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which hung over the house of ders it subservient to our happiness? Israel. After these introducto.

These rational sentiments are pleas

ant and delightful in themselves: ty observations, he makes a ferv

and far more conducive to piety and moral and religious reflections. virtue, than the terrors of that super1. That we have reason to rejoice stitious ignorance, which views every in the progrese, which has been comet Aaming in the sky, every ob. made in the sciences, and particile

scuration of the sun at noon-day, era

ery failure of the full orbed moon at larly in astronomy. 2. That an

night, every unusual noise bursting eclipse of the sun may properly from the clouds, every strange aplead us to contemplate the gloomy pearance in the heavens, and in the changes, which await us in this earth, as awfully portentous of some

dire, but unknown, calamity.” guilty and mortal state. 3. That the darkening of the earth in a

The following passages, under

the fifth reflection, indicate corclear day brings to mind the final

rect views of divine truth, and judgment. 4. That total dark

will be welcome to the Chrisat noon-day reminds us of

tian. the solemn scene of the Saviour's

" How sad and gloomy is the con: crucifixion. 5. That the cheer- dition of a guilty mortal, who, conful light, which followus an eclipse, vinced of his numerous transgresis a natural emblem of that moral sions, feels himself condemned to change, in which a soul is brought eternal death. The divine law, which out of the darkness of sin and and darkness, in clouds and tempest,

was delivered from Sinai in smoke guilt into the marvellous light of thunders terror and destruction in his purity, pardon, and peace. 6. That But how happily is his state thie obscuration of the sun in the reverscd, when light, beaming from sky bids us contemplate the unin

Mount Sion in the ciscoveries and

promises of the gospel, breaks in on terrupted brightness of the hea.

his soul, exhibits to him a dying Sa. venly state.

viour, a forgