Objection, — We have not now this power ; all our facul* ties are deranged ; our nature, our propensities, evil ; all our affections earthly. Ansiver. — This does not affect the argument. " The spirit in us lusts to envy; God gives more grace. 11 He gives a greater measure of grace to counteract the evil principle ; and the man who will calmly examine his own heart will feel that he is always checked in the commission of evil, and that by the same principle he is kept uneasy and unhap* py, even though in the performance of outward duty, till he is made fully happy in God. If man had not the power af- forded him thus to fulfil the law, God could not, consistently with justice, punish him, much less with that mercy which rejoices over judgment. If our evil propensities be thus strong, and be the effects of original evil, God could not punish us ; we were passive in the offence, and God could not inflict active punishment for passive sin. He could not judge the world in righteousness in this case ; for we had a propelling principle to evil, which was irresistible. But He who is a reasonable Being now gives as a command (that which to Adam was a privilege), " Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." The principle which we receive, therefore, to do good, is at least as strong as the evil one, and there is no man who does evil but could by the same power avoid doing it. As the Creator, therefore, has a right to all our worship, any dereliction is called idolatry — when we allow any other love to possess our souls but the love of God pre-eminently. This truth allowed, the character must attach to some of us ; we are idolaters. To fasten that epithet upon us, it is not necessary that Ave fall down before an image. Every man has some one single object which he loves and pursues more than any other ; this is his idol, be it what it may ; 30 SPIRITUAL IDOLATRY.