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same game, and complain not of fariety; why should we who professe our selves fpiritual so loon nauseate at the iteration of good counsels. Perhaps if we would seek Athens in our City, we should not lose our labour ; There is an icch of the ear, which St. Paul foresaw would. prove the disease of the latter times, that now is groan epidemicals an itch after newes, even in Gods chair, new Doctrines, new dresses : and surely it must needs be confessed, that of latter years there was much fault in this kind ; too many Pulpits were full of curious affectation of new quirks of wit, new crochets of conceit, strange mixtures of opinions : In so much as the old and plain formes were grown ftale,and defpicable;let me tell you I still feared this itch would end in a smart. Certainly there cannot be a more certain argument of a decayed and sickly stomack, then the loaching of wholsome and solid food, and longing after fine quelque choices of new and artificial composition ; For us ; away with this vain affectation in the matters of God; surely if ought under Heaven go down better with us then the favoury viands of Christ, and him crucified, of faith and repentance, and those plainly dressed, without all the lards and sauces of humane devices, ( to say no worse ) our soules are fick and we feel it not. Oh ye foolish Israelites with whom tow much free quence made the food of Angels contemptible. If Onions and Garlick had grown as rifelvin the Wildernesse, and Manna had rained down no where but in Egypt,how would ye have hated those rude and strong Salades, and have run mad for those celestial delicates; . The tast of Manna was 'as of wafers made with Hony, Exod. 16. 31. new what can be sweeter then hony? Yet sayes the Wise man, the Fult dispiseth an hony comb; I doubt there are too many thus full; full of the World, full of wicked nature, of sinful corruptions ; and then no inarvell if they despise this food of Angels; but for us my brethren, Oh let us not be weary of our happiness, let or these daisities of Heaven lose their worth for their ttore ; every Day let us go forch of our tents and gather ; and while we are nourished, let us 1100 be cloyed with good ; else, God knowes a remedy, teknowes how to make the Word precious to us, precious in the wanr, becaufe ic was not precious to us in the Valuation. He that hath told us how precious Peace is by the sence of a wofull War, can foon show us, how precious his word was by a spiritual famine ; which Gud for his mercies sakė avert from us...
I might here have done with the frequence, but let me add this one conlideration more, that often inculcation of warning, necessarily implies a danger: There is much danger in a contagious conversation; evill is of a spreading nature : sin as leaven, yea old lcáven, fowres the whole lumpe where it lyes ; yea it is a very plague that infects the Air round about it ; If ( as the entrances of sin are bashfull) it begin with one Angell, it infects legions, let it begin with one Woman, ic infects all the mass of Mankind; One person infects a Family; one Family a whole Street, one Street a whole City, one Cicy a whole Country, one Country a whole World ; yea it runs like powder in a train, and flies out luddainly on all sides: Look about you, and sec, whether you need any other witnesses then your own eyes; Do ye not see daily, how drunkenness doth in this participate of the nature of that liquor which causeth it, that it is not easily contained within it's own bounds ; The vice as well as the humjur is diffusive of it self; how rarely have you ever seen a solitary drunkard; no the very title which is mil-given to this sin, is good Fellowship:; Mark if oaths where leud men are met, do not flie abouc like (quibs on a wheel, whereof one gives fire to another, and all do as it were counter-thunder to Heaven : on bold swearer makes many, and the land mournes with the number. Look at the very lfraelitish Stewes; They alsemble by troupes into the harlots houses; fer. 5.7. And for heresies and erroneous opinions in religion the Apostle tell us it is a Gangrene 2. Tim. 2. 17. whose raint is both suddain and deadly; Let it be but in the finger, if the joynt be not cut off, or chere be not an instant prevention, the whole arme is taken, and straight the heart ; It is a pregnant comparison of the Father, that the infection of heresie is like the biting of a mad dogg: you know the dog, when he is taken with this furious distemper, affcets to bite every living thing in his way; and what ever he bites, he infects, and whomsoever he infects (without a present remedy) he kills, not withour. a spice of his own distemper; I would we had not too lamentable experience of this mischief every day; wherein we fee one tainted with Pupery, another with Socinianism, another with Antinomianism; another with Familifm, and all these run a madding after their own fancies, and affect nothing so mucb, as to draw others into the society of their errors and damnation,
Take heed to your selves for. Gods sake, ye thar stand surest in the
confidence of your setled judgment, grounded knowledg, honest moralicy; the peltilent influences of wicked society are not more mortall, then insensible; In vain shall ye plead the goodness of your heart,if ye be careless of the wickedness of your hecls, and elbowes ; St. Paul thought it a fentence worthy to borrow from an Heathen Poet, and to feoffe it in the Canon ;cvill conversacion corrapts good manners : As therefore Moses said in the case of Korab, and his company, so let me fay in the case of others wickednesse, whether it be in matter of judgment, or praktise, Depart I pray you from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, left ye be consumed in all their fins.Num.16.26. It is worth your observing, that in that great rebellion and dreadfull judgment the sons of Corah dyed not;2 Chron.26.11. They had surely a dear interest in their Father, yet their natural interest in a Father, could not feoffe them in their Fathers fin ; though they lov'd him in nature, yet they would not cleave to him in his rebellion ; they forsook both his lin, and his tents, and therefore are exempted from his judgment ; If we love our selves let us follow them in Thunning any participation with the dearest of funners, that we may also escape the partnership of their vengeance. This for the frequence, the passion followes, I tell yax weeping.
And why weepest chou, O blessed Apostle ? What is it that could wring tears from those eyes ? Even the fame that fetch't them from thy Saviour more then once : Thc fame that fetcht them from his Type David, from the powerfull prophet Elisha, 2 Kings 8. 11. In a word from all eyes that ever so much as pretended to holinesse, Grief for fin, and compaffion of sinners. Let others celebrate St. Peters rears; I am for St. Pauls; both were precious, but these yet more; Those were the tears of penitence, these of charity ; thofe of a finner, these of an Apostle"; those for his own fins, thefe for other mens: How well doth it become him who could be content to be Anachema for his brethren of the circumcision, to melt into tears for their spirituall uncircumcision ; Oh blessed tears, the juice of a charitable forrow, of an holy zcal, a gracious compaffion : Let no man fay, that tears argue weaknesse; even the firmest marble weeps in a resolution of Air; He that shrinks not at the Bear, Lion, Goliah, Saul, ten thousand of the people that should befet him round about, yet can say, Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, lecause, they keep
not thy lam, Pl. 119. 136. what speak I of this, when the omnipotencylon of God
and makes his face of his blood; Nay rather these tears argue strength of picry, and Heavenly affections; To weep fur fear is childish, that is un beleeming a man; and to weep for anger is womanish and weak to weep for more grief is humane ; for (in, Christian ; but for truc zeal and compassion is Saint-like and divine; every one of these drops is a peart. Behold the precious liquor which is reserved as the dearest religue of Heaven in the bottles of the Almighty; every dram whereof is valued at an eternall weight of glory ; even a cup of cold water shall once be rewarded ; and behold every drop of this warme water is mere worth, then many cups of cold ; weep thus awhile, and laugh for ever ; lowe chus in tears, and be sure to reap in joy : But wo is me, what shall I say to those men that make themselves merry with nothing so much as fin; their own, or others, whecher their act, or their memory. I remember of old the fool that made the all sport in the play was called the Vice and surely it is no otherwise still ; vice is it, that makes the mirth in this common theater of the world ; were ic not for quaffing, ribaldry, dalliance, scurrile profaneness, these men would be dull, and (as we say) dead on the neft : These things are the joy of their life, yea these are all the life of their joy. Oh God that Chriftians and Divells should meet in the same confort ; that we fhould laugh at that, for which our Saviour wept, and bled ; that we should smile at that upon earth, whereat God frowns in Hea-ven, and make that our delight, wherewith the holy spirit of God is grieved. Wo be to them that thus laugh, for they shall weep, and wail, and gnash.
St. Paul weeps to tell of mens sins ; tcars do well in the pulpic : as it is in the buckets of some pumps, that water must first be powred down into them, ere they can ferch up water in abundance, so muft our tears be let down to fetch up more from our hearers; the chair of God can never be better fitted then with a weeping Auditory ;; I remember holy Auguftine speaking of his own Sermons, saith, that when he saw the people did show contentment and delight in their countenances, and seemed to give applauses to his preaching, he was not satisfied with his own pains, but when he saw them break: forth-inco.tears, then he rejoyced, as thinking his labours had forced
to their dae effect. I have heard some preachers that have affc etcd & plca antness of discourse in their Sermons and never think they have done well, but when they see their hearers smile at their expressions; Buc here, I have said of laughter, thou art mad, and of mirth what doelt thou ? Surely jiggs at a Funeral, and laughter at a Sermon, are things prodigiously unleasonable : It will be long ( my beloved ) ere a mirry preacher shall bring you to Heaven ; True repentance ( which is our only way thicher ) is a fad and serious matter ; It is through the valley of Bachah, that we must pass to the mount of God; the man with the writers inkhorne in Ezekiel, marks none in the forehead but mourners; Oh then mourne for the abominations of Jerusalem, ye that love the peace of it, and would be loach to see the ruinc and desolation of it and your own in it, weep with them that wecp, yea weep with them that should weep, as our Apostle doth here. That which is said of the Israelites, that they drew water in Mizpeh, and powred it out before the Lord; 1 Sam. 7. 6. is by some interpreters taken of the plentiful water of their tears ; which is so much the more likely, because it is joyned with fasting and publick humiliation : Oh that we could put our eves to this use in these sad times into which we are faln, how soon would the hcavens clear up, and bless us with the comfort of our long wished for peace : wordly and carnal men, as they have hard hearts, so they have dry eyes : dry, as a Pumiceftone,uncapable of tears:but the tender hearts of Gods children are ever lightly attended with wecping-cyes; neither can they want tears, whilft even other men abound wich sins;though themselves were free. And if good men spend their tears upon wicked wretches, how much more ought those wicked ones to bestow tears upon themselves ; it is their danger and Misery that Gods children are affected withall
, whilst themselves are insensible of both ; Wo is me, could their eyes be but opened that they might see their own wolull condition, they could not love themselves so ill, as not to bewail it ; could they see the frownes of an angry God bent upon them, could they see the fames of Hell ready to receive them, they could not but dissolve into tcars of blood; Oh pitry your own souls, at last, ye obdured sinners; be ye feelingly apprehensive of your fearfull danger, the eminent danger of an eternal damnation; and weep day and night before that God whom ye have provoked ; wash away your fins with the Streams of penitence; The fire of hell can have no power where it