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“For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell."
Deuteronomy, xxxiii. 22.
“And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
Mark, ix. 45, 46.
“ He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Mark, xvi. 16.
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John, iii. 3.
“ The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
John, v. 28, 29.
“For we must all appear before the judgmentseat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
2 Corinthians, v. 10.
“ When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."
2 Thessalonians, i. 7, 8, 9.
“ How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation.”
Hebrews, ii. 3.
are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Hebrews, x. 39.
“ Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
James, ii. 19.
“There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked."
Isaian, xlviii. 22.
“ And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear ?"
1 Peter, iv. 18.
“ And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
2 Thessalonians, ii. 11, 12.
“ He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
Revelation, xxii. 11.
ONE HUNDREDTH REASON.
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Revelation, xxii. 19.
1. We see one reason why Universalists have extended no further in the earth their system. They have to contend with conscience, reason, truth, and God! The very literature of the whole world is against them. They cannot expect to make much progress, with such mighty obstacles before them. They may succeed with a certain class, but the character of that class is so far from being sanctified, either in whole or in part, that it does not augur well for their cause. We never hear of such an expression as—“What a holy Universalist minister that is”-“What a holy and prayerful member of the Universalist church that is.” The highest compliment that is ever awarded to them, is that some of them wear the silver garments of morality. This is all the compliment which they expect; they would be offended if you should pay them a less, and astonished if you should pay them a greater.
We were recently conversing with an ardent admirer of one of the most prominent of the Universalist clergymen, and all that he contended for, in regard to the character of his minister, was, that no one had ever been able to convict him of open immorality! The correctness of a man's religious principles is always tested by their effect upon his character and conduct.
The obstacles which we have set forth, account