RƲSSEL'S Sermon Of the Unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, Or, The Sin unto Death.

Wherein is declared, a plain Description of it, both Negatively what it is not, and also Positively what it is; and a plain Reason why it is Unpardonable. With a Word of Comfort, and also of Counsel, how to avoid it.

By R. Russel, in Sussex.

Hebr. 10.26.

If we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin.

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The Preface to the READER.

THE Reason of this following Treatise is, because some People have desired satisfaction from me what the Sin against the Holy Ghost is, but I could not make a full discription of it in short: Therefore it came in my mind to inlarge upon it in a Small Book, wherein they may receive full satisfaction about it. And this I have done, not from the Opinions of others, but from the true and written word of God. This Sin can be committed but by few, and yet sometimes steals into the hearts of them that commit it, when they discern it not. But the Lord of his Mercy keep us all, both from that Sin, and also from the reign and dominion of every Sin: Which that we may do, is the Prayer of

Your dear Friend, R. RUSSEL.

ADVERTISEMENT.

These four Books, lately Written by Robert Russel, are sold by J. Blare Book-seller, at the Looking-Glass, on London-bridge.

  • 1. THe accepted Time and Day of Salvation; shew­ing the goodness of God towards Mankind in putting an opportunity of Grace into our hands.
  • 2. The end of Time and beginning of Eternity; shew­ing that this golden opportunity of Grace will soon have an end, and then will follow a long Eternity; With Ex­hortations to Redeem Time.
  • 3. The Glory of the Saints in Heaven with Jesus Christ, and the Eternal Torments of the Damned in Hell.
  • 4. A little Book for Children and Youth; exhorting them to resist the temptations of the Devil whilst young. With Nine Lessons of Directions how they shall merit E­ternal Life.
  • 5. The Wedding Garment or The Honourable state of Matrimony: Deliver'd in a Wedding-Sermon.

OF THE Unpardonable SIN Against the Holy Ghost.

1. John 5. part of Ver. 16.

There is a Sin unto Death.

THis Sin which St. John calls here the Sin unto Death, is the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, described by our blessed Saviour, Matth. 12.32. [...]hat whosoever commits it, hath no forgiveness, neither in this World, nor in the World to come; for, All manner of Sin and Blasphemy shall be forgiven unto Men; but the Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, shall not be forgiven unto Men: And [...]e that speaketh a word against the Son, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, shall never be forgiven, neither in this World, [Page]nor in the World to come. This Sin against the Holy Ghost, this is that sin which St. John calls here the Sin unto Death: Not because that sin deserves Death, for so does all sin deserve Death, both Temporal and Eternal; for the wages of Sin (even all) is Death, Rom. 6. But this sin against the Holy Ghost is called, The Sin unto Death; because it binds a man over to Eternal Death, without any possibility of recovery. Now some there are, that go on from one degree of sin to another, they heighten and aggravate their sins more and more, until they are brought to that height at last, as to commit that sin, for which there is no forgiveness.

There is no meer Man since the fall, that can live without sin, for all are sinners; but yet there are degrees of sin; some sins in their own nature are small, others are more great and hainous. Many sins there are that are great, yet pardonable, and one sin there is unpardonable, and whosoever com­mits that one sin, shall have no forgiveness, but must for ever bear the weight and pu­nishment, both of that and all of his other sins. There is such a sin as St. John speaks of here in my Text, that is, a Sin unto Death.

And now I come to the Explication of the words; from whence I shall raise this point of Doctrine.

Doct. That amongst other Sins committed by fallen Mankind, there is only one Sin that is a Sin unto Death, and whosoever commit­teth that, he hath no forgiveness, neither in this World, nor in the World to come.

Now for my further proceeding on the Subject, I shall lay open to you,

  • First, What the Sin unto Death is.
  • Secondly, That all other Sins, how great and hainous soever, may be forgiven.
  • Thirdly That this Sin alone, shall never be forgiven.
  • Fourthly, The reason why that Sin alone is Unpardonable: And then
  • Lastly, I shall conclude all with a few words of Application.

I shall begin first with the Discription of this unpardonable sin; where I shall endea­vour to make as plain a Discription of it as possible I can; and in doing of it, I shall First shew you Negatively what is not this Sin: Secondly, I shall shew you Positively what it is.

