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their own Folly. And to this it might be added, if there were Room, or Necesfity for adding it, and confirming it by an Enumeration of Particulars, That there are not Many of the Fundamental, Es: sential Principles of the Christian Religion, whether relating to Faith or Practice, but what were, in That Unhappy Time, Rejećted, or Perverted and Violated, by Men of One Denomination, or Other. But it may perhaps be no Inconsiderable branch of Compassion towards Them, to Avoid descending into a more Particular Account of Them. And if any one should be desirous of saying the Highest things that can be said, of the True Greatness and Firmness of Mind, and Spirit of Goodness, which shone forth Illustriously in our Suffering King: Let it be said, That They were Equal to the Debasement, and Impiety, and Imiquity of the People, which Devised, and Executed those Sufferings upon Him. But the obligations of Duty to God,
and to my Country will not suffer me to Close this Discourse, without this Further observation from it; That the most
Useful, and Effectual Evidence, which Faithful Subjećts can give, of their Fidelity and Loyalty to the King, and of their Sincere and Ardent Love of their Country, confists in their Sincere and Sedulous Endeavours, as their Various Capa- . cities require or allow them, to Defend and Promote the Honour of God, the Supreme Governour and Judge of Humane Society. For This Consequence seems Necessarily to arise from what hath been said, That the Stability and Glories of the 7hrome are never to be Intirely Depended on, Unless /irtue and Religion, in Those who stand Below, be the Supporters of it. And it appears, to a Demonstration, in the History of the Jews, and from the Express Declarations of God's Holy Spirit, that the Prosperity of a Nation does Usually Rise or Fall, in Proportion to the Provisions which it makes for the Security and Propagation of Re
ligion. . That an Universal and Inviolable Comcern for God's Honour Demonstrated by Effectual Provisions for the Preservation and Advancement of our Holy Religion, A a 2 may
may Ever remain Here, as the Firm and Immoveable Foundation of the Prosperity and Happiness of the Kingdom, . God of his Infinite mercy grant, by the Influence of his Holy Spirit upon us, and our Posterity, through jesus Christ, our Blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghoff, three Persons and One God, be all Homour and Glory, Power and Domi
nion henceforth and for evermore. Amen.
HOSE Natural Impressions and To of Moral Duty, which immediately relate to the Preservation of Humane Life, are, in so Peculiar a manner, Strong guards upon it, that surely it must be avery Powerful Temptation, which is able to break through Them. Other Sins do more easily Prevail over us, because they are Agreable and Pleasing to our Corrupt Inclinations and Dispositions; But, Corrupted as our Nature is, there is something still so shocking to us in the Sin of Murther, that a Man must undergo as much Struggle and A a 3 Self
Self-Denial in Complying with Thiskind of Temptation, as he usually feels in Resisting Others. The Utmost Violence must be offer'd to his own Disposition, before he can prevail with himself to of fer Violence to his Own, or to his Neighbour's Life. The very Thoughts of this Ghastly Sin do Startle, and Distraćt, and Distort the Soul; which Recoils and flies back from them with Confusion and Detestation. And, lest any thing should be wanting, which could render these Strong Bonds of Duty still more Inviolable, God hath been pleased to Confirm and Inforce the Voice of Nature, by this Express Revealed Law, - . Thou shalt mot kill; In discoursing of which it will be necessary, I. First, 70 Adjust the Latitude or Extent of the Commandment, and II. Secondly, To represent the Guilt, and Danger, which Men incur by the Transgression of it. - - I. It will be necessary to Adjust the Latitude or Extent of the Precept. For, as there are some Instances of Murther,
which are not Universally Allowed to be - Such,