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DEATH




AVOID SINS

 

It is important that the innocent remain innocent. Don't experiment with sin and bring on the trouble, sorrow and weeping that come with forgiveness. For when you sin, how do you know that you will live long enough to have time to repent? It is uncertain when you will leave this world.

 

If you die in sin, you won't have another chance to repent. Therefore, do what will save you readily, for then we can wait for our departure to the other world without sorrow.

 

Solomon says: "Prepare thy works for your exit and provide all beforehand." Otherwise, you will lack some of the necessary things for your journey. You would then be like the five foolish virgins mentioned in the gospel. Lacking the oil of piety, their lamps of knowledge were extinguished. And they were locked out of the bridal chamber.

 

Therefore, those who care about their soul's salvation will be careful to stay out of danger by avoiding sins and keep intact the benefits of their former good works for themselves.

 

Constitution of the Holy Apostles

 

 

 

 

 

(08-26-02)

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