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yea the Devil himself can afford it you for a time, while you ferve him by it, and are captivated to his will in these golden fetters. And say not that it is I, that call such fools : you see here it is God, that knoweib what he faith, and fearcth not to speak it. But let me with due fubmiffion propound to your sober confideration, these Questions which your consciences are concerned to resolve.
Queft. 1. Can any thing prove him truly wise that directly contradideth the wisdom of the Lord? and valueth most the things that are most vilified by the do&trine and example of Christ and his Apostles ? and vilifiech that which Chrilt extolleth?
2 weft. 2. Can any thing prove that man to be wise, that is nos wise enough to be saved ? surely it alterech the case but little, whe ther Satan be forved in English, or
in Latin, Greek or Hebrew, in Spanish,Italian or French! or whether you go towards everlasting wo, in leather or in silk; and whether a miserable unsanctified foul do dwell in a comely or deformed body; aņd in a stately building or a smoaky cottage; and be titled a Lord, a Knight, or a Plow-man; and whether he feed on the most delightful or the courseft food. Alas, all this will soon be nothing. The belly for meats: and meats for the belly : but God will destroy both it and them, 1 Cor. 6. 13. Ii is the endless life that puts the estimate upon all things here.
Queft. 3. Is he wise that preferreth a feather to a Kingdom? an hour to eternity? earth to heaven? If you say you do not so, let your thoughts, your desires, your deLights, your cares, and your labour and diligence be the witnesses: and conscience, and God shall finally
judge. A man of reason should never make such a matter
of thing, as if there were so great difference becween riches and poverty, bomour and dishonour ; mans life or happiness confifted in his abundance ! As its usually che badge of empty, childish brainfick women, to value a curiosity of attire, and to have mind and time for so many toges, and to make oitentation of their pride and folly, by their curled, spotted, gawdy vanity, as if they were afraid lest any should be unacquainted with it, and should think them wise; so is it but a more plausible deliration in those, that are more taken up with names, and titles, and commands, with houses and lands, and pompous attendance
yet more brutish where luft, and sport, and meats, and drinks are taken for felicity; while God and heaven stand by, neglected: and men for- get that they are called Chriftians, and that they are men.
Queft. 4. Isit wisdom to esteem men by their prosperity and pomp? and to admirea gilded poft, or an ignorant adorned wanton : and yet to overlook the divine and heavenly nature of the fan&ified, and the beauty of holiness, and che image of God upon an humble gracious soul? when that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the light of God, Luk. 16. IS
Queft. s. Is it wisdom to be feaftıng, and playing and dancing, while the soul is under the wrath of God, and in the gall of bitterness, and bonds of its iniquity ? and by the noise, and business and pleasures of the world, to be diverted and hindered from the speedy setling and securing your everlasting Aate ? should not a man of reason without delay, the first
thing he doth, make sure of his title to eternal happiness, when he is not sure of another hour, and if he miscarry in chis, he is undone for ever ? should that time be laught and plaid away, that hasteth so fast, and is all fo short for so great a work, as the securing our salvation ? should men and women be courting, and complementing, and fooling away their precious time, when the work is undone for which they were born into the world, and for which they have their lives, and all their mercies?
Quest. 6. Should all this be done by thofe that sin againft their knowledge, and confess all this while that the world is vanity, and know how it will leave them, and that all this is true?
O firs, it must needs be the grief of a foreseeing man, to think, when you forget it, what a change.