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Sermons, chiefly designed to elucidate them, generally, “ that Christ is all
and in all." some of the Leading Doctrines of the Gospel. By the Rev. E. Cooper,
Sermon I, contains a glorious display Recior of Hamstall Ridware, &c.
of the divine perfections of the holiTwo Vols. crown 8vo, ios,
ness, love, and truth of God, transcend
ently exalted by the vicarious sufferAMONG the beneficial effects result- ings and atonement of his own coing from the extensive circulation of equal and incarnate Son, with an applithe Evangelical Magazine, one, and by cation of the subject to the conscience, no means the least, is to make known forcible and pathetic. more generally to the religious public The second demonstrates the great works which bear the stamp of peci- and important doctrine of the singer's liar excellence, and whose tendency is justification by faith without works : to diffuse the genuine doctrines of the in which the righteousness of God is grace which bringeth salvation, and manifested through the redemption shew their infinence on the conscience which is in Jesus Christ. This subject in the necessary and powerful produc- he treats in a tone so decisive 'and truly tion of righteousness and true holiness. evangelical, as cannot but excite the As such, may we confidently announce wrath of Anti-Evangelical Reviewers, the two volumes of Mr. C.'s Sermons, with all the horde of dignified or dimi- . which no real Christian can read with- nutive oppugners of the grace of God in out becoming more so; and no man, who truth; but their invenomed arrows fail hath yet been a stranger to the power impotent on his shield of faith : imof vital religion, can peruse without be- belle telum sine ictu. ing left inexcuseable for having heard The third vindicates the doctrine of and neglected so great a salvation. the preceding discourse from the charge
The style in general is plain and un- of licentiousness, the cry of the ignoradorned, but forcible, and highly ant, unawakened, and self-righteous, mited to the communication of the from the apostle's day to the present. truths which the author avowedly de- He demonstrates the powerful efficacy sires to inculcate; and they are those of faith working by love to produce of the last importance to the souls of righteousness and true holiness, to men, and truly, as the title intimates, engage the heart of a sinner to a parthe leading Doctrines of the Gospel. doning God with such constraining inHe expects, and no doubt meets the fluence, as whilst it pours contempt on frowns of his fellows and of a gainsay- the grovelling morality of rational and ing world, which our approbation will pharisaical religion, and cannot but rather tend to increase than diminish; mortify the pride and goad the enmity but such honour have all his saints. of those who have never tasted the
Our limits admit not a very exten- grace of God in truth, engages, ensive review, but we will present from forces, and nicessarily secures that the sermons such specimens as we per- spirituality of temper, that real and suade ourselves, whilst they will highly universal devotedness to God and deadgratify the bulk of our readers, will en- ness to the world, that peculiarity of gage them to gain a fuller acquaintance conduct of the 'redeemed from the with the works of this highly respect- earth, which makes them constantly able, though to us personally unknown, exposed to the inconsistent charges of author.
licentious doctrine and over-righteous We are happy to see a second edition severity. The last is indeed the most of the first volume, and that it is ac. ollensive, as testifying of the world that companied by a second. It proves an its deels are evil, and its professional answer to the prayer with which his religion but name and form : et hino Preface closes; and how acceptable his ille lachry.n&. faithful and perspicuous statement of The preceding discourses receive the evangelical truth hath been to the men stronger evidence of their truth, froil of real religion. May succeeding edi- the consideration of the total deprations enlarge the circle of their useful vity and desperate wickedness of the ness!
human heart since the fall; whichi, ia Each of these volumes contains spite of all the pretended, dignity of twelve sermons; and we may say of our nature and goodness of heart, is proved to be evil, and only evil, and our imperfect services, through the that continually, till created anew in merits of our Redeemer, will be acceptChrist Jesus, and born again of the ed for righteousness.” This is indeed Spirit. Nay, any change, the mere ef- the marrow of modern divinity; the fect'of moral suasion, and not from di- sum of the famed “ Christian Theology vine operation, leaves the singer as it and True Guide to the Church ;” but as found him, only“ exchanging one ini- he strongly demonstrates, not to the quity for another, Humiliating indeed, church of the first-born, whose names and highly repugnant to our pride and are written in Heaven, among whom sell-complacency, is the picture the they can be never numbered, who die sacred mirror discloses of the radical, with this lie in their right hand. the total, the universal depravity of Ser. 7, is a sequel to the former. The the human heart.” The author can burden he describes as those“ peculiar never broach a subject that will draw sufferings, labours, and affiictions to down upon him heavier vials of wrath which Christ's service exposes those than the present.
