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Improvement.

Improvement.

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BY STEPHEN FENN.

1st. While attending to this subject, I make no
doubt, but the sinner has been flattering himself with
the idea, that, it furnishes him with an excuse for his
neglect of religion. It may have been the language of
his heart. ' I am glad to hear it thus publicly acknow-
iedgcd, that cliristians are bound to do more than
others : they have indeed a burden lying upon them,
of which I rejoice that I am free :
BY STEPHEN FENN.

1st. While attending to this subject, I make no
doubt, but the sinner has been flattering himself with
the idea, that, it furnishes him with an excuse for his
neglect of religion. It may have been the language of
his heart. ' I am glad to hear it thus publicly acknow-
iedgcd, that cliristians are bound to do more than
others : they have indeed a burden lying upon them,
of which I rejoice that I am free :

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IMPROVEMENT. BY STEPHEN FENN. 1st. While attending to this subject, I make no doubt, but the sinner has been flattering himself with the idea, that, it furnishes him with an excuse for his neglect of religion. It may have been the language of his heart. ' I am glad to hear it thus publicly acknow-iedgcd, that cliristians are bound to do more than others : they have indeed a burden lying upon them, of which I rejoice that I am free : While they are tied up to rigid rules, and obliged by their profes-sion to lead the rigid, and austere life, which has been described, I am not shackled with these restrictions, but may live as I list. But suffer me O sinner, to reply to you, that if what has now been said pointing out the obligations of Christians to holy living, has ailbrded any food to your guilty mind, it is not more substantial, than the husks on which the prodigal fed before he was brought to a sense of his situation. It is the plain truth, that you are under the most indispensibie obligations to immediately become a christian, and to lead the very
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life which the godly man leads. No plea, or excuse which you can frame, can free you from this solemn obligation ; and every moment v/hich you delay to be-come a hearty penitant and a true follower of the lamb; you are hazarding your eternal all. You are in a most awful manner aggravating your eternal con-demnation. Kow gloriously will the justice of God soon shine in your utter destruction, unless you im-mediately fiee for refuge and lay hold on Jesus Christ by a true and Rving faith. 2dly. Learn hence tliat a christian's life is a life of activity, A sleepy, lifeless christian, is a, stumbling block to the wicked. Hear what the Lord says of the Laodicean Church. ' And unto the Angel of the Church of the Laodiceans write, These things saith the Am.en, the faitful and the true witness, the begin-ning of the creation of God ; I know thy works that STEPHEN FENN. 24T thou art neither cold nor hot ; so then because thou
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art lukewarm and art neither cold nor hot ; I will spue thee out of my mouth.' The religion of hea-ven gives no toleration to spiritual sluggishness. The direction is — Awake thou that sleepest, and call upon thy God. Can you who have had your hearts warmed by divine grace, be cold and inactive ? Can you who by the distinguishing mercy of God, have been led to see something of the value of that salva-tion which is brought to light in the gospel, be alwavs silent on this sublime, this interesting theme ? Can you who expect at the close of this short life to re-ceive a crown of glory, neglect to run with patience the race set before you ! Can you, who have dedicat-ed yourselves unreservedly to God, sink back into the beggarly elements of the world, and give the wicked occasion to say, that religion is but an empty name ! Brethren, shut the mouth of the wicked by your holy lives and conversation. Let your light so shine before men, that they, seeing your good u oi-ks, may glorify your father who is in heaven. 3dly. We infer from the subject, that it is the du-ty of christians, seriously to consider, whether thev live in character : for each individual, to often put
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