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8. We will consider the character of a prince, or one of a princely spirit, who rules in judgment. “ He deviseth liberal things.”
9. His firm standing, or establishment, in his liberal device. “By liberal things shall he stand.”
And, Lastly, draw a few inferences from the whole.
First, then, I am to give you a description of a vile person, who is to go by his proper name, and not to be called liberal.
I am sensible that all men are by natural corruptions vile; but my text speaks only of professors in religion. Saints and hypocrites, ministers of Christ, and ministers of Satan, are the only characters here meant. Hence one sort are called princes that rule in judgment; the others are persons that practise hypocrisy. The one deviseth liberal things, and speaks plainly; the other works iniquity, and speaks villany. The King of Zion is the grand subject of debate in my text; and it is plain that there are no neutrals where he comes: men must be for him, or against him; they must gather with him, or scatter abroad; love him, or hate him. Here are some princes, and some vile ones: some are ruling in judgment under him; others uttering errors against him. The one feeds liberally; the other makes empty the soul of the hungry. The one instructs the poor, and teaches him to speak truth; the other
AM willing to comply with your request: but as the text never struck my mind till last night going to bed, it could not be supposed that I could be very
concise in the delivery of so long a subject; nor can it be expected, as I could not sit down immediately to pen the subject while it was fresh on my mind, but was obliged to preach another discourse before I began to write this, that I can retain, by strength of memory, every particular of a discourse nearly two hours long, so as to express it verbatim as it was delivered. I believe
will have the substance of it, with a little more conciseness or method, and with a good deal less power.
However, I shall confine myself as much as I possibly can to my text. I shall use plain dealing; and, such as it is, I hope you will receive it from one who serves you in Christ Jesus, with as much or more satisfaction than you can express yourselves to be served, by so unworthy a servant as
IF my reader inquires the reason of my preaching and publishing the Funeral of Arminianism while it is still alive in the world, and as likely to live as ever, &c. my answer is, I know that Arminianism must die, sooner or later, to make way for the everlasting gospel of Christ: and therefore I am come beforehand, not to anoint it to its burial, but to preach its funeral; for it is all the fashion, now-a-days, to preach funerals over great bodies, whether it be the body of the beast, or the body of Christ. The ancient Prophets were often beforehand with their funerals. The Prophet Isaiah preached the funeral sermon of the King of Babylon some hundred years before he was born: you have his funeral discourse in his fourteenth chapter.
The Prophet Nahum preached the funeral of Rabshakeh, the wicked counsellor; and of the King of Assyria, his master, and attended him by prophecy even to his grave, Nahum i. 14.
Daniel preached the funeral of the man of sin, and of his mystical body of Papists, Dan. vii. 11.
And the Lord Jesus Christ preached the funeral of all the scribes, pharisees, and hypocrites; and