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formable to their nature, proposing motives, refuted with the same ease. And though the and employing their force to captivate the whole of these probabilities were refuted, how heart.

many criminating circumstances occur in your But these operations of the Holy Spirit have life which were not in his. We said, that he lost their effect with regard to you. What had not received the education which you have; motives can be in future proposed, which have he had not received the torrent of grace, with not been urged a thousand times, and which which you are inundated; he was unacquainted have consequently lost their efficacy? Is it the with a thousand motives, which operate on mercy of God That you have turned into you; the moment he saw Jesus Christ, he lasciviousness. Is it the image of Jesus Christ I loved him, and he believed on him. How was crucified? Him

you daily crucify afresh, with-I that? With what faith? At what time. In a out remorse and without repentance. Is it the manner the most heroic in the world: a faith hope of heaven? You look only at “the things like his was never found in Israel. At the which are seen." Is it the fear of bell? That time when Jesus Christ was fixed on the cross; has been painted a thousand and a thousand when he was pierced with the nails; when he times, and you have acquired the art of braving was delivered to an infuriated populace; when its terrors and torments. If God should, there- they spit upon him; when he was mocked by fore, employ in your behalf the same degree the Greek; when he was rejected by the Jew; of power, which effectuated those instantane- when he was betrayed by Judas; when St. Peter ous conversions, it would be found insufficient; denied him; when his disciples fled; when Jesus if he should employ for you the same miracle, made himself of no reputation, and took upon that miracle would be too weak. It would re- himself the form of a servant, the thief,—the quire a more abundant portion of grace to con- thief seemed to have taken all the faith to himvert you, than it did io convert the others; self, and to constitute the whole church. consequently, a miracle, less distinguished than After all, this is but a solitary example: if the was afforded them, concludes nothing in favour converted thief afford you consolation in your of that, which is the object of your hope, and crimes, tremble, tremble sinners, when you cast the flimsy foundation of your security, your eyes on him, who was hardened at his

A third difference is derived from the dura- side; and let the singularity of this late contion of their crimnes. Of all the sinners we version induce you to fear, lest you should not have enumerated, if we may except the con- have been chosen of God, to furnish to the verted thief, there is not one who persevered universe a second proof of the success of a conin vice to the close of life. St. Peter, St. Paul, version deferred to the hour of death. and David, were but a few moments, but a A fourth reflection turns on the virtues of few days, or a few years at most, entangled in those sinners, whose example you adduce. For sin. They consecrated the best part of life to though one criminal habit may suffice, where the service of God. They were unfaithful in repentance is wanting, to plunge into the abyss, a few instances, but afterward their fidelity him who is enslaved with it, whatever his virwas unremitting.

tues may be; yet there is a vast disparity beTheir fall shook their confidence, but did tween the state of two men, one of whom has not overthrow it: it was enveloped, but not fallen, indeed, into a crime, but who otherwise choked; obscured, but not extinguished. has the virtues of a great saint; and the other

I acknowledge the good thief seems to have, of whom has fallen into the same crime, but is with the sinners we attack, the sad conformity wanting in those virtues. You bear with a of persisting in vice to the end of life. But fault in a servant, when he is well qualified his history is so short in the gospel, the circum- for your service; but this defect would be instances related are so few, and the conjectures supportable in the person of another, destitute we may make on this subject are so doubtful of those talents. and uncertain, that a rational man can find in Apply this remark to the subject in hand. it, no certain rule for the regulation of his It is to inquire, whether God will extend his conduct.

mercy to you after the perpetration of notoriWho was this thief? What was his crime? ous offences. You allege, for your comfort, What induced him to commit it? What was the case of those sinners who have obtained the first instance of his depravity? What was mercy; after having proceeded in vice, at least, that of his repentance? What means did grace according to your opinion, as far as yourselves. employ for his conversion? So many questions, Take two balances: weigh with one hand their so many doubts, so many sufficient reasons for crimes and your crimes: weigh with the other inferring nothing from his conversion. Per- their virtues and your virtues. If the weights haps he had been engaged in this awful course are equal, your argument is conclusive: the but a short time. Perhaps, seduced by an un- grace which they have obtained, is an infallible happy ease, he was less guilty of theft than of test that you shall not be excluded. But if softness and compliance. Perhaps only the you should find, on inquiry, a difference; if accomplice of Barabbas in sedition, he had less you should find, on your dying bed, that you design of disturbing society, than of checking have resembled them in what is odious, and the tyrannic and exorbitant power of the Ro- not in what is acceptable, do you not perceive, mans. Perhaps, surprised by weakness, or my brethren, the impropriety of your presumptempted by necessity, he had received sentence tion, and the absurdity of your hopes for his first offence. Perhaps, having languish Now, who is there, who is there among us, ed a long time in prison, he had repented of who abandons himself to vice, that will comhis sin. We do not affirm these things, they pare himself with those illustrious saints in are merely conjectures; but all that you can regard to virtue; as it is readily acknowledged object are similar conjectures, which may be that they resemble them in regard to faults

