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Soall thy foul be regaired of the then whose fall those things be which thou haft provided?] Luke 12. 20. [So is he that tagéth up riches for himself, and is not rich towards God,] ver, 21.
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it is that prosperity thus deftroyeth fools. Briefly, 1. By the pleasing of their sensitive appetite and fancy, and so overcoming the power of reason. Perit omne jsdicium cum res transit in affe&tum. Violent affections hearken not to reason. The beast is made too headftrong for the rider. Dent.32. 15. [Jesurun waxed fat and kicked. then he forfook God that made him, and lightly esteemed the rock of his falvation.] 2. The friendship of the world is enmity to God: And if any man love the world, the love of the Farber is not in him,
Jam. 4. 4. 1 Joh. 2. 15. And undoubtedly the more amiable the world appears, the more rongly it doth allure the soul to love it. And to the prosperous it appearech in the most entising dress.
3. And hereby it takech off the foul from God. We cannot love and serve God and Mammon. The heart is gone another way when God should have it. It is fo full of love, and desire, and care, and pleasure about the creatures, that there is no room for God. How can they love him with all their bearts, that have let out those hearts to vanity before ?
-4. And the very noise and buste of these worldly things, diverts their minds, and hindereth them from being serious, and from that sober consideration that requireth some retirement and vacancy
from distracting obje&s. 5. And the sense of present eale
and sweetness, doch make them forget the change that's near, Little do they think whats necessary to comfort a departing foul, when they are in the heat of pride or luft, or taken up with their bufiness and delights. In the midst of bravery and plenty, feasting and sporting, and such other enter. tainments of the senses, its hård to hold communion with God, and to ftudy the life to come in such a Colledge or Library as this. Prosperity and pleasure make men drunk : and the tickled fancy sports it felf in abusing the captivated mind. And these frisking Lambs, and fattened beasts, forget the slaughter : they think in Summer there will be no Winter, and their May will continue all the year. Little do they feel the piercing, griping, tearing thoughts, that at death or judgement must succeed their security and mirch.
O how hard do the beft men find it, in the midst of health and all prosperity, to have such serious lively thoughts of heaven, and of the change that death will shortly make, as chey have in sickness and adversity, when death seems near, and deluding things are vanished and gone! The words of God have nor that force on a fleepy soul in the hour of prosperity, as they have when distress hath opened their cares. The same truths that now seem common, lifeless inconsiderable things, will then pierce deep, and divide becween the joynts and marrow,and work as if they were not the same that once were laughed at or dif. regarded. Ecclef. 7. 2,3,4. It is better to go to the house of mourning, then to the house of feafting; (do you believe this?) for that is the end of all men, and the living will ley it to heart. Sorrow as bet.
ter then langhter: for by the fadnefs of the countenance the heart::s made better. The heart of the wife is in the bowse of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the houfe of mirth.] I beseech you take pariently your character and name here from the Word of God. : 6. Moreover these fools are by profperity fo lifted up with prite, chat God abhons them, and is as it were engaged to abase then. For [The Lord will deffroy the house of the prond,] Prov. 15:25. [Every one that is proud in beart is an abomination to the Lord : thongle hand jogn-in hand, he fball not be unpunished, ] Prov. 16.5. (He scattereth the proud in the imagination of their hearts: He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted
them of low degree: He hash filled the hungry with good things, and the rich be bath sent empty away,] Luk. 1. 51,52,53: [in