THE SECRET PLACE - BY WILLIAM C. BURNS - PART 4 OF 4
This is no season to be drawing back, when we see men, in defiance of God’s commands, about to lay their hands on our beloved Sabbaths. Ah! who can contemplate such a probability without trembling, -- who can see these bulwarks of religion shaken, -- who can look to the dismantling of these blessed fortresses, which are truly the strongholds of Scotchmen? Who can see the ungodly, for the gain of a little money, approaching to attack the citadel, and not tremble? – or quietly listen to the iron wheels that in their speed are trampling down the Fourth Commandment? Soon your privileges may pass away. You may yet be under a dead, world-serving ministry, who will sell the truth of God for a pulpit and a place, and sing to you a siren song of the road to the pit. Is the Lord’s work going on among you? Are the fishers of men getting fruit of their labour? or are their nets only made heavy by the stones or worthless fish that are drawn up? Plead with the Lord for Scotland. Ask that the length and breadth of the land may receive abundant showers of the Holy Ghost, in answer to the laid-up prayers of our witnessing forefathers. It is encouraging to know that in many places, abroad and at home, God’s blessed work is going on still. Glorious work, which has gone on in spite of every opposition for eighteen hundred years, and shall go on till time shall end!
And now, before we close, let us once more entreat you who are unconverted to turn to Jesus. Could ministers but give you some faint idea of Christ’s willingness to save you! If any soul here can declare that it is willing to receive Christ, let it know that Christ is yet more willing to save and to bless. He does not wish you to remain an hour longer a stranger to his love. Why did he suffer? Why did he die? Oh! not merely that he might be glorified in your destruction. True, he will yet be so, if you continue to reject and despise him, but that is not what he is seeking now. He did not need to leave his throne in glory to seek that. He need not have left the Father’s bosom in order to have the glory of this world’s condemnation. He could have got that by leaving the world alone in its sins, and under the curse of God. And for what then, did He leave His Father’s bosom, and bleed and die on the cross – but just to be able to say, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.” Is no one going to obey that call to-night, and to come, crying, “Lord, save me, I perish”? Christ is in the offer of every soul in this place, to-night. The Father’s unspeakable gift is within the reach of every one now. Blessed be God that a wiling people still flee unto Him in the day of His power. Jesus has a day of power, even in this lost world. He has “an arm that’s full of power.” Believer! can’t you set your seal to that? Have you never felt your soul drawn out after him, drawn forcibly – drawn irresistibly – drawn by a power that you have not got, a power that man never exerted, and that angel does not possess? Fellow-sinner, seeking salvation! is the devil whispering in your ear, “If you are to be saved, you will be saved; and if not, your trying will do no good”? Be sure that God is saying to you, “Return.” Oh! is no sinner returning to-night? Are none crying out – “Behold we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord, our God.”
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