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people, Where is their God? Then will the Lord be jealous for His land, and pity His people."
But if, ( England, all the warnings of thy God are lost upon thee, then thy doom is sure. Loaded as thou hast been with privileges and mercies, and blessings, and not having used them, as thou oughtest to have done, to the honour of the bounteous Giver, “ it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment than for Thee.”
NUNTINGDON; PRINTED BY ROBERT EDIS, NIGH STATET.
POPERY, WHETHER OF PAST, OR OF PRESENT TIMES,
AND TO OBSTRUCT ITS FREE DIFFUSION.
PREACHED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1835,
IN ALL SAINTS' CHURCH, WORCESTER,
REV. T. DAVIS, A. M.
CURATE OF ALL SAINTS'.
PUBLISHED BY R. CHILD, 66, HIGH-STREET.
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PRICE ONE SHILLING.
II. THESS. II. 1.
BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US, THAT THE WORD OF THE
LORD MAY HAVE FREE COURSE, AND BE GLORIFIED.
Of all the many and blessed effects, which the reception of the gospel has upon the heart, there is none more lovely than the interest it awakens in the welfare of the whole of the human family. Immediately that a penitent sinner has himself “ tasted that the Lord is gracious,” there is opened in his bosom a fountain of benevolence-of pure, disinterested benevolence—which never fails to pour forth a gradually increasing stream. He is no longer satisfied, as aforetime, with ministering to the happiness of the home where he dwells,—tho' there assuredly will be spent his first, his best, his most constant efforts,—but in the remotest corners of the globe he feels that he has a neighbour, and a brother, and thither, therefore, would he extend, with a cheerful heart, and a liberal hand, those precious waters of salvation which have so greatly enriched himself. He desires, and prays, that the word of the Lord may spread abroad; may have free course ;* and be glorified in the salvation of souls, whose praises shall eternally glorify God. Uniformly will this be found to be the fruit of genuine piety.
* Literally may run as in the margin of our Bibles.
In the case of the eminent Apostle, whose language is the text of our discourse, this expansive charity of the gospel is exhibited in all its fulness. It were impossible to view him, beaten with rods, stoned, and shipwrecked; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by his own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils, in a word, of every description ;-it were impossible to look on these things, remembering wherefore they were incurred and endured, without being filled with admiration of his ardent and overflowing love. His was, indeed, gospel charity. Like his clivine and beloved Master, he went about doing good. Reproaches, contempt, derision, and cruelty, seemed but to render him doubly zealous: they could not extinguish his affection: they were but as fuel, which, thrown upon a flame, checks it for a moment, to rise the brighter. To save the immortal souls of men, he would, as he himself declares, in language of surpassing beauty, “very gladly spend, and be spent; though the more abundantly he loved them, the less he were loved.”
I wish you to notice this especially—to poncler it well—and then to remark, how this love affected his preaching. You will find, that whilst with unsparing hand he sowed the precious seed of the gospel, never was mortal more resolute than he, in tearing up weeds and tares by the roots. He was not content with publishing truth: he struggled and combated with
The one he diffused, “gentle as a nurse, fondly cherishing her children:” the other he took in his giant