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denounce this woe against them, to point out that it was a punishment which could not be increased ; that it consisted in the most excruciating torments, which an offended God of infinite power was able to produce. And lest the Scribes and Pharisees should be so dull of heart and ear, as not to comprehend the nature of this woethis sevenfold woe,-He adds this awful and terrific denunciation: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell ?": Yes! brethren, the condemnation of hell is the woe, which is denounced against the self-deluded professor of christianity. This is the woe, which must be the portion of those who "are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria.” This is the woe, which the word of God declares shall and must be inflicted on those, in whom self is the ruling motire of action ; and their own glory, praise and gratification, the end they keep in view.

Some of you, brethren, would perhaps


be better pleased, if I were to "speak unto you smooth things, and prophesy deceits.” But, as the minister of God, I dare not conceal even the smallest portion of God's truth, but constrained by the love of Christ, and love for the souls of my brethren, I would wish to use with openness, plainness and sincerity, the means of conversion which God has committed to my care. It is on this account that I denounce a seven-fold woe, against those selfdeluded professors, who imagine that they belong to Zion, when in reality, they are of the synagogue of Satan ; against those who have a name to live, and yet are dead ; against those who abide in a carnal security and selfish apathy ; · against those who nourish, instead of crucifying the flesh ; and against those who worship and glorify the idol of self by their thoughts, their words and their actions, and thus neglect the adoration of the Lord of Hosts. "Woe,-Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain

of Samaria!" How can ye escape the condemnation of hell !

I have now attempted to describe the fearful state of the self-deluded, who continue in a carnal security, trusting in an arm of flesh, in Christian ordinances, and in their religious privileges; and, in the afternoon, I shall proceed to contrast their state with that of those who watch and pray, and put their whole confidence in the LORD, and in His mighty power. May the effectual blessing of the Holy SPIRIT be with us all, in meditating on these truths!


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A Looking Glass for the Heart, or some of the ways in

which Selfishness and Pride appear. 1 In setting a value on our kindnesses or labours for the

good of others : in impatience or mortification at

ingratitude or want of success. 2. In being tenacious of our own property, and ready to

resent encroachments upon it. 3. In strictly assuming the dignity, rights, or privileges

that we think our due, and being mortified with disre

spect or neglect. 4. In the risings of anger or revenge at any contempt or

ill-usage. 5. Impatience at contradiction, and irritation if our self

will be thwarted. 6. A reluctance to give up our own will to obey the will of

another ; so strong in some characters, that a desire ex.

pressed to lead them, is sufficient to excite resistance. 7. A dislike to be dictated to, or found fault with. 8. A high esteem of our own opinion, an unwillingness

to yield it to another, and a desire to rule and have

every thing our own way. 9. Vexations at being blamed when we deserve it, offence

at being suspected if we do not, and a spirit of self-justi

fication and retort. 10. A reluctance to condemn ourselves, or confess our.

selves in the wrong even in tiifles ; and a tenacious adherence to what we have once advanced in argu

ment 11. Prejudice against those who dislike us, or bave told us

of our faults, crossed our self-will, or interfered with

our interest, pleasure or comfort. 12. A desire for the praise of men, for honours, or distinc

tions. 13. Preferring the favour of the great on account of their

rank, fortune or influence. 14. Shewing kindness to others from motives of self-interest

or self-gratification. 15. Accepting and pleasing ourselves with praises that we

are not wholly worthy of. 16. Jealousy of the love or preference shewn to others.

17. Indulging the pride of appearance in dress, house,

furniture, table, equipage, or any outward thing. 18. A feeling of self-importance, and using the gifts of na

ture or providence to feed our vanity or pride. 19. The indulgence of any of our five senses, merely for

our satisfaction. 20. Feeling a cold interest in the concerns of others,

listening to them merely from civility, and being

ready to talk much of our own. 21. Relating with an inward complacency the faults or

injudiciousness we have discovered in another, connected with our own better judgment or conduct in the same particulars, or the good effect of our own

advice. 22. Making representations to others that have a tendency

to display any advantages we possess in riches, connexions, reputation, &c. or any good actions we have

performed. 23. Imposing any little trouble or difficulty on a companion,

instead of willingly taking it upon ourselves. 24. Considering our own ease or pleasure in our domestic

habits or arrangements, rather than making any sacri

fice to those we live with, 25. Making trifling annoyances or inconveniences of

importance, and suffering them to irritate our temper. 26. Withholding money or giving it sparingly, or spending

any in self-indulgence that might be given to the poor

or to the cause of religion. 27. Spending money in some instances extravagantly, to

be esteemed liberal. 28. Being exalted with riches, or ashamed of poverty. 29. Aiming at an appearance beyond our finances. 30. Feeling pain at being under an obligation to any one. 31. Expecting much personal attention from others. 32. Requiring the company of those we love for our own

gratification, rather than making their happiness, our

chief object. 33. Resistiug whatever is humbling to us. All these things are contrary to the simplicity and humility

required by the gospel of Christ, and must be brought under the great christian rules of love to God and love

to man.

1. Of being subject to the glory of God, 1. Cor. 10—31. 2. Of seeking to please Him in all things rather than ourselves. Rom. 14-7, 8, and 15-3.

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