Excerpt from A Letter to the Clergy of Various Denominations: And to the Slave-Holding Planters, in the Southern Parts of the United States of America Sliders, For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame, Hebrews vi. 4, 5, 6. Is it not well known to you also, that St. Peter (2 Epistle ii. 20, 21) speaks nearly to the same effect, con cerning the same persons, for if, after they escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning, for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandments delivered unto them. But not only is your sin greater, and your repentance and turning again to God more difficult, but the punishment of the sin will be in proportion to your former knowledge of the Divine will. Our Saviour says this in language so plain, as not to be misunderstood. Woe unto thee Chorazin, woe unto thee Bethsaida, for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes; but I say unto you it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day ofjudgment, than for you, Matt. Xi. 21. Bethsaida and Chorazin had had the gospel preached to them by our Lord himself, but Tyre and Sidon had no such advantage, and were then heathens; and as I have had occasion to mention Tyre, I cannot help saying to you who live in a slave-holding country, (though as ministers of the gospel, you cannot be ignorant of the fact, ) that this great city, the greatest in the then known.
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