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those infamous debaucheries, which infect the woman in the attire of a harlot, who is subtle body, and throw whole families into a state of of heart, loud and stubborn, hier feet abiding not putrefaction. It is saying too little to affirm in her house, now without, now in the streets, that this woman ought to shed bitter tears at lying in wait at every corner, and saying to the recollection of her scandalous and dissolute such among the youth as are void of underlife. The priests and magistrates, and people standing, "I have peace-offerings with me, this of Nain ought to have covered themselves in day have I paid my vows. I have decked my sackcloth and ashes, for having tolerated such bed with coverings of tapestry, with fine linen a house, for not having one spark of the zeal of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, of “ Phinehas the son of Eleazar," Numb. xxv. aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our 11. For having left one stone upon another as fill of love, for the good man is not at home, he a monument of the profligacy of the city, and is gone a long journey, and will not come home for not having rased the very foundations of till the day appointed,” Prov. vii. 5, &c. Is it such a house, though they, who were employed necessary, think you, my brethren, to alter in the business, had been buried in the ruins. many of these descriptive expressions to give a One such a house suffered in a city is enough likeness of the manners of our times? to draw down the curse of heaven on a whole Are not modern dissipations described in the province, a whole kingdom.
perpetual motion of this “strange woman, Rome, what a fair opportunity have I now whose feet abide not in her house, who is now to confound theo! Am I not able to produce without in the country, then in the streets, in the sight of the whole world full proof of thy and at every corner?” What are some curious, shame and infamy? Do not a part of thy reve- elegant, and fashionable dresses, but the “atnues proceed from a tax on prostitution? Are tire of a harlot?” Are not the continual artinot prostitutes of both sexes thy“ nursing fa- fices, and accumulated dissimulations, which thers and nursing mothers.” Is not the holy some people use to conceal future designs, or see in part supported, to use the language of to cover past crimes, are not these features of Scripture, by the hire of a whore, and the this “subtle woman?” What are those pains price of a dog” Deut. xxxii. 18. But alas! I taken to form certain parties of pleasure, but should leave thee too much reason to retort. features of this woman, who says, “I have I should fear, you would oppose our excesses peace-offerings with me, I have this day paid against your excesses. I should have too much my vows, come, let us solace ourselves with reason to fear a wound by the dart shot at thee. loves?” What are certain moments expected I should tremble lest thou shouldst draw it with impatience, managed with industry, and smoking from thine own unclean heart, and employed with avidity, but features of this lodge it in ours. O God!“ teach my hands to woman, who says to fools among the youth, day to war, and my fingers to fight.” My the good man is not at home, nor will be brethren, should access to this pulpit
be for ever come home till the day appointed?”—I stopforbidden to us in future; though I were sure if the unchaste woman in the text, had been this discourse would be considered as a torch guilty of adultery, she had defiled the most of sedition intended to set all these provinces in sacred and inviolable of all connexions. She a flame; and should a part of the punishment had kindled discord in the family of him who due to the fomenters of the crime fall upon the was the object of her criminal 'regard. She head of him who has the courage to reprove it, had given an example of impurity and perfidy I do, and I will declare, that the prosperity of to her children and her domestics, to the world these provinces can never, no never, be well and to the church. She had affronted in the established, while such affronts are publicly most cruel and fatal manner the man, to whom offered to the majesty of that God, “who is of she owed the tenderest attachment, and the purer eyes than to behold evil,” Hab. i. 13. most profound respect. She had covered her Ah! proclaim no more fasts, convoke no more parents with disgrace, and provoked such as solemn assemblies, appoint no more public pray- knew her debauchery to inquire from which ers to avert the anger of heaven. “Let not of her ancestors she had received such impure the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep be- and tainted blood. She had divided her heart tween the porch and the altar, let them not say, and her bed with the most implacable enemy spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine of her family. She had hazarded the legitiheritage to reproach,” Joel ii. 17. All this ex- macy of her children, and confounded the lawterior of devotion will be useless, while there ful heir with a spurious offspring. Are any tears are amongst us places publicly set apart for too bitter to expiate such an odious complicaimpurity. The filthy vapour that proceeds from tion of crimes. Is any quantity too great to them will ascend, and form a thick cloud be- shed, to wash away such guilt as this? tween us and the throne of grace, a cloud which But we will not take pains to blacken the the most ardent prayers cannot pierce through. reputation of this penitent: we may suppose
