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Serm. if we do, we {ball expose Ourselves Jjjl, to the Contempt of all Wife Men, who will fay, It is Time enough for us to complain of others, when we are without Fault ourselves } and that we should not pretend to pull the Mote out of our Brother's Eye, till we have taken the Beam out of our own Eye. 'Tis an easy thing to fay that no Times were ever so bad as the present, but then it is not so easy to prove it: Fact and Experience are against it: But allowing it to be true, would not it prove too much? Would not it prove that we are bad too? But the Infatuation lies here. Every one makes this Complaint more or less: I would fain know then, who these People are that we all complain of? Are they not our own selves? If the Times are bad, why do we not rather help to make them better? But it is a popular Subject: The Wickedness of the .Age is a Topic that will be sure to please, because People are glad to have others thought worse than themselves. Seme talk of it out of Heedlessness of Temper,

. to to (hew how little they think, and Iiowserm. little they have to fay, as People are wont *• to talk of the Weather for want of a more proper Subject: I would advise these People to stick to this last Old Topic till they can find a better.

Others exclaim against the Times out of a malicious Habit that they have got; not that they think what they fay to be true, or that they are really sorry that the Times are bad, but that they are no worse. Thus are their whole Lives not only, so many Years of Vanity, but of Discontent and Ill-humour. Indeed thev can hardly be faid to live at all: But the the troublesome Hours pass dreadfully over their Heads while present; and as they roll off in the Tide of Time, they Aide out of their Remembrance, and are succeeded with fresh ones still as trouble^ some as the others.

Thirdly, Another Rule, whereby we may acquire a happy Frame and Tem« per of Mind, is to leave the Management of the World, where it ought to be left, in the Hands of God. Suppose the former

SErM.mer Times were never so good, and the X. present never so bad, it is none of our

^*^Business to enquire into the Causes of these things. 'Tis not our Business to inspect Providence, but to submit' to it. Shall Man, who is but of yesterday, who came a perfect Stranger into the World, he hardly knows how or when, no sooner come into the World, but immediately set up for a Judge, .and claim the Dominion of, it? Whatever the World does, or however it goes with it, we may be sure God knows it, and permits it to go on; and continues to fend his Rain on the Just and on the Unjust: And would we have him stop the Course of his Providence, and work Miracles for nothing in the World but to keep us in Humour. To conclude: Let us all endeavour to leave off this murmuring complaining Temper, which tends to nothing but to make bad Christians and bad Subjects. 'Tis an Argument of a weak Mind, a Mind not accustom'd to thinking, and is a Disgrace to Human Nature ture, as well as to Religion. 'Tis high Serm. Time now to exert the Dominion of •*• Reason over Fancy and Opinion. However it goes with the World without us*; let us remember that we are Men and J Christians. Let us not be such Cheats to ourselves as to make imaginary Evils real ones, but consider that we have a Mind to look aster, which will determine our Happiness or Misery, according as we accustom it to a right or a wrong way of thinking. In a word, As long as we live in this World, let us endeavour to make ourselves and others as happy as we can. We have many Vices and Infirmities, as well as other People* and therefore we ought to bear with one another, and not conclude a Peace with our own Follies, and at the fame time proclaim War against those of other People. In short, let us furnish our Minds with true. Religion, which will give us such a chearful and easy Deportment in every Condition of Life, as will make us truly happy; for her Ways are Ways of Pleasantness and all her Paths, are Peact. SER

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G E N. iv. 10.

And He said, .Ifhat haft thou done? The Voice of thy Brothers Blood crleth unto me from the Ground.

Serm. $|!3flOpf ^ *^s Chapter we have a XI. Bilj81 stlort Account of Cain and K^Y^ HaBpfil Abel, and the first propagating the World aster Adam and Eve were driven out of Paradicc: It is very concise indeed, tho' it is as long as the Nature of the Thing would admit of: For it cannot reasonably, be expected, that the Scripture should give, a particular Account of every thing; that would have been neither necessary nor useful: Not necessary*, because the In^ tent and Design of it was not to teach


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