The Mourner in Zion Comforted
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. ON DISTRESS ARISING FROM THE FEAR OF HAVING COMMITTED THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST. 'O save a trembling mourner, Lord? Whose hope, still hov'ring round thy word, Seeks for some precious promise there, Some sure support against despair." Nothing affords a more amiable and decisive evidence of a genuine Christian, than tenderness of conscience, and a habitual fear, and an unchanging abhorrence of all evil. Whilst sinners boldly adventure upon the most flagrant offences, give themselves no uneasiness about the most foul and horrid enormities, and even glory in their shame; a real Christian trembles at every appearance of the abominable thing which Jehovah hates; dreads the smallest approach to evil; and, if ever he is actually overtaken with iniquity, is covered with shame and filled with terror lest his guilt, however comparatively slight, should prove too great to be forgiven. This is the black brand fixed by the hand of the Eternal upon one of the sins of the sons of men. The same Scriptures which every where, in language the most distinct and impressive, proclaim the irresistible power of the Redeemer, and the inexhaustible efficacy of his blood; the same Scriptures which expatiate upon the riches of his grace, and the fulness and freeness of his salvation; plainly and forcibly tell us, that there is one sin for which no blood has been shed, and for which no pardon haS been provided; a sin which excludes the perpetrator from hope, and seals him up for inevitable destruction. This is the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. Because the invitations of the Gospel are so liberal and comprehensive, that salvation is offered unreservedly to all; because we are so completely assured of the omnipotence of the Saviour, and the all-sufficiency of his a...
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