a departure from God, the source of all real happiness;
opposition to God, the giver of all true pleasure;
rebellion against God, the righteous ruler, who is pledged to punish it;
the degradation of man, who was made in the image of the holy and happy God.
dark and dreary,
distressing and painful,
alarming and terrible —
is to be traced up to sin!
every groan that ever indicated a breaking heart,
every exclamation produced by violent pain
— all, all are the fruits of sin!
the millions who have suffered, and are suffering;
the fearful nature and extent of their sufferings;
the agonies experienced on earth;
the horrors endured in Hell — and say,
must not sin, from which all these proceeded, be a bitter thing! But here is:
Sin is not a wound in the flesh — but a disease in the heart! There it was conceived, there it is nourished, and from thence it flows.
There is pollution enough in one human heart, to corrupt and defile the universe!
There is nothing so foul, base, or abominable, in earth or in Hell — but its counterpart is to be found in man's heart!
no sympathy with God,
no desire to please him,
no fear of offending him!
Man fears punishment — but he does not fear sin!
no settled peace,
no holy calm,
no quiet satisfaction.
the most terrible agony,
the most torturing pain, and
the most dreadful despair
— and that forever!
no bottomless pit,
no horrible tempest —
can convey to the mind any adequate idea of the horrors of damnation — which are the just desert of sin.
defiles the whole person,
misdirects the whole life; and
exposes the whole man to the wrath and curse of God — and to that wrath and curse, forever!
all the bitter words,
all the bitter tempers, and
all the bitter actions —
which make men miserable on earth, and
will make the lost eternally miserable in Hell!
be bitter to our taste,
lead us to forsake it in practice, and
seek to be delivered from its love and power in our experience!