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at home, weigh not their spirits in the balance of the fan&tuary ; but their spirit of self-love makes all of high importance, and to appear well, which is their own. There is a sixfold spirit that is our plague this day.--There is,

[1.] A carnal worldly spirit : Phil. iii. 19. “ They mind earthly things." Our spirits are funk in the thick clay of a present world, and have got into an earthly constitution, as if, with our bodies, they were only fprung of earth. From communion and converse with God, our spirits are greatly estranged, but the world gets our first, middle, and last thoughts; so that there seems need of some terrible alarm to make us lift up our heads off that pillow.--There is,

[2.] A private narrow spirit: Phil. ii. 21, “ For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus. Christ's.” O what a rare thing is a public spirit among us this day, a kindly concern for tħe kingdom and interest of Christ in the world, men naturally caring for these things as their Father's coii

Sirs, our wide mouths will not absolve us from the crime of a narrow spirit in God's matters, more than Jehu's bravado, “ Come fee my zeal :” Prov. xxvi. 23. “ Burning lips and a wicked heart, are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.” The Protestant religion is in hazard abroad and at home; is there any thing of the care. of the churches lying upon you ? This church is in hazard of falling into the enemy's hands; are your hearts, like good old Eli's, “ trembling for the ark ?" 1 Sam. iv. 13. Nay, do not many look

upon our present privileges with such a despising eye, that it is all one to them whether they sink or swim. Have the attempts of our enemies ever made you go alone to wrestle with God against them ? You profess you would have mini



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fters to keep honest; but are we obliged to your wrestlings with God for us on that account? Have we any larger share in your prayers than we were wont to have? Will the loss of our honesty be to you the loss of many prayers for us in a difficult time? Psal. cxxxii. 9.“ Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let thy saints shout aloud for joy.” It is a time of much sinning ; are you fighing and crying for all the abominations that-are in the midst of the land ? Ezek. ix. 4

Are you putting to your hand, as you have access, to stop the stream of abounding fin? - There is,

[3.] A stout, sturdy, fearless fpirit. I fear, if God look to none but to those who are poor, of contrite spirit, and who tremble at his word, If. lxvi. 2. there will be few amongst us that will get a look of him. How little are we affected with the word, the dispensations of the day, and the signs of the times! Is not the word like a ball thrown against a wall? The custom of hearing it has lefsened the value of it. Who is hearkening for the time to come ? Does that question lie near your heart, How shall I be carried through in the evil day? Are you putting matters in order between God and you, and preparing an ark for your safety ?-There is,

[4.] A proud fiery spirit, while the humble, meek, and lowly spirit does rarely appear. People are fo puffed up with conceit of themselves, there is no dealing with them. If they make themselves vile, they will 'rather be more vile than submit to admonition or reproof. And if they be in the least ruffled, they are ready to cast all ordinances behind their backs. If the whole be not exactly according to their mind, they will contemptuously reject all. Witness the contempt poured by some upon the last fast. Humiliation of heart, and



felf-denial would cure us of this irreligious heart, which is the bane and ruin of religion among us, and would kindle in us a more kindly warmth of heart towards God and the things that bear his stamp.-There is,

[5.] A formal spirit: 2 Tim. iii. 5. “ Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." The bodily exercise of religion is, much amongft many of us, but for exercise unto godliness among us, it appears to be very rare, 1 Tim. iv. 7. 8. And many proclaim themselves uiter strangers to it. In the eyes of any discerning Christian, they have so little sense of the vitals of practical godliness, that these things are an absolute mystery to them. It would fare the better with many of us, that we would begin again and lay the foundation of our religion, and follow it out in the great mysteries of the Christian life, mortification of heart-corruptions, the life of faith, and communion with God. There is,

[6.] A profane fpirit, where the works of the flesh are manifeft. There is a lying spirit, which fo poffefseth many, that they make no conscience of speaking truth, but lend their tongues for lies. There is a bitter fpirit of cursing and swearing, railing and reproaching, amongst us, fo that fober persons may fay, as in Pfal. lvii. 4. “My foul is among

lions ; and I lie even among them that are fet on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are fpears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.” See also Pfal. Ixiv. 3.-7. A base, sneaking, difhonest spirit, lodges in the breast of many, whose covetous, unrighteous ways, in undermining, deceiving, and wronging their neighbours, will bring a vengeance from heaven on their heads.

(2.) The case of our day requires another spirit than we have. God seems to be speaking to the VOL. II. L


carnal worldly generation this day, as in Haggai, i. 4. Jer. xlv. 4. 5. To the formal and profane, as in Matth. iii. 10. To the private-spirited, as in Amos, vi. 1. And to all, as in Amos, iv. 12. But Q how unsuitable are our spirits to the case of the day! How unmeet are our spirits to act for God! They are too mean to do any thing great and honourable for God and his glory. And double less, if we get not another spirit; we will never be honoured of God to perform any thing that is great for him. Our work as Christians is at all times difficult, but we are likely to have a special difficulty in our time. Is the mean and base fpirit wherewith we are plagued, meet to set us to oppose the stream and tide of sin, that is going through the generation ? Is our careless carnal fpirit meet to wrestle with God, to keep him still in our land?

- Again, How unmeet are our spirits for suffering? The soft and carnal spirit which prevails, suits very

ill with a time in which the Lord seems to be about to pluck up and destroy. That spirit of formality and profanity answers very ill with a time in which people’s religion may be put to the utmost trial : Isa. xxxin. 14. “ The finners in Zion are afraid, fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.” Verily, if we get not another spirit, a time of trial will make a dreadful discovery among the professed followers of the Lord.

(3.) Does not our own particular case, with respect to eternity, require another spirit ? Eternity is no dream, the wrath to come is no scare-crow; these are the greatest of realities, and certainly require our utmost efforts. Does the prevailing temper of our spirits look like the eternal weight of glory that is abiding those who strive, run, wrestle, and fight the good fight of faith? Alas! our spirits are as unlike the attaining it, as the

fluggard, fluggard, who will not plow his field, is like to attain a good crop. They who look for a treasure, dig for it; and they who wish for the prize, run for it; but it is a loitering, not a labouring spirit, with which most of us are possessed, who hate small probability of seeing heaven, unless it will drop down into our mouths.--Again, Does our spirit look like flying from the wrath to come, that infinite load of wrath which is abiding a perishing generation ? We seem to be creeping from it, rather than fleeing; and therefore it is ready to overtake us.

O how would our spirits stir within us, if we were duly affected with eternity, and the danger that our souls are in of the wrath to come! -But farther, How unlike is our spirit to the subduing of strong corruptions within our own breasts ! How soft are our spirits against these our deadliest enemies ! We must have another fpirit, or our fpirits will soon be devoured by them.--Lastly, There is no following of the Lord fully, and so no heaven, without another spirit ; and therefore, as ever we would be found Christians indeed, and safe through eternity, let us labour for that other fpirit : “ Create in us, O Lord, a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us.”—I shall now very briefly attend to

Doct. III. That thofe who, by following the Lord

fully in the time of general declining, distinguish themselves, God will distinguish them from others, by special marks of favour in the time of general calamity.--The scriptures afford many instances in proof of this, as Noah, Lot, Jeremiah, and many others.

For illustrating this doctrine, we shall, 1. Shew how those must distinguish themselves


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