Excerpt from Life and Death
If people were to be told half as much with respect to their bodily danger as they often hear in one sermon about their souls, you would never be able to make them indifferent any more, until they had adopted the means recommended for the improvement of their temporal condition. You convince a man that he is out of health, show him the importance of seeing a physician and getting a remedy, and, if he is a sane man, he will never rest again till he has put himself under the means which he thinks most likely to cum him.
But it is not so with people's souls. How can this be, when the interests at stake are so much greater? How can you account for it You get them to a service, and a little bit aroused but the first great anxiety of the Devil is to get them to sleep again. He says, I must not let that man hear such truth any more 3' and he finds something to attract his attention as soon as he gets outside. The seed is sown, but the birds - evil spirits - come and snatch it away before it has time to take root. The great effort of the Devil is to keep people indifi'erent, and nothing does he dread so much as awakening and arousing preaching, or other instrumentalities calculated to awaken and alarm them.
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