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Ten ! let us this day, in solemn stout hearted, impenitent sinner! contemplation, pay a visit to O Christians ! meditate often Calvary. Let us endeavour by with wonder, love and gratitude, faith to behold a scene, which on the suffering Saviour. He yonder sun refused to witness. drank the cup of trembling, that Ah,
he might put into your hands Well might the sun in darkness hide, the cup of consolation. He vanAnd shut his glories in,
quished the powers of darkness, When God, the mighty Maker, dy'd that you too might everlastingly For man, the creature's sin,
triumph over them. Amid the Doubtless, the darkness, which agonies of crucifixion, he endur, overspread the sun, was em
ed the hidings of his father's blematical of that horror, which face, that you might enjoy the filled the human soul of the im, beatific smile of his countenance maculate Jesus. His heavenly in death, and to all eternity. O Father stood aloof. Not only ye, who reject the Saviour! can did earth refuse its pity, but hea, you hear these things unmoved? ven withheld its consolations. Are they nothing to you? Shall This was the bitterest ingredient the Son of God expire in ag. in his bitter cup. What tongue ony; shall the very heavens put can describe, or imagination cons on the attire of mourning ; shall ceive, the sensations of the di- yonder luminary avert his face vine Sufferer, when, during from the awful scene ; shall the three hours of silent horror, he earth tremble with amazement, retired within himself, received and the solid rocks rend asunin his spotless soul the awful der; and can you still remain impressions of that wrath, which unmoved ?-o, at length re: was due to sin, and at the same lent! Flee from that dire, un. time, maintained a conflict with heard of wrath, which you can all the principalities and powers not sustain ; and rejoice, by of darkness? Oh, what a crisis your repentance, the heart of was that, in human destiny! that compassionate Saviour, How pregnant with salvation whom you have so long pierced and felicity to millions of hum- by your sins. ble believers, and with' aggravated, intolerable perdition to every
(To be continued.)
FRAGMENTS. i they have still something to
groan under : nor so ill, but they While Israel marched thro' have still some comfort to be the wilderness, the blackest thankful for. In the church night had a pillar of fire, and the militant, as in the ark of old, brightest day a pillar of cloud. there are both a rod and a pot of So, in this world, things never inanna, 69 so well with God's Israel, but Dr. Arrowsmith's Chain of Principles.
If we would well understand casions, neither to" fear God, nor the Scriptures, we must bestow to regard man.” pains in comparing one part with A few months after my last inanother ; for the Lord seems to terview with him, I was informed have arranged them, as they are, that he was no more! Struck purposely, to exercise our dili- with the event, I was solicitous gence, and to distinguish those, to know how such a man would who value the knowledge of the die! The amount of my
informtruth from such as do not, ation was, that, as death approach(Prov. ii. 1-9.)
ed the confidence he had before Scott's Notes the Bible, expressed in his deistical opinions Num. chap. 22.
forsook him, and in its place a deep horror seized his mind! A short time before his departure,
supposing himself quite alone, ANECDOTE.
he was overheard by an unobservThe following communication ed friend, giving vent to the agois from a gentleman, on whose nies of a tortured conscience.
With furious despair he expostuauthority the reader may place the most unreserved reliance.
lated with the man, (Dr. D.) It was my lot, some years ago,
whom he now reproached as his occasionally to meet a disciple of deceiver ; and, after loading his the late Dr. Darwin, who had name with execrations, which I drunk so deeply into the system closed the horrid remonstrance
dare not put upon paper, he and spirit of his master, that he in such terms as the following: considered him the very first poet and philosopher of the age end of your boasted philosophy!
« Monster! wretch! Is this the I have heard him expatiate with Have you brought me to this ?" enthusiasm on the writings and character of that deist, and, in
Reader! though such examthe same conversation revile the ples are seldom brought forHoly Scriptures, with all the ward, you are not hastily to in. rant of vulgar blasphemy.
fer that they rarely happen, or Of all the examples of a mind
that the principles of modern emancipated from religious and infidelity do not lead to such moral restraint I ever met with,
The tentbis unhappy man was the most
derness of survivors may often offensive.
conceal the dismal story ; and His conversation, though abundantly larded with even when such men leave the the cant and slang of the new
world with composure, we should philosophy, was lewd, profane,
remember there are such judg. and conceited; and when infuri. ments denounced against obstiated by zeal for his principles, nate opposers of revelation, as a (which happpened as often as they were opposed) every rule of
“ reprobate mind !” How differdecorum was trampled under
ent the end of those, who foot; he appeared on such :oc
sleep in Jesus !"