First, I shall shew you Negatively, what is not this Sin unto Death, or in what de­gree a man may sin, and yet not commit that unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost.

First: It is not every quenching of the motions of the Spirit that is that Sin: It is true, when the Holy Ghost comes with a still voice, and knocks at the doors of sin­ners hearts for entrance, he often comes and strives with them, and secretly wooes and beseeches them to leave their Sins, and be Converted, yet they quench and stifle all his motions, and bare up their hearts against him, and will not be obedient to his Hea­venly Calls; now such sin grievously against the Holy Ghost: But yet this alone is not the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost; for many who have stood it out a long time, and have often quenched and grieved the Holy Spirit, yet at last they have been wrought upon unto sincere Conversion.

Secondly, A man may commit many hai­nous and crying Sins, and yet not be guilty of the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost. A man may be an Idolator, a Whore­monger, a Fornicator, a Murderer, and work Witch-craft, and Sin with a very high hand, nay, he may live in all manner of filthiness and lewdness, and yet not be under the guilt of the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost. Thus we read, 2 Chron. 33. that Manasses sinned with a very high hand; he was an Idolator, an Inchanter, and work­ed [Page]Witch-craft, and dealt with Familiar Spirits, and wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord: And Mary Magdalen had seven Devils cast out of her, Luke 8.2. and yet both were pardoned.

Thirdly; A man may Sin presumptuously against great Light and Knowledge, and yet not commit this Sin unto Death: for Peter when he denyed Christ, he did it against great knowledge of Christ; he knew Christ to be his Lord and Saviour, he was one of Christs beloved Disciples, and for all that, how strongly he denyed Christ, and that with an Cath too; and yet for all that, Christ looked upon him with a merciful eye, and he Repented, and was forgiven.

Fourthly; It is not every malicious Sin that is the unpardonable Sin against the Ho­ly Ghost; for St. Paul certainly had great malice in his heart, when he went on so fu­riously to persecute the Church of God; and yet he was Converted, and became a Preacher of the Gospel of Christ, which be­fore he persecuted.

Fifthly and Lastly; It is not final Unbelief, nor final Impenitence, that is the unpardo­able Sin against the Holy Ghost, though some [Page]be of opinion, that it is because that Sin is Unpardonable; and Christ himself hath said Matth. Chap. 12. Ver. 32. That all manner of Sin and Blasphemy shall be forgiven unto Man, ex­cept it be the Sin against the Holy Ghost. But you are to take the words of our Saviour in their true sence and meaning; it is all manner of Sin and Blasphemy committed with­in the compass of a Mans life, that shall be forgiven, except the Sin against the Ho­ly Ghost; for the Sin of final Impenitency and final Unbelief, is not compleated until the very moment of a Mans Death, and then you all know, that there is no Repentance, and consequently no Pardon after Death, for Christ saith, He that Sins against the Holy Ghost, hath no forgiveness, neither in this World, nor in the World to come. Now why should Christ say in this World, if there be no space to be forgiven in this World? but a Man may commit the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, even many years before his death. Besides, there are many Thousands that dye in Im­penitency and Unbelief, and are Damned, and yet never committed the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost. Thus I have shew­ed you Negatively what is not this unpar­donable Sin, none of these Sins in particular, is that Sin.

Secondly: I come now to shew you Posi­tively what this Sin unto Death is, and where­in this unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost doth consist. Now there are several Opinions in the World about it; some hold one thing, some another; but I have not time nor room to dispute concerning others Opini­ons about it; but I will endeavour, through Gods help, to lead you to the plain sight of it, by the light of the Holy Scripture.

Now in the first place you must know, that there are two sorts of People that cannot commit this Unpardonable Sin. First, the True Believers cannot commit it, though many times, for their Tryal, God suffers them to fall fouly into many grievous Sins; yet they being Rooted in Christ, they are upheld by free Grace and Mercy, that they cannot fall into this Unpardonable Sin. Secondly, the grosly ignorant cannot commit it because it is a Sin against great Light and Knowledge: In­deed, the greatest part of the World shall be Damned; yet among that greatest part, there is but few of them that can commit that Un­pardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost.

