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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
328                   CHURCH REVIEW.

what his character and end will be, by the practice he now
follows.  But all the aforesaid, bad as it may seem, is but the
beginning of sorrows to the drunkard.  God has uttered his
voice in relation to this vice. And what is the purport of that
voice?  Woe to the drinkar-drunkards shall not inherit the
Kingdom of God.  The curse of God has gone out against the
drunkard; it pursues him undeviatingly through every lane of
life, and when he shall have dragged out the poor remains of
his miserable existence, he shall die a fool, and go down to the
interminable flames of hell with the accumulated curses of an
angry God upon his head. And if you would estimate the ex-
tent of that blasting curse which yet awaits him in the annals
of a boundless eternity, go, in your imagination, and stand on
the shore of that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone,
and hear the groans andl behold the convulsive agonies of the
damned, and add eternity to this weight of woe, and you have
some faint idea of the indignation of the Almighty against the
drunkard.
  We learn the duty of all the temperate, and especially of all
Christians, in relation to this subject. If ever there was a call
for the friends of God, of humanity, and of their country, to
bestir themselves and come up to the help of the Lord against
the mighty, it is in the cause of temperance.  An evil has gone
forth in this happy land, which threatens to bury in one common
grave the virtues and liberties of the nation; an evil more dis-
tressing than the blasting or mildew; more destructive in its
final consequences than the sword or the famine. This is the
vice which severs the tenderest ties of domestic and social
happiness; that blasts the prospects of aged parents, and brings
down their gray hairs in sorrow to the grave; Every parent,
then, who has a growing family around him, has a deep interest
in the cause of temperance, whether he feels it or not. What,
then, is our duty in relation to this subject? Let us be deeply
impressed with the nature and extent of this dreadful calamity.
But let us go farther than merely to reflect and feel upon this
subject, not only to deplore but to help remove the evil. Let
every temperate drinker of ardent spirits dash the cup from
his mouth, and adopt, from this hour, the plan of total absti-
nence, except it be prescribed as a medicine by a temperate
physician.. Let all heads of families banish the use of ardent
spirits from their habitations, and no longer consider it a token
of hospitality and friendship to set intoxicating liquors before
their friends. Let parents often explain to thieir childlren the
dreadful consequences of intemperance, and solemnly warn
them against this destructive evil. But christians must go, one
step farther. I am convinced that deep and thorough reforma-
tion can never take place while christians favor it by their si-
lence. Is it right, is it for the glory of God, is it for the good of
the Church, is it for the salvation of souls?  These questions
ought to be answered upon the conscience of every Christian,
and upon the book of God  There must be perseverance in




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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