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an atter End of the Place thereof, and Darkness fall pursue his Enemies. What do yê imagine against the LORD ? He will make an ulter End : Afliflion shall not rise up the second Time. For while they be folden together as Thorns, and while they are drunken as Drunkards, they shall be devoured as Stubble fully dry, Nahum i. 7, 8, 9, 10.
In Isa. v. 11-14. it is said, Wo unto them that rise up early in the Morning, that they may follow strong Drink, that continue until Night till Wine inflame them. And the Harp, and the Viol, the Tabrei,' and the Pipe, and Wine, are in their Feafts : But they regard not the Work of the LORD, neither consider the Operation of his Hands. Therefore my People are gone into Captivity, because they have no Knowledge, and their honourable Men are famished, and their Multitudes dried up with Thirst. Therefore Hell haib enlarged ber self, and opened ber Mouth without Measure: And their Glory, and their Multitude, and their Pomp, and be that rejoiceth shall defcend into it. In Verse 22. it is added, Wo unto them that are mighty to drink Wine, and Men of strength to mingle Strong Drink, i. e. if they abuse their Strength by drinking to Excess, and that is Excess, which is more than needful to the healthful Nourishment, and Chearfulness of the Body.
The Prophet further adds, in Verse 25. Therefore is the Anger of the LORD kindled against his People, and be bath stretched forth his Hands against them, and hath smitten tbem : And the Hills did tremble, and their Carcasses were torn in the midst of the Streets : For all this bis Anger is not turned away, but bis Hand is stretched out still.
These, and such like Déclarations do plainly shew, that they who indulge their Appetites with Excesses in Meats and Drinks, and they who persuade, and tempt others to do so, have Reason to fear the
Judgments of the Holy God, when he is visiting for Sin.
But how much soever they may suffer by common Calamities in this World, these Sufferings will be to them only the Beginnings of Sorrows, unless they repent, and amend their Ways. For Drunkards shall not inherit the Kingdom of God, See 1 Cor.
It is our blessed Redeemer, who faid, Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time, your Hearts be overcharged with Surfeiting and Drunkenness, and the Cares of this Life, and so that Day come upon you unawares. For as a Snare mall it come on all them that dwell on the Face of the whole Earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that yè may be accounted worthy to escape all these (terrible) Things that shall come to pass, and to ftand before the Son of Man, Luke xxi. 34, 35, 36.
The Things which Christ refers to, and which he in that Chapter foretold should come to pass, were that Jerusalem should be compassed with Armies, and Desolation, Verse 20. He foretold its Days of Véngeancé, Verse 22. and that there should be great Distress in the Land, and Wrath upon the People, Verse 23. And that they should fall by the Edge of the Sword, Verse 24. That upon the Earth should be Distress of Nations with Perplexity, Verse 25. Men's Hearts failing them for Fear, and for looking after those Things, which are coming on the Earth, Verfe 26.
And thus it happened to the Jews, when the just God brought upon them the Day of his Wrath, the Day of his Visiting them for their Iniquities. And in like manner it will happen to other Nations, when the Almighty shall come forth in Judgment against them, and make a sinful incorrigible People to fee, and feel the Miseries of the Days of his Vengeance.
Therefore, Let us walk bonestly, as in the Day; not in Rioting and Drunkenness, not in Chambering and Wantonness, not in Strife and Envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not Provision for the Flesh, to fulfil the Lufts thereof. Rom. xiii. 13, 14.
XII. UNCLEAN Persons, Whoremongers and Adulterers, are another Sort, on whom God has denounced destroying Judgments.
These are Transgressors of the seventh Command
Whoremongers and Adulterers God will judge, &c. It is declared, Heb, xiii. 4. and in Galat. v. 19, 21, it is said, Now the Works of the Flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness ; and it is added, That they who do such Things Mall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
In Ephes. v. 3, 4, 5, 6. But Fornication and all Uncleanness, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh Saints. Neither Filthiness nor foolish Talking, nor Jesting which are not convenient : But rather giving of Thanks. For this you know that no Whoremonger nor unclean Person batb
Inberitance in the Kingdom of Christ, and of God for because of these Things cometh the Wrath of God upon the Children of Disobedience.
