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deserved, and of course all that burns with fire and brim-
holiness is abso- AUL in his epistle to the
salvation ; Romans, whom he addres“ for without holiness no man ses as beloved of God, called to shall see the Lord.”. All that be saints ; after beseeching are destitute of gospel faith, them by the mercies of God, which is a principle of holiness, to present their bodies a living are totally disqualified for the sacrifice, holy, acceptable to society of holy beings, and are God ; exhorts them saying ; fit only to mingle with the fear-“ And be not conforined to this ful, and the unbelieving, and the world : but be ye transformed, abominable, and murderers, and by the renewing of your mind, whoremongers, and sorcerers, that ye may prove what is that and idolaters, and all liars, who good and acceptable and perfect shall have their part in the lake I will of God.” Our Saviour charVol. VI. NO. 4.
acterizing his truc disciples and ples. Thus shall ye make it
followers declares, “ If ye were appear that ye have learned of of the world the world would: Christ, have imbibed his spirits love his own ; but because ye and I will not be ashamed to are not of the world, but I have own you. The disciples of chosen you out of the world, Christ by separating themselves therefore the world hateth you. ;" from the world which lieth in The Jews, God's ancient, cove- sin, prove the reality and excelnant people, were remarkably tence of their religion. They distingrushed from all other na- make it appear that a mighty tions, by their theological sys- work hath been wrought upon tem and by their religious rites; their hearts, to the glory of the £ompared with which, the sys- holy Trinity.--They use the tems of the Gentiles even in most powerful means to advance their most improved state, were the interest of the Redeemer's wanity and a lie, and their reli- | kingdom. By making it mangious rites, an abomination.ifest that they ane new creatues, With allusion to Israel, whom that they possess something God thus distinguished by his which mankind in common do grace, the apostle Peter, ad- not, a pearl of inestimable valfiressing believers in Christ, thus uerby showing that they are describes them, “ But ye are a governed by a spirit as much chosen generation, a royal priest- superior to that which reigns in hood, an holy nation, a peculiar selfish men as the heavens are people ; that ye should shew above the earth ; they diffuse forth the praises of him who light for the conviction of the unhath called you out of darkness godly and ease the most powerinto his marvellous light.” ful means to recover lost souls.
If any man be in Christ he is Two kingdoms divide the upideclared to be a new creature. verse as opposite in the temper With such, old things, are said by which their respective subto have passed away, and all jects are governed as light and things to have become new.- - darkness, holiness and sin, and From these passages, and nu- tlae subjects of the kingdom of merous others. of similar import, darkness must be miserable for that might be adduced, it is man- ever unless they are made senifestly the will of the Lord that sible of their deplorable condihis disciples shoald, by their ho- tion and induced to renounce Hiness, distinguish themselves the wicked one and all his works. from the world. It is their in- Surely then it is vastly importa: dispensible duty, an object which ant that the children of light they should ever keep in view should blistinguish themselves. and with respect to which they If they are conformed to this sliould ever be on their guard. | world, iso that no important difBy causing their light to shine ference appears between them before those who are without, and the children of this world, important ends are to be answer the latter looking upon themed. Herein is my Father.glo- selves justified in their conducte rified, saith Christ to his disci- will feel secure until their condiples, if ye bring forth much tion be past remedy. truitz--so shall ye be my disci.' These proliminary obserxa
tions show our subject' worthy people of the world, can discerni the attention of all whocall-them- no material difference between selves Christians.
their own, conversation and that. Such is the frailty of many of the professors of Christianity, éven at his best estale, and so instead of being alarmed, they full is the world of temptations will conclude their condition that we are ever prone to err. safe. To avoid extremes, and pursue Hence, it appears highly extre golden mean is the happi- pedient to lay down some rules ness of the wise and pious few. by which to determine our duty
With respect to the subject in this matter, or distinctly to under consideration, there is point out in what sinful conformgreat danger on both sides. Per-ity to the world consists. haps there is no subject on which As governed by a benevolent it is more difficult, on all occa- disposition, we would wish to, sions, precisely to determine the render ourselves as acceptable path of duty.
