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cost you to be saved ? did you noc renounce the world and che flesh in your Baptismal ( oft renewed Covenant,) 1 Pet. 4, 11, 12. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery tryal, as if some strange thing happened to you: But rejoyce, in as much as ye are partakers of Christs sufferings.] And will you think so strange of smáller matters, as to think they excuse your impatience, and evil. speeches?


Y this time you may see, if you

are willing to fee, that all among us that are not real Saints, are Hypocrites , if they professthemselves Christians and the servants of God : and char miserable ungodly souls, that call such Hypo: crites as are more diligent then themselves for their salvation, do but discover their ignorance and.


malignity,and condemn themselves in bewraying their hypocrisie , while they reproach the practice of the fame Christian Religion, which themselves profess; and the obedience to that Scripture , which they confess themselves to be the Word of God. All the prophane, and unsanctified among us, that call themselves Christians, are certainly Hypocrites. And for the godly, it is the very same Religion, that is profeft by them and you: It is the same engagement and Vow that you all made to God in baptism And fuffer but reason impartially to tell you, when two men have entred the iame Covenant, and one never minderh it so as to keep it; and the other makes it his chiefeft care; which of these is liker to be the dissembler in his Covenant? When Iwo men profess themselves the Servants of God, and such as place

their hopes in heaven, and one of them makes a jeast of fin, and serveth the flesh and the world which he hath renounced, and hates those that diligently serve the Lord; and the other maketh it the principal care and business of his life to serve and please him, insomuch as he is reproached for it, as making more ado about it then needs, which of these are Hypocrites, and which are serious, in the performing of their Covenants, and living according to their profession? If two servants promise to do your work, and one labour as hard as he can, and the other fir down and deride him for making so much ado, which was it that plaid the Hypocrite in his promise ? If diligence in Gods service be a sign of hypocrifie, then promise-keeping is hypocrific, and promise-breaking is sincerity; And then you may transfer


the case to God (who will be the rewarder of them only that diligently seek bim, Heb. 11. 6.) and lay that it is his faithfulness to break his promises, and his unfaithfulness to keep them. But who will spend words on such impious absurdities? so gross, that the Devil would have showed himself a fool to vent them, if he had not made his followers such fools as to believe them. But for the faithful servants of the Lord, let them know, that they must serve. him on such terms : They must live above the judgement and reputation of this world, and be content that God the searcher of hearts shall be their Judge, who knoweth both fincerity and hypocrisie ; and will bring forth their righteousness as the light. Chriftians, you must not only be fincere. but also patiently expect to: be accounted hypocrites,, and point


ed at as the only dissemblers of the world : You must not only be honeft, but paciently expect to be accounted disooneft : you muft not only be wise and sober, but patiently expect to be accounted fools and mad men. You muft not only be liberal, charitable, and contemners of the world, but patiently expect to be called covetons, even though you give away all that you have, . You must not only be chaste and temperate; but also patiently ex. pect to be defamed as incontinent and licentious, and as Christ was called, a wine-bibber, a friend of Publicans and finners. A Minister must not oniy lay out himself wholly for the saving of mens fouls, and spend himself and allthat he hach on bis Mafters work but also patiendly expect to be accounted unfaithful, coverous, and negligent, and murmured at by almost all whose unreasonable de

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