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trembling, I feel a joy and peace
This last week has placed in believing, unknown before. Theophilus in a new point of
Such, Sir, is my present state, view. He has been confined to for which, by the blessing of his room for the first time of his God, I am indebted to Theophil. life, with a most painful disor
This narrative, if it have der which scarcely allows him no other effect, will exemplify sleep or repose. But his temthe great importance of a cor- per has suffered no alteration ; formity between external man- placid, patient, and submissive, ners and internal rectitude. If, he bears the severity of disease instead of appearing to me as without a múrinur, and leaves he did, I had found my friend the erent to him with whom are reserved, formal, and precise ; the issues of life and death.if he had not won my esteem by There are intervals in which the the kindness and urbanity of his fervor of devotion suspends the deportment; in short if Chris- intensity of pain ; and when he tianity in him had not appeared expatiates on the ineffable love as amiable as his profession of and mercy of God, as revealed it was sincere, though I might in Jesús, the animation of his have respected his virtues, if I countenance bespeaks not only could have discovered them, I gratitude but all the joy of hope. shonld, probably, have left his You will ask, Sir, what are house after a few days residence my feelings on this trying occain it with the same mind with sion : I know not how to dewhich I entered it. But I would scribe the mixed sensations of not be understood, by any thing grief, anxiety, admiration, fear, I have said, to depreciate from and affection; they are best exthe worth of those plain, simple, pressed by my fervent prayers unpolished characters, who bear to God for his recovery. The the rich jewels of Christian faith crowd of anxious enquirers, and love in an unseemly casket. which surrounds his house, shews The religion of Christ is, doubt-how extensively he is beloved ; less, made for the poor and un- and returning yesterday from the educated, as well as for the rich Church, the humid eyes, desand polite. Its proper effect, ponding faces and unsuppressed howeter, in all is to produce sighs of his friends and neighthat genuine politeness of man-bors, who explored my looks with ner which consits in affability, penetrating anxiety, affected my kindness, courtesy, and conde- heart in a manner which I canscension ; and although many not describe. He is now someare debarred from acquiring the what recovered, and we have a easy and graceful manners, and fair prospect of his restoration the external polish of Theophil- to health! I tremble, however, us, yet the Christian humility whilst I write ; but would say, and the Christian love, which Thy will, O God, be done. give to these their intrinsic val
ASIATICUS. ue, are equally attainable by all who are truly religiousand
ANECDOTE. ought to be uniformly exhibited
The Robber disarmed by Charity. in their conduct and conversa- A PIOUS Lady of Montpel
lier, who devoted the greater
part of her property to the relief | been denied relief when I have of objects in distress, one day sought it of you ; and I was passing through a little wood, now upon the point of injuring accompanied by her servant, was you ! Ah! believe me, my good stopped by a man who present- lady, I did not know you, or I ed a pistol to her, demanding her should not have molested you ; money or her life. The good for though I have given you but lady, without being terrified, too great a proof that I am a looked on him with an air of robber, yet I am not a monster, kindness, and said, “ Ah'!.my - which I must be to injure a friend, you must be reduced to person so charitable as you are. great extremity, since you are Go on then, keep your money, determined to take a part which and I will myself escort you out both draws on you the wrath of of the wood ; and if any one God, and exposes you continu- come to attack you, I will deally to all the rigors of human lend you, at the hazard of my justice. I wish I had where life. The lady was exceedingly with to supply your wants, and affected, and endeavored to reextricate you from the danger- present to him his danger, and ous situation in which you are ; to urge motives of honor and but I havę, alas ! only eighteen religion, to induce him to quit franks, which I had taken for my so dreadful a way of life, and journey, and I offer you them promising to do more for him with all my heart." The high- another time, she again offered wayman looking upon her atten- him the eighten franks ; but tively, before he would take the knowing she wanted them for money, wished to know who shes her journey, he would not accept was ; and when she told him them ; till at last, she prevailed « Wretch that I am,' said he, on him to take nine of them, throwing himself at her feet, I which she threw to him on goc have many times experienced ing out of the wood. your bounty, and have never
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On the importance of sound doc- things which become sound
trine ; or of clear ideas and a doctrine : that the aged men be firm belief of the divinely re- sober, grave, temperate, sound vealed system of trteth and in faith, in charity, in patience. duty:
The aged women likewise, that
they be in behavior as becomcth NE
thinkers, to render people given to much wine, teachers of indifferent about the peculiar good things ; that they may doctrines of the gospel, or their teach the young women to be soopposite, is, to speak of them as ber, to love their husbands, to mere speculative opinions, which love their children, to be dismen may hold or reject, consist creet, chaste, keepers at home, ently with being equally good, good, obedient to their own hususeful and happy. But I trust, bands, that the word of God be that from a careful attention to not blasphemed. Young men the nature of things, and to the likewise exhort to be soberexperience of mankind, it will minded.” appear, that the opinions which Sound doctrine, then, in Paul's men hold, or the things which estimation, is of great importthey receive for truth, have ance for promoting sobriety, great influence on their tempers gravity, temperance, &c; and and conduct. And if we consult therefore the preachers of the the scriptures, we shall find, that gospel should be careful to speak great stress is laid on the truth, those things, and those only, or sound doctrine ; as an im- which become it, which are important and necessary means of plied in it and agreeable to it, piety and virtue.
and calculated to illustrate its An idea of this kind is sug- nature and tendency; and to gested by Paul's charge to Tin recommend and enforce the betus, in connection with the fol- lief and reception of it, and a lowing words, recorded in Tit. temper and conduct agreeable ii. _6.“ But speak thou the I to it.
