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away their whoredoms, and their abominations which had defiled God's holy name; so ought all that are called christians, to put away such things that defile God's name. You may see how the Lord forbids adultery in Levit. xx. and you may see what judgments came upon Israel, who committed adultery with the children of Moab; and how the Lord brought his judgments upon Israel, and them that they committed adultery withal, as in Numb. xxv. for the Lord said and commanded, that there should be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a Sodomite of the sons of Israel. Deut. xxiii. Then surely there ought not to be a whore, nor a Sodomite amongst them that are called christians; but when either Jews, Christians, or others, rebel against God's good spirit he hath given to instruct them, then they run into whoredoms and adultery, and are as bad as the Sodomites, and profane the name of God, and his son Christ Jesus.
And what became of Jezabel, and all her priests, who was called, the mother of whoredoms and witchcraft,' as in 2 Kings ix. 22. Did not her whoredoms, and her bloody spirit, act together in wickedness
and blood shedding? + And the Lord sent Nahum to declare against Nineveh, and the misery į and ruin thereof, and saith, • Wo to the bloody city! it is full of lies and
robbery; and therefore, because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcraft, that selleth nations through her whoredom, and families through her witchcraft: behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts, I will discover thy skirts upon thy face. I will show the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame; and I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile; and will set thee as a gazing stock, and all they that look upon thee, shall fly from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste.' Nahum iii. Now Nineveh had repented at Jonah's preaching; but see what whoredoms and wickedness she was run into, which brought her destruction; and therefore let all that go under the name of christians, take heed of such evils, lest they bring judgments and destruction, and ruin upon themselves.
And Jacob's sons were not able to bear nor endure, that Shechem should ravish or defile their sister Dinah, Gen. xxxiv. ' that they should deal with their sister as with a barlot;' and it grieved them, and they were wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel, and therefore that folly is to be kept out of Christendom.
And Joseph, who was tempted by his mistress, the Egyptian woman, though he was her bought slave, and her captive; yet Joseph said unto her, · How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against my God.' Gen. xxxix. But, as David said, God ordained in Joseph a testimony against such wicked things, when Joseph was in Egypt; and God established a testimony in Jacob, and Joseph succeeded him in the testimony of God. Psalm Ixxviii. and 5, xviii. and 5. For David saith, He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel. Mark, in which he commanded their fathers that they should make them known to their children, that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born, who should rise and declare them to their children, that they might set their hopes upon God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments. So all that keep the law and testimony of God in their hearts, will testify against all such evils before mentioned, and judge them.
And the scribes and Pharisees said unto Christ, in Matt. xii. • We would see a sign of thee.' And Christ said unto them, • An evil and adulterous generation, seeks after a sign, but there shall be no sign given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. For as Jonas was three days, and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.' Here is a sign for the evil and adulterous generation, who rebel against the good spirit that God hath given to instruct them, that with his spirit they might see Christ the substance of all signs. And Christ said, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father, with his holy angels.' Mark vüi. and 38. So we must not be ashamed to confess the truth before an adulterous generation, that are adulterated from the truth. • Know ye not,' saith the apostle, that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.' 1 Cor. vi. Now they that do think that such as live in these evils, shall inherit the kingdom of God, they are deceived. And again, the apostle saith to the Galatians, Now,' saith he, the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, wrath, strife, sedition, heresy, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revilings, &c. of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.' Gal. v. Therefore they are deceived that live in such things, and think they shall inherit the kingdom of God. And the apostle saith, “Your bodies are the members of Christ,' speaking to the Corinthians, and he bids them fly fornication ; every sin that a man doth, is without the body. But he that commits fornication, sins against his own body,' as well as against the Lord's law and gospel. And ‘Ye are bought with a price. Glorify God in your bodies, and in your spirits, which are God's.' 1 Corinthians vi.
And the apostle tells the Ephesians, in Ephes. y. 3. • But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be named amongst you, as becometh saints. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the disobedient; be not ye therefore partakers,' to wit, in such things before mentioned; for they that live in, and practice such abominable things, before mentioned, and do think to have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and God, where no unclean thing enters, they deceive themselves. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light; let us all walk honestly, (to wit, true christians,) as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envy; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans xiii.
James saith, in chap. iv, “Ye lust, and have not; ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain; ye fight and war, yet ye have not; ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your own lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the fellowship of this world is enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of this world, is the enemy of God.' And therefore, all you that go under the name of Christians, consider to whom you are enemies, and with whom ye have friendship.
