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ed, there, instead of one that had life, that could speak, walk, and do all the other things which ye can do; now, ye Tee there is nothing but rotten bones, consumed stinking Aesh, which the dogs will scarce come near, and filthy gore. Well, ye will in a little time be just in that case yourselves. Ye must die. No doubt, ye have heard of some of your companions, or some other chil. dren who have died; and ye cannot tell but ye may die next. (2.) If ye do think of death, What do ye think will become of you, if these sins which ye have done, and of which I have now told you, be not forgiven? Then, without all doubt, you will go to hell. And, O can ye tell what a place hell is? It is a terrible place indeed. It may be, you would think it a terrible thing if any should put your finger in the hot fire: and indeed it would be so. What then do ye think will be the pain which ye shall suffer when God will caft you foul and body into hell fire : and this will surely be your portion, if ye get not grace. (3.) If once ye be cast into hell, do ye think ever to get out again? I assure you, God has said ye shall not. Though ye'weep till your hearts break, - God will not hear you. Ye have done with mer
cy if once ye die in your sins. God's eye will not spare ; his heart will not pity you. Therefore, if ye would escape hell, I shall tell you,
Secondly, What ye must do, by offering you two or three good counsels. (1.) Whenever ye, go home this night, get into some quiet corner or other, and there betake you to God in prayer. Say with the poor distressed publican, Lord, be merciful to me a finner. Say, Lord, thou hast promised a new heart to finners like me; and I have need of it, for my heart is very bad: and
say, say, Lord, give me Christ, save me from my sins for Christ's fake. Who knows but the Lord, who hears the lions and the ravens when they cry for food, may hear you? (2.) You that can read the Bible or the Catechism, read them: but take care before ye read, that ye go and pray to God, that he may bless them to you, and make you under. stand what you read (3.) Take care that you never lie, swear, or "break the fabbath, or commit again these sins which we were telling you of a little while ago. (4.) Run out of the company of such as do lie, swear, or break the fabbath : for God will destroy them that keep company with fuch. A companion of fools shall be destroyed, Prov. xiii. 20.!. (5.) Wait on them who will instruct you; and follow the good advices they give you. Walk with the wife, and ye shall be wise, Prov. xii. 20. (6.) Be sure that ye pray to God so soon as ye have got on your cloths in the morning, and before ye cast them off at night. Now, if ye will follow these advices, I will,
Thirdly, Tell you some things to encourage you in so doing. (1.) God has made a promise, that they who begin soon to seek him shall come speed. I love them that love me, and they that seek me early shall find me, Prov. viii. 17. (2.) God has a great liking to such as begin to seek him early. He commends them highly; and has left upon record the names of some young converts; such as Abijah, in the house of a wicked Jerobo. am, and good Josiah, whose early piety is much commended, 2 Chron.xxxiv. 3. In the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of his father David: And this is left upon record, for making others to begin early to seek God. (3.) Jesus Christ in the days
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of his flesh, was willing to entertain, with the most tender affection, little children that were brought unto him; and when his disciples would have kept them away, he rebuked them, and then said, Sufer the little children to come unto me, and for: bid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven, and he took them up in his arms, and put his hands on them, and blessed them, Mark X. 14, 16. And I can assure you, he is no less kind now, than he was then : for he is the same yesterday, to day, and for ever. Now, if he was so kind to children that were brought to him, what will he be to these who themselves do come to him ? O if ye knew how good he is, you would never be at rest till ye got notice where he is to be found; and then ye would go to him, and I dare promise you welcome. (4.) That I may have done with you, I. tell you for your encouragement, that if ye will begin early, and seek God, ye shall be amongst these children of whom the kingdom of heaven is. God will bless you, and all his people will bless you; yea, all generations shall call you blessed.
Thus far my love to your souls has led me. I would fain have you saved: and therefore, I tra. vail in birth till Chrilt be formed in you. O make glad my heart, make glad the heart of my great Master, make glad the heart of all the people of God; and rejoice your parents hearts, in complying with their wholfom counsels, which I am sure your parents will defire, if they be not worse than very beasts. In a word, seek God, and lave your souls. · Now, we have done with the first sort of perlons, with whom we undertook to deal. The tenderness of their capacity has obliged us to di. gress from our method which we did lay down in
the entry upon this use, and which, by the Lord's assistance, we shall closely follow in what remains. · It may be, some of these who are come to age, may look upon this as tedious and unpleasant, which we have been upon, because there has been nothing here but what they, it may be, knew before; and what, it may be, they judge parents might inform their children in. But we must tell such, that the design of preaching is not to gratify itching cars with new discoveries, but to reform hearts by the old, yet new truths of God, which will never wear old to them who are acquaint with the power of them; that children have fouls as well as they; that their souls are no lefs precious than those of adult persons; that we have the charge of the one as well as the other ; that the Lord has sometimes been pleased to reach the heart of children by such familiar applications; that we are obliged to be all things to all men, that so we may win some to Christ. In fine, we must tell such, that we are particularly obliged, by our Lord's command formerly quoted, to ena courage children to come to him, and therefore we could not but endeavour to deal with them, and that, in a way suitable, in some measure, to their capacities: what is old to you may be new to them: and a new drop of the influences of God's spirit, would even make these very truths which is formerly you have known, have a new and better relish than formerly they had.
I shall now.proceed, in the second place, to you who have stept out of childhood into youth, or into middle age, and shall endeavour to fix guilt upon you. Hitherto we have made it appear, that you are guilty: now we come to tell you, and to . condescend on ome particulars whereof you are
guilty. We told, nay proved, that you were de...
way of shifting the challenge. And because now 10 we find you in the house of God, we shall,
1. Examine you a little in reference to your conduct there. You have frequently come here; you have frequently presented yourselves before God as his people; but I fear, if your carriage in this matter be narrowly scanned, you fall be found sinners before the Lord in reference to this. I shall, in the name of that God in whose courts ye tread, put three questions to your consciences.. (1.) What brings you ordinarily here? Come ye to facrifice to the world's idol, custom, because they are ill looked upon who stay away? Or conie ye to stop the mouth of a natural conscience, that
would give you no rest if ye staid away? or come sol ye to fee and be seen or to gratify curiosity
merely? I fear these be the designs on which not