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answer the preceding character. By thus lessening your number, you will increase your strength: you will be vessels meet for your master's use.

3. I would, thirdly, advise you, narrowly to observe from what motive, you at any time act or speak. Beware that your intention be not stained, with any regard either to profit or praise. Whatever you do, do it io the Lord, as the servants of Christ. Do not aim at pleasing yourself in any point, but pleasing him whose you are, and whom you serve.

Let your eye be single, from first to last : eye God alone in every word and work.

4. I advise you, in the fourth place, see that you do every thing in a right temper: with lowliness, and meekness, with patience and gentleness, worthy the gospel of Christ. Take every step trusting in God, and in the most tender, loving spirit you are able. Mean time watch always, against all hurry and dissipation of spirit, and pray always with all carnestness and perseverance, that your faith fail not. And let nothing interrupt that spirit of sacrifice, which you make of all you have and are, of all you suffer and do, that it may be an oftering of a sweet smelling savour to God through Jesus Christ.

5. As to the manner of acting and speaking, I advise you to do it with all innocence and simplicity, prudence and seriousness. Add to these all possible calmness and mildness'; nay, all the tenderness which the case will bear. You are not to behave as butchers or hangmen, but as surgeons racher ; who put the patient to no more pain than is necessary, in order to the cure. For this purpose, each of you likewise has need of “a lady's hand with a lion's heart.” So shall many even of them you are constrained to punish, glorify God in the day of visitation.

6. I exhort all of you who fear God, as ever you hope to find mercy at is hands, as you dread being found (tho' you knew it not) even to fight against God: do not on any account, reason, or pretence whatsoever, either directly or indirectly, oppose or hinder so merciíul a design, and one so conducive to his glory. But this is


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not all : if you are lovers of mankind, if you long to lessen the sins and miseries of your fellow-creatures: can you satisfy yourselves, can you be clear before God by barely not opposing it? Are not you also bound by the most sacred ties, as you have opportunity to do good to all mon? And is not here an opportunity of doing good to many, even good of the highest kind ? In the name of God then, embrace the opportunity. Assist in doing this good, if no otherwise, yet by your earnest prayers for them who are immediately employed therein. Assist thein, according to your ability, to defray the expence which necessarily attends it, and which without the assistance of charitable persons, would be a burden they could not bear. Assist them, if you can without inconvenience, by quarterly or yearly subscriptions, At least, assist them now: use the present hour, doing what God puts into your heart. Let it not be said, that you saw your brethren labouring for God, and would not help them with one of your fingers. In this way, however, come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord, against the mighty!

7. I have an higher demand upon you, who love, as well as fear God. He whom you fear, whom you love, has qualified yout, for promoting his work in a more excellent way. Because you love God, you love your brother also : you love not only your friends, but your enemies; not only the friends, but even the enemies of God. You have put on, as the ele&t of God lowliness, gentleness, long-suffering.

You have faith in God, and in Jesus Christ whom he hath sent : faith which overcometh the world. And hereby you con. quer both evil shame, and that fear of man which bringeth a snare : so that you can stand with boldness before them that despise you and make no account of your labours. Qualified then as you are, and armed for the fight, will you be like the children of Ephraim, who being harnessed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle? Will you leave a few of your brethren to stand alone, against all the hosts of the aliens ? O say not, " This is too heavy a cross : I have not strength or courage to bear it.” True ; not of yourself. But you that believe


can do all things through Christ strengthening you. If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. No cross is too heavy for him to bear, knowing that they that suffer with him, shall reign with him. Say not, “ Nay, but I cannot bear to be singular.Then you cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. No one enters there but tho' the narrow way. And all that walk in this, are singular. Say not, “ But I cannot endure the reproach, the odious name of an informer.And did any man ever save his soul, that was not a by-word, and a proverb of reproach? Neither canst thou ever save thine, unless thou art willing, that men should say all manner of evil of thee. Say not, “ But if I am active in this work, I sliall lose not only my reputation, but my friends, my customers, my business, my livelihood so that I shall be brought to poverty.” 'Thou shalt not: thou canst not: it is absolutely impossible, unless God himself chuseth it. For his kingdom ruleth over all, and the very hairs of thy head are all numbered. But if the wise, the gracious God chuse it for thee, wilt thou murmur or complain? Wilt thou not rather say, The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? If you suffer for Christ, happy are you : the Spirit of glory and of Christ shall rest upon you. Say not, “ I would suffer all things, but my wife will not consent to it. And certainly a man ought to leave father, and mother, and all, and cleave to his wife." True, all--but God; all-but Christ. But he ought not to leave him for his wife. He is not to leave any duty undone, for the dearest relative. Our Lord himself hath said in this very sense, * If any man loveth father, or mother, or wife, or children, more than me, he is not worthy of me!'' Say not, “ Well I would forsake all for Christ. But one duty must not hinder another. And this would frequently hinder my attending public worship.” Sometimes it probably would. Go then and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. And whatever is lost, by.shewing this mercy, God will repay sevenfold into thy bosom. Say not; " But I shall hurt my own soul. I am a young man: and by taking up loose woman, I shall expose myself to temptation."


Yes, if you did this in your own strength, or for your own pleasure. But that is not the case. You trust in God : and you aim at pleasing bim only. And if he should call you even into the midst of a burning fiery furnance, " though thou walkest thro' the fire thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flames kindle upon thee." " True; if he called me into the furnace. But I do not see that I am called to this." Perhaps thou art not willing to see it. However, if thou wast not called before, I call thee now, in the name of Christ': take up thy cross and follow him. Reason no more with Hesh and blood, but now resolve to cast in thy lot, with the most despised, the most infamous of his followers, the filth and off-scouring of the world. I call thee in particular, who didst once strengthen their hands, but since art drawn back. Take courage ! Be strong! Fulfil their joy, by returning with heart and hand. Let it appear, thou “ departedse for a season, that they might receive thee again for ever. O be not disobedient to the heavenly cal. ling!" And as for all of you, who know whereunto ye are called, count ye all things loss, so ye may save orie soul, for which Christ died. And therein take. no thought for the morrow, but cast all your care on him that careth for you.

Commit your souls, bodies, substance, all, to him, as unto a merciful and faithful Creator,

N. B. After this Society had subsisted several years, and done unspeakable good, it was wholly destroyed, by a verdict given against it in the King's Bench, with three hundred pounds damages. I doubt a severe ac. count remains for the witnesses, the jury, and all who were concerned in in that dreadful affair.




NUMB. xxiij. io.

Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last

end be like bis !


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you join

ET my last end be like his ! How many


you who do not, even in this numerous congregation. And O that this wish may rest upon your minds ! That it may not die away, will your souls also are lodged " 'where the wicked cease from troubling, and where the weary are at rest !"

2. An elaborate exposition of the text, will not be expected on this occasion. It would detain you too long from the sadly-pleasing thought of your beloved brother, friend, and pastor ; yea, and father too: for how many are here whom he hath begotten in the Lord ? Will it not then be more suitable to your inclinations, as well as to this solemnity, directly to speak of this man of God, whom you have so often heard speaking in this place ? The end of whose conversation ye know, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever.

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And may we not,

First, Observe a few particulars of his life and death.

Secondly, Take some view of his character.


Thirdly, Inquire how we may improve this awful providence, his sudden removal from us.

1. 1. We may, in the first place, observe a few particulars of his life and death. He was born at Glocester, in December, 1714, and put to a grammar-school

of On the death of the Rev. Mr. G. Whitefield. Preached at the Chapel in Tottenham-Court-Road, and at the Tabernacle near Moorfields, on Sunday, November 18, 1770.


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