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the Hazard of being, Themselves, caft into the fire that shall never be quenched. This Remarkable Caution against Unbelief, given by the Apostle, * deserves to be well and often weighed by all Those, who Reject and Disdain the Great Truths of the Gospel, and by all the Favourers of that Contemptuous Opposition, which is made to Them; Beware, lef that come upon you, which is spoken of in the Prophets, Behold, ye Despisers, and Wonder and Peris.
.3dly, All kinds of Profanation, observable in the World, are Proper Objects of our Detestation and Sorrow. The Profanation of God's Holy Name is charged, as a Crying Sin, against God's Peaple, and in it are included, Perjury, Common Oaths, Execrations, and every Expression which derogates from the Majesty of this Great and Glorious Name, THE LORD THY GOD.
The Profanation of Places Consecrated to God is an Offence, which He hath distinguished, in these Words, by the
* Acts xiii. 40, 41.
Prophet *; As I live, faith the Lord God, surely, because thou hast defiled iny SanEtuary with all thy deteftable things, and with all thy Abominations; therefore will I also diminisha thee- A third part of thee Mall, die with the Pestilence.“
The Profanation also of Times Dedicated to God, does incur his Displeasure, and bring Punishments upon a People. To which Purpose, we are thus taught our Duty, and our Danger, relating to the Sabbath, the Violations whereof are Sinful, under the Christian, as well as the Mofaical Dispensation t; I contended with the Nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and Profane the Sabbath day? Did not your Fathers thus, and did not our God. bring all this evil upon us, and upon this Citry? Yet ye bring more wrath upon Ifrael, by profaning the Sabbath. These words should be Maturely considered, by all Persons, who are addicted to Profaning the Lord's Day, and especially by Those, who run even into the Neglect of the
* Ezek. v. 11, 12.
Nehem. xiii, 17, 18.
Publick Worship; whether they run into it, out bf a Pretence, that they do not Want Instruction, nor Expect Improvement, by the Publick Ministry of the Word, as if it were no Offence, to Neglect and Despise those Ministrations which God hath appointed, or, as if Their Skill in the Rules of Duty could excuse Them from the Performance of it, or, their mighty Knowledge of the Word could Cancel Those Obligations to the Publick Worship of God, which are Equally Incumbent upon the Learned, and Unlearned, High and Low; Rich and Poor, equally Incumbent upon all the Servants of God, who are Particularly caution'd against the Sin of forsaking ihe Assembling themselves together, as the manner of some is ; or, whether they run into it, out of Sloth and Idleness, or, on account of engaging themselves in Temporal Affairs and Employments, or, for the Sake of Indulging Themselves in Luxury: For All such Persons, whatsoever Fanciful Opinions they may muster up in their own Favour, are Highly Criminal, and do Increase the Guilt, and the Dangers of the
And, not to urge any more Particulars, All Things whatsoever, which are Dedicated to God's Honour and Service, have a Divine Character stamp'd upon Them, and whosoever Defaceth that Character, making no Distinction betwixt Them and Common Things, and, much more, whosoeyer does Brand Them with Peculiar Ignominy, and makes the Dif dain and Contempt of Them, the Only Mark of Distinction betwixt Them and Common Things, falls under this heavy Charge of Profanation; * Thou haft deSpised mine Holy Things— They have put no Difference between the Holy and Profane, and I am profaned among them. And this Abomination is One-Great Reason of what follows, in the Close of the Chapter, Therefore have I poured out mine Indignation upon them, I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. How great reason then háth a Nation, to be Earnest in the Deprecation of Impending Judgments, when ʼtis Miserably Infested with Profane, Open Affaults upon Sacred
* Ezek. xxii.
Things, Things, with Writers, who Boldly Difclaim and Condemn, Despise and Ridicule the Positive Ordinances and Institutions of God. A Kingdom muft be Infatuated, if such Appearances in it as These, Wandring Stars scattering their Baneful Influence upon it, should raise in it no Fears, Jealousies, or Suspicions, that the Desolation thereof is nigh. • What hath been hitherto observed, relates to the Divine Law, and Divine Authority; But indeed the Negleet of putting Humane Laws in Execution, or, of exercising Humane Authority, for Suppressing of Vice and the Encouragement of Virtue, wheresoever fuch Neglect be Plainly Observable in any, even the Lowest Magistrates, or in Persons dignified with any, even the Lowest degrees of such Authority, is exceedingly Sinful, and the