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Liberty of thinking is naturally followed by licentiousness in prac- : tice; for restraint there can be none, but such as every one lays upon himself; and what security is this to the state? The legislature may make the best laws : but an infidel hath no other obligation to obey them, than what arises from his convenience or inclination: and can he but evade the penalty, his conscience excuses him, and he has nothing to fear from a future punishment.

All forms of government are alike intolerable to him, except they are exactly framed according to his notions; and when they differ from his model, it is virtue in him to rebel. He is for breaking down every test,

every fence, that he may range un. controuled, and wanton in licențiousness.

Should any one think that this picture of infidelity is too much heightened; I answer, that the colours are taken from nature ; and I appeal to antiquity, and to the histoту

of modern nations, who still continue infidels, whether I have exceeded the juft proportion ?—It may be objected again, that Christians are equally chargeable with the same crimes that Infidels are guilty of, and therefore that those crimes are not peculiar to Infidelity.----I answer again, that Christianity disclaims the relation that any one pretends to her who is guilty of unchristian practices, whatever his profession may be ; " for " he is not a christian who is one in “word only : but he is a christian " who is such in deed and in truth.” ----And here lies the difference between Christianity and Infidelity.-The one is governed by the law of nature, which is no fixt and determinate law; but as changeable as the several climates and nations of the world ;, which even allows the gratification of our carnal appetites in some instances, and where it difallows it in others, it has no sufficient sanction to support it's authority: but

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may be obeyed for convenience, or disobeyed with security. It hath no hope of rėward to invigorate the practice of morality, no fear of punishment to deter them from fin.

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The other hath for it's guide both the written and the revealed will of God; which hath determined the precise limits of virtue and vice, which spiritualizeth human nature, which requires that we should be “ born again” before we can inherit the kingdom of heaven ; which is guarded also by the strongest fanction, eternal punilhment and everlasting rewards,

Hence it follows, that an infidel may, consistent with his principles, and without dread of consequences, be guilty of sin; whereas a christian cannot, without renouncing his faith and his hope, without unchristianizing himself, and sinking into downright infidelity: and this, of itself,

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is sufficient to shew the dangerous nature of it.

I have now laid before you some of those national sins which are most heinous in their nature, and most pernicious in their consequences ; and I might add to them many others, which are either not fo general, or for which the laws of our country have provided a remedy, and it is to be hoped, will some time or other promote a cure ; but which it would take up too much of your time particularly to chastise. Suffice it therefore to say, that there is in general too great an inattention to, and disregard of,

ird of, religious and spiritual concerns; and too much affection for the pomps and vanities of this wicked world---that intemperance

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