SEVE. BY REV. JOH MASO EALE, D.D." And unto the angel of the Church in Sardis write : These things saith He that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars ; I know thy works-, that thou hast a name, that thou li<vest, and art dead" REV. iii. i. I THIK of all fearful passages in Holy Scrip ture, the epistles to the Churches of Sardis and Laodicea are the most fearful. And that, more especially if taken in connection with a Religious House. And of the two, notwithstanding the few names in Sardis which had not defiled their garments, it seems to me that that Epistle is the more dreadful. For of Laodicea, though we know how wretchedly she deceived her self, thinking herself rich when she was most poor, having need of nothing when she was most miserable, yet we have no reason to believe that she deceived other Churches. Sardis did, it is plain, from this very verse ; SEVE. 29 she was looked on as a model Church ; no doubt prided herself, and was envied by others, for her spiritual endowments, gift of tongues, and the like. Imagine, then, how like a thunder bolt it must have fallen upon them, when they came together on the Sunday that followed the receipt of this epi-stle, and the Bishop read the words of Him that cannot be deceived and cannot err, for liis own most terrible condemna tion and theirs : " Thou hast a name that Thou livest, and art dead."