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Zeal %and of Charity; Their Constancy and Fervency in Prayer, and all their Other Actions and Demeanour, which are now wont to be Charged with th^ Imputations of Pretence and Singularity, shall then be clear'd up* and their Outward Actions and Appearances will be plainly found to have been the True Representations* and Effects of Real, Inward Goodness. Therefore at Present, their Proper Business is a Patient waiting for the Time* when these Blemishes shall be taken off, and the Man, who was Truly Good, shall Undeniably appear to have been So.
Because we are exhorted to Beware of Wolves coming in Sheeps clothing. Therefore in some Mens Candid way of Thinking, every one, who Appears to be Good, must be concluded to be Evil. There are Persons in the World so Intirely Corrupted, that they are under an Utter Indisposition and Aversion to Goodness; And this their Indisposition makes them think, that all Rvidences of Goodness in Others must be
Coun* Counterfeit, because they have r>o no* tion of Any Man's being Really so very Good, as some Men Appear to be, Hence it is, that Good men have so many Severe Censures passed Upon Them* But, in the Last Judgment., afl these Points will be Adjusted by the All-Seeing God, who hath all along Observed and Approved his Faithful Servants in Secret, and shall Then Justify, and Reward them Openly. Arid how can We conceive this to be done, without a Particular Manifestation of that Real Goodness, which had all along Before been Misrepresented and Traduced?
Welcome the Day, when this Hard Fate shall be Finally Superseded and Over-ruled j when the Beauties of that In* nocence, which Before had been Condemned or Suspected, shall be made Manifest as the Light: And Blessed the Man, whose Case will bear so Full a Light, as it must Then Appear in; who, after all the Discoveries which Omniscience it self can make, mail be Crowned with
S ApproApprobation, and Honour, and Eternal Life.
To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, be all Honour, Praise, and Thanksgivingi both Now, and for Evermore, Amen.
A Fast Sermon.
DEUTER. XXVIIL 21.
The Lord shall make the Pestilence cleave unto theet until he have consumed thee—
SUCH are our Present Apprehensions, and such Cause have we to. be very Apprehensive, of That great Evil, which is here denounced, that the Sound of the Words in the Text may well make both the ears of every one that heareth it to tingle. The Danger of this Severe Judgment, which we dread, is not very far from us; And the Reasons, which, in Respect of Religiont we have of dreading it, too Nearly
S i 'concern concern us: For it cannot be Denied, and ought, with all possible Humility, to be Confessed, that it would be Just in God, to bring Evil upon us, even the-year of our Visitation.
Ought we not therefore to be Serious and Thoughtful, Studious and Sollicitous, Impartial and Particular, in Considering and. Applying the Reasons of God's Inflicting; the Punishment here Denounced? And These are observable from the 15 th ver. It JJoall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God) to observe to do all his Commandments and his Statutes, which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee; And to This is fubjoyned an Enumeration of the Various Curses, including That in the Text, which their Disobedience would Infallibly bring upon them, and which their Obedience would effectually Prevent.
Under this Relation of the Text to the Context, the Subject and the Occasion of this Discourse do require our