414 PUTTIG THE HAD TO THE PLOW.divided state of mind, and that irresolateness of purpofie wbick are a virtaal abandonment of the end propoeed, and are, there-fore, fatal to success. We are thus taught that a wayeringand undetermined state of mind in religion is as fatal as it isin any other pursuit, that it can never form that characterwhich qualifies for the kingdom of Ood*My design is to consider — First, Some instances of this indecision of purpose in re-ligion; andSecond, Its utter insufficiency to form the Christian char-acter.L Among those who, in the language of the text, put thehand to the plow and look back, may be mentioned the fol-lowing classes.1. those who would become religious were it not that theywish first to secure some worldly good.The reality, the excellence, and the necessity of religion,Buch persons readily acknowledge. Often they feel a painfulinternal conflict, a self-dissatisfaction and yexation of mindthat they cannot obtain some new thought, or feeling, or mo-tive, that they have not more sense, more resolution, more anything, which shall secure them from such disgraceful inde-cision, and constrain them to a course so obviously rationaland so vastly important. Every such person, at times, thinksthat ho will begin to make religion his grand object Theend is too glorious, the interests at stake too momentous to belonger neglected. The feeling seems to be, " Lord, I will fol-low thee." But just when the first decisive step toward exe-cuting the purpose by a full surrendering of the whole man toGod, just when the turning-point comes, new thoughts occur.