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a weighty matter is undetermined ? Poor foul! while thou art halting, thou art standing on the brink of the pit, and whether death or life shall be thy lot, whether heaven or hell, is still as to thee undetermined. Till thou determine the point to be the Lord's, and to renounce all thy idols, Satan has the hold of thee, and there is nothing between death and thee but one step, thou hangeft over the pit by the long-worn thread of divine patience; and whenever that gives way, thou art loft for ever : John, iii. 36. “ He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

(3.) Do you not wonder, that God has waited fo long upon you, that he has not taken your flights and scorns for your final answer ? Is it not surprising, that he has not recalled his ambassadors, and denounced war against you, to be carried on for ever? Ye must needs wonder that it is not fog when ye consider the infinite greatness of him who makes suit to you, the meanness and vileness of those whom he courts, and the abominable competi, tors which ye prefer to him.

(4.) Are ye not afraid lest the Lord halt, and proceed no further in seeking after you? that this may be the last call that ever you may get ? Luke, xiv. 24. “ For I fay, unto you, that none of these men which were bidden, ihall tafte of my supper.” Sit this call, and who KIIOW5 but thic Lord may from this time leave you to your lusts? Pfal. lxxxi.

11. I 2. “ But my people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts lufts, and they walked in their own counsels.” Hof. iy. 19. « Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone :" Saying, Cease my Spirit, cease conscience, minifers, ordinances, judgements, mercies, give that L12

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man no more disturbance in the embraces of his lufts, let them hang by him, and he by them, till they fink him into hell, and lie there as a mountain of lead on him for ever.

(5.) Do you not know, the longer you halt, it will be the harder to come to a point for God? the longer ye hold off from the Lord, you will be the more loth to come away: Prov. vi. 10. “ Yet a little fleep, a little llumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.” He that is not fit this day, will be unfitter to-morrow; for lusts, through continuance, grow more and more strong, and the devil, that comes at first alone, afterwards his name is Legion, for they are many. I aver, that it had been telling many of us, that they had struck the iron many years ago, when it was hotter than it is now.

Lastly, Halt as long as you will, you must not only be determined for the Lord, and against all your lufts, but also you must be joined to the Lord, and separated from them actually, else you are ruined for ever. The case is plain, Mark, xvi. 16. “ He that believeth not shall be damned."-Ezek. xviii. 30. “ Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin."

-Matth. xviii. 3. “ Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” So, if you have any mind to be free from the wrath to come, unless you have a mind to take your hazard with your lusts through all eternity, while God is God, to pursue the quarrel for the flight ye put on him, you must come to a point, and be determined for God, and give up with all your lusts.

Now, Sirs, there are two things lying before you this day, of one of which you are to take your choice. 1. You must either give up with God, Chrift,

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heaven, and glory, quit all your part in the covenant of grace, the purchase of Christ, and his death, freely, and betake yourselves to your lusts, idols, and sinful courses, and make the best of them you can to live and die with them. Satan is fond of your making this choice. Or,

2. You must give up with your lufts, idols, and sinful courses, freely quit your part in them, not excepting your darling lust, and betake yourselyes to the Lord in his covenant, taking this day God the Father for your Father, God the Son for your Saviour, God the Holy Ghost for your Sanctifier, Chrift for your Prophet, to be led by his word and Spirit ; Christ for your Priest, to be saved by his obedience and death only ; Christ for your King, to be ruled and governed by him according to his will absolutely. The Lord is willing that you make this your choice, and kindly invites the worst of you to it: Rey, iii. 29. “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and Į will fup with him, and he with me." And ch. xxii. 17. “ And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come ; and let him that heareth fạy, Come; and let him that is athirst come ; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely,” Nay, he commands you to make this choice: 1 John, iii. 23. “ And this

is his commandment, that we fhould belieye on - the name of his Son Jesus Christ." And so ear

neft is he in this invitation, that he will pass all your former slights, if you will but now fall in with this offer : Ezek. xyii. 22. “ All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned ; in his righteousness that he hath done he fhall live.” Now, there is the choice in both parts, what fay ye to it? Josh. xxiv. 15. “ Chuse ye this day whom ye will serve,”

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