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measures, I cannot flatter myself that the King of heaven and earth is at the head of the project; else he has departed from the principles which characterized the introduction of the gospel age. He has taxed Satan, and levied upon the dominions of the prince of darkness, in a way wholly novel in the history of six thousand years, Joseph's coat, particolored as it was, would be an impcrfect symbol of such a compound, as would answer the prayers and expectations of all the leaders, to say nothing of the members, of these hundred combinations.
I must, then, think that it is a delusion by which Satan keeps the actual condition of the “Christian world” out of sight; and while the world is actually precipitating to the brink of the yawning gulph, in which is to be entombed the pride, avarice, hypocrisy, formality, apathy, sectarianism, scepticism, and practical atheism of the age, with all their wicked progeny--the people vainly imagine that the Millennium is to burst forth in all its glory as the natural offspring of these benevolent schemes.
I am no doubt uttering very unpopular views; but I would be guilty of moral treason did I conceal my sentiments when called upon on a subject of such importance.“ I am persuaded the world is intoxicated with the notion of the high moral advances of this generation. But, sır, let us look at home; let us look at the signs of the times, and judge of other nations by our own. If we are not the head, assuredly we are not the tail, of christendom. And is there not found in this com: munity, engaged in all these projects, every species of iniquity which darkens the moral horizon of Christian expectation, and distinguishes the apostacy portrayed in the apocalyptic symbols, or plainly written out in the apostolic letters?
I must, for myself, keep my garments pure, and lift the unwelcome voice of remonstrance against these unauthorized amalgamations. It is true, ungodly men may cover themselves, and creep into the bosom of any Christian community; but this is quite a different thing from systems whose ostensible object it is to draw all sorts of men for the sake of their pecuniary or politicalaid, to build up the church of God.
We have given, we think, sufficient evidence, in fact, and not merely in speech, that we are friendly to all co-operations of Christians for the promulgation of the gospel, and the advancement of human happiness by all lawful means; and I have no hesitation in saying, that if all was done at home which our means could effect, we would unite with the whole church of God in any evangelical mission to lands and tribes where the name of the Lord has not been named. Many of our brethren contribute to Missionary and Bible Societies, and Sunday Schools, with all their imperfections. Let every man, we say, be fully persuaded in his own mind, and act consistently.
These are some of the reasons why we must bear the reproach of being opposed to the Christian schemes and benevolent enterprizes of the day. If these will not apologize for our course, and evince that we are not opposed to the co-operation of Christians, and to all sorts of Christian enterprize, I should fear to make myself better understood if I should longer. detain you with farther explanations. I shall conclude with an anecdote in point, as illustrative of the unsanctified character of co-operation with those under professed allegiance to the spirit that works in the hearts of the children of disobedience:-A certain slaveholder, who owns some two or three hundred slaves, and who, after living luxuriantly upon all the spoils of their labor, and upon the annual sales of a part of the increase, contributes one hundred dollars per annum to the Colonization Society. In this way he consecrates his annual incomes, and shows how much he feels for the oppressed Africans! Thus many contribute to convert the heathen from the sins in which they themselves riot night and day, and thus flatter themselves that they are helpers in the good work of converting the world. Yours, &e.
. Rational Way of making Christians.
Can any have faith without testimony?
Why to make Christians of Heathens, the testimony must be delivered in their own languages; or they must be taught to understand the languages into which the testimony has been translated.
Then, to qualify a missionary to convert the heathen, he must first learn the testimony that God has given of his Son; then he must learn the languages of the nations or tribes he would teach; then he must deliver the testimony, and show how it was confirmed, &c. then engraft them into Christ.
To make children Christians, first develope their intellectual facul. ties, so as to enable them to comprehend testimony; then lay the testimony carefully before them, and show them their interest in it; then, when they have comprehended and believed it, and have determined to be guided by it; then engraft them according to the directions given, and direct them to draw sustenance from the sincere milk of the word, that they may grow thereby to be men and women in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, &c.
Anecdote. OUR readers know that it is a practice of the religious meetings of some sects, for persons, after histening for a time to the remarks of a preacher or an exhorter, to rise and bear witness to the truth of what had been said. We have an anecdote on this subject which, will go to show the sincerity of some of the humiliating confessions which are sometimes made in such meetings by the brethren. In one of our eastern towns resides Deacon E, who has had a serious falling out with his neighbor S. The latter makes no pretensions to religion, though he subscribes, in the main, so far as theory is concerned, to the creed of the Deacon. VOL. III.
On the whole, he is a person of doubtful morals, being profane and other wise rude and disagreeable. But conceiving that Deacon E has maliciously wronged and injured him (which may be true,) he has no bowels of mercy for him; but entertains towards him a grudge, which is likely to continue for a long time.
One evening last summer, during the revival in the neighborhood, in which the Deacon took a great interest, Mr. S appeared in meeting and looked unusually serious and devout-so much so, that some of the congregation began to suspect that he, too, might be under conviction. The exercise went on as usual. Before the meeting broke up the Deacon arose, for the hundred and first time, to relate his experience, and exhort the sinners present. He protested that he had been born of God, and that he yet realized his own unworthi. ness. “I feel, my friends," said he, that I am a miserable, unworthy creature. I have done every thing that I ought not to have done, and have left undone every thing which I ought to have performed. I can say, with Paul, I am the chief of sinners, and deserve nothing but the wrath and curse of God.”
