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CONVICTIONS RESISTED BEAR NO GOOD FRUIT.pdf

CONVICTIONS RESISTED BEAR NO GOOD FRUIT.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT




" He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul,
that he might loose him: -wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and
communed with him. But after two years Porcius Feslus came into
Felix 1 room: and Felix, willing to- show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul
bound. 1 ACTS xxiv. 26, 27.
BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT




" He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul,
that he might loose him: -wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and
communed with him. But after two years Porcius Feslus came into
Felix 1 room: and Felix, willing to- show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul
bound. 1 ACTS xxiv. 26, 27.

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CONVICTIONS ASSISTED BEAR NO GOOD FRUIT.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT" He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul,that he might loose him: -wherefore he sent for him the oftener, andcommuned with him. But after two years Porcius Feslus came intoFelix 1 room: and Felix, willing to- show the Jews a pleasure, left Paulbound. 1 ACTS xxiv. 26, 27.THE seed was good and the sower skilful, yet no fruitfollowed.For one thing, the hearer of the Word on that occa-410 The CJiurcJi in the House.sion did not seek spiritual benefit, and that is at leastin part the reason why he did not obtain it. A planand a purpose are necessary on the part of the hearer,as well as on that of the preacher. The promise is," Seek, and ye shall find." Those who omit the condition, have no right to expect the result.Further, bad company in this case contributed tothe failure. Felix and Drusilla, were both steeped inwickedness. It is more difficult for Felix to yield andadmit conviction in presence of his profligate companion. If he had shown symptoms of repenting, this boldbad woman was ready with her fiercest look and hermost contemptuous sneer. Oh that the poor man hadbeen alone, or had been surrounded by companionswho would have encouraged him to turn and live !Many promising impressions have been nipped in thebud by the scoff of worldly companions.
 
When convictions spring up as in this case, taking theshape of terror in prospect of the judgment-seat, theremust and will be a rapid movement, either backwardor forward. It is as if fire were falling on the spot whereyou stand, and you must instantly escape from it. Youwill go either nearer to the God whom you fear, orfurther away from him. If you get a glimpse of his lovein Christ, you will bound forward in order to hide fromall fears in his Divine compassion; but if you get nosuch view of his mercy, the terror of the Lord will driveyou into vanities or vice, as a cover from the light 01his countenance. For such a case the Word of Christwas spoken and written " Come unto me, all yethat labor and are heavy laden, and I will giveyou rest."The subterfuge of Felix "When I have a convenient season, I will call for thee " was natural in thecircumstances, but false and shallow. He made apromise which he did not mean to fulfil. If Paul hasrightly presented the reckoning, now is the most, theonly convenient time for getting it settled. Now isthe day of salvation; the gospel does not know tomorrow. Let . any one who in modern times is inclined to follow this ancient example of procrastination, think for a moment why he desires delay. Is itthat you may enjoy the pleasures of sin a little longer?Convictions Resisted bear no good Fruit. 411But the case will not bear reasoning. It is false fromthe foundation. You, the guilty and condemned, areinvited, besought, to accept instant and full pardonand peace with God free through the Redeemer; andyou beg to be excused you plead for a little delay, asif you had been summoned to the scaffold. The pleading for delay is as much as to tell God to his face that
 
the pardon and peace which he offers you count a calamity, and if you must endure them sometime, youwould fain put the evil day afar off. True repentancedoes not covet it dreads delay.It is dangerous to stifle convictions thus. The conscience cannot be so treated with impunity. When itis not listened to, it loses its sensitiveness and vitality.It will not give its testimony so clearly the next time.When a bar of iron is made red-hot and plunged intowater, and that process is several times repeated, it becomes hard and brittle; it may be easily broken now,but cannot be bent. In some such way the conscienceis seared by stifling convictions of sin.The facts that immediately follow the dismissal of the preacher bear directly and decisively on a questionof universal and cardinal interest in religious affairs,the question whether a religion of terror produces anypermanent good moral effect. Superficial inquirers,who examine the gospel from a point of view outsideof its boundaries, cling to the conviction that it isdangerous to withdraw the fear of punishment. Theythink this fear is necessary to keep men from transgression. This is a mistake; but neither human instinct nor human philosophy possesses the means of correcting it. It cannot be corrected except by theexperience of a more excellent way. The old question, " Do we make void the law through faith ? " cannot be answered except from the Christian view-point" God forbid: yea, we establish the law."The Popery of the Middle Ages maintained a religion of terror. The priests kept the line in their ownhands, and by means of confession and purgatory imagined they had the hook in Leviathan s jaws. ButLeviathan could not be bridled in by such childishmachinery. Sin in humanity, like a sea-monster inits clement, was too strong for these green withes.

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