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real Use to us, such as are the eternalSErM. Differences of Good and Evil, and all Matters fundamental in Religion; in These^^^ things, Truth is always as distinguishable to the unprejudiced Understanding of a Person even of a mean Capacity, as Light is by the Eye distinguishable from Dark-, ness.

That Cod, the Maker and Judge of all, is to be worshipped, rather than the Fictions of Humane Folly. That the Worship most acceptable to him, is the Obedience of a virtuous and sober Life, rather than an Endless Circle of mere external Ceremonies. That the Practice — of Justicet Righteousness, Meekness and Charity, is much more useful to men, „ r-than^ their stirring up each others Zeal ~ for or against opinions, of which they ^understand very little: These great Lines of Truth, are so plainly, so brightly conspicuous, both in Reason and Scripture, that be who runs may read them. Whosoever is led into any Error, contrary to these Great and Fundamental truths, "tis not by his Understanding, but by his Will that he is deceived; and ~- —' L 2 there


S E R M. therefore he is justly answerable for his V**' Folly. sGod would have all men to be Javecs, and to come to the Knowledge of the v ~ 'Truth, i Tim. ii. 4. The Light held forth

to them is clear and strong; the Rules,/ , are Few and conspicuous; that an unprejudiced Person would hardly think it possible ithey mould be mistaken. Yet so extensive is That kind of Error which proceeds from Wilfulness and corrupt Affections, that in opposition to these Great and Plain Rules it is, that the whole World lieth in Wickedness, 1 Joh. v. 19, In opposition to the Evidence of This Ærining Light it is, that the Devotion of the Popi/h World is transferred from the God and Father of all things, and from the One only Mediator whom He has appointed; to Saints, and Angels, and Images, and fictitious Rclicks// In opposition to the same plain and evident Truths it is, that, not in the Popi/h World only, .but in too great a part even of That also which calls itself Protestant, mere outward and customary Forms have by Ma: ny persons a greater Stress laid upon them, -than the weightier matters of the Law,

Practise Practise of True Virtue: And men gene-S E R M. rally are more concerned to support uncertain Opinions, than to promote the1'^"**^ Habits of Justice, Goodness, Temperance, Meekness, and univerfal Good-will to* wards Mankind; upon which principally depends our Happiness in This World, and our Title to That which is to comeThis is the Great Corruption, the Great and Univerfal Error of All Ages in matters of Religion. And they who Thus oppose themselves to the Great End and Design of the Gospel, subverting the Simplicity and Purity of the doctrine of Christ; these, as well as the Atheistical, debauched, and profane, are the Persons whom we ought to be continually instructing in Meekness, if God peradventure will give them Repentance to the Acknowledgment of the Truth.

In which words of the Apostle, we may observe distinctly the following particulars. 1st, A supposition laid down That Truth is something real in itself and of importance to Men; something that may be found, and which we ought to seek after. 2dly, An Observation made L 3 concerning

Se R M.concerning the corrupt state and disposition of Mankind; that Some there will always be, who will set themselves to oppose the Truth. 3<#>',-A Direction given, concerning our Own Duty; that we ought to inJiruB such persons, in Meekness, And ^thly, a Reason added, why we ought to do it in That manner; if God peradv.viture will give them Repentance to the acknowledgment of the Truth.

ijl, Hkre is a Supposition laid down; that Truth, is something real in itself, and of importance to. Men; something that may be found, and which we ought to seek after. I have already observed, that where-ever the Scripture ipeaks of T'-nth, it always means such Truth as has relation to Religion; And I lhall use the word in That fense, thro' the whole following Discourse. Æ Truth, of what kind finer it be, is real; but not always of impertance. Ml Truth, has its Foundation in Nature; but is not always ne» cesiary, or of any great Use for Us to know. But Truth in matters of Religion* is always of the greatest importance; as being the Foundation and the Support, o{

Big* Right PraStiee. Men, upon erroneous S E n vt. Principles, may do what is Right by v*'. Chance j or the general Probity of theif V"V"S"' Temper, may overrule the ill influence of mistaken Principles: But there can be no certain, there can be no fieddy Rule of good Practice, without a Foundation of Truth. All Errow is founded m Imagination only; 'Tk a ShaeteW, without a Substance; "Tis generally rotting dfe, but a careless following of other mens Opinions, or pretended Opinions; a kzy and formal Adherence to the Qistoms of she Age men live in, or the Notions which happen to prevail, like- other Fxtshions, in particular Places, and amorig certain SeEts or Par* fies of men. Principles of which kind, can be no better a Foundation of Practice, <han mere Chance; And Religion built upon such a quick-fand, is, in the several Nations: of the Earth, nothing at all more than the Custom or Fashion of the Country. Religion acceptable to God, who judges the Heart; must be, in the Mind of every particular Person, a Lore of Truth and Right: A Love of That Truth and Right, not which is esteemed L 4 such

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