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A CALL TO PIETY.

A CALL TO PIETY.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D.D.




Unto you, men, I call. — Prov. viii. 4.

Will you now listen to some plain words ? They
shall be kind. They shall be true. They relate to
the most weighty things. They concern your well-
being now, and for ever
BY REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D.D.




Unto you, men, I call. — Prov. viii. 4.

Will you now listen to some plain words ? They
shall be kind. They shall be true. They relate to
the most weighty things. They concern your well-
being now, and for ever

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A CALL TO PIETY.BY REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D.D.Unto you, men, I call. — Prov. viii. 4.Will you now listen to some plain words ? Theyshall be kind. They shall be true. They relate tothe most weighty things. They concern your well-being now, and for ever.1. There is a God. All nature says so. Theheavens declare his glory. The earth is full of hisgoodness. In him we live, and move, and have ourbeing. God is one. He is almightiy and all-wise.He alone is good. There is none with him. Thereis none like him. There is none beside him.2. This God is holy and just. He is a ruleramong the nations. He is a great King. He cannotdeny himself. He hates sin. It is not certain that hehates anything else. But it is certain that he hates sinwith all his heart. To him sin is horrible and abom-^' 12 A CALL TO PIETT.inable. With him is no iniquity. Just and right ishe in all his ways, and in all his works.3. This God has given to us a law. This law,
 
hke himself, is holy, just, and good. Its precepts re-quire that our thoughts, words, and deeds should beholy. They forbid all sin. They require all righteous-ness. We can neither think, nor say, nor do any-thing, which is not either right or wrong in the eye of this law, which never changes, and which is the ruleof conduct to angels as well as men.4. The penalty of this law is death. He whobreaks it is under the displeasure of God ; and it isright he should be. The death threatened to thesinner includes all penal evil, whether in this worldor the next. " The soul that sinneth it shall die." Itdeserves to die. For one sin many angels were hurledfrom heaven . down to hell. For one sin our firstparents were driven out of Eden. For one murdermany a man has been hanged. For one lie Gehazibecame a leper as white as snow. For one unadvisedspeech God would not permit Moses to enter the landof Canaan. In the punishment it inflicts God's lawis as righteous as it. the duties it enjoins and the sinsit forbids.5. You have a soul — a soul that will live for everin happiness or in misery. And you have but oneA CALL TO PIETY. 3soul. You have two ears ; though one of them bestopped you may hear with the other. You have twoeyes : in one of them you may be blind, yet with theother you may see very well. Yet you have but onesoul. If you lose that, all is lost.6. That soul is worth saving. It shall exist aslong as there is a heaven or a hell ; as long as thereare men, or angels, or a God. That soul may be veryhappy — as happy as an angel ; and it may be very
 
miserable — as miserable as a devil. It can rise high,and shine gloriously in the presence of God. It cansink to low vices, to deep ruin, yea, to the lowest hell.It is worth so much that no man can tell its value..One may be worth tens of millions of dollars, and youcan tell exactly how much would buy him out ; but if the whole earth were solid gold, one soul would beworth a thousand times more than it all.7. Your poor soul needs to be saved. It is nowlost. It is dead in trespasses and sins. By natureyou were without Christ, an alien from the common-wealth of Israel, a stranger from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in theworld. Without divine grace, no man loves God,fears God, trusts God, obeys God, or lives unto God.God's word says you need salvation. Your consciencesays you need salvation. Your best friends know4 A CALL TO PIETY.that you need salvation. And you need salvationmore than you need anything else. You may beweary and need rest; you may be poor and needmoney ; you may be sick and need medicine ; youmay be hungry and need food ; you may be cold andneed fire and clothing : but you need salvation morethan you need any or all of these things.8. It is possible for you to be saved. Salvationis provided. It is offered to you by the Lord. Othersinners are entering the kingdom of heaven. Men,once as lost as you are, have sought and found mercy.Many, who are still upon earth, were once in the bondof iniquity and in the gall of bitterness ; but Godcalled them, and they ran after him. you may besaved ! This cannot be said of the angels that fell.This cannot be said of men who have died in their

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