their grief, pour out their complaints, or cast their burdens; for in general all refuges but God fail them, and none care for their souls. But God tells them to call as soon as they feel their distresses. “ Call upon me in the time of trouble, Į will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Here they are commanded to call upon God for help as soon as their troubles come on; and they are to call upon him for deliverance, not after they are delivered; for when they are delivered they are to offer him praise and thanksgiving, which is glorifying him. Pray, was Paul born again when he called first upon God? Had the Spirit of love, of power, and of a sound mind, brought Paul forth when the Lord said to Annanias, Inquire for one Saul of Tarsus, for behold he prayeth? Saul prayed when the commandment entered into him, when sin revived and he died: and it was after this that he is bid to arise and receive the Holy Ghost. The prevalent groans of Israel in Egypt; the prayers of Manasseh, of Jabez, of Peter upon the water, of David when the snares of death and the pains of hell got hold of him, when he found trouble and heaviness, and called on the name of the Lord; all those prayers, which were heard and answered, were not put up by persons born again. The scripture speaks of God begetting them, of his quickening them, and of the sorrows of a travailling woman coming upon them; and all this before the birth. And indeed God has declared it as his most general way of dealing with my God,”

his elect, that he will make them pray to him in their greatest afflictions; and the answers which he promises to give are to be his acknowledgment of them, with a power to enable them to lay a claim upon him, and to confess their interest in him. “ I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, The Lord is Zech. xii. 9. To discourage poor sinners in calling upon God when they are alarmed or awakened to a sight and sense of their sin and danger, is throwing stumblingblocks in the way to the city of refuge: it is not telling them to fly from the wrath to come, but to fly into it. The description of God's elect is that they cry day and night unto him, Luke xviii. 7. And the mark of hypocrites is, that they cry not when he bindeth them, Job xxxvi. 13. To tell sinners in soul-distress that it is in vain for them to call for mercy, is bringing the same heavy tidings to their ears that the devil brings to their hearts; and such are ministers of Satan, and are ignorant of the benefits of a throne of grace,

and never knew what it is to cry to God from the heart. However, they are to come to God's feast who were ready to perish; for it is the hungry soul that he will fill with good things, while he sends the rich empty away. No begging and praying, no blessing. It is the poor in soul that God lifts from the dust, and the beggar from the

dunghill, and makes them to inherit the throne of glory. Those who pray in secret shall be rewarded openly.

God, in his covenant, tells us what he will do for us; and has pointed out the means to be used in order to move him to it. He promises

to cleanse us from all our filthiness and from all our idols; and to give us a new heart and a new spirit; and that he will cause us to walk in his statutes and judgments, and to make us his people, and that he will be our God: and that then we shall loath ourselves in our own sight for our sins, when he is pacified toward us; and that he will call for the corn and wine and will increase it, and lay no famine upon us; yet, “ Thus saith the Lord God, I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them," Exek. xxxvi 37. To yield obedience to these divine orders of God, according to the tenor of the words, is for filthy sinners and idolaters, who feel the burden of sin, to ask God to cleanse them. Hard-hearted sinners, who feel their hardness, are to inquire of God to take away the stony heart, and to give them an heart of flesh; and sinners labouring under a spirit of bondage and the power of sin, are to inquire of God for a new spirit. These are the divine warrants of God; and all convinced sinners will ven

them : nor will Mr. Britton be able to stop their mouths; and this he may see in those who have tried his experiment. “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

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which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be brought unto him,” Luke xviii. 38–40. If it be a crime to bid awakened sinners to ask faith of God, what shall we say of our Saviour, who says, “If you that are evil can give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” This is asking for a greater gift than faith. Let those, who tell us that none cry to God but those that are born again; and that none are to ask for faith but such as have already got it; let these, I say, inform us what this new heart and new spirit is, and how they felt themselves when their filthiness and their idols were purged away: and then we shall find them more inconsistent with themselves, and more full of self-contradictions, than ever I was.

But this is tauntingly called, bidding the dead to rise, God's promise is to the dead. “ Thy dead men shall live, with my dead body shall they arise.

Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust,” Isaiah xxvi. 19. The voice of Christ in the gospel is to such: “ The time cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.” But then

But then my wise opponent should consider that real servants of Christ are ministers of the Spirit. It is not they that speak, but Christ speaketh in them; and his word is not weak but mighty, 2 Cor. xiii. 3. Where the word of this King is there is power. “Tabitha, arise!” Acts ix. 40. “ When thou wast in thy blood, I said unto thee, Live," Ezek. xvi. 6. There is more inconsistency in hearing a man dead and bound, like Mr. Britton, hold forth the promise of eternal life, than in hearing a minister of the Spirit say, Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light,” Eph. v. 14.

The latter is an ambassador of God, speaking by divine authority, commanding and raising the dead: the former is the dead, in his grave clothes, commanding and reproving the living

Another of my offences is saying that the first thing that enters the soul under God's teaching is light, And I believe the same now. " Every one that doth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved,” John iii. 20. If light is not the first thing put forth, why is it the first thing hated? The Spirit is to reprove the world of sin; and, “ All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light; for whatsoever maketh manifest is light,” Eph. v. 13. The beginning of the good work in Paul was, a light shined round about him, above the brightness of the sun; the voice came afterwards. And the same stands first in Paul's mission and commission. “ I have appeared unto thee, to make thee a mi.

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