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shall foon be made to fee, how little need we have of such an one as Lazarus to be sent to testify unto us. We shall find very plain and easy directions, very weighty and cogent motives, and all the encouragement we can desire to be good, and to Serve God faithfully.

O, but we {till want Arguments to convince us of the truth of what is called the Holy Scripture. We question not its Holiness, that's apparent enough; and, indeed, is the main thing that makes us strongly prejudic'd against il. The truth of it is that which we would fain see clear'd beyond dispute, cho' it would make us very uneasy to see this done, And yet were it done to our satisfaction, how uneasy foever it would be to us, we think that for our own fakes, in regard to our safety, we could be content to live according to it. .

Now I fear all this is bụt huffle. For feeing the Holines of chę Scripture is evidently the thing we are most offended at, let the truth of it be never so clearly demonstrated, we should still retain the same prejudice against it. Nay more, the Holiness of it being the best argument of its truth, if by it we are not convinc'd, we shall never be so. However, if we resolve not to believe it, till we have better evidence of the truth of it, than it brings along with it, I see no remedy but we must be as we are, and perish at last by our infidelity. God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, Spake in time past unto the Fathers by the Propbets, bath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son. Heb, 1, 1, 2.' And therefore ought we to give the more earnest. heed to the things we have beard, left at any time we should let them slip. For

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if the word spoken by Angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience, receiv'd a just recompence of Reward ; how shall we escape if we neglect so great Salvation, which at the first begun to be Spoken by the Lord, and was confirm'd unto us by them that beard him: God also bearing them witnes

♥♥♥♥♥♥__/___,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and Gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own Will. Heb. 2. 1. and. 5. When in the Transfiguration on the Mount, Moses and Elias were vanilh'd, a Voice from the Father teftified thus of

Cbrist, saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I 'am well pleas'd, hear ye him. Mar. 17, 5. And be

cause, notwithstanding this Command, fome would still be busy to bring in New Doctrine, and think a boast of New light, a sufficient Confirmation of then, St. Paul hath given us a very fair warning to beware of them, saying, Gal. 1. 8. Not tho' Lazarus, but tho' we, or an Angel from Heaven Preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have Preach'd unto you, let him be accursed.

Yea, but it is not another Gospel that we would have, but only a better Confirmation of the truth of this, thapwe have yet met with. And if this be it we would have, we are not like to have it, for we have all char God thinks fit to give us. What is it we would have more than what we have ? Can we imagine that an infinitely Holy God, should give us any other Rule of Life, but the most Holy that can be ? And is it not a just exception against the Gods of the Heathen World, and a good evidence that they are no Gods, but Devils; That they delight in, or give way to unboliness in their worshippers ? Nothing can be a

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berter Argument of a Doctrine's being Divines than its purity. Now, was there ever a more Holy Doctrine taught among Men? Is it possible for the Wit of Man to invent or conceive any ching purer ? Can we think of any thing, which preach'd and believ'd through the World, could make mankind more universally or perfectly good or happy? Is there any one tittle of it, thác being believ'd and practis'd would do the World, or any part of it, any hurt? Doch not all the Evil or Hurt that Men suffer in the World arise from the not believing and practising of it in all its Branches ? Can any Doctrine therefore ever be believ'd to come from the God of purity, if this do not ? If it were the Invention of a Man, was there ever Man that did oblige the World to thank him, as that Man had done? Were it not even on this one account worthy of all acceptacion? And ought we not for this to wish that all would believe it? Whatever we will believe, as to its coming from God; this is certain, that no Man can, with any shew of reason, reject it, as an ill Rule of Life, but he must declare himself void of the principles of Morality, and an Enemy to the bad- . piness of mankind.

Again, was ever any Doctrine better confirm'd, by many wonderful works wrought in the Name of the Author of it, than this ? Could ever any wonders wrought in Confirmation of a Doctrine be better attested to all Posterity, than this hath been? Or hath any attestation given at any time to Matters of Fact been more generally receiv'd, or been more universally convincing and, saristactory to wise and inquisitive Men than this hath been? Was ever record so, N 4 .


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ous attempts of Devils and Men to abolish it, as the holy Scripture hath been? What then I ask again is it, that we would have to satisfy us? Is it such Evidence as cannot be gainsaid, or contradicted ; will this, and nothing less serve our turn? And truly, if we mean no more but such an evidence as cannot with any reason be gainsaid or contradi&ted, such it is that we have. But if we mean such evidence as cannot be gainsaid or contradicted by unreasonable Men, who are resolved to cavil against every thing that doch not please them, we must never expect to find what we would have. The truth is, we cannot endure to gainsay and contradi&t our Lufts, and to deny our Selves, which the holy Gospel of Christ has made the chief part of the Christian's Character. This is a thing we are not able to hear of with patience. Such bolines as God calls for in all whom he will make happy, is a thing we will never yield to, so long as we can conceive that there is a possibility of escaping Torments without it. The blesedness of Abraham's Children in Heaven we are little concern'd for; there is so much of holines implied in it, that we have no kind of relish of ir, nor appetite to it; and therefore could be well enough content to go without it, so that we may escape the Rich-man's Torments in Hell. And whilst we can persuade our felves, that it is possible to escape them, for the love of Sin, we will venture at it. Nothing therefore but Demonstrations, and an evident impossibility of escaping eternal Torments, will have any force upon us. Tho' when things are well considered, one would think, that one who hath the faculty of reasoning, and contriving for his own good, should hardly be per


swaded to venture on such a thing as damnation to eternal Torments, where there is but some prabability, that if he live as he doch, he cannot efcape them. Suppose it but probable I maybe hapa py, living an holy and religious Life; and on the other side, that if I do not fo I shall be eternally miserable, shall I not be a very fool, if againg such probability, I will rather chuse an unboly life, and not be in a fair and probable way of safety and blessedness; but of eternal Torments, only because I am not assured, beyond all possibility of the contrary, that I shall be tormented? Should we be so mad in all other Cases, as we are in this, what would become of us? Would not all the great Affairs and Business of the World be neglected, and all Men ror in sloth and folly, were chey fo unreasonable as to venture on nothing, where is but a possibility of miscarrying, or being disappointed ? Will we not abridge our felves of a little Ease, Sleep and Play, and be at the pains and charge to Plow and Sowe in hopes of a good Harvest, and for fear of a Pamine, merely becaufe 'tis not evident beyond all impossibility, either that we may have no Harveft, or that if we have none, God may rain down Manna for us to feed upon ? Will not the Merchant venture a considerable Summe for but a probable advantage, because there is a possibility that all may be lost, and again a possibility too that he may grow as rich some other way without such a venture! Will we not provide Estates for our Children to ļive upon, and labour to prevent their going a Begging or Pamilhing hereafter ; only because iris not impossible, that they may die before they need such Estates, or may walte them when they have them, or may find for themselves some


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