32 PEACE IN CHRIST. [SER. II.
is always followed, more or less, with
painful reflections. It is a false pleasure.
It is not a pleasure that results from the
whole machinery of man, moving on in
harmonious order, but a pleasure conse¬
quent upon doing violence to the highest
faculty of our moral nature. There can
be no pleasure in sin, unless steps are
taken to hush the clamoring voice of
conscience, and thus degrade the im¬
mortal spirit by bringing it into subjection
to the animal nature. When men suc¬
ceed in this, then, they have a pleasure
similar to what is enjoyed in a delightful
dream, when the imagination chiefly is
at work—a pleasure, equally as false, and
which they find to be so, when they
are awakened by the rebukes of the
Spirit, or the fatal blow of death, who
forces them to acknowledge, that alas!
it was but a dream. We proceed now
1. Whether or not true peace is to be
found in the acquisition of wealth. One