Oh Christendom!
by William Penn

It is at that day proud and luxurious Christians shall learn that God
is no respecter of persons; that all sects and names shall be
swallowed up in these two kinds, sheep and goats, just and unjust; and
the very righteous must have a trial for it; which made that holy man
cry out, "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly
and the sinner appear?" (1 Pet 4:18). If their thoughts, words, and
works must stand the test, and come under scrutiny before the imperial
Judge of heaven and earth, how then should the ungodly be exempted?
No; we are told by Him that cannot lie, many shall then even cry,
"Lord, Lord!" set forth their profession, and recount the works that
they have done in his name, to motivate Him to mercy, and yet be
rejected with this direful sentence, "Depart from me, you workers of
iniquity; I know you not" (Mat 7:23). As if He had said, Depart from,
you evil doers; though you have professed me, I have never known you;
your vain and evil lies have made you unfit for my holy kingdom. Go
away from here and go to the gods whom you have served; your beloved
lusts which you have worshipped, and the evil world that you have so
much coveted and adored. Let them save you now, if they can, from the
wrath to come upon you, which is the wages of the deeds you have done.
Here is the end of their work that built upon the sand; the breath of
the Judge will blow it down, and woeful will the fall be. Oh! it is
now that the righteous have the better of the wicked which made an
apostate cry, in old time, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and
let my last end be like to his" (Num 23:10).

For the sentence of the righteous [those had found everlasting peace
and confidence while on earth] is changed, and the Judge smiles. He
casts the eye of love upon his own sheep, and invites them, saying,
"Come, you blessed of my Father" (Mat 25:34); those, who through
patient continuance in well-doing, have long waited for immortality.
The Judge tells them that you have been the true companions of my
tribulation and cross, and, with unwearied faithfulness, in obedience
to my holy will, valiantly endured to the end, looking to me, the
author of your precious faith, for the recompense of reward that I
have promised to "they who love me, and faint not." Oh! enter you into
the joy of your Lord, and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world.

Oh Christendom! My soul most fervently prays, that after all your
lofty profession of Christ, and his meek and holy religion, your
unsuitable and unchristian life may not cast you out at that great
judgment court of the world, and lose you so a great salvation at
last. Hear me once, I implore you: can Christ be your Lord, and you
not obey Him? or, can you be his servant, and never serve Him? "Be not
deceived, such as you sow, shall you reap" (Gal 6:7). He is not your
savior while you reject his grace in your heart, by which He should
save you by purification. Come, from what has He saved you? Has He
saved you from your sinful lusts, your worldly affections, and vain
conversations? If not, then He is not your savior! For, though He is
offered a savior to all, yet He is actually a savior to those only
that are saved by Him; and none are saved by Him that live in those
evils by which they are lost from God, and which He came to save them