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Enemies of the Cross.

Enemies of the Cross.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

SIMON GREENLEAF FULLER, M.A.,


FOR MANY WALK, OF WHOM I HAVE TOLD YOU
OFTEN, AND NOW TELL YOU EVEN WEEPING, THAT
THEY ARE THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST :
WHOSE END IS DESTRUCTION. — PhlL iii. 1 8, 1 9.

SIMON GREENLEAF FULLER, M.A.,


FOR MANY WALK, OF WHOM I HAVE TOLD YOU
OFTEN, AND NOW TELL YOU EVEN WEEPING, THAT
THEY ARE THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST :
WHOSE END IS DESTRUCTION. — PhlL iii. 1 8, 1 9.

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EEMIES OF THE CROSS.SIMO GREELEAF FULLER, M.A.,FOR MAY WALK, OF WHOM I HAVE TOLD YOUOFTE, AD OW TELL YOU EVE WEEPIG, THATTHEY ARE THE EEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST :WHOSE ED IS DESTRUCTIO. — PhlL iii. 1 8, 1 9.THERE can be no sadder spectacle thanimpurity in Christians. They have beenbaptized into Christ, and have put on Christ.They have tasted of the powers of the worldto come, and have received the gift of theHoly Ghost. They have been called to themost august privilege ever conferred upona creature of God, — called to exhibit, in themidst of a wicked world, the purity andholiness of the Lord Jesus ; and, as areward of resisted temptation and faithfulservice in this age of sin and misery, havehad the promise of joint heirship withDigitized by VjOOQ IC2o6 Enemies of the Cross.Christ in the age to come, to be mani-fested in the day of His appearing as Hismembers, through whom He may, in eternalyears, make known His will unto the ut-most bounds of God's creation.Licentiousness, as it is always a mournfulsight in any man with a living soul, isdoubly mournful in a Christian man. It ismore than the wreck of nature ; it is the
 
wreck of grace. It is more than the viola-tion of the law of conscience written uponevery man's heart ; it is the profanationof that Divine nature of which we arepartakers. It is not sin against naturemerely; it is sin against the Holy Ghost,which, if persistent and final, shall not beforgiven, neither in this world nor in theworld to come.And if the heart sickens when thinking of an immoral Christian, the nerves quiver andthe pulse stands still when contemplating thepossibility of an immoral Christendom. Atthe first, the religion of Jesus Christ cameto nations who had sounded the depths of Digitized by VjOOQ ICEnemies of the Cross. 207the pit of pollution. The wisest and themost refined, as well as the ignorant andvulgar, had become entangled with the wild-est vices, and not only did these things, buthad pleasure in them that did them. Thereligions of the great nations made crimepart of their worship, and offered to devilsthe sacrifice of licentious orgies. The relig-ion of Jesus Christ came to these nationsas a religion of purity and holiness. Itgrappled with their vices, and overcamethem. Self-denial took the place of self-in-dulgence. The fruits of the flesh were sup-planted by the fruits of the Spirit; and avictory was won, the most sublime that the
 
world has ever seen. But the spread of immorality in Christendom threatens to re-verse all the precious traditions of the Chris-tian past, to throw away the inheritance of past victories, and to make that which hasbeen the purifier the defiler of the race.When the light becomes darkness, howgreat is that darkness.And this is the most horrible feature inDigitized by VjOOQ IC2o8 Enemies of the Cross.such a possible apostasy. Statesmen speak of the injury to liberty and sound govern-ment that will ensue if our political insti-tutions shall be undermined by public cor-ruption. How infinitely greater the injuryto all mankind if the city of God becomesdefiled! I doubt not for a moment thatGod will fulfil His revealed purpose of fill-ing the earth with His knowledge as thewaters cover the sea; nor do I believethat His Church will ever be left withoutat least a faithful few, who reflect Hisimage, and live His imparted life. He canoverrule every disaster, and usher in Histriumph at the darkest hour. But there isa possibility — ^and Scripture contemplates it — that so vast a number of Christian peopleshall throw away their vows of renunciationof evil, that they will apparently present anunbroken front of corruption and apostasy.I waive the question as to whether we arenow entering such a dark era. It is enoughto say that immorality is now sufficiently

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