The Works of the Rev. William Thom, Late Minister of Govan
Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. William Thom, Late Minister of Govan: Consisting of Sermons, Tracts, Letters, &C. &C. &C
Demas, says the apostle in the text, "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world." He is base and infamous, who forsakes his friend from worldly views; he is impious, and in a state of perdition, who forsakes his God and his religion from any views whatever: but, in our times, it is not one only, there arc many, who, it is to be feared, have lost the reality, at least they have forsaken the profession, of religion, and have forsaken it, as Demas did, from love and attachment to this present world.
From the text, I might take occasion to observe, that in these corrupted times many have forsaken the profession of religion; and then show, that it is from love to this world that they have done so.
But I almost take it for granted, that men are much less regular in their profession of religion than they were fifty, or even thirty years ago. Is the Sabbath as religiously observed now as it was then? are the churches as much resorted to by people of all ranks, and of every condition? is family-religion as much in fashion? pious aged people behold and lament that there is a very wide and remarkable difference. Could men formerly have undertaken journeys of business upon the Sabbath, or have rode abroad for amusement, or visits of ceremony? could they have transacted their business at home, or met in one another's houses, and spent the hours of public worship in feasting, drinking, and diversion? could they have done these things half a century ago, without being wondered at, and without shocking the world much more than it is at present, when so many are guilty of such rude, unmannerly, and offensive practices?
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