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so doing, he heaps coals of fire, of melting love, upon his head. And many waters cannot quench this love : neither can even the floods of ingratitude drown it.
II. 1. We are, Secondly, to enquire, What these things are, which is commonly supposed will supply the place of Love. And the first of these is Eloquence: a faculty of talking well, particularly on religious subjects. Men are generally inclined to think well of one that talks well. If he speaks properly and fluently of God, and the things of God, who can donbt of his being in God's favour? And it is very natural for him, to think well of himself, to have as favourable an opinion of himself as others have.
2. But men of reflection are not satisfied with this: they are not content with a flood of words. They prefer thinking betore talking, and judge, one that knows much is far preferable to one that talks much. And it is certain knowledge is an excellent gift of God; particularly knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, in which are contained all the depths of Divine knowledge and wisdom. Hence it is generally thought that a man of much knowledge, knowledge of scripture in parti. cular must not only be in the favour of God, but likewise enjoy a high degree of it.
3. But men of deeper reflection are apt ro say, “ I lay no stress upon any other knowledge, but the knowledge of God by faith. Faith is the only knowledge, which in the fight of God is of great price. We are saved by faith; by faith alone : this is the one thing needful. He that believeth, and he alone, hall be saved everlastingly." There is much truth in this: it is unquestionably true, that we are saved by faith : consequently, That he that believeth shall be saved, and he that believeth not, fall be damned.
4. But some men will say, with the Apostle James, Shew me thy faith without thy works, (if thou canst; but indeed it is impossible) and I will shew thee my faith by my works. And
many are hereby induced to think, that good works, works of piety and mercy, are of far more consequence than faith itself, and will fupply the want of every other qualification for heaven. Indeed this seems to be the general sentiment, not only of the members of the Church of Rome, but of Proteftants also ; not of the giddy and thoughtless, but the serious members of our own Church.
5. And this cannot be denied, our Lord himself hath faid, Ye shall know them by their fruits : by their works ye know them that believe, and them that believe not. But yet it may te doubted, whether there is not a surer proof of the sincerity of our faith, than even our works : that is, our willingly suffering for righteousness sake: especially, if after suffering reproach, and pain, and loss of friends and substance, a man gives up life itself, yea, by a shameful and painful death, by giving is body to be burned, rather than he would give up faith and a good censcience, by negle&ting his known duty.
6. It is proper to observe here, First, What a beautiful gradation there is, each rising above the other, in the enu. meration of those several things, which some or other of those that are called Christians, and are usually accounted so, really believe, will supply the abscence of Love. St. Paul begins at the lowest point; talking well, and advances step by fep, every one rising higher than the preceding, till he comes to the highest of all. A step above Eloquence is Knowledge : Faith is a step above this. Good-works are a step above that Faith. And even above this, is Suffering for Righteousness fake. Nothing is higher than this but Christian Love: the Love of our Neigbour flowing from the Love of God.
7, It may be proper to observe, Secondly, That whatever palles for Religion in any part of the Christian world, whether it be a part of Religion, or no part at all, but either Folly, Superstition or Wickedness) may with very little diffi, culty be reduced to one or other of these heads. Every
thing thing which is supposed to be Religion, either by Protestants or Romaniits, and is noi, is contained under one or another of these five particulars. Make trial, as often as you please, with any thing that is called Religion, but improperly so called, and you will find the rule to hold without any exception.
[To be concluded in our next.]
An Account of Mr. WILLIAM M CORNOCK, in a Letter to
the Rev. John Wesley.
Rev. Sir, ACCORDING to your request, I have sent you the fol
lowing account of my progress through this howling wilderness. I confess it is with much shame and confusion of face that I do it; considering what a poor return I have made to him, whole goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life.
I was born in the year 1746. My father perceiving I had a tolerable genius for learning, purposed to have me qualified for the Church. To that end he put me to learn Latin; but my Master resigning the school, I desisted from making any farther progress in that branch of learning. And as I had an aversion to seriousness, my chief turn was, to travel abroad, to see foreign countries, and to become rich in the world. But finding an unwillingness in my father that I fould go abroad, it deterred me in some measure ; yet I could not content myself with living at home, as I feared it would be burthensome to him if I lived an idle life with him. I therefore opened a school about seven miles from Donegal : but my father hearing some disagreeable accounts of me, caused me to leave that place.
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Sometime after, I had been surveying land, about twentyfour miles from my father's house, when I met with a Gentleman, who had two fons whom he intended to instruct in the Mathematics, who prevailed on me to stay with him for a time, to instruct them. Accordingly I continued with him about a year and a half. For the first half year I scarce ever went to bed sober. I also found frequent temptations to other sins which I had not yet fallen into, which caused me often to retire, and pour out my soul to God for mercy : but this conviction did not continue long; for drinking, and evil company, soon destroyed it.
In April, 1767, I went to Lord Sudley's, near Ballyna, in order to get his interest for a Commission in the Revenue, which he promised me; but requested that I would continue with him to instruct his brother in the Mathematics, till an opportunity offered of getting a Commission for me. I did not like to stay there, I went from thence to Dublin. Having continued a few weeks there, and spent what money I had, I met a Merchant from my own country, who defrayed my expences back to my father's house.
The Spring following I went with an intent to put Lord Sudley in mind of his promise; but he had set off for France. I then returned back, and in my way called to see a Gentle. man who lived between Sligo and Ballyna. He had four sons and a daughter who lived at home with him, who expressed a desire that I should stay with them for fome time. So I continued there half a year. But the young men being so extremely wicked, I did not chuse to follow their example, I therefore left them, and returned home in November, 1708. As I intended to go to England, and from thence to the Weft-Indies, I set off in the spring following, with a Cousin of mine, who was bound for England. But not letting my father know my design, I pretended to go only about twenty miles off to an Astronomer, who had ftationed himself at a place called Glenlee, to make his observations on the planets. VOL. VIII.
My father consented to this, as he knew I had a desire to improve myself in mathematical studies; but after I was gone, thinking I intended to go farther, he followed me, and found nie on the road to Newry. On this I returned back with him; but my cousin went for England. Soon after I went to Ballynamallard, and taught Book-keeping for about a quarter of a year; and then returned home. The next year I went to Killeghtee, about eight miles from Donegal, and kept a mathematical school for about three quarters of a year. I then returned home again, and amused myself for some time with making statues; which were very entertaining to myself and others. I had made some that would cause a person, at a few yards distance, to think they were alive. Some I made of cement and wood; others of lead. I made their eyes of glass, which appeared very natural, and for hair on the eye-lids I had some filver wire.
While in the midst of these employments, I was sorely afflicted with a Fever, and vowed to God to lead a new life, if he would spare me; but when I was recovered, I became more wicked than ever.
In April, 1772, I again had a vehement thirst for travelling. I therefore set out to take another tour through Ireland, with a determination to commit wickedness with a high hand; for I thought I had been too quiet and sober. I also thought that if I did not take pleasure in my youth, I never should. Therefore I set off for Ballyshannon; but when I got there, I thought I was too near my father's house. I therefore resolved to go to Sligo : but when I had travelled about two miles, it began to rain, while the wind blew full in my face. I then resolved to return to Ballyshannon. When I got there, I met with a man who was going to Infkillen the next day; I went with him, and took a liking to him, and proposed to become a partner with him in loss and gain, while we remained in that town. He pretended to underitand painting and gilding. But he was an extraordinary