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is no inconfiderable, presumptive evidence of the truth of revelation. Let the man who has attentively read his Bible, say, whether it is not the object of this book, having first confulted the effential intereft, of individuals, to promote and cherish, by the molt power, fub arguments, that domestic union which mature in, culcates. He who enters into the spirit of this feated volume, instead of tearing alunder these sweet and plea: fant bands of society, will feel himself disposed to en, large and strengthen them to the utmost of his power,

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That form of government, be it what it may, that endangers the happiness, security, and existence of de. mestic fociety, is a bold invasion on the rights of nature. Despotism, by depriving men of their liberty and property, or at least rendering the pofleflion of them inle, cure and precarious, is guilty of this great evil, and is therefore an offence against the supreme will and authority of God. Both profane and {acred history have told us, in lines written with blood, what haveck has been made on the peace and happiness of domestic life, by an insatiable luit of power. See the house of the peasant laid waste, the mansion of the more wealthy torn from its foundation, families dispersed, and their very names obliterated! What a curse on mankind is war) and how temendous, an account have they to give, who, to gratify their iàmbition, ocruelly dport with the rights of mankind; and impiously fubvert these little communities, which owe their existence


and e Adblishment to the peculiar attention and res gards of the mercifup God! 9.13 9.1 ". ORIAUS, " to ét: But it is not only the lawless ambition and cruelty of princesithat we have here to complain of." Tlieré are doctrines, too, which tend to divide mankind, to diftarb the peace of families, and to endanger the very existence of domestic society. We cannot enumerate ther particularly: there are two, however, that must not be omitted the Celibacy of the Romish church, on the one hand, us and the unnatural and unfriendly doctrine of Polygamy, on the other. The former of these tends to the extinction of domeftic fociety, and the latter to the total derangement and fubversion of all its pleasuresor Had these do&trine's been found in the Bible, the enemies of revelation would not have failed to apply them to the purpose of bringing its authenticity into question. They would have set nature and Christianity at variance, and not doubted but in the scuffle the latter would fuffer disgrace, if not total ruin. ir But it is a fact which we have already affert. éd, and will again affirm, that the religion of Jesus is an 'advocate not only for personal but domestic friendship.' Not a word is to be met with here, to discountenance that first great law of nature, which leads mankind into conjugal union, and poffefses them. of all the sweet and rational pleasures that- result thence. - On the contrary, Antichrist is described when he comes, as, “ forbidding men to marry," and thus offering violence to the express command of God*. -Nor is there a word to be met with to authorize the practice of a plurality of wives, which, were it to prevail, would degrade the fofter sex from that rank :,,!1!1', 1'7119 sty

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which Providence meant they should hold in the intel. lectual world, would give vigour to the cause of despotism and tyranny, and convert thie houfe our text so sweetly describes, into a horrid scene of anarchy and wretchedness. What then are they doing who maintain these doctrines, and endeavour to propagate them in the world? They are fapping the foundation of a most beautiful superstructure which God himself has raised. Or if they fuffer it to stand, instead of saying, as our Saviour commanded his disciples to say, “ Peace be to this house," they bid detraction, envy, malice, strife, and every evil work, enter into it.

In fine, all that conduct in individuals that tends to diffolve relations which God has established, to set similar characters at variance, to confound the inte. rests, and disturb the repose of familiesand thereby to increase and magnify human evils, is highly criminal, and will not fail, as the scriptures affure us, to bring down the righteous judgments of Heaven on those who are impenitently guilty of it. Let us then be persuaded to contribute all that lies in our power to the promoting that union among families, here on earth, which is both a pleasing emblem and happy omen of that everlasting friendship, which shall be enjoyed by all the family of God, in the house which their Father hath prepared for them in the world above....

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THEN the church of Christ is held up to our VV view, as it frequently is in fcripture, under the notion of a Household, the first idea that strikes our attention, is that of Friendship. How sweet the harmony that prevails, or cught to prevail, in the family of which God is the father, Christ the elder brother, the excellent of the earth the children, and angels the servants ! But, this idea dismissed, that which fucceeds to it is Hospitality. The doors of this house which God hath built, and not man, are thrown open, every stranger that enters meets with a hearty welcome ; yea the servants are sent out into the highways and hedges to compel men to come in *, Such is the benignity of the great Householder, and such the generosity that breathes through the gracious in

vitations * Luke xiv, 23.

vitations of the gospel ! Can it be wondered then, that blve first ministers of this gospel, having delivered their message, and persuadedi men to come and partake of this the noblest entertainment, should exhort the hape py guests, in the language of the text, to “ufe hofa "pitality one to another, without grudging ??! The apostle Peter had been ofteri fed at the table of his divine Master, the bounty he there partook of had kindled an inextinguishable flame of charity in his breait, and that fline he ardently wished to commu. nicate to every bofom that shared the fame bounty with him. May this fame be kindled in each of our hearts ! di$i ini san. tis. lcone I got ist.

f We have discoursed at large of the Friend bip which ought to prevail in Christian families, and are naturala ly led from therice, to recommend the duty of Hofpic iality. The connection of the words chosen for this førpose, merits our particular attention The apostle had reprobated, in very severe terms, the kind of hof: pitality, íallely fo called, which obtained among the Iagans--their excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.: Of the Christians these Pagans were used to speaể in the moft reproachfui nanner, because they ran noi with them to the fame cvccfs of riot. But, says the apostle, these miserable debauchees who laugh at your temperance, fhall shortly give an account of themselves to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For to this purpose was the gospel preached to the Gentiles, who were dead in fin, as well as to you ; that such of them as are reco. vered from this wretched ftate, however judged and sviled like you by their former companions, might

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