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Selves, before we can Prevent Trembling, under the least Thought of Irreverence towards His Sacred Word. What Miseries then may we not expe&t to follow the Provocations of those Miscreants, who Dare in their Words and Writings, to Oppose and Explode it? If the Air should

become Pesilential, have we not too :

much reason to think, that Their breathing in it, is a Chief Thing, that hath made it so?

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Despisers of it, and all Those who do either Approve and Encourage them, or, do not Detest and Bewail Their Impieties, provoke him to punish the Abuse of the Greatest Blesfing, with the Sharpest Judgments. The Wise and Pious Martyrs Willingly laid down Their Lives in the Defence of the Gospel; And Our's are Like to fall, an Unwilling Sacrifice to the Contempt of it. * - 2dly, The Impieties of those, who, though they do not throw off All Revealed Religion, do yet contend against the Necessity of Believing the Great My-" T 4 s series

series of it, such as the Dočtrine of the Trinity, or, the Divine Nature of our Blessed Saviour, Christ Jesus, God Blessed for ever: Their Impieties do as Properly call for our Abhorrence, as their Persons do for our Compassionate and Tender concern for their Salvation. The Abhorrence of their Impieties is as Consistent with the Intire Love of their Persons, as the Abhorrence of our Own Sins is with the Love of our Selves. - Since the Author of Religion, is likewise the Governour of the //orld, it must be Reasonable and Just to expect, that he will rule the Nations with a Rod of Iron, if they resolve to be Obstinate in Denying the Things, which he expressly Commands them to Believe. God's Displeasure is Highly provoked by all Open Instances of Unbelief, and by all the Arguments Devised and Offer'd to support it, how Artful or smooth soever they may be; And that Provocation is increased by every man, who does either Approve, and Abett, or, who does not Disapprove and Detest them. For, God Judgeth of men by the Inward State of - - their

their Minds, as well as by their Outward Aćtions and Professions; and therefore those, who, on account of some TemporalConsideration, do not Openly Declare themselves in Favour of Unbelief, and yet are so far Friends to it, as not to Disapprove, and, upon all proper occasions, Declare against it, are, in the Judgment of God, reckon'd amongst

Unbelievers; * For he that is not with me,

is against me. They who Sit Still, as Unconcern'd, upon such Occasions, may perhaps account their Unconcernedness and their Silence, a Safe and Notable piece of Management; But they would find this a Groundless and a Dangerous Opinion, if they did but sufficiently weigh the force of our Saviour's Declaration; +//hosoever shall be ashamed of me and of

my words, in this adulterous and sinful

Generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his father, with the Holy An

gels. Such Texts as These ought to be Continually revolved in the minds of Those Persons, who are Apt to stand Neuter in a case, where Neutrality is Culpable and Pernicious; who are such Slaves to their own Fears, and to this adulterous and sinful generation, that they will not venture, even to Speak in the Defence of their Lord's Honour, or to shew any Dislike to the Contumelious and Reproachful, the Violent and Pertinacious Opposition, which is made to the Great Articles of Faith, by a Race of men, who are scarce more a Scandal to the Gospel it self, than to a Countrey,

* Matth. xii. 30. f Matth, x, 38.


Professing the Belief of it. -'Tis High time for us to be Affeóted with a Due Sense of these Things, when we are in manifest Danger of being Undone by Them. Let us search the Scriptures and Learn, how Heinous a Sin Unbelief is, and then Impartially confider, if we can yet be Impartial in Any thing, whether it is not to be accounted a Lead– ing Occasion of the Heaviest Punishments that fall upon Mankind. Can we Doubt the Malignancy of the Disputers against the Divinity of our Lord, and the other Articles of our Faith, after the Caution given, by God's Holy Spirit, * against False teachers, who shall Privily bring in Dammable Heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift desiru%ion. Wonderful is the Difference of Diffe

rent mens Dispositions and Behaviour, under the Profession of the Gospel. At Ephesus, the Sorcerers, upon their Conversion, were so Pious and Ingenuous, that they brought their books together, and burnt them before all men: Rather than the Records of their Curious Arts, their Sorceries and Incantations, should stand in the way of the Gospel, they chose, in Obedience and Honour to the Faith they embraced, to offer them for a Burnt-Offering to the Lord. And should it not move our Utmost Compassion to think, that there should be, amongst Us, any Authors or Advocates of Blasphemy and Unbelief, so Hardy, and so Tenacious of their Impiety, as Incorrigibly to Perssä in Bewitching the People, and, rather than Burn, or Retraćt their Curious Books, run

* 2 Pet. ii. 1,

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