Robert Peel Wakeman.

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Government ? a rebelling against him ? And what can we count
upon or look for thus doing, but that God should turn his back
upon us, cast us out of his favour and protection, deal with us as
Rebels, become our enemy, and fight against us ? Yea, is it not



a hating God, an abhorring him in your souls (whatever you call
or count if God calls or counts it so), and can you thus dealing by
the blessed God hope other or better than that his Soul should
loath them whose soul abhors him, that he should repay them
that hate him to their face, to destroy them ? In a word, sin is a
heart departing from God in the root of it, and a life departing
from God in the fruit of it ; men having first withdrawn their love
and affections from God as the consequent of it withdraw their
duty and allegiance, and being thus revolted and gone from God
in heart and life, in affection and action, in spirit and conver-
sation; have we not just cause to fear lest God's Soul depart from
us, and he withdraw all the outward effects of his care and good-
ness towards us, and so make us desolate ?

2. Consider further, and somewhat more particularly ; are not
those sins to be found, yea do they not abound and grow rife
amongst us, that are very gravamenous, nautious, distasteful
unto God, that eminently tend to disaffect God, disjoynt
his soul from us, and provoke his sorest Displeasure against
us, First. Let me lay my hand upon that that lies at the
bottom of all our other sins, and which of all our unkind-
nesses towards a good God he takes most tenderly, and layes
deepest to heart, and that is our unworthy entertainments of the
glorious Gospel of the blessed God; our receiving of the grace of
God in vain, the neglect of that great salvation to continue im-
penitent, unconverted ; unbelieving under the Gospel is to sin to
the outmost, being the outstanding of uttermost grace and mersy,
and brings wrath to the uttermost indeed ; if uttermost love, ut-
termost grace rejected, what but uttermost wrath is to be expect-
ed? In the Gospel God hath made a way for his mercy, he hath
poured forth all his grace, he has no more, he has drawn forth his
soul, his tenderest Bowels mercys to the other end to poor needy
sinners, and for them to set at naught and slight all this ; this if
anything will make God forget to be gracious: nothing wins upon
the heart of God more than the hearty entertainment of the Gos-
pel, but nothing wounds God more, weans his Soul from a people
more than a regardless contempt of it: for a company of poor,
miserable, wretched, abject, undone, damned siuners to put a
slight upon the strange, wonderful, astonishing grace of the great
God in Jesus Christ towards them, bid him keep his Christ, his
Pardon, his Grace, his Peace, his Life, his Salvation to himself as
in effect they do that repent not, nor beleive the Gospel : I must
leave you to imagine how God takes this ; is not this the Salvation
that is by Jesus Christ ? the thing that God hath set his heart


upon ? is it not the most pleasing contentful design (to the utmost
that we know) that ever he engaged in ? hath not God laid out of
the greatest Skill and Cost upon it? and hath he not projected
and promised to himself the greatest revenue of glory from it ?
and for us to slight and set at naught, and what in us lies wholly
frustrate it, will God can God take this well ? We worms can
take it grievously enough to have our design frustrated, that we
have beaten our heads about, laid our selves for, set our hearts
upon, and promised our selves much from, think then what a cor-
rasive it is to the heart of God to be so dealt by in that which he
hath set his mind upon, never anything more. O Sir, would you
study to thwart, to cross God, to do the greatest despight ; there
is no way like this, and will God bear it to have the deep counsels
of his Wisdom derided, the great purpose, the pleasure of his will
opposed, the wisdom of his love slighted, the riches of his grace
despised, his Son the darling of his Soul contemned and rejected,
yea himself in all that he is, and has, and can do for poor creat-
ures (all his gracious and merciful overtures to them notwithstand-
ing) utterly set at naught ; will not God visit for these things ?
will not his soul be disjointed from, and avenged upon such a
people as this? Again, Are -we not guilty of great Apostacy
from God? a sin greatly distasteful to him: If any man draw
back my soul shall have no pleasure in him, Heb. 10, 38. And
are not we of those that draw back in such degree (the Lord grant
it may not be unto perdition) that we have much cause to fear
lest his soul depart from us ? is there not with too many of us too
evident a defection from God and the good wayes of the Lord in
their very judgments and opinions ? In their judgments they are
not the men they were, they are not in their judgments such fast
friends to the power of godliness, as sometimes ; they do not lay
that weight, that necessity upon a close walking with God, and
serious diligence in a way of duty upon Closet, Family or more
publick performances, as sometimes, so that if men do not begin
to cavil against, or question about these things, where is the rule
for daily secret Prayer, meditation, self-examination ? or where is
the rule that a Man must every day read a chapter or two in his
Family? Yet their judgments are secretly, insensibly wrought
off from laying the weight and stress upon these things. As to
the constant, diligent, accurate, thorough attendance to them, as
that they can go out with many neglects, and many remiss,
slight, hasty, half performances, and their consciences not much
reprove them ; the working out their salvation with fear and
trembling, utmost care and diligence the striving to enter, and


