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speak, old sinners, What testimonies of this fort have ye given against sin? As many as ye have neglected, as many fins ye stand guilty of before the Lord. (2.) Ye have seen many sins; how many tears have ye shed ? I fear there are here old men and old women, who never sighed, who never groned or cried, for all the abominations that they have seen committed in our land. It is our duty to mourn for the fins of others. There
is a mark of preservation ordered to be put upon in the foreheads of them that mourn for the sins of Eu the land wherein they live, Ezek. ix. 4. And the 1Lord said unto the man that had the writer's ink
horn by his side, Go through the midst of the city, in through the midst of Jerusalem, and fit a mark
upon the foreheads of the men that loh, and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And in the following ver, the de. stroying angel is commanded to spare neither old nor young fave only those who have that mark
upon them. I fear there are few mourners here, che among these who have seen many and monstrous the lins. I Mall not now speak of the national aboG minations which you have seen : but I am sure
there are few of you come to age, who have not It heard many horrid oaths sworn : you have seen the horrid villanies committed ; many dreadful pro
vocation's. Now, dare ye say with the Pfalmist in that 119 Psal. verfe 53. Horror hath taken hold of me, because transgressors keep not thy law.
It may be old hardened Inners think little of this and fin; yet God is brought in as it were wondering
at it, Jer. xxxvi. 24. when the roll containing Jeheremiah's prophecies was burnt, it is noted as a et wonderful, a monstrous wickedness, that they were W not concerned, that they did not mourn; Yet,
says God, they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king nor any of his fervants that heard all these words. I fear, even these who speak against sins of others, are guilty of them by not mourning over them. (3.) You have seen many sins; and how many prayers have ye put up for the pardon of them? There is an express command to this purpose, 1 John v. 16. If any man
see his brother fin a fin, which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he fall give him life for them that fin not unto death. It may be ye have con. demned others, and cried out upon them for their fins, while in the mean time ye are partakers with them, because of your 'not praying for them according to this command.
6. I say you, Yeare great finners, for ye have had many mercies, and I fear have abused mercies. If I should begin here to recount particular mercies, I might know where to begin, but scarce where to make an end. I shall only enquire at you, (1.) Do ye yet know the God of your mercies ? Hof. ii. 8. I fear many of you dare not say it. (2.) What improvement have ye made of them? Has the goodness of God led you to repentance, as it should do ? Rom. ii. 4. (3.) Once more I-alk you, Have ye returned to the Lord according to the mercies received ? Put but these three questi. ons home to your own consciences, and I believe they will discover many fins that ye never yet thought of. • 7. Old sinners, ye have undergone many changes; ye are far decayed: then let me ask you, (1.) Are your souls renewed, as your outward man perishes? I fear, I fear there are few · among you who are bringing forth fruit in old age, · who, when others fade, are fat and full of lap. (2.) Has your love to fin decayed? If this change were to be observed, it were a great blessing; but I fear, that, however strength may be failed so far that ye cannot fulfil your lusts as formerly, yet the old heart-love to them remains.
8. Old sinners, ye have seen much of the world: and here I ask you, Are ye not guilty, (1.) By neglecting many discoveries of its vanity, which might have been of great use to you, if duly obferved ? (2.) By retaining the same love to it, after many discoveries of its uncertainty and emptiness? I
9. Once more, and I have done with you. oid sinners, You have lived long, and death is at the door. God has given you much time to pro. vide for it; and I fear ye are guilty, extremely guilty, by not improving time ; and for discovering your fin here, I shall lay a few questions.be. fore you, and I plead that ye may lay them home to your own consciences. (1.) Are ye yet content to die? It is the indispensable duty of all, to be ever content to comply with the will of God in this matter; and upon a call, to be ready cheerfully to comply with the will of God as to death, the time and manner of it. Now, old sinners, are ye content ? It may be, some of you will forwardly enough answer, That ye are content; but ! if ye fay so, I ask you, (2.) Are ye ready to die? I fear some are content to die, who are not ready; some may in a fit of discontent at the world, upon the back of some notable disappointment, be so well.content to die, that they will lay hands upon themselves, who yet are very far from being ready to die. If ye pretend that ye are; then for discovering the truth of what ye say, I enquire, (3.) Are your fins dying? A person whose fins . . H 2
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are lively, he is never ready to die. (4.) Are ye in Jesus Christ? These who are out of him are never ready to die. It is only these who are ready to die in the Lord, Rev. xiv. 13. who are ready to die. (5.) Is your pardon sealed ? Death will try you; and if your pardon be not fealed, ye will find that ye are scarce ready to die. (6.) I put this one question more to you, Have you provided your lodgings? It is high time, when mens houses are falling, to be looking out for new lodgings. This tabernacle is ready to be dissolved; have ye a building of God not made with hands secured to yourselves?. God has given you time and means for doing all this; and if ye have not done it, then ye have sinned against the Lord, and against your own souls. .
Now, old sinners, if ye 'lay not to heart this warning, and lay not yourselves in the dust before God for your sins, then this new warning will be a dreadful aggravation among many others of your guilt. Consider your case in time, before it be too late. Are there not many who were not born for many years after you; and who, it may be, are dead many years ago, and having wrought their work, have got a blessed immortality; yet, it may be to this day ye know not what shall become of your souls. Think, old sinners, is ir not a wonder that God has given you this warno ing after making light of so many: and will it not be a cutting reflection, if ye fit a warning near to the twelfth hour ?
Now, children, young men, and fathers, old and young, I have by an appeal to your own con: sciences made good my charge against you, and fixed a great many particular fins upon you. I Thall now proceed,
IV. IV. In the next place, to shew you what fatisfaction that sovereign King, at whose instance and in whose naine I have impleaded you, requires of all and every one of you. His justice, at any rate, must be satisfied. It is not congruous to reason, it is not congrųous to the holiness, justice and wisdom of the lawgiver, that sin fhould escape unpunished, and therefore, it is impossible it should pass without some signal and suitable mark of God's displeasure. He has declared positively in his word, he has confirmed it in his providences, that though hand join in hand the wicked Jhall not be unpunished, Prov. xi. 21. If angels and men should lay their hands and heads together, unite their wit, and their power, they shall not preserve one sin from the marks of God's difpleasure. Some signal and evident token of it will reach sin, wherever it is. There needs no proof of this, after what Christ has met with. And ye must lay yair account with it, that this punishment will not be some petty inconsiderable one. It must be in some measure fuited to the crimes ye stand impleaded of: it must, on the one hand, bold some proportion to the holiness and purity of that law you have broken, to the majesty and authority of that God whose authority ye have trampled upon; yea, it must hold some proportion to the several aggravations of your respective sins. Lay your account with it, finners, escape you cannot his hands who is every where. Whither will ye go from his fpirit? whither will ye fee from his presence? If ye ascend up into heaven, he is there. If ye make your bed in hell, behold, he is there; if ye take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the fea, , even there shall his hand lead thee, and his right hand shall