Perhaps our penitent had been guilty of adul- her unchaste, as the evangelist leads us to do, tery. What idea must a woman form of herself, without supposing her an adulteress or a prosif she has committed this crime, and considers titute. She might have fallen once, and only it in its true point of light Let her attentively once. Her sin, however, even in this case, observe the dangerous condition into which she must have become a perpetual source of sorhas plunged herself, and that to which she is row: thousands and thousands of sad reflecyet exposed. She has taken for her model the lions must have pierced her heart. Was this woman described by Solomon, and who has had the only fruit of my education? Is this all I too many copies in latter ages, that “strange have learned from the many lessons, that have
been given me from my cradle, and which * See Sermon stiil. in the note,
seem so proper to guard me for over against
the rocks where my feeble virtue has been ship-error, and acknowledged the Redeemer of wrecked? I have renounced the decency of my mankind, under the veils of infirmity and posex, the appurtenances of which always have verty that covered him. She knew that “the been timidity, scrupulosity, delicacy, and mo- blood of bulls and of goats” could not purify desty. I have committed one of those crimes the conscience. She knew that Jesus sitting which, whether it were justice or cruelty, man- at table with the Pharisee was the only offerkind never forgive. I have given myself up ing, the only victim of worth sufficient to satto the unkindness and contempt of him, to isfy the justice of an offended God. She knew whom I have shamefully sacrificed my honour. that he was “made unto sinners wisdom, and I have fixed daggers in the hearts of my pa- righteousness, and sanctification and redemprents; I have caused that to be attributed to tion:” that his name was “the only one among their negligence, which was occasioned only men whereby they might be saved.” It was by my own depravity and folly. I have ban- to Jesus Christ that she had recourse, bedewished myself for ever from the company of ing with tears the feet of him who was about prudent persons. How can I bear their looks to shed bis blood for her, and receiving by an Where can I find a night dark enough to con- anticipated faith the benefit of the death that ceal me from their sight?
he was going to suffer, she renounced dependThus might our mourner think; but to refer ance on every kind of satisfaction except his. all her grief to motives of this kind would be The third character of the repentance of this to insult her repentance. She has other mo- sinner is love. It should seem, Jesus Christ tives more worthy of a penitent. This heart, would have us consider all her actions as evithe heart that my God demanded with so much dences of love, rather than as marks of repentcondescension and love, I have denied him, ance; "she hath loved much." These things and given up to voluptuousness. This body, are not incompatible. Though “perfect love which should have been a "temple of the Holy casteth out fear,” yet it does not cast out grief, Ghost," is become the den of an impure pas- for the pardon of sin received by an elect soul, sion. The time and pains I should have em- far from diminishing the regret which it feels ployed in the work of my salvation, I have for committing it, contributes to augment it. spent in robbing Jesus Christ of his conquests. The more we love God, the greater the pain felt I have disputed with my Saviour the souls he for offending him. Yea, this love that makes redeemed with his blood, and what he came to the happiness of angels, this love that inflames save I have endeavoured to sink in perdition. seraphim, this love that supports the believers I am become the cause of the remorse of my under the most cruel torments, this love is the accomplice in sin, he considers me with horror, greatest punishment of a penitent. To bave he reproaches me with the very temptations, offended the God we love, a God rendered to which he exposed me, and when our eyes amiable by infinite perfections, a God so tenmeet in a religious assembly, or in the perfor- der, so compassionate as to pardon the very sins mance of a ceremony of devotion, he tacitly we lament; this love excites in a soul such tells me, that I made him unworthy to be emotions of repentance as we should labour in there. I shall be his executioner on his death- vain to express, unless your hearts, in concert bed, perhaps I shall be so through all eternity. with our mouths, feel in proportion as we deI have exposed myself to a thousand dangers, scribe. from which nothing but the grace of God has Courage is the fourth character of the reprotected me, to a thousand perils and dreadful pentance, or, if you will, the love of this woconsequences, the sad and horrible examples man. She does not say, What will they say of which stain all history. Such are the causes me? Ah, my brethren, how often has this sinof the tears of this penitent. “She stood at gle consideration, What will they say of me? the feet of Jesus Christ, weeping, and washed been an obstacle to repentance! How many his feet with tears.” This is the first character penitents have been discouraged, if not preof true repentance, it consists in part in keen vented by it! To say all in one word, how remorse.