who follow it." These he mentions as The sanctification of the Spirit, ex- arising from the conflict of indwelling perimentally, hy the power of the Holy sili, from the hostile treatment a real Ghost, is as essential to a sinner's sal- Christian experiences from the world, Vition, as his justification by faith to - and from Christ's loving corrections, his acceptance with God. If any man The considerations which make every hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is Christian's burden light follow. Happy none of his. This is to be sought in is he that endureth ! These light afthe exercise of diligent prayer, praying fictions, which are but for a moment, in the Holy Ghost, under his teaching work for us a far more exceeding and and influence and in faith, that God will eternal weight of glory, give his Holy Spirit to those who ask The world is the great engine the him.
god of it makes use of to enslave and The sixth sermon displays the danger deceive the souls of men.
The great of being corrupted from the simplicity danger of a worldly spirit is beautiwhich is in Christ. The nature of this fully depicted in the History of Lot: simplicity he exhibits in the most strik- Sermon 9. The variety of spiritual ing traits of a real Christian's temper observations made are as entertaining and conduct. The application, p. ISI, as they are useful. I will mention the demands the most serious attention. last only for encouragement:
The The danger arises from the wiles of the Lord never forsakes his people: they Devil, not an imaginary or metapho- shall be saved with an everlasting salrical being, but a restless, subtle, insi- vation !" dious foe, “ adapting his temptations
The institution of the Sabbath with to the peculiarities of each person's the obligations of a due observance of disposition and circumstances.” The it, and ihe manner of doing so, are wise reasoner and formal professor may ably discussed in Sermon 10; and most smile or contemn these suggestions; cordially do we recommend the conbut, without repentance, they will one duct recommended, as suited to that day find them awful realities, when tor. holy day. We were, however, a little mented with the Devil and his angels. surprized in the pleasing employments
Christ's easy yoke is next recom- of divine worship not to hear a word mended to our cheerful bearing. It is mentioned of speaking to each other, a yoke, a necessary one : we are not in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, our own, but the Lord's; and those who singing and making melody in the faithfully take it up, will prove its heart unto the Lord. A part of divine blessedness amidst all the labours and worship, as powerfully tending to imdificulties they have to encounter. An press religious truth on the memory, able Address to two sorts of persons as pleasingly to engage the heart to dedeserves serious attention, - to the light itself in the Lord. Aminomian perverters of Christian li- The danger and misery of self-decepberiy, and to the debasers of morals, tion is exemplified in the case of the "a greater number, who talk of a mi- young man, making enquiry of our tigated law, as if Christ had purchased Lord, What he should do to inherit for us easier terms of acceptance, in eterual life? His too-presuming conconformity to our fallen nature has re- fidence in what he had done, and selin laxed the severity of his demands, - sufficient assurance of his own abiliiy to has established a milder code of laws, do more, manifest an ignorance of himand will be satisfied with a far less self as great as of the extent and puscrupulous obedience; and if we are rity of the divine law. Among other but sincere, according to our abilities, important inferences from the subject,
the preacher particularly remarks the by whatever name it may be distigbuty of a minister to strip the specious guished, in whatever sect or party it covering from the deluded heart. Let may be found, whether it inhabit a paothers prophecy smooth things, lull lace or a cottage, that mind, which was men into false security, and buoy them also in Christ Jesus, will attract your up with fallacious hope. The faithful "esteem, will engage your affections." pastor cannot thus betray his trust, or Did we attempt to produce from lea
his hearers to suppose that “all every page, what they would afford of is well,” whilst he has reason to sus- edifying truth, we must trauscribe the pect the contrary. He cannot fiatter work instead of exhibiting specimens them with the delusive notions of their and a brief analysis. The volume hath own sufficiency and merit. He must
afforded us high satisfaction: we have labour to undeceive thein : he knows not found a sentiment which does not that until convinced of sin, they will speak to the heart and is purely evalnever cordially submit to Christ. -- gelical ; and cordially follow with our
Bear, brethren, with ministers of this prayers the labours of our brother in the description. Do they strive to correct gospel, that he may see the travail of your erroneous sentiments of the good- his soul in many given hiin to be his ness of your own hearts? Do they joy and crown in the day of the Lord. unfold the spiritual import of the law,
Jesus Christ! and point out your numerous transgres- [Review of Vol. II. in our next.] sions ? Call them not your enemies : they are your real friends; they love
A Theological Dictionary. By Chas. your souls,” &c, This is a specimen
Buck. Second Edition, Two Vols. of his manner of application. There
8vo, 21. boards. are others throughout, and everywhere earnest and faithful,
We have formerly given a decided The last discourse exhibits Christ judgment in favour of this valuable the beloved and friend of his people.
