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through the dark valley of the shadow of death. But the time would fail, if I was to show you in how many respects the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ helps us; but what I have said will show, that we need all join in a hearty Amen; Amen, I pray God it may be so, so it is, so may it be! May be what? Why, that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, convicting, restraining, converting, establishing, and comforting grace, may be with us in his ordinances, in his providences, in sickness, and when dying : then, blessed be God, we shall carry it with us after time. And now, my dear hearers, by the help of my God, in whose strength I desire once more to go upon the waters, I shall pray wherever I am, that this grace of the Lord Jesus Christ may be with you all.
To whom shall I speak first by way of improvement ? Are there any of you here unconverted? No doubt too many. Are there any of you here this morning come out of curiosity to hear what the babbler has to say ? Many, perhaps, are glad it is my last sermon, and that London is to be rid of such a monster. I do not doubt but it has been a pleasant paragraph for many to read ; but whoever there are of you that are unconverted, or whatever you may think, sure you cannot be angry for my wishing that the grace of God may be with you. O that it may be with every unconverted soul. 0
pray me, my dear friends, that the Lord may bless me to some unconverted soul. What wilt thou do if the grace of God is not with thee? What wilt thou do with the favor of man if thou hast not the grace of God? You will find, my brethren, it will not do, you cannot do without the grace of God when you come to die. There was a nobleman that kept a deistical chaplain, and his lady a christian one; when he was dying, he says to his chaplain, I liked you very well when I was in health, but it is my lady's chaplain I must have when I am sick. Do you know that you are nothing but devils incarnate? Do you know that every moment you are liable to eternal pains ? The Lord help thee to awake, O sinner, awake, awake, thou stupid soul, and if the grace of God was never with thee before, God grant it may be now. Do not say I part with you in an ill humor ; do not say that a madman left you with a curse. Blessed be God that when first I entered into the field, (and blessed be God that honored me with being a field-preacher,) I proclaimed the grace of God to the worst of sinners, and I proclaim it now to the vilest sinner under heaven ; could I speak so loud as that the whole world might hear me, I would declare that the grace of God is free for all poor souls that are willing to accept of it by Christ. God make you all willing this day.
There are many of you, I doubt not, but have this grace, and I believe there are many of you that can say that this poor despised place was that which God honored first with giving it you : but whether you were converted here or elsewhere, if you have the grace of God, the Lord grant you more grace; grace, mercy, and peace be multiplied unto you all. My brethren, they that have Christ never have enough of him; you want more grace every day, and hour, and moment. I see for my part, more of my want of grace than I did ten or twenty years ago ; may be that is because I do not grow in grace: but those that grow in grace will grow every day more sensible of their want of grace, they will feel their weakness more and more every day. Some who are called christians are a most foul-mouthed people; they abuse their neighbors, but real believers abuse themselves most, and call themselves, i. e. what is in themselves, the worst of neighbors. O my brethren, may the Lord Jesus Christ's grace be with you more and more, that you may be transformed into the divine likeness, and pass from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord. May God grant that this grace may be with you all, particularly those young men that have given up their souls to Christ. It delights my soul when I go round the communion table, to see how many young souls have given themselves to Christ : the Lord grant that you may not return again to folly. O young men, flee youthful lusts; O young women, the Lord Jesus Christ grant that grace may be with you all, that you may study the beauties of the mind, shine in the beauties of holiness, and be wise to everlasting salvation.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all that are in the marriage state. It needs much grace to bear with heavy trials, much grace to deal with servants, children, and under disappointments in trade; to walk with God with a pure heart. Some people think it clever to have wives and children, but they want a thousand times more grace than they had when they were single; you have need of much grace to honor God in your houses; much grace to teach you to be prophets; much grace to teach you to be kings in the family; to know when to be pleased ; to know when to be silent ; to know when to be angry; but the greatest grace is to be angry when called to it, to be angry without sin. O! may the grace of God be with you all in your closets, every time you pray, every time you come to an ordinance. O! may the grace of God be with you all when you frequent this despised place ! blessed be God, some may say, that ever it was built; though as soon as it was built I was called away. As soon also as the chapel was built I was then called away, and so am now; and when I
came out of my chamber, I could hardly support it. I would as lief go to an execution, if my way was not very clear; what is dying? that is but for a moment. 0 may
grace of God be with all that preach the gospel here. Blessed be God his
has been with them; do not let the world say, he is gone, and all the people are gone now: do not weaken the hands of those that shall labor here: I should not mention such a word if I was not going away, The Lord Jesus Christ grant that you may keep steady, and honor the preachers more and more: there will be good Mr. Adams, blessed be God, from time to time, with Mr. Berridge, and so there will be a blessed change; may the Spirit of God be with them, and you, more and more! and O my dear friends, if the Lord God has vouchsafed to own these labors to any of
do remember me in particular manner, when gone; for though my body has been weak, yet I thank God that he has enabled me to speak when called to it.