many souls has it plunged into perdition! PerRepentance must be wise in its application. sons affected by this, though urged by their Our sinner did not go to the foot of Mount Si- consciences to renounce the world and its pleanai to seek for absolution under pretence of sures, have not been able to get over a fear of her own rightevusness, and to demand justifi- the opinions of mankind concerning their concation as a reward due to her works. She was version. Is any one persuaded of the necessity afraid, as she had reason to be, that the lan- of living retired? This consideration, What guage of that dreadful mountain proceeding will be said of me? terrifies him. It will be said, from the mouth of divine justice would pierce that I choose to be singular, that I affect to her through. Nor did she endeavour to ward distinguish myself from other men, that I am off the blows of justice by covering herself with an enemy to social pleasure. Does any one superstitious practices. She did not say, desire to be exact in the performance of Divine "wberewith shall I come before the Lord, and worship? This one consideration, What will bow myself before the high God? shall I come they say of me? terrifies. They will say, I afbefore him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a fect to set myself off for a religious and pious year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thou- person, I want to impose on the church by a sands of rams, or with ten thousand rivers of specious outside; they will say, I am a weak oil? Shall I give my first-born for my trans man, full of fancies and phantoms. Our penigression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my tent breaks through every worldly considerasoul?” Micah vi. 7. She did not even require tion. “She goes,” says a modern author, priests and Levites to offer propitiatory sacri- " into a strange house, without being invited, fices for her. She discerned the sophisms of to disturb the pleasures of a festival,
by an ill
timed sorrow, to cast herself at the feet of the in regard to their manners, and to distribute Saviour, without fearing what would be said, punishments of sin and rewards of virtue. At either of her past life, or of her present bold- least, when we usurp this right, let us not ago ness, to make by this extraordinary action a gravate our conduct by the manner in which kind of public confession of her dissoluteness, we exercise the bold imperious usurpation. and to suffer for the first punishment of her Let us not pronounce like bold iniquitous sins, and for a proof of her conversion, such judges on the actions of those sinners, to whom insults as the pride of the Pharisees, and her nature, society, and religion, ought to unite us own ruined reputation would certainly draw in an affectionate manner. Let us procure exupon her."* We have seen the behaviour of the act informations of the causes of such crimipenitent; now let us observe the judgment of nals as we summon before our tribunals, and the Pharisee. “If this man were a prophet, he let us not deliver our sentences till we have would have known who, and what manner of weighed in a just balance whatever tends to woman this is that toucheth him, for she is a condemn, or to absolve them. This would woman of bad fame.”
bridle our malignity. We should be constrainII. The evangelist expressly tells us, that the ed to suspend for a long time our avidity to soPharisee who thus judged, was the person at licit, and to basten the death of a sinner. The whose table Jesus Christ was eating. Whether pleasure of declaring him guilty would be be were a disciple of Jesus Christ, as is very counterbalanced by the pain of trying the probable, and as his calling Christ Master seems cause. Did this Pharisee give himself time to to import, or whether he had invited him for examine the whole conduct of the sinner, as other reasons, are questions of little import- he called her? Did he enter into all the discusance, and we will not now examine them. It sions necessary to determine whether she were is certain, our Saviour did often eat with some a penitent sinner, or an obstinate sinner: whe Pharisees, who far from being his disciples, ther she were reformed, or hardened like a rewere the most implacable enemies of his per- probate in the practice of sin? No, certainly son and doctrine. If this man were a disciple At the sight of the woman he recollects only of Jesus Christ, it should seem very strange the crimes of which she had been guilty; he that he should doubt the divinity of the mission did not see her, and he did not choose to see of Christ, and inwardly refuse him even the her in any other point of light; he pronounced quality of a prophet. This Pharisee was her character rashly, and he wanted Jesus named Simon; however, nothing obliges us Christ to be as rash as himself; this is a woman either to confound Simon the Pharisee with of bad fame. Do you not perceive, my brethSimon the leper, mentioned in Matthew, and ren, what wicked indolence animated this inito whose house Jesus Christ retired, or the his- quitous judge, and perverted his judgment? tory of our text with that related in the last The Pharisee sinned by rashness. See how mentioned place, for the circumstances are he