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COURSE OF LECTURES

ON

FUTURE PUNISHMENT,

DELIVERED AT THE

BAPTIST MEETING-HOUSE

IN

CHERRYFIELD.

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BY WILSON C. RIDER, A. M.
Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cherryfield.

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Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1836, by

WILSON C. RIDER, A. X.,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Maine.

PREFACE.

If the opinion of a distinguished philosopher in England, bo correct, that every Christian who can write, ought to leave something behind him against infidelity, I may be excused in presenting the following Lectures to the public; seeing the sentiments I have endeavored to expose, are so nearly allied to bare-faced Deism.

The design of this series of Lectures, was to diversify the ordinary course of ministerial instructions, and to bring together variz ons facts and considerations, so that they might aid each other by their arrangement and union. They were prepared, and delivered, without the least intention of publication ;—but as soon as they were completed, the Church and Society, for whose benefit they were primarily intended, expressed an earnest wish that they might be given to the public,

With regard to the immediate effect of these Lectures, all the expectations of the author have been more than realized. In offering them to the public he can truly say, that he has yielded with a reluctance, which could be overcome only by an ascertained earnestness, expressed by members of his Church, and his brethren in the Ministry, whose opinion and desire would have weight on the minds of those who knew them. Indulging the hope that they might contribute to establish the wavering; to guide the unwary; and to aid in the dissemination of truth, and in the suppression of a baneful and spreading error, he is now glad that the importunity was expressed and has been complied with ; for it has often been remarked to him by those whose sentiments he has here exposed, that the

Orthodox do not receive the doctrine of endless punishment as a
Bible truth, of the highest practical importance, but as a mere spec-
ulative proposition, to be admitted for the purpose of completing a
system of theology, and that were they in practice consistent with
their professions they would not manifest so much indifference to
the subject, but would endeavor to establish it from reason and rev-
elation, and to impress it upon the public mind. I have felt the re-
proof. And I fear that in this matter we cannot say, that we
pure from the blood of all men”; and especially that Ministers of
the Gospel have not sounded the alarm as loudly, and as repeatedly
as they ought to have done. True they have lamented the baneful

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