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work of salvation save that one great dresses and equipages, no stately forand perfect Mediator, who is both God malities, no bribing of the cunning for and man. This is the distinguishing the aid of their address, no worshipping excellence of this book, that it relieves of courtiers for their patronage, are neus from the doubtfulness and mistakes
cessary. The gates are thrown wide incident upon the obscurities and imper- open; the entrance is lowly, unpretendfection of mere human teaching, by ing, but pleasant, so as neither to attract giving us in the place thereof a Divine the proud, nor to abash the humble; and teaching. Here every individual may whosoever entereth there with a broken go directly and for himself to the pure heart and the docile spirit of a child, fountain of truth, and directly and for shall find acceptance, and be made wise himself to the Saviour of men. To enter unto salvation.—Extracted from the Cathe court of the King of kings, no costly 'nada Protestant Herald for April.
FRAGMENTS OF THOUGHTS.
be getting thinner, for I am sure I preach Though you get strokes and frowns from as well as I ever did, and should have your Lord, yet believe his love more than far more experience than when I first your own feeling. The world can take
came among you.” “Indeed,” replied nothing from you that is truly yours ; Thomas, “old ministers now-a-days are and death itself can do you no hurt. It just like old tailors, for I am sure I seu is not your rock that ebbs and flows, but as well as ever I did, and the cloth is the your sea.--Rutherford.
same; but it's the cut-it's the new cut!”
Methodism is a very convenient word; the general meaning of it, by those who Have I found my God so gracious to me, use it, is, that the person or work to that he hath denied me nothing, either in which it is applied has more religion than earth or heaven; and shall not I so much the speaker. I have known many reli- as deny my own will for his sake! Hath gious persons in my life, but never one my dear Saviour bought my soul at such who had too much religion. A man a price, and shall he not have it? Was must indeed be a simpleton, with little he crucified for my sins, and shall I be true religion, who will suffer himself to my sins crucify him again? Am I bis, be laughed out of his principles by a in so many bonds, and shall I serve the nickname. Cant I detest; but religion devil? O God! is this the fruit of thy I revere, and honour those who seriously beneficence to me, that I should wilfully profess it. If the Bible be true, as it dishonour thee? Was thy blood so little most assuredly is, woe to them who are worth, that I should tread it under my ashamed of Christ's words ! - Lord feet? Doth this become him that shall Teignmouth
be once glorious with thee? Hast thou prepared heaven for me, and do I thus
prepare myself for heaven?-Hall. An old clergyman, who had an old tailor as his beadle or officer for many years,
VICISSITUDE. returning from a neighbouring sacrament, Christ's children must not expect always where Thomas was in the habit of attend- to lean upon his bosom. He sometimes ing him, after a thoughtful and silent sets them down on the cold, frosty side pause, thus addressed his fellow-traveller, of the hill, and makes them walk barethe “minister's man:” “Thomas, I can- footed upon thorns. Yet does he keep not tell how it is that our church should I his eye of love upon them all the while.
THE NEW CUT.
Our pride must have winter weather to rot it. - Rutherford.
rious and thorny pillow-another's pleasure, for our repose.--- Young.
LITERATURE. It opens a back door out of the bustle of I never had in all my life so great an the busy and idle world into a delicious inlet into the Word of God as now (viz., garden of moral and intellectual fruits as during his twelve years' imprisonand flowers, the key of which is denied ment] ; insomuch that I have often said, to the rest of mankind. Our happiness “ Were it lawful, I could pray for greater no longer lives on charity, nor bids fair trouble, for the greater comfort's sake.” for a fall, by leaning on that most preca- | -Bunyan.
FAREWELL TO ROME.
BY SAMUEL PHILLIPS DAY,
Beguile many feet to thy blood-stained shrine :
My senses discredit; or deem thee divine.
Too oft poured forth my full spirit in prayer
The suffrage of saints whom I know cannot hear!
Full proud of the conquests thy arm has made ;
But soon must thy name, like the autumn leaf, fade!
And incense no more in thy temples ascend;
Whilst few hearts will love thee; and none will defend.
And deck'd, like a bride, in thy jewels of state ;
And senates and monarchs regard thee as great ;
Nor worship thy dagon, or deem thee my home :
i'll serve thee no longer-farewell to thee, Rome !
