Baxter - HP BV4920 B38 1829

118 A CALL TO the very principles of nature, and shows that you have no more reason to be ungodly than you have to damn your own souls,-if yet you will not underM stand and turn, it seems a desperate case that you are in. And now, either you have good reason for what you do, or you have not: if not, will you go against reason itself? Will you do that which you have no reason for? But if you think you have, produce it, and make the best of your matter. Reason the case a little with me, your fellow-creature, which is far easier than to reason the case with God; tell me, man, here before the Lord, as if thou wert to die this hour, why shouldst thou not resolve to turn this day; before thou stir from the place thou standest in, what reason hast thou to deny or to delay? Hast thou any reason that satisfieth thine own conscience for it, or any that thou darest own and plead at the bar of God? If thou hast, let us hear them, bring them forth, and make them good. But, alas! what poor stuff, what nonsensen.nstead of reasons, . do we daily hear froril ungodly men! But for their necessity I should be ashamed to name them. ' Object. 1. One saith, if none shall be saved but such converted and sanctified ones as you talk of~ then heaven would be but empty; then God help a great many. .llnsw. Why, it seems you think that God doth not know, or else that he is not to be believed! Measure not all by yourselves: God hath thousands and millions of his sanctified ones; but yet they are few in comparison of the world, as Christ himself hath told us, Matt. vii. 13, 14. Luke xi. 32. It better beseems you to make that use of this truth which Christ teacheth you: ' Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate and broad is the way which leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat,' Luke :xiii. 22-24. Fear not, little flock (saiih C:hri~t