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is a tenderness in Nature, fo there is a Sacredness in Laws: These muft not be prostifuted to the Softness of Men's Fears and Pasfions. Better the Guilty suffer, than Iniqui
T fy triumph over Law and Justice.
T Sic parvis Componere magna folemus,
18 Besides; this Doctrine unhinges the whole Fabrick of Religion; destroys the Distinctions between Good and Evil ; takes off the Force of Future Rewards and Punishments. Upon this Súpposition, why should Men be at the trouble of a devout and holy Life : Of putting themselves under the ungrateful Task of ke Fasting, Mortification, and Repentance? Why
T should they be afraid of offending God, or breaking his Laws; since after such a time they shall be let loose from, or they shall be annihilated, and so incapable of Misery? Must Men defy God, and Heaven ; must they be as Prophane, as debauched as their Atheiftical Impudence, and their Lufts can make them; and must there be no difference betwixt them, and the most devout, serious, and holy Christian? Methinks, there is as little of goodNature, and Charity, as of Equity and Juftice in this. These are wild and extravagant Notions'; and they who would obtrude them , upon the World, must not only inake us New Scriptures, and New Creeds; but they must also give us New Natures, and New Schemes of Morality,
This is the express Doctrine of the New · Teftament. Thus our Saviour. The wicked Mat. 25.
Jhall go away into everlasting Punishment. And
Thus (bj Lu. !3
2dly, Another thing considerable in these Torments, is, the Extremity of them. And this also the Scriptures of the New Testament every where set forth unto us, in the most plain and terrible Expresfions, such as fa) everlasting Burnings, (b) unquenchable Fire.[a] Mat. The Gnawings of an immortal Worm. our Saviour, Depart from me ye cursed into 12. everlasting Fire prepared for the Devil, and Mar, 2; bis Angels, And again Whole Fan is in bis 94 246, 48. Hand, and be will throughly purge bis Floor, and the Chaff be will burn up with unquenchable Fire. And again It is better to enter
43. 44into Life Halt or Maimed, than' to be cast into Hell, into the Fire' that never shall be quenched; where the Worm dieth not, and the Fire is not quenched.
Is it possible that any Truth can be delivered, in Words more plain, and less liable to cavil, than these are? Can any Man be so obstinately, and absurdly Sceptical, as to doubt what our Saviour meant by them? *Twere easy to give you many more Testimopies of this from Scripture ; but I shall rather
25. 41. Ch. 3. 127 Mark 9.
chuse to stop here, and to shut up all in a 'hort and plain. Application:
Where I will address my self to two Şorts
of Men. Silit
1. To the Unbelieving and Sceptical Part
of Mankind, who deny, or doubt of the
2. To Righteous and Religious Men; whose wi Portion thall be eternal Life.
1. I would be thought to speak to unbelieving or Sceptical Men, who deny or doubt of the Truth of this Doctrine. And all that I would beg of these, is, That they would consider the Arguments offered in this Matter, a little more calmly, and seriously. than perhaps they have ever get done.
Have they throughly weighed the Authority upon which this Doctrine is grounded? Arc they able to disprove the Divinity of our Saviour, and by consequence, that he was infallible in all he spoke ? Can it be denied that he taught this in most plain, familiar, and exprefs Words? Can they answer all the Arguments drawn from Scripture, Councels, Fathers, Doctors, Schoolmen, upon which the Christian Church for about Seventeen Hundred Years hath believed it? All this muft
be done, or else this Doctrine stands upon an anfhaken Foundation,
But I must come fomething closer to these Men. Are they really satisfied about it, in the private and serious Reaforings of their own Minds? Is it not an Atheistical Bravado ? Is it not rather a Wilh, that there were no Helly ho Place of Eternal Torments, than that they really believe there is not? : Do not such Men sometimes feel Contradictions to these Opini- .. ons from their own Souls? Do not their Consciences often bind them over to the future Tribunal of God? Does not Hell (in spight of Scepticism and Debauchery) frequently run in their Heads, and haunt their Fancies, with the frightful Apparitions of an offended and angry Deity? If such Men can't give Satisfadion to these Queries; if they can't shake off these Fears, may God in time open their Eyes, and their Hearts, "to fee, and to confefs tite Truth, and to sue to him for Mercy, before he coines unto them in Judgment ; before the Flames of Hell (which they have denied) prevent their Repentance.
2dly, I would in one Word Address to Righteous and Religious Men, whose Portion shall be eternal Life. And all that I have to say unto them, is only to commend their Wisdom, and to congratulate their Happiness; and to perswade them to persevere, and go on, in the good Choices they have made. That they would not suffer their Faith to be
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fhaken, nor their Constancy moved by the bold and ignorant Talk of Infidels and Blafphemers. That they would not be discoura
ged, nor weary in well doing ; for in due time Sal. 6. 9.tbey ball reap if they faint not. Som. 9.4.tain the Adoprion, and the Glory, and the ca
venants, and the Promises, All that their Faith hath believed that their Hopes have expeded ; and more than their Hearts can now con
For when Christ who is their Life fall appear, they also shall appear with him in Glory.
Col. 3. 4. ceive.