Some have both Light and Grace, these shall not commit this Unpardonable Sin. A­gain, Some have neither Light nor Grace, these cannot commit it: But there are some [Page]again that have Light and no Grace; these are they that are liable to commit the Un­pardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost. Now there must be two Ingredients to make up this Unpardonable Sin; that is, Light in the Head, and Malice in the Heart, without these two the Sin against the Holy Ghost cannot be committed. For to Sin against great Light and Knowledge, is not that Sin alone; nor yet to Sin Ignorantly out of that Malice, is not that Sin; but they must joyn both to­gether to make up this Unpardonable Sin. This we see plain by the Example of St. Peter and St. Paul: Peter he denyed Christ, and forswore himself too, and that grievously against great Light and Knowledge; for he knew Christ to be the only begotten Son of God, and he knew God in him: he was one of Christs Disciples, and one of his be­loved Disciples too; he was taught of Christ, and had experimental knowledge of his love and favour, and yet he wickedly with an Oath denyed him. Now if Peter had done this out of Malice and Spight, then he had committed that Sin unto Death, for which there is no forgiveness. But Peter had no Malice in his heart all this while, even at that time when he denyed Christ, as you may see Matth. 29. when Christ told him, Before the Cock Crow thou shalt deny me thrice: [Page]He answered, If I should dye with thee, I will not deny thee. And then denying him through infirmity and weakness of the flesh, when he had considered what he had done, he went out and wept bitterly, ver. 75. And Paul he had great Malice and Spight against the ways and People of God, as you may see, Acts 9.1. Paul breathed out threatnings and slaughter against the Disciples of the Lord, and desired of them Letters to Damascus, to the Synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether Men or Wo­men, that he should bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now here was great Rage and Malice in Saul, against the ways and People of God; but doing it Ignorantly, he at last hearing of a voice, saying, Saul, Saul, why Persecutest thou me? and receiving of a Light from Hea­ven, that it was Jesus that he Persecuted, he was pricked at the heart, and trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Now by these two places of Scrip­ture, you may plainly see that Peter Sinned against great Light, and Paul out of great Malice, yet none of them both committed the Unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost. But whensoever Light and Malice meets to­gether in one Man, then there is the Sin against the Holy Ghost. Now as all other Sins, so this Sin against the Holy Ghost may be committed in Thought, Word, or Action.

First, In Thought; that is, when a wicked Man, against his clear light and knowledge, doth but conceive a malicious Thought or Purpose towards persecuting the Gospel of Christ, or of the Saints of Christ, to hinder the work of the Holy Ghost in them.

This Sin, is to be thought, was the Sin of the lost Angels, for which cause they were lost without all hopes of Pardon. Now some dispute whether their Sin was a Sin of the Thought; but I say, with all likelihood it was; for the Angels being only Spirits without Bodies, and so have no use of bodi­ly Tongues, it could not be committed in Word, nor yet could they commit it in Acti­on, because they were cast out of Heaven before they could bring it into practice, therefore it must be a Sin of the Thought.

Now their Sin was this, their habitation being in the highest Heavens, next under God himself, they had exceeding great Light and Knowledge, they had more Knowledge than all the Men in the World ever had, and were happy above all other Creatures; but then not being contented with this Estate, they thought to be as high as God himself; there­fore maliciously sought to make War against the Son of God, and put him out of his Throne, for which cause they were immedi­ately thrust out of Heaven, never more to [Page]see the face of Mercy; and thus from the beginning they have been counted malicious and revengeful, a raging Beast, and a roaring Lyon; thus their Sin being of the same nature with the Sin against the Holy Ghost, they were excluded all hopes of pardon.

But the Sin of our first Parents was not the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, is clear; for tho' they sinned against great light, yet they obeyed, and complyed with the will of God, even when the Tempter came, until at last they were inticed and overcome; but they did not fall maliciously, and so were not excluded a possibility of mercy.

Secondly, This Sin may be committed in Word too; that is, when a man speaks blas­phemously and maliciously of Christ and his ho­ly way; this was the Sin of the Scribes and Pharisees, Mark 3.22. There were certain Scribes came and said, this Fellow hath Beelzebub, and casleth out Devils by the Prince of the Devils: Therefore saith Christ to them, ver. 28.29. Verily I say unto you, all Sins shall be forgiven unto the Sons of men, and Blasphemies, wherewith soever they shall blaspheme; but whosoever shall blas­pheme against the Holy Ghost, hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal Damnation.

