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The oppreffive Abuses of Authority or Power, are very provoking to the merciful God, and what he has threatned terribly to punish. ibid.
X. MURDERERS, are Tranfgreffors of the fixth Commandment, and are appointed of God to fuffer his Vengeance both in this World, and the next.
He is a Murderer, who defignedly, and maliciously takes away the Life of another. ibid.
Of FIGHTING DUELS. p. 13.
The Occafion of a Duel is fome Injury, or Provocation by the Challenged, either imaginary or real: Often it is imaginary, fome Words or Behaviour of the Perfon challenged, mifreprefented, or misunderstood; and often a cool Inquiry into the Cafe would. prevent a Quarrel, and confirm a Friendship.
But fuppofe Challengers to be really injured, the Laws of the Land have provided a Remedy, which be may use without Shame or Dishonour, and without becoming a bloody Criminal before God and Man. A Remedy which he may ufe with Reputation, by having bis Caufe beard before proper Judges, and their Sentence given upon the Evidence of the Witnesses of each Parly.
But he must not murder the Man that has offended him, (ibid) and thereby rebel against, and subvert the Laws of God, and his Country.
And as to the Challenged, the Reason for his wicked Acceptance of the Challenge is very vain : He doth it to avoid the Character of being a Coward, but better to be thought fo by unreasonable Men, than in Contradiction to the Law of the great God, violently and maliciously to take away the Life of another.
The Cafe of a DUEL, ftated both as to the Challenger, and the Challenged. p. 14.
The dreadful Confequences of Fighting a Duel, both as to the Perfon killing, and the Perfon killed. p.
XI. DRUNKARDS, GLUTTONS, and all riotous
A serious Address to those, who have hitherto lived in wilful Disobedience to the holy Commandments of God. p. 35. &c.
The Happiness, and comfort of becoming sincero Christians. p. 42. &c.
L E T T E R III. CONTAINING the Introduction, with some Thoughts of the Importance of continuing the Use of the Expressions, or Language of the Sacred Scriptures among Christians; and a Summary of the Evidences of the Truth of the Gospel, for the Conviction of such as are doubting of it; and for the Confirmation of the Faith of serious Christians; withal sewing the Sad State of Infidels, who have the Means of knowing the Trutb. p. 1.
L ET TER IV. CONTAINING Remarks on some parts of the Holy Scriptures, by which Profesors may know themselves, whether they are sincere Christians, to whom the predicted Blessings do belong : And of their being in Covenant with God, and having the Holy Spirit Dwelling in them: Likewise of the different Manner, in which the Holy Spirit bringeth Persons to be fincere Christians. p. 22.
L E T T E R V. On the Predictions, of the great BLESSINGS which in this Life are bestowed on every true Believer, viz. Justification, Adoption, and Sanctification ; Blessings absolutely necessary to the Safety, the Comfort, and Happiness of every Man; and which import a great Variety of Benefits ; even Affli&tions are intended as a Means to promote the Holiness, and the future Happiness of Christians : And
likewife on the Predictions which encourage BackПliders to return unto God. p. 39.
ON the Afflictions of fincere Chriftians, and the Predictions, which may comfort them in the Times of their Troubles: When they have been under many Afflictions, and are brought into great Perplexity, there are Predictions, which may fupport them.
AFFLICTIONS are of two Kinds, temporal, and Spiritual:
I. Of temporal Afflictions particularly, 1. By the Death of Children. 2. The Death of Husbands. 3. The Lofs of dear and useful Friends. 4. The falling under falfe Accufation, with the Predictions which may afford Relief under fuch Sorrows.
II. OF Spiritual Troubles, and fuitable Predictions; particularly, 1. Of an habitual Defpondence. 2. Of the Anguish and Diftrefs of the Sou!, after the Commiffion of fome heinous Sin. 3. Of the great Troubles, and Sorrows occafioned by the violent Temptations and Affaults of the Devil. p. 64.
On the Predictions relative to fincere Chriftians, from the Time of their Death. Particularly:
1. It is predicted, that at Death their Souls fhall be made perfect in Holiness. What is communion with God, explained.
2. That their Bodies fhall remain under the Care of Chrift after Death.
3. That their Bodies will be raised to life again; and alfo the Bodies of the Wicked.
4. That the Soul of every Believer at Death, will be put into another Building for its Habitation.
5. That the Souls of Believers immediately after Death, will be with Chrift.
6. That the Time of the general Resurrection will be very folemn, magnificent, and awful.
Of the CHANGE, that will be made in the Bodies of thefe, who shall be living at the Time of the general Refurrection. And that it will make their Bodies incorruptible and immortal.
Laftly. It is predicted, that the Saints fhall have an Inheritance, but not be put into the Poffeffion of it, till the Day of Judgment. -A Kingdom seems to be the Inheritance promifed to them; and as fuitable to fuch an Inheritance, it is foretold, that they fhall have a Crown of Righteoufnefs, and a Crown of Life; and that they shall reign, reign in Life by Jefus Chrift. p. 79.
OF Predictions of Events, fubfequent to the Day of Judgment, which will be astonishingly terrible to the Wicked, and inexpreffibly happy and glorious to the Saints. p 107.
OF PREDICTIONS, relative to fincere Chriftians in Times of publick Calamities; fome of which are general; and others particular. In Regard,
1. To their Safety in Times of War. 2. To their being provided for in Famines. 3. To their Prefervation in Seafons of the Peftilence. 4. To their being kept from diftreffing Fears, when defolating Judgments are on the Wicked. p. 114.
CONTAINING an Answer to the Question, viz. Whether the publick Reading the Holy Scriptures on the Lord's Days, is an Ordinance of divine Appointment, and a Part of the Worship, which God requires from bis People? p. 140.