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SERMON X.
Shewing the Greatness of our Dangera

and which way we may best pro-
cure the Safety of our COUNTRY.
À FAST SERMON,

Preach'd January 14. 1703:

JONAH 1: 6.
What meanest thou, 0 Sleepers Arise, call

upon thy God; if so be that God will think
upon us, that we perish not.

HE resemblance between the vol. II:

Ship in this Chapter, and our
T

Nation at this Day, is so na-
tural that no one that hears

the Text I dare say can miss it ; and the Deportment of the Mariners

Vol. II. is fo Wise and Religious, that it cannot

but suggest good Rules for our Conduct. If we look upon the Condition of this Kingdom at present, it fails in bad Weather and a boisterous Sea; without are Storms and within is Guilt, and there is no way to safety but by following the Example of the Mariners of Joppa; that is, by throwing over-board the Weight that is ready to sink us, viz. our Sins, and calling earnestly upon God, who'alone is able to fay to the Winds and Waves, Peace, be itill, who alone is able to procure our Safety by giving us either Victory or Peace. My Business therefore shall be to awaken and rouze you in the words of the Ship-master to Fonah, What meanest thou, Sleeper? Arile, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

From the Words consider'd together with the Context, I observe these two things which are a very proper fubject for our Meditation on this Occasion.

I. That it is stupid and unreasonable

to be secure in the midst of Dangers, and these great' and terrible ones. What meanest thou, 0 Sleeper:

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Ser. X. II. That the Wisest thing we can do

in our present State, is to imitate the
Example of the Mariners in this
Chapter, which teaches us this one
great and plain Truth, That our on-
ly way to safety is to fly to God, to
appease his displeasure and implore
his Favour. Ārise, call upon thy God,
if so be that God will think upon us,

that we perish not. I begin with the

Ijt, That it is stupid to be secure in the midst of Danger. There are too many amongst us who are insensible of our Danger, who live as in a deep Security, even when we are ready to be swallow'd up by the Indignation and Wrath of the Almighty. This is not to be imputed to their Innocence, but Obduration; it is with these as it was with Jonah, the rest of the Passengers were at their Prayers, when Jonah was fast asleep in the sides of ver. 57 the Ship: He lay at his ease, when the rest were filled with Fears and Terrors, and yet they were innocent, he was the Criminal, it was he that had rais’d the Storm, it was his Destruction that Heaven aim'd at. Did I say many amongst us are insensible? I may, I fear, add

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Vol. II. most amongst us are too little concern'd
n for the Dangers that threaten us. Have

I not reason then to endeavour to awaken
you by a plain and just Expoftulation,
What meanest thou, 0 Sleeper ?

What can be the Cause of such a Stu-
pidity as this? Do you really think that
the Kingdom is in no Danger, or do you
alone hope to escape the Evils which
threaten it when others suffer? If the
first of these be your meaning, you must
either conclude that we can't be con,
quer'd by our Enemies, or that we have
little to apprehend from it if we be: If
the latter, you must have Reasons for it
which I am not now willing to inquire
into. I will therefore apply my self on-
ly to examine the Grounds of the former
sort of Security, how we come to pro-
mise our felves either that we can't be de-
feated by our Enemies; or that the Ef-
fects of their Conquest will be so mild
and gentle that we have no reason to be
very follicitous about the Event of this
long, this bloody, and expensive War.

As to the first of these; have we any reason to despise the Enemy we have to do with? Their Numbers, their Unity, their Discipline, their Diligence, their Dispatch, and that supply of Wealth which they draw from the West-Indies

should,

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should,methinks, make Men of very com- Ser. Xmon Parts form a very different İdea of 'em. It is true two or three prosperous Campaigns did very much raise us, but the last as much mortified us; for it has prov'd by Matter of fact that we may be baffled, that we may be beaten, that the Grandeur of France which has been long raising cannot be foon pull'd down, and that they have still Courage and Policy enough not only to defend themselves, but to weaken us, and that after the lofs of Three terrible Battels.

But alas! if we could contend with their Armies, yet have we reason to fear our own Sins; for if God hath raised this Storm, how shall we be able to weather it? If he be come forth against us, what Power, what Policy is able to withstand him? And is there not too just a ground to fear that this is our Case? Was ever Christianity more openly attack'd than it is amongst us? Was ever a Kingdom more divided against it self than ours is ? Was ever any People more insensible of Mercies, and more ungrateful for Deliverances, or more incorrigible under Judgments than we have been? Can Pride, Luxury, Lewdness, Intemperance and Fraud reign any where more licentiqully than it does here? Nay there are

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