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CON TEN T S.

L E T T E R I. WHEN the Inhabitants of any City, or

Country have Reason to apprebend the Danger of publick Calamities, is sewn. P. 3, 4.

Some Tokens of the divine Anger noted, viz.

1. The Mortality, which through several Years destroyed the Cattle., p. 43, 5;

2. The Earthquakes, which lately happened in our INand. p. 5, 6.

These Calamities are the Productions of the almighty Power of God, and happens only when, and where be pleafes. p. 6. No Astronomer, no Philosopher can tell when, or where the righteous God will shake terribly the Earth, and raise those mighty Convulsions in it, which overthrow Cities, and often Swallow in Multitudes of People. p. 6.

The divine Power is always Âîting, and some Things, which appear to be the immediate Effeet of its Agency, are specified. p. 7.

Famines, and Pestilences are Manifestations of the divine Anger. p. 7.

The Day of the Lord's Visitation for Sin, is a difmal Time.. p. 8.

Yet there is no Ground for Despair, but Room to hope for Mercy, and Pardon. p. 9.

Some Sorts of Persons are particularly threatned with Punishments in the Day of God's Visitation for Sin, viz.

I. Those

I. Those Ministers of the Word of God of

every Denomination, who either set bad Examples, or

live in the Negleet of the Duties they owe to the Peo-
ple under their Care. p. II.

p. 11. Why these are men-
tioned in the first place, the Reasons as signed, ibid.
p. 12. &c. by the Expresions Watchmen, and
Shepherds, who are meant, ibid.

II. Prophane Persons, are another Sort of Sin-

ners. p. 14. &c. Who are such. ibid. The Hein-

ousness of their Guilt. ibid. are Obječts of God's

Curse, and Scorn. p. 15.

III. Idolators, also are Ohjeets of God's threatned

Judgments. p. 15. There are téo Sorts of Idola-
try, viz. One a Transgression of the first Command-
ment, viz. Wben Persons own, and ackn wledge any
Creature as God, or pay religious Respect, or Re-
verence by any inwerd A&tion of their Mind, or out-
ward Gesture of their Bodies to a Creature as God,
and as the Objext of their Worship. ibid.

The other Sort of Idolatry, is making any Image

to be the Neans of worshiping the true God, and

performing any Acts of religious Worship to it. p. 16.

and this is a Transgresion of the second Command-

ment, ibid.

The Heinousness of this Idolatry displayed. p. 17.

IV. Proud Persons, are particularly threatned

with Punishment, in the Time of God's Visitation of

a People for their Sins. p. 18. The cominin Incen-

tives to Pride mentioned, ibid. What Pride is. p. 19.

Tbrectnings against the Proud. ibid, &c.

V. Those who are Lovers of Pleasures, more

than of God, are Objeets of divine Threatnings.

Who are such described. ibid. If a Man takes

all Of portuniti's of being in the Company of one Ac-
quaintance, and industriously shuns the Company and
Conversation of another, it is a Demonstration that
he loves the one, and dislikes the other; and thus as

to the Lovers of Pleasure, &c. ibid. Threatnings against them mentioned. p. 21.

VI. Profaners of the holy Name of God, are threatned with Punishments in this Life. p. 22. &c.

Who are such. ibid.

VII. Prófaners of God's Sabbaths, are likewisë under the divine Thréatnings. p. 24. &c.

Who are Profaners of the Lord's Days. ibid.

The Declarations of the holy God, against the Transgressors of the first Four of his Ten Commandments, recited in the foregoing Pages, are full of doleful Tidings. p. 27. Neveri beless there is Hope for the very Chief of Sinners. p. 28. As appears from the gracious Invitations, and Promises of God to them if they repent, and turn to him. ibid, and p. 29.

There is a sure Way to Reconciliation, and Peace with God, a sure Way to obtain bis Love, and the Pardon of all our Sins, a sure Way to Safety, Comfort, and Happiness. p. 30. This Way is shewed by the sacred Scriptures. p. 30. &c.

An Address to those Persons, who have hitherto gone on in a Course of wilful Disobedience to God. p. 34. How they should reason, and think with themselves. ibid, and pray to their offended God. P. 35.

Suitable Reflektions for those who repent of their Sins, and accept of Christ to save them. p. 36.

L E T T E R II.

The bappy Condition of those, who are so influenced by what the holy God hath said in his Word, and threatned to infliet on the stubborn Transgressors of bis Laws, as to repent of their Sins, and by Faith in Christ to seek Pardon, and Salvation. p. 1. &c.

How penitent Believers, pious Perfons may think, and reason within themselves to their own Comfort. p. 2.

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Of the Reasonings proper for those, who have bitherto negle&ted God and their Duty. p. 3.

There are several Sorts of Persons, who live in wilful Disobedience to one, or other of the Six last of the ten Commandments. Particularly,

VIII. Rebellious Persons. p. 4. &c.

Rebellion is a wilful Opposition to the Authority, and lawful Commands of those whom God has set over Us. p. 4, &c.

And it is a Transgression of the fifth Commandment, ibid.

Of Disobedience to natural Parents. p. 4, 5.

Of Disregard to those Ministers of God's Word, under whose Care the divine Providence has placed us. p. 6.

We may from the Behaviour, which God requires of us towards them, infer the Sinfulness of a contrary Conduit : So far as the Ministers of Christ deliver to us the Word of God, it is our Duty to believe it, and to be obedient to it.

But we are to examine by the Holy Scriptures, every DoEtrine they teach, and every Instručtion in Matters of Practice they inculcate, and we are not to receive them meerly because delivered by our Teachers. P. 7.

Of obedience to Kings, and subordinate Magistrates. p. 8. &c.

IX. Oppressors, are another Sort of Persons, who have Reason to fear the Effects of God's Wrath in the Day of his Visitation for Sin. p. 10.

As Rebellion includes the various sorts of Misehaviour, and opposition of Inferiors to their Superiors in Authority; so Oppression comprehends the several Abases, which Superiors in Authority, or Power, are guilty of to their Inferiors. ibid.

W ben Persons are guilty of Oppresion is frewed. p. 10, Il, 12.

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