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in inquity, and will not have him to reign over you because your deeds are evil-ye love darkness rather than light, and will not come to the light lest your deeds of darkness will be reproved, made manifest, and ye might become convicted of your abominable crimes; made ashamed, yea, ye might become converted, and Christ might heal you ; and if so, would this be a great disparagement to your poor miserable souls, to be thus snatched as brands from everlasting burnings; "from hell, which hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”—Isaiah. Because the blessed God is all light, and

— there is no darkness at all in him, ye must needs hate him, persecute him in his followers; and serve Satan with all your might-who has been the cause of all the misery and wretchedness the whole creation has been groaning under ever since he succeeded in deceiving our first parents in Paradise. Are ye therefore reasonable in doing so? Certainly not. Ye abuse the intellectual faculties inherent in you, and awful will be your predicament when the Lord the Judge, will summons you to give account for the talent he had vested in you-he will be unable to invite you into the joy of our Lord with those that improved their talent to his glory; but will be compelled to command that you be as wicked and slothful servants, “cast into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

God is no respecter of persons; the soul that sinneth it shall die. But now there is a remedy through our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, which is on this wise—the soul that believes it shall live; that is not as devils believe, for it makes them tremble--but a lively faith in him that he is the only and the all-sufficient Saviour of mankind; that his blood cleanses from all sin; a faith which works by love and casts out all fear; because through him is a deadress to sin and perfect reconciliation with God, and they that

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ha ve him as their friend and Father, have not much to be afraid of neither in time nor in eternity.

“Through wisdom is a house builded; and by understanding it is established ; and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.". (Prov., 24th chap., 3d & 4th verses.) Now this nation may be likened unto a house, being divided into states, answering to the chambers thereof. Therefore, let every state learn its duty from these words of Solomon, and aid in building up this house, this nation, which is on the decline and n.ust be re-established, or it will totter until it finally falls, and its destruction be complete. And now if any man lacks wisdom, according to the Apostle, “ let him ask of God, who gives liberally and upbraideth not.” This, therefore, and understanding, are the two articles or qualities absolutely necessary to save this house, this nation from utter, from eternal ruin. And as "the fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to depart from iniquity is understanding” why not speedily attend to these things? Why not cease trampling your own laws under foot? applied to every state in the nation. But, awful! awful!! the laws of the Omnipotent, holy God, and the precious blood of Jesus—which was shed for the remission of your sins--but which you thus

. dispose of, and glory in your shame; you may rest assured the Almighty does not wink at your dreadful course of wickedness--of having put him out of your remembrance and bowing to strange gods, unto Baal. There is no other alternative but for you to repent, and humble yourselves under the mighty arm of God. Implore the clemency of the King of Kings, that he may mercisully and graciously spare you and teach you true wisdom, understanding and knowl. edge, that ye may endure; be firmly established on the Rock of Ages; and that your chambers (sub-divided into every heart of each state,) may be filled with the truly precious and pleasant riches; the knowledge of salvation in the remission of your sins, through the riches of the redemption of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and the fruits thereof; faith, love, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there's none that doeth good, no, not one.” Jesus Christ our blessed Saviour declares, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Therefore, to love him, believe in him, keep his words and commandments, is to walk in the way to eternal life and felicity ; but to deny him, disregard his words and commands and be ungrateful for the salvation he accomplished on Mount Calvary ; live in a course of sin and iniquity, is certainly a gross departure out of the true way as laid down and pointed out in Holy Writ; which is a way of holiness, and its paths are peace, and lead into the Paradise of God, described in such glowing language, the reality of the beauties of which enrapture us, but are far above our comprehension, to conceive thern with anything like perfection; wherein also is the “ Holy of Holies,” where the Mystic Deity is enthroned in Glory, surrounded by the sons of light, reflecting his transcendent lustre, and with golden harps cause the etherial dome to resound with his praise. Here in this hallowed and sanctified expanse is the eternal home of all the redeemed of the Lord, the Saints of God, which have come thither by the true way and entered in at the straight gate, which is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To be contrary and deny him, as I stated before, is to be far, far out of the way, and on the broad road leading into the dark and horrible gulph of despair, where Satan the infernal demon, has his abode, surrounded by his legions of dark spirits, and all that wander on this dangerous way, until ushered over the verge of time, and plunged into this pit of fire and brimstone, this home of devils where there is no rest day nor night, forever and ever.

They are altogether become unprofitable; Even the most holy, zealous, and faithful christians, by walking with God unblameably, do nothing more than that which is enjoined upon them and their duty, and are but little more than un

profitable servants; they are however welcomed into the joy of our Lord, not because of their works, but through faith in Jesus, who is the true and only way to glory, and if they who have his righteousness imputed unto them are scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinners appear? who abuse the talents he committed unto them; they not only sup. press them or cause them to lay obscure; without doing good to the Lord for the extension of his kingdom throughout the earth, but they employ them in the cause of his adversary, and their own decided, bitter, and cruel enemy, the murderer of their souls; they serve him day and night with all their might; and this is so general throughout the land, that the words are very appropriate, “they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no, not one." And therefore I do not marvel at the slight judgments of famine, or at least half-crops for the last five or six years; so that year before last hundreds and thousands were fed by the Almighty with the production of other countries; which in itself ought to humble the pride of this nation and every one belonging to it. What the merciful Lord (his inercy spared you thus) will farther do, a few years will reveal; certain it is that he is not yet satisfied with you, and never can be until you repent.

Let me, who wishes you well, for your soul's sake, undeceive you by informing you of these things, and that you cannot deceive Him who, although invisible, is present everywhere, and knows all things in heaven and on earth, even "your hearts afar off;" and that the thoughts of them are evil and that continually, and that there is no good in you. Therefore your cold, formal worship, and cry of re.

, vival here and revival there, will avail you nothing, but increase your damnation which slumbers not; for if ye have made the trees good how comes it that they bear evil and pernicious fruit? Be not deceived, God is not mocked; these things may do to deceive at a distance, and serve the devil a good turn, which may be your object, but you will not quite

deceive the “very elect,” much less their Father, to whose further mercy 1 must now again commend you, and pray that through the merit which is in and through Jesus Christ our Lord, as Saviour and Mediator, ye may yet be sparedawhile at least-and if not all, hundreds and thousands, yea millions may find through Him, salvation and joy, and peace, and a final rest for their souls in the Paradise of God.To whom be the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen, Amen.

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