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therefore he temptech you to hate it. He would bring it into hatred in the world, and therefore he speaks disgracefully of it by your tongues. His will is your will. And your words, are his words: and the pleasant'it mufick that you could make him. O how it pleaseth him to make a reasonable creature reproach the Word and waies of his Creatour ! How eager was he to have got fob to have spoken evil of God!
3. Be it known to thee, thon reviler, that if ever thou be saved thy self, it must be in that way that thou revileft. Thy hope lyeth in it. As fure'as thoa livelt, there is no other way to life eternal. Without holiness none Mall see God, Heb. 12.14. Blefjed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God, Marth. 5.8. When thou hast all done,chou must come back, and go that way thy selfor burn for ever. Eicher thou
must be such as those that thou dost speak against, or thou art everlastingly undone. And if thou tbink to be such a one thy self, and to come to heaven by the very way that now thou doft revile, canit thou yet revile it ! And if thou perish in hell for want of holiness, thou shalt then have enough of thy rebellion. Then thou shalt
cry qut against thy own malicious reproaches a thousand times more, then ever thou didst against the servants of the Lord. Though the very distinction beğween the Godly and Ungodly benow thy scorn, yet I shall be bold co tell thee in the words of Henoch, yea of God, 7 ud. 14. 15. [Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his Saints, to execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them, of all tbeir ungodly deeds, which they have ungodlily committed, and of all their hard
speeches speeches which ungodly finners have Spoken againft bim.] Now you have your day, and judgement must begin at the house of God! and if it first begin at us, what fall the end be of them that obey not the Gospel of God! and if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the finner appear? 1 Pet.4. 17, 18. Blefed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor
At andeth in the way of finners, nor e fitteth in the seat of the (cornful!
But his delight is in the Law of the
ditate day and night.
which the wind drivethaway: there- fore the ungodly shall not stand in the
judgement, nor finners in the con- | gregation of the righteous : For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly Shall perish, Pfal. 1. This is Scripture diftin&tion, which God will make good.
I make 'no question, but the worst of you will put by all this in your self-deceit, and say, It is not holiness that we speak against , but its Hypocrifie, or Schisme, or some fuch accusation that malice shall fuggest, will be your mask. But will you answer me these few Questions.
Queft. 1. Why then do you not imitate them so far as they do well! why are you not as much in works of holiness, as they ! in reading, and meditating on the Word of God, in holy conference, and fecret prayer, and instructing your families, c? and then leave them and fpare not where they do
Queß. 2. Why do you not hate as much the fins of the notorionfly angodly, who shew them without shame : Nay why do you make such men your companions ? Queft. 3. Why go you to the
heart, that is unseen, and arrogate the prerogative of God, to censure men of Hypocrisie and such secret fins that are out of your discern- . ing? If you know your heart by outward adions, inlift upon your proofes.
Queft. 4. Why speak you not of their good as well as of the fupposed evil? why are you not more in speaking well of what is well, then in speaking ill of what is ill?
Queft. s. Why is it that you fpeak of men that you know not? and of others that are innocent, for the fakes of those that you imagine to be guilty ? and why do you Lo greedily soatchat any matter of reproach, and take it by hcarlay from the most ignorant, rafh, or malicious mouths?
Quest. 6. If it be Hypocrisie or other vice that you so hate, why do you not hate them in your felves? why live you so vicioudy,
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