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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

From the report of the Committee of “ June 18th, 1805. At South Granville Missions to the General Assembly, it ap. I attended a very large and respectable pears, that the missionaries have faithfully, meeting of ministers and people (mostly and, there is reason to hope, not unsuc- presbyterians and congregationalists) apcessfully, performed the duties of their pointed on account of a special attention

appointments; and although some of them to religion in that place. - have met with discouragements, yet, in I believe upwards of twenty regular

general, they were received with cordialministers attended: no other took any ac

ity, and heard with decent attention. In a tive part in the public exercises. The peo- variety of instances, impressions have ple met on two days for social worship: - been made, which it may be presumed, they assembled in a grove, in the day-time:

will not be easily effaced; the careless there were no encampments. On the se. and secure have been alarmed, and the cond day the Lord's supper was adminischildren of Zion have been made joyful in tered. Thousands collected from the their King. The field upon which mis. neighbouring towns. It was judged by sionary labour may be advantageously many that there were 700 or 800 commubestowed is rapidly enlarging; but the nicants; and some supposed more Be.

Committee have to regret that the num tween 40 and 50 new communicants, of -ber of those who offer themselves to the that congregation, were that day admitted Er work does not increase in proportion to to the Lord's supper; nineteen adults

the demands for their services; however, were baptized; and I was informed, that

although they see not at present the in- 70 children of those adults were baptized 21. struments with which the work is to be on the next Lord's dav. I never saw, with

accomplished, He is faithful who has pro- in the walls of a church, more general at

mised, that "all Aesh shall see the salva. tention, solemnity, and order, than were Ef' tion of God," and means will not be want. observable throughout the whole of the i ing when the set time for the fulfilment of public performances." the promise shall arrive.

“In the west and southerly parts of The Rev. JEDIDIAH CHAPMAy reports, Vermont, and in some parts of Washingis that the general state of the country in the ton county, state of New York, there ap.

northwestern parts of the state of N. York pears an unusual attention to religion.” is progressing to religious order; that a The Committee of Missions bave renumber of congregations are rapidly in. ceived information, that the books and creasing; churches are organized; there small tracts upon religious and moral sub

are others in embryo; new towns are jects, sent by them to various parts for wa settling, which need particular attention, gratuitous distribution, havc been receive gli and are continually calling for ministerial ed with gratitude, and their good effects

labour; there is a large field open for the are already beginning to appear. Upon

employment of missionaries, and perhaps this subject the Rev John H. Rice (of this as great, if not a greater call for mission. Charlotte county, Virginiat) reports, that ary services than at any former period. he has distributed the Testaments and

Mr TIMOTHY WILLIAMS's route lay Hymn Books, received as a donation, through the counties of Ontario, Steuben, amongst the blacks in Charlotte county, and Tioga, in the state of New-York, in and that he conceives there is good reathe vicinity of the Cayuga, Seneca, and son to believe that happy effects have al. Ontario lakes, and in it he met with many ready been produced. Shortly after he reserious persons. He preached 79 times, ceived those books, he was applied to by Irequently to attentive audiences; visited a negro lad for a testament and hymn the sick; attended and spoke at a funeral; book, which he gave him. Some tinie in Visited two schools; and attended a confe. last March a sabbath was fixed upon for Fence. In several places, the people are the administration of the sacrament of Very desirous to have a settled ministry, baptism, and on that day this young negro and the regular administration of gospel ordinances among them; but in others la. • In Washington county, state of New

entable carelessness in this respect pre. York.
ails; in general, however, the prospect is † Mr. Rice is appointed a missionary,

to spend two months of the present year Extract from the missionary journal of among the blacks in Charlotte county, and

its vicinity. VOL. II.

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encouraging.

the Rev. John Close.

applied for admission into the church: places destitute of the preaching of the according to custom, Mr. Rice conversed gospel, and the full administration of its with him on his religious exercises, and ordinances. Such associations have happireceived a very satisfactory account of ly prepared the people for the labours of them. As a specimen of his acquaintance the pious missionary, who thus came upon with the fundamental doctrines of chris- ground, as it were, already broken up, and tianity, Mr. Rice sends the following profitably scattered the good seed of the questions, with the negro's answers to word. them, almost precisely in bis own words. The Assembly have also heard with

“ 9. Why do you wish to be baptized? great satisfaction, that the catechising of

A. Because it is my desire and my duty children and others, has, in certain parts of to be in the church of Christ, and to have our church, been practised with more than communion and fellowship with the church ordinary care, and with that desirable suc. of Christ.

cess, which may ever be expected to fo!. 2. Have you any other reason!

low a suitable regard to this most imporÀ It is the command of Christ, and I tant duty. wish to obey the commands of Christ. With heartfelt pleasure the Assembly Q. Who is Jesus Christ?

