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I have considered these painful revolutions in Characters, to be, not so much the fault of individuals, as that of human nature, placed in circumstances of temptation, strengthened with opportunity. This City is famed for Commerce, to which, under Providence, it owes it's prosperity. Men professing godliness, are not forbidden, by reason or religion, to avail themselves of lawful occasions, which favour their secular interests. Many persons, whose beginnings were small, have greatly increased. This accession of fortune is a furnace, in which the nature of their profession is tried ; and, in the fiery trial, we are not to expect the faith of all will be found to praise, and honour, and glory.
The following Sermon was preached some time
ago, and is now printed, not because it has any claims, in point of composition; but to counteract the ill effects of increasing wealth, and to stir up to the duties binding on a superior condition. These reasons may recommend it to a candid perufal, or be it's excuse.
Among those who profess a regard to the unsecular Kingdom of Christ, we find, too frequently, the first proofs of success in business, are made public, by expensive faThionable dress, house, furniture, equipage, and frequent paying and receiving visits,
Ministers who are anxious to win souls, and edify believers, would be much' encouraged, could they see the large rewards of honest industry, enjoyed by masters of families, attended with a growing conformity to men like Cornelius, in almsgiving and devotion; and the females imitating Dercas ; instead of wasting their hours in unimproving circles.
A view of the dangers of unhallowed Prosperity, may suppress the spirit of enterprize (to which the present conduct of trade, and stock-gambling invite) by which many are aspiring to gilded misery. A seasonable admonition, may prevent their infringing on the .property of others, and preserve from infamy their own characters ; and, above all, fave from reproach the profession of our
common salvation, which a worldly spirit has brought upon it, especially when indulged by those, who profess it, in its most rigid forms,
That these good purposes may be answered, by this Mite, cast into the Treasury of public instruction, is the sincere prayer of
Highbury Place, foth January, 1989,
HIS Psalm was probably composed
by David, on his re-visiting the sanctuary, after a joyful recovery from some dangerous illness. Having expressed his gratitude to God, for the event, he, in verses 6, 7
describes his former prosperity, succeeded by affliction : “ And, in my Prosperity, I said, I shall never be moved
“ LORD, by thy favour, thou hast made
my mountain to stand strong: Thou didst “ hide thy face, and I was troubled.”
On reading our Text, we are made acquainted with one of the principal snares of Prosperity; that is, Security. " I said, I “ shall never be moved.” He had enjoyed health; but it was followed by fickness. The strong man must not glory in his strength. The frame of our bodies, the accidents to which they are exposed without, and the diseases they are liable to within, may convince us, that the most robust in constitu
are grass,” which may not only wither, but die in an hour.
Mental advantages are uncertain also. We have heard of some, who have had a diftinguished rank among the wise, being reduced to idiotism, in the prime of life, and dying without knowledge.
Age frequently impairs vigour of mind. It is said, that the great Newton, in the dvanced period of his life, was unable to 9