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selves, either that tliere is no God, or that he pays no regard to the actions of men ; than in those, who, believing the existence, and providence of God, live as if they believed neither. Infidels were not able to support, in their excesses, the ideas of an injured benefactor, of an angry Supreme Judge, of an eternal salvation neglected, of daring hell, a lake burning with fire and brimstone, and smoke ascending up for ever and ever, Rev. xxi. 8. and xiv. 11. In order to give their passions a free scope, they found it necessary to divert their attention from all these terrifying objects, and to efface such shocking truths from their minds.

But you ! who believe the being of a God! You! who believe yourselves under his eye, and who insult him every day without repentance, or remorse! You ! who believe, God holds thunder in his hand to crush sinners, and yet live in sin ! You ! who think, there are devouring flames, and chains of darkness, and yet presumptuously brave their horrors ! You ! who believe the immortality of your souls, and yet occupy yourselves about nothing but the present life! What a front ! What a brazen front is YOURS!

You consider a revelation proceeding from heaven, and supported by a thousand authentic proofs. But, if your faith be well grounded, how dangerous is your condition ! For, after all, the number of evidences, who attest the religion, which you believe; this number of witnesses depose the truth of the practical part of religion, as well as the truth of the speculative part. These witnesses attest, that without holiness, no man shall see the Lord ; that neither thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God, Heb. xii. 14. 1 Cor. vi. 10. And consequently, these evidences attest that you thieves,



that you covetous, that you drunkards, that you revilers, that you extortioners, shall be excluded from that happy mansion. Do you reject this proposition ? Class yourselves then with infidels. Contradict nature; contradict conscience; contradict the church; deny the recovery of strength to the lame; the giving of sight to the blind; the raising of the dead; contradict heaven, and earth, and sea, nature, and every element. Do you admit the proposition ? Acknowledge then, that you must be irretrievably lost unless your ideas be reformed and renewed, unless you renounce the world, that enchants and fascinates your eyes.

This, my brethren, this is your remedy. This is what we hope for you. This is that, to which we exhort you by the compassion of God, and by the great salvation, which religion presents to you. Respect this religion. Study it every day. Apply its comforts to your sorrows, and its precepts to your lives. And joining promises to precepts, and precepts to promises, assort your christianity. Assure yourselves, then, of the peace of God in this life, and of a participation of his glory after death.

this grace ! Amen.

God grant you

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Prov. xxiii. 23.

Sell not the Truth.


F Balak would give me his house full of silver



God, to do less or more, Numb. xxii. 18. This was the language of a man, whose memory the church holds in execration : but who, when he pronounced these words, was a model worthy of the imitation of the whole world. A king sent for him ; inade him, in some sort, the arbiter of the success of his arms; considered him as one, who could command victory as he pleased : put a commission to him into the hands of the most illustrious persons of his court; and accompanied it with presents, the magnificence of which was suitable to the favor he solicited. Balaam was very much struck with so many honors, and charmed with such extraordinary presents. He felt all, that a man of mean rank owed to a king, who sought, and solicited his help: but he felt still more the majesty of his own character. He professed himself a minister of that God, before whom all nations are as a drop of a bucket, Isa. xl. 15. and, considering Balak, and his courtiers, in this point of view, he sacrificed empty honor to

solid glory, and exclaimed in this heroical style, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord

my God, to do less or more. Moreover, before Balak,

, in the presence of all his courtiers, and, so to speak, in sight of heaps of silver and gold sparkling to seduce him, he gave himself up to the emotions of the prophetic spirit, that animated him, and, burning with that divine fire, which this spirit kindled in his soul, he uttered these sublime words; Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed? Or how shall I defy whom the Lord hath not defied ? Behold, I have received commandment to bless ; and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it. Surely there is no inchantment against Jacob, neither is their any divination against Israel, Num. xxiii. 7, 8. 20. 23. How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel, chap. xxiv. 5.

I would excite your zeal to-day, my brethren, by an example so worthy of your emulation. A few days ago, you remember, we endeavored to shew you the importance of this precept of Solomon, Buy the truth. We pointed out to you then the means of making the valuable acquisition of truth. We told you, God had put it up at a price, and that he

, required, in order to your possession of it, the sacrifice of dissipation, the sacrifice of indolence, the sacrifice of precipitancy of judgment, the sacrifice of prejudice, the sacrifice of obstinacy, the sacrifice of curiosity, and the sacrifice of the passions. In order to inspire you with the noble design of making all these sacrifices, we expatiated on the worth of truth, and endeavored to convince you of its value in regard to that natural

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