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Three Kinds of Hearers and Two Kinds of Religion.

Three Kinds of Hearers and Two Kinds of Religion.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


James 1 :22-27.

BUT be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and
not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face
in a glass : For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight-
way forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into
the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a for-
getful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his
deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not
his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit
the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself un-
spotted from the world.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


James 1 :22-27.

BUT be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and
not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face
in a glass : For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight-
way forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into
the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a for-
getful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his
deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not
his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit
the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself un-
spotted from the world.

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Three Kinds of Hearers and Two Kinds of Religion. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M James 1 :22-27. BUT be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass : For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straight- way forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a for- getful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself un- spotted from the world. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ: There are many sermons in this text instead of one, and my object shall be not to see how much I can say, but how little. There are many kinds of faith in the world, but there are only two kinds of religion, and it is to these three kinds of hearers and two kinds of religion that I this morning call your attention. May the Holy Spirit api3ly this message deeply to the hearts of all of us, to lead us into the true doctrinal and the practical part of true Christianity. We find then in this text THREE KIDS OF HEARERS AD TWO KIDS OF RELIGIO. I. What are these three kinds of hearers?
 
1. There are some men who never hear God's Word. There are people in this world who never heard the one 450 FIFTH SUDAY AFTER EASTER. 451 Book of God at all. There are two books in which we can read the wonderful characteristics of our God. The one is the book of nature, and the other is the Book of Revela- tion. Every man on earth has the book of nature lying before him. Every man can see its open pages this morning as they lie open before us on the hills and in the valleys. Every man at night can look up and see the golden alphabet of the stars of the universe ; but with all of this great book before us, there are people who have never heard of God's Word. Think of the millions of heathen this morning that never heard a word out of the Bible! Think of the poor souls groveling in darkness that never heard of the sweet song of the cross of Christ ! that never heard of the Prince of Peace ! Think of the millions that never heard of the one way to heaven, that never knew of such a thing as the Holy Ghost, that never knew of such a thing as a Sunday School, who never have heard how poor sinners, lost and condemned, can be saved. Oh, the poor hearers who never heard God's Word! And yet God put these ears in our heads for the very purpose that we might hear, and said : He that hath ears to hear, let him hear — not the song of the birds, not the music of the air — but first of all, the Word of God. There are some then who never hear God's Word; there are others who do not want to hear it, those that have the opportunity. We are told in John 3 of some people who cannot bear the light : And this is the con- demnation, that light is come into this world, and men
 
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be re- proved. It may be that I have some one sitting before me that does not love to go to church, that does not reallv love to hear God's Word. Why? Pray tell me why do you not love to hear God's Word? I will tell you why. There is a something about your life that you would prefer to keep in the dark instead of letting the light of God's Word shine on it. What a blessing it is you are here this morn- ing, and may the Word of God shine in on your souls this 452 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. morning ever hereafter to make you love to liear it, for  just as sure as a man does not want to hear God's Word any more there is something wrong about his heart ; some- thing wrong about his life; something wrong about him that he wants to keep in the dark and feels better when his conscience is not stirred up. AVe have, therefore, not only those who do not want to hear God's Word, but we have got some also who have committed the sin against the Holy Ghost and never want to hear it. The Lord Jesus Christ told us that every sin could be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Ghost. The author of the letter to the Hebrews calls attention to that sin in Heb. 6 :4-6 : For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame. Dear friends, the Jews committed the awful crime of nailing Christ to the cross, witb the assistance of the Komans, but I want to say that from the day they nailed Him to the cross, they never said. We will crucify Him again;

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