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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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