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Quot. “We have no ground for repentance, but under “ a sense of our fins, and a feeling that our fans are detest« able, damnable, and abominable.-Then a man will repent.• Answ. Repentance is not of the will of man, Sir; nor of the will of the flesh, but of God. Judas felt his fins detestable and damnable, and he repented himself, and hanged himself. Repentance is the grant of the Father, and the gift of the Son; and is produced, under the operations of pardoning love, by the Spirit; and it is reflecting with inward contrition on the long forbearance of God, that leads to it. Pardon must be sealed, love felt, God must appear pacified, (Ezek. xxxvi. 31.) and the finner raised to hope, before any evangelical repentance, such as needs not to be repented of, can take place. When God appeared to Job, in order to turn his captivity, “ he abhorred himself, and repented.” When God “ turned Ephraim, and called him his dear fon," Ephraim repented: and when the prodigal got the kiss, the ring, and the robe, then he repented. Man is not driven to repentance by a fense of sin, but drawn to it by a fenfe of pardon. When man's misery and God's mercy meet together on the soul; when the self-defpairing child and the loving parent meet ; there is repentance indeed. · Quot. “If God has cleansed our hearts by his Holy “ Spirit, we shall feel an abhorrence of those fins that are « near to us; nay, the nearer they are to us, the more we abhor them.”

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Answ. What proof do you give, Sir, of this doctrine being practised by you? “ Is going to Green« wicb, Uxbridge, Bristol, &c. &c. telling the people " that, if ever they admitted me into their pulpit, “ you would never appear there any more," doing the work of a peace-maker? or is this abhorring evil ? Doth not envy, hatred, and malice, against me, lie near to you, and that without cause? And can casting the vilest names such as you have cast upon me be any proof of an inward abhorrence of evil ? or can such a discourse as this be called the produce of Divine Inspiration ?

Quor. “ Our Lord talks It does not signify, he « preached the Gospel. I do believe he preached a great « deal about holiness' Think not that I am come to de « ftroy the Law or the Prophets." Nobody will come to do * that but the Devil.

· Answ. I cannot think that the Devil would wish to destroy the Law which God has given to men, if he had it in his power ; for, had there been no Law in Paradise, Satan could not have tempted our parents to a transgression of it; for where there is no Law, there can be no transgresion. He took an advantage of the Law, and tempted to a breach of it; at which breach Sin and Satan came in, and cook poffefsion of the disobedient; and they have worked in the children of disobedience ever since. It is the Law, Sir, that delivers the finner to the Judge, and

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the Judge delivers him to the Officer, to be cast into
prison.' The Officer could have no prisoners to
wreak his rage upon; if there were no Law to curse
the finner. Satan is not divided against himself.
Those preachers who opposed Paul's Gospel with
Circumcision and the Law of Moses, are expressly
called Satan's own ministers transformed, 2 Cor. xi.
14, 15. The Galatians, who turned their backs
upon Chrift, and went to the Law to be made per-
fect by the Aesh, are declared to be bewitched; and
we know that all witchcraft comes from Satan. All
the finners that ever this trading Justice has got into
his dismal cave, have died under the Law; and all
the Naves that Satan ever has lost, have been de-
livered from the Law, and saved from sin and hell,
by the Grace of God revealed in the everlasting
Gospel. The Saviour did preach up boliness. He
pronounced the blessing of Justification upon his
elect followers, which absolved and acquitted them
from all penal evil: “ Now ye are clean through
" the word that I have spoken unto you." He
gave them notice that he would cleanse them from
all future defilement by his blood and Spirit, which
he signified by washing their feet; and he promised
to send the “ Holy Ghost to abide with them for
“ ever, and bid them abide in him as the branch
« does in the vine ; and that such souls Tould bring
a forth much fruit: but without him they could do
« nothing." But the holiness preached up in this

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! Sermon has little or no resemblance of this.' Let us now see how you preach it up.

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Quot. “ If you cannot stand behind your counter un“ der the influences of the Holy Spirit, stand there no “ more; if you cannot eat your food with a single eye to .

glorify God, rather starve than feed; if you cannot lje “ down upon your beds to rest with a desire that (by your " rest) you may be recruited to serve God, reft no more.".

Answ. If none but such persons as are here described were to stand behind a counter, there would not be shopkeepers enough in all the world to serve the inhabitants of London, so as for every one to get one article in a week ; and were none but such persons to eat, as you describe, the world would be thin enough of inhabitants in six weeks. From all selfmurder, and from sudden death, good Lord, deliver us! We

Quot. 6. Though a man, in his carna!,, unconverted « ftate, will hardly keep himself from anger as yet he can easily keep himself from murder :

Answ. That a man can easily keep himself from murder, appears plain by Hazael. Elisha told him, that he should “ say the young men of Israel, dash ; " their children, and rip up their women with.. “ child” who answered—" Is thy servant a dog, " that he should do this great thing?” And the next day he killed his own sovereign; and soon after

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acted all the rest of the bloody tragedy, 2 Kings, Chap. 8. To make men their own keepers is a poor doctrine: they are better kept that God keepeth.

Quot. “ People, if they are ever so vile, can keep themselves from outward actions; and generally do, for fear « of the consequences that attend them. The thievith « man may keep himself from thievilh actions through fear “ of punishment. Man may restrain himself from many « outward acts of violence."

Answ. This doctrine of self-keeping, Sir, has a tendency to keep men from looking to Him who is «s called Jesus, because he shall save his people from " their sins.” The Scriptures say, that “ the strong '« man, armed, keeps poffeffion of the palace ;” and that “ the Devil takes the finner captive at his will.” If so, where is the finner's power to keep bimself, if God leaves him? And surely we have few empty gaols, maiden-asizes, or barren banging-days, to prove the truth of this doctrine..“ Except the Lord keep “ the city, the watchman waketh but in vain:” and if God takes off his restraint, the finner runs to mif'chief; the fear of bell-fire is not enough to deter him, much less the fear of a gallows.

Quot. “ A man may subscribe to his meeting, and come « to his meeting; he may pay his tithes, and go to his s church; he may go to a shop, and pay his debts,” &c.

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