Memoirs of Mrs. Joanna Bethune.pdf

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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. AN UNFINISHED SKETCH BY HERSELF. Self-examination.—A Retrospect.—Decline of Religion.—Orphanage.—Restraints of Childhood.—A Mother's Care.—An Aunt's Praises.—A Minister's Influence. — Death of a Grandfather.— Lady Glenorchy and her Household.—Their Habits and Example. —Goes to a French School in Rotterdam.—Its effect upon her religious Character. Her religious history up to this period will be best given in the words of an unfinished paper written by herself immediately after her mother's death. "New York, Thursday, August 18, 1814. " A day set apart by the General Assembly for humiliation and prayer. " Heard Mr. Bogue preach from Zephaniah, L, 12, latter clause of the verse: ' And punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil.' He mentioned a number of characters who use such language, and what he said was very good, but I thought that he came short in not speaking more particularly to Christians. Those who seem to walk before God with their whole heart, whose lives and conversation seem void of offense, have most need to search their hearts. "We are apt to be settled upon our lees. "We live in such a day of Gospel light that it is rather respectable than otherwise to be Christians. There are, indeed, those who spend their days in all manner of riot and dissipation: but there are a good number of real believers, of outwardly decent character, that are under no temptation to go out into the world which lieth in wickedness, having so many to keep us in countenance. For my part, with the deepest humiliation and contrition, I would be this day a witness against myself. When I look back on my past life, and all the way by which the Lord my God has led me, I am ashamed and confounde...  

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