taking the Kingdom of Heaven by violence, begins to look more
than needs ; and the exercise of self-denyal in the holding their
senses under restraint, and government and constant watchful-
ness over their hearts and waves, seems a kind of overstrictness :
Men are gone off in their judgments, stand not so clearly and
fixedly perswaded in their own minds of the necessity and im-
portance of such attendencies, and begin to take up an opinion
that there needs not so much ado that all this is not of that abso-
lute necessity, but that it will be a tolerable thing, at least to
abate somewhat from it. And to evident is it that we are to
much backsliden from God in our affections and conversations :
we have lost our first love and left our first works ; if the love of
New England's espousals be now sought for, it will not be
found. And if the footsteps of those that first followed the Lord
into this, as then unknown land, be enquired after how dim and
almost worn out will they appear ? Where is that ancient love,
desire, delight to and in the Ordinances of God, and all the
means of Communion with him, and that careful and exact walk-
ing with God in all those ways of duty, both toward God and
Man now become ?

Verily, we are gone backward, backward and not forward, and
verily these backward retrograde God forsaking Motions carry-
such hateful unthankfulness unto God, such to be abominated
falseness, perfidiousness to him ; yea, they cast such reproach and
contempt upon God, put such a publick slight upon him, put him
to such open shame in the eyes of the world, for a People after
some tryal made of him and of his service, thus to decline, shrink
back from and forsake him, that we have cause to fear God, will
take himself in honour bound to right himself in the ruine of such

I tremble to think (the truth of the charge there made consid-
ered) how wishly that threatning looks upon us. Jer. 15, 6,
Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward,
therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee and destroy

Again, Is there not amongst us that hypocrisie formal-
ity, overlyness, outsidness in the matters of God and Godliness ?

That God that searcheth the heart, and desireth truth in the
inward parts, cannot but see and hate a form of Godliness, the
upper garment of Saintship (though even that now with many grows
thin and thread-bare), is in fashion, and a great wear amongst
us ; but inside Christianity, the power of godliness, is but here
and there found ; there is an outside godliness, an external show


still with us, we hear, we pray, we receive Sacraments, we have
our Conference Meetings, our Lectures, Fasts, and other Solemni-
ties ; we are conversant in external acts of Worship but inside
godliness, and that in which indeed the life and soul of it lies, the
loving God, fearing God, trusting in God, delighting in and liv-
ing upon God in the ways and means of communion with him ;
these internal, vital acts of worship, where almost are they to be
found ? Of us may God revive the old complaint and say, this
people draw near tne with their month, and with their lips, do
honour ?ne, but have removed their hearts far from me, Isai.
29, 13. And have we not cause to fear that God's soul, his affec-
tions, his Salvations will be far from those whose hearts are far
from him: those that having a form of godliness, but denying the
power of it, God hath bidden his own from such turn away, and
may we not expect that himself will much more do it ; how can
we say, we love him, when our hearts are not with him, or if we
do so say, will God be mockt ? will he accept us ? Yea, will he
not detest us for a dissembled profession of what is not. Me-
thinks destruction from God should be a terrour to us when we
read what near neighbors a hypocritical nation, & the people of
God's wrath are as we do ? in that Isai. [sic] 10, 6. Again, a cold,
dead, indeed indiffere7it, luke wartn spirit, a temper greatly
nauteous unto God. Rev. 3, 16, Many may their portion be made
fat, and their meat plenteous, as to temporals little mind or mat-
ter which end goes forward as to spirituals, or as to civils, or
order thereunto, methinks men seem to have spent (alas lament-
ably to have mispent) their zeal about matters of Religion I can-
not but remember what sad and breaking contentions we have
had not many years since about Church-priviledges, and that
earnest stickling that hath been with men for the obtainment of
them, for themselves and theirs. A charitable heart would sure
have thought that men's souls had longed for those wayes and
means of communion with God, and that a zeal for the enjoyment
of God in all his Ordinances had influenced those contendings for
and about them. But alas, who can but be sad upon it to see the
end obtained, and a door set open to those enjoyments, and such
a dull spirit of indifferency as to these things, at least as to mak-
ing any real and answerable improvement of them : Is this our
zeal for God, his Ordinances, the good things of his house, that
chills and dyes if it have not a spirit of contention to cherish and
keep it warm ? This fire withdrawn, we discover ourselves, as
indeed we are, a cold, luke-warm people ; verily it must be some
more kindly heat that must keep us warm upon the heart of God>


