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The Vain Excuses of Sinners Exposed.

The Vain Excuses of Sinners Exposed.

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BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE."
Luke 14 : 18.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.

"AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE."
Luke 14 : 18.

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THE VAIN EXCUSES OF SINNERS EXPOSED.
BY REV. GEORGE BURDER.
"AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE." Luke 14 : 18. The blessings of the gospel of Christ are, in the parable of which the text is a part, fitly compared to the dainties of a noble and costly feast. " A certain man made a great supper, and bade many," ver. 16. So Christ has made plentiful pro-vision in his gospel for the souls of men, and freely invites all who hear it to be partakers. " And he sent his servant at supper-time to say to thein that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready," ver. 17. So Christ having called the Jews by his own ministry, sent the apostles after his resur-rection to renew the invitation, and to say that the work of redemption was finished, and that he was mlling to receive all who should come by faith to him; and this is the lan-guage of the gospel wherever it is preached. If we consider the nature of a feast, we shall see how properly our Saviour compares the blessings of our salvation to it. In a feast we expect wholesome provision, plenty, variety, elegance, company, and the whole gratis. All these, and more, Jesus gives us in his gospel. Here is " the bread of life which came down from heaven," without which we
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must for ever perish ; but eating which secures our eternal life. In our Father's house there is bread enough, and to spare; and however many the guests who come, still "there is room." Here is pardon, peace, holiness, adoption, joy in the Holy Ghost, communion with God, and glory to crown the whole. " Christ's flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is drink indeed." Here "we come to an innumerable com-pany of angels, to the general assembly and church of the SERMON XXI. 213 lirst-born, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of  just men made perfect, and to Jesus." It is gratis — "with-out money, and without price:" the poorest are the most welcome here. Now, if these great and glorious blessings are considered — how necessary, how free, how precious and delightful — one would naturally suppose that all men to whom the gospel offers them, would as readily and joyfully receive them, as they usually accept an invitation to a plentiful and agreeable entertainment. But, alas, it is not so! If we examine the word, or look into the world, we shall find it quite otherwise. " They all with one consent began to make excuse;" for all
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men, till changed by the grace of Grod, are blind and lame and deaf and dead as to all spiritual things: seduced by the devil's lies, and in love with the world, they vainly strive to fill their belly with the husks of swine, but have no more relish for salvation than a sick man for wholesome food ; yea, like him, their soul loathes dainty meat. Yet amidst this awful depravity, to the honor of Scripture and the truths of God, men are ashamed to give a direct re-fusal; conscience admits the value of the gospel, and there-fore to make their neglect of it appear justifiable, they have recourse to various excuses, with which they strive to satisfy themselves and their neighbors, and vainly hope to satisfy God. To describe these excuses and to answer them, to show what they are and the folly of them, is the business which, with the Lord's assistance, I shall now attempt; and that the Spirit of our God may succeed what shall be said to the conviction of these excusers, and the sweeping away all their " refuges of lies." Isa. 28 : 17. We shall first notice the three excuses which follow our text, and then proceed to mention other excuses and objec-tions which are often made. 1. The first said, " I have bought a piece of ground, and
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