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parents, unthankful, unholy, &c. The world lying
in wickedness lays snares for them, that by drawing
them into their courses, they may make them like
themselves. And at all times they are in hazard by
them, either by omission of necessary duty, or com-
mission of fin. :
· 4. It is a world wherein wickedness thrives apace
as in its native foil, but any good has much ado to
get up its head, Jer.iv. 22. “ For my people is foolish,
they have not known me, they are sottilh children,
and they have none understanding ; they are wise to
do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge." The
ground being curfed, thistles and thorns grow up of
their own accord; but after much labour for the seed-
corn, the husbandman has but a forry increase. So
the work of wickedness goes on with speed; but o
how hard is it to make a good work take! The most
prudent management can hardly carry a good work,
but one finner destroyeth much good, Eccl. ix. ult.

Sixthly, This accounts for the frightful end this visible world will make, by the general conflagration, 2 Pet. iii. 10. There is a curse on it, for the wickedness in it, that once deluded it, it will in the end burn it up. It has been a stage of wickedness, and will be palled down; a fink of abominations, and will be overthrown. The creatures groan in it, under the abuse of them to the serving of the lusts of men ; they muft be delivered.

Lastly, This shews the dangerous state of the unre. generate world; they lie in wickedness. Therefore, * 1. They now lie under wrath, hanging in the threatening and curse, which is over their heads, Eph. ii. 3. Being the region of wickedness, it is the region of wrath, John iž. ult. They are in a state of wrath, it is on them and theirs.

2. They will perish under that wrath, whoever continue and come not out from among them. For the world now lying in wickedness, will fink down

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into the pit, and lie eternally under their guilt and filth, Matth. xxv. ult. Rev. xx. 14, 15.

Use II. Of exhortation.

1. To all I would say, Search and try what fociety ye belong to, whether ye are still of, or separated from, the world lying in wickedness. It is certain, we are all naturally of the world; there is no coming out of it, but by regenerating grace; and being come, ye will have taken another route. What has been ale ready said, particularly on the first clause of the verse, touching the marks and characters of those that are of God, and so separated from the world, may serve to discover your state in this point.

2. To faints separated from the world, I would say,

(1.) Do not much wonder at the harsh entertainment ye meet with in it. Value not the frowns of the world lying in wickedness; and think not strange of frowns of providence on you while ye are in it. For it will never be quite well with the family of God, while they are here in the same place with the world.

(2.) Watch against it while ye are in it, as being in hazard of fins and snares in a world lying in wick, edness. Be not secure; knowing that your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour, 1 Pet. v. 8. · (3.) Look homeward, and long to be with Christ; where you shall be for ever out of the reach of all. evil, and enjoy such peace and freedom as your ene. mies can disturb no more.

3. Lastly, To sinners of the world lying in wickedness, I would say, Come out from among them, and be separated, as ye would not be ruined with them, and perish eternally in their destruction. But of this in the next discourse.

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AMONG THE WORLD LYING IN WICKEDNESS, EX.
PLAINED AND URGED.

Several Sermons preached at Etterick, in 1729.

Y I JOHN V. 19.- The whole world lieth in wickedness. 2 Cor. vi. 17. Wherefore come out from among them, and

be ye separate, faith the Lord, and toucb not the unclean

thing; and I will receive you. VE have had a frightful description of the world

1 lying in wickedness. We come now to press the exhortation to come out of it, in the words of this compared text. In which we have,

1. The gospel.call to sinners, Come out from among them. For whereas the words are taken out of Isa. lii. 11. it is plain the prophet there speaks of the days and preaching of the gospel, tho' with an eye to the deliverance from Babylon, ver.7410. In it we have,

(1.) The substance of the duty that finners are called to, Come out from among them, viz. the world lying in wickedness, whereof Babylon was an emblem, as the Jews were of the elect. Babylon was the mother of abominations, and devoted to destruction; so the world lying in wickedness is. To come out from among them, is to come out of your natural state, unto Christ by faith; that is the only way to come out from among them. And that the text aims at no less, is evident,—that adoption into God's family is thereupon promised.

(2.) The touchstone of sincerity in it. Be ye sepa. rate. Right coming out from among the world ly. ing in wickedness, is a coming out from among them freely and for altogether. A withdrawing for a time,

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Text explained. the relation standing will not do; nor a halting be. tween two; there must be a total feparation, by going quite to the other side, and setting up against them. Thus the apostle explains the double call to depart, Ifa. liii. II. Depart ye, depart ye, going still farther and farther from them, till the great gulf be fixed betwixt you and them.

(3.) A neceffary direction for the right managing of your coming away, Touch not the unclean thing. They are an unclean society, like a leprous person : consult not with them, but be resolute without tampering with them. Every thing among them is unclean; take up none of it to carry with you, as Rachel did her father's images. Be afraid of every person and thing in the world lying in wickednefs, as of fire.

2. The gospel offer and promise, to be accomplished on complying with the call, I will receive you. I the Lord Christ will take you in. Be not afraid thąt ye fhall be at any lofs in the cafe; fuch refugees Mall have the borders of the Lord's land, the gates of his house opened to them.

Now the doctrine of these texts thus compared, is,

Doct. There is a call from the Lord to finners, to come out from among the world lying in wickedness and leave them. .

In handling this point, I shall,
1. Shew fome things implied in it.

II. Shew what is the finner's coming out from among the world lying in wickedness.

III. Consider the call from - the Lord to come out from among them.

IV. Lastly, Apply the whole. :I. I shall shew some things implied in the doctrine. It implies,

1. The world lying in wickedness is a fociety hate, ful to the Lord, else he would not call to come out from among them. They may please themselves, as

if they only were the people. The region of a natural state has the cloud of wrath abiding on it, John ü. alt. They are a fociety, whom God abhors as unclean: a people of God's indignation, as being his enemies; and against whom he will have war for ever that shall end in their destruction, or rather never end.

2. Sinners, ye are all by nature in among them, and of them; elfe, why is the call, Come out from among them? Whoever has not heard this call, and come out from among them, in conversion, is among them yet, John viii. 44. I told you there are in the world lying in wickedness, the lower and the upper world; but both these make but one world, the devil is the head of both; and if a few years were gone, they will be both turned into one, and all the inhabia tants housed under one roof, Matth. XXV. 41. There. fore unconverted finners are as sure among them, as the damned. Sin ners, ye are children of hell, a prison-house, a dark house, a miserable house, Matth. xxiü. 15. As long as ye are among them, ye are like the house, and like the father of it: he is a fallen creature, lying in wickedness, his nature is enmity againt God; so art thou and thine: and though thou put a fair face on it, by a form of godliness: no mar. vel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, 2 Cor. xi. 14.

3. Great is the danger of abiding among them, Ifa. lii. II. Depart ye, depart ye, go 'ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing, go ye out of the midst of her. There are three special emblems of the wretched world lying in wickedness, and the danger of abiding among them, to which this call may have ** reference. One is Babylon doomed to destruction, Pfal. cxxxvii. 8. See the call to leave her, Jer li, 6, Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul; be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. Rev. xviii, 4. Come out

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