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The Eternity of Future Pu. nishment Proved and Vindicated. *

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T Hough God hath revealed the Eternal duration of Future Punishment in thePlainest and most Positive terms; yet the Impious glosses of some, and the dićtates of an Immoderate self-love in others have represented this Important Article of our Faith as

Absurd and Incredible,
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of their Minds all the notions of a Future State. Sensual pleasures have so intirelyingrossed their Affections, that they would not Willingly leave this present world, though in exchange for mansions of Bliss in the next: Or, if there be some faint desires of Heaven still remaining, as doubtless they must desire it upon this account, that this State of things, which is so dear to them, must Necessarily have an End; yet when, upon refleótion, they find no hopes of attaining what they thus wish for out of Necessity, not of Choice, they then Wrest and Force their Reason in contriving Schemes of Imaginary Comfort: They then boldly play all the engines that can be invented against the Authority of the Holy Scriptures, or Industriously pervert the proper sense of them: They then labour to persuade themselves and others, by Arguments which themselves can never Heartily believe, that though there be a fupreme Being, which made the earth and created man upon it, yet there is no reason to doubt, that a Being of such wonderful Excellency and Perfection will 2. - be

be so favourable to them, the work of his own hands, let their behaviour be what it will, as not to plunge them into Endless and Intolerable Misery; that therefore they seem to be under no very strićt obligation to afflićt themselves continually with severe and Vexatious restraints, but may reasonably enough venture to gratify all their Inclinations and Desires; that therefore they do not seem to have any other business in this world but that of the Leviathan in the deep, to

take their pastime therein. And there is too plain an occasion given to these Enemies of the Lord thus to Blaspheme, by others, who though they profess a Belief of the Scriptures, do yet, in a great measure, destroy the expectation of eternal Punishment, by some mistaken opinions concerning God and ourselves. They cannot apprehend how any thing so Terrible and Amazing as Everlasting misery, Terrible and Amazing beyond all expression, should be the portion of such a Noble and Excellent Being as Man, the Perfeótion and Excellency of whose Nature God himself - B 2. hath

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