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Iniquity; and to seek for the Re-establishment of Peace and Safety, by every means in their power, hostile or otherwise. In such cases, Resistance is the voice of Nature, and of God. We have re, sisted—and Resisted even unto Blood; and through the blessing of God, have repelled the danger, and opened the Prospect of future Safety-opened it so far indeed, that, as already observed, our present Hopes, compared with our former Fears, in the short period of about nine months, have converted a kind of temporary Despondency, into a well-grounded Confidence, in the Strength of the Almighty.
Thus among our progenitors, in the parent land of Britain, when they had but just shaken off the yoke of spiritual bondage, and established the Religion of Jesus in its native Purity, a bloody Design was formed to extinguish their name and religion together. The vast Armada, foes to their peace, sailed, exultant, before the gale. It almost covered the intervening ocean—it approached the coast of GreatBritain-and, in the vanity of their heart, their proud Host said What shall resist our power? We will pursue, we will overtake, we will divide the spoil!”— The eternal God, who dwells in Heaven, the Protector of the Just, saw and heard them. He laughed their de. vices to Scorn. Obedient to His Will, His servant. Seas and Waves rose and raged. The proud hopes of the Enemy were brought low; and all their stately castles, which rode ere-while so triumphantly on the foamy Surface, were now dispersed before the breath of the Almighty; or whelmed to the bottom in the midst of His vengeance, as a stone dropped from the hand.
In the sight of Britain this deliverance was wrought. Our fathers, from the shore, stood and
beheld it. Their praises and shouts of triumph ascended to the sky. The God of Victory was their Theme. Him they adored; and Him, by their Example, they left it in charge for their Posterity to adore!
The next attempt against the Rights and Happiness of our Ancestors in the Parent Land, was laid dark as Night, and deep as Hell. In the bowels of the earth a Mine was placed, to blow up the King, the Parliament, and the Governing Powers; and thus, at once, to blast the whole hopes and strength of the Protestant reformation, and civil Liberty. But the All-seeing Eye of God, detected the dark design, and His all-powerful Arm dragged the Conspirators to deserved Vengeance; thereby working another deliverance as great as the former: for which a day of annual Thanksgiving was established, to be continued through all succeeding generations of their Posterity.
Lost, therefore, to every sentiment of religious Gratitude should we be, if we did not this day, adore that Providence which has accomplished such a mighty Salvation for our country! And especially, let us remember, as I hinted before, to temper our Joy, with the consideration, that even the best Fruits of Victory are beset with thorns; and that what are days of Rejoicing to some, are but days of Mourning to others, whose dearest Relatives, have given their lives, as a sacrifice, in the Contest. This world is a che. quered scene, and we are to expect no pure Bliss in it. But let us act the part of good Citizens, good Men and good Christians; and then we may safely trust the Issue, to the Direction of that Almighty Being, who is supremely, just, wise, and holy!
FOR THE MAINTAINING AND ASSERTING
TRUE RELIGION AND LIBERTY.
SERMON I. Preached in Christ Church, Philadelphia, April 5,
1757, at the request of General Stanwix, to the forces, under his command, previous to their march, after Brad , dock's defeat, against the French and Indians, on the Fron
tiers of Pennsylvania, &c. The other Sermons, preached in 1768, in the great Hall, or
Chapel of the College of Philadelphia, at the desire of Lieutenant Colonel Wilkins, to his Majesty's XVIIIth, or Royal Regiment of Ireland.
THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER'S DUTY,
THE LAWFULNESS AND DIGNITY OF HIS OFFICE, AND THE IM
PORTANCE OF THE PROTESTANT CAUSE IN THE BRITISII
PREACHED IN CHRIST-CHURCH,
PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 5, 1757.
DESIRE OF GENERAL STANWIX,
TO THE TORCES UNDER HIS COMMAND, BEFORE THEIR MARCH
TO THE FRONTIERS;
WITH A PRAYER ON THE SAME OCCASION.
LUKE, iii. 14. AND the Soldiers demanded of him likewise, saying-Master,
and what shall we do? He said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely, and be content with your wages.
This chapter contains an account of the preaching of St. John the Baptist; who, being called of God in the wilderness, and duly commissioned for his high office, “ came into all the country about Jordan, preaching to the people the Baptism of Repentance for the Remission of Sins.”
The more thoroughly to awaken their attention, and evince the necessity of his doctrine, he appears in the most striking character; being, as was prophesied concerning him, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make his paths straight! Every valley shall be filled, every