thus quietly of your Bliss and Glory - Will you
suffer to be stript of all you have, without the least opposition? Is it poffible for you to believe, That the Son of God came down from Heaven to encourage
-you in offending God; and made himself of no Reputation for you, that you might render your selves contemptible in the sight of the Almighty; and died for you, to give life to your fins and fol
lies? How abfurd, how impertinent, how contradictory is this Belief? How ! God, and encourage Sin? Holiness it self, and find out a way to promote Iniquity? Can there be any thing in Nature more filly or ridiculous? This is abusing the Cross of Christ, not trusting to it; and you that make it an occasion of Sin, take heed, it do not prove a stumbling-block unto you, and instead of crucifying Sin in you, do not harden you in it. It is a thing not, unufal with God, to punish Sin with Sin; and .if Men will be filthy, in despight of all endeavours to purifie them from their filthinesses, to doom them to continue filthy still, and to make that their judgment, which at first was only their transgression, Because there is no Truth, nor Mercy, nor Knowledge of God in the land, but Stealing, and committing Adultery, therefore your Daughters shall commit Whoredom, and your Spouses shall commit Adultery, faith God, Hof. 4. 1, , 13. i. e. I will utterly withdraw my Grace, and my Holy Spirit from you; whence it must necessarily come to pass, that you will fink deeper and deeper in
your Sins, till you sink into the nethermost Hell; and that which was your delight, Thail prove your burthen, and your joy Thall be your plague ; and when afterwards you shall fee what you have brought your felves to, and would fain step back, you shall not be able, but die in your Sins. A Judgment enough to
make a Man's hair stand on end, and yet it is but reasonable, especially in this point, of making light of the Death of Christ Jesus; so great a love, and written in such legible Characters too, flighted and abused, and made a help to Sin, improved into Licentiousness, may justly be supposed to draw down that Judgment we read of, Ifa 6. 9, 10. Go and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but underStand not; and jee ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes ; left they see with their Eyes, and bear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert and be healed.
But what is worse than all this, the death of the Son of God, which thus, instead of Mortifying, makes Sin reign in your mortal Bodies, will be the greatest witness against you in the last day. The stone shall cry out of the Wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer against the oppresor, faith the Prophet, Hab. 2. II. And then sure blood hath a louder voice, Heb. 12.24. and the Blood of a crucified Saviour will be one day the greatest Evidence against you. This, like Oil, will encrease your flames, and prove the Brimstone, that shall make the fire blaze the more. That Jesus, whose Cross thou despisest now, will be thy accuser then; and woe to that Man, that hath the Judge himself for his Enemy. That dreadful Spectacle, the Crucifixion of the Lord of Life, which cannot engage thy Soul to consider the indignation , abhorrency, and hatred God bears 10 Sin, will be the great Argument then, that shall cover thy face with everlasting confusion. As
lovely, as charming, as amiable as this Mercy looks now, it will look as dismal then; and that which is now thy Anchor, will be thy Terror then; and thou wilt run away from Mercy as much then, as thou do'st from God's Thunder NOW,
for thou wilt not be able to look upon this Mercy without blushing, and to think how thou haft undervalued it, will make thee ready to hide thy self from its brightness. Every Beam will dart horrour into thy Soul, and every Ray will be an arrow in thy heart. When thou shalt see in that day the Spirits of Men made perfect, the Men in white, who have washed their Robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb; when thou shalt reflect on their Happiness, a Happiness which thou mightest have had as well as they, ( if that blood could have perswaded thee to cleanse thy self from all Filthiness, both of Flesh and Spirit, ) how will thine Eyes flow with Tears, to think what strong delusions thou hast lain under, in thinking that this blood was only spilt, that thou mightest wallow more freely in the Mire. The Lamb which was slain from the foundation of the World, and came to take away thy Sins as well as thy Neighbours, only thou wouldst not be clean; that Lamb, I say, as harmless as its looks are now, will then change his aspect ; and thou, that now thinkest a Lamb can be nothing but kind, wilt then find, by woful experience, that there is such a thing as the indignation and wrath of the Lord.
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of the various Mischiefs arising from neglect of Cox
fideration. The want of it proved to be the cause of most Sins. Some Instances are given in Atheism, Unbelief, Swearing, Pride, Carelesness in God's Service, Lukewarmness, Covetousness, &c.
"Rom what has been said, we may fafely draw
this Conclusion, That want of Consideration is the unhappy Spring, from which most of the Miseries and Calamities of Mankind flow. There may be inferior and subordinate causes, as the barrenness of a Field may proceed from the Thorns which overspread it, from the Stones which lie fcattered upon it, from want of Dunging, from the Rushes that grow in it, &c. but the principal cause, is the Nuggard's idleness, and laziness, so here, the Miseries of Mankind may owe their existence to various accidents and occurrences, but the Master-cause is want of Consideration. Indeed, God, Ifa. 5. 12, 13. makes this the great reason, Why his People were gone into Captivity; wly their honourable men were famished, and their multitude dried
up with thirst; why Hell had enlarged her self, and opened her month without measure, and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, descended into it. Its the want of it which in all Ages hath procured God's Judgments, which by Consideration might have been stopt and prevented. Had Adam improv'd his Solitariness in