Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

Of Chrßian Fortitude. log erts his flrength. Let us therefore, above SERM, all things endeavour to be found in the way of IV. righteoufnefs ; afk for the good paths, and the LM" right ways, as the prophet direás I, con- ftantly purfuing them in the mannerGod pre - fcribes, and this will be the chief fupport of religious fortitude. Secondly, having proceeded fo far, the next thing neceffary is fledfaft refolution. To be tofs'd to and fro, and carried about with every wind, as the ápoflle fpeaks -j-, by the flight of men, and their cunning craftinefs to deceive; or by violences ; this is to be like children, not to quit ourfelves like men. Certainly it is a great unhappinefs to be unrefolv'd in mat- ters of the greateft moment, even in religion. They that are fo, cannot poffibly approve themfelves to God, nor will be ftedfaft. They were unfaithful and unconftant wor- fhippers of God whom the prophet reprefents as halting between two opinions, between the fervice of the true God, and the fervice of Baal ; fuch men are ready to be driven by every temptation, to embrace every form of religion, and every courfe of a &ion that is nnforc'd by ftrong worldly motives, which are * Jer. vi. 16 t Eph, iv. 14. apt