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the world, I will venture to say,

66 thou fool; for what folly is equal to that of defying omnipotence, and running the risk of damnation? your precious soul a thing of no consequence to you? are eternal chains to be trifled with? is incensed omnipotence an object of neglect and disregard ? But thou art not only foolish, but ungrateful—and what character is more odious and detestable? What do you think of the man who is capable of repaying good with evil? love with hatred? Do not you esteem him the disgrace of human nature, the pest of society? Undoubtedly he is in what colours then shall thy ingratitude be painted?. it is black as hell; the devils them, selves never had it in their power to contract guilt of such a malignant nature as yours; they were “ shut up in everlasting chains under dark

ness;” they never heard the glad message of peace and reconciliation; they never had the offer of a Saviour. And has God been employed from all eternity in contriving a scheme of salvation for you, O sinner, and do you hold it unworthy of your acceptance? do you

consider what is the plain language of such a conduct ? you thereby in direct terms accuse God of folly, in contriving a scheme of salvation that was unnecessary, or, which is equally atrocious, of contriving a scheme so rigid and severe, that it is sider from whence you are fallen: you are called upon to rend your hearts, and not your garments, to mourn over and to forsake your sins, that so iniquity inay not prove your ruin. Suffer me then to enforce the exhortation, and to press you to a speedy compliance with it; and

First, I would address myself to such as live in the open and avowed neglect of all religion, if any of this character act so inconsistently with it as to attend the assembly of God's people upon such an occasion as this; and I would have you, my friends, to think a little upon the folly of your conduct. Do you really believe that there is a God? This, though perhaps unwillingly, you must acknowledge; but do you know and consider what is necessarily connected with his existence, spotless holiness, infinite wisdom, strict justice, and almighty power? and none of these, O sinner, are of thy party, and in vain will you dream of ease and happiness, so long as you

and these are at variance. Do you think that God will suffer the majesty of his laws to be insulted, without inflicting condign punishment upon the transgressor? or that he takes no notice of human affairs? You either do not reflect at all, which is the more charitable supposition, or if you do, in whatever estimation you are held in the world, I will venture to say, “ thou fool;" for what folly is equal to that of defying omnipotence, and running the risk of damnation? Is your precious soul a thing of no consequence to you? are eternal chains to be trifled with? is incensed omnipotence an object of neglect and disregard ? But thou art not only foolish, but ungrateful-and what character is more odious and detestable? What do you think of the man who is capable of repaying good with evil? love with hatred? Do not you esteem him the disgrace of human nature, the pest of society? Undoubtedly he is in what colours then shall thy ingratitude be painted?. it is black as hell; the devils themselves never had it in their power to contract guilt of such a malignant nature as yours; they were “shut up in everlasting chains under dark

ness;" they never heard the glad message of peace and reconciliation; they never had the offer of a Saviour. And haş God been employed from all eternity in contriving a scheme of salvation for you, O sinner, and do you hold it unworthy of your acceptance? do you consider what is the plain language of such a conduct? you thereby in direct terms accuse God of folly, in contriving a scheme of salvation that was unnecessary, or, which is equally atrocious, of contriving a scheme so rigid and severe, that it is

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prove to your souls the sleep of death. Were your house burning about you, were the flames bursting into your bed chamber, even at the dead of night, you would start up and fly with the risk of every thing to save yourself; were but your neighbour's house on fire, or one in the same street, or even in the same town, apprehension or sympathy would keep you awake. But your

situation, O careless sinner, is a thousand times more dreadful; the flames of divine wrath surround you on all hands, and are ready to burst in torrents upon you, and yet you can indulge undisturbed repose. It is an inhuman disposition to wish to make a fellow creature unhappy; but would to God I could give any sinner of this character such a picture of himself as would day and night disturb his repose, till he sought and found rest only in the favour of a reconciled God. In your situation, the greatest cruelty is to spare; compassion, affection, apprehension upon your account, every motive of tenderness and concern are engaged to bring you to a proper sense of your danger. God has been visiting you year by year, in the language of the parable, in expectation of fruit, and has as long spared and admitted to further trials. God knows, you may now be in the last stage of your probation, and tremble to think of the next visit;

it may be to put in execution the dreadful sentence, “ Cut it down, why cumberethit the

ground?” Fly then, without delay, fly for refuge, to lay hold on the hope set before you; let it henceforth be the great study of your life to acquaint yourself with the way of salvation through a crucified Redeemer, that ye may be at peace; and that you may not be overtaken with the horrors of eternal night, while you are still at enmity with God. In the

Third and last place, I would address the exhortation of my text to the fallen backslidden children of God. Be of good courage, my friends, you have not to do with a harsh and severe master; but with a kind and tender-hearted parent, who does not cast off his children, though they “ fall “ from their first love." Ungrateful indeed you are, and ungrateful I am sure you think yourselves, to revolt against so mild a government, to throw off your allegiance to so gracious a sovereign; and meet it is that you should be humbled for your faults; meet it is that you should be laid low in the dust before your offended God and Saviour, and it is professedly with this intention that you came up hither to-day. Come then, with the returning prodigal, and say: “ Father, “ I have sinned before heaven, and in thy sight,

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