Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.1

90 Of Repentance. S E R M. and certainly a great weight is added to the Iv. obligation of our duty by the full and plain difcovery of it; in effect the revelation of our whole duty is in this view the enforcement of repentance, which is nothing elfe but the practice of whatfoever is good, and pure, and virtuous, in oppofition to firmer tufts in ig- norance. The former times Gcd winked at, but now commands all men to repent. He had great compafhon for them who lived in times of error, who were very ill taught, and received a corrupt converfation by tra- dition of their fathers, without any means of delivering themfelves, but merely their own reafon, which indeed, if duely attended to, might have difcovered the folly and wicked- nefs of the Idolatry and immorality which then prevailed, but in the generality of men was fo weak and unimproved, thro' the un- happinefs of their education, that it had very little influence; and its feeble effects were eafily overborn by the clamor of im- poflure, prejudices, and vicious cuftoms. But, now, that God has fent his fon into the world to reveal his will to mankind, and he has done it with fuch perfpecuity that he who runs may read, and underftand it, they muff be inexcufable who continue impeni- tent ..