judged of the conduct of Christ, in regard very different, as it would be easy to prove, to the woman, and of what the woman ought had we not subjects more important to propose to expect of Jesus Christ, on supposition his to you. Whosoever this Pharisee might be, mission had been divine, “ this man, if he were he said within himself, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what a prophet, would have known who, and what manner of woman this is that touched him, manner of woman this is that toucheth him; for she is a sinner.” This opinion supposes, for she is a sinner.” There are four defects in that a prophet ought not in any case to have this judgment a criminal indolence—an ex- patience with a woman of this sort. As if it travagant rashnessman intolerable pride—an were impossible for a prophet to have any deanti-Christian cruelty. As we cannot help sign impenetrable to the eye of a Pharisee! condemning the opinion of the Pharisee for As if any one had a right to censure the conthese four defects, so we cannot avoid censur- duct of a man under the direction of the infiing most of the judgments, that people form nite Spirit! But it is because this man is a on the conduct of their neighbours for the same prophet, it is because he is more than a pro
phet, it is because he is the spring, the ocean, A criminal indolence. That disposition of from which all the prophets derived the supermind, I allow, is very censurable, which in- natural knowledge of the greatest mysteries of spires a perpetual attention to the actions of revelation, of predicting events the least likely our neighbours, and the motive of it is suffi- to come to pass, of seeing into the most distant cient to make us abhor the practice. We have and impenetrable futurity; it is because of reason to think, that the more people pry into this, that he is capable of forming a just notion the conduct of their neighbours, the more they of the character of a sinner, and the nature of intend to gratify the barbarous pleasure of de- a sin. Yes, none but God can form such a faming them: but there is a disposition far judgment. “ Who art thou, that judgest anomore censurable still, and that is to be always ther?” Rom. xiv. 4. Such a judgment deready to form a rigorous judgment, on the pends on so many difficult combinations, that least appearances of impropriety, and without none but an infinite intelligence is capable of taking pains to inquire, whether there be no making it with exactness. circumstances that diminish the guilt of an ac In order to judge properly of a crime, and a tion apparently wrong, nothing that renders it criminal, we must examine the power of the deserving of patience or pity. It does not be temptations to which he was exposed, the oplong to us to set ourselves up for judges of the portunities given him to avoid it, the force of actions of our brethren, to become inquisitors his natural constitution, the motives that ani
mated him, the resistance he made, the vir* Flechier, panegyrique de la Magdeleine. tuos he practised, the talents God gave him,
the education he had, what knowledge he had much zeal and ardour in prayer as the exercise acquired, what conflicts he endured, what re- requires. I have so restrained my tongue as morse he has felt. An exact comparison ought to have no word, so directed my mind as to to be made of his sins with his virtues, in or- have no thought, so kept my heart as to have der to determine whether sin prevails over no criminal emotion to reproach myself with; virtue, or whether virtue prevails over sin, or if I have had at any time any frailty, I have and on this confronting of evidence a proper so fully made amends for it by my virtue, that idea of the sinner in question must be formed. I have sufficiently satisfied all the just demands It must be examined whether he were seduced of God. I ask no favour, I want nothing but by ignorance, or whether he were allured by justice. Let the Judge of the world call me example, or whether he yielded through weak- before him. Let devouring fire, and eternal ness, whether dissipation or obstinacy, malice, fames glitter in my presence. Let the tribuor contempt of God and his law, confirmed nal of retribution be prepared before me. him in sin. On the examination of all these My arm shall save me, and a recollection of articles depends the truth of the judgment, my own righteousness shall support me in bewhich we form of a fellow creature. There holding all these objects. You sufficiently needs nothing but one circumstance, nothing perceive, my brethren, what makes this dispobut one degree of more or less in a moral ac- sition so hateful, and we need not enlarge on tion to change the nature of it, to render it the subject. Humility is the supplement of pardonable or irremissible, deserving compas- the virtues of the greatest saints." What apsion or horror. Now who is he, who is the plication soever we have made to our duty, we man, that is equal to this combination? Ac- have always fallen short of our obligations. cordingly, nothing more directly violates the We owe so much homage to God as to aclaws of benevolence and justice than some de- knowledge, that we cannot stand before him, cisive opinions, which we think proper to give unless we be