CHILD'S MORNING AND EVENING HYMNS.
Jesus, kind Shepherd of the sheep,
Let me sweetly sink to rest;
May the little child be bless'd.
And all that thou hast given;
And train thy child for heaven.
Review of Books.
The Revealed Doctrine of ReWARDS reference both to the destinies of the righte
and PUNISHMENTS. By RICHARD WIN. ous and the wicked. The first lecture sup. TER Hamilton, LL.D., D.D., Leeds. i plies ample evidence of the truth of this 8vo., pp. 572.
| statement. No one who understands the Jackson and Walli rd.
constitution of man, as indicated and
attested by the phenomena of his own his. This is the twelfth series of the Con- tory, no less than by the data of revealed gregational Lecture, and deserves to rank truth, can fail to perceive that Dr. Hamil. with the best specimens of controversial ton is not one of those second or third-rate theology which the age has produced. The theologists, who build novel and startling author has always been a rising man; and theories upon partial and ill considered prehe now stands upon an undisputed emi. mises. Irrespective of Revelation, our nence, as a scholar, a divine, and a popular author has successfully proved that man is defender of the Christian faith. This sub. a spiritual, responsible, and immortal being; ject, as soon as it was announced, awakened and that however otherwise these character. considerable interest in the non-conforming istics of his nature may be attested, the eviand other circles. The truths to be con- dence of their existence is to be traced in tended for had been assailed in our own his own constitution. We deem this por. ecclesiastical circle; and the public well | tion of the author's labours of essential knew that Dr. Hamilton was sound in the service in combatting certain dangerous faith, and would not fail to give “ a reason theories which have of late attracted some of the hope that was inhim. In his little attention; theories which, however hands the Congregational Lecture became disguised, attribute both to the fall and to popular, and his audience was compelled to redemption, a change in man's physical conadjourn from the library to the chapel in stitution, which is bad philosophy and worse New Broad-street. The attention was theology. well sustained to the last, though most of In his second Lecture, Dr. H. sets forth, the lectures took nearly two hours in the with a convincing clearness of conception, delivery. one could listen to the man's legal relation to the Deity; and preacher without feeling that his prepara. i
shows that “the nature of every legislative tion for the public duty devolving upon principle, of every moral relation, is unhim was both careful and laborious. We changed. Whatever was certain in retribu. felt then, as we feel still, that in conse. tion, is not now more certain ; whatever quence of their great elaboration the dis- was enduring in retribution, is not now courses were somewhat more adapted to the more enduring. Man is universally sinful ; press than to the pulpit. They were re- man is, at all times, and in all places, ceived, however, with marked attention as consciously, demonstrably, guilty. With preached ; they will now be read with deep this undenied admission Christianity merely interest and advantage by thousands, who coincides. It authenticates the indepenwill have an opportunity of weighing the dent fact. It seals and imparts the natural force of argument by which the legitimacy conclusion of reason and conscience. It of their conclusions are sustained. The takes, and confirms the judgment of the more carefully they are examined, the less human mind. It avails itself of an invari. vulnerable will the author's logic appear to able testimony. Having done so, its high be. He has not advanced rashly or incon. and exclusive business commences !”p. 117. siderately to bis task; but everywhere The train of thought in this Lecture, no evinces the acute pbilosopher and the ac- less than in the former one, is essential to complished divine. Dr. Hamilton, with all the author's ultimate conclusion ; but irhis range of intelligence, and all his flights respective of the fact, that it is a link in a of fancy, never ventures to “ handle the great chain, it is in itself a beautiful demon. word of God deceitfully'' He is not taken stration of the relations of law, and of the with novelties; but steps along majestically strictly remedial character of Christianity. in the good old path, so nobly adhered to It concludes with some striking remarks on by our Nonconforming ancestors.
