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The Influence of Memory Increasing the Misery of the Lost.

The Influence of Memory Increasing the Misery of the Lost.

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BY THE REV. J. A. JAMES.

"But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." — Luke xvi. 25.
BY THE REV. J. A. JAMES.

"But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." — Luke xvi. 25.

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THE INFLUENCE OF MEMORY INCREASING THE MISERY OF THE LOST. BY THE REV. J. A. JAMES. "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented." — Luke xvi. 25. Our Lord Jesus Christ was not only llie greatest of all preachers, but unques-tionably the most awful. His discourses abound with more frequent allusions to the punishment of the guilty, and with more fearful descriptions of it, than can  be found in almost any other portion of holy Scripture. How tremendously fear-ful is the parable of which the text is a  part; in which He that hath the keys of the unseen world seems to throw the door of it ajar for a few moments, and to give us a glimpse of that world where hope never enters, and from which misery never can pass. Much of the parable, I admit, is what might be called drapery ;  but it is not the drapery of error, but of
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truth. The sentiments conveyed to us are these : that there is a state of punish-ment prepared for the wicked in another world, and a state of blessedness for tiie righteous : that every man when he dies enters upon one or other of these states; that the circumstances of the present life (I mean those of riches or of poverty) have no influence of themselves upon man's eternal destiny. Poverty, if united with piety, will exclude no man from heaven; riches, if connected with, impeni-tence and irreligion, will keep no man from hell. But there is another sentiment convey-ed in the language which I have selected as the subject of discourse this evening, and that is, thai memory will have an important influence in aggravating the misery of the damned. " Son, remem- ber," was the expression which our Lord  put into the lips of the father of the faith-
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ful, when addressing himself to the rich man that lifted up his eyes in torment. There is a dreadful taunt in the admoni-tion, a sting not to be described. This, then, my hearers, is the subject of dis-course on the p'esent occasion — the in-fluence of memory increasing the misery of the lost. That there is a state of inconceivable and interminable punishment for the wicked in another world, is one of the first principles of revealed truth, which cannot be discredited without withhold-ing assent from the Bible. In that in-spired book a state of rewards and pu-nishments is placed in the very front of its announcements, and it is interwoven with the whole texture of 'evealed truth. To doubt this, is not so far to mistake as to contradict the testimony of God. Yes, my hearers, hell is a dreadful reality.
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