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lerable: and therefore the case of all who go there is terrible. But, (2.) Your condition, o mise. rable finners, will be more terrible than that of many who shall be there. Christ says, Wo unto thee Chorazin, wo unto thee Bethfaida ; for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in fackcloth and ashes : but I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you. And thou Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, Malt be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Son . dom, it would have remained until this day: but I say unto you, it mall be more tolerable for the "land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for thee, Matth. xi. 21, 24. In which remarkable denunciation of wrath against those sinners whom our Lord had endeavoured to convince, and yet were not awakened, it is plain, First, That some shall have hoter and more intolerable places in hell than others. Secondly, That they on whom most pains has been bestowed will have the hotest place. According to this rule of the divine procedure with finners, I shall now proceed, and lay before your case. I say unto you, O unconvinced sin ners in the congregation of Ceres, before whom your fin and misery has so fully of late been laid open, your hell will be hoter than that of many others. Wo unto you, for it will be more into"lerable than that of Sodoin and Gomorrha. They never sinned against the means of grace, as ye have done. Upon this very account, when our Lord sends forth his disciples. Matth. X. he tells them, That it would be more tolerable for Sodom. and Gomorrha in the day of Judgment, than for
such as should refuse them. See verse the 14, 15. Now this is the case with you: the heathen world's hell will be hot indeed; but your furnace will be heated seven times more. Again, Wounto you, for your hell will be more intolerable than that of Capernaum, Bethsaida or Chorazin; nay, than that of the soldiers that crucified Christ, and of the Jews that condemned him, for they only sinned against Christ in his estate of humiliation ; but ye have rejected him, now when he is exalted upon high, and feated at the right hand of God, Wo un to you, it will be more intolerable for you, than for those who live in many other churches, where the gospel is corrupted with a perverse addition of human inventions and doctrines, that are alien from it: for ye sin against the clear light of the gospel, not darkened by the clouds of false do, ĉtrines. Once more, Wo unto you of this congregation, if ye be found rejecters of the gospel, as certainly ye will if ye continue unconvinced; for your hell will be more intolerable than that of many others in Scotland, who have not had thatpains taken upon them which ye have had, who have not these frequent and clear discoveries of fin and duty, which ye have had by one of Christ's ser. vants after another. Now tell me, 0 wretches, can ye think upon your own case without horror? Sure, if ye understood it, ye would not, ye could not do it. But,
5. I say further to you, who shut your eyes upon your sin and misery, notwithstanding all that has been faid for your awakening, If ye perish, and perish ye shall if ye, be not convinced, then your destruction is intirely of yourselves. And o how galling, how cutting will this be to you eternally! That it is, I make appear against you thuś.
Where can ye lay the blame of it? (1.). Dare ye fay that ye wanted the means of salvation? No, this ye cannot, ye dare not say, for if ye shall (o do, we are all here witnesfes for God againlt you; nay, your own conlciences shall arise and fly in your fices, and force you, though unwilling to own that ye have had the means. (2.) Dare ve fay that the means are not sufficient to the end for which they are offered? No, I am sure there thall not be one that ever had them, who shall dare to charge then with insufficiency: And if any, of you should arrive at that height of intolerable infolence and impudence as to do it," it were easy to stop their mouths: Fof God might alk you, when Itanding at his triķunal, First, How do yé know them to be infufficient, since ye were never at the pains to try them? Next, He might stop your mouth 'thuis, Behod here upon my right hand that innumerale company out of all kin-' dreds, tongues andnations: and how were they favo ed? If ye should go to theinall, and ask them onc by one, woulų they not all with one yoice answer to your eternal shame and confusion, that by the use of these very means you had, but neglected, they were saved (3:) If yet ye will not fee that all tlie blame of your destruction will come only to your owH door, then I ask you, on whoin will ye lay the blamep"? Dare ye lay it upon any other but yourselves with any tolerable shadow of ground? I know ye dare not. To blame the devil of the world, isdownright noffenses fot.it is falvation fioin them that ye was to leek; and to tell that there are the caife of your ruin,' when ye hai relief againfhein offered, is vain; for it may eáli. 16 be alkedat a person who has lived under the gospel, and gives Satan or the voild the blame of UNT OTSI:
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his ruin; Was there not deliverance from Satan and, the world offered to you? Were not the means mentioned sufficient? This will eternally acquit them as to your destruction, and lodge it: upon yourselves as the principal cause of it, which iş all we plead; for we do not exeme them from a fare in the guilt of it. Now, this being incontestably evident, it remains that either Chrift, Dr his ministers are chargeable with your damnas tion, or that ye yourselves only are fo. ; ;
As for our blessed Lord and master, we offer now, to undertake his vindication against any that mall dare to accuse him. We have abundance! to fpeak in his behalf; and are resolved to ascribe righteousness to our Maker. In his vindication, I. appeal to your own consejences in a few particu. lars. (1.) Is he not indeed a sufficient Savioun, one able to fave to the uttermost all that come unto God through him? Deny it you dare not; for this is the attestation of the glorious cloud of witnefes les, who all have, by faith in his name, got above, the reach ofliny death and hell. (2.) Did ever! any of you come to him, and get a refull? Produce your instances of this sort, if ye can. We darai boldly, in our Lord's name, give a defiance; to earth or hell, to produce one instance of this fort.. (3-) Has he not allowed, nay, invited, intreated, nay, commanded you to come unto him that ye might be saved? If ye shall deny this, the word: of God, the servants of God are. Witnesses against you. Has he not waited long upon you! Has he not given you precept upon precept, and line upon line? And now, to conclude, 1.pose you on it, wbat: could he have done more to you that he hasnotdone!
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have not done theirs; they have not given you? fair warning. As for their vindication I answer a few things'; and I say, (1) Though they may. be guilty, and conceal, or at least fail of faithfulness in their duty, yet your danndation is of youre' selves : for ye have the word of God that is plain; that is full, in its reprefentation of your fin and mifery, and had you paid a dué regard to that, ye could not have missed of salvation: therefore, yet your destruction is of yourselves. But, (2.). We refuse the charge of your blood, and tell you that ye have destroyed yourselves, if ye sleep on in your sins. And for our own vindication, "I: put a few things home to youll Have we not plainly told you your fin and danger? Have we not? done it frequently? Have we not been particular in dealing with young and old of you? Have wel not been pressing, in order to yòur conviction? We have told you with earnestness, both your fin and danger. We have looked from our watcho tower through the prospect of the word of God, and have seen the wrath of God ready" to seize you; and we have not concealed his righteousness with in us. And now, the Lord, the righteous judge, be witness betwixt you and us, for we have done as much as will free'us of your blood. Indeed we cannot deny ourselves to be finners; and must own that we have finned, even with respect to your but this will not make your blood to be: charged upon us ; since, in order to our exoneration as to that, it is only required we give you" warning of your danger; and if ye be lain sleep ing, ye are to blame. There is one word more 1 have to say to you in the
6th Place; and then I shall leave you. What have we to do more with you? 'If ye comply not