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Vol. II. thus? You'll say, I shall be singular, I
fhall disoblige, I shall run the Gauntlet of Censures and Reproaches. Ah! Why shouldst thou be afraid to stand up for and openly own Religion and Virtue, when others are not afraid to stickle for Sin? Why shouldst thou be asham'd to act well and wisely, when others are confident enough not to blush at their Iniquity? Is it not an Argument of a poor dastardly Spirit, and an infatuated one too, to fear the Displeasure of ill Men, and the Scoffs of Fools, and at the same time not to be afraid to break thy Baptismal Vow, and incúr the Wrath of God? I earnestly beseech such a one often
to think upon the Advice of the Son of Ecclus. iv. Sirach, Accept no Perfon against thy Soul,
Or those words of St. James, The FriendJames iv.ship of the World is Enmiiy with God. Or
those of our Lord, Whosoever fhall be afhamed of me and of my Words in this adulterous and finful Generation, of him also shall
. 38. the Son of Man be asham’d when he cometh
in the Glory of his Father with the holy Angels.
I should proceed to the Fourth Proposition, but this requires an entire Difcourse, and therefore I must break off here. There needs no practical Inferences, the whole has been but one di
rect practical Application or Address to Serm. Sinners; I pray
work effectu- VII, ally upon you, at leaft upon fome Soul or other, that I may have reason to rejoyce in the Day of our Lord Jesus that I have not labour'd at this time in vain.
SERMON VIII. The Folly and Unreasonableness of that Infidelity which leads to Presumption.
[The Second Sermon upon this Text.]
EPH. V. 6.
because of these things. cometb. the Wrath
Have from these Words al-Vol. II.
Secondly, That Men are willing to be cheated.
Thirdly, That there are never wanting
thofe who are very desirous to de-
namely, That the Talk of Men, bý
others, is but vain Words.
of 'em are Scoffers walking after their own. 2 Pet. iii.
Lufts; that while they pretend to Wit, they have not Sobriety nor Industry enough to consider Matters to the bottom; while they pretend to assert the Liberty of Mankind, they are themselves Slaves to their vilest Lufts, and while they set themselves up for Masters of free and impartial Reason, they are wretchedly biass’d to one side, and do but defend that Wickedness which they are desperately engagd in; so that I think
any fober and impartial Man would fee reafon enough to reject whatever Fancies such as these may advance without considering them. For as the Son of Sirach, and good Sense tells every Man, as we
must not consult with a Coward iu Matters XXXVII. 11. of War, nor with the Slothful for any Work;
so upon the fame Ground neither are we to consult with a wicked Wretch concerning Religion.