The Touchstone of Sincerity, Or, Trial of True and False Religion

The Touchstone of Sincerity, Or, Trial of True and False Religion

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The Touchstone of Sincerity, Or, Trial of True and False Religion

The Touchstone of Sincerity, Or, Trial of True and False Religion

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Rev. 3: 17, 18.

"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mavest be rich." &c.

CHAPTER I. Elucidation of the Text.

THE members of the Laodicean church had a name to live, but were dead. In regard to their spiritual state, they were emphatically denominated lukewarm. They had drawn around them the form of religion, but never heartily engaged in the practice of its duties; they were strangers to its transforming efficacy, its living influence, and heavenly consolations. To this lifeless indifference the Lord Jesus expressed his aversion: "I would that thou wert cold or hot," &c. The word cold, here, denotes the moral state of those who are wholly alienated from religion; the term hot, relates to the pious tem-

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