M. Christian Mag.
Review of New Publications.
The immoral and pernicious ten- faithfulness, to oppose the errors
dency of error. Illustrated in the times. Still we are ready a sermon at the ordination of to wonder, that the writer conthe Rev. James Beach, to the tents himself before the great pastoral care of the church in doctrine of the apostle, with only Winsted. Jan. 1. 1806. By examining a few gross and danASAHEL HOOKER, A. M. Pas- gerous errors. It would have for of the church in Goshen. contributed much to the merit of Hartford, Lincoln & Gleason. the sermon, already excellent, if Feb. 1806.
the ingenious author had underEvil communications corrupt good taken to prove, by some obvious manners, 1 Cor. xv. 33.
arguments, the connexion beAfter a very proper intro- tween wrong theory and wrong duction, the author gives this as practice. This connexion might the doctrine of the text. As gross have been invincibly argued from errors are destructive of good the proneness of mankind to do morals, they are necessarily hostile what their judgment approves, to true religion. It is a rule laid or to act according to their condown by the most approved wri- viction. It might have been arters on sermonizing, that the gued from the vigilance of indoctrine, or leading sentiment spiration to guard us against of the discourse be expressed in erroneous sentiments, as well as as few and simple terms as possi- against wicked actions. It might ble. It is, therefore, queried, have been argued too from whether the great sentiment of the conduct of many individuals the text, and of the discourse both in the church, and in the might not, with more propriety, world. have been expressed in some Though we suggest these such manner as this ; wrong the- additions, we do not forget the ory is productive of wrong prac- narrow limits of a single distice; or thus, erroneous senti- course. ments lead to wicked actions.
The plan adopted is executed The author's plan is to illus- with ability. The first error grate the doctrine, not by ab- mentioned, as of a pernicious stract reasoning, but by examin- tendency, is Deism. The second ing several gross and dangerous is the error of the Universalists. errors, which abound at the pre- It is satisfactorily proved, that sent day. This method is not mankind, as they are, will take without its advantages. The occasion from this scheme, if author governs himself by the believed, to sin with the greater favourite maxim of a divine, greediness. This is, in brief, whose memory is highly respec. the spirit of his reasoning. If ted in New England ; that it is the hearts of men are fully set in one imporlant branch of ministerial them to do evil, because sentence against them is not speedily friends of error and irreligion. In executed; how much more will
this compromise it is agreed to ex
tend their full charity to one another, they be set on evil, if they be
however different their opinions, and lieve the sentence will never be even to all mankind, except those, executed.
who maintain an essential difference "The Most High said of the false between right and wrong, between prophets of old, they have strengthened truth and error, and who thence con. the hands of the wicked, that he should tend earnestly for the faith once de. not depart from his wicked way, BY livered to the saints. As this wonPROMISING HIM LIFE. Nor is it ea. derful liberality is founded in a deep sy' to perceive in what respects the rooted love of darkness, it renders doctrine, which teaches the salvation men no less opposed to a candid, imof all men, of all characters, and partial, and prayerful investigation of which, of course, makes it depend on moral and religious subjects, than to no conditions, is a whit less immoral that teachable and humble spirit, and pernicious in its tendency, than which is essential to receiving the truth the doctrine of the fool's heart, there in the love of it. The genius of this is no God. The father of lies, who liberality is distinguished by such was a murderer from the beginning maxims as this ; it is no matter what and abode not in the truth, doubtless men believe, if they are but sincere in apprehended the real tendency of the their belief. This word, sincere, is doctrine in question, and first preach- the bait, which is designed to cona ed it to mankind with dire effect. The ceal the deceitful and fatal snare. consequence of their believing it, and By being sincere, in the present case, acting on a presumption of its being nothing better can be correctly intrue, was the apostasy and ruin of the tended, than men's really believing human race."
what they profess to believe. But The third false opinion men professing, or not professing, can tioned is, that the depravity of never alter the nature of their belief, mankind arises from their igno- stripping their language of disguise,
or of the things believed. Hence, fance of the truth. The author
this is the doctrine, which they in. shows that this sentiment is con- tend to maintain, that it is 10 matter trary to plain scripture declara- what men believe, or what they disbetions, and that it implies that
lieve, and therefore, that they are not
accountable to God for any senti. man is by nature holy, and needs
ments, which they are pleased to emnot to be renewed by the grace brace. Some men use this language, of God; and, accordingly, that who dare not avow themselves the the sentiment is suited to cherish open and unequivocal adversaries of bis pride and make him pure in
religion, and of morals. But might
they not avow this, consistently with his own eyes.
