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dead by the unseen hand of God, for lying, and then, as a reward for their sin, received home to glory! This is lying and praising in almost the same breath! This was lying so near to heaven, that it will not be a strange sentiment, if the Universalists should by and by preach that we may not only lie on the earth, but lie also on the way to and in heaven! And if this guilty couple are in heaven, there is every reason to believe, on the same principles, that they will continue alternately lying to God and praising him for ever and ever! Universalists seldom preach about the heavenly condition of this their ancient brother and sister! They do not inform us, whether they continue, first to lie, and then to praise God, or first to praise, and then to lie to him! Stand forth, ye champions of these departed saints, and wipe off the foul blot which rests upon their fair fame! Stand forth, and vindicate their character and doom, against the testimony of the Holy Spirit!
We reject Universalism, in view of the history of Herod. “And upon a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” Is Herod in heaven? “O yes," says the Universalist," he went to heaven the moment the breath left his body. The worms which consumed him, consumed also the moral defilement of his soul, and thus, by a worm-purifying process, he was prepared for the purity and bliss of the skies. As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive." But, seriously, let us ask our Universalist friends, when was Herod prepared for heaven? Was he in a course of preparation during his former life life of cruelty and blood? Did the crime for which the angel of God smote him, indicate that he was possessed of a moral character such as God approved? Was there any time for a moral reforma. tion, between the time that the angel smote him and his death? And can it be shown, that he did not retain, till the last breath, the same desire to be deified for which he was so suddenly destroyed? Would not the same ambition lead him to covet divine honours in heaven? The history of Herod presents another opportunity for the brethren of that defamed man to stand forth in his defence. Make haste, make haste, ye valiant ones of the Universalist ministry, Herod's fame has been suffering for eighteen centuries under the imputations of the Holy Ghost.
We reject Universalism, in view of the history of the rich man and Lazarus. 6. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died and was buried ; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed; so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us which would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldst send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham : but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.” This history is furnished by the Son of God. How astonishing the infatuation of any man, who, in view of this history, can for a moment believe in the doctrine of no future punishment! Where did Dives go to when he died? From what place did he lift up his eyes, being in torment? What was his request for himself and for his five brethren? What was Abraham's reply in regard
the possibility of furnishing him relief, or of sending another note of forewarning to his five brethren?
If there was not another intimation in the whole Bible of the future state of the wicked, we should deem this amply sufficient. Indeed, it seems to have been left on record for the very purpose of preventing any man from imbibing the preposterous doctrine of Universalism. Poor Dives is not a Universalist, and since Abraham told him about the impassable gulf, he has fully and for ever given up the doctrine of purgatory, or final restoration.
We reject the doctrine of Universalism, in view of the history of Judas.
“The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but wo unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had never been born.” “ This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bore what was put therein." “ While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” “Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is deyil.” “ And after the sop satan entered into him." “ And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.”. “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”
From this history of Judas, furnished us by the unerring testimony of the Holy Ghost, we learn the following facts:
1. That Judas was a thief.
2. That he was possessed with the devil just before he hung himself.
3. That it had been better for Judas if he had never been born.
4. That he was the son of perdition.
6. That he was not kept by the grace of Christ, but lost.
7. That he was a devil.