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Rewards and Punishments According to Character

Rewards and Punishments According to Character

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SETH WILLISTON,

PASTOR OF A CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN LISLE
STATE OF NEW-YORK.

EZEKiEL, xviii. 20.

The soul that sinnethy it shall die: the son shall not hear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son ; the righte- ousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the fwickedness of the nviched shall he upon him,
BY SETH WILLISTON,

PASTOR OF A CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN LISLE
STATE OF NEW-YORK.

EZEKiEL, xviii. 20.

The soul that sinnethy it shall die: the son shall not hear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son ; the righte- ousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the fwickedness of the nviched shall he upon him,

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REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS ACCORDING TO CHARACTER BY SETH WILLISTON, PASTOR OF A CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN LISLE STATE OF NEW-YORK. EZEKiEL, xviii. 20. The soul that sinnethy it shall die: the son shall not hear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son ; the righte- ousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the fwickedness of the nviched shall he upon him, TO excuse ourselves, and throw the blame of our sin upon some other, has always been exceedingly natural to fallen man. Our apostate parents early set us this example. We have a natural affection * // may perhaps strike the reader, that the title prefixed to this ser^ mon, embraces more than the text from ivhich it is draivn. The author <u)Ouldjust mention the reason of his making this text embrace so wide a
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field. He had held up in his public discourses, that there *was a connexion in the covenant of grace, between the holy faithfulness of parents and the fahation of their children. This appeared to some of his hearers, incon- jistent with God*s treating every man according to his own character. What he had advanced upon the covenant connexion of parents and children, *was thought by some, to perfectly clash with the chapter from which our text is selected. The author was particularly requested to take the verse, 'which stands as the foundation of the following discourse, and show how it could be reconciled with what he had advanced about the connexion be^ iween parents and children. This gave rise to the following discourse^ md the particular method in which the subject is treated 126 A SERMON BY for our parents; but we love ourselves supremely.
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We had rather throw blame on other men, than on our parents ; but we had rather throw blame on them^ than take it to ourselves. We had rather make our suffering's and miseries the fruit of their sin, than our oivn. The Jews, who were carried into the Babylonish captivity, manifested this disposition, in an eminent degree. They were a most ungodly generation, as appears by the description given of them in the pro-phecies of Jeremiah and Ezckiel. The Lord, by the mouth of his prophet Jeremiah, recounts to this evil generation, the sins of their fadicrs, and then adds, ' And ye have done worse than your fathers.' And by his prophet Ezekiel, he says concerning this same generation, ' They are impudent children, and stiff hearted and most rebellious.' Their extreme w^icked-ness was represented to this prophet in the vision of the chambers of imagery. It is clear, that there ne-ver was a generation in Israel, which more justly de-served the wrath of God to be poured out upon them ¦without mixture : Yet, as is common for the greatest sinners, they were for getting rid of all the blame. They were free to acknowledge, that their fathers had
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