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the soul with the powers of hell and darkness, and in due time triumphed over all their adversaries, ended their course with joy, and are now inheriting brighter and more lasting mansions in the happy Canaan above, where they can never be oppressed by Satan and his children, but rejoice in the liberty of all the Angels of God; and this greater than sunshine is, not only for a time, but an eternal day of glory.Earthly things fade and decay; men, the most honorable, wither as the grass, and the glory of nations disappears as the flowers of the field, under the displeasure and wrath of the Almighty; wo! therefore, to them that strive against their Maker. Where is Pharoh, Scenesherib and Nebuchadnezzer; where are their valient hosts, and where is their glory; fallen! fallen!! are the mighty, and their glory is gone as the vapor from the mountain's top. And so it came to pass to many who since moved in earthly splendor and had a radia of timely glory encircling them; they are no more: the car of time rolls speedily towards the verge of eternity; others are now on the stage of action, but must soon pass away; others may again follow, but will soon disappear, as the misty clouds of the morning, and time will be no more: yea, the very heavens and the earth depart, but Jesus Christ endures; he is the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever:
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines, &c. Behold! how from the very beginning Satan worked in his servants, telling smooth and strange things pleasing to flesh and blood, to please the ears of the innocent and unwary, and to impart his hellish doctrines. Even the very first pair, Adam and Eve, who were pure and holy, were thus assaulted by him through his servant the serpent, and how far he succeeded you may read in the 2d Chapter of Genesis; through his subtilty, the awful consequences entailed upon mankind to the latest generation; who have ever since been groaning and travailing in pain together; and not only they, but the whole living creation has been and is subject to the same, and to return together to dust again, save
wicked, rebellious sinners, who, although endowed with reason, choose not only temporal, but eternal death, in the error of their ways, the dreadful doom pronounced against all such beings in consequence of Adam's fall, in whom all are dead and meet for hell, until in Christ, the second Adam, we live and are meet for heaven.
1 say that sinners choose death in the error of their way, because they believe not the words of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, which set life and death before them, but give heed to the seducing doctrines of devils, of which the scriptures particularly caution us to beware; as many false prophets and lying spirits shall be abroad in these last days, which shall deceive if possible the "very elect." From hence we may infer that Satan, who has been powerful enough to deceive and ensnare multitudes of every generation hitherto, has been permitted to replenish his force: men ought, also therefore, be more vigilent and zealous in the good cause, the cause of their own soul's salvation, through faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in whom remains still plentious redemption, notwithstanding the increase of Satan's force; it is now only more absolutely necessary to listen and hold to sound doctrine, " the doctrine which was once delivered to the Saints;" how that Jesus Christ was born, lived and ministered upon earth; was crucified, died, arose from the dead, ascended to heaven; whom God has exalted to his own right hand a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins. Through his death he has become a propitiation for the sins of the world, that all that believe in him should not die but live through all eternity; and also, that God might be just, and the justifier of those that believe in Jesus.
The signs of the times show how dreadful a fabric these lying devils and seducing spirits have erected; how wide they have extended it; and how high they have reared it: they are ever busy as ants on a mole hill, and when the general crash takes place, language will fail to describe;
and the painter's pencil to depict the thousanth part of the wreck of matter, and the destruction of soul's to the bottomless pit. Yes, the devil has not been idle, but has been awfully at work through his servants, some of the principal ones were Voltair, Paine, and Hume, still further to diffuse his poison over poor fallen nature, and infuse in into the hearts of the weak and unwary to destroy their souls. These champions of infidelity, so pernicious and murderous, have, therefore, not merely a few disciples but millions are lulled asleep as respects their soul's salvation, but awake to gain more converts-by their smooth, flesh pleasing, but strange and hell securing doctrines, which together with hypocrisy, pervade all societies, high and low, rich and poor, and are without doubt, greatly the cause of the prevailing sins of this age, and under which this land is groaning.