You follow, to-day, the multitude to do evil, as others shall ever obtain it, and be converted. Zaccheus, and, as the apostles before their con- What, according to your mode of arguing. version: so far the parallel is just; but can you constitutes the strength of your objection, beprove, like them, that you obeyed the first calls comes the solidity of our reply. A sinner, in of Jesus Christ; that you have never been of the career of crimes, is in a fluctuating condifended, either with the severity of his precepts, tion, placed between life and death; equally unor with the bloody horrors of his cross and mar- certain whether he shall obtain salvation, or tyrdom? You sacrifice, like David, lo an impu- become the victim of perdition. These then, dent Bathsheba, the rights of the Lord, who men who delay conversion, these are the sin. enjoins temperance and modesty: so far the ners we have to attack. You allege the case parallel is just; but have you, like him, had of characters, whose state has been already de"the law of God in your heart?" Have you, termined; and whose repentance has been reallike him, “rose at midnight, to sing praises to ized by experience. Each of these, while, like God?" Have you, like him, made charity you, habituated to vice, was, like you, unceryour glory, and piety your delight? You per- tain whether they should obtain mercy, or secute the church, like St. Paul, by your mali- whether the door would be shut. Access has cious objections, and profane sneers; you draw been opened, pardon has been granted. Thus away disciples, as the zealot once did, by per- the question is decided; and all doubts, with secutions and punishments: so far the parallel regard to them, are done away. is just; but have you asked Jesus Christ, as he But your situation is quite the reverse. did, the first moment he appeared to him in You have the sins of their fluctuating state, the way to Damascus, “Lord, what wouldst not the grace of their determined condition, thou have me to do?". Have you neither con- which induces a favourable confidence. In ferred with flesh nor blood, when required, like this painful suspense, who is in the right? him, to go up to Jerusalem, and abjure the We, who tremble at the awful risk you run; prejudices of your fathers? Has your zeal re or you, who rely on the precarious hope of sembled his, so as to feel your spirit stirred extricating yourselves from sin? Who is in within you, at the sight of a superstitious altar? the right Those accommodating guides, who, And has your love resembled his, so as to be in your greatest profligacy, continually assure willing to be accursed for your brethren? You you of the divine mercy, which serves merely bave denied Jesus Christ, as St. Peter; and as a pretext to confirm you in crimes; or we, that criminal laxity, which induced you to who brandish before your eyes the awful sword coinply in such and such company, when virtue of justice, to alarm your indolence, and rouse was attacked, has made you like this apostle, you from soft security? who denied him in the court of Caiaphas: so Collect now, my brethren, all this variety of far the parallel is just; but have you, like him, reflections; and, if there remain with you a burned with zeal for the interests of his glory shadow of honesty, renounce the advantage Have you said, with an ardour like his, "Lord, you pretend to derive from these examples. thou knowest that I love thee?” Have you, Consider, that many of these conversions are like him, prodigal of your blood, been ready not only out of the common course of religion, to seal the truths of the gospel; and, after be- but also that they could not have been effecing made a spectacle to the world, are you, tuated by less than miraculous powers. Conlike him, ready to be offered up? You like sider that, among all those sinners, there was the thief, have that false weight, and that short not one in the situation of a Christian, who measure, which you secretly use on your delays conversion to the close of life. Consicounter, and in your warehouse; or that au- der that you are enlightened with meridian thority which you openly abuse in the face of lustre, which they have scarcely seen. Consithe world, and on the seat of justice: you der that you are pressed with a thousand moliberal culprits, who, perhaps, have imposed tives totally unknown to them. Consider, on strangers, or attacked them with open that they continued, for the most part, but a force: so far the parallel is just; but have short time in sin; but you have wasted life in you, like him, had eyes, which penetrated folly. Consider, that they possessed distinthrough the clouds, with which Christ was guished virtues, which rendered them dear to surrounded on the cross? Have you, like him, God; but you have nothing to offer him but discovered the God of heaven and earth, in dissipation or indolence. Consider, that they the person of the crucified Redeemer: Have were distinguished by repentance, and afforded you, like him, repaired, with the sincerity of lasting proofs of their sincerity: whereas it is your expiring breath, the crimes of your whole still doubtful whether you shall ever be conlife? If the parallel be still just, your argu- verted, and you go the way to make it imposment is good, and your recourse to mercy shall sible. See, then, whether your arguments are be attended with the same success. But if just, and whether your hopes are properly the parallel be defective; if you find, on your founded. death-bed, that you have followed those cha These examples, we acknowledge, my breracters solely in what was sinful, then your thren, are very encouraging to those who diliargument is false; and you ought, at least, to gently endeavour to reform. We delight in relinquish the hopes you have founded on their enforcing them to those contrite and simple examples.

