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Pray don't tell me of what every body knows. I want to tell you what every body does not yet know, namely,
I. Who are our WORST ENEMIES :
First, then, as to our ENEMIES.
And I must inform you, that we have worse enemies than even the French themselves.
“ Is this possible ?” say you.
I say yes. For those enemies are worse than even the French, who have made the French what they are, and would make the English like them.
Pray name these Enemies.” I will. They are the World, the Flesh, and the Devil.
“ But what do you mean by the World ?”
I mean the world (not as God made it, but) as sin has made it. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world: 1 John ii. 16. Now when Money, Pride, or Pleasure promises you happiness in breaking God's commands-and too many are encouraging you by bad examples and conversation to break them-say, “ Here is one of my worst Enemies This is the world! This is that cheat, which, like the apple that Eve was tempted with, would take
away my heart from God, his Favour, and bis Kingdom, where only true joys abound.”
And what is the Flesh ?” It is the scripture word for the sin of our nature, and that corrupt heart of man which it declares to be deceitful above all things, anit desperately wicked. (Jer. xvii. 9.) and which is naturally so set upon the world. We may know this Enemy by its works, which you may read in Gal. v. 19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: and they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
“ And who is the Devil? for some have tried to persuade me that as to a devil, it is all a bugbear.”
Yes; and the Devil himself will persuade you to believe them if he can. Don't you think it likely, that, if the French could make a landing, they would send their scouts to tell you that it is all a bugbear, till they had got into the heart of the country?
But you know I promised to appeal to the Bible, and not to a crafty enemy's account of himself. While he is acting in ambush, our Bible says, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, whom resist stedfast in the faith: 1 Pet. v. 8.
“ Why these are enemies,” perhaps you will say, “ that I never seriously thought of. These notions are quite new.”
But how so?. Were you not baptized, and signed with the sign of the Cross,“ in token,” as the Church says,
that hereafter you should not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner against Sin, the World, and the Devil, and thus to continue Christ's faithful Soldier and Servant unto your life's end?"
But, whether known or not, these are our worst Enemies : and it is on this account that the bad principles of the French are more to be feared than their swords. But know your enemies, whether in France or England.
Whoever or whatever leads you from God and goodness to unbelief and wickedness, call an Enemy. Nor need you to stand and inquire how to name such an enemy, for it signifies little which of three murderers makes an attack on us; or whether a man is killed by a bullet, a sword, or a dose of poison.
And consider, I pray you, what a shocking thing it is for a brave fellow, after he has routed the French, to fall a prey to still worse enemies. The French, if they conquered us, could but kill the body; but the enemies whom I have men
tioned will sink both body and soul in the Pit, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched: Mark xi. 44.
Now if you do seriously consider, you will be ready to ask, “What can I do against such enemies as these?”
I answer, a man may often do that by the help of friends, which he cannot do alone. God himself comes to help a man, when he sends him a real Friend.
Of your FRIENDS I shall speak next. And as it is a great thing to find a real friend, so it is wise to know him while he lasts. Many a man has mourned that he never knew his true friend till he was gone.
I need not say that he, who relieves your wants, comforts
you in trouble, visits you when sick, corrects your mistakes, gives you good counsel, and is concerned for your interest, or that of your family, is a real friend.
The Government under which you live, and all who strive to promote rule and order under it, are real friends; for, by them, we all enjoy that liberty and tranquillity of which no other nation can boast.
Those officers also are to be considered among the number of your best friends, who endeavour to restrain vice and immorality; and thereby
render you sober, respectable, and able Soldiers : and especially such as add to their command the great force of their example, in chastity, sobriety, and regular attendance on public worship.
But still I must tell you that you and I have enemies and wants, which no friend or power upon earth can relieve us under. If you could ask our most excellent and gracious Sovereign King George about this, he would tell you that there are benefits to be had, which he himself cannot give, and of which he stands in as much need as you or I: ay, and what is more, that he himself would be deplorably miserable after all, if he should be put off with a crown only, and miss these benefits :-I mean pardon of all our sins--peace with God-an assurance of his favour-victory over every enemy-and an everlasting crown. All these have been purchased for sinners: the chief of sinners have received them, and they are set before
you in the Gospel; as it is written, Whosoever will let him take the waters of life, freely : Rev. xxii. 17.
Now to know that Friend, who can deliver from every enemy, and supply every want, One, without whom a King must become poorer than a beggar, and by whom a beggar may become richer than a King—this, I say, is knowing something to purpose.
I declare to you, Soldier, that, while I am