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sages of the Scriptures in which holiness is described as entitled to respect and praise? Very different are the foundations of its sway. It reigns, because multitudes love the praise of men more than the praise of God. It reigns, because they receive honour one of another ; and seek not that honour which comethfrom God only (k).

What is this idol, which men worship in the place of the living God? What is this principle, which they enthrone in degradation of his sovereign word? Honour implies the favourable estimation entertained of an individual by others of his own line and place in society. The votary of honour may delude himself with the idea that, whatever be the ordinary expressions of his lips, his heart is dedicated to religion. But his heart is fixed on his idol, human applause. In the place of the love and the fear of God he substitutes the love of praise and the fear of shame. In the place of conscience he substitutes pride. For the dread of guilt he substitutes the apprehension of disgrace.

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, faith the Lord. That 'which is highly efeemed among men is abomination in the fight of God (/). Woe unto you

{I) John, v. 44. xii. 43.. .{/> Isaiah, lv. 8. Luke, xvi. 15.

who who thus/«/ darkness for light, and proportionally thrust aside into darkness the light of the world, the oracles of the Most High. Ye are they, like the Pharisees of old, "who justify yourselves before men. Ye are they, who teach for doblrines the commandments of men. Ye are they, who make the commandments of God of none effecl by your traditions (m). Ye are they . who uphold the duellist. Ye are they who wrest the sword out of the hands of the law; and commit to every man the vindication of his real or imaginary wrongs. Ye are they who prefer the discharge of a gaming debt to the payment of the just demand of the famished tradesman. Ye are they who establish a principle of morality, baseless because not founded upon religion; scanty in its comprehension, because tolerant of many crimes and indifferent to numerous virtues ; and however highly esteemed among men, abominable in the sight of God, because exalted in neglect or in contempt of his word, regardless of his service and his glory.

My brethren! The professed object of this discourse is now fulfilled. You have distinctly suryeyed a sufficient variety of examples selected to display the sin, which in the passage

(m) Luke, xvi. 15. Matth. xv. 6.9.

Of of Scripture before us the prophet had in contemplation. And your consciences attest the justice of the woe denounced against every instance of that sin by the Spirit of God. What is the warning voice which, while we ponder on these examples singly or collectively, resounds in our ears? 'To the lam and to the teflimony. If they speak not According to this word, it is because there is no lightin them. Thus faith the Lord: Jland ye in the ways, and fee t and ajksor the old paths where is the good way, and walk therein; andye shalt Jind reji for your fouls («). Let not the fumes of a heated imagination bewilder you into enthusiasm. Let not the natural aversion of the heart from religion chill you into lukewarmness. Conceive not that it is religion to obey some of the commandments of God, and knowingly to persevere in disobeying one. Conceive not that it is charity to explain away the heinousness of sin; or cenforioulhess to pronounce that to be. guilt which God has pronounced to be guilt, that to be the subject of punishment which God has averred that He will punish. Let not your minds be corrupted from the simplicity 'which is in Christ into a habit of referring to that unauthorised and miserable arbiter of (») Isaiah, •nil. si«. Jerem. «i. »$•


morals, that ideal power before which the world bows down in senseless adoration, the principle of honour. My son! Give, I pray thee, glory to the Lord God. Wee unto you, if in any of the instances which have been specified, or in any analogous example, you are deluded to call evil good and good evil, to put darkness for light and light for darkness, to put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter I Woe unto you if you wilfully become the instrument of seducing others into similar delusions i Stand fast on the sure rock, the sacred Word. Let ignorance misunderstand the gospel : let indifference strip it of its energy: let pride, let sensuality, let worldly mindedness frame to themselves schemes of religion conformable to the corrupt principle in accomodation to which they are severally framed. Let the language of ignorance, of indifference, of pride, of sensuality, of worldly mindedness, on topics of piety and morality, be unrighteousness, be folly, be madness. In God, in His counsels, in His recorded law, there is neither variableness nor shadow- of turning. JesUS Christ, the Judge of all, is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever* Measure thou all things by that standard, by which thou stialt thyself be measured. Weigh all things Vol. I. C C in in those scales, by which thou shalt thyself be tried. Make thy reference in all things to that tribunal, from which there shall-be-no appeal. Judge all things by the word of God: for by that word shalt thou and all things be judged.

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