souls; to consciences bruised and tender that 5. We find, in short, another difference be- tremble at God's word. We came not to tween the men who delay conversion, and the straiten the way to heaven; we came not to sinners, whose cases they adduce; it is certain preach a severe morality, and to announce a that they were converted and obtained mercy, divinity ferocious and cruel. Would to God whereas it is extremely doubtful whether the that every sinner, in this assembly, would re

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collect himself, and swell the catalogue of con- | blood; Judea buried in ashes, or swimming verts, in which grace has been triumphant! with the blood of its inhabitants? How often But hardened men can infer nothing hence, with a voice yet more tender did he cry, “O except alarming considerations.

that thou hadst hearkened to my commandHitherto we have examined the cases of ment! Why should ye be stricken any more? those sinners, who apparently contradict our Ye will revolt more and more: the whole head principles; let us, in the next place, briefly re- is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the view those, by which they are confirmed. sole of the foot even unto the crown of the Let us prove that the long-suffering of God head, there is no soundness in it,” Isa. i. 5, 6. has its limits; and that in order to find him “Howl, O gate, cry, O City, thou whole Palespropitious, we must “ seek the Lord while he tina art dissolved," Isa. xiv. 31.

“ Enter into may be found, and call upon him while he is the rock, and hide thee in the dust for the fear near.” This is our second head.

of the Lord,” Isa. ii. 10. That was the time II. Three distinguished classes of examples, to avert all these calamities; that was the aim my brethren, three alarming monuments, con- of the prophet and the design of our text. firm those illustrious truths. These are But the Jews hardened themselves against his

I. Public catastrophes. II. Obdurate sin- voice. God pronounced the sentence; he exeners. III. Dying men.--Happy are they who cuted his word: he commanded the Chaldeans are cautioned by the calamities of others! to invest the walls of Jerusalem; and then

I. Public catastrophes. There is to every says the sacred historian, “there was no remegovernment, to every nation, and to every dy,” 2 Chron. xxxvi. 16. The Israelites made church, a limited day of visitation: there is a many efforts to appease the wrath of Heaven; time in which the Lord may be found, and a the aged raised aloud their plaintive and tremtime in which he will not be found. “A time bling voices, the young poured forth a mournwhen he may be found:” when commerce ful and piercing cry; the daughters of Jerusaflourishes, when families prosper, when armies lem lifted up their lamentations to Heaven; conquer, when politics succeed, when the tem- the priests wept aloud between the porch and ples are open, when the solemn feąsts are ob- the altar, they said a thousand and a thousand served, and the faithful say one to another, times, “Spare thy people, O Lord, and give “O come, let us go up to the mountain of the not thine heritage unto shame," Joel ii. 17. Lord.” This is the time when the Lord may be But the deed was done, the time was past, the found. Happy time, which would have been Lord would not be found, and all this semblance restricted only by the duration of the world, of repentance, the smallest portion of which had not the ingratitude of man introduced would perhaps, on another occasion, have sufanother time, in which the Lord will not be ficed to disarm the wrath of Heaven, was now found. Then commerce languishes, families without effect. This is expressed in so noble degenerate, armies are defeated, politics are and energetic a manner, that we would for confused, churches are overturned, the solemn ever imprint it on your memory.