Now the reason of this speech of our blessed Saviour, is shewed in verse 20. because they said, he hath an unclean Spirit; which plainly [Page]shews, that these Scribes had spoken Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. These Scribes were great Learned Men, they could know no other, but that Christ was the Son of God, and they knew that he cast out Devils by the Spirit of God; and yet they out of spite to Christ, ma­liciously and blasphemously said, that he cast out Devils by Beelzebub the chief of Devils: Thus these Scribes committed the unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, and that in Word.

Thirdly; This Sin may be committed in Acti­on too; that is, when a man being once throughly enlightned, and entered upon a holy course of Life, and tasted the comforts of Gods Spirit, and had some foretaste of the joys of Heaven, and not only makes profession of the Gospel, but teaches it to others; he at last takes a dislike of these holy courses, and through spite and malice, utterly forsakes, opposes, and persecutes those good ways of God, which he before profest and taught: But to sum up this point; this unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost, is fully described by the Apostle to the Hebrews, Chap. 10.26, 27, 28. For if we sin wilful­ly after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for Sin, but a fearful looking for of Judgment, and fiery Indignation; how much sorer punishment shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and counted the blood of the Covenant, wherewith he was sanctify'd, [Page]an unholy thing, and have done despite to the Spi­rit of Grace. Likewise, Heb. 6.4, 5, 6. For it is impossible for those who when once enlightned, and have tasted of the Heavenly gift, and were parta­kers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the World to come, if they fall away to renew them again to Repentance, seeing they Crucifie afresh to themselves the Son of God, and put him to open shame.

Now the Sin against the Holy Ghost is brief­ly this; It is a wilful and malicious opposing of the known truth, joyned with final Apostacy.

I shall a little explain these words, and then proceed.

First, This Sin unto Death is an opposing Sin; now to oppose a thing, is to contradict it, or gainsay it; when a man says a thing is so and so, he denies it, and says it is not so; when a man says a thing must be done, he says again, it must not nor shall not be done; such an opposition is in the heart of him that com­mits this unpardonable Sin; but a man may be an opposing man, and yet cannot commit this Sin; therefore,

Secondly, It is the Truth that he must op­pose; that is, he must utterly oppose and re­ject Christ, who said, I am the Truth, Joh. 14.6. He opposeth all his threatnings, and will not believe his promises, and counts him to be a Seducer of the people, and counts the blood [Page]of the Covenant to be any unholy thing; nay, he also opposes the Spirit of Christ, who is the Spirit of Truth; so that he will not obey his motions, and will not be led nor guided by him; but a man may oppose the Truth, and yet do it ignorant; therefore,

Thirdly; It must be the known truth that he opposeth; he must be once enlightned: But you must know, that it is not only a notional knowledge, for a man may have great knowledge, and humane Learning, he may know much of God, and of his will in the Letter of the word, and yet not be capable of committing this unpardonable Sin: But he must be so far enlightned, as to see the e­vil that is in Sin, and the excellency of Christ; he must taste of the Heavenly gift, and be made partaker of the Holy Ghost, and taste of the good word of God, and the powers of the World to come; and by the blood of the Covenant, which he counts as an unholy thing, he is in part sanctified and cleansed from many Sins, he must have sweet communion with God in his word and Sacra­ments; he must have some taste of the love and favour of God, and comforts of his Spi­rit, and be refreshed by it, and taste of the joys of Heaven, and have some fore-taste of the happiness of the World to come.

This is that light and knowledge that lays a Man open to the committing of that Unpardo­nable sin: But yet a Man may sin against all this light and experiamental knowledge, and yet do it through the weakness of the flesh, or through some violent temptation, as Peter did when he denyed Christ; therefore,

Fourthly, He must oppose the known truth willfully; he must willfully fall away, after he hath received the knowledge of the truth; o­ther sins are commited through infirmity, but this sin is willful; the will is the chief actor in it; and to compleat and make up this Unpar­donable sin, there is,

Fifthly, Malice in the heart; without this, this sin cannot be committed; it must be a ma­licious opposing of the known truth; that is, when a Man being once enlightned, and tasted of the Heavenly gift, and the good word of God, and have been made Partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have had some sweet relish and fore­taste of Heaven, he come at last to take a dislike, and to hate the Holy ways of God, and malici­ously oppose and persecute them, and to doe de­spite to the Spirit of Grace, Crucifying afresh the Son of God, and putting him to open shame.

