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Mercuri, 18° Die Decembris, 1745.
THAT the Thanks of this House be given
to the Reverend Dr. Newton, for the Sermon by him this Day preached before this House, at St. Margaret's Westminster; and that he be desired to print the same; and that the Lord Carpenter and Mr. Frankland do acquaint bim therewith.
RE v. ii. 5.
Remember therefore from whence thou
art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent,
N the leffer Asia there weré formerly seven famous and florish
ing churches; but they began very early to degenerate, and several corruptions were grown up, among them even in the days of the Apostles. St. John is therefore commanded to write unto them, and accordingly addresses the Revelation to them all in general, and a separate epistle to each in particular, and first to the church of Ephesus, as that was the
principal, and the metropolis of the lefser Asia. It is no ordinary melsage that he delivers, but he writes by the authority and in the name of Jesus, Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, will yisit thee fpeedily in judgment, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, will take away
from thee the light of the gofpel which thou hast hitherto enjoy’d, except thou . repent. It may reasonably be presumed, that these admonitions had for some time at least the desired effect, in reforming the manners of men, and confequently in retarding the judgments of God: but after five or six centuries, when the Christians of the East walked no longer worthy of their holy profession, and instead of growing at all better waxed daily worse and worfe, it pleased God to deliver
them into the hands of their enemies, the Saracens first and the Turks afterwards, who turned their churches into mosques, their worship into horrid superstition, and instead of the pure religion of Jesus which they had thus abused, forced Mahometism upon them by arnis and violence; and in this miserable condition they have continued ever since, sad monuments of God's justice, and terrible examples to all succeeding generations !
Such was the fate of the most glorious churches in the East, and let us beware left such also be not the fate of the best and purest churches in the Welt. For these admonitions of the Apostle were intended for us às well as for them, and he repeats it again and again, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit Jaith unto the churches; and leaves it to us to make the proper applica
tion to ourselves. Now certainly we have enjoy'd the light of the gospel as well as they, in its truest splendor and purity; and like them have fallen from our former piety and virtue. Like them too we are threatend with the heaviest of God's judgments, the loss of our pure religion and liberty, and this speedily too, unless we take the same course that was prescribed to them, to prevent it. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Here are then two things proposed to our confideration, first the evils with which we are threaten'd, I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove the candlestick out of his place; and fecondly the most effectual method to prevent these evils, namely to re