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SERMON XII, The abuses of Conscience considered.
SERMON XIII. Temporal Advantages of Religion.
The Parable of the Rich MAN
and LAZARUS considered.
Luke xvi. 31. And he said unto him, If they bear not
Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one foould rise from the dead.
HESE words are the conclusion 1 of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus; the design of which was to shew us the necessity of conducting ourselves, by such lights as God had been pleased to give us: the fense and meaning of the patriarch's final determination in the text being
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this, That they who will not be persuaded to answer the great purposes of their being, upon such arguments as are offered to them in fcripture, will never be persuaded to it by any other means, how extraordinary soever;- If they bear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one should rise from the dead.......
Rise from the dead! To what purpose? What could such a meffenger propose or urge, which had not been proposed and urged already ? the novelty or surprise of such a visit might awaken the attention of a curious unthinking people, who spent their time in nothing else, but to hear and tell some new thing; but ere the wonder was well over, some new won