VOL. VI. No. 4.
. By sound doctrine the apostle preme Being, a Creator and means the uncorrupted, the pure Governor of the world—who and wholesome doctrine contain believes there is no God, and ed in the gospel the same with consequently no divine law, no the truth which is according to divine providence, and no future godliness. This may be readi- state of rewards and punishly seen by comparing 1. Tim. ments, wiħ, as the natural convi. 3, with Tit. i. *1, 9; and sequence of this belief, feel him2 Tim. iv. 3, 4. The original self under no restraint in the word translated sound, in sever- indulgence and gratification of al places where the phrase sound f his inclinations, lusts and
pasdoctrine occurs, signifies whole- sions, any further than he finds some, salutary, healing.or heal- fit necessary for his own safety, thy-such as is adapted and or his worldly interest and reptends to produce, or to preserve Jucation. No promise or oath and promote a sound, healthy will bind such a man, when he state. And since, where sound thinks it for his interest to viodoctrine is mentioned, there is a late it. There is nothing to respecial reference to moval or strain him from making the spiritual health and soundness, strongest professions of a warm sound doctrine comprises all attachment to our interest-of those pure and wholesome the most upright, honorable and truths, instructions and pre- benevolent intentions, and the cepts, which are opposed to and sincerest friendship, and consuited to prevent or correct the firming them with an oath, for Inoral disorders of mankind ; no other purpose than to deceive and to produce or preserve and us, and bring us under his powpromote a spiritually sound and er, and make us subservient to healthy state. The apostle ac- the accomplishment of his base cordingly considers all the vari- and iniquitous designs. ous sins and transgressions, and Again, If men believe the exall the corrupt lusts of men, as istence of a deity, but entertain being contrary to, and forbidden such wrong notions concerning by sound doctrine. 1 Tim. i. him, as verily to think there are 9, 10. and 2 Tim. iv. 3.
gods and lords many-one suThe importance of under preme, and many subordinate standing, believing and embrac-deities, who share together, tho' ing sound doctrine ; and conse- in different degrees, in the goyquently, of its being clearly ex-ernment of the world, and are to hibited and earnesily inculcated, share in the regard and religious may in some measure appear, 1. homage of mankind ; as the paFrom a view of the natural ten- gan nations did ;-if they bedency, effects and consequences lieve there are male and female of the ideas and belief which deities, of various characters and men entertain of Goş. Sound dispositions, and some of thein doctrine exhibits the truth with addicted to the lusts and vices, respect to the being and perfec- to which mankind are exceedtions of God, and his govern- ingly prone ; they will, as the ment of the world.
natural consequence of this beThe Atheist--the inan who lief, not only divide their homdenies the existence of a Su-lage between a number of deities; but also think it right and even that he is eternal, independent, a duty, pleasing and acceptable omnipresent, omniscient, and to their gods, to honor them' by omnipotent, and infinitely wise indulging the lusts and practis- and holy--that he loveth righting the debaucheries, to which cousness and hateth iniquity, they suppose them addicted. and has appointed a day in which So the fact proved among the he will judge the world in rightpagans. Bacchus, their god of cousness--that we must all apwine, they honored with drunk-pear and give account of ouren frolics, and Venus, with the selves to him that he will bring most shocking lewdness and every work into judgment, with prostitution. This was the nat- every secret thing, and render to ural consequence of their prin every man according to his ciples, or of the ideas which they deeds; how great and powerentertained concerning their de- ful must be the tendency of such ities.
a belief, to restrain from sin, and If we think that God is such to excite to virtue and piety? a one as ourselves, we shall, of Hence, I conceive, it will be course, think that he hath no evident to every considerate special displeasure at us for be- mind, that sonnd doctrine, or ing and doing, as we are and do the truth, with respect to the be If we verily think that God hath ing and perfections of God, is of no regard to truth or justice- vast importance to be known that he is a deceitful, false, treach and believed, in order to pre, erous being ; we shall have no serve and restrain from innuapprehension of his displeas- merable enormities, to which deure, on the account, if we are so praved human nature is strongtoo.
ly inclined; and to excite to the If we think that God is not study and practice of piety toomniscient--that we can conceal wards God, and of justice and our thoughts and motives from mercy towards men.
And in his knowledge, or that he may my mind, it is beyond all controbe imposed upon and deceived; versy, a real fact, that the knowlthis opinion will naturally lead edge and belief of God, and of us to practise the basest hypoc-their accountableness to him, risy. "Or, If we verily believe which mankind actually have, the true God is such a being, doth really prevent a vast deal of that he will never punish any of wickedness, injustice, oppresthe human race in the next sion and cruelty, which other. world, let them conduct how wise would be committed. they will in this ; this belief will Further, If there be one only at once free our minds from all living and true God, it is doubt, those restraints from numerous less of great importance to us, crimes, which the firm belief of to acknowledge his being and future punishment has a tenden- perfections with proper feelings cy to produce.
and affections, answerable to his But if we constantly and firm-character and providence, and ly believe, that there is one only to our relation to him, and to living and true God, who made give him the glory due to his and preserves and governs the name. But this cannot be done universe and all that is thereint without some knowledge and