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INTRODUCTION:

BY REV. THOS. H. SKINNER, D.D.

It is the impression of some intelligent and observant Christians, that the testimony of the pulpit on the subject of endless punishment and man's exposure to it is feeble now, compared to what it was during the late outpouring of the Holy Spirit; and yet more different, from our Lord's mode of preaching in regard to it. If this impression be founded in fact, the ministry is to be blamed in a matter of fundamental moment. Feeble preaching on future punishment is without much strength in every thing connected with the appropriate end of the sacred office; and is, to the last degree, unfaithful to inspired truth, and the souls of men.

The work before us, on “The Value of the Soul, and the Christian's Hope,” is not as "a trumpet that gives an uncertain sound.” The reader will find himself dealt with in kindness and love, but at the same time, plainly, faithfully, earnestly;, nor can he lay down the book, if he does not offer the strongest resistance to its teaching, without having first sought salvation through Christ. He will not be able to stay himself on doubts respecting either the certainty, or the

endless duration, of the punishment of those who die in sin : nor can be be either ignorant of the way of escape, or negligent of the present, as peradventure the only opportunity in which his escape may be effected.

Mr. Batey's style is not much embellished ; it is simple, energetic, serious ; the manner of one profoundly in earnest. I shall be very happy to learn, that his work finds favor with the reading public.

THOMAS H. SKINNER.

New York, May 4th, 1849.

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LECTURE IV. THE MEANS BY WHICH MEN ACCOMPLISH

THEIR Souls' Loss.-1. Preference for the riches of

this world; 2. Extravagant attention to the pleasures

and fashions of this life; 3. Neglect of the means of

grace; 4. By cherishing erroneous sentiments; 5. By

mingling with vile and skeptical company; 6. By

procrastination,

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LECTURE V. SALVATION IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE FINALLY Lost

Soul.—Arguments—1. That it now is, and ever will

be, beyond the power of men, by any act or suffering,

to redeem his own or another's soul; 2. That the

atonement of Christ can have no effect to save the lost

soul which has past the bounds of time, and entered

into the eternal world; 3. That when sentence shall

have been given against the sinner in judgment, and

he becomes the subject of punishment, there is no in

tercessor between God and him, and without an inter-
cessor there is no salvation,

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LECTURE VI. CHRIST THE ONLY COMPETENT SAVIOR FOR

ALL WHO ARE NOT FINALLY Lost.-Illustrated by con-

sidering, 1. The import of the saying in the text, That

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;

2. The character of the saying, It is faithful; 3. The

extent of its claim-It is worthy of universal recep-

tion,

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LECTURE VII. THE EFFICIENCY, UNDER GOD, OF HUMAN

INSTRUMENTALITY.—Affectionate appeals, 1. To minis-

ters of the Gospel; 2. To parents; 3. To Sabbath

School teachers; 4. To all instructors of youth; 5. To

superintendents, matrons, &c., of Institutions; 6. To

Christians in general, and to Churches; 7. To physi-

cians; 8. To Christian seamen and soldiers,

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