Surely scripture is right when it makes the sin of sins that unbelief, which is at bottom nothing else than a refusal to take the cup of salvation. Surely no sharper grief can be inflicted upon the Spirit of God than when we leave His gifts neglected and unappropriated.
At the conscious approach of death, faith in the biblical religion, with its God and Christ and written revelation, never weakens, but almost or quite always strengthens, and very often advances to a splendid assurance; while unbelief under the same circumstances never strengthens, but almost or quite always weakens and falters, and very often fails utterly.
There is but one thing without honor, smitten with eternal barrenness, inability to do or to beinsincerity, unbelief. He who believes nothing, who believes only the shows of things, is not in relation with nature and fact at all.