objects of his mercy; and a crime on the characters of our neighbours. It is in- humbly acknowledged is more tolerable in his deed the office of judges to punish such crimes eyes, than a virtue set forth with pride and as disturb the peace of society; and each in- parade. dividual may say to his brethren, this is the What above all poisons the judgment of the path of virtue, that is the road of vice. We Pharisee, is that spirit of cruelty which we have authority indeed to inform them that have observed. He was content, though all "the unrighteous,” that is “adulterers, idola- the tears of true repentance shed by this woters, and fornicators shall not inherit the king- man were shed in vain, and wished, when the dom of God," 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10. Indeed we woman had recourse to mercy, that God would ought to apprise them of danger, and to make have assumed in that very instant a shocking them tremble at the sight of the bottomless character, that is, that he would have “despispit, towards which they are advancing at a ed the sacrifice of a broken and a contrite great pace: but to make such a combination heart,” Ps. li. 17. It is delightful, my breas we have described, and to pronounce such thren, to combat such a fatal pretence. There and such people reprobates is rashness, it is is a high satisfaction in filling one's mind with to assume all the authority of the sovereign just and elevated ideas of divine mercy. All judge.
we say against the barbarity of the Pharisee There is in the opinion of the Pharisee a will serve to strengthen our faith, when Satan selfish pride. What is it then that makes this endeavours to drive us to despair, as he enwomari deserve his indignation? At what tri- deavoured once to destroy us by security: bunal will she be found inore odious than other when he magnifies the sins we have commitsinners who insolently lift their heads both in ted, as he diminished them, when he tempted the world and the church? It is at the tribu- us to commit them. nal of pride. Thou superb Pharisee! Open The mercy of God is not an abstract attribute, thine eyes, see, look, examine, there is within discovered with great difficulty through shades the walls, where thy feast is prepared, there is and darkness by our weak reason: but it is an even at thy table a inuch greater sinner, than attribute issuing from that among his other this woman, and that sinner is thyself! The perfections, of which he has given the most sin, of which thou art guilty, and which is clear and sensible proofs, I mean his goodness. more abominable than unchastity, more abo- All things preach to us, that God is good. minable than adultery, more abominable than There is no star in the firmament, no wave of prostitution itself, is pride, and above all Pha- the ocean, no production of the earth, no plant risaical pride. The sin of pride is always in our gardens, no period in our duration, no hateful in the eyes of God, whether it be pride gifts of his favour, I had almost said no strokes of honour, pride of fortune, or pride of power; of bis anger, which do not contribute to prove but pride arising from an opinion of our own this proposition, God is good. righteousness, is a direct crime against the di An idea of the mercy of God is not particum vine Majesty. On what principles, good God! | lar to some places, to any age, nation, religion, is such a pride founded! What insolence has or sect. Although the empire of truth does he, who is animated with it when he presents not depend on the number of those that submit himself before God? He appears without fear to it, there is always some ground to suspect or dread before that terrible throne, in the we are deceived, when we are singular in our presence of which seraphim cover their faces, opinions, and the whole world contradict us: and the heavens themselves are unclean. He but here the sentiments of all mankind to a ventures to say to himself, I have done all my certain point agree with ours. All have acduty. I have had as much respect for Al- knowledged themselves guilty, and all have mighty God as he deserves. I have had as I professed to worship a merciful God. Though
mankind have entertained different sentiments | other fifty. And when they had nothing to on the nature of true repentance, yet all have pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me acknowledged the prerogatives of it.
therefore, which of them will love him most? The idea of the mercy of God is not founded Simon answered and said, I suppose that he to merely on human speculations, subject to er- whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, ror: but it is founded on clear revelation; and thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to revelation preaches this mercy far more em- the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou phatically ihan reason. These decisions are this woman I entered into thine house, thou not such as are expressed in a vague and ob- gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath scure manner, so as to leave room for doubt washed my feet with tears, and wiped them and uncertainty, but they are clear, intelligi- with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me ble, and reiterated.