bear testimony to the charitable exertions À. The Son of God, and Saviour of sin. made by some of their churches, for the ners.

relief of the poor, and for the maintenance Q. Are you a sinner?

of the holy ministry. They rejoice to find À Yes, master, a great sinner.

that the ordinances of the gospel are, i 9. And how do you expect to be saved ? general, attended with punctuality and À My hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ. earnestness. They regret, however, this:

Q. What do you hate most of any thing in some particulars, they are compelled to in the world?

use the language of reprehension. It is A. Sinning against God.

with pain they observe it to be the practice Q. What do you love to do the best of of too many, in some of tlieir churches, to any thing in the world ?

attend divine service only on one part of th: A. To serve God.

day, to the neglect or contempt of the re. Q. Can you serve him well enough? maining part. Aguinst this practice, su in.

À, No, master, I sin against himn every jurious to the spiritual interests of thei: day, but I wish to serve him better. people; so entirely inconsistent with the

Q. Can you serve God of yourself christian character and privileges, the;

À. No, master, I can do nothing of my. think it no more than their duty soienn self, God must help me.

to protest. And they do most affectionately 9. You say you wish to go to heaven; beseech all who are conscious of delinwhy do you wish to go to heaven?

quency in this respect, no longer to withÅ. Because there I shall serve God as I hold from God any portion of that time, fish, and never sin against him."

which he hath specially consecrated to his

oyn sarvice. Report on the accounts of the general We live at a time when it becomes 2

state of religion given to the Assembly duty peculiarly incumbent, to “contenu by the members individually.

earnestly for the faith once delivered to the The Assembly have heard with plea. saints.” It will, however, be remembered, siire, accounts from the east and west, the that the sacred cause of truth, can never north and south, proclaiming the triumphs be promoted by angry controversi, or of the Redeemer, in the extension and railing accusation. It is, therefore, recomprosperity of his kingdom in our country. mended to the churches, to vindicate the

The Assembly have received an impres. truth, not only by sound and temperate sion of the most pleasing kind from the in- discussion, but also and especially, by the telligence that there is, in almost every manifestation of its sanctifying and trans. qurrier, a general, and in some parts of our forming power over the life and conversa. church, an increuse:l attention to the pub- tion; and by evincing, that, “the like Jic worslip of God: that there exists a mind is in us which was in Christ Jesus spirit of inquiry in regard to religious our Lord.” truth, & a more general conviction that the It should ever be recollected that error power of godliness is necessary to stamp in doctrine, hath a native tendency to provalue on its form.

duce immorality in practice; and there: Associations for prayer and reading the fore, that we should not be carried about holy scriptures, have, it appears, been the by every wind of doctrine. Let us prove means frequently blessed by God, to pre. all things and hold fast that which is goou. serve the very existence of religion, in This cautio:, it is hoped, will be received

1805.

with attention and solemnity, in as much safe to them yet farther days of refreshing as the church has been of late invaded by from his presence. Exalted Redeemer, errors which strike at the very foundation « pour water on the thirsty ; floods of waof our faith and hope, such as the denial of ter upon the dry ground; thy Spirit on our the Godhead, and atonement of the bless. sced, and thy blessing on our offspring; ed Redeemer, the subjection of holy scrips that they may grow up as grass, and as ture to the most extravagant impulses of willows by the water courses." Amen. the heart of man. These and other errors of a dangerous nature, have been industriously, and, alas! that the Assembly

We are happy to observe, in almost every should be constrained to add, in some

part of the christian world, an increasing portions of our country, 100 successfully

attention to the interests of Zion. The disseminated.

General Synod of the Associated ReIt is believed that in the revivals of late formed Church in North-America have years, many have been added to the church

manifested their concern for the church, of such as shall be saved Many, who,

and their zcal to furnish well qualified stedfast in the christian life, seck io adorn

pastors and teachers, in the following the doctrine of God their Saviour in all act for establishing a Theological Sethings. For this, let the Giver of every

minary, passed at Philadelphia, June 4, good, and every perfect gift, be praised. These happy subjects of divine grace are “ WHEREAS the ministry of reconciliaexhorted to “hold fast that which they tion is the great means instituted by the bare received, that no man take their Lord Jesus Christ for perfecting his saints, crown," to " be faithful unto death, that and edifying his body; and, whereas, he they may obtain a crown of life.”

has required in his word that they who But as it hath often occurred, in former are called to this excellent and important periods of the church, so there is reason work, be furnished with gifts and graces to believe, it has happened with respect to above those of other believers ; especially, these effusions of the Spirit's gracious in- that they be faithful men; apt to teach; fluences. Transformed into an angel of workmen who need not to be ashamed, lighi, the enemy of souls hath endeavoured rightly dividing the word of truth ; wise to mar the glorious display of divine opc. stewards to give the household their porFations, by inciting to the most absurd and tion of meat in due season ; able to conextravagant outrages upon christian sobri. vince gainsapers, to stop the mouths of ety and decorum.

