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received opinion, may be the more easily conducted to the right sense of the text.

This part of duty is always attended with some unpleasant sensations to the labourer. He feels the necessity of approaching this work with caution. In performing this, he well knows that there is danger of wounding those who are involved in the error to be corrected, and the delicate ear which shrinks from the language of controversy

But notwithstanding all difficulties, necessary labour must be done and done faithfully. An architect whom you might see fit to employ to repair your house, might, on due examination, find that the labour and expense of repairing would be surely lost, for want of soundness in the foundation; and however disagreeable it might be to you to hear it, or to him to declare it, yet it would be most consistent with your interest and his duty.

But it is hard to give up the ancient, the venerable, though decayed building. The habitations of our fathers hold our fond hearts with a sort of charm that is not easily broken. But from this digression we may return to our subject.

This passage read for our present consideration, as has already been hinted, is generally applied to the subject of a day of judgment, in a future state, when and where all mankind will be brought to trial, duly examined, judged and rewarded according to their works in this mortal life. Some of the absurdities of this notion of a future judgment, I have pointed out in a discourse which I recently delivered in this house, and which has since been published. That sermon, having stirred up the minds of the thoughtful, has thereby, been the means of calling our present subject into consideration, which gives me another occasion to at tend to this very important inquiry.

As this judgment is supposed to mean a decision to be formed, on due examination and investiga. tion of character and conduct, how it is possible

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dust of the ground, all the future thoughts and
actions of the numerous sons and daughters of
Adam, to the latest generation which shall inhabít
the earth. How preposterously erroneous are the
declarations of enthusiasts, who, to operate on
the weakness of credulity, have threatened their
hearers of witnessing against them at the bar of
God! As if the Almighty, having difficult cases to
determine, will have occasion to call on them to
testify in evidence! All this goes down very well
with two classes of people ; (viz.) those who be-
lieve every thing the preacher says on his author-
ity, and those who care nothing about religion,
and never go to the house of worship with other
than worldly motives.

It was asked, in the sermon before alluded to,
whether at the great day, so much talked of,
those poor wretched immortals, who had lived in
the torments of hell thousands of years, would
then be permitted to have their trial ? It was
also asked, if those who had been in heaven for
ages and ages, would at the day of judgment, be
put to the tribunal for adjudication? These ques.
tions may be called by hard names without being
answered.

St. Paul was the author of our text; we may therefore inquire how this notion of a future day of judgment agrees with what he says in other passages, See Phil. i. 23, - For I am in a strait

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