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by Dr. John Thomas
Murder can only be pardoned through a faith in the truth that works by love and purifies the heart, and made perfect by obedience.
If after this such a believer fail of the grace of God, and hate and murder his brother, there is no forgiveness with God, "he shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth upon him".
What with sprinkling infants in the name of the Lord, and calling it Christian baptism; shriving reprobates at the gates of death, and calling it repentance; and committing their loathsome carcases to the earth under a repetition of "common prayer" read over myriads of times, and styling it Christian burial; surely there is superabundant reason to conclude, were we even ignorant of the truth itself, that both priests and people are deceiving and being deceived.
To call the popular system of religion by which we are surrounded the religion of Christ, is not only a misnomer, but an imputation on the wisdom of God.
Infant-sprinkling, death-bed repentances, and "Christian burials," as they are termed, are mere human inventions.
They belong to the apostasy, and are no part of the "things of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ".
If a man serve the lust of his flesh all his life, no remorse, or resolves on a bed of death will serve him in the least.
"He that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap"; and again, "to be carnally minded is death": and "they that are in the flesh cannot please God"; and "if ye live after the flesh ye shall die".
These are testimonies which, in few words, show that there is no salvation for a man who serves himself all the days of his life, and when he is no longer able to grasp the world, offers the extreme fag-end of his existence to God.
It is like eating all the meat of a joint, and throwing the bone to your friend.
If he would feel himself insulted, in what estimation would God hold a similar treatment of His majesty; would He not spurn the hypocrite from His presence, and justly too?
It is because of these abominations that the judgments of God are falling upon the nations.
Ministerial and popular iniquities have brought the pestilence upon this people; and war and famine upon others.
They are but the beginning of sorrows.
The present storm may lull; but it is only that it may gather force to sweep before it all refuges of lies.
"Woe to the world because of offences!
" In former pages I have endeavoured to show the reader what the truth is.
I have advanced nothing, that I can recollect, but what I have adduced "the law and the testimony" to prove.
Let him view the landscapes of the moral world by the light of the truth, and he will behold the darkness visible.
He will see its drapery in tatters, and its rags falling to pieces from very rottenness.
Its fabric is rent from the dome to its foundations; and its structure is like a bowing wall and a tottering fence.
There is no safety under its roof.
Even the owls and the bats of its crannies are panic-stricken.