or we shall wamble upon his stomack and be in eminent danger to
be spued out of his mouth.

Again, Are we not guilty of great ingratitude unto God, of
unworthy unthankful slighting and undervaluing the great things
he hath done for us, the blessings of the upper and nether springs,
Spiritual, Temporal Mercies, with a liberal hand bestowed upon
us ? Verily, I think we have run deep into Divine displeasure
upon this account; and that if every People, New-England hath
cause to fear, lest wrath be upon them for their not rendring
again according to the benefits done unto them. Men have
known too well how to be discontent, and repine and murmur ;
but how to be thankful they have not known : if they have been
ever so little crossed, or pinched, or charged, the Magistracy hath
been discontented, the Ministry discontentful, they could even
with a change like pettish Israel, Let us make a Captain and re-
turn into Egypt : Much alas, too much of the spirit of that un-
thankful, untoward, froward, discontented murmuring generation
that was so grievous to God hath been amongst us, and hath
given us cause to fear that partaking of their sins ; we shall par-
take of their plagues: Alas for the day it looks, as if a provoked
God were about to bring it upon an unthankful People, when we
shall know the worth of those mercies in their want, which we
have not known in their enjoyment, when Justice shall be turned
into gall, and the fruit of Righteousness into Hemlock; when
as Mic. 7, 3, 4, The Judge ask for a reward, and the great man
utter eth his mischievous desire ; so they wrap it up the best of
them, and as a briar, and the most upright of them sharper
than a thorn hedge. In that day will unthankful New-England
be moved to know the worth of their precious, but low pric'd lib-
erties; as sensible as were the men of Sue cot h under Gideon's
severed discipline. Again. Our great pride prognosticates
sadly. I do not mean only or mainly those toyes and unmanly
vanities that trie minds of younger, and too many older persons
are set upon, though sad and bad enough it be, that the hearts of
Men and Women, made for a better place, are got into their
sleeves, but that haughtiness of spirit that predominates amongst
us, every no body would be some body, and persons of a com-
moner rank, look but too earnestly towards the upper end of the
World; men know not their places. The child behaves himself
protidly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable:
Men's conditions sit uneasie, and their callings suit them not, and
more especially that stoutheartedness that transports men to an
awlesness, not only of men, as vested with his authority, they will


bear uo yoke in any relation ; but even of God himself ; they fear
not him in his Word or Works, and what shall we think of this
pride ? put first among those things that God hates ? that are
abomination to him? Prov. 6, 16, 17. And will God (think we)
love or loath a proud people ? Hath God respect to the lowly ?
But doth he know the proud afar off? Psal. 138, 6. And may
not our hearts ake to think how far we are from the favorable and
respectful knowledge of God ? and how superciliously, and at
what a distance God holds us ? Hath God said, That to this man
will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and
that trembleth at my words? Isa. 66, 2. How are persons of a
proud and contemptuous spirit, that are so far from trembling at
the Word of God, that they can freely, and fearlessly despise both it
and them that bring it resented by him ; and to conclude, If pride
goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall,
Prov. 16, 18, we have cause from the consideration of what it
hath been amongst us to fear what will follow.

