The Dead Shall Rise
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4
There are more unbelievers within the pale than without the pale of the church. Let me repeat it again, you may think of it when I am tossing upon the mighty waters, there are more unbelievers within the pale of the church than without. All are not possessors that are professors, all have not got the thing promised, all are not partakers of the promise, that talk and bless God they have got the promised Savior. I may have him in my mouth and upon my tongue, without having the thing promised, or the blessed promise in my heart. A moral man that can walk touching the law blameless, a person that thinks he is righteous, because he does not know why a person who has got no other religion but to go to a particular place of worship, values himself upon being a churchman or dissenter … These, however they may think themselves safe, will before long go to one place, whether they think so, or no. They will be soon summoned to one bar, and the voice of the archangel sounding, “Arise, you dead, and come to judgment.” The dead shall arise, and appear before the Son of God, as Judge of all mankind. These, as well as the infidels, would gladly be excused; and as they once said, “I wish to have me excused from coming to Christ,” so too they will fain be excused from appearing before and being condemned by him – but they must all go to one place – and as they know not God and are unacquainted with the divine life they must hear and suffer this dreadful sentence, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41).
*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 16 (Christian Heritage, 2010).
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