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No Refuge but Christ.

No Refuge but Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

REV. PROF. LEAZAR T. FITCH, D.D.



ISAIAH XXVIII: 17.

THE HAIL SHALL SWEEP AWAY THE REFUGE OF LIES, AND THE WATERS SHALL
OVERFLOW THE HIDING PLACE.

REV. PROF. LEAZAR T. FITCH, D.D.



ISAIAH XXVIII: 17.

THE HAIL SHALL SWEEP AWAY THE REFUGE OF LIES, AND THE WATERS SHALL
OVERFLOW THE HIDING PLACE.

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O REFUGE BUT CHRIST.REV. PROF. LEAZAR T. FITCH, D.D.ISAIAH XXVIII: 17.THE HAIL SHALL SWEEP AWAY THE REFUGE OF LIES, AD THEWATERS SHALLOVERFLOW THE HIDIG PLACE.THE prophet made this declaration to the rulers of Jerusalem, who sustained, as he declares, the characterof " scornful men." They, it seems, who should haveused their influence with the people for their holinessand spiritual welfare, were willing to stand up as oppo-sers of the progress of divine truth, and as stumbling-blocks in the way of the salvation of Israel, by publiclytaking the station of scorners of this prophet of the Lord.They were willing to deride the threatenings, which hedenounced in the name of the Lord against sinners. Theprophet declares, that they sustained their scornful spirit,by the vain imagination that they were secure from thethreatened evils of death and hell. They had, in theirown opinion, devised a way which would protect themfrom the evil : but the prophet assured them, that it wasa refuge of lies ; that they were hiding themselves underfalsehood. He then announces to them, distinctly, theplan on which Jehovah would deal with the inhabitants of Jerusalem : that he would place in Jerusalem a corner-stone and foundation, tried and precious, on which thosewho in faith rested themselves for security would findprotection ; where they should not make haste, nor flee inthe day of coming wrath : but that he would bring judg-ment, with the exact and even measure of the line andplummet, upon all others ; and that the overflowing watersof judgment, like the deluge which had once desolatedthe world, would flow in on their hiding place and drownthem in destruction. They who did not repair in faith to272 o Refuge but Christ.
 
the Redeemer in Zion, he thus assured them, could resortto no refuge which would protect them from the holyvengeance of God.This declaration in like manner assures you, my friends,that there is no refuge, except the Lord Jesus Christ, whichwill protect you from the eternal wrath of God.In illustrating this subject, I will attempt to show,I. That they, who are careless about their salvation, aresustaining themselves by some refuge.II. That every refuge to which they betake themselves,short of the Lord Jesus Christ, leaves them exposed tothe wrath of God. And,III. That unless they speedily forsake every suchrefuge, they must be overwhelmed and destroyed by the judgment of God.In presenting this subject to you, my fellow-sinners, myprayer to God is, that I may be enabled, in all fidelity andwith sincere affection, to point out to you your imminentdanger, and induce you to flee immediately to JesusChrist for refuge, and to rest your souls in security onthat Rock of Salvation, which God has placed in Zion foryour deliverance in the coming day of judgment.I remark, then,I. In the first place, that all of you, who are at easerespecting your salvation, are quieting your fears byresorting to some refuge.Fear is always excited in the mind of man, when he seessome great evil impending over him, and knows that hecan resort to nothing which will afford him protection.Only strip him of every shelter, close upon him everyway of escape, take away from him all power to removethe coming evil, and you pour at once into his heart theagitations of terror a terror measured only by theextent of the evil that he is to suffer. The shipwreckedmariner, when on mid-ocean he sees the fragile ship thatbears him, foundering, and soon to engulph him in theabyss of waters, if he discover no means of escape athand or abroad, feels at once the terrors of hastening
 
death. And if at that hour his soul is not buoyed upo Refuge but Christ. 273with some hope, he is open at once to the terrors of hell.And as he watches the rapid approach of the evil, thefew moments that intervene, in which he can drink in thelight and breathe the air of day, afford no relief to hisheart. He is agonized with a despair that is to know noend, and, in the midst of his terror, he sinks in the abyssof the grave and hell.ow it is on this general principle of our nature, thatI argue, that every one must be filled with deep fearrespecting the safety of his soul, or else must be quietinghis fear by trusting in some refuge for the protection of his soul. And in order to show this, I will appeal only toone thing of which you are conscious. I will not ask,whether you believe in the threatenings of God, whichglare upon you in such unequivocal and pointed declara-tions throughout his word ; I will not ask, whether youbelieve in those affecting descriptions he has given youof the world of future punishment ; I will not attempt toshow you independently of any declarations of the factin the Bible that your soul is in danger, and that yourfears must be excited, unless you resort to some protect-ing refuge.I appeal only to this one thing, of which you are con-scious at this moment : viz. that your heart is estrangedfrom God. This glorious Being, who made you, and onwhose favor the soul is dependent for its happiness, is notthe object of your affections. You are not seeking your joy from his favor and service. You are not sympathiz-ing in his holiness and benevolence and justice with allthe heart, and, in simplicity and love, surrendering your-self to his benevolent government. Your heart is fixedon other objects, which wholly separate you from allactive and blissful communion in his love. You are thus,in the feelings and purposes of your heart, at actual vari-ance with the design and object of his most holy andbenevolent government, and are consequently tramplingon his laws and authority.

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