For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace, not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. O that ye were wise, that ye would seek this blessing with all your might, that your hearts might know salvation and be established in him from whom this greatest of blessings flows; which brings sweet peace and holy love and joy to the soul, and fills the heart with unutterable comfort and bliss, and causes it to leap with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and rejoice in Jesus Christ our God and Saviour, crying, "Abba, Abba, Father." The highest privilege to the christian on earth, is to know himself a child of God, an adopted son, and an heir of the mansions of bliss and glory, reserved eternal in the heavens for all them that love our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and that wait with desire his coming from above, to be glorified in his saints, and admired in all them that believe. "By grace are we saved through faith-not of works, it is the gift of God-lest any man should boast." O that ye would then go directly to God for this blessing, that ye would seek it from him through a crucified Saviour, with all your might; he is ever willing to satiate the longing desire of a soul thirsting
for salvation; that ye would therefore long after him as a hart panteth after a water brook; that ye would be constrained to come to him who so condescendingly invites, and in kindness would fain persuade you to partake of the greatest of blessings, without money and without price. O hear for your eternal well-being, his pressing invitation, "And the Spirit and the Bride say come. And let him that heareth say come. And let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely."
Rev. last chap., 17th ver.
O that ye would no longer be dazzled by these foul pools of infidelity and inhale the miasma arising therefrom and wafted on the breeze by the lying spirits of darkness, to contaminate your immortal souls, and cause them to die
"The death that never, never dies!"
O how dreadful and awful it is that so many pass continually over the verge separating time from eternity, and in this terrible state are ushered into the presence of the Holy Judge.
Equally pernicious is the result to those which are lulled asleep by the smooth sayings and example of those which feign to wear the prophet's mantel, and to administer in the things of God, but hate the cross of Christ and walk not in the paths of holiness; preaching the word of God while they themselves are the servants of Satan, and mislead the unwary by portions of scripture to glaze over the horrid deformity of their souls and hide their iniquity; preaching peace, peace, when there is no peace, but a curse still suspended over their heads; which is the case of every one that lives in a carnal state, that is not reconciled unto God, that has not a saving interest in the atoning blood of Christ; to Christ therefore flee, flee immediately, flee without delay to him who so graciously invites you; cast yourselves at his dear feet, behold the blood flowing from them and his hands and side; implore the cleansing, the efficacious merit of that precious blood, that ye may come forth as the infirm and lepers
out of the pool of Siloam, clean, and in a sound state of religion, salvation, and faith. Then ye will be new creatures in Christ Jesus, and go on your way rejoicing, and mock at danger nigh, saying "for us to live is Christ and to die is gain;" and also triumph in death, and glorify God, and fall sweetly asleep in Jesus to live with him in another and a better world.
Have your hearts therefore established in grace and not in meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. No verily, the righteousness of God does not consist in eating, drinking and merriment, but in faith, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost; man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. But "Behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine; let us eat and drink for to-morrow we die." Isaiah, 23d chap. 13th verse. Belshazzar was not spared until to-morrow, but died the selfsame night he was feasting, and so have many others since. If they were not all Kings and rulers they all had immortal souls to be saved for heaven or doomed to hell; and may it not be likely from appearances-ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not as well discern the signs of the times?that Mene Tekel, stand opposite this nation. Tekel applying to the principal rulers thereof; righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin and shame cause the downfall thereof; therefore, while ye are not yet entirely consumed, for it will not take the Almighty long to do it when he brings sword, famine and pestilence upon you-surrender yourselves to him, make a treaty with him, yea above all ye do or intend doing, make your peace with Jehovah; exercise wisdom, be speedily at peace with the eternal God of Hosts, or else ye may very soon be doing but very little as a nation. Ye know how others have fared, down to the present, which had departed from the true and living God, and he is the same immutable -as proven in the first part of this discourse-as he was then so will he remain from Everlasting to Everlasting..