Now a Man having gone thus far, he comes in the last place to be an Apostate; for thus to oppose, thus willfully and maliciously to op­pose the known truth, is always joyned with final and total Apostacy; for he that is so far [Page]enlightned, as to see the evil of sin, and the ex­cellency of Christ and Holiness, and been made partakers of the Holy Ghost, of his Graces and Comforts, and tasteth of Gods love and favour in Jesus Christ, and has some fore-taste of the Joys of the World to come; now for such a one Willfully, Spitefully, and Maliciously to fall a­way, he so falls, as never to rise more: It is true, the Children of God fall, and that often, and yet rise again; but when they fall through weakness of infirmity, and not willfully and maliciously; but these wicked wretches fall willfully and maliciously, and so fall finally. Against such the door of mercy is for ever shut; concerning such St. Peter saith, It had been bet­ter for them not to have known the way of Righteous­ness, then after they have known, to turn from the Holy Commandement delivered unto them: But it happened unto them according to the true Proverb, The Dog is turned to his vomit again; and the Sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the Mire, 2. Pet. 2.21, 22. There is such another dreadful place of Scripture against these kind of Apostates; that is, Heb. 10.26. For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sin, but a fearful looking for of Judgement and fiery Indignation. Thus I have gi­ven you five steps, as so many links in a Chain, all which makes up the unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost. It is a Willful and Malicious op­poling of the known truth, joyned with final [Page]Apostacy. Thus I have shewed you as Plain as I can, what this sin unto death is: Now to proceed:

Secondly, The next thing to be considered, is, that all other Sins or Blasphemies whatso­ever, may be forgiven, be our sins never so great and many; tho' we be the vilest wretches that ever lived, yet there is hopes of pardon upon Repentance: Manasses was the vilest Sinner that ever we read of, yet he Repented and was pardoned: also Mary Magdalen, was the Chief of sinners, for out of her came seven Devils, yet because she loved much, much was forgiven her. A Man may be a Whoremonger, an Adulter­er, and work Witch-craft, and deal with Fami­liar Spirits, and yet at last he may Repent and be saved; and yet I have heard talk of some that are so foolish, as to take the sin of. Fornication to be a sin Unpardonable; for from Gods own words in the fourth Commandment, I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the Sins of the Fathers, unto the third and fourth generation: From whence they say, that Children that are base born are not saved, unto the third and fourth generation. But this is a most erronious Interpretation of Gods Word, it is them that hate him, and continue hating of him, that he will visit their Iniquities upon, for Fornicators and Adulterers themselves, may repent and be saved, much more the Children, who knew nothing, nor could help nothing: For Christ with his own [Page]Mouth tells the Scribes and Pharises, Matt. 21.13. that the Publicans and Harlots shall enter into the Kingdom of God before them; for there is no Sin but is pardonable, except the sin against the Holy Ghost. But

Thirdly; The sin against the Holy Ghost is alone the sin unto Death, that is, a sin Unpardona­ble, never to be forgiven, neither in this World, nor in the World to come: Not be­cause the Merits of Christ is not sufficient to pardon it, for this sin, as well as for all other sins, are but Finite; whereas the Merits of Christ are Infinite.

Object. But what is the reason then that this sin cannot be forgiven?

Answer. This Question brings me to the fourth thing considerable; do but mind me a little, and I will as plain and as clear as I can, tell you what the Reason is.

The Reason arises from the Nature of this sin; for this sin, by whomsoever it is commit­ted burdens the heart, and sears the Consci­ence, so that there is no place for Repentance to be wrought, neither for that nor for any other sin. This Sin is called the Sin against the Ho­ly Ghost; not because it is a Sin against the Person of the Holy Ghost, for so is all Sin against his Person; but it is called the Sin against the Holy Ghost, because it is against the Office and Work of the Holy Ghost. Now every one of the three Persons have their particular Work: [Page]the Work of the Father is to Create, the Work of the Son is to Redeem lost Sinners; and the work of the Holy Ghost is, to enlighten, Convince, Sanctifie, and Convert them: Now a Man committing this Unpardonable sin against the Holy Ghost, Rejects all this work of the Spi­rit. Now for a Man to be throughly enlightnell by the Holy Ghost, that he comes to know the evil of sin and of his lost and undone condition without Christ, and that none but the Merits of Christ can save him, then for him willfully and maliciously to oppose him and the work of his Spirit, and will not be beholding to him for Salvation, now for such a one to be forgiven, is utterly impossible.

Object. But why is it Impossible? nothing is Impossible with God.

Answer. Nothing is Impossible with God that does not imploy a Contradiction; but for God to Forgive the sin committed against the Holy Ghost imploys a Contradiction: for how can he have Pardon given him, that utterly re­jects it? As for instance: A Man through Ig­norance may deny Christ, and maliciously fall from the profession of the truth, into all kind of wickedness, as did Saint Paul, and the Jews that Crucified Christ: and yet not falling a­gainst Light and Knowledge, there is room for the Holy Ghost to work upon him to enlighten him, and to convince him of his Folly, and so makes way for Conversion. And besides, a [Page]Man, after he hath been enlightned, and [...]et falls back, through infirmity and the weakness of the flesh, as Peter did, and doth not fall will­fully, and maliciously, then the Holy Ghost may work upon him, and renew him again, and work in him a deep sorrow for abusing so much love and mercy, and so carry on his good work unto Salvation. But for a Man when he is once enlightned by the Holy Ghost, and has had some taste of Gods Love and Favour, and some fore­taste of the joys of Heaven, and then at last utterly opposing this illuminating work of the Spirit, and willfully and maliciously to fall a­way, and so to reject the Spirits renewing work: Alas! then the Holy Ghost has done; he has no­thing more that he can work in him; for this wretched creature has utterly rejected him; his enlightning work, his convincing work, his Sanctifing work, he has utterly rejected Christs pardon, Heaven and all. Now this poor wretch is past all hopes of Mercy, all hopes of Pardon, nay, for such a one we are forbidden to Pray, as you see in the verse whereof my Text is a part. Now Christ prayed for them that mali­ciously Crucified him, Luke 23.34. saying, Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Alas! they knew not what they were doing; for had they knew it, they would not have Cru­cified the Lord of Glory, 1. Corinth. 2.8. But if they had known, and yet Crucified him, Christ would not have spent his breath to pray [Page]for them; for it would have been utterly in vain; for when a Man has committed this Unpardona­ble sin, all the prayers of Heaven, nor Earth, can do him no good, for as the Text saith, There is a Sin unto Death.

I shall conclude all with a few words of Ap­plication, and I will be as short as possible, be­cause this Discourse will be to large for so small a Book. Here is first, a word of Comfort; Secondly, a word of Counsel.

First, A word of Comfort. It may be with reading and hearing of this terrible Dis­course, your hearts begin to ake with fear that you have committed this Unpardonable sin. But I think I have sufficiently proved to you what it is; and I tell you again, that there are but few that can commit it, nay, there are millions that are tormented in Hell, yet never committed this Sin: Nay, further, an ignorant Protestant may through weakeness, and out of a slavish fear, turn Papist, and renounce his pro­fession, and yet not commit this Unpardona­ble Sin against the Holy Ghost: for doing it out of ignorance and infirmity, there may be matter left for the Holy Ghost to work upon, whereby he may yet be Converted and Saved. Consider this also [...] if you are afraid that you have committed [...] with that you had not committed it if it were to do again, [...] is a [...]de sig [...] [...]hat you have not committed [...].

Secondly, I must conclude also with a word of Counsel; First, watch very deligently against all sin; but above all take especial heed of those sins that come near to the sin against the Holy Ghost, and they are these, Hypocrisie, taking only the outward profession of Religion, and so dissembling, and mocking of God, sinning willfully against Conviction of Conscience, and against great Light and Knowledge; sinning presumptuously, and with an high hand: these sins, tho' none of them are the direct sin against the Holy Ghost, yet they will come very near to it; therefore take especial need of them, least they in time should bring you to the commit­ting of that Uunpardonable Sin.

And Lastly, Labour to be Sincere in Reli­gion, and by a true Faith, ingraft your selves into Christ; for they that be with Christ can never commit this Unpardonable Sin; For know this, that amongst all the Sins committed by fallen Mankind, there is one Sin, that is a Sin unto Death, which is the Unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost; which whosoever com­mits it, hath no forgiveness, neither in this World, nor in the World to come.

Consider what has been said, and the Lord give you Understanding.

FINIS.

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