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SERM. with holy Job, he will not remove his
IV. Integrity, his Righteousness be will hold

fast, he will not let it go, his Heart
shall not reproach him, as long as he
lives.
Thus we see how

great

and powerful the Force of Example is ; I come to consider in the last Place,

III. WHAT Inferences will naturally follow from these Premises, and so I shall conclude. And,

1. HENCE we may infer, how much they are mistaken, who extol Faith so much, as to exclude good Works, and make them wholly useless, in the great Concern of Man's Salvation. In the Church of Rome, to believe as the Church believes, goes a great way towards a Man's Salvation; and, amongst others of a different Persuasion, a Recumbency on our Saviour Christ and his Merits, i. e, a confident and presumptuous Reliance and Dependence on them, without any Re gard to a sincere and universal Obedience to his Commands, is thought sufficient to intitle a Man to Heaven and eternal Happiness, Both these Sorts of Professors are very much out of the Way, for the whole Tenor of the Gospel runs thus, that he that

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believes shall be saved, and Faith is, for SERM, the most part, made the sole Condition of IV. our Salvation, yet it must be understood of an active, vigorous Faith, such a Faith as comprehends Obedience to the Laws of God, and exerts itself by good Works. An idle, lazy Faith has no Right to the Promises of the Gospel, and will be so far from being useful to us, at the Last Day, that it will but increase our Damnation. For we are told, that Hell-fire will be far more tolerable to Infidels and Unbelievers, the Inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, who never had the joyful Tidings of the Gospel preached unto them, than to those who profess the true Faith, and yet are notorious for the most corrupt Practices.

2. From hence we may infer, how commendable and praise-worthy an Action it is, to build public Places for the Worship of God, to enlarge them where they are too straight and scanty, and to beautify and adorn them with such becoming Ornaments, as render them venerable and comely in the Sight of those, who approach them, with an affectionate Devotion. For, if the giving a Cup of cold Water to a Disciple, in the Name of

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SERM. a Disciple, shall not miss of its Reward,

IV. how great will the Reward of those Perm sons be, who open Fountains of living

Water to refresh the Souls of so many
feeble and languishing Christians, who
are ready to perish for want of Knowledge ;
and continue in the most deplorable Ig-
norance, when the Light of the Gol-
pel shines in fo gloriously upon us? If
the Goodness of an Action is to be e-
steemed by its Usefulness, by the Glory
it brings to God, and the Benefit and Ad-
vantage to ourselves and others; then the
more public our good Deeds are, the bet-
ter they are, and the more Praise and
Commendation they deserve from Men ;
and the greater and more ample Reward
they will receive from God. To do Good
to a single Person, either in his Soul,
his Body, or his Estate, is a commend-
able and praise-worthy Action, and what
ought to be the continual Employment of
every good Christian, and which will not
miss of its Reward; but to do Good to
a whole Community, to a whole Neigh-
bourhood; as it ought to engage their
grateful Returns and Thankfulness (and
they must be very ungrateful indeed, who
do not make these poor Returns) so will

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it have its more ample Reward in the SERM. World to come. This was the Reason IV. why the Heathens preferred the Love of a Man's Country to all other Virtues ; why the Primitive Christians were so zealous in building Churches; why we ourselves enjoy so many stately Buildings and magnificent Structures, built and dedicated to the Service of God by our pious and generous Ancestors; so magnificent that we cannot behold them without Amazement, nor consider them without being conscious how much we have degenerated from them. The best way to form in our Minds juft Notions, how excellent a Work the Building and Enlarging of Churches is, is to consider those excellent Ends for which they are designed, what Uses they serve, and what Divine Offices are performed in them. Is not this the place where we meet together to hear and learn the blessed Word and Will of the everlasting God; to partake of the blessed Sacraments, which convey to us the most valuable Privileges, and the Pardon of all our Sins ? Do we not here meet and join together, both in Heart and Voice, to adore, praise, and magnify our heavenly Father, for all these wonderful Benefits which he daily and

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Serm. plenteously showers down upon us; and IV. to offer up unto him the acceptable Sa

crifice of our Alms and Oblations, as the best Return that we can make, though infinitely unequal to them ? And, lastly, because we are best instructed in the Value of Things, by the Price we set upon them, when we stand in Need of them let us consider, how uncomfortable a Condition it is to be excluded from the Place of God's public Worship. In those Countries where there are no Churches, and the Professors of Christianity can only pay their Adorations in private, and go in Danger of their Lives, when they perform the Rites of their Religion in public; what would they give for those blessed Opportunities which we enjoy ? For a Famine of the Word is as grievous to every good Man, as a Famine of Bread and, with the Pfalmist, he as much longs to go into God's Sanctuary, as others do into the Places of Gain and Profit. Let us consider, how uneasy most of us were, when we were only for some short Time excluded from this Place, and confined to the narrow Limits of a private Room; and let such Reflections fill our Minds with grateful Ideas, and our Mouths with thank

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