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as Children of the Light. And this is what Serm. the Spirit of God teaches us every where VI. in Scripture: We must not only not squander away our Talents upon oup Lusts as Prodigal Sons, but as Faithful Servants we must employ and improve ?em: We must not only not love the World, but the love of the Father muft dwell in us : We must not only deny Ungodliness and worldly Lufts, but we must live Soberly, Righteously and Godly, in this present World, Tit. ij. 12 as becomes those who look for that blessed 13. Hope, and the glorious Appearing of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Whatever comes short of this will be liable to the Wrath of God: 'Tis true there will be Degrees of this Wrath, but the least Degree of it will be endless and intolerable.
Having premis'd this partly for the Explication of my Text, partly to prevent any poor Sinner's defeating and eluding my Discourse to his own Ruin, I will now observe to you these three or four Doctrines from the words.
II. That we are very willing to be
Vol. II. These two things are imply'd and sup-
Apostle would have had no need to cauti-
olü.IT. IV. That whatever Arguments such
of? bo may make use of, whatever Wit or
fication or excuse of Sin, all is but
upon the Children of disobedience:
by the immediate Pleasure and Profit Serm." with which it flatters 'em.
VII. 3. By the groundless Expectation of Impunity.
These are, and in all Ages have been, the Methods by which Sin has prevaild in the World. Io confront therefore these Temptations, I shall proceed to make
Ift. General, That Sin is a Cheat, from these three Considerations.
1. We are mov’d to Sin not by Reason but Iuft, not by Truth and Sense, but by fome irregular, inordinate Appetite,
2. However Sin may flatter us, and whatever it promises, we can reap no true, no lasting Good from it.
3. The Wrath of God will certainly one time or other overtake the Sinners.
This last indeed is the only. Argument which the Apostle makes use of in my Text to prove Sin a Cheat'; and if this be once made clear, I confess; one would be apt to think all others needless and superfluous. If this be true, that God will one Day persecute the Sinner with all his Storms; if but a little Moment first, and an Almighty and Eternal Vengeance will overtake him, 'tis plain, let the Motives to Sin be: what they will, they must be false and deceitful; for what
Vol. II. tho the revenues of Sin were as bound
less and extravagant as the Defires and Imaginations of the Sinner; what tho? Friendship and Honour, Pleasure and Interest, and what elfe you please, were its inseparable Attendants: Alas! What
would all this signifie? What is a Man Matt. xvi. profited, if he shall gain the whole World, and 26.
lose his own Soul ? Or, what shall a Man give in exchange for his Soul. Whatever a miftaken, deluded Mortal may think now; however he may be transported by the Pleasure of Sin; and however he may insult and ridicule the self-denial of the
Wife and Good, the evil Days will come, Ecclef.xii. they will come quickly, when he shall fay,
he finds no pleasure in these things. The Day will come, twill come quickly, when his Conscience shall reproach him in the words of St. Paul, What Frnit haft thou of
those things, whereof thou art now afham'd? Rom. vi.
For the end of those things is Death. In a
word the Day will come, and come Phil.ii. 19 quickly, when he who now glories in his
Shame, and rejoyces in the success of his
Rocks to fall on him, and hide him from the Rer.vi.16
Face of him that fetteth on the Throne, and from the Wrath of the Lamb. This I confess, being once prov'd, one would think there needed nothing more; but with fo
much difficulty is the Sinner torn from Serm. his belov'd Lusts, and of such Importance VII. 'tis to convince him of the Folly and Error of his ways, that we can never take too much Pains on this subject, nor can our Addresses to him be too well fortified with Arguments, I will therefore go on to the Considerations laid down.
1. Then, Men are mov’d to Sin not by Reason, but some irregular Appetite or Passion, Every Man is tempted when he James is is drawn away of his own Last, and enticed. 14. What is more clear than this ? Many labour to excuse or extenuate their Sin when committed; but no Man ever commits it upon a calm, impartial and unbyafs'd Judgment. For the truth of this I appeal to Sinners themfelves, Do they not, at least for a long tiine, take Pains to bame or stiffle Conscience? Do they not evidently take part with their Inclination, against their very Sense and Experience; and if they can do no better, Thamelelly put off their Reason to another time as Felix did St. Paul when he reason'd Aas xxix. of Righteousness, Temperance, and Judgment 25. to come? Do they not shun all thorough Examination of themselves, and serious Reflections upon their Actions? And, even almost to the very last, have they not many fad and doubtful Thoughts about