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Isaiah 14:10

June 26 Morning
They will make fun of you, saying, "Now you are as dead as we are. Now you are just like us."

What must be the backslider professor's doom be when his naked soul appears before God? How will he bear that voice, "Depart, you cursed; you rejected me, now I reject you; you have played the whore and left me, so I have banished you from my presence forever and will not have mercy on you." What will be this wretch's shame at the last great day when, before assembled multitudes, the fake Christian shall be unmasked? See the profane, vulgar sinners who never professed religion, lifting themselves up from their beds of fire to point at him. "There he is," says one, "will he preach the gospel in hell?" "There he is," says another, "he rebuked me for cursing, and was a hypocrite himself!" "Aha!" says another, "here comes a psalm-singing Methodist--one who was always at his meeting; he is the man who boasted of his being sure of everlasting life; and here he is!" No greater eagerness will ever be seen among Satanic tormentors, than in that day when devils drag the hypocrite's soul down to hell. Bunyan pictures this with massive but awful grandeur of poetry when he speaks of the back-way to hell. Seven devils bound the wretch with nine cords, and dragged him from the road to heaven, in which he had professed to walk, and thrust him through the back-door into hell. Mind that back-way to hell, professors! "Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith." Look well to your own state and see whether you are in Christ or not. It is the easiest thing in the world to give yourself a lenient verdict when oneself is to be tried. Try to be just and true here. Be just to all, but be rigorous to yourself. Remember, if its not THE Rock on which you build, then when the house falls, great will be the collapse of it. May the Lord God give you sincerity, constancy, and firmness, and in no day, however evil, may you be led astray.

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