What the Holy God has said concerning the Jews, in Jer. v. 7, 8, 9. shews evidently that this Sort of Sinners are appointed to suffer in the Day of his Visitation. The LORD said, When I fed them to the full they committed Adultery, and assembled themselves by Troops in the Harlots Houses. They were as fed Horses in ibe Morning : Every one neighed after his Neighbour's Wife : Shall I not visit for these Things ? saith the LORD, shall not my Soul be avenged on such a Nation as this?
The Prophet Ezekiel also, reckoning up several Sorts of Tranigrefsors of the divine Law in Jerufalem, says, One bath committed Abomination with his Neighbour's Wife, and another has lewdly defiled his Daughier-in-Law, and another in thee hatb bumbled bis Sister, bis Father's Daughter, Ezek. xxii.
It must be observed, that Self-Pollution, the Sin for which the Holy God New Oran, Gen, xxxviii. 9, 10. is a Sort of Uncleanness very heinous in its Nature. And likewise that the unnatural Lufts of the Sodomites, Gen. xix. 5. for which the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrab, Brimstone and Fire from the Lord out of Heaven, and overthrew their Cities, and all the Plain, and all the Inhabitants of the Cities, and that which grew upon the Ground, Gen. xix. 24, 25. I say, those unnatural Lusts are Kinds of Filthiness which cry loudly for divine Vengeance to be inflicted on the Guilty : And it is Matter of great Lamentation, that notwithstanding the fearful, and utter Destruction of those Cities for the Crimes of their Inhabitants, there have been in the succeeding Ages, Persons guilty of the same monstrous and filthy Practices.
St. Paul speaketh of such in Rom. i. 26, 27. saying, For this Cause God gave them up unto vile Affections : For even their Women did change their natural Use unto that which is against Nature : And likewise also the Men, leaving the natural Use of Women, burned in their Lust, one toward anoiber, Men wib Men, working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themse.ves that Recompence of their Error which was meer.
The Sins of these monstrous Transgressors, indeed, are fecret, they are Deeds of Darkness, but the righteous God may openly take Vengeance on them, in the Day of his Visitation for Sin. Such hive no Reason to hope they shall escape the des Itroying Wrath of the Almighty God.
And as the Inhabitants of Jerusalem were incorrigible, and did not repent of their Iniquities, the Holy God according to his Threatnings, inficted on them destroying Judgments. See Jer. v. 31. where he says, Therefore have I poured out mine Indignation upon them, I have consumed them with the Fire of my Wrath : Their own Way bave I recompenfed upon their Heads, faith the LORD GOD.
I may add, that Persons under the like Guilt, have Reason to expect like Punishment; and therefore have Cause to be afraid of God's proceeding in the Way of his Judgments.
And happy for them will. it be, if the Whoremongers and Adulterers ; happy will ic be, if all the filthy, the unchaste, the unclean Persons of both Sexes, shall consider the Evil of their Ways, and the Declarations of the Holy God againit them if they shall repent of their Sins, and seek the Forgiveness of them, and Peace with God through Christ Jesus, before the Viols of his Wrath be poured out upon them.
XIII. UnJust Persons, are another Sort against whom destroying Judgments are denounced in the Word of God.
UnJust Persons are all they, who either by Force, or Fraud, take, or with-hold to their own Use any Thing that is the Property of another.
These all are Transgreffors of the eighth Com, mandment.
This Class includes not only Thieves of every Denomination, but also Extortioners, and fraudulent Dealers with unjust Weights and Measures.
EXTORTIONERS are those Persons who take Advantage from the Necessities, or Ignorance of others, to constrain them to give more Money for the Things they buy, than is the Market-price, or to