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The Soul an Object of Benevolent Sympathy and Regard.

The Soul an Object of Benevolent Sympathy and Regard.

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“He that winneth souls is wise." — Prov. xi. 30.

“He that winneth souls is wise." — Prov. xi. 30.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 29, 2013
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THE SOUL AN OBJECT OF BENEVOLENT SYMPATHY AND REGARD. BY THE REV. J. E. BEAUMONT. “He that winneth souls is wise." — Prov. xi. 30. The estimate which men form of spi-ritual things is very different from that which they form of temporal tnings. A spiritual evil is not so much the object of our alara is temporal evil — a spiritual good is not so much the object of our ambition and pursuit as temporal good. An individual who is the victim of tem- poral evil excites our pity dad kindles our compassion ; but an individual pe-rishing in ignorance and dyiii^j in sin, excites no compassion. Now, this is what might have been expected to have  been the case, as to those who are avow-edly infidels, who profess no sort of soli-citude whatever, beyond that which ter-minates in the body and in time; but what, I say, is the case as to multitudes
of those who make a profession of a belief in the inspiration of the Bible'? And yet, many of those are quite indifferent to the spiritual wretchedness which is multiplied around them ; and not only are they in-different to it themselves, but they frown upon others who are endeavouring to meet it, and, in some measure to diminish it. According to them we are, by our folly, our enthusiasm, and our fanaticism, turn-ing the world upside down. Now, there must be a great error in this, either in the faith or in the feelings of those who thus underrate our efforts — who not only do nothing towards them, but who scorn and sneer at those whose object it is to turn the sinner from the error of his ways. I know that the objection which they  bring forward, often shrouds itself under this accusation — that, what with our Sabbath Schools, and what with one thing and another, we shall absolutely
eat up the substance of the land ; and that there will be nothing left to clothe the orphan, to feed the hungry, to sustain the widow ; and they affect to feel a pow-erful sympathy with the temporal ilV; of mankind — with tlie physical wretched-ness of human nature, as it is multiplied around them ; and yet I will venture to say — for we cannot stop now to go into the matter, but I throw it off as an asser-tion and I challenge any one to the proof of it, the most learned, the most histori-cal, the most philosophical individual pre-sent, — that Christianity, and Christianity alone, has done more for the relief of the temporal ills of mankind, than ever was done by philosophy, human reason, hu-man policy, human sagacity, or humanity itself, from the beginning of the world down to this hour. There never was a grosser fallacy than that which would teach and represent, that the influence of

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