And so I must go, whether well or ill; pray, that if it should please God to spare me, that I may speak more effectually to you, when I come back again; pray, that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ may be with me in a restraining, comforting, supporting, and transforming way, that it may be with me when I am sick, and when I die. O my brethren, I see I want the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, in every one of these respects, every moment. O may the Lord God bless you all that have been kind to me, and forgive every thing that I have done amiss. I am ashamed of myself
, so nuch of the man comes up with me, though I humbly hope, and dare to say, that at the bottom my heart is upright towards God; I would employ it to his praise, but there is so much sin mixed with all I do, that was not the blood of Christ constantly applied to my soul, and the grace of God continually manifested to me, I could not preach any more. You may see a thousand things wrong in me, but I see ten thousand more. O may the grace of God be with you all. Now, dear friends, farewell! dear Tabernacle, farewell! if I never preach here any more; O that we may meet in a better tabernacle, when these tabernacles are taken down, when these bodies shall drop, when we shall be forever with the Lord. I have done, I cannot bear it; the Lord bless you, the Lord God cause his face to shine upon you. I cannot say more. I dare not. The Grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.
PERSONS OF ALL DENOMINATIONS,
OCCASIONED BY THE
ALARM OF AN INTENDED INVASION.
MEN, BRETUREN, AND FATHERS.
Though so many alarming warnings, pathetic exhortations, and suitable directions, have already been given, both from the press and pulpit, by way of preparatives to our late public day of humiliation ; yet should one, who is less than the least of all his brethren, now that solemnity is over, presume to trouble his dear countrymen with a short address, by way of supplement to what hath already been offered, it is to be hoped none will be so unkind as to look upon it altogether as superfluous and needless, much less, be so ungenerous as to censure it as proceeding from the pride and naughtiness of his heart. But should this be the case, I shall make no other apology (as I think there needs no other) than that which David, the youngest of the sons of Jesse, made long ago upon a like occasion, Is there not a cause?
An insulting, enraged, and perfidious enemy is now advancing nearer and nearer to the British borders. Not content with invading and ravaging our rightful sovereign king George's dominions in America, our popish adversaries have now the ambition to attempt, at least to threaten, an invasion of England itself; hoping, no doubt, thereby not only to throw us into confusion at home, but also to divert us from more effectually defeating their malicious designs abroad. That such a design (however chimerical it may seem) is now actually on foot, the royal proclamation lately issued forth renders indisputable. Which proclamation, as it plainly bespeaks his majesty's paternal
care, doth at the same time loudly call upon all his faithful and loving subjects, not only to stand upon their guard, but also to exert their utmost efforts, in dependence on Divine pro
tection to prevent and render abortive such an unjust and daring enterprise.
Blessed be God, as a professing, though sinful people, we have lately taken one effectual step towards bringing about such a salutary end.
In obedience to a call from the throne, we have been humbling ourselves in the most public and solemn manner before the most high God. And it is to be hoped, that the many tears that were that day shed, and the thousands and thousands of prayers that were then offered up, have long since been regarded by, and entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Infidels may perhaps laugh and make themselves merry with such an insinuation : but serious people, (and to such in a more peculiar manner is this address directed,) will account it no way enthusiastic to affirm that solemn humiliations, whether performed by public communities in general, or individuals in particular, have always met with such a Divine acceptance, as to obtain at least a reprieve from, if not a total removal of the threatened evil. The deferring of an impending judgment only upon the hypocritical, but public humiliation of a wicked Ahab; the mature and providential deliverance of the Jewish people from the cruel plot of an ambitious Haman, which queen Esther, Mordecai, and the other distressed Jews sought so earnestly for by public fasting and prayer; and what is yet more, the total and entire suspension of the destruction of Nineveh, that exceeding great city, though so peremptorily denounced, upon the fasting, praying and repenting of the king, nobles and commons, at the preaching of Jonah. These, I say, not to mention many more that might be adduced from sacred story, are most pregnant, and, at the same time, very encouraging proofs, that those that humble themselves shall, in God's due time, be exalted ; and that, therefore, as a nation, we may boldly infer, that the righteous Lord, who delights to show himself strong in behalf of those who are of an upright heart, will favor, plead and vindicate our righteous cause.
I am very sensible that artful insinuations have been industriously published, in order to lay all the blame of this war upon us; but bold assertions and solid proofs are two different things. For it is plain, beyond all contradiction, that the French, fond of rivaling us both at home and abroad, have most unjustly invaded his majesty's dominions in America ; and have also not only by the most vile artifices and lies, been endeavoring to draw the Six Nations of Indians from our interest; but in short, almost all their proceedings ever since the late treaty of Aix la Chapelle, have been little else than preparations