the analogical argument in defence of reThough his subject of necessity confined vealed religion, and on Butler's unrivalled him to the “ revealed doctrine of rewards production. and punishments," yet he has illuminated a In his third Lecture, Dr. H. advances & vast variety of relative or dependent topics, step further towards his grand theme, and in moral and theological science, as he shows that the Bible distinctly recognizes mirches on to his grand conclusions, in the properties of man,-bis spiritualism, his accountableness, his immortality; how its fall ? Man has sinned to his utmost reach discoveries proceed upon all the grounds of responsible motion and action. Why and measures of moral government ; how should he not now suffer the threatened it unfolds the resurrection and the judg. doom? If life be carried on, subsequently ment; and how it assumes the shape of a to death, it is a new gift—an addition to the law, and exercises the shape of a jurisdic. proper term. It is more than mortal, though tion :-" It has always appeared to us," it be less than immortal. It is not included observes Dr. H., “ an irresistible demon. in the original case. Then it cannot be stration in favour of the immaterialism of necessary to it. To us, who see in the the human soul, and its capacity of inde. suggestion only a vain conceit to serve a pendent existence and action,-irresistible particular purpose, it appears an arbitrary as ils biblical defence and exposition,-to prolongation of misery, an hereafter which think of the man Christ Jesus,' and espe- was not forewarned, something beyond forcially to meditate on his death : · He became feiture; an unnecessary revival of life, conobedient unto death. We see him die ac- trary to its own conditions-an excess of
to our punishmenta manhood. The virtue of the sacrifice des .. Another thought might arise, that, if it pends upon the most exact conformity: 'It be true that revelation contradicts the genebehoved him in all things to be made like ral confession of mankind-their most preunto his brethren.' His death is the sepa. cious moral instincts — then the greatest ration of the spirit: 'Father, into thy hands professed blessing ever extended to them, I commend my spirit.' With the causes of casts them down to a grovelling far below that resignation we have not now to do. The their once ardent and elevating hopes; defact is plain. The avouchment is infallible. presses the standard of their aims and fears; • He descended into the lower parts of and strangely teaches them that their capathe earth.' His spirit entered Hades, though city for this belief was not given them to be it was not to be left in it.' His spirit exercised. While the idea might be encourreturned. Then He rose bodily; the body aged, that every man, by the practice of of the flesh,' the corporeal organ, remaining virtue, would become immortal, no man exanimate until bis spirit, resuming it, could be prompted by this as a yearn. caused it to revive. This is our nature. ing of his nature, no man could feel We trace, in this fashion of man,' our that he truly was. It might be a motive laws of change and separation. It is the to us, for it would be again set before us, complete pattern. If it were not, the pure but it could be nothing drawn out of our course of nature-its native evolution-that proper sensibilities and aspirations. But which is predicable of every man-He would surely it is not like Christianity thus to not have tasted death for every man, nor
lower the pitch of what is noble and refining. been our proper substitute.
It is surely inversive to its spirit. Besides, “But here an inquiry arises—it is not this contradiction must invalidate itself. new-Whether we may not have mistaken What is the law of nature ? Is not common the lessons of nature and Scripture, in attri- consent its promulgation ? Eternal truths buting to man a physical immortality ? Was are supposed, not in human immortality,be made immortal ? Or, is this but condi. for that being a Divine effect is but a contintional reward? We will not again open the gency, a physical maintenance; but in the question which respects the teachings of inference of a First Cause, in the demonstranatural reason : we have reported our honest tion of moral law, and in the connexion of convictions upon them. From these we that immortality with these eternal, necescannot recede. The inspired testimony may, sary facts. The first clash of any system however, be examined touching this fact. with such truths must be its subversion ! This is the proper order in which the exa- But in examining the sacred volume we can mination sbould occur.
detect no lineament of the hypothesis, that “Now an immediate thought arises, that, man is not by nature immortal, and only if men perish--their sin forfeiting the impossibly immortal by acquisition. Our mortality which accrues to obedience-it is nature is there regarded as one ; an assumpprobable and fitting that such perdition tion, or a negation, of immortality would should take place at death. This is the perfectly diversify it in different individuals.
This is the only termination of İt addresses the nature fully, religiously ; it being made palpable to us : everything of governs it with equal laws for good and external sign and limit, beyond which we evil. It throws a solemn character over cannot follow any sensible evidence of life. this probationary life, because of the future At this point it seems most reasonable, if depending upon it. It shows to glory and man be not immortal, that all existence | virtue now, by what we must be. Its hand should cease. Death is by sin. It is, then, ever points to definite consequences." Pp. the prepared execution of the sentence. It | 147—150. is a ready stroke. Why should another We could rely on these admirable and conclusive reasonings for the entire sub. the biblical student. He is an acute and version of Mr. White's theory. But this is indefatigable inquirer after truth; and has only a mere opening of the question ; though laid the Christian church under very weighty the principles involved must decide the obligations by his past diligence and success. whole controversy. We hope in another This new edition of his ". Signs of the notice to do justice to our author's entire Times'' is greatly enhanced by the introargument.
duction of many additional discourses made
by him since the work first appeared; for (To be concluded in our next.)