to our fellow men as we possiHaving the same ends in view, bly can, and yet maintain a con. the glory of God and the good sistency of character, so it is unof mankind, the increase of vital doubtedly our duty to conform piety, the honor of religion and to the world, in all things of an advancement of the Redeemer's innocent, or indifferent nature. kingdom, the friends of Jesus, To distinguish ourselves in such under various degrees of light things is np mark of Christiani and information, may pursue wisdom, benevolence or humilivery different measures. With ty, but rather an evidence of the a desire to promote these im- contrary. It is with respect to: portant ends, some have such things, that we have the led to withdraw from the world, example of the same great apos-to conceal themselves in con- tle, who exhorts us, not to be vents, to deprive themselves of conformed to this world; when the most agreeable, social con- he assures us, that he was made nections, and undergo great bo- all things to all men, that he dily mortification. Others hav- might by all means save some. ing more light, do not proceed This same great and good man, such lengths, yet maintain such who hath set before us a most a rigid austerity of manners, illustrious example, though sa and exhibit such a gloomy air, ready to conform to all men in that they excite disgust, rather things of an indifferent nature, than recommend the cause of well knew where in other things religion. On the other hand, to make a stand and remain: with a view to remove prejudice immoveable. While in one view and win souls to the altogether he seemed ready to turn with lovely Saviour, some may be in the times and accommodate danger of so far conforming to himself to the particular prejuthe world as to confound all vis- dices and humors of those with ible distinction of character, be- whom he was conversant and tween the subjects of the two whose good he was endeavoring kingdoms, respectively; and to promote ; in another, he upthus defeat the very object they wish to accomplish. For if the
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pears fixed like a rock in the comes the servant of Christ to. sea dashed with the foaming conform, that he may render billows. Without deviating in himself more acceptable and the least from that consistency, be more useful, it may not be which constitutes the beauty, fe- amiss to specify the article of licity and glory of the Christian dress. With respect to apparel, character, we find him at one perhaps there can be no better time declaring, “ If meat make rule given than the following : my brother to offend, I will eat Dress yourself in such a manno meat while the world stand- ner that no particular notice eth,”-shaving his head and pu- may be taken of it. The mode rifying himself in the temple of dress is continually fluctuacircumcising Timothy that he ting, and so far as decency, conmight give no offence to the venience and usefulness are reJews, though he knew the cer- garded, religion has as little to emonial institutions were abolo do with one as with another.ished and that he had a right If any fashion be introduced, to claim his liberty ; again we trespassing upon either of these hear him expressing himself in rules, it surely behoves those, the following decisive language; who are called to be saints, and “ But though we, or an angel who would wish to do all the from heaven preach "any other good in their power, not to corgospel than that which we have form. Singularity when thus preached unto you, let him be rendered necessary, though it accursed."-Again, we find him may expose to reproach, is nevwithstanding Peter to his face, ertheless commendable. To apbecause he was to be blamed for pear the first in the fashion, is his dissimulation, in keeping up an object below the Christian a distinction between Jews and character. It is not agreeable believing Gentiles, who were to the directions of the apostle one in Christ Jesus. While in on this subject. According to the exercise of self-denial, he him the adorning of a follower had learned to give up his own of the blessed Jesus should not right, and suffer great personal be that outward adorning of plaitinconvenience, for the sake of ing the hair, and of wearing of benefitting others ; he had learn- gold, or of putting on of appared, also, to be scrupulously ex- el ; but it should be the hidden · act in maintaining that system man of the heart, in that which of evangelical truth, hy the is not corruptible, even the orknowledge, the love and prac- nament of a meek and quiet tice of which alone, God can be spirit, which is in the sight of glorified and sinners saved. God of great price.
While he was ready to labor So with respect to modes of with his own hands, that the civility, such as shaking hands, gospel might not be chargeable, taking off the hat, making obeihe steadfastly maintained the sance and the like, it is undoubtright of those who preach the edly our duty to conform, provigospel to live of the gospel. ded there be nothing in the cus
In mentioning things of an tom derogatory from that proinnocent or indifferent nature, found homage we owe our Cre. with respect to which, it be-! ator. In the obeisance which
the proud courtier Haman 're- tures do not speak of the resur. quired, and which it is probable rection of the wicked, who die was customarily paid him, which in their sins, as a benefit obtainhowever humble Mordecai re-ed for them by Christ's mediafused to render, it is reasonable tion. They do not represent. to conclude there was something their resurrection as a favor or sacrilegious and profane, as the blessing, conferred upon them ground of his refusal. Thus by Christ. But whilst the resurwere a traveller providentially rection of the saints is foretold cast among Papists, it would be and promised, as an unspeakahis duty to refuse compliance ble blessing, and the fruit of vith their idolatrous rites.-Christ's mediation ; that of the Should he bow to the consecra- wicked seems rather to be reted host, he would offend the vealed and denounced, as a curse. God who is above, who is jeal- According to Daniel, Of the maous of his honor, will not give ny who sleep in the dust of the his glory unto another, not even earth, when they shall awake, to the highest angel in heaven,
shall awake to everlastmuch less to a consecrated waing life, and some to shame and
everlasting contempt.” And (To be continued.) Christ said, “ The hour is com
ing, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
and shall come forth ; they that Q. and R.
have done good unto the resur
rection of life ; and they that DIALOGUE.
have done evil unto the resurOn the Resurrection.
rection of damnation."
The bodies of the saints will IR, I have several times be raised by Christ, and fash; l'esurrection of the wicked, as glorified body, that they may being not a benefit or fruit of reign with him in life for ever Christ's redemption ; but have that, in a state of re-union with not been able to clearly appre- their souls made perfect in holihend your meaning. I will ness, they may eternally share therefore thank you for a free with them in all the glory and and clear expression of your happiness of the heavenly state. ideas on the subject.
But the bodies of the wicked R. Sir, I will cheerfully at- will be raised for a directly contempt it ; hoping, if my ideas trary purpose-that in a re-union are not according to truth, that with their souls abandoned to you, or some other person, will the dominion of perfect wickedset me right.
ness, they may participate with The scriptures inform us, them in the pains of the second 46 That there shall be a resurrec- death, by having their part in tion of the dead, both of the just the lake which burneth with fire and unjust.” They also teach and brimstone. Therefore, whilst us, that the wicked, as well as the righteous are, with propriethe righteous, will be raised by ty, said to come forth to the reChrist. But I think the scrip- I surrection of life; the wicked