" The Lord feasts subside; "and the earth,” according to God of their fathers sent to them his messenthe expression of Moses, “vomiteth out its in-gers, rising up betimes and sending, because habitants."

he had compassion on his people. But they Isaiah has given us a proof of this awful mocked the messengers of God, and despised truth, in the Jews of his own age. He preach- his words, till the wrath of the Lord arose ed, he prayed, he exhorted, he threatened, he against his people. Therefore he brought thundered. How often was his voice heard in upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slev the streets of Jerusalem! Sometimes he would the young people with the sword, and had no draw them with the cords of love; sometimes compassion on the young man, nor the aged, he would save them“ with fear, pulling them nor the infirm. They burnt the house of God, out of the fire.” How often did he thunder and demolished his palaces,” 2 Chron. xxxvi. those terrific words—“Behold the Lord, the 15–17. Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem, What happened to ancient Jerusalem, hapand from Judah, the stay and the staff, the pened also to modern Jerusalem; I would say, whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of wa- Jerusalem as it stood in our Saviour's time. A ter; the mighty man, and the man of war; the thousand oracles had predicted the advent of judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the Messiah; the prophets had said that he the ancient, and the captain of fifty; and the was about to come; St. John the Baptist afhonourable man, and the counsellor, and cun-firmed, that he was at the door; Jesus Christ ning artificer, and the eloquent orator,” Isa. iii. came, in short, saying, Here I am. He walked 1-3. How often did he say to them, by di- in the streets of Jerusalem, he instructed them vine authority—“ Hear ye what I will do to by his doctrine, he astonished them by his mimy vineyard; I will take away the hedge there- racles, he influenced them by his example; he of, and it shall be eaten up; and break down cried in their assemblies, “Walk while you the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down; have the light, lest darkness come upon you,” and I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned John xii. 35. “O) Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou nor digged, but there shall come up briers and that killest the prophets, and stonest them that thorns. I will also command the clouds, that are sent unto thee, how often would I have they rain no rain upon it,” ver. 5, 6. How gathered thy children together, even as a hen often did he uplift the veil of future times, and gathereth her chickens under her wings, and represent the Chaldeans approaching; Jerusa- ye would not,” Matt. xxiii. 37. That was the lem besieged; the city encumbered with the time; but they suffered the precious moments dead; the temple of the Lord reduced to heaps to escape. And what did Jesus Christ add? of stones; the holy mountain streaming with "He wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known,

now

even thou, at least in this thy day, the things give of your objections; this is really the time which belong unto thy peace! but now they are in which “the Lord will not be found.” For, hid from thine eyes,” Luke xix. 42. Do you since your calamities, what efforts have been feel all the force of these last words, used to terminate them, and to soften the venthey are hid from thine eyes?" Jerusalem was geance which pursues you! How many humilinot, however, yet destroyed; the temple still ations! How many fasts! How many interces. stood; the Romans offered them peace; the sions! How many tears! How many protestasiege was not commenced; more than forty tions! How many disconsolate mothers, satisyears elapsed between the threatening and the fied with the ruin of their families, have asked stroke. But, ah! from that time, from that no spoil, but the souls of their children! How time, these things were hid from their eyes; from many Moseses, how many Samuels have stood that time their destruction was determined; before God, and implored the liberation of his from that time their day of grace was expired, church! But all in vain. The time was past, and their ruin finally fixed. So true it is, that the Lord would be found no more, and perthe long-suffering of God is limited, and that haps,-perhaps,—no more for ever.—Jer. xv. 5. mercy cannot always be obtained at the ex Happy in the extreme of our misery, if we pected period, and precise moment on which may yet hope, that they will be salutary to we had fondly relied.

