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emotions which touched my | Rousseau : “ Socrates died like -breast were those of mingled a philosopher, but Jesus Christ piety and veneration. It was a died like a God!!” Never before day of the administration of the did I completely understand sacrament, and his subject was what Demosthenes meant by lay. the passion of our saviour. -Asing such a stress on delivery.. he decended from the pulpit to You are, to remember the pitch distribute the mystic symbols, of passion and enthusiasm to there was a peculiar, a more which the congregation were than human solemnity in his raised and then the few minair and manner, which made utes of portentous, death like my blood to run cold and my | silence, which reigned throughwhole frame to shiver. He out the house the preacher rethen drew a picture of our Sav- moved his white handkerchief iour-his trial before Pilate from his face--and slowly stretchhis ascent to Calvary-his Cru-ing forth the palsied hand that cifixion, and his death. His en- holds it, begins the sentenceunciation was so deliberate, that “ Socrates died like a philoso. his voice trembled on every syl-pher,”—then pausing, raising lable ; and every heart trembled the other, pressing them both in unison. His peculiar phrases clasped together, with warmth had that force of description, and energy to his breast, lifting that the original scene appear- his " sightless balls” to heaven, ed to be at that moment acting and pouring his whole soul into before our eyes. We saw the his tremulous voice—“but Jesus very faces of the Jews--the start-Christ like a God !" The flood ing, frightful distortions of mal- which, just before, had rushed in ice and rage. We saw the buf- a torrent upon my brains, and in fet-my soul kindled with a the violence and agony of my fame of indignation, and my feelings, held my whole system hands were involuntarily and con- in suspense; now ran back into vulsively clenched. But when my heart with a sensation which he came to describe the patience, I cannot describe, a kind of shud, the forgiving meekness of our dering, delicious horror ! The Saviour-when he drew to the paroxysm of blended pity and life, his blessed eyes streaming indignation to which I had been in tears, turned to heaven-his transported, subsided into the voice breathing to God a soft and deepest self abasement, humility gentle prayer of pardon on his en- and adoration ! I had just been emies, "Father, forgive them, | lacerated and dissolved by symfor they know not what they do” | pathy for our Saviour as a fellow
the voice of the preacher, | creature; but now, with fear and which had grown fainter and trembling, I adored him—"a fainter, until his utterance being God! entirely obstructed by the force of his feelings, he raised his Extracts from the Preface to the handkerchief to his eyes, and Christian Observer. burst into a loud and irresistible flood of grief, The first sentence THE Christian Observer has with which he broke the awful 11 been vehemently accused silence, was a quotation from l of having an Antinomian tenden
cy. We believe that this is the small proportion of their atcharge, of all others, against tention on this important part which it is most easy to make of their religion. We wish to our defence. To be an Anti- place before the eyes of such nomian, in the proper sense of persons the universal excellence the word, is to derive from the of that life to which they should doctrine of the grace of God en- aspire, and to delineate that couragement to sin. To our Christian temper in which, perreaders it seems superfluous to haps, they are more particularstate, that we, on the contrary, ly apt to fail. We wish to rehave uniformly represented the mind them, that when evangeliundeserved mercy of God in Je- cal doctrines are popular among sus Christ as the grand motive | large bodies of men, as they un. to obedience ; affirming that a | questionably are at this period, true faith in the Redeemer ne a growing laxity of practice is cessarily produces love to him very likely to accompany a conwho died for us; and that if God siderable degree of religious hath so loved us, we ought also knowledge : and that a man may to love one another,
feel much complacency in the We have intimated that we consciousness of the orthodoxy are enemies to Antinomianism. of his faith, even while his life is This pestilent heresy has many | not superior to that of many shapes, and we are hostile to it whom he condemns as unbe, under every form. First, we lievers. He learns, perhaps, to would resist that Antinomianism deplore his sins instead of forwhich professes, in plain terms, saking them : and to acknowl, that the law of God is no rule of edge the corruption of his naconduct for the believer, a senti- ture, instead of heartily resistment, indeed, which we trust is ing it. He, at the same time, not very common; and we would confidently repels the charge of likewise oppose every doctrine | Antinomianism which men igand expression bordering on this norant of the gospel bring asentiment. We would inculcate gainst him ; and because he carefully, zealously, and plainiy, knows that there is nothing lax that the man, who being justifi- or licentious in his creed, he ed by faith is freed from the con- does not suspect the latent Andemnation of the law, is still tinomianism of his heart. Mean“ under the law to Christ ;” and while his faith is not productive that his faith will be made man- of good works. It is therefore, ifest, both to himself and to the that faith which the Scriptures world, by his obedience.
