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entreated sinners, in my stead, to be recon. ciled to God, behold what mighty mischief ye have done! and count, if you can, the mental lies ye have told. Intelligent men, beholding your covetousness and lack of common philanthropy, have despised your hypocrisy, and through your means rejected my sovereignty. Did not your own reason, not to speak of revelation, convince you that you greatly injured the best of causes by your hypocrisy; and did not my witness in your consciences oftentimes declare against the fallacy and futility of such conduct. This, therefore, is your condemnation: My light came to you and was rejected--go, therefore, and receive your just recompence; the mercy you to others shewed, the same I shew to you.--And secondly, you, who professed to be my followers, and whom I entrusted with superfluous wealth for the relief of your fellow creatures, wherefore did you hoard up your wealth, to the scandal of my blessed and benevolent religion?"--Says one, “ I gave 20,000 dollars for the support of the poor.”--- Tell me not," rejoins the impartial Judge, “ what thou gavest, but rather acknowledge what thou hast purloined from me and my poor: did I not deposit 100,000 dollars in thy care, for thy own economical support, and for benevolent purposes? My witness in thy conscience ofttimes told thee, that thou shouldst use only a competency for thy own support, and leave the same for the support of thy children, and appropriate the rest to charitable purposes. Behold the impolicy as well as the uncharitableness of thy conduct: thou hast left 80,000 dollars to thy son, which will prove his everlasting ruin, and what a fund of charity has thereby failed. Hadst thou left him an annuity of 300 dollars, to be received only quarterly, and appropriated the residue for the support of my poor, thou wouldst have removed far from him the cause of his destruction, and been a blessing to thousands in so doing-But now behold the fruit of thy folly, and receive thy just recompence." They will forthwith be compelled to acknowledge the justness of their sentence: and the truth may as well be acknowledged here as hereafter, in time as in eternity.
The fact is, no man can be at the same time a saint and a sinner, a holy and unholy, a religious and irreligious person. If we keep the whole decalogue, except that wherein we are enjoined to love our neighbour as ourselves, and fail in that point, we are guilty of the whole; and we shoulıl therefore honestly renounce our profession of religion, and, with the publican, humbly set down on the stool of repentance, and then and there would we find some hope of salvation. Alas! how ridiculous it is for reasonable men thus to deceive themselves to their own destruction.
We will, in a few words, delineate what pure religion is, in addition to the cogent remarks of our deceased friend, that the uncharitable professors thereof may be convinced of their fatal delusion before it is for ever too late for remedy. There is a divine purity connected with pure religion, in motive as well as practice. Hence, though I could remove mountains, and cast out devils, and do many wonderful works, and speak with the tongues of angels, and preach the true Christian divinity with more than mortal eloquence, and attend every social meeting, and appear ever so sanctimonious,--if my motive is not disinterested, generous and pure, I am nothing. A man may be the friend of man, and the favourite of Heaven, and may, at the same time, labour under many infirmities, which will greatly humble, grieve, and distress him; yet love, pure love to God and man, is always predominant, and benevolence is his prominent characteristic. The precious and benevolent saints of the Old Testament we find made many slips, and always rose again. But no where do we find one soli. tary instance of a covetous, narrow-hearted,
pitiless, bigoted, penurious person, finding the grace
of the new covenant, the favour of Heaven, or the all-important penitence of the gospel. Pure religion, alias charity, is patient, and suffereth long; is mild, kind, and beneficent; is not envious, nor rash, nor hasty; is not puffed up, nor disdainful ; doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not casily provoked, is not suspicious, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Reader, art thou a professor of religion, and yet dost thou act contrary to these punctilios? If so, rest assured thou art an enemy to the cross of Christ, and attachest odium to his most excellent religion; and thou art a most deleterious stumbling block to philosophical unbelievers, and weak believers--who through thy infidelity, pierce themselves with many sorrows.
I do contend, that it is impossible for a son, that loves his kind father with a pure and ardent affection, to cease from loving him; though his own improper conduct should cause his father to turn him from the parlour to the kitchen, or even immure him in a dungeon; yet even there he will love and strive to please him. Love that can be changed by local circumstances is not sterling, but sterile love. The good man may fall, may fall often, may fall grievously; but his love, if pure, is unchangeable. The bad man falls in and loves the mire, hog like. The good man falls in, but loathes the mire, sheep like. The smallest partical of pure religion will bring forth, in its fullest plenitude, sincere benevolence to man. And this does not consist in giving a thousand dollars to the poor periodically, but a constant propensity to compassion, and inclination to do good to others without any reference to recompence therefor, here or hereafter. The good man does good from the pure love of good, without a single thought of future rewards or punishments. Few will believe this truth. Recompense, recompense, nothing without a recompense, is now the cry of saint and sinner, so called, who are under the influence of self-love, which I call the contrast of charity. Every body for themselves in this degenerate age. Where is the man who seeketh not his own, in all places, and upon all occasions ?. Selflove has produced pride, and destroyed charity; and pride has covered the heart of man with a baneful covering, so that he cannot see its deceitfulness and desperate wickedness. Hence, every thing is considered only as it has reference to his avarice, sensuality, or pride. What made the proui