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Quality foever it be ; for it is capable of SERM,
Thus I have laid before you the natural
But if we look upon Men in their better Capacity, as consisting of a Soul immortal, and a Body that shall revive and live together ; if we look upon them as Pilgrims and Strangers here, but Subs jects, Citizens and Heirs of a Kingdom eternal in the Heavens ; the Obligation to abstain from these Lusts of momentary
Serm. Pleasure will appear infinitely more strong, XVII. and in some cases more extended. And
to that I should now come ; but it must be at some other Opportunity.
The Reasonableness of curbing
1 Pet, II. II.
Strangers and Pilgrims, abstain
, which war
EFORE Mankind was Serm.
was not so clear, as to leave them free from Difficulties and Error. Even those few, that spent their Time in the Confideration of these
Serm. Things and set up for Teachers, were diXVIII. vided extremely about the chief End of
Man, and governing Principle of all his Actions. And yet till this be settled, all must remain loose and uncertain. Some of them, in particular, placed this End and Good of Man, in Virtue ; others joined with that a Competence of bodily and external Blessings ; and others (who had the most numerous Followers) would have it to be found in the Enjoyment of Pleafures. The first and second, though their Doctrine were creditable and splendid, and adapted to the public Good, yet labour'd under this Difficulty ; that they wanted Motives powerful enough to determine many Persons to the Self-denial which Virtue often requires, and to make them easy under it. And the third, not infifting sufficiently on this Self-denial, opened a wide Gap to Selfilhness and fleshly Lufts; and left Men to be useless or pernicious Members both in private and publick Societies, Besides, all these, and whatever other Philosophies there were, remain'd incapable of persuading, effectually, any great ; Numbers, because the Happiness
they severally proposed, was (for the most Serm.
upon that as perishing in a few
But now, that the Revelation of our