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bright spirits, who would have ministered joyfully to him, had he been a child of wisdom, shall see his folly, and indignantly withdraw their kindness from him ; while those foul fiends, who have helped to draw him into sing will insult and torment him for ever.
And is it not still worse shame that God will know our folly? God the Father, who calls us to consider our ways and be wise; God the Son, who died that sinners might live; and God the Holy Ghost, whose motions and warning upon the conscience, were so often resisted.
If the bible calls them fools, whom the world are apt to account wise, whose opinion do you prefer? By which rule have you hitherto been guided?
Which opinion ought you to prefer? seeing one is the word of that God who made, and will judge you.
Which opinion will you prefer? That which leads you to hell, or that, which through the mercy and merit of Christ will bring you to heaven,
MY soul how many foolish ways,
Before my eyes present ; Sin in alluring forms betrays
To endless punishment.
Ah let me mourn my ignorance,
Nor ever hate to learn;
To thoughtless actions turn,
May pray'r be my continual joy,
And idleness my hate; Let not the world, nor self destroy,
Nor hypocrites deceit.
To mock at sin, I'll never dare,
Nor rage, nor slander, use, Nor parents disobey, nor share
In mischievous abuse.
The bold or secret thief I'll fly,
Nor touch the drunkard's bowl; Nor sabbaths break, nor e'er deny The God who made
But Lord, to thee I look for grace,
To keep my purpose well ;
Since folly leads to hell.
Num. xv. 32,-36. And while the children of Israel were in the wilder
ness, they found a man that gathered sticks on
the sabbath day. And they that found him gathering sticks brought
him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the
congregation : And they put him in ward, because it was not de
clared what should be done unto him. And the Lord said unto Moses, the man shall surely
be put to death : all the congregation shall
stone him with stones without the camp. And all the congregation brought him without the
camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died: as the Lord commanded Moses.
It is a common mistake to think some sins little ones, and a great mistake to
think so of sabbath breaking. Many will esteem it no harm to live in the continual neglect of the Lord's day; and the occasional profanation of it, by business, or pleasure, is thought a very little crime. Herein persons cheat themselves. No sin is little ; no offence against God will be forgotten by him: and till the bible talks of little wrath, we must not talk of little sin.
It is from a small acorn that the great oak arises; so from what are called little sins do great crimes grow. Those who use themselves to break the sabbath, generally go on adding one iniquity to another, till in hell they learn how dangerous it is to commit any sin whatever.
We have an example here of a man found guilty of sabbath breaking, hy going into the fields to gather sticks. Perhaps he might say, to gather a few sticks was but a little matter : so much the worse of him, for so little a thing to break God's commandment, and hazard his soul.
Or should' he say, that many do so; that does not make the crime the less. We must not follow a multitude to do evil. The example of others, unless it is a good one, is not worth following: and if they