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[86] but also of our religious privileges, and lay upon us the yoke of spiritual bondage, which our fathers, through the good hand of their God upon them, were delivered from, and which neither they, nor we, were able to bear.

Such is the rule of Satan, even in this enlightened age, in the hearts of the children of disobedience. So much worse than Jews and Heathens, that it cannot be supposed that any considerable number, if any, in Britain, ignorant as they generally are, think they are doing God service, by their cruelties and murders practised wantonly in America. Their barbarous conduct seems rather to proceed from a prevailing disbelief of the Being, or Providence of God. And, as they think they have no account to give hereafter, but shall die like the beasts, so they may safely live like them, without any restraint from reason or Religion.

In a sermon, May 10, 1778, he says,

It is unhappy that there are so many different persuasions among Professors of the Religion of the Blessed Son of God, and even of the Protestant Religion; some profess themselves to be of the Church of England, some Presbyterians; some call themselves Quakers, some Baptists; some are called Separatists and the like. These all pretend to worship the same God and Father of us all, to look for Salvation in and through Jesus Christ, our common Saviour and merciful Redeemer. And at last hope to join the General Assembly and Church of the first born above. And yet, thus unhappily differ by the way—even too often so as not to worship God and our Redeemer together. * * * *

True Christians may have different opinions in points not essential to Christianity, but if alone Love of Christ is shed abroad in their hearts, they will be careful to maintain that Love and charity one to another, which is necessary to qualify them to sit down together in the Kingdom of Glory. * * * *

Nothing carries a more convincing proof of the Divinity of the Religion of Christ, than its inspiring Christians with this amiable disposition one towards another. This God-like temper raised the attention of the Heathens in the first ages of Christianity, who with surprise said, “See, how the Christians love one another!” O, let not this Divine flame wax cold in any of us, because iniquity abounds. But may the Love of God, the Love of Christ, the hope of Heaven, quicken us all to this necessary and delightful duty. O, consider, it is Heaven begun here, and its perfection, in the Life to come! If we don't meet with suitable returns of kindness for our charity and affection to others, the reflection of our having done what Christ has commanded will be our comfort in life and in death. And our advancement in the Realms of everlasting Glory, will be in proportion to the degree of this Divine principle in our Souls.

June 21, 1778, he is patriotic again, his sermon of that date containing such paragraphs as these:—‘But like unfeeling Monsters of the present day, this Tyrant ordered, with a stupid indifference.’ ‘How ought we to pray and fight, and even die, when called to it, rather than to submit to Tyrants, whose tender mercies are cruelty.’ ‘How may ’

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