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keep their consciences tender.
VI. 1 ec then decline such occasions and temp. tations, as they foresee are like to ensnare them and efpecially ill company, which bach cuiu'd Thoufaids.
VII. Lecchen acquaint themselves with feri0:48 , saber minded, and experienced Christians
, Fro n fuch they may reap exceeding great benefor.
VIII. And Liftly, Let them take heed of Spiriimal prise, which i'ath thrown dows many young professors from a great hopefulnese. Lei theniemember, the Devil will attempt (if it be ponible) t foil hem, by drawing theme. ther inco fome erroneous Doctrines, or some fost dalous practices. Ler them therefore be farers secche Glory of God before their eyes, ande:deavour to walk humbly with God, fupectie themselves, and leaning on his goodne je to po Servethem from falling. Ecclelis. Remember nor thy Creatour is: dains of thy youth, while the evil daies et
years draw nigh, when thos say. I have no pleasure in them. Piov.,17. I love thein that love me, and it
that fock me early. Mill find me. Prov.21.6. Train up a child in the way which
Jaould goe, and when he is old, he will not de: from it.
not, nor the
Pfal.119.9. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse
his w.sy ? by taking heed thereto according to
thy Word. Tic.2 6. Young men likewise exhort to be foberE.. minded, 2 Tim.2.22. Flee also youthful lusts, but follow
righteousnes, faith, charity, peace, with them
that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 1 Kings 18. 13. But I l 'obadiah) thy fer
vant fear the Lord from my youth. 2 Chron. 34. 3. For / Fosiah ) in the eighth
year of his reign, while he was yet young, began to seek after the God of David' his Father,
&c. 2 Tim.3.15. And that from a child thou hast.
known the holy Scriptures, which are able i make thee wife unto salvation. · John v.4. Trejoyced greatly that I found of the children walking in the Truth, as we have re
ceived a Commandment from the Father. Pfal.32.9. Bege not as the Horse, or as the Mule,
which have no understanding, whose mouth must be' held in with bit and bridle; left they
come neli 'sunto thee. er.22.21. Ipake unto thee in thy prosperity, but
i hou faidst 1 will not hear; this hath been try manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedft not
my voice, TOV.1.24. Because I called, and ye refused, i
have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded.
V.25. But ye have set at nought all my cornfel,
and would none of my reproof. V.26. I also will laugh at your calamity, I wil
mock when your fear cometh. Lev. 19. 32. Thou shalt rise up before the boary
head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear tby God, I am the Lord. [fa.3.5: And the people shall be appreßed, every
one by another, and every one by his Neigbben, the child shall behave himself prondly against the ancient, and the base against the banow able,
So much of the Duties belonging to Toung persons.
I come now to speak to the Ancient.
The main and principal care of those that r in geats , should be, to make all Arait and eve keiween God and their own foules; co recore the fate in Grace, and their Title to Glory. F their Sun is setting, their race is almort *** Though the yoanger may die, yet the old
: die, and after death comes judgment.
Let all ancient persons cherefore cake it following Particulars into their serioses con fida tion.
1. The case of all old people that are yet in unconveried
state, is very sad and dangerous. J
in 1. This world, and the contentments thereof are
(in a manner ) done with them. The evil daies * are come upon ther, wherein (they must needs
say ) they bave no pleafure in them. 2. Ufually
they labour under many weaknesses and bodily in** firmities: Ifthey have noć the comfort of a good Conscience to support them, and to be the staffe of their age, how exceeding miserable must they
needs be? 3. If they have lived long under the # means of Grace, and continued unconverted till
old age, 'tis a hundred to one whether they ever be converted or no. 'Tis rare to hear of any thac have gore on in a long course of carelesseneß and security, and been habituated and hardned in sin, that in their old age have turned to God. See the Reasons before mentioned, p. 510. 4. If they die in their fins, they will receive a greater condemnation. The furnace will be hotter for them than for young finners. They have contracted a greater debt. The heap of their fins is greater : Certainly it will be more tolerable in the day of judgment for Er and Onan who were cuc off betimes in their fins, chan for finners that are threescore or fourscore years old. If the Fudge at the Aßizes do meet with an old theef, or an old Sut-puofe, that have had masy warnings, and still go on in their wickednese , they feldom fcape. Let all old impenitent sinners think of this. How may God say of such, Heer's an old ovetous, worldly-minded man, an old swearer, or
drunkard, an old hater of Godlinesse, and slighter of Religion, an old ignorant, carelesse wretch, : neglecter of Family-duties, one that should have instructed his children and servants, and bred them
ир in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but in stead thereof, has given them an ill exam. ple, and done me a great deal of dishoneur, &c. 'I have forborn him fourty, fifty, fixty years: H: has ofien quenched the good motions of my Spirit
, my Ambassadors could never prevail with him ti leave his fans. Now therefore o je evil Angels, this day, this week, this year require his soul of him, and bring him to judgment. O how exceeding sad is the case of an old unconverted man o woman!
II, Nothing is more to be admired at than that ancient people should go on in their fins , oct minding speedily and seriously, to turn to God. For, 1, The lease of their lives is almost expires, And is it not a strange madnesle, they shonld mak: no provision for another world? 2. They have ny warnings they must go hence, dim eyes, ferti
: legs, trembling joynts", Ecclei. 12. 3. The Sao and the Light is darkned, the keepers of the hou iremble , the strong men bow themselves , ita grinders cease, &c. Their bodily weaknesses wir them they must not stay long here. 3. They have but a little time to watch, and the Bridegross will conie, and if chey get not Oyl into their lam BOW, they will be for ezer from out.