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the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and facrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than facrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams, 1 Sam. XV. 22. But this yet is not all: we charge you,

; 5. With rebellion. Every sinner is a rebel againft God, he casts off the yoke of God, bursts the bonds of obedience, and takes up rebellious arms against God the great Sovereign of the world. Rebellion is a name so odious, that the unjust imputation of it has been made frequently like the wild beasts skins with which some primitive perfecutors clothed the saints of the moft high, that thereby they might fer upon them the dogs to tear them. Men have been termed rebels, and had this note of infamy put upon them, for diso. beying the unlawful and impious commands of men; while difobedience to the commands of God has got a more mild and favourable name; while duty has been called rebellion, the higheft acts of rebellion against the most high God, poffeffor of heaven and earth; such as drunkenriefs, fwearing, perfecution, have been horribly mifs called by the appropriation of soft names; then drunkard has been called a good-fellow, the swearer a gentleman, and the peglecutor a loyalist. But God will take care to have these abuses rectified, and to have things called by their right names, and then sin, and only sin will be found to be reb bellion; and this we charge upon you. And that we have ground to affert every sin rebellion, you may foon see, if you consider that, 1 Sam. ii. 14, 15. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment. of the Lord, then Mull both ye and also the king that reigneth over you, continue following the Lord

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vaur God. But if ye will not abey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then all the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. Thus you see, obeying and not rebelling, disobeying and rebel. ling, are plainly the fame thing in God's account: God uses them fo; if ye obey and rebel not, if you disobey and rebel. This then is one branch of the charge we now manage against you. In God's name we accuse you of rebellion, when we accuse you of fin; for as you have just now heard, rebellion or fin is in feripture account, and therefore in God's account, one and the same, and how hainous this crime is, we find the spirit of God telling us in that i Sam. xv. 23. Rebellion is as the fin of witchcraft. · Once more, . . 6. We charge murder upon you. An hard charge, will you say, if it be well proven.' A charge, which if it be made good against us, we . deferve by the law of God and man to die. Well, 28 difficult as yon may think it, we shall make it good against every foul of you, and that after this manner. You have finned, and every sinner is a murderer; and that the worst of murderers. Well might the wise man say, Ecclef. ix. 18. One finmer destroyeth much ged: For, (1.) he murders bis own foul by it. What is said of adultery is indeed applicable to every fin, Prov. xvi. 32. He that doth it deftiayeth his own soul, and so is guilcy of that worst of wickedness self-murder. He Aays a foul and not a body only, who commits fin. (2.) He is in his difpofition a murderer of God, who commits sin; this is plain if you conlider two scriptures, i John ïïi. 5. it is asserted. that hatred is murder; Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer; and pe know that no murier:

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er hath eternal life. And Rom. viii, 7. it is faid, The carnal mind is enmity against God. So that the natural man in the state wherein he is born is

a hater, an enemy of God; and therefore in · God's account a murderer of God; for indeed he

that hates one, forbears murdering only for want either of opportunity, or power, or secrecy, or fome such like advantage. Now, every sin is the product of that natural enmity, the fruit which grows on the carnal mind; and therefore must partake of the nature of the root, must have enmity or hatred against God in it, and implies a judga ing him unworthy of a being. That principle of enmity that inclines and prompts man to sin, to tread upon God's law, would excite him to de. stroy God, were it possible; every sin aims at no less than the life of God. We say not that every, or any finner doth intend the destruction of God, but that it is the aim of every sin. A man in every fin aims at the advancement of his own will a. bove that of God's: and could the finner attain his end, God would be destroyed; for God cannot survive his will. He can as foon outlive his being as his glory, and he that aims at the one, aims at the other also; and this is the case of eve. ry sinner. Now I have made it good, That every sin has murder in it; and consequently that all who have sinned, as ye all have done, have com: mitted murder, and that of the worst fort, felfmurder, soul-murder; nay, and God-murder: and if the blood of the body of another hall be required at the hand that sheds it, what do you think will be the case of such as have shed the blood of a soul? And if it stand hard with such, what will become of the murderer of God ? Sure, if fimple murder be avenged, then felf-murder, foul-murder

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whid he who will, must be totally destitute of all sense ce mu of God, or of religion, nay, or reason. What is

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no less. But this is far from being all that we have us at to lay in the justification of God, and for your

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gainst sin. Not to speak of what you had in Abodor dam, perfect strength,' perfect will, and perfect

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have finned against many notable means afford-
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(1.) You have sinned in the face of all the dreadful
threatenings of God's vengeance against it. You
have sinned under the very thunderings of mount
Sinai. And when the flames of hell have out of
the threatenings of God been staring you in the
face, even then you have dared to provoke the
most high, flighting all these formidable evidences
of his anger. (2.) You have sinned against dread-
ful examples or instances of the judgment of God
against offenders. You have as it were seen your
companions turned into hell, and yet you have
persisted in the crimes for which they were ferved
fo. Say now, who of you in some one remark-
able instance or other, has not seen the judgments
of God against sin and sinners? Süre our land has
of late afforded remarkable instances not a few.
Have you not seen some out of a fever of lust fall -
into ficknefs, and out of this drop into the bot-
tomless abyss of the scorching wrath of God? and
notwithstanding all this you have sinned on, and
have not guarded against fin. (3.) You have sin-
ned contrary to great and precious, gospel pro-
unises; these great and precious promises, that are
breasts full of light, full of life, confolation and
strength; full of spiritual suplies for strengthen-
ing poor men against the assaults of sin. (4.)
You have sinned against the glorious gofpel ordi-
nances, all of which are designed for the destructi-
on and ruiit of fin, and are the pipes through which
the fupplies contained in the promises are conveye
ed to the Lord's people. (5.) You have sinned
against all the strivings of the fpirit of God with
you, in ordinances and providences; and confe-
quently have resisted the holy Ghost in your sins.
(6.) You have sinoed against that fovereign ordi-
nance of God, the antitype of the bražen serpent

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