An important letter from the late Joseph Irons, a faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
My dear Friend,
The subject upon which you ask my advice is a very important one; and my advice to you now is precisely the same as it was when I sat chatting with you on the same subject in your shop some time ago.
Never, never consent to any proposals from graceless men. This evil has caused God’s Spirit to strive with man, from, the earliest period of time, as you may see it recorded in the early part of the Old Testament, “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair ; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:2-3).
The sons of God should marry the daughters of God, and the daughters of God should marry the sons of God, AND NONE ELSE; all other marriages are uniting Christ with Belial, which is forbidden in Scripture, is offensive to God, and highly injurious to the soul.
My friend, it would greatly grieve me, to have any of my dear children in the Lord thus unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
I have felt much for Mary on this account; and although I hope and pray that God will preserve her from so Grievous a snare, yet I confess that I cannot dismiss my suspicions concerning her unto this day.
My dear friend, I rejoice that you look upon these offers as snares laid by the great enemy of souls for you. Such they really are; and I pray that you may have grace sufficient to escape them, and resist them with Christian fortitude.
It affords me much pleasure to recollect that I was the honoured instrument of tying the marriage knot between you and the best of husbands; and I beseech and entreat you never to grieve him and me by taking an enemy of his into your bosom; and every unconverted man, however moral he may be, is an enemy to Christ.
You complain of a hard heart, deadness, and darkness; but you must have life, or you would not have feeling for the dead feel not. This is a proof positive that the life of God is communicated to you; and all the wants that you express in your letter to me, remember, Jesus thy Jesus is exalted to give; and all you complain of, none but renewed souls are the subjects of. Such feelings are the legitimate fruits of the Spirit. Cleave closely to Christ unburden all to him. His grace is sufficient for you. He will never leave nor forsake you.
That the directing Spirit may anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, in order that thou mayest discern between the children of the bond-woman and between the children of the free woman; and between him that serveth God, and him, that serveth him not; is the earnest desire and prayer of, thine affectionate friend and father in Christ Jesus. Amen.