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and that the number of those who live up to the gospel is very small ? Good God ! have mercy on us, and grant us grace to be of the number of the fer, that so we may be included in the number of the saved.
On Mortal Sin.
upon earth, nor even in hell itself, a more hideous, filthy , abominable monster , than mortal sin : a mouster , the first born of the devil: 'or to speak more properly, the parent both of the devil and hell There was not in the wlole universe a creature more beautiful, more perfect , more accomplished with all kinds of gifts, both of nature and grace , than was the bright angel Luciler and his domipanions; yet one imortal sin, and that oniy con sented to in thought, changed them in an instant into ugly devils, just objects of horror and abomination to God and man. What effect then think ye will sin have upon inan but dust and ashes, if it blast so foully the stars of heaven? It was this mon
ster, sin, that cast our first parents out of paradise , and condemned both them, and us their posterity , to innumerable miseries, and to both a tearporal and eternal death. It was sin that drowned the world with the waters of the flood! and daily crouds hell with millions of poor souls , to be the fuel of endless flames, Good God! deliver us from this accursed evil,
Consider , secondly, that sin is the death of the soul. For as it is the soul of a man which gives life to his body , 80 consequently that body from which the soul has
is dead ; in like manner it is the grace of God which is the life of the soul, and that soul is dead which has lost her God and his grace by mortal sin. If, then dead carcass
from which the soul is gone, be so loathsome and frightful, that few could endure to pass one night in the same bed with it, how is it possible , unhappy sinner, that thou canst endure to carry continually with thee the carcass of a soul dead in mortal sin, which is far inore loathsomne and hideous! Ah! beg of God that he would open thy eyes to see thine
Own deplorable state, to detest the hellish inonster sin, which thou hast so long nourished in thy breast, and which is the true cause of all thy misery
Consider, thirdly, what the soul doses by sin, and what she gains in recompence of this loss. She loses the grace of God, the greatest of all treasures; and in losing this, she loses God himsel!. She loses the fatherly protection and favour of God; she loses the dignity of a child of God, and spouse of Christ; she forfeits her right aid title to an eternal kingdom ; she is stript of all the gifts of the Holy Ghost , robbed of all the inerits of her whole life ; becomes a child of hell, and a slave of the devil; spiritually possessed by him, and with him liable to eternal damnation : this is all she gains by sin , because the wages of sin is death, Rom. vi, the death of the soul here, and a second and eternal death hereafter. Ah! wretched sinners, open your eyes to see , and bewail your lamentable blindness, in thus exchanging God for the devil, heaven for hell.
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Consider , fourthly, that sin is infinitely odious and detestable in the sight of God, as being infinitely oppasite to his sovereign goodness. He hates it with an eternal and necessary hatred; and can no more cease to hate it, than
cease to be just. Hence if the most just man upon earth were so unhappy , as to fall into the least mor-, tal sin , he would in that instant bei come the enemy of Goche and were he to die in the guilt thereof, he would certainly feel the weight of God's avenging justice for all eternity. Ah! Christians, never let us be sq inad as to ventt're to wage war with God.) Alas ! how many, dreadíul judgments does he daily exercise upon sin and; sinners? How many , in punishment of sin, are snatched away in the flower of their age, by sudden and unprovided death? How many die in despair? How many, after having long abused God's graces , are given up to a reprobate sense, to hardness of heart, the worst and most terrible of all his , judgments? O! let us tremble at the zloughts of so great a inisfortune ; leci us, be convinced, that there can be
no misery so great as that which we incur by mortal sin ;. and that we are more our own enemies and do OUTselves more mischief, by consenting to any one mortal sin , than all che men upon earth, and all the devils in liell could do us, though they were all to conspire together to do their worst : because all they can do, so long as we refusé consent to sin, cannot hurt the sout; whereas by consenting to one inortal sih, we bring upon our Owiy souls a dreadful and eternal death, Good God ! never suffer us to be so Winded as to become thus the inurder'ers of our own souls. ...
Consider, fifthly, my soul, and themble at the inultitude of thy treasons against God, hy which thou hast so of ten provoked his indignation during the whole course of thy life Alas is it not too true, that no sooner dist thol come to the use of reason, than thout didst abandon thy king and this Gört, under the wings of whošt for therly protection thou hadse happily passed the days of tliy innocence ? Ah! how 'entely didst thou rul
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