Sin Brings Death


The same God who

molded the sun and kindled the stars, watches

the flight of the insect. He who balances the

clouds and hung the earth upon nothing, notices

the fall of the sparrow. He who gave Saturn his

two rings, and placed the moon like a ball of 

silver in the broad arch of heaven, gives the rose

leaf its delicate tint, and makes the distant sun

 to nourish the violet. And the same Being 

notices, equally the praises of the Cherubim and

 the prayers of the little child. 

Water Son.


DISOBEDIENCE to the law of God, and the

requirements of the gospel of Christ, if not

repented of, will surely be visited by death. The

soul that sinneth it shall die." "And sin, when

it is finished, bringeth forth death." While the

sinner is in the "broad way" to destruction, his

path is strown with anguish and sorrow. "The

way of transgressors is hard.'' "There is no

peace, saith my God, to the wicked."

Not long since, a very affecting scene came

under my observation, which was the result of

breaking one of the commandments of God. I

was passing through the city of V, to company

with a brother, just as two little boys were

led away before us, followed by men and 

children, to the jail, where they were confined

 for stealing. As we drove in front of the place of

their confinement, my attention was again 

arrested, by expressions of extreme agony from

some one near by. I soon learned they were

cries and shrieks from the mother of one of

these poor unhappy boys.

Who can imagine the deep emotions of her

heart, as she saw her child forced into the jail,

to be locked up in a lonesome cell, to stay she

knew not how long? Perhaps she then deeply

regretted her own neglect of duty. That she

had not watched over him with greater and more

constant care. And what think you, of what have

been the feelings of these unfortunate little

 convicts in this trying moment? Doubtless they 

were extremely sorry for their disobedience and

 folly; and sensibly felt that "the way of 

transgressors is hard."

As I turned away from the spot where they

might be seen looking through the grated 

window, and mingling their loud wailings with 

those of the mother, I was led to reflect on the

 dreadful scenes of misery and destruction which

 await this wicked world for their disobedience 

to God's holy law, and the requirements of the

 gospel of Christ. I thought of the day when the

 Lord will pour out his wrath upon all such as

 know him not.

"The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and

hasteth greatly. . . That day is a day of wrath,

a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness

and desolation, a day of darkness and 

gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness."

 In that day the wicked will gnaw their tongues 

for pain; and hide "themselves in the dens and in

the rocks of the mountains; and say to the 

mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us 

from the face of him that sitteth on the throne,

 and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great 

clay of his wrath is come, and who shall be able

 to stand?"

Dear friends, reflect for a moment that the

time is not far distant, when these things will

prove to be solemn and certain realities. And

then ask yourselves, each one of yon, the 

important question, Am I prepared to meet an 

event of so great magnitude? For only such as 

have made their peace with God will be able to 

stand.While the wicked will be destitute of the 

protecting care of God, and be slain, and fall in

death in all parts of the earth, to live not again

till the expiration of a thousand years. During

this time the righteous of every age will reign

with Christ in the New Jerusalem. And when

the thousand years are finished, the wicked will

be raised to receive their full and final reward

for their sins. This will be the “second death."

Revelation 20:14. "And sin, when it is finished,

bringeth forth death." Sin is the transgression

of the law. If, therefore, we would escape the

consequences of sin, let us keep all the 

commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus,

 and we shall not perish, but have "eternal life."

Saith the Saviour, “Blessed are the meek; for

they shall inherit the earth." Here the “new

earth," which is to be the final abode of the

saints, is doubtless referred to. O may the Lord

help us to prepare for it. Then may we say,

while joy fills our hearts,

"We'll be there, 

We'll be there, in a little while,

We'll join the pure and the blest;

We'll have the palm, the robe, the crown,

And for ever be at rest." 


Ulysses, Pa.