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you to wash
saw standing before the throne and singing, “Salvation to our God and to the Lamb,” passed through the same fountain, “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Follow them !
There is no other way; there is no other purgation. The satisfaction that
need is HERE, the purity that you need is HERE.
God help your
robes and to make them white in this precious blood !
But though there is no purgatory after death there is a fearful, an eternal Hell, in which the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched. Listen to the following passage from the Douay Bible :-“ The fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion' in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
And there is a Heaven where now the souls of believers dwell with Jesus. They are absent from the body, but are present with the Lord-happy, peaceful, at rest.
“Far from a world of grief and sin,
With God eternally shut in.”
Perhaps they were poor, but now they hunger no more, they thirst no more ;—perhaps they were afflicted sufferers, but there is no more sickness, no more pain ;—perhaps they watered their couch with their tears, but God has wiped them all away. Into this heaven “There shall not enter anything defiled, or that worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Whither then are you tending? In which way are you walking? In the way of holiness, or in the way of sin ? In the broad road that leadeth to destruction, or in the narrow way that leadeth unto life? To hell with all its terrors, or to heaven with its endless joys ? Do you ask how you are to solve this problem? Let me again demand, Have you forsaken your sins? Have you repented ? Have you mourned in penitence before your God ? Have you gone to the Cross for salvation ? Have your hearts been changed by the Spirit of God? Are you living in holiness and righteousness? If not, be you Protestant or Catholic, you have no right to hope for heaven. You are hasting to destruction. Oh! will you live and die in your sins ? Remember, as the tree falls so it lies. “ There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest." Are you trembling before God on account of your sins and in prospect of hell, are you saying:
“ Shall I amidst a ghastly band,
Is this your language? I reply:
“Ah! no, you still may turn and live,
As this is to be the last Lecture of the course, I shali, perhaps, be excused if I offer two or three general observations before entering upon the discussion of our prescribed subject :
First, then, I would remark, that these lectures did not originate in any combination, on the part of the Protestant Churches of this city, against the doctrines which are held by our Roman Catholic Brethren. They were not even undertaken by desire of that portion of Christ's Church with which the speaker is associated. No one belonging either to another Church or to his own suggested their delivery. Without suggestion, and almost without consultation, they were determined upon by him, just as in the retirement of his own closet, and with earnest prayer for the Holy Spirit's guidance, he is accustomed to select those subjects upon which he discourses in his ordinary ministrations. He had long felt that an exposition of the grounds upon which the system of Protestantism rests might be given with great advantage to the members of his own congregation, and that although discourses of a strictly and entirely controversial nature are not usually favorable to the advancement of spiritual religion, yet that there would be a possibility of so illustrating and enforcing the
great principles of Protestant Christianity as that they should become spiritually and practically beneficial. He also thought, and not without foundation, that if an announcement of such a design were made, some candid and intelligent Roman Catholics, of whom there are many in the city, might be disposed to come and examine for themselves the principles of that great and growing system which they are taught to regard as the world's greatest curse.
The Second observation relates to the spirit in which this exposition has been conducted. The speaker appeals with confidence to the thousands of all classes who have listened to these lectures, that the professions with which he commenced the course have been faithfully maintained. It is a great comfort to his mind, in the review of the labours and anxieties which have attended this investigation, that he has not been betrayed into even a slight departure from the principle on which he thus set out. He
may also be allowed to say, that during these ten weeks of thought and research there has been a rapid growth of the conviction which he often expressed before, that all religious controversies should be conducted in the spirit of Christian Charity, that the apostle's words, “ Speaking the truth in love," should be the motto of every theological controversialist, and that until he is prepared to inscribe these words upon
his banner, he ought not to enter the field of polemical warfare. He is free to confess that, on both sides, the controversy between Roman Catholics and Protestants has often been carried on in a spirit of virulence and abuse, which cannot be defended on simply philosophical