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to, for the latter case controls the former

one. [ . .(rr In how many well-meaning minds in Ashburton and elsewhere is there continually some such thoughts as these : f Sil* Well, i f I could only have a good harvest or two, or get more cash customers, or the pnce of land would rise, so that I could stand on my own feet, and have j ’ more breathing time, I should then have time to settle this matter of religion, land • /.. attend to the interests of my soul; but it / '’. would only be mocking God for me to pretend to any religion till I can pay 1 my : , way, and so be clear of the world, and be 1- ; fit to serve God with an unburdened” I think this frame of mind is . ■ not uncommon, and yet a more suicidal ■' a nd God-dishonoring thought it is timpossible for a well-meaning person to ‘ have. If your case, reader, in any way resembles this, I’ll tell you exactly what is your position before God by an illus‘V tration. You are like a man standing! on the line of railway at a public crossing ; yon are carefully watching all the triaps and drays, and keeping out of their different courses by stepping on the !up or down line, as each appears safest

You will never be run over by any con-

. ' veyance , but you are entirely overlooking o the swift express, which is liable to cut you off at any moment. You are eagerly . striving in every way to meet this account, that bill, or the other liability, while at the time there is a creditor who may appear at any moment , and sell you out and ruin you for ever. With whatever amount of interest you may read this,, it is a solemn fact which no amount of indifference , or ridicule, or “clever” argument can alter in the slightest, that you are liable to eternal bank- ; ruptcy at any moment. Men may . wish or think what they like, but it in no way interferes with God’s plans and decrees. You are over head and ears in ; .debt (dishonorable debt, too) to God'at this moment, and have nothing wherewith to meet the debt. Your thoughts are sui- ... cidal, for two reasons. You are overlooking your greatest Creditor altogether, and you also think that when you have met your earthly creditors you have in you that which will meet your eternal Creditor’s demands, if you think you can serve God with a clear conscience because you are clear with men, honest and moral. God is not only your greatest creditor, he is also immeasurablp the best, if you will i allow him to be. Because you have nothing to pay with God frankly forgives - you, on one condition —that you accept ■ Christ, who has paid all your debts, who is your substitute, and who has, by the • Atonement, met all the demands of divine justice. If you are wise you will settle now with God, for these reasons — You owe Him most, and you will never have anything more than you have now (which is nothing) to meet his demands. Whatever happens, you m'ust settle sometime. God, whose claims are paramount, gives the present as the only time you are certain of having. The consequences are everlasting, and if you delay it any moment might, and some one moment . wiU, hurl you where the matter will be settled for ever against you, where you will have to meet every demand of God’s righteous judgment, and where, as it will be no more in your power to meet them of yoursdf than it is now, you will perforce remain throughout eternity.- Therefore, if God is willing to pardon you (for the sake of Christ) just as you are, what possible reason can you have for refusing pardon 1 Are you or are you not going to be one of those of whom it will be said, “ They hated me without a cause.” There is no middle ground to stand on—“ He who is not for us is against us.” You must serve Satan if you serve not God. It is very - common for people to be under this delusion, that it they resolve to do their utmost to please God, obeying as far as they possibly can by reading the Bible,. praying, keeping the Sabbath conscientiously, eta, then God, in his mercy, will save them. This is a gross deception, and a flat contradiction to the whole teaching of God’s Word, for it excludes Christ, Who is the “ raison d’ <Hre ” of the Bible, and Whose attonement is the one and only thing by which man can claim God’s mercy, and by which God can justly pardon all sin, and by which also God is willing and anxious to pardon all transgressions and make you, reader, if you will, one of the adopted sons of the Living God. God demands “ Pay me that thou owest.” If you give him your heart now, you satisfy His demands and gain eternal Joy, but if you do not give it Him while In this world (and the next may come at any hour) you will have to atone during eternity, and gain nothing thereby. Now do not put this off any more. Be a man and decide quickly and wisely, for Christ. May God open your byes for once and for ever, as He has mine ! To Him be glory and praise for ever. Farmer, Ashburton P. O.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 505, 10 December 1881

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