denominate “dead, being alone,”? We would also contend against | and which cannot save him. an Antinomianism of another But there is an Antinomianism kind, which is somewhat more which is still more common, and prevalent. Many persons em- which calls, perhaps still more loudly, brace a system of evangelical
for the attention of The Christian
Observer. We now allude to that doctrine, and even connect with
| multitude of persons, who, though it a certain degree of moral prac- little acquainted either with the doctice ; but a practice, at the same trines or practice of Christianity, ne. time, by no means sufficiently vertheless confidently lay claim to a Christian : they bestow only a participation of its eternal rewards,
and assume that they are believers | We feel exceeding desirous of exbecause they do not, with Infidels and posing this wretched and ruinous deAtheists, deny the authenticity of the lusion ; this too common but corrupt Scriptures. We may be thought species of Christianity ; a Christiania guilty of some inaccuracy in thus ap- ty, if it deserves the name, which has plying to the mixed mass of the vain, in it nothing worthy of its author, nothe thoughtless, the covetous, the am- | thing great or noble, nothing spiritual bitious, the dissipated, and the world. or holy, nothing raised above the ly Christians, of the present age, the world, nothing, in short, which name of Antinomians. We appre sanctions its exclusive pretensions to hend, however, that, in truth, there a divine origin, or puts to shame the is no impropriety in fixing on them rival claims of infidelity. We wish this appellation. Do they not take to remind these thoughtless, and, we credit for being Christians, on the will add, these unbelieving men, ground of an unproductive and mere- | whose case we are now contemplatlv nominal faith in Christ ? Do they ling, that it is not enough to admit the not account themselves members of general authenticity of the Gospel; Christ, children of God, and inheri- that it is not sufficient to have been tors of the kingdom of Heaven, baptized, to be a member of the while they manifestly and habitually Church, and on motives of reputation, disobey the precepts of the Gospel, to pay some decent regard to moraliand while some of them are utterty. Their religion, if it carry them strangers, and others are even de- | no farther than this, will prove utterclared enemies, to that life of purity | ly unavailing. A FAITH FRUITFUL and holiness which Christianity re- | IN GOOD WORKS, in works far exceedquires ? They, nevertheless, indulge | ing, both in kind and degree, what no small degree of hope in a Saviour. | they seem to have any conception of, Has not Christ, say they, died for us? | IS THE ONLY TRUE FAITH ON THE and are we not as Christians entitled | GOSPEL. to the benefits of his redemption ?
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On the Duty of Prayer. him all perfection, glory, and
honor; and ask his gracious PRAYER, both secret and so hearing. Confession-In this, cial, is ridiculed by many, reluc- we confess and enumerate our tantly practised by others, and sins, and professedly humble greatly neglected by all. With ourselves before God. Petition a view to give instruction in, and This arises out of a sense of excite to the right discharge of our wants, and belief of sufthe duty of prayer, the following ficiency, power, and willingness essay was written. Mit
in the Deity to relieve us. In
this division we spread all our, TT is an exhortation of St. Paul complaints before him, and L-in every thing, by prayer make our requests unto him. and supplication with thanksgiv Intercession. In this, we ask for ing let your requests be made mercies, and deprecate God's known unto God. These words judgments, for others as well as naturally suggest to our minds for ourselves. Thanksgiving several important thoughts on In this, we acknowledge our dethe nature, object, requisites, i pendence on God, enumerate his and reasonableness of prayer. mercies to ourselves and others, As it is proposed to insist prin- and express our thankfulness and cipally on the two last, a few | gratitude, Conclusion is the last observations on the former will part of prayer. In this, we sum suffice.
up the whole in the name and By prayer, is not intended a for the sake of Jesus Christ, and mere request or petition, but a submit it to the Divine Will ; solemn address made to the om- and, as at the beginning, ascribe niscient God, consisting of vari- all praisc, honor, and glory to ous branches, as occasions may the Father, Son, and Holy Spirequire. It is generally divided rit. into seven parts, viz. Adoration These are the several parts of -or Invocation. In this, weimme- prayer. Different persons will diately call on God, ascribe toldwell more or less on each as Vol. VI. No. 2.