Again. Our great worldliness looks wofully upoti us; the
World, the love of the World, the zeal of the world is too deeply
gotten into the hearts and lives of men, and hath so thoroughly
possessed them, that there is no room for anything else ; their
eyes and their hearts are not but for their covetousness. There
was a generation that first fought the kingdom of God, but now
with many it is the world, the world that is first and last fought,
or if the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness have anything
from them, it is the leaving of the world they are put off with.

It is covetousness, so Paul. Col. 3, 5, is the love of the world
spiritual adultery; so Jam. chap. 4, 4. And doth God hate these
sins as much as in the days of old ? Can we think that such an
Idolatrous, whorish spirit that is found in the midst of us will not
alienate the mind of God from us, is the friendship with the
world Enmity with God, whosoever will be a friend of the world
is the enemy of God, Sam. 4, 4, is the love of the world and the
things of the world, exclusive of the love of God. If any man
love the World, the love of the Father is not in him, 1 John
3, 15. We may well fear, and not without a cause, that the love
of the world will leave us as little room in God's heart as it hath
done him in ours.

Again. That great sensual lity that is amongst us, and the
therein high abuse of Divine bounty : How can it but be very
evilly resented by God, when (as one aptly, and upon like solemn
occasion expresst it to you, as indeed the matter is) men fight
against God with his own goodness, turn the edge to his kindness


against himself; not serving him with joyfulness and gladness of
heart in abundance of all things (but as much as in them lyes)
make his Power and Providence, his bounty and care to serve
with their iniquities, when men grow fat and kick, instead of
having their hearts lift up in the wayes of God, who had made
them to prosper, they lift up the heel against him, when God's
corn and wine is made provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts of
it: the better God is to them, the more wanton, sensual, unclean,
temperate they are. O this galls, this provokes: How shall I
pardon thee for this, when I fed them so to the full, then they
committed adultery, &*c, shall I not visit for these things, &*c,
Jer. 5, 7, 9. Other things might be mentioned (but the time
would fail to insist upon particulars) the want of love and peace
(alas for the great decay of a spirit of love amongst Christians)
may make us fear that the God of love and peace will not take up
his abode with us; the want of righteousness (who sees not
great unrighteousness amongst us) may make us doubt that the
Rigateous Lord who loves Righteousness, and whose countenance
doth behold the upright, will remove his gracious presence farr
from us; so want of Truth, unfaithfulness, men's words, their,
promises, they are but like the hypocrites hope, they have no hold
in them, and do but deceive them that depend upon them ; a great
and common sin, and we may well think greatly provoking and
distasteful unto him whose stile is the God of Truth but I must
not follow these things any further, enough hath been said to tell
us that there is much of that of those sins found amongst us that
eminently tend to disaffect God toward us .

3. Consider yet again, as those are sins greatly nautious and
distasteful unto God, eminently tending to disaffect him towards,
and to take off his heart toward a People, so as they are found
amongst us, they fall under such considerations, such circum-
stances, such aggravations as cannot but render them exceed-
ing grievous to the very soul of God, and superlatively provok-
ing; but to intimate, hi the land of uprightness, we have dealt
thus wickedly : 'Tis the noble Vine that God hath planted so
lately that hath brought forth such degenerate fruits, such wild
grapes as these. Can this but be greatly provoking ?

Again. So have these roots of bitterness sprung up, that thereby
many are defiled ; these are not the sins of some few, but we
are many that have transgressed in these things: The evils
mentioned (at least as to many of them) are such as the body of
this people are deeply leaven'd and tainted with, and certainly
when such sins grow common, we have cause to think what is


coming. But again above all, The impenitent persistence in
these evils, after all God hath said and done to reclaim us,
looks dreadfully upon us : God hath tryed us with enterchange-
able dispensations, mercies and corrections, afflictions and salva-
tions, have had their turns and returns upon us ; yet we sin still,
he hath smitten ; yea, he hath consumed us but we have not
received correction ; he hath knock us off with many a hard blow ;
yea, with blow upon blow, and breach upon breach, but we hold
fast deceit and refuse to return : What shall God do with such a
People ? what may they expect from him ? Because I have
purged thee and thou wast not purged, thou shall not be
purged from thy filthiness any more until I have causedmyfury
to rest upon thee, Ezek. 21, 13. Our wayes toward God then
give us much cause to fear lest God leave and lay us desolate.

