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TO THE UNGODLY.
283 in eternal misery. When the insidious but smiling seducer would tempt you astray, think with yourself, “Can I bear my Creator's anger ? Can
I endure my Judge's frown? Can I dwell with ZOFI everlasting burnings ? Shall I neglect eternal sincere life, and choose eternal death, for things that
perish in the using ?” - May God forbid. Amen.
THE TERRORS, AND FEARFUL CONSEQUENCES OF no ba ang DEATH AND JUDGMENT, TO THE UNCONVERTED,
A REASON FOR EARLY PIETY.
ELS 81. Has what I have already urged on your . O, spem altention produced, under God, the desired ef.
in Wolfect? or has all been urged in vain ? if it have. ed to 14 let me, before I leave you for ever, entreat you to
consider those awful scenes, to which you are dies, hastening so fast. og light Should you love the world ever so well, should the you enjoy it ever so much, and even live in it crucifer, through the longest term allowed to man, yet apparteshort is the longest, and when past, a nothing. theus , You must die. How thoughtless soever you escribed may be of death and eternity, they are nearer to
you every hour, and you, even you must die, 5001 If you continue to live without God, you must Jose die without him. Imagine yourself leaving the worup world in that awful state. You must leave it thus,
unless you repent and remember your Creator.
Imagine your last day arrived. This scene of Tour Vanity is ending.. The world you loved is leav
They ing you for ever. Behind you is a wasted and DUP sin-spent life. Before you is the grave, judg
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284 DEATH OF THE UNGODLY, ment, and eternity. Your day of grace is finished. Your soul, loaded with innumerable sins, is going to meet that God, to whom all your secret guilt has been revealed. Where can you look for refuge? Man cannot help you, and you have every reason to believe that God will not. Now sins forgotten come to mind again. Now guilty pleasures stare you in the face; but all their charms are gone. Now fears and terrors crowd upon your soul; and devils seem to beckon you away. All is darkness and misery before; all guilt and folly behind. O fearful state! O fearful end of an ungodly life! You must plunge into eternity; and justly dread the awful change. No friend can go with you; you must die alone, and go alone to meet your God. All else is forsaking you; and he who would ne. ver have forsaken you, he who would have been your friend for ever, even he will refuse to receive you. How you would dread to be carried to sea alone on a single plank; or to be tossed alone upon some unknown shore, where you knew none, and none knew you! But what is this to passing into another world, where all is strange and new; a world so different from this poor transient state, that all is awful, and all eternal there! Yet thither you must go. The hour, the dreadful hour arrives. Your last moment comes, you die; and ah! the agonies of death are succeeded by the fiercer torments of damnation and despair. No kind angels welcome your departing spirit. No gentle messengers appear to convey it to eternal rest. O doleful state! if this were the worst; but far worse than this remains untold. Your sweet season of mercy is gone; and in vain you wish for mercy and for time
BOT, AND DREADFUL ENTRANCE ON Eternity. 285 of me again. Weeping friends commit your body to Innt the grave; friends who little imagine where the Thunde wretched soul is fixed. There must the body lie,
Ta till it rise to the resurrection of damnation. melo ruh Your soul is conveyed to the infernal prison; that be there to await its final and still more dreadful Lind doom, at that day when the soul and body, that the fix were partners in sin, shall be partners in misery.
2 2. Oh, how dreadful a change is this! Oh, siker when they, who trifle with salvation, have breathSandeed their last, how may they shrink back from the Con scene which opens before them! how may their
o terrified souls wish to creep into their dead bo- dies again! but wish in vain. Oh, what terrible
dismay must seize upon them, when that eternal - world which they neglected, all at once appears uch before them! When the majesty and glory of
that God, whose threatenings and invitations they il de equally disregarded, burst upon them! and no a les place to hide their affrighted souls; no way to
escape the terrifying sight. Now indeed they 'n God it a fearful thing, to fall into the hands of to the living God, whose mercy is changed to ven
geance. Oh, miserable immortals ! how terrible ce are their feelings, while they stand trembling - and despairing, before the great and dreadful - God, and see him who is love itself to his chilComadren, arrayed in vengeance and terror against
them! 0, could they shrink back for one year in wore to life! What worlds, if they had them,
would they give to gain this boon. O, could tilbey have but one month's mercy more, or could in they die a second time and never live again. Oh.
is bow distressing, beyond the impassable gulf, to y see the blessed heaven but themselves shut out.
Luke, xvi. 26.) To see those glorious and hap.
286 THE YOUNG SINNER REMINDED, py saints and angels, that might have been their companions for ever, but now not one friend aniong them. To see what they might have enjoyed, and what their sin and neglect of Christ have lost. And Oh, though heaven is shut against
gion, which they must take instead of heaven; that seat of horrors; that mournful gloom; that outer darkness; that wretched abode of everlasting fire, and ever-tormenting fiends. Oh, dreadful hour, when they enter that flaming prison, yet there they must await eternal judgment.
§ 3. Ah my young friend, remember that the hour, the now forgotten, but, if you live in your sins, the terrible hour of eternal judgment will arrive. You may forget it now, but will be unable to forget it then. You possibly laugh at the expectation of it, but will then find it dreadfully serious, to see and feel its terrors. You, even you, must hear the archangel's trumpet. You must behold the descending Judge, and the burning world. Willing or unwilling, ready or unready, there you must appear. There will be no shrinking from trial; no escaping the notice of the
pear you must, for, “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking, vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. God will render unto every man according to his deeds. Unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, in
2 Thess. i. 7-9.
OP ETERNAL JUDGMENT. , 287 · dignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil. Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thy heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. And who
soever was not found written in the book of life DU was cast into the lake of fire.” Do you believe are that such a day will come, and can you forget Led ito force of
it? forget that day, that joyful, or that dreadful of day, which will come as surely as the sun shines 23 in the heavens ; forget that awful day, when you, Temerk without
without any fear or hope of change, must bea come like the angels of heaven, or the fiends of
Il bell. O, will you forget it? If you were going 7,0? on trial for your life, before an earthly judge, Esihish how anxious would you be to procure an acquitDey tal; and when you have to go before an infiniteS. W ly higher Judge, whose decision will be life or opel death eternal, will you be so distracted as to re2011 main unconcerned ? 200 $ 4. There you must account for the deeds will done in the body. Then your actions must be the 1% tried; your words examined; then the black agtheo gravations of your crimes will fully appear.. O Jetty sinner, then it will be known, how you broke nities through the checks of conscience; and the re2035 straints of religion; how you were warned of 2011 your danger, and exhorted to repent, but still, shaobstinately impenitent, went forward to destrucontktion. Or if your heart has, at times, been seriTolously impressed, and yet in vain, it will then be 2002seen, as one of the aggravations of your sins, Team Rom. ii. 6. 8. 9. Eccles. xi. 9. Rev. xx. 15. Rom. xiv. 12.
2 Cor. v. 10. Matt. xii. 36.