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the occasion of your soil being drenched with human blood. Nor are you to expect the Spirit of God to be poured out in any great degree upon you and your children, or the divine blessing to accompany in any great degree the administration of gospel ordinances, till in your church capacities you turn your attention to the immortal interests of this part of your population.
Many difficulties, it is acknowledged, are in the way of doing much here-but these difficulties will yield to faith and prayer, and humble but persevering efforts. Let every pious head of a family only remember, that he or she is answerable to the Judge of all the earthto the Saviour who came to seek and to save that which is lost-answerable, in a great degree for the immortal soul of this and the other servant who in holy providence is cast under his or her protection-and much may be done in a very little time. Let every officer of a church, and every church meeting, remem ber that the gospel is to be preached to every creature, and that this gospel is the wisdom and the power of God to the salvation of people of all colours, and in all situations. Let this be remembered and acted upon, and much good will be done, and with very little noise, in a very little time.
But, professed christians, you still say, "There is a lion in the way, and I shall be slain in the streets." If so, lay your head down upon the block and perish. The Redeemer needs not your agency, nor will he use you as an instrument in his great and extensive work, if you are not willing -if your heart is divided-if you have not confidence in his promises and power. But Oh, remember, that if you
perish in your state, you perish in your sins, in your blood. Read and try to pray over Zech. xiv. 12-19.
There is a day coming when the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief capfains, and the mighty men, and every bond man, and every free man, shall hide themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, and shall say to the mountains and to the rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?
The king will be there, but he will be without his crown-he will have nothing to distinguish him from the slave. The emperor will be there, but among all the thousands with whom he shall be surrounded, not one will be disposed to do him honour, or to solicit his protection. The warrior and the conqueror will be there the man who rode triumphantly over many lands, and before whom thousands upon thousands cried, bow the knee. But he will be there as a culprit to receive his doom, and be consigned to the blackness and. the darkness of eternal death.
Professed, but timid and faithless christians, think of that day and these things, and then say, "There is a lion in the way, and if I dare to act in the cause of the Redeemer, I shall be slain in the streets."
The British tar brings every muscle into action, and thinks of nothing but victory or death, when the last signal is hoisted, bearing the motto, "ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN TO DO HIS DUTY"—and they do so to obtain an earthly erown, nay, to obtain the applause of these
kings, and captains, and great men, who shall be put to confusion when our Lord and Master shall make his appearance. And shall not every man and every woman, who knows the worth, and the power, and the faithfulness, and the glory, of Immanuel, be all nerve and all action in his service,when the word is given,-"Occupy till I come. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might, for there is no work, nor device, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest."
"BEHOLD COME QUICKLY: HOLD FAST THAT WHICH THOU HAST, THAT NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN. BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, AND I WILL GIVE THEE ▲ CROWN OF LIFE."
The following productions of father Rice are re-published in this work for the following reasons:
1. They are important historical documents, giving, it is believed, a pretty impartial account of the state of religion in Kentucky at the time of their first publication. And,
2. They are specimens of his labours and fidelity in the cause of his Master, under very discouraging circumstances. At an advanced age, when the hearts of many were fainting, he traversed nearly the whole of the state of Kentucky, and several parts of the state of Ohio, to ascertain what was the real state of religious opinion and religious feeling, and to reclaim, if possible, by public and private admonition, those who were going astray,
AN EPISTLE TO THE CITIZENS OF KENTUCKY, PROFESSING CHRISTIANITY; ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, DENOMINATED PRESBYTERIANS.By REV. DAVID RICE. (First printed in 1805.)
ABOUT twenty-one years ago, I came from the state of Virginia to this country, animated, in some measure, with a hope, and a pleasing prospect, of cultivating the vine of the Gospel in it; and thereby doing honour to