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them ; which they may make use of, when they cannot have the help and affistance of a Minister. i have fhewed how they should examinę chemselves : And that they may not flubber over that great businesse, but may come (in some measure) to difcern the multicude of their fins, and the manifold waies , whereby they have offended God: I have set down a Catalogue of the duties commanded and finnes forbidden in the cen Commandments, as also the fins against the Gospel : That so people may not only in general fay they are sinners, ( and yet when they come and profeffe to humble their souls, and to confesse tbeir fins unto God, can find few they are guilty of) but may see themselves to be exceeding vile and sinful: I know 'tis very unpleasing to people to search their own Consciences , and find themselves great finners: They had rather lic down with a false peace, than arraign and terrifie themselves in this manner. But who that is in his right wirs, would content himself with a shadow of repentance, or « shadow of Faith, without finding the substance and cruch of these Graces in his foul, when his everlasting welfare depends upon is. Those Directions there mentioned may be of ose also to all persons, who desire at any cime more solemnly to hamble themselves before the Lord for the fins of their life past, and more especi. ally before the receiving the Sacrament of the
The Twenciech Chapter contains a discourse of the tour last things, Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven. There I shem the neceffity of Learning (even in time of health ) that great art and skill, how to die well. Next, what the Scripcure declares concerning the day of judgment, and the everlasting state both of the righteous and the wicked: and methinks the serious consideration of these weighey macters, should hngely effect us. O did people oftener think and consider of those things, they would live at another rate than usually they do. All the busineffes of this life. would seem (mall and little (even liké childrens play) in comparison of securing the sosel 10 all eternity.
Thus ( My Loving Neighbours and Friends) i have givengon a short draught and scheme ( as it were ) of my whole Book. wharenterrainment it'will find with you, I know noto 1 cap in some measure of sincerity say, that an hearty desire of your eternal happineß first set me upon this work. And now ( throw the alfiftance of God) it is fipished, my prayers shall not be wanting that it may do you good, yea, much good. If any of you will Not afford leisure to read it, nor time to consider of the things therein contained, but after you have had it a little while, shall throw it aside, then I desire you serionly to think before hand, what account
will be able to give to God of this your wilful neglect, when you ball stand at his dreadful Tribunal. For my part, I have no other design upon any of you, but that you may attain eternal life. My great defire is that true Piety and Godlineffe, that chas Religion that saves souls may flourish among you. My desire and en deavour is that where the saving work of Grace is begun upon any of your hearts, it may be carried on daily, and that you may encrease and abound more and more in the fruics of holinesse and righteousnesse, to the praise and glory of God. And where this blefled work of conversion is not yet begun, my hearts desire and prayer to God is that it may be wronght, if it be this holy will. Tou see the plot and design i have upon you is of so innocenc a nacure, that you have no reason in the world to go about to defeat me in it. 'Tis my duty to shew sinners the evil and danger of ignorance and ungodlinesle. 'Tis
duty to perswade, intreat, and be earnest with them to leave the tents of fin and Sacan, and to come in to Chrift, that by him they may have pardon and life, And O chat I could even compel them to come in, Luke 14.23. Were it in my power , not a fowl among you should refuse or fi and out. But if (notwithslanding all my prayers, intreaties, and endeavours) many among you will fill prefer a life of bruitish sensuality, before the life chac consists in righteousnesse, peace, and joy in the holy Ghost: If Satan chac cursed murderer (sobo you know labours to ruine you foul and bo.
dy for ever ) must still be preferi'd before that blessed Saviour, who suffered and endur'd so much to redeem mankind, and offers you
salvatie on on so fair terms: if neither the joyes of Hearven, vor ihe corments of Hell can affect you, but the pleasures and profits of this world must still ingrofse your minds and hoarcs ; remember what I say unto you, it will one day cut you to the very
soul to consider that you were' fhewed the way to eternal life, and invited, perswaded and intreated to walk in it, but you would noc. 0 Neighbours , think with your felves ( 1 befeech you) that 'cis but a short time, and your souls must be either among Saints or Devils. Does it not concern me therefore to be earnest with you, and in all seriousnesse to call upon gow, to work out your salvation, now while you have time? For the Lords sakė, as ever you intend to see Gods face with comfort,remember these few following directiós.
i. Take heed of a loose conversation, ofliving to the Aesh, to fulfill the luss thereof. If ye live after the Aeth ye shall die, Rom.8.13; Now the works of the flesh are manifest, Gal. 5.19. Which are these, 'Adultery, fornication, uncleannesse, lalciviousnesse, idolatry, witchcrafe, bacred , variance, emulacions, wrach , strife, sedicions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkennefle, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have cold you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inheric
the Kingdom of God. Never comfort your selves with the bopes of Gods mercy in Christ
, if ge live in known and wilful fons. The holy nature of God will never be reconciled to finners, whiler bey go on in their fins. And Christ came to destroy the works of the Devil. He came not to save men , by bringing them to Heaven in cheir ungodlineffe, or to Glory in their fins, but to destroy cheir-sins, that would keep thems ont of Glory. If he fave us,
If he fave us , his Grace must have dominion in our hearts. Without holinesse no man shall see the Lord, Heb.12.14.
2. Take heed of worldly-mindednesse. I do not go about to perswade you to idlenesle or neg. ligence, in your Callings, but to take you off from the eager and inordinate love of this world, which duls and deads the heart to Heavenly things. Beware left ye be the chorny ground, Look to it, that the cares of this life do not choak the good feed that is weekly sown among you. Some people give 'up themselves wholly to the world, and thrust God out of their hearts apd houses ; Take you beed of that. Believe it, that man that bath the main bent of his heart set upor pleasing God, and whose great end is to be happy with him for ever, will be careful only ro to converse with this world, and only fo co mind things cemporal, as he may not losc chings eternall. He will first and chic Aly seek the Kingdom of God, and his righteousnese. He will look