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A true Christian will be holy among the unholy. He will
retain and keep his holiness, let the times be ever so unholy.
If you take him among unholy friends¬óyou shall find him holy.
If you take him at his table¬óyou shall find him holy.
If you take him in his shop¬óyou shall find him holy.
If you take him in his family¬óyou shall find him holy.
If you take him in his closet¬óyou shall find him holy.
If you take him in his journeyings¬óyou shall find him holy.
If you take him in his recreations¬óyou shall find him holy.
A holy Christian is like gold. Cast gold into the fire, or
into the water; cast it upon the ash-heap, or into the
pleasant garden; cast it among the poor or among the
rich, among the religious or among the licentious¬óyet
still it is gold, still it retains its purity and excellency.
Just so, cast a holy Christian¬óa golden Christian¬ó
into whatever condition you will, and into what company
you will¬óand still he will retain his purity, his sanctity!
Yes, the worse the times are, the more a holy man
studies holiness, and prefers holiness, and prizes
holiness, and practices holiness.
The godly man is four square. Cast him where you will,
like a dice, he always falls sure and square. Just so, cast
a holy man where you will, and into what company you
will¬óyet still he falls sure and square for holiness. True
holiness is a part of the divine nature; it is of such a
heavenly complexion, that it will never alter.