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and how he corrects those who worship him. It informs us who are the enemies of all those that love and fear God, and in what way his people are to overcome their enemies, and what shall be the portion of all who are hypocrites. It tells us that the whole world are sinners : that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Redeemer, the Saviour of sinners. It teaches us how to worship God, and how those who are the children of Satan, become the children of God through Jesus Christ; and how this heathen world is to become a Christian world by believing on Jesus Christ, by repenting of their sins, and cleaving to the Lord with their whole soul. It informs us what the Christian world is called — The daughter of Zion, where her possession is—in heaven; how long she shall enjoy itthrough eternity; where the wicked shall go after death—to hell; how long they shall continue in that place of punishment of darkness and horror-for ever and ever. Many great and rich blessings and important truths are contained in this book, a great many more than I have mentioned. No other book than this speaks of Jesus Christ the Saviour, who is true God and true man. Why are your books silent about Jesus Christ? Because the wicked and stupid spirit Satan taught the writers, and was their guide in writing these books. I shall read to you, my countrymen, some parts of this holy book, which prove the things I have told you. See Gen. from 1st to 8th chapter, which were read and explained; Ps. li. 7; Job xiv. 4. chap. xxv. 4; Prov. xx. 9; Rom. iii. 10—20; proofs that all have sinned. 1 Cor. vi. 9, 10; Gal. y. 19–21; who are they that shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Ps. ix. 17. Rev. xxi. 8; the punishment of the wicked. Acts xvi. 30, 31 ; what the duty of the sinner is that he may obtain pardon and receive happiness. John iii. 16–19. Rom. v. 8—11; who the Saviour is, and his ability and willingnesss to save. Acts iv. 12. ch. v. 30, 31; He is the only Saviour.
Now, my dear countrymen, I am about to close my exhortation to you at this time ; do not, I entreat you, go home to your houses careless and forgetful of what I have said, and read from the word of God; but take it home with you and read it with diligence. I have done it and profited by it; and I and my household believing it have another house prepared for us, where we shall meet our beloved Saviour, who was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities. Let me exhort you to follow the example of a people which this blessed book mentions in the following manner :-Acts xvii. 10, 11, 12. “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea, who coming there went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women, who were Greeks, and of men not a few.” I have heard that many heathens in other countries have thrown away their gods and come to believe in Jesus Christ. I will now finish
my exhortation to you in the words of Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to his countrymen. Then Peter said unto them: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” Acts ii. 38–40.
May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you. Amen.
My dear countrymen, I see some among you who call themselves Roman Catholics, and say they are of the church of Rome. I wish to speak to you. Do not feel angry. I beseech you to listen. Why have you changed the strong idols of your fathers made of stone, and come to worship weak idols made of wood ? Is it not a disgrace to a man to bow down to a piece of wood, after the truth has been preached on every side ? But you say you believe in Jesus Christ, and you show me the small crucifix made of brass, hanging round your necks, and you point out the image of wood to me as a proof of your Christianity, and call yourselves the Christian church. I feel a pleasure when you speak about the church of Christ. I very much wish that you were the church of Christ, but if you are not, then let me beseech you to forsake your follies, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hear me whilst I speak a little about your sentiments; you have a great many images in your chapel, besides that which you call Jesus Christ. Before every image you have candles and frankincense burning. You have feasts in honour of these images. During the time of these feasts, and also on the Lord's day, you kneel down to the images, and pray to them, and kiss their feet. Who is it that teaches you to do such things? You say, that all the saints and Jesus Christ were in the world, and that you are praying to God through them. But what will you say to the word of God, which forbids all such wickedness as bowing to images. Hear the language of the word of God, and consider the evil of such conduct. “I am the Lord; that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. They shall be turned back. They shall be greatly ashamed that trust in graven images ; that say to the molten images ye are our gods.” Isa. xlii. 8, 17. See also ch. xlvi. 6—9.
Do you think that the words which Paul applied to the Galatians is applicable to you, as the professed worshippers of the true God?“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth ?” And is there not something fearful in what God says about the worshippers of images in Deut. xxvii. 15. “ Cursed be the man who maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place, and all the people shall say, Amen."
Why do you think that so many Saviours are necessary for you? or why do you think Jesus Christ should need the help of any one? The word of God
teaches us to worship God in spirit and in truth. John iv. 24.
Perhaps you say that the pope is the head of the church, and he commands you to bow down to images, and you are obedient to his commands; but if you obey the pope, and if you have lost all this time in his service, when are you to become the disciples of Jesus Christ? The pope has no authority from Christ, and nothing to do in the church. The Scriptures teach us, that “the man of sin,” “that wicked” shall be revealed; that “ antichrist,” “ the beast,” “ the false prophet,” is to come and deceive many; the pope bears all the marks of those mentioned in the Scriptures. * · Now, my countrymen, this great enemy of God and his church is mentioned in the Scriptures. When the prophecies concerning him shall be fulfilled, then
* A native who was converted from heathenism, about four years ago, in this place, went one day to the priest of the Roman Catholic chapel with a few stalks of raggy (a species of grain) in his hand. The following conversation took place:
Convert. What part of this is the proper food for man?
Convert. What is the reason that yoy and the church of Rome talk so much about the virgin Mary? She only brought forth the man Christ Jesus. He is the true bread of life from heaven. The sinner must look to him, and believe on him alone; but you leave the chief and only help, and pray to the virgin Mary. My preacher says, that the church of Rome is the church of the beast, for the Scriptures call antichrist the beast. Now, does not your church in this prove, that what my preacher says about your church is correct ?-EDITORS.