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known sins; but if, whilst it is so with them, they refuse all inward peace, but what comes in by most fervent and sincere desires of deliverance from them, and repentance for them, they may be safe from the dominion of sin. But if men can on any hopes, or presumptions, or resolutions, preserve a kind of peace in their minds, whilst they live in any known sin, they are nigh the borders of that security which is the territory wherein sin doth reign.

5. Make continual applications unto the Lord Christ in all the acts of his mediation for the ruin of sin, especially when it attempts a dominion in us, Heb. iv. 16. This is the life and soul of all directions in this case, which needs not here to be enlarged on; it is frequently spoken unto.

Lastly, Remember, that a due sense of deliverance from the dominion of sin is the most effectual motive unto universal obedience and holiness; as such it is proposed and managed by the apostle, Rom. vi.

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HUMBLE TESTIMONY

UNTO THE

GOODNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD

IN HIS DEALING WITH SINFUL CHURCHES AND NATIONS: OR, THE ONLY WAY TO DELIVER A SINFUL NATION FROM UTTER RUIN,

BY IMPENDING JUDGMENTS :

IN

A DISCOURSE

ON TAB

WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

LUKE XIII. 1-5.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their trans.

gressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.--Isa. Ivir, 1. In publico discrimine omnis homo miles est.

They added, moreover, that whereas on various accounts there are continual apprehensions of public calamities, all men's thoughts are exercised about the ways of deliverance from them. But whereas they fix themselves on various and opposite ways and means for this end, the conflict of their counsels and designs increaseth our danger, and is like to prove our ruin. And the great cause hereof is, a general ignorance and neglect of the only true way and means whereby this nation may be delivered from destruction under the displeasure of God. For if their thoughts did agree and centre therein, as it would insensibly work them off from their present mutual destructive animosities, so also it is of such a nature as would lead them into a coalescency in those counsels, whose fruit would be the establishment of truth with righteousness and peace. Now this way is no other but sincere repentance, and universal reformation in all sorts of persons throughout the nation.

That this is the only way for the saving of this nation from impending judgments and wasting desolations, that this way will be effectual unto that end when all others shall fail, is asserted and proved in this discourse, from the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ himself, to confront the wisdom of politicians, who are otherwise minded, with a plain word of truth and power.

It was hoped also by them, that some intimation of their duty might be hereby given unto those, who, having the ministerial oversight of the generality of the people, do divert their minds unto the petty differences and contests, whilst the fire of God's displeasure for sin is ready to devour their habitations. And the truth is, if they persist in their negligence, if they give not a public evidence at this season of

TO THE READER.

The ensuing discourse contains the substance of sundry sermons preached in a private congregation. Some who heard them considering the subject-matter treated of, and the design in them, with respect unto the present state of things in this nation, did judge that it might be convenient and seasonable to make them more public, for the use and benefit of others; but knowing how remote I was from any such intention in their first composure, and how naked they were of all ornaments that might render them meet for public view, I was unwilling for a season to comply with their desires. Neither was it their importunity (which, as they did not use, so I should not in this case have valued), but their reasons that prevailed with me to consent that they might be published by any that had a mind thereunto, which is all my concernment therein. For they said, that whereas the land wherein we live is filled with sin, and various indications of God's displeasure thereon, yet there is an unexemplified neglect in calling the inhabitants of it unto repentance, for the diverting of impendent judgments. The very heathen, they said, upon less evidence of the approaches of divine vengeance than is now amongst us, did always solemnly apply themselves to their deities, for the turning it away. Wherefore, this neglect amongst us they supposed to be of such ill abode, as that the weakest and meanest endeavour for relief under it might be of some use; and of that nature I cannot but esteem this discourse to be.

They added, moreover, that whereas on various accounts there are continual apprehensions of public calamities, all men's thoughts are exercised about the ways of deliverance from them. But whereas they fix themselves on various and opposite ways and means for this end, the conflict of their counsels and designs increaseth our danger, and is like to prove our ruin. And the great cause hereof is, a general ignorance and neglect of the only true way and means whereby this nation may be delivered from destruction under the displeasure of God. For if their thoughts did agree and centre therein, as it would insensibly work them off from their present mutual destructive animosities, so also it is of such a nature as would lead them into a coalescency in those counsels, whose fruit would be the establishment of truth with righteousness and peace. Now this way is no other but sincere repentance, and universal reformation in all sorts of persons throughout the nation.

That this is the only way for the saving of this nation from impending judgments and wasting desolations, that this way will be effectual unto that end when all others shall fail, is asserted and proved in this discourse, from the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ himself, to confront the wisdom of politicians, who are otherwise minded, with a plain word of truth and power.

It was hoped also by them, that some intimation of their duty might be hereby given unto those, who, having the ministerial oversight of the generality of the people, do divert their minds unto the petty differences and contests, whilst the fire of God's displeasure for sin is ready to devour their habitations. And the truth is, if they persist in their negligence, if they give not a public evidence at this season of

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