2. Let us consider God ' s wayes toward us, and see if they
also do not give us ground jealousie that the Lord is about to
leave us: Evident it is that the countenance of the Lord is not
toward us as heretofore ; the face of Divine Providence is full of
awful indiciums that God is taking off his heart, and withdrawing
his gracious presence from us: What said good Gideon, If the
Lord be with us why then is all this befallen us ? And where
are all his miracles that our fatliers told us of? May not we
so say, if the Lord be with us, if he be not about to leave us, have
not begun to disaffect us and estrange himself from us, why then
is all this befallen us ? And where are those signal tokens of his
presence, and all his wonder-working providences that our fa-
thers have told us of ? Is he with us as with them ? Alas for the
solemn and certain symptoms that he is leaving and forsaking of
us: Is God with us in his Ordinances, or is he with us in the wayes
of his Providences as sometimes ? Let us a little consider of

I. Is God with us in his ordinances as sometimes? Two
things here.

1, Is God hearing and answering our Prayers as some-
times ? Our former times have afforded us many evident answers
of prayers, some memorable instances of which are upon publick
record, to which more might be added; but how hath it been
with us of latter days ? Have not our most solemn addresses unto
God greatly failed us of those signal and speedy answers ? hath
not God shut out ? yea seemed angry against the prayers of his
people in the time of the Indian War ? and since have we not had
matters of sorrowful observation as to this ? To omit other in-
stances, that second and sorer flood that was upon this River, not


two years since, falling out presently upon a day of publick fast-
ing and prayer, as it is published to the world amongst remark-
able Providences, so cannot but be to us of awful remembrance
and remark as to what we are speaking ; God hath been nigh unto
us in all things that we have called upon him for; yea, mercy hath
prevent us; before we have called. God hath answered, and
while we have been yet speaking he hath heard ; but now, alas,
what cause to complain. We fast and he seeth not, we afflict our
souls and he taketh no knowledge.

2. Is God owning and influencing his Ordinances the ?neans
of his Grace as sometimes? Was it once a truth (which that
Reverend Person who Preached to you now eleven years since,
upon this occasion told you) that our Sion had multitudes con-
verted to her ? Hartford had so, New-haven had so, Windsor
had so, and so had many other Churches in this Land; multi-
tudes converted to them. How is it now? Are not our converts
comparatively like the grape-gleani?igs of the vintage, now and
then one comes dropping in. And me thinks also the word Sacra-
ments and other Ordinances are deinforced as to what they have
been ; God hath unclothed them, left them in a degree forsaken
of his sometimes working power and virtue towards the souls of
his own, they are net affected, humbled, quickened, raised,
warmed, comforted by them, as sometimes they do not pros-
per, thrive, flourish and bring forth fruit under them as hereto-
fore ; they do not find them such a feast of fat things, and so full
of marrow as in former days ; and can we have a sadder token of
God's withdrawing and estranging himself from us than his fail-
ing his Ordinances of the wonted influence of his spirit, both as
to Conversion and Edification.

2. Is God with us in the wayes of his Providences as some-
times? How many wayes, and for how long a time hath God
manifested his displeasure against us, his disfavour toward us ?
'Tis evident by the operations of his hand that the affections of
his heart are not to us as heretofore, for though it be a truth that
afflictions upon particular persons may have other causes, yet it
generally concluded that publick calamities are certain tokens of
Divine displeasure: when God smites a Nation, a People, a Coun-
try with War, Sickness, Famine, &c. They are undoubtedly
testimonies of his anger: And how hath God done by us ? Hath
not the sword gone through our Land ? hath not sore diseases had
their annual returns upon us ? Yea, of late both Summer and
Winter abode with us to the taking of many from us ? And
how sadly hath God of late years smitten us in all the

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