work, which has been followed, we be*6 They love him; that is their cha
lieve, with the suffrage of most of the racter: they have Christ for their
periodical journals. In the present friend ; that is their privilege.” The edition, the work has not only been enmotives of their love are described, larged about fifty pages, but further and Christ's friendship displayed, in
additions have leen made by the rehis love, power, and unchangeable.
trenchment of some articles, which, in ness. A passage or two from the last
the former edition, were disproportionshall speak for itself: -“A man may
ally long. Some new articles are inbe influenced by caprice in selecting the
serted, and mistakes rectified ; so that, objects of his favour, or by injurious
upon the whole, the work is rendered misrepresentations, he may be per
still more deserving the patronage it suaded to abandon those whose cause
has received; and certainly contains an he has espoused, &c. but none of these
extensive fund of theological informa
tion. causes can operate to impair the love of Christ for his people. With him is no variableness or shadow of turning; - An Essay on Marriage, or the Duty of " he is the same yesterday, to-duy, and Christians to marry religiously; with for ever!" The world may mistake or a few Reflections on Imprudent Marcalumniate the character of his people, riages. By W. Jay. Evo, Is, 6d. but Christ knoweth them that are his,
To this Essay is prefixed the follow&c.. " Who shall lay any thing to the lowing request : We, the ministers charge of God's elect? I have re- of the Wiltshire Association, assemdeemed them, they are mine! For
bled together at Melkshamn this day, them I shed my blood, for them I
Oct. 22, 186, deploring the little refulfilled all righteousness! They are gard of late years paid by too inany my friends, the people of my hand, the
professors of religion to the Christian sheep of my pasture!".
rule of marriage, and deemning it de. In the trial of a believer's love, he
sirable that the atiention of the public lays down the following criterion of in general, and our own churches in judgment : 1. If you love his cause,
particular, should be called to this sub** The success of it in the world will lie ject, do unanimously request the Rev. Dear your hearts; that his kingdom
W.Jay lo publish some striciures upon inay come, is your prayer; that it will
it; and the more so, as he has already come is your joy.” – 2. If you love his
sent forth a serinon on the Duties of people, --- His image, wherever disco
Husbands and Wives, which has met vered, will be the object of your love, with great acceptance.'
