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it,) and could scarcely be put off by the offer of his wife or concubine, os even the man's daughter, a virgin, where he lodged; however, at last, when they found they could not succeed on account of a higher power in opposition to their puny carcasses and filthy spirits of hell, they were contented to take the concubine, and did take her and use her about town all night; in the morning she was dead, & that in a more filthy and beastly way than dogs, puppies, or swine would have intercourse with those of their own species; which were never known to do against nature or be so dirty, although their season is but once a year—at least 1 have never heard or read of it; 1 believe I may safely defy the leaders under the devil, of this abomination, to show satisfactorily, that swine or dogs, or any other of God's animals, or creeping things on the face of the earth, are so infernal dirty, and abominably filthy; they cannot do it, I defy them before God and Christ, the judge before whom they must appear shortly. The light judgments which the Lord God sent upon the earth from time to time, only excited the hatred and malice of men and caused them, if possible, to be more dirty and abominable, more filthy in his nose, and caused the land to mourn on account of their stink, their abusing each others bodies, he-dog with he-dog. Undoubtedly they were, and still are, those doing so, the very swine and dogs mentioned in our Lord, the Judge's sermon on the Mount, because they trample his blood and the holy things under, and have the beast's mark upon their foreheads; and therefore, no wonder they know not Christ nor his blessed spirit, dwelling in his saints, of whom, thank God my Saviour, 1 am one; and should I be the only one in this wicked nation, (as some of them at times intimate) despised and persecuted-as also my master was, by the powers of darkness and hell—for his righteousness and holy name's sake, they may know, (if it affords them any comfort,) that I shall remain firm and faithful to my Lord and Master, and as heretofore, yea even to a greater degree, rejoice in him, serve him in holiness and righteousness all my days here on earth, and then in heaven I will do it to still greater perfection forever and ever, where no devil and such filthy creatures combined, can vex the saints of the Most High by their cursed filthiness; and may this also confirm my brethren, they that follow Christ in holiness, if there are any such, that when these rebellious creatures say unto them “Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter.” They may answer, "should not a people seek unto their God for the living to the dead.” [Isaiah, sih chap. 19th verse.] They may also bring to their minds the parts above and hundreds of others, of the destruction of such characters, if it will afford them any comfort, since they seem to thirst after hell, to become as dung upon

the earth. This and every other nation, proud and uplisted as they are, shall be brought down to the ground--if they continue in abominable idolatry, sorcery, &c.-they shall all be brought even into hell, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth forever and ever; without any thing to eat or drink, or cool the scorched blasphemous tongues of her inmates, where there is no rest day nor night, vo Sabbath to pollute by their wickedness, but where the devil and all his filthy legions have their polluted, bloody carcasses and souls tormented with fire and brimstone forever and ever; they will there receive due reward for their stinking like dung in Christ's and his saint's noses, and delighting in their filthiness. Beware my brethren that ye partake not of their sins; let our hands be clean, let their blood be upon their own heads that we come not with them into that place of torment. We know in whom we believe, and we know his spirit also which keepeth our hearts in that peace which passeth all under. standing, which the world cannot give nor take from us, and which shall endure and increase in heaven forevermore. Be not deceived by these lying and conjuring spirits of devils, of which the earth is full; this Anti-Christ, of the last days; this universal wickedness as at the time of the destruction of the ungodly by the flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah with fire

and brimstone. Stand aloof, and cry woe unto all that do these things. "Wo unto the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin.” (Isaiah, 30th chap. 10th ver. Wo!! Wo!!! Wo!!!! to all that put the Lord God out of their hearts, and will have none of his holiness, that will not flee from the wrath to come, for the day of Jehovah is near at hand. He is coming! He is coming to judge the earth; in righteousness he will judge the world. Then shall he say unto his Saints and Annointed enter into the joy of your Lord, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the commencement of the world. And to them that never sought or cared to know him or his spirit, that they might be saved-Depart from me ye cursed into the fire and torments prepared for the devil and his angels, from the foundation of the world. Amen.

DISCOURSE VII.

ON RIGHTEOUSNESS. As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh

after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become un. profitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans, 3d chapter, 10th, 11th & 12th verses. I have shown in former discourses the impossibility of pleasing God without holiness, for he expressly says, be ye as I am, Holy;" and as for any other righteousness than the righteousness of Christ, it is all a fable; diametrically opposed to the tenor of Divine Revelation, as respects honor and worship to God, hateful to him who is a pure and holy Being, worthy of all adoration and praise, and cannot, therefore, be reverenced and worshipped contrary to his known will and express declaration, which is, through the righteousness in Christ, “ Even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God.” God is no respecter of persons, but every soul that sinneth it shall die; but now there is a remedy provided in the righteousness of Christ, that every soul that sinneth may live, by timely repentance unto God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. God has included all under sin, in consequence of Adam's transgression—that the whole world might become guilty before Him. Therefore, by self-righteousness and the deeds of the law-no one even does them--shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin. now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,

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being witnessed by the law and the prophets. Although hundreds may think themselves good and moral men, because they attend to some outward things enjoined upon all as far as may be in their power, such as to hear the word of God on the Sabbaths, giving a trifle to the poor, and many other minor things which they attend to even with strict. ness; but at the same time pass over the weightier matter of their soul's justification before God, through the righteousness which is in Christ; because they commit no gross outward sin, they are induced to rely on their own morality, consisting in deeds of charity and formality in religion ; Aattering their soul's with the hope that they may even stand before Christ in the judgment, contrary to the word of God, u there is none righteous, no, not one."

In these dreadful times of degeneration, of mere forınality in the church, without the spirit and power of godliness, but amalgamation with the spirit of the infidelity of the world. It may not be amiss to dwell on this fundamental doctrine, “ the righteousness of Christ,” which is so freely promised to justify the truly repenting sinner before God; when he loathes himself, and abhors sin, and accounts himself unworthy with all his deeds and self-righteousness to appear before so holy and pure a Being, in comparison of whom he is as filthy as dung; when he thus knows himself to be vile and undone, a child of hell, and under the wrath of the Almighty, to be sent thither at bis option or spared by his . mercy; he casts himself, in humility, in the dust before his

Maker, and implores his divine clemency; confesses as just mentioned, his sins, filthiness, and undone state, cries inces. santly for mercy! mercy!! pardon! pardon!! and for forgiveness of sins for Jesus' sake; plcading his merit, and rightedusness, and the virtue of his precious blood, to be cleansed from all sins and iniquity; purified unto God one of his peculiar people; fully justified, and the righteousness of Christ imputed unto him. Then he will find himself a new creature; one who has put off the old man and put on the new,

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