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1843. Excerpt: ... The Christian Citizen. 143 S. We would now turn,
for a moment, to consider the influence of such doctrines, on the
spiritual state of those who are educated in their belief. Nothing
can be more certain than this, that all the scriptural
representations of the condition and character of men by nature,
are deeply humbling and painful. Their direct tendency is to alarm
the sinner, to lay him low in the dust before God, and to drive him
to utter despair of relief from any human intervention or aid. They
urge him to instantaneous and unreserved submission to God. Even in
the most distinguished saints, we see the evidence of this humbling
tendency. "I abhor myself," says Job, " and repent in dust and
ashes." "I was shapen in iniquity," says the Psalmist, "and in sin
did my mother conceive me." "Oh, wretched man that I am," exclaimed
Paul, in view of the deep depravity of his heart. Now we ask, is
there not the utmost danger, that impenitent sinners, under the
influence of the sentiments in question, will fall entirely short
of any such views of their character and condition? Is there no one
whose eye now rests on these pages, to whom the language just
quoted from the scriptures, seems strange and unaccountable? Is it
not the tendency of the views in which multitudes are educated, to
make them believe that their depravity is trifling, since it
requires only such easy expe lients to remove it? Do they not feel
that it is removed, and its curse avoided by the simple reception
of ordinances--that they have only to be baptized, confirmed, and
to continue in the observance of stated rites, and they are
regenerated, their sins washed away, and themselves made children
of God, and heirs of the kingdom of heaven? They enter on a course
of religious du'y; they have been...
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