"The Heavenly Birth
and its Earthly Counterfeits" 1843)
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Those who have every reason to fear as to
their eternal state before God, have for the
most part, no fear at all. They are secure,
and free from doubt and fear.
The depths of human hypocrisy,
the dreadful lengths to which profession may go,
the deceit of the carnal heart,
the snares spread for the unwary feet,
the fearful danger of being deceived at the last;
these traps and pitfalls are not objects of anxiety
to those dead in sin.
As long as they can pacify natural conscience,
and do something to soothe any transient
conviction, they are glad to be deceived!
God does not see fit to disturb their quiet.
He has no purpose of mercy towards them;
they are not subjects of His kingdom;
they are not objects of His love.
He therefore leaves them carnally secure, as
in a dream, from which they will not awake
until the day of judgment.