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on their Lives ; like that Luminary which Ser. VII. towards it's decline looks the largest, when it's Lustre and Influence are the weakest. And it is visible, that Charity, and even common Honesty have decayed together with Christianity, their firmest Support.
A long uninterrupted Flow of Ease and Tranquillity has lulled us into a fatal Indolence and Insensibility to all religious Notions: Some hgnal Judgment; some extra
ordinary Indication of the divine Displea· sure, seems almost necessary to purge the
Nation of it’s Dross, to rouse it into a serious Sense of Religion, and make us difcern and value thole Things, that belong to our Peace, before they be bidden from our Eyes: Just as when the Sky is full of noxious and pestilential Vapours; some violent Hurricane, fome dreadful Bursts of Thunder are necessary to disperse them, to clear the infected Air, and restore it to it's former Serenity.
On the Evidences of Christianity, the
Corruption of our Nature; the · Redemption, and the TRINITY, •
Preached at the Lady Moyer's Leature, in
the Cathedral of St. Paul, London, in
John III. 2.
come from God: For no Man can do these
T H E Proposition contained in the Serm. I.
Text is, that some Miracles are band
fo circumstanced, as to be direct Evidences of a divine Power. By a Mira
Serm. I. cle is meant an Effect evident to the
Senses, contrary to the fixed and established Course of Nature. Strange! that Man should disbelieve an Operation different from the présent Course of Nature, when Man himself, the first Man, from whom all the rest descended, could not have been brought into Being, but by an Act of Power different from the Course of Nature, as it is now established. For some forft Man there must be : And, whoever he was, he must be brought upon the Theatre of Nature without Parents, without any fecond Causes, by the immediate Power and will of the first, or, in other Words, by an Operation, which, if it were not fridly speaking, a Miracle; was, at least, equivalent to one.. .
Nor-is it at all improbable, that He, who called Man into Being, by a particular Difplay of Power, distinct from those general Laws, which obtain at present; would exert some unusual and uncommon Acts of Power for (what was of greater Importance than his mere Being) his Well-Being, his eternal Well Being. :::
In the Prosecution of this Subject, .
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14, I fhall attempt to fhew, that feveral Serm. I. Miralles are decisive Proofs oflia divine Power is wiwi ? isini
IIdly, That we have fufficient Evidence, that, luch: Miracles were wrought for the Confirmation of Religion. +37;
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IA, I shall attempt to shew, that several Miracles are decisive Proofs of a divine Power. :?
What Powers evil Spirits may have, and what is the utmost Extent of their Abilities; it is beyond the Extent of ours, in all Cases, to determine !" But that God would suffer them to exert those Powers in working fuperior and uncontroled Miracles; this I cannot admit: Because God is too good to permit such a Share to be laid for the Balk of Mankind, who will be always governed more by what affects their Senses, than by those Arguments, which address themselves. coldly to their Understandings. Striking and pompous Miracles, though they enforced a Doctrine seemingly absord, would dazzle and overpower the Soul, and force an Admittance for it into the Mind: Whereas "dry and