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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by the
AMERICAN BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in
and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
PHILADELPHIA: STEREOTYPED BY GEORGE CHARLES,
PRINTED BY KING & BAIRD.
THE AUTHOR'S EPISTLE
SLOTHFUL AND CARELESS PEOPLE.
Solomon saith, that “the desire of the slothful killeth him ;” and if so, what will slothfulness itself do to those that entertain it? The proverb is, “ He that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame:" and this I dare be bold to say, no greater shame can befall a man, than to see that he hath fooled away his soul, and sinned away eternal life. And I am sure this is the next way to do it; namely, to be slothful; slothful, I say, in the work of salvation. The vineyard of the slothful man, in reference to the things of this life, is not fuller of briers, nettles, and stinking weeds, than he
that is slothful for heaven, hath his heart full of heart-choking and souldamning sin.
Slothfulness hath these two evils : first, to neglect the time in which it should be getting heaven; and by that means doth, in the second place, bring in untimely repentance. I will warrant you, that he who should lose his soul in this world through slothfulness, will have no cause to be glad thereat, when he comes to hell. Slothfulness is usually accompanied with carelessness; and carelessness is for the most part begotten by senselessness; and senselessness doth again put fresh strength into slothfulness; and by this means the soul is left remediless. Slothfulness shutteth out Christ; slothfulness shameth the soul.
Slothfulness is condemned even by the feeblest of all the creatures. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise."
“ The sluggard