those who have reached the shore on the broBut, my brethren, to whom do I preach? ken boards of the shipwreck? For, my brethren, To whom do I this day prove these melancholy we consent that you should turn away your truths Of whom is this audience composed? eyes from whatever is glorious in our exile, to Who are those “brands plucked from the look solely at that which is deplorable. What burning,” and “come up out of great tribu- do those groups of fugitives, and dismembered lation?” By what stroke of Providence is families say to you? We are sent by the God the mass I now see convened from so many of vengeance. In banishing us from our counprovinces* Whence are you? In what coun- try, he said, go,-go, unhappy people;—go, try were you born? Ah! my brethren, you are and tell the world the consequences of falling but too well instructed in the truths I now into the hands of an angry God. Teach the preach! The time of long-suffering is limited; Christian world your bloody, but salutary lesneed we prove it? Can you be ignorant of it sons; say to my children, in whatsoever part Are you not witnesses of it by experience of the earth you may be cast; "except ye reAre not our proofs sufficiently evident? Do pent, ye shall all likewise perish,” Luke xiii. 3. you ask for arguments more conclusive? Come, But you yet stand, ye walls of this temple; you see; let us go to the ruins of our temples: let yet flourish, 0 happy provinces; though the us survey the rubbish of our sanctuaries; let long-suffering of God has its limits. But I us see our galley-slaves chained to the oar, check myself on the verge of this awful preand our contessors in irons; let us see “the diction. land which has vomited us on the face of the II. Merely enumerating the remaining subearth;" and the name of refugee, venerable shall jects, I would say, that experience, in the case I call it, or the horrors of the whole world? of hardened sinners, supplies us with a second And to present you with objects still more af- example. It is a received opinion, and not fecting; let us see our brethren at the foot of without some foundation, that the period allotan altar which they believe idolatrous, mothers ted for repentance extends to the whole of life, preserving the fortune of their families at the and that God has no design in sparing us, but expense of their children's souls, whom they to promote our conversion. This is the sense devote to idolatry; and by a sad reverse, pre- of the Chaldee paraphrase; for so it renders the serving that same fortune to their children at f text; “Seek ye the Lord while you have life, the expense of their own souls.f Yield, yield call ye upon him while you are spared upon to our calamities, ye catastrophes of ages past! the earth.We will not oppose the thought; Ye mothers whose tragic memory appals pos- meanwhile we confidently affirm, that we daily terity, because you were compelled by the see among our hearers sinners whom grace horrors of the famine to eat the flesh of your seems to have forsaken, and who appear to be sons, preserving your own life by snatching it lost without resource. from those who had received it of you! How How often do we see people among us so haever bloody your situation may be, you de- bituated to offend against the dictates of conprived them after all but of a momentary life, science, that they now sin without remorse, thereby saving both them and yourselves from and without repentance! If the things we the horrors of famine. But here both are pre-preach to you were problematical;—if they cipitated into the same abyss. The mother, were things which so far excited doubt and unby a prodigy unheard of, if I may so speak, certainty in the mind, that we could not be asnourishes herself with the substance of her sured of their reality;—if they were nerely alson's soul, and the son in his turn nourishes lowed, or forbidden, we should not be surprised himself with the substance of his mother's at this insensibility. But do we not see persons soul.

in cold blood committing the most atrocious Ah! my brethren, these are our proofs; these crimes, carrying on infamous intrigues, nourare our arguments; these are the solutions we ishing inveterate prejudices, handing them

down from father to son, and making them the * France was then formed into twenty-four provinces, heritage of the family? Do we not see them now it is divided into about eighty-three departments. + An edict was published by the king of France, com- shocked now at the enormity of their crimes,

committing those things in cold blood, and less did not perform the acts of a good catholic in their last than they formerly were at the mere thought hours.

