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THE FALLEN, GUILTY, AND RUINED STATE OF MAN.

$ 1. I now, my young friend, address you on mily' a subject unspeakably important; as no hope eance can be entertained of doing you lasting good, moll till you feel the truth of the statement, con

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In reference to bodily disorders it is said, that know our disease is half the cure: the same observation will apply to the disorders of the soul. If one deeply infected with a fever, or

plague, were so deluded, as to believe himelt enjoying perfect health, or to think himself,

worst, but slightly disordered, and therefore
to neglect the means for restoring health, how

1. Would death and the grave convince him
bis sad mistake! Such delusion is seldom
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mischievous delusion, is as common as the.

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DELUSION RESPECTING MAN'S dying eternally of the worst of plagues, and yet thinking that all is well. You are exposed to the wrath of a justly offended God, and saying to yourself, “ Peace, peace.”

§ 2. God forbid that I should wish to repre. sent your state, by nature, as worse than he describes it in his word. If I had the wish I should scarcely have the power. Be patient then, and hear the worst. What are you? If guided by the opinions of a poor blind world, you might reply, “A frail imperfect creature, guilty of some sins, but yet with so many good dispositions and good actions to counterbalance them, that I may reasonably hope for happiness and heaven.” My dear young friend, are these, or such as these, your views of yourself? If they be, no wretched madman, bound with chains, crowning himself with straw, and imagining himself a mighty and happy monarch, was ever more deceived. I repeat the question. What are you? Let the word of the God of truth reply. And what is its answer? It teach. es you that you are corrupt and polluted, and at variance with your God; having all the powers of your soul disordered ; and exposed, justly exposed, to everlasting ruin; and so entirely depraved and undone, that without a change as great as a second birth, you cannot possibly see the kingdom of God.

Perhaps you exclaim,* “ Shocking doctrine !" whilst, full of indignation, you are almost ready to throw this book aside, before you have glanc. ed at the proofs afforded in scripture, for the assertion's I have made. If this be the case, I beseech you to remember I appeal to scripture,

* A few lines, with a little alteration, from Fletcher's Appeal.

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FALLEN STATE, COMMON AND RUINÖUS. 23 e and not to your passions ; to the declarations of mil God, not to worldly delusions. You may cry

out at the sight of a shroud, a coffin, a grave,

"Shocking objects!" but your loudest exclama-
to a tions will not lessen the awful realities, by which

many have happily been shocked into a timely
er preparation for approaching death.
mi Refuse not then to listen to the declarations

of God, on this momentous subject: to refuse
to hearken is to seal your own destruction.

93. His word assures you, that every human
being is born into this world with a corrupt and
sinful nature. - God formed man "in his own
image,” innocent and holy; but fallen man

begat & son“ in his own likeness,” corrupt and antallen like himself. The consequence is, man comes into this world with a sinful nature; for

can bring a clean thing out of an unsean? not one." Such is the exceeding sinfulss of human nature, that the word of God

congly describes it, by declaring that we are m. snapen in iniquity and conceived in sin.” Sie span is a transgressor from the womb, and

u goes astray speaking lies." The devil is else-
nel Woere called the father of lies; and one of the

rliest tokens of human depravity is, that a
osition to commit that abominable sin so

appears in little children. - Man is born
med and rude as a “wild ass's colt.” “Fool-
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24 SCRIPTURAL ACCOUNT OF MAN'S
his corruptions weaken? The words of the
apostle answer, No: “We ourselves, also, were
sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serta
ing divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice
and envy, hateful and hating one another."
God looked down from heaven upon the chil.
dren of men, to see if there were any that did
understand.” And what is the dreadful result
of this examination? “EVERY ONE of them is
gone back; they are altogether become filthy;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

84. This sinfulness of your nature, my young friend, is not partial; it is not confined to some of your powers or faculties; but, like a mortal poison, spreads through and pollutes the whole

The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint; from the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores.” The heart, which should be the best part of man, is now the worst. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Such are the all windings of its corruption, that no eye but that he of Jehovah can trace them out. It is full of te evil; not merely tainted but filled with sin; and ba “madness dwells in it.” From this corrupt fountain, flows as corrupt a stream. “Out of us the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adul- .. teries, fornication, theft, false witness, blasphe "Port mies, covetousness, wickedness," or malevolence, « deceit, lasciviousness,” or immodesty, "envy, pride, foolishness,” or levity. Not merely is teha the heart thus polluted, “but the lusts of men war in their members.” The eyes, the ears, the

Tit. iii. 3. Ps. liii. 2. 18. i. 5, 6. Jer. xvii. 9. Ecc. ix. 3,; and Matt. xv. 19. Mark, vii. 22. Jam. iv. 1.

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FALLEN AND SINFUL STATE. s of hands, the feet, the lips, are all defiled by differLiso, we ent sins; and the tongue, that member which ed, so was formed peculiarly for its Creator's praise, na malik “is now a world of iniquity; and is set on fire anoibel of hell.” Man is elsewhere represented as born the it in that state which is called flesh; a name apthat o plied to this corruption of our nature. “That il res which is born of the flesh, is flesh ” And “the them works of the flesh,” says an inspired apostle,

bilib "are manifest, which are these, adultery, forninecation, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,

ruchy witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, o sul strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, m20runkenness, revellings, and such like.” Such wbih 18 man when the corruptions of his nature have se best opportunity for appearing; and has he any

eus of righteousness to counterbalance this 5. 241 exceeding sinfulness? O, let the evangelical

heat prophet answer :' “ We are ALL as an unclean Eis not ling; and all our righteousnesses are as filthy regs; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our

quities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

ar are our best actions, in our natural state, all to helping, that even they are polluted and

asome; and sin, like a whirlwind unopboru posed, sweeps us on to perdition. Dute 98. But I foresee an objection, which some

y make to parts of this statement.

aps you, my young friend, exclaim, “I ot committed many of the sins here " Perhaps not. I am here showing your own lost condition, by referring you se sad fruits which your depraved heart,

by one means or other prevented, would uce; and which in millions of cases have lam. iii. 6. John, iii. 6. Gal. v. 19, 21. Is. Ixiv. 6.,

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