unruly and vain talkers; to reprove, to reThe Assembly beseech all their people buke, to exhort, with all long-suffering to bear in mind, that if they allow them- and doctrine and authority; and to know selves to abandon the unerring guidance bow they ought to behave themselves in of God's written word, they will inevitably the house of God, ruling well, and being become the prey of ignorance, superstition ensamples to the fock: and, whereas, the and fanaticism. “ Bodily exercise profit. aforesaid qualifications, since the miraeth little.” The mind sown with the seed culous effusions of the divine Spirit have of the word; the soul renewed by the Holy ceascd, cannot be obtained in any other Spirit; these profit; these entitle a man way, than by his blessirg upon the cultito the character of being truly religious: vation of natural talent, sanctified by his and whatsoever has not a tendency to che grace; which cultivation consists in a good rish and promote true religien, is incon- acquaintance with these various branches stant as the wind, and light as the chaff it of literature, which are necessary for unscatters.

derstanding, expounding, defending, and The Assembly are happy to adı!, that applying all the parts of revealed truth : their obscrvations on the prosperity of the and, whereas, seminaries erected for the church, and the favourable position of reli- special purpose of instructing the risin. gious affairs generally, were not meant to ministry in things in mcdiately concected be confined to the presbyteries under their with their holy vocation, are the most care: they comprehend also the state of probable means of attaining the proposed things within the bounds of the General end, have been cherished by the christian Association of Connecticut, and among the church with much affection from the earcongregational churches in the state of liest ages; and bare been remarkably Vermont, where the interests of Christ's owned of God, for the preservation of her kingdom appear to prosper.

purity and glory. And, whereas, the Lord On the whole, they commend their be. has been graciously pleased to incline the lored people to the grace of God, praying hearts of christians, both at home and the great Head of the church, to voich abroad, to assist the Associate Reformed Church in the design of establishing such The holy scriptures in our common rer. a seminary: Therefore,

sion shall be read in such daily portions, as The ministers and elders in general shall finish the whole during the first pesynod convened, do hereby direct and or. riod of two years: and to render the read. dain,

ing thereof more profitable, the professor That their seminary be forthwith esta. of theology shall direct the student to blished in the city of New York, for the succinct treatises, on scriptural subjects, sole purpose of preparing for the work of as they occur; and shall carefully examine the ministry such young men as, having him on these subjects passed through a previous course of libe. Having completed this first reading of ral education, shall resolve to consecrate the scriptures, the student shall commence themselves to the service of God in the a second course of the same nature; digospel of his Son.

viding it in such a manner as to finish it And the synod further direct, That the at the expiration of his last year He shall course of instruction in said seminary be now consult the originals, step by step, as conducted by a professor in theology; to he goes along; and have his course of bi. be chosen by their ballot at all times blical reading extended under the direchereafter, and to hold his office and emo. tion of the professor. luments until removed by a vote of two. With his third year the student shall thirds of the General Synod: which vote commence the study of systematic theo. shall not pass till a meeting subsequent to logy: and, as a basis for it, he shall comthat at which it shall have been proposed; mit to memory, during the previous 1901 provided, that this shall not be construed years, the whole text of the confession of to impair the power of the synod, on any faith and larger catechism. He shall read, charge of gross error or immorality, to on each topic, such proper books as may suspend a professor from the exercise of be digested within the time allotted, and his functions, till jucigment be definitively may give him an acquaintance with the given.

substance of the system And the synod further direct, That the The professor shall also lecture upon outline of instruction in the seminary be as the primary topics of the system, following follow's: viz.

the general order of the confession of 1. The scriptures themselves shall be faith. That his students may enjoy the the great subject of study.

benefit of his whole course of lectures, , 2. The period of study in the seminary he must not fail to complete it within shall be four years; and the session shall two years. And, on the other hand, that continue for seven months successively; this time may be sufficient, his lectures are i that is to say, from the first Monday of to be concise and dense, accomodated to November till the first Monday of June. the principle, that his work is not so much

3. These four years shall be divided in- to furnish his pupils with thoughts, as to to two equal parts; and the course of set them upon a proper train of thinking study shall proceed as follows:

for themselves. Every student shall begin and close the In the fourth year of the course, the day with exercises of secret devotion; professor shall also deliver critical lecuniting to prayer the reading of a portion tures; which are to embrace, not merely of God's word; and using as a help some the philology of the contest, but also its book of impressive practical religion. In connexion, scope, and argument. No authese exercises he is to read ihe scriptures thority is to be admitted in these lectures not as a critic, but as a christian; as a but that of the originals; the student shall save't simmer, who knows no other way of have them before him, and turn to the peace but that which belongs to him in parallel tests cited by the professor. These common with the least of God's redeemed; texts are to be few, and well selected. and who lives by faith, for daily counsel, Every student shall prepare in his third and strength, and consolation, upon that year, two of those discourses commonly Saviour, whom he is afterwards to preach called lectures, and two popular sermons; to others.