truth? And would they not do it, The author finally notices the were they not, for the present, less opinion of those, who deny the bold, than impious; or more afraid divine institution and perpetual
of men, than of God ? If it be no mat
ter what men believe, they may be." obligation of the Christian Sab
licve that the doctrine of an all-perbath. In a note he suggests, that fect Deity, who is the Creator, the what has been advanced concern- Governor, and the Judge of the ing a few gross errors is equally world, is a mere chimera of supersti
tion. They may, in like manner, disapplicable to others.
believe the record, which God hath A number of interesting re
given of his Son, or embrace any othflections close the discourse. er opinion, however grossly errone. "1. We may hence see the fatal ten- ous, and utterly subversive of the dency of modern liberality. This libe- Christian faith. When straitened for rality, when examined by the light of arguments to support their liberality disine truth, is found to be a sort of in all its absurd and borrid conse. cómpromise between the various quences, they will plead their own Vol. II. No, 2.
cause, by asserting, that they cannot practical atheism. They labour to alter their belief, und that, therefore, set aside the doctrines, and even the it cannot be sinful. And with a lit. reality of a divine revelation, because tle more hardihood, but with no more they wish to live in such a manner, absurdity or impiety, they may pro. as fills them with horror, when preceed to assert the same in respect to sented with the awful prospect of bemy vices, in which they are pleased ing arraigned at the tribunal of Heato indulge. They are not more vol.
Accordingly, the doctrine, untary in the practice of these vices, which maintains the innocence of all than in embracing those sentiments, opinions, is a most insidious attack on which are believed for no other rea- the pure and undefiled religion of the gon, than their agreement with the gospel, and being universally admit. feelings of a proud, sensual, and de- ted, would be soon followed with the praved heart.
universal destruction of the morals “ The liberal doctrine of modern and the happiness of mankind in this times takes for granted what is pal. world, and of their souls in the world pably false, that there is no connex: to come.” ron between men's sentiments and In the second inference the their hearts, and between their hearts author points out the cause, to and their practice. They never act understandingly, in enubracing false
mast ascribe and immoral opinions, but from an alarming prevalence of vice and answerable frame of spirit. It is true, irreligion. He mentions eril men often become much more de- communications, or corrupt prinpraved and immoral in their lives, in consequence of embracing those
ciples, as having a chief influsentiments, which justify iminorality
ence. and irreligion, and which are thence In the third place he infers, suited to draw forth the latent seeds very naturally, the importance of sensuality, pride, envy; revenge, and impiety. But in other cases,
not merely of shunning prevathose, whose crimes have got before lent errors and vices, but of takhand of their speculative opinions,
ing the best measures to oppose are found plunging suddenly into the them, and to counteract their darkness of gross error, that the hid pernicious influence. eous deformity of their characters
" It will perhaps be said, that we may be concealed from the view of live in a land of liberty, where every their consciences, and no longer dis.
man enjoys the right of forming and turb them with the guilty forebodings expressing bis own opinions. True. of infinite wrath.
But God has invested no man with “ Again, that mode of reasoning, the right of calling evil good, even if which makes all sorts of opinions in his errors are kept to himself : nocent, might do the same, as con. much less the right of communicating sistently, in respect to all sorts of the foul contagion of them to those actions. The sentiments, which men
around him. All men are accountable embrace on moral and religious sub.
to God for the sentiments, which jects, are their rules of moral conduct. they embrace, and which they incul. Every man, therefore, who justifies
cate on others. Nor bave they any errors in opinion, must, if consistent,
more right," on the principles of piety justify the same, when carried into
and benevolence, “ to disseminate practice. This agrees not only with
those evil communications, which the tendency of erroneous sentiments,
corrupt good manners, than to prac. but with the evident design of num
tise those flagrant abominations, bers in embracing them, and with
which are at once an insult to the the habitual conduct of many. They Majesty of the universe, and an atembrace error with the sole view of tack on the peace and safety of manfindling in it a cloak for their sins.
kind." Many labour to disbelieve the moral
The occasional addresses at gorernment of God, and cven his ex. istence, because they are in love with the close are marked with perti