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which must shortly pass on all that are impenitent? And yet profperity so befooleth sensual men, that they must hear of none of this : at least nor with any close and per, sonal application. 1. If you speak as Christ did to the Pharifes, Mat. 21.45. that they perceived that he Spake of them, they take you for their enemy for telling them the truth, Gal 4: 16. and meet our doctrina as Abab did Elijah, 2 King. 21. 20. Haft thou found me. O mine enemy! and i King. 18. 17. Art those he that troubleth Israel ? or as the fame Ahab of Micaiah, 1 King. 22. 8. There is one man (Micaiah) of whom we may enquire of the Lord: but I bate him for he doth not prophesie good coxcerning me, but evil:) Or as Amar ziub the Priest said of Amos to King Jeroboam, (He hath conspired against thee : the land is not able to bcar all his words,] Amos 7. 10.
and ver. 13. Prophefie not again, any more at Bethel : for it is the
Kings Chappel, and it is the Kings Court.] They behave themselves to faithful Ministers, as if it were a part of their inviolable honour and priviledge, to be mort ally fock. without the trouble of a Physician, and to have no body tell them that they are out of their way, till it be too laté, or that they are in misery till there be no remedy: and that none should remember them of heaven till they have lost it ; nor trouble them in the way to hell, nor Seek to fave them, lest he should but têrment them before the time. And thus prosperity makes them willingly deaf and blind, and turn away their ears: from the bearing of the Law, and then their prayers for mercy in their distress are rejected as aboa minable by the Lord, Prov: 1.24. to 33. and 28. 9.
7. Yea if there be any persecution raised against the Church of Christ, who are the chief acters in it, but the prosperous, blinded, Sensual great ones of the world The Princes make it their petition against Feremy to the King, [We beseech thee let this man be put to death : for thus be weakeneth the hands of the men of war and the hands of all the people in speaking such words unto them : for this. man seeketh not the welfare of his people but the bürt, Jer. 38. 4. It was the Presidents and Princes that faid of Daniel, [We shall not find any occafion against this Daniel, exeept we find it against him con. cerning the Law of his God, Dan. 6.5.] Were it not left some malicious frearer should misapply it, and think I sought to diminish the reputariun of Magistrates, while I shew the effects of the prosperity. of fools, I should give you abun
dance of such lamentable infanges, and tell you how commonly the great oxes of the world have in all ages set themselves and taken counsel against the Lord and against his Chrift, Pfal. 2. and stumbled upon the corner-ftone, and taken no warning by those that have been thus broken in pieces before them. How ready is Herodto gracifie a wanton dancer with a Prophets head? In a word, às Saran is called the Prince of this world', no 'wonder if he rule the men of the world, that have their. portion in this life , Pfal. 17.14. and can command his armies, and engage them, and enrage them against the servants of the Most High, that run not with them to the same excess of rgot, 1. Pet. 4. 4. And as fames faith (as aforecited) (Do not the rich oppress you, and.
you before the judgement feats? Do they not blafpheme that worthy,
name by which you are called? Jam. 2.6,7.
8. And in all this fin and misery how fenfelefs. and secure are these prosperous fools ? as merry within a year, or month, or week of hell, as if no harm were near, How wonderful bard is it to convince them of their misery? The moft learned, wise or godly man, or the dearest friend they have in the world, shall not perswade them that their case is such as co need a conversion and supernatural change. They cannot abide to take off their minds from their sensual delights and vanities, and to trouble themselves about the things of life eternal, come on's what will ; they are resolvid.to venture, and please their flesh, and enjoy what the world will afford them while they may, till suddenly God surprizeth them with his dreadful call, Thonfool, this night