LOT FLYING FROM SODOM; OR, WHAT REPENTANCE IS.BY THE REV. T. T. CASTLEMAN.
Escape for thy life. — Gen. xix. 17.Without repentance no man can be saved. Our LordHimself hath said, "Except ye repent, je shall all likewiseperish" When he sent out his apostles to preach the gos-pel, they went forward in his name, and *' preached thatmen should repent." lYherever they went, they told thepeople that God had raised up Jesus from the dead, andexalted him at his right hand, " to give repentance to Israel,and forgiveness of sins." And St. Peter says, that *' Godis not willing that any should perish, but that all shouldcome to repentance." Almost every part of the Bible tellsus something about the importance or the nature of repent-ance. Ministers of the gospel preach of it, and Christianstalk about it ; but there are very few persons who under-stand what it is. I once overheard a conversation betweentwo servants — one was a professing Christian, the otherwas a sinner, inquiring the way to heaven. Said the in-quiring sinner, " What shall I do to be saved ?" Theanswer was, " You must repent of your sins." " Oh, yes,"(102)WHAT REPENTANCE IS. 108said tte inquirer, " I know this ; the minister told me so,and so have all mj friends whom I have talked with. ButI do not know whether I repent or not. I wish you wouldtell me what it is to repent." Here the Christian seemedsomewhat puzzled. But at last he said to him, " Why, youmust go and fast and pray ; you must he sorry for youisins, and then go and be baptized and join the church."They talked a long time on the subject, and I felt, everymoment, as if I must step forward and give them all theinstruction I could. Presently they both rose from theirseats. As they were about to move off, the inquiring sin-ner said, " Well, the minister is to preach a funeral sermonto us this evening, may be he will tell me something aboutthe way to heaven." It was a clear, still day in Septem-ber. The large oak trees spread their long branches overthe yard, and cast a soft and beautiful shade all round us.Benches, chairs, and planks, were placed in every direc-tion under this shade, and at three o'clock a large congre-gation assembled, from the different plantations around, tohear the funeral sermon of their fellow-servant. As Iwalked out on the portico, which was my pulpit for theday, a tall and intelligent looking servant rose from hisseat, and with a full, clear voice, gave out the hymn,** Vain man, thy fond pursuits forbear,Kepent, thy end is nigh ;Death, at the farthest, can't be far ,