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ered as a blessing. You believe, my brethren, that those who enjoy the light of revelation, are in imminent danger of losing their souls. They inevitably must lose them, unless they repent of their sins, believe in Christ, and truly embrace the religion of the gospel.

But those who are destitute of revelation it is said are in no danger. The heathen are safe. "What advantage then," I ask, in possessing a revelation ? "or what profit" that we have "committed unto us the oracles of God?" Again,

2. On supposition the heathen are saved, it will be difficult to account for the mediation and sufferings of Christ.-Those, who have heard of the mediation of Christ, and the offers of mercy which are made through him, are under obligations to embrace these offers, and will be punished forever if they refuse to comply. The salvation of such persons is therefore at hazard; and in so great hazard, that multitudes from under the gospel will be found, at last, to have failed of the grace of life. But those who have never heard of a Saviour, and are totally in the dark in respect to what he has done for men, it is pretended, are in no hazard at all. They are in a state of ignorance, which secures them from punishment, and which ensures their final salvation. How then, I ask, are those, who hear the news of a Saviour, benefitted on this account? and for what valuable purpose did the Son of God make his appearance in our flesh and world ?-But farther,

3. On supposition the heathen are saved, it is impossible to account for the conduct of the apostles, and primitive teachers of christianity. It is certain they were deeply and constantly engaged, in what they considered the benevolent work of spreading the gospel. For this, they braved winds, and waves,


and deserts, and persecutions, and death itself. It was for this, that Paul exposed himself to "perils of waters; and perils of robbers; and perils by his own countrymen; and perils by the heathen ; perils in the city; and perils in the wilderness; to perils in the sea; and perils among false brethren; to weariness, and painfulness, and watchings often; to hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness.” But what did Paul mean by all this, if the heathen were in no danger? He knew they would be in danger, if he carried to them the gospel-in danger of rejecting the counsel of God against themselves, and perishing forever. Is it possible then to reconcile his conduct, with the supposition that he viewed them safe in their heathen state? Most manifestly it cannot be. "His eye, lighted by inspiration, beheld them sinking, as fast as, from among them, death multiplied his victims, to endless woe. His benevolent soul was moved at the sight; and he determined, at all hazards, to endeavour to save some." Again,

4. Numerous passages of Scripture may be adduced, in which the heathen are represented as exposed to perish forever.-This I think, is the import of all those passages, in which Christ is spoken of as the only Saviour, and submission to him as the only way of salvation for lost men. "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."- "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."-Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they

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have not heard ?"-Characters, such as those possessed by the heathen in general, are declared, in many passages, to be inconsistent with a title to heaven."Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.""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, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God."-"No whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man who is an idolater, hath any inheri tance in the kingdom of God, and of Christ."-Now these several sins, which are so expressly asserted to be inconsistent with a title to heaven, are, for the most part, the very sins in which the heathen live. They are the same, in which the Apostle, in other places, declares them to live.

It is said by "the Wise Man," and probably in reference to the circumstances of the heathen, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." We are taught by our Saviour, that "the servant who knew not his Lord's will, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten" or punished, though with comparatively but "few stripes." It is represented by the Apostle, that " as many as have sinned without law, shall also perish without law;" and he addresses those, who" in times past" had been Gentiles and heathens, as having then lived" without hope, and without God in the world."

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It is submitted, my brethren, after what has been said, whether the proposition, announced at the commencement of this discourse, has not been immoveably established that the end of heathenism is eternal death; or that the great body of those, who live and die heathens, must“ go away into everlasting punishment.”

But if this is true, then it is incumbent on Christians, who enjoy the blessings of the gospel, and hopes of eternal life through a Redeemer, to do all in their power, to impart these blessings and hopes to the perishing heathen. Let us pause, my brethren, for a moment, to consider their state, as it is described in the Scriptures, and has been exhibited in this discourse. Six hundred millions of the present inhabitants of our globe are heathens. Each is an immortal creature, destined to outlive the stars-to exist forever. At present, they have a season of probation; but this is rapidly, and, in respect to successive multitudes, constantly, coming to a close. It is likely that more than forty heathens die, every minute; and between two and three thousands, every hour. Yes, my brethren, in all probability, thousands have died, since we commenced the exercises of this meeting. Thus, a broad and mighty stream is ever pouring them over the boundaries of time-and when once they have passed these limits; where do they fall? Alas! we have seen where. They fall, to rise no more. They fall, to sink forever, in darkness, misery, and despair. They go to be treated, not with cruelty, but with unrelenting justice-go to him, " by whom actions are weighed," to be punished forever as their crimes deserve. These, my brethren, are not fictions, but facts; and are they not impressive, solemn, overwhelming facts? Are they not sufficient to excite the sympathies, and rouse the energies, of every Chris

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tian heart? Here is a current, rushing from the heathen world, into that lake which burneth with unquenchable fire, down which hundreds of millions of immortals are descending, and by which thousands and thousands are every day destroyed;-and shall we sit down, and contemplate such a spectacle, unmoved? Or shall not each of us rather exclaim, in accents prompted by the burstings of Christian love,

"My God! I feel the mournful scene!

"My spirits yearn o'er dying men!
"And fain my pity would reclaim,

"And snatch the fire-brands from the, flame."

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There is a remedy my brethren, for all this evila sovereign and effectual remedy-and this we have in our own hands. It is the gospel. This proposes peace and pardon, to those who are guilty and ready to perish. This bears on its healing wings the messages of light and salvation, to those who wander in fatal darkness. Let the gospel be universally diffused and embraced, and not only the unnumbered miseries of heathenism as it respects this life are removed and healed; but the broad road to ruin becomes untravelled; the stream of moral death is dried up; and "souls immersed in the guilt and pollution of sin, and ripening only for fellowship with the spirits in the prison of despair, are transformed into the likeness of the Holy one-cheered on earth by the consolations of his grace, and received to the mansions prepared for them that love him in the skies."Who then would be backward in diffusing the gospel? Who will say, There is nothing for me to do, in the benevolent work of spreading all over the earth, the knowledge and, blessings of the great salvation? Who, that has a competence of this world's goods, but will feel it a privilege to contri


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