no kiss: but this woman, since the time I came The decisions of revelation concerning the in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet. Mine head mercy of God do not leave us to consider it as with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman a doctrine incongruous with the whole of reli- hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wheregion, or unconnected with any particular doc- fore I say unto thee, ber sins which are many trine taught as a part of it: but they establish are forgiven: for she loved much: but to whom it as a capital doctrine, and on which the whole little is given, the same loveth little.” This is system of religion turns. What is our reli- our third part. gion? It is a dispensation of mercy. It is a These words have occasioned a famous quessupplement to human frailty. It is a refuge tion. It has been asked whether the pardon for penitent sinners from the pursuits of divine granted by Jesus Christ to this woman were justice. It is a covenant, in which we engage an effect of her love to Jesus Christ: or whether to give ourselves wholly up to the laws of God, her love to Jesus Christ were an effect of the and God condescends to accept our imperfect pardon she had received from him. The exservices, and to pardon our sins, how enormous pressions, and the emblems made use of in the soever they have been, on our genuine repent- text, seem to countenance both these opinions.
The proinises of mercy made to us in The parable proposed by our Saviour favours religion are not restrained to sinners of a par- the latier opinion, that is, that the woman's ticular order, nor to sin of a particular kind; love to Jesus Christ was an effect of the parbut they regard all sinners and all sins of every don that she had received. “A certain creditor possible kind. There is no crime so odious, no had two debtors, when they had nothing to circumstance so aggravating, no life so obsti- pay, he frankly forgave the one five hundred nately spent in sin, as not to be pitiable and pence, and the other fifty. Which of them pardonable, when the sinner affectionately and will love him most?" The answer is, “ He, I sincerely returns to God. If perseverance in suppose, to whom he forgave most.” Who does evil, if the sin against the Holy Ghost exclude not see, that the love of this debtor is an effect people from mercy, it is because they render of the acquittance from the debt? And as this repentance impracticable, not because they acquittance here represents the pardon of sin, render it ineffectual.
who does not see that the love of this woman, The doctrine of divine mercy is not founded and of all others in her condition, is here stated on promises to be accomplished at some re as the effect of this pardon? But the applicamote and distant period; but experience has tion which Jesus Christ makes of this parable, justified these promises. Witness the people seems to favour the opposite opinion, that is, of Israel, witness Moses, David, Ahab, Heze that the love here spoken of was the cause and kiah, witness Manasseh, Nineveh, Nebuchad- not the effect of pardon. “Seest thou this wo
What has not repentance done? By man?” said Jesus Christ to Simon, “I entered repentance the people of Israel suspended the into thine house, thou gavest me no water for judgments of God, when they were ready to my feet: but she hath washed my feet with fall on them and crush them. By repentance tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her Moses “stood in the breach, and turned away head. Thou gavest me no kiss; but this wothe wrath of God.” By repentance David re- man, since the time I came in, hath not ceased covered the joy of his salvation, after he had to kiss my feet. Mine head with oil thou didst committed the crimes of murder and adultery. not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my By repentance even Ahab obtained a reprieve. feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto By repentance Hezekiah enlarged the term thee, her sins which are many are forgiven; of his life fifteen years. By repentance Ma- for she loved much.” Does it not seem, that nasseh saved himself and his people. By re- the application of this parable proposes the parpentance Nineveh obtained a revocation of the don of the sins of this penitent, as being both decree that a prophet had denounced against the cause and the effect of her love? it. By repentance Nebuchadnezzar recovered This question certainly deserves elucidation, his understanding and his excellent majesty. It because it regards words proceeding from the would be easy to enlarge this list. So many mouth of Jesus Christ himself, and on that acreflections, so many arguments against the count worthy of being studied with the utmost cruel pretence of the Pharisee.
care: but is the question as important as some IJI. You have seen in our first part the re- have pretended? You may find some interprepentance of the immodest woman. In the se- ters ready to excommunicate one another on cond you have seen the judgment of the Phari- account of this question, and to accuse their see. Now it remains to consider the judgment antagonists of subverting all the foundations of of Jesus Christ concerning them both." There true religion. There have been times (and was a certain creditor, which had two debtors: may such times never return) I say, there were the one owed five hundred pence, and the times, in which people thought they distin