It is on all hands admitted, that Motives of delicacy prevent us from from our domestic relations flows a saying all we would wish on the merits very large proportion of the misery or of this Essay. We think it our duty, happiness of human life. Among these, however, to say that its necessity at the first in order, and from which the this moment, and the ability with others take their rise, is the state of which it is executed, do honour to the Marriage. The influence of Christian- choice of the Association; whilst the ity on connubial happiness is great and great importance of the subject itself manifold. In prohibiting polygamy will, we doubt not, insure the extensive and restricting divorce to its only legi- circulation and usefulness of this seatimate cause, it has improved the civil sonable and well-written Essay. polity of nations. By enjoining mutual duties on the husband and wise, it regulates and exalts domestic society;
LITERARY NOTICES. whilst, by authorizing its disciples to marry only in the Lorri, it secures to
Mr. Shurlock, of Farnham, an intithem, in the prudent observance of its
mate friend of the late Rev. Mr. Gunn, rules, the largest portion of happiness
intends printing a volume of his Disin the present world, whilst it tends in
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the last Sixteen Sermons of Christothe subject of the present Essay; of pher Love, with his Trial, Death, &c. which the following are an outline: Sect. I, The Peculiarity and Import- The late Dr. Erskine once adverance of the Marriage Relation, The tised on the cover of his Consolatory Possibility of knowing the Will of Letters, to recover some MS. papers of God in this Affair, The Law laid the late Mr. Maclauria, of Glasgow, down;-II, This Law argued and es- which he had read with great pleatablished ; -- III, The Evils of trans- sure in his early ; and we are degressing it, variously viewed ; - IV, sired to make the same enquiry by the The Mischief historically considered ;- medium of our extensive circulation. V, Excuses to justify a Deviation from The following are the Pieces he enuit examined ;-VI, In what Cases this merates : - On the Difference between Law is not broken, though both the Enthusiasm and Piety, - On the Parties be not Religious; VII, Dis. Scripture Doctrine of continued For. regard to this Principle lamented, giveness, On the New Testament But Piety, though essential to choice, Miracles, - On the Mystics, On InDot sufficient alone to justify it, -Mar- fànt Baptism, On Col. Gardiner's riages of Ministers, - Prudence need: Death, - Nature of Faith, and Two ful, and recommended.
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Vizagapatam, Feb. 26, 1806. Nathaniel Sabat, the converted Arah, It will afford you much pleasure to
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From another Letter, ground which was given us; but ex
dated May 19, 1806. pect to receive a grant of it in a few God continues to smile on this indays. It contains nearly ten acres, and fant mission. Amidst surrounding is exceedingly well situated for a gar- darkness, we perceive a beam of light den, school-house, &c.
which cheers our hearts. We have We hare begun something like a had experience of indisposition, but, school, or rather two. The poor chil- through mercy, we are now able to atdren of colour attend at the house in tend to our studies, &c. The piece of which we live; and one of the European ground mentioned in our last, is in a soldiers, whom we trust the Lord hath
state of cultivation, and is remarkably called by his grace, instructs them in well situated for building on, and for reading, &c. Besides these, there are gardens. On account of the difficulty six children placed under our immedi- and expence of hiring a house, we reate care; and we hope the number will solved to get a small one ereed on increase. These, on the Sabbath after- the ground; and the foundation was noon, are instructed in the principles laid to-day. It will cost, including adof the Christian religion. It is unne- joining buildings, about 1500 rupees. cessary to remind you how acceptable We have drawn up a plan of a charitya few school-books, catechisms, &c. school, to be erected by voluntary subwould be to us. A set or two of the
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into our hands about thirty rupees per The natives continue friendly; they month, for procuring rice for the real often call and talk with us on the objects of distress; and which is disChristian religio ; but the bramins do tributed under our immediate inspeeall they can to keep them in darkness. tion to all who are unable to work. They are a poor depraved set of men. We have generally about 150 poor obA person must have an unfeeling jects round the door every Sabhath's heart who is not constrained to shed and whose miserable state is enough to tears over them. We cannot say that pierce the hardest heart. O that they any abiding impression has been made were only half as aoxious for food for on the mind of a single native; but their souls as they are for their hodies! hope our lahours among Europeans and We have made considerable progress people of colour have been blessed. in the language, particularly in readStill we hope to see the day dawn! ing and understanding the plain books ;
We long to hear how the Niissionary but the Telinga language is so copious, Cause prospers. A few of us meet on that a person, destitute of ihe elementhe first Monday evening of every tary book, finds it a hard task. Blessnionih, when we pray for you all. ed befiod, we find many of the dificul. Pray for us.
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