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things. I tell you that the Bible says, as plainly as words can say, that they, who do such things, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. You must not do as you see others do: you must do as the Bible tells us : and you may rely on it, that they, who do not behave as the Bible tells them to behave, will, when they die, find to their shame and ruin, that they are the children of the devil, and will be punished with him, that Jesus Christ will say to them, Depart ye wicked into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
Our Saviour goes on: If thy right eye offend thee, plack it out and cast it from thee; that is, if you feel wicked wishes and desires in your hearts, which are as dear to you as your eye, and which it will cost you much pain to conquer and withstand, just as much pain as it would cost you to pluck out a right eye, still conquer and withstand them: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish,
you had better feel the pain of opposing your bad desires all your life long, and not thy whole body should be cast into hell, and not suffer, for giving way to them, the punishment of bell-fire. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee, if there be any passion within you, dear to you as your right hand, but yet against your soul, cut off, conquer that passion, drive it from you, whether it be of anger or of last, for one of thy members better perish, you had better feel pain in this life, than that thy whole body should be cast into hell, than that thou, soul and body, should be driven into the fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
The Bible, my friends and hearers, is a most excellent book: it has every thing which God wishes us to do in this life, every thing, which Christ has done to prevail on God to pardon us, every thing which we shall enjoy in another world, when this world comes to an end, when
your bodies shall return to dust, and your souls shall be judged by Jesus Christ, either received up into Heaven, or sent down into hell. It teaches us, that we are all sinners, that, if left to ourselves, we must finally and everlastingly perish: but that God is so good as to send Jesus Christ into the world to save us : that, in consesequence of Christ's dying in our stead, dying that we might live, God is pleased to forgive us all that is past, to give us his Holy Spirit to lead us into all goodness, and for the short and imperfect goodness we can do,' to receive us into Heaven. But then, my brethren, you must remember, that unless you repent of all your sins, and sin no more, unless you beg God to give you his Holy Spirit to enable you to repent and to lead good lives, your Saviour's death will be of no use to you. You must therefore renounce the devil and all his works, all sin and wickedness, you must believe in Jesus Christ, you must believe that without Jesus Christ, no man
can be saved, and then you must try to be. have, as the same Jesus Christ has taught us in the Bible to behave. You must be good fathers, good husbands, good mothers, good wives, good servants, and good children, you must try to do no wrong, you must pray to God morning and evening to give you his grace through Jesus Christ, that you may live like good people: and after all this, you must still think that God will not accept you, and receive you
into Heaven on account of this goodness, for it is nothing in his sight, but that he will receive you only for Jesus Christ's sake, and therefore, you must put your whole faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and give up your souls to your merciful God.
And now to God, &c.
St. MATTHEW v. 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all, neither by Heaven, for it is God's throne ; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool.
In my last lecture Iturned your thoughts, my friends and hearers, to a sin, which is very common amongst you, the sin of adultery, the sin of having more wives than one. I say it is common, but I hope it will not be so amongst you now, for the more you hear of religion, the more your minds are instructed in what our Saviour has taught us, the more clearly you will see the greatness of this sin, and the more you will pray to God, through Jesus Christ, to give you grace and strength to avoid it. Especially ye, who are now preparing to