Kaving resumed his seat, it was with astonishment, and not without hope, that the brethren noticed Mr. S rise in his place to speak. All eyes were turned. “I feel it my duty,” protested Mr. S, "to rise and bear witness to the truth of what Deacon E has said. He has acknowledged himself, before you and his God, to be a scoundrel. I know him to be such--I can bear witness to his dishonesty." The Deacon fell into a rage, exclaimed vehemently, “You lie! You lie!” and in a spirit none too becoming the congregation broke up and dispersed.
Now the truth is, (for we have received the story as a literal fact, the Deacon neither expected nor wished to be believed in his confessions. They were made as the most effectual mode of illustrating his spiritual pride, and of ob. taining the reputation of being religious par excellence. When taken at his word, he evinced his hypocrisy and insincerity. Too many, we fear, of such confessions are made rather from the spirit of pride than humility, and ought, therefore, to secure but a mean credit for the narrator.–Baltimore Chronicle.
APOLOGY. WE wished to have finished our strictures on Jennings' Debate, to have farther animadverted on Dr. Cleland's Essays, and to have published a Narra. tive of matters and things concerning the actors in the late Virginia proscriptions, in the present number: but we had begun an Address to the Virginia Baptists, before receiving the latter, and could not occupy more room on that subject in one number than we had already appropriated; and our Index to the volume was not thought of till we had progressed so far in other articles as to exclude the former from the present number.
A very well-written critique on the theology, logic, grammar, egotism, &c. of Mr. Jennings' Book, has been received: bnt the “Debate" is not worth the critique; and, as the book has already died in society, we do not know whether it is magnanimous farther “to draw its frailties from their dread abode," and will therefore leave that question, sub judice, for another moon.
Conclusion of Volume III. GLAD would I be, could I retire from the arduous toils of an Editor, and lay down my pen in the full persuasion that my labors are no longer necessary. To me, indeed, the simple duties of an Editor of a monthly magazine, would not be oppressive; but constituting, as they now do, and as they ever have done, merely a fractional part of my relative duties, superadded to these, they are laborious and oppressive. The portion of my time allotted to the discharge of these duties, is by far too small; and yet I could not conscientiously, in reference to other duties, devote a larger share of it to them. My correspondents have been neglected, much to my mortification; my personal labors in the field have been curtailed; my own immediate domestic concerns have been slighted; every concern has been laid under tribute to my biblical readings, examinations, and preparations for the forthcoming editions of the Family and Pocket Testaments. These labors will, however, terminate with the present year.
The times yet demand another volume; and were we not taught in the school of experience how easy it is to will and how hard to perform, we would promise a volume of more interest than any one preceding. We contemplate some changes which we would call improvements, and we are promised some more aids on Millenniary matters, and we have a good stock of biblical criticism on the shelf; but, we dare not promise, seeing that our experience corroborates the affirmation of the poet
6 All promise is poor dilatory man." We shall, then, only say that we will always do as we have done; that is, the best our circumstances will allow.
Much ground embraced in our proposals, has not yet been cultivated. The trees are only girdled; the lying timber, with the spoils of the forest, have not even been removed from the premises. But other laborers' are at work, and some parts of the great farm are well cultivated. The theory of the Ancient Gospel is well elaborated by “The Evangelist." The Philistines have been well watched, and many strong holds taken from the kingdom of the Clergy by "The Christian Messenger;" and the Army of Reform is marching forward under better discipline, better supplied with the arms and munitions of war than formerly. Many able and experienced Captains are carrying the war into Carthage, and putting to flight armies of the aliens.-Upon the whole, we thank God, and all the brethren, for what we have seen and heard. We take courage, and, with all our energies, such as they are, we will gird on our sword and prepare for another campaign.
We again tender our grateful acknowledgments to the Father of Mercies, who has graciously covered our heads in the day of battlewho has helped us forward on our journey, and made it so far prosperous; and to many of the disciples, for the aids and facilities they have afforded us in pleading the cause of reformation; for to their patronage, and untiring exertions, the principles of the Ancient Gospel and the Ancient Order of Things have been borne on every wind to the extremes of this Union, and even to the dominions of the Princes of the English tongue. May they never become weary in doing good, knowing they shall in due time reap, if they faint not! May favor, mercy, and peace be with all the family of God!
88 Anecdote of Jeremiah Vardeman, 280
325 Apostles-A Tribute to the Mem.
478 Art and Science-Summary of mo.
593 Arguments for Young Disciples,
No. 1, 575_No. 2, 591–No. 3, 592
190 Association-Still Water, 528
321 Baptist Convention of 8 persons, 594
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465 Broaddus, A.-Admonition of, 146
197 Broaddus, A.Against himself, or.
CAMPBELLISM, DoctorCleland, Church in Richmond, Va.
519 Chronological Difficulty in Daniel, 287
538 Circular Letter,
100 Clay, Hon. Henry-Hint to, 87
No. 5, .
No. 6, 244-No. 7, 382
349 Controversy-Piety better than, 448
462 - Corner--the Deist's,
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