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SER M. they have in other Cases, to obtain any II. Other good Ęnd. In short, a rational Crea
ture should act as such, and as Religion is undoubtedly his greatest Business, so should it be likewise his greatest Care. 'Tis true, it is not expected of a Horse or a Mule, that have no Understanding, to be religious ; but Man, who has a reasonable Mind, must act contrary to his Nature if he is not fo; such a one can never contradi& Religion, till he has first acted contrary to his Reason, and offer'd manifest Violence to his Understanding.-----And we may add to this likewise, that we profess ourselves to be Christians, and if so, we don't act at all confiftently, if we are not Men of Religion ; for however a lewd, dissolute Life may fuit with a Mahometan Scheme of Religion, yet for a Christian to live so, who has engag’d to keep God's Commandments, and to walk in the same all the Days of his Life, is the oddest Thing in the World; 'tis going against Nature and Principle both, and destroying the Notions we have of Right and Wrong. But if, after all, People will fiill
go on in a vicious Way of Living, and yet nevertheless expect to be happy, tho? they don't concern themselves at all about Religion, which (as has been shewn) is the
only Means of obtaining it, it lies upon SER M. them to shew where Happiness is promised
II. without it.------Since then a godly and re. ligious Life is so necessary and becoming in every one who has a future Happiness to. securé; 'tis much more so in those who are called to any holy Function, because they have stronger Obligations to it than other Men have. They who give Rules to others, must surely be fupposed to practise them themselves, if they think to instruct with Success, and be living Examples of every. Precept they teach others; for People will then only be convinced that we deal equitably with them, when we require no more of them than what we ourselves do constant, ly perform.
To conclude. A good Life is the Sum of the whole Christian Philosophy ; and every thing else is to be valued more or less, according as it has more or less Tendency to it: And whatever Fancies People may set up in the Room of it, which
be always Matter of Dispute, and become Demonstration in one Age, and Nonsense in another ; `yet, as long as the Word of God has any Influence or Authority with Men, the Fear of the Lord will always be Wisdom, and to depart from Evil Understanding.---
Serm. This is certainly right and true, whatever II. is not so. If then we will be wise for our
felves, let it appear by our Actions. Who is a wife and knowing Man among you, says St James, let him few out of a good Conversation his works with Meekness of Wisdom. This is Religion, or Wifdoni, as Solomon loves to call it, that is more precious than Rubies, that must always be cloathed with the Beauty of Holiness, and fine forth in the lovely Ornament of a
Now to him, who is the Lord of all
Power and Might, and the Author and Giver of all good Things, let us continually offer up our humble Prayers, that he would graft in our Hearts the Love of his Name, iscrease in its true Religion, nourish ats with all Goodness, and of his great. Mercy' keep us in the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord : To whom with the Father and Holy Ghoft, be ascribed, as is most dne, all Honour, Glory, Might, Majesty and Dominion, henceforth and for
Job iv. 17.
than God? Shall a Man be
N the early Ages of the World, SEX M.
clare his Will in Dreams and Vifions, these Words were spoken to Eliphaz, in a Vision of the Night, as he was ruminating, in a pensive Manner, upon the Circumstances of what had happen'd to him before on such Occasions ; and the Reason of his relating them to Job, was, because he thought he had been too presumptuous in his Complaints on the Miseries of Life, thereby tacitly accusing the Divine Providence of Injustice, in appointing him to
Serm. undergo fo heavy a Burden of Amfictions :
him; of whom Eliphaz was one, and he