Dr. Keith will always be adding to his
stores of information. We are much pleased The Examination of the TESTIMONY Of of the Six Seals and of the Death of the
with his criticisms of Dr. Elliott's theory the Four EVANGELISTs, by the Rules of Evidence administered in Courts of blishments are a singular instance of the
Witnesses. That author's views of EstaJustice. With an Account of the Trial of Jesus. By Simon GREENLEAF, LL.D.,
effect of prejudice arising from radically de.
fective notions of the kingdom of Christ. Dane Professor of Law in Harvard Uni. versity. Second edition, revised and corrected by the Author. 8vo. pp. 588.
The TRACTARIAN HERESY : a Voice from A. Maxwell and Son, Bell-yard, Lincoln's-inn. Oxford. By James SPENCE, M.A. Small This Harmony of the Gospels has, for
8vo. pp. 208. some time past, been regarded as a standard
John Snow work in the United States. It is constructed
We regard the author of this seasonable on the principle, not only of meeting the
volume as a controversialist of no mean difficulties and perplexities of sincere be
rank. lievers; but of convincing and brioging to
Among all the able productions a stand the enemies of the truth. Iofidelity
which the Romanizing spirit of the age has is bolder in America than in this country; ism, it would be difficult, perhaps, to select
called forth, on the side of pure
Protestantand, amongst the many able defenders of revealed religion who have sprung up on
a single small treatise so complete in all the other side of the Atlantic, few bave
respects as the one which we now recomwon for themselves a more distinguished
mend with great confidence to our readers.
Mr. Spence is placed in a sphere where he reputation than Professor Greenleaf, the
has the best opportunity of judging of the author of the volume which we now introduce, with unfeigned satisfaction, to the
extent and inveteracy of the Tractarian notice of our readers. To extensive and beresy; and he has evidently taken great well-arranged knowledge, he adds great for by the Anglo-Catholic faction of the
pains to understand the theories contended acuteness of perception, and fervent zeal in the cause of the gospel
. This latter quality, present day. Having some acquaintance in a layman, and in one devoted to the legal popish party of the Established Church, we
with the positions advocated by the semiprofession, gives great effect to his literary
can venture to say that Mr. Spence's volume productions. The present edition is more
is a very clear and logical demolition of complete than the original one, as it con
We tains many valuable illustrative notes.
their pernicious system. Under six heads,
viz., Tradition, -- the Catholic Church, particularly recommend the work to the
the Ministry,—the Sacraments,—Auricular attention of the tutors and students in our
Confession and Priestly Absolution,-and various colleges. To us it is more satis
the Character and Tendency of Tractarianfactory than any other harmony of the
ism, he has succeeded in exposing and re. gospels we have yet seen.
futing the main errors of that destructive heresy which has spread, and is spreading,
like a moral pestilence, through the length The Signs of the Times, as denoted by the
and breadth of this great and free country. Fulfilment of Historical Predictions, from
Most cordially do we unite with the authe Babylonish Captivity to the Present
thor in his concluding appeal to the yet T'ime. With an Examination of Mr. Elliott's Theory of the first Six Seals, surviving spirit of the Reformation :
“Men of God! the honour of your Divine and of the Death of the Witnesses, &c.
Lord calls you to duty in this matter. You By ALEXANDER KEITH, D.D., Author of “The Evidence of Prophecy.” Eighth opposed, and his revelation dis
see how his name is dishonoured, his truth
ged, by edition, enlarged. 2 vols. 12mo.
the system which we have been examining. White and Co., Edinburgh; and Longman and Co., For the sake, then, of Him whose you are,
and whom you serve, use your influence, Any work and prophecy from the pen of lift up your voice, and raise your prayers to Dr. Keith must be received with favour by God against it.