and in his fourth year, three of each; neiSuch a portion of every day, (the Lorà's ther to exceed half an hour when delibeday excepted) shall be devoted to the rately spoken. All the scriptural proofs study of the scriptures in the original cited by a student in any exercise of his tongues, and of that literature which faci. fourth year, must be referable to the Titates this study, as by a faithful improve. originals ment of time, may enable the student, atH ours of study must be so distributed the expiration of his course, to read the as to leave a suitable portion to miscellaoriginals with tolerable ease.

cous reading; such as history, morality,

belles lettres, &c. and to healthful bodily dom may be destroyed, and the kingdom exercise."

of grace advanced,” if you will give nothing :D The professor was to commence toward the means to which the Lord has his course of instruction on the first Mon directed for that end. We repeat it a little day in November 1805; at which time the from each of you is enough. Who will superintendants were to meet in New-York grudge a few miserable shillings once a for the purpose of organizing the seminary. twelvemonth, in an affair of such magni

At the time the foregoing act was esta. tude? Who will be the poorer at the blished, the synod

year's end? or venture to insinuate that “Resolved, That the different presby. The Son of God, whose is “ the earth and teries be forthwith informed of the esta- the fulness thereof,” will remain in his blishment of a seminary for the instruc- debt for such a donation? The duty is tion of youth in the knowledge of theo- plain, the promise pointed. “Honour the logy, and enjoined to send their students Lord with thy substance, and with the to the city of New York, at the time first fruits of all thine increase ; so shall appointed for opening said seminary. thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy

Resolved, That measures be imme. presses shall burst out with new wine.” diately taken to have all our ministers Do not act, brethren, as if the word of supplied with the scriptures in the original God were unworthy of your trust. Let it tongues, and with proper helps for prose- never be forgotten that he will have a share cuting the study of them.

of our property; and if we defraud him of Resolved, That every minister be en- our free will offering; of the “first fruits joined to pursue, in so far as it shall be of all our increase,” he will wrest from our applicable to his circumstances and con- bands that abused wealth for which we do sistent with his engagements, a course of not make him an acknowledgment in kind. biblical reading similar to that which is Many a delinquency of this sort has been recommended in the report on the plan for punished with a bad debt or a bad crop. the seminary, to which they are referred. and no man ever gains by the commuta

Resolved, That every presbytery be, tion. The winds of heaven, the devouring and they hereby are directed, to devote a insect, or a famishing drought often takes suitable portion of time, at least once in away more at a blow, than would be desix months, to the investigation of portions manded for sacred uses in twenty years, of the original scriptures, previously se. Come, then, brethren, and let us join our lected for the purpose: that at least one of tribute to the temple of God. Follow up their number, taken in rotation, shall, at with your public spirit the token for good, such meeting, deliver a critical disserta- which we already see. Gladden the hearts tion upon some scriptural subject to be of those noble youth who are very jealous previously assigned him; and that they for the Lord God of hosts; and who look keep a regular journal of their literary to you as patrons and bencfactors. As the transactions, and preserve the disserta. Lord hath prospered you, is the rule. Let tions among their papers."

the rich man rise up with his gold; and The superintendants of the seminary let not the widow blush for her mite. The ase, the Rev. Messrs. ROBERT ANNAN; Lord will see, and will graciously reward: Joan M'JIMSEY; ALEXANDER Proud. for “ le loveth a cheerful giver." It is, PIT; James Gray, D. D.; and JAMES moreover, a statute of bis kingdom, that

"he which soweth sparingly, shall reap

also sparingly; and he which soweth A letter addressed to the members of bountifully, shall reap also bountifully.” the Associate Reformed Church, relative Do you believe his truth? Let the proof lo a thcological seminary, follows the fore. appear in your next, and the succeeding, going act. This letter, which is a fine annual returns. Not one of you will repent Serien of christian eloquence, concludes as having done too much, when he comes

to the bed of deatii, and contrasts things We lise not flattering words, bre. carnal and temporal, with ibings spiritual it is because we are deeply serious; and eternal. Refresh our bowels, bre. because we are well assured, that if thren. And may the Lord himself “open

seminary perish, there is no human the windows of heaven, and pour you vedient to save your churches from out a blessing till there be no room 10 dolation. Here, then, is an object, receive it!” Bhich, entering into the essence of your By order of the general synod, Social stability, prefers a claim upon your

J. M. MASON, Dupce, which you cannot innocently resist.

A. PROUDFIT, in coin do you “ pray that Satan's king New-York, 1805.

LAURIE.

as follows.

“ If we use thren, it is bec

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