And in 2 Pet. ii. he shows how God spared not the angels that sinned; he spared not the old world that sinned, but brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly, and saved Noah, &c. the preacher of righteousness. And God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, and condemned and overthrew them for their sin, wickedness, and ungodliness, making them an example unto all those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked; for that righteous man dwelling amongst them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.
And now, is not spiritual Sodom, which makes a great profession of the old and new testament, as great a grief to the righteous souls, who hear and see their unlawful deeds ? And the apostle saw in this day, such as had forsaken the right way, which were'as natural brute beasts,' and should • perish in their own corruption, and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they which count it pleasure to riot in the
day time. Spots they are, and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings, while they feast with you.' So the apostle hath marked them to be known by their spots and blemishes, Having eyes full of adultery, that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:' so their hearts were not only full of adultery, but the apostle could see that their very eyes were full of adultery; and so is it with the same spirit now. Such who have forsaken Christ, the right way, these are wells which have no water in them, and clouds which are carried about with a tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. So clouds, ye know, are high, and ye know what the tempest is; so they are known by the tempest, that is, in their spirit, and their clouds, and their great swelling words of vanity, &c. These are they that promise liberty, and themselves servants of corruption, and they that are overcome by them, are brought into bondage; and it is better for such never to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment; but it is happened unto them, “the dog is turned to his vomit, and the sow to the wallowing in the mire.' And are not the days of scoffers come, which walk after their own ungodly lusts, and not after Christ. You may see how the apostles, especially Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude, bore a testimony against all manner of looseness, and such who had known the truth, and run into evil, that their latter end would be worse than their beginning.
And you may see, in Rev. xvii. the mother of all abomination, a woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, with a golden cup in her hand, sitting on the beast, which is great Babylon, the mother of harlots, who harloted from God's good spirit; this mother of harlots is the abomination of the earth, which is drunk with the blood of the saints and martyrs of Jesus. This woman, the false church, who is whored from the spirit of God, which is drunk with the blood of the martyrs and saints, she is drunk as with wine;' and this drunken whore is mad, and in a rage and fury for the blood of the saints. But what becomes of her in the end? Is not she burnt in the fire? and the beast, false prophets, and the devil? and the Lamb and the saints, will have the victory over them: and this great whore, or false church, who is whored from the spirit of God, is the spirit of all them that be harloted from the spirit of God into the evil destroying. And all those that are led by the spirit of God, they are of the woman the true church that is in God, and are of the church of the first born, which are written in heaven'; and heavenly Jerusalem that is above, is their mother; and they sing hallelujah, and glory, and honour, and praises, to the Lord God, for true and righteous are his judgments; for he judgeth the great
whore which corrupted the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand, hallelujah.' Rev. xix. And in Rev. xviii. you may see what great lamentations are from the high and low, to wit, the harlots which see the downfall of their mother the whore, who is whored and harloted from the spirit of God; what crying and saying, Alas, alas,' there is; and what rejoicing of the apostles and the prophets, yea, the very heaven rejoiceth at the downfall of this whore, yea whorish spirit, and false church, for in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints, and all that were slain upon the earth, hath been found in this whorish spirit, who have whored from the spirit of God and the Lamb.
And in Rev. xxi. he saith, He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.' Whosoever is not found written in the book of life, is to be cast into the lake of fire; and therefore, what good will all your profession do in Christendom, if ye be found in these sins and evils before mentioned, and your names not written in the Lamb's book of life before the foundation of the world; for they that have right to the tree of life, walk in the light of the Lamb, and believe in it; such are they that enter in through the gate into the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, and have their father's name written in their foreheads. For without this holy city New Jerusalem are dogs,' biters of the lambs of Christ, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie;' all such deceivers, and defilers, and corrupters of themselves and others, are without the holy city of God, New Jerusalem. Rev. xxii. •For whoremongers and adulterers, God will judge.' Heb. xiii. 4. And therefore, all that love God and his son, are to judge such evils, and turn from them, (before mentioned,) if you will come into favour with God. And here you may see what wickedness hath been all along, and in all ages since man and woman fell from the image of God: and amongst such that rebel against God's good spirit, which he hath given them in the time of the law.
And God pours out of his spirit upon all flesh in this gospel day; and all such as rebel against this good spirit of God, what idolatry and other evils, whoredoms, adulteries, and fornications, are amongst them; who, as I said before, do rebel against God's good spirit, which gricves the Lord, and his righteous people, for which God will judge. And such as act such things before mentioned, and live in them, the Lord tells them, they shall not enter into his kingdom, nor into his holy city, New Jeru