of them, and who are as insensible of all we

say to affect them, as if we were repeating fa- / acquiring some knowledge of the human heart, bles, or reciting frivolous tales! Whence does we fully perceive that there is nothing in it but this proceed, my brethren? From the same what is extorted; that it is the fear of punishcause we have endeavoured to prove in our ment, not the sentiments of religion and equity; preceding discourses, that habits, if not correct that it is the approach of death, not an abhored, become confirmed: that the Holy Spirit rence of sin; that it is the terrors of hell, not withdraws himself; that he ceases to knock at the effusions of true zeal, which animate the the door of our hearts, and leaves us to our heart. The sailor, while enjoying a favourable selves when we resist his .grace. These are breeze, braves the Deity, uttering his blaspheseared consciences; they are fascinated minds; mies against Heaven, and apparently acknowthese are men given up to a spirit of delusion, ledging no Providence but his profession and Rom. i. 21; “Their hearts are waxed gross; industry. The clouds become black; the sluices they have eyes, and they see not, they have of heaven open; the lightnings flash in the air; hearts, and they do not understand," Isa. vi. the thunder becomes tremendous; the winds 10. If the arguments advanced in the preceding roar; the surge foams, the waves of the ocean discourses, have been incapable of producing seem to ascend to heaven; and heaven in turn conviction, do not, at least, dispute with us seems to descend into the abyss. Conscience, what you see every day, and what passes before alarmed by these terrific objects, and more so your eyes. Preachers, be not astonished after by the image of hell, and the expectation of this, if your arguments, if your proofs, if your immediate and inevitable death, endeavours to demonstrations, if your exhortations, if your conceal herself from the pursuing vengeance of most tender and pathetic entreaties have so lit- God. Blasphemy is changed to blessing, pretle effect. God himself fights against you. sumption to prayer, security to terror. This You demonstrate, and God blinds their eyes: wicked man all at once, becomes a saint of the you exhort, and God hardens the heart; and first class: and as though he would deceive the that Spirit, -that Spirit, who by his victorious Deity, after having first deceived himself, he power endeavours to illuminate the simple, and arrogates, as the right of this false reform, admake them that fear him to understand his se- mission into heaven, and claims the whole recret;--that Spirit, by the power of vengeance, wards of true repentance. hardens the others in their wilful insensibility. What! conversions of this kind dazzle Chris.

This awful period often comes with greater tians! What! sailors, whose tears and cries rapidity than we think. When we speak of owe their origin to the presence of immediate sinners who are become incorrigible, we under- danger, from which they would be saved! But stand not only the aged, who have run a course it is not in the agitation produced by peril, that of fifty or sixty years in crimes, and in whom we may know whether we have sincere resin is become natural. We speak also of those course to God. It is in tranquil and recollectless advanced in age; who have refused to de- ed moments that the soul can best examine and vote to God the early years of youth; who have investigate its real condition. It is not when assumed the flourishing titles of infidelity, and the world has quitted us, that we should begin atheism; who are in effect, become Atheists, like true Christians to quit the world; it is when and have imbibed prejudices, from which it is the world smiles, and invites us to taste its now impossible to move them. At first, this charms. was simply a want of zeal; then it became in But what finally decides on those hasty resodifference, then followed coldness and indo- lutions are the consequences. Of all the saints lence, afterward contempt of religion, and in that have been made in haste, you find scarcely the issue, the most obstinate and outrageous one, on deliverance from danger, who fulfils profaneness. I select cases for you who are yet the vows he has made. There is scarcely one susceptible of good impressions. They are pro- who does not relapse into vice with the same videntially placed in open view to inspire you rapidity with which he seemed to abandon it; with holy fear; God has exposed them in his a most conclusive argument, that such converchurch as buoys and beacons, erected on the sions are not sincere. Had it been true zeal, coast to warn the mariners; they say, keep your and divine love which dictated all those profesdistance in passing here, fly this dreadful place, sions, and kindled that fire which seemed to let the remains of this shipwreck induce you to burn, you would, no doubt, have retained the seek deep waters and a safer course.

effects; but finding no fruit of your fervent reIII. Let this produce a third example, and solutions, we ought to be convinced that they would to God that we had less authority for were extorted. Could your heart thus pass in producing it, and were less instructed on the one moment from one extreme to the other? subject. This is dying men;—an example which could it pass in one moment from repentance you may adduce, to harden yourselves in vice; to obduracy, and from obduracy to repentance? but which if properly understood, is much more Could it correct in one moment habits of vice, calculated to excite alarm. We see in general, and assume habits of piety, and renounce with that every dying man, however wicked he may equal ease habits of piety, to resume habits of have been during life, seems to be converted on vice? The case of those whom God has rethe approach of death; and we readily persuade stored to life, ought to correct your judgment, ourselves that it is so in effect: and consequent concerning those whom he takes away. ly, that there is no great difficulty in becoming To all these proofs, my brethren, which I am regenerate in our last moments. But two things not permitted to state in all their lustre, I fear have always prejudiced me against a late re- lest another should soon be added;—I féar lest pentance;—the nature of those sorrows, and es. a fourth example should convince the world pecially the consequences.

how dangerous it is to delay conversion. This First, The nature of those sorrows. After proof, this example, is no other than the major

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