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the words of the Judge,― Mark 7, out of him, those are they that defile the man. Out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness; all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.' And you here acknowledge that you have all these things within you; and the reason you do not practise them is, you stand in fear of retribution in a future world! Thou art most unclean. May the thoughts of thine heart be forgiven thee."

What an exposure of hypocrisy and love of sin, in the objector!





WE have already shown that Mr. B. believed in no salvation except a salvation from sin and unbelief. The notion, which so generally prevailed, that salvation is a reward, that it cannot be enjoyed until man shall enter the eternal world, and that it will consist in deliverance from being sentenced to endless pains, was entirely discarded by him. A slight anecdote illustrates this matter quite clearly. He had gone into some interior town to preach, and had found lodgings at a house of which the mistress was opposed to Universalism, but she was not a bigot. She held that mankind were to be saved as a reward for being good, and that this reward consisted in being admitted to the holy presence of God. Passing out through the broad kitchen, he found this woman engaged in the labors which Saturday afternoon generally

imposed upon her. He had not seen her until this moment, when she spoke to him very politely,

"This is Mr. Ballou, I suppose?"

"Yes, madam, my name is Ballou."

"Well, Mr. Ballou, they say you hold that all men will be saved. Do you really believe that doctrine?"

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"Yes, madam," said he, "I really believe it." “Why, sir!”—with some astonishment, "do you really believe that all men are going to be saved just such creatures as they are?"

He saw that she did not understand the nature of salvation; and he therefore adopted the following method to enlighten her: "What is that you have in your hand, dear woman?" [Laughingly.]" Why, it is my mop."

"Your mop? Well; what are you going to do with it?"


I am going to mop up my floor. I always do it on Saturday afternoon."

"Well, sister, I understand you. Are you going to mop it up just as it is?"

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"Yes; you wished to know if I hold that all men will be saved just as they are. Do you intend to mop up the floor just as it is ?” Why," said she, "I mop it up to clean it."


"True," said he ; you do not require it to be made clean before you will consent to mop it up. God saves men to purify them; that's what salvation is designed for, God does not require men to be pure in order that he may save them.”

On another occasion, he was the guest of a gentleman whose wife was a member of the Congregationalist church; but she was a kind woman, and she was more willing to have Mr. Ballou at her house than some clergymen of her own faith, for she said he was so humble and quiet, and made her so little trouble, it was a pleasure to see

him. Some clergymen, she said,— and most frequently those that were young, would seem as if they thought other people were made only to wait on them. certain day this good lady said,

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"Mr. Ballou, I wish our minister could have as full an attendance upon his preaching as you do." It was a bright Sunday morning in May, and she saw that the services of Mr. Ballou would be largely attended, that day, by people within the distance of five or ten miles around. Yes," she added, "I wish my good minister could have as large an attendance."


"Well; what is the reason he does not?" said Mr. Ballou.

"O," said she, "I don't know; he's almost discouraged; the people don't attend public worship as they ́ought."

"Well; what do you think is the reason?" he inquired again.

"Because," said she, "they do not love the Lord's house."

"But why do they not love the Lord's house?" he asked.

"I don't know," she replied; "I don't know."

"Well," said he, "sister, I will tell you. Their souls are not nourished by the doctrine your good minister preaches. When any place is really a Zion, in the scriptural sense of that term, the people will love to go there. They will say one to another, as we read in Isaiah, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.'-2: 3. Now, concerning this Zion, God hath said, 'I will abun

dantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread; I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.'-Psalm 132: 15, 16. In this Zion he will make unto all people a feast of fat things,'-Isaiah 25: 6. If your minister (continued Mr. B.) would feed the people with the bread of life, they would love to attend upon his teachings.




"But, see here," said Mr. B.; "what makes all the poultry gather around you so?" for the woman had gone out upon the lawn with a half-peck measure in her hand (he following her), and the hens and half-grown chickens came running and flying and leaping over each other's heads, to get near to her. "What makes them so eager

to gather around you?"

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'Because," said she, "they know I am going to feed. them."

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'Well," he added, "if the people could only know that your minister would feed their souls, he would not have to preach to empty pews."



At the beginning of the year 1825, Mr. Ballou gave a careful review of his opinions concerning the interpretation of the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth chapters of Matthew. Where he saw reasons to alter them, he did so; but this critical examination tended only to confirm him the more in the general application which he had pre

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