thought and contrivance expended for the purpose of ensuringsuccess s in the contravention of God's law, instead of diminisli-ing, will serve to aggravate your guilt in His sight. The" abomination " will be only the more loathsome.Many are the subterfuges, many the quirks and evasions,to which men betake themselves, ^^ith a view to shelter theirconsciences and keep them easy in the practice of iniquity.And amongst others may be particularized the commonness of 270 LECTURE XXIII.certain modes ol' deception and fraudulent dealing. Oli!say they, there is no man in the line by whom, it is not moreor less done; and if we do not conform to the custom, weshall be undersold by our neighboiu's, and may shut shop atonce. Then, I reply, if you are Clnistians, do so. Eun allrisks, incur all losses, rather than offend God. Wliat youdo is not the less " abomination " to Him, that it is done bymany as Avell as by you. That is only so much the morelamentable ; and the stronger is the reason why Chiistiansshould, by their stern adherence to integrit}^, rebuke the pre-valent practice, by acting as exceptions to it. — There are fewdepartments, for instance, in which fi'aud is so little thoughtof, as when it is practised upon the revenue of the country.And yet there is nothing as to which the requisitions of theBible are more peremptory, and wliich is more distinctly andstrongly put under the regulation of a sensitive conscience.The difference between the man who cheats a single customerand the man who cheats the revenue is, that the former de-frauds one, while the latter defrauds millions. Let not yourquestion be, fellow-christians, AVhat is interest ? but, "Wliat isduty? not, A\liat will m.pn think? but, What will God tliink]Shun every approach to what you know, from His word, to be" an abomination " to Him ; and practise imvaryingly, in defi-ance of human opinions and of all apprehended consequences,that in wliich He delights ; — for of all evils the worst is God'sdispleasure, and of all blessings the richest is God's favour.