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defection from gracious courses. Such bukewarm profesors are vlually remiß, and sight and indifferent in Religion; and though they run not into Juch exorbitant courses, as the openly prophane do; yet usually they love not strictnes, nor the power of Godlinelle, thinking it more ado than needs. And by frequent, familiar converse with such, thou wilt be in danger to content chy self with a little goodnesse, and seem fome body in thy own eies, having no better patterns before thee (as be that hash but half an eie, is a King among them that are blind.) Whereas among wise, bely, piritual, improv'd Christians, thou wile still have matter of imitation and provocation to aspire to a greater perfection in goodnesse. He that walks with the wise, shall be wiser (faith Solomon) but a companion of fools shall be destroyed, Prov.13.2 0.
VI. Consider, our company will be part of our happinesse in Heaven, Communion of Saints here, is the lower Heaven of Saints. O what comfort, what benefit, may we reap from good society? How many thousands have cause for ever to blesse God, that ever they liv'd neer, or came acquainted with forme persons seriously Godly? · From such company a Christian comes away revi. ved, quickned, encouraged to walk in the wajes of Holinesse. He finds a good relish on his Spirit ; and his heart drawn Heaven-ward : He finds himself provoked to presse forward towards the mark of his high calling: Buc from wicked com
pany, 'cis ten to one, but either a man brings eWay a guilty Conscience, or a fud heart, or both. Upon all these considerations, labour to make thy acquaint ance and familiar converse wich those here, who must be thy companions in Heaven, if ever thou comeft thither.
Rom.12.3. And be not conformed to this world,
&c. 1 Pet. 4.4. --They think it strange, that you run
not with them, to the same excese of rist, peak
ing evil of you. i Cor.15.33. Be not deceived, evil communica
tions corrupt good manners. Prov.12.26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour ; but the way of the wicked
seduceth them. Ifa.3.10. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be
well with him ; for they all eat the fruit of
V.11. Wo unto the wicked, it shall be ill with bim ; for the reward of his hands shall be given
hin. Mal. 3.18. Then shall ge return, and discern be.
tween the rigbreous and the wicked, between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him
Prov.19.29. Fudgments are prepared for scorn. ers, and stripes
for the back of fools. Isa. 28. 22. Now therefore be not mockers, left
your bands be made sirong Mát.18.6. But whoso shall offend one of tbese little
ones that believe in me, it were better for bim that 4 Millstone were hanged about his neck,
and that he were drowned in the depth of the Prov. 2 3. 20. Be not amongst wine-bibbers, A
mongst riotous eaters of flesh. V.21. For the drunkard and the glutton ball come to poverty, and drowsineffe shall cloath a man with
rags. 1 Cor.5.9. I wrote unto you in an Epistle not to
company with forsicators. V.10. rét not altogether with the fornicatours of
this world, or with the covetous, or, extortioners, or with Idolaters; for than muft ye needs go out of the world. V.1. But now have I written unto you, not ta
keep company, if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicatour, or covetous, or an Idolater, 07 a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with
such a one, no not to eat. 2 Thes.3.14. And if any man obey not our Word by this Epistle, note that man, and have ne
company with him, that he may be ashamed. Zeph.1.12. And it shall come to passe at that time,
ihat I will search Ferusalem with cardles, and punisha the men that are setled
on their lees, that Jay in their heart, the Lord will not do good, pesther will be do evil.
2 Tim.3.5. Having a form of Godlinese, but de
nying the power thereof, from such turn away. Ifa.3.9. The shew of their countenance doth wit
neile against them, and they declare their sin as Södor, they hide it not: Wo unto their foul,
for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Heb. 6.12 Be not Nothful, but followers of
them who through Faith and patience inherit the promises.
Alk conscientiously in thy particular call
ing, according to these Directions following.
I. Avoid idlenejle and sloth. Remember Adam in innocency had a calling appointed him by God: And after the fall, Gen.3.19. 'cis Gods decree upon man in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread, till thou return unto the ground. No man has a priviledge to live idly and lazily; but either by labeur of body, or toil of mind, either by the sweat of his browes, or of his brains, oughe co be serviceable and profitable to humane society. Idlenesse exposes a man to many fins and many piso nishments. When the Devil finds' men idle, and not employed in Gods service, he entertains chem into his
. if thou hast nothing to do, the Devil will be ready to employihee. Divid when idle, fell in
to che heinous fir of adultery. A lawful calling is an excellent preservative against a multitude of fins and temptations, 1 Cor.7.20,24. Let every man abide, saies the Apostle, in the same calling, wherein he was called. When God cals us to be Christians, he cals us out of the world as CO 047 affe&tions, but not out of the world as to our employment. An idle professor is a scandalous pro. fessor, and walks inordinately.
II, Be diligent in thy calling, for Conscience Sake. Many take pains exongh, but not out of Conscience to Gods Command, nor with an eye to his Glory. Whatever ge do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, saies the Apostle, Col.3.33. Thou must be diligent in thy calling on a religionis account, performing the duties thereof in obedience to God, studying both for matter and manner to approve thy felt to him. Think with thy self, this is the calling wherein the Providence of God halb set me. I am but his servant in my own shop, or at my plow. To him I must give an account of my diligence and faithfulnesse
III. Seek and pray earnestly to the Lord for kis bleffing on thy lawful labours, and endeavours. ?Tis an irreligious course to engage in any thing, prayer.
Thou must be fervent in prayer, as well as not flothfalin business. All lawful busirefle is fanétified by the Word and prayer, 1 Tim. 4.5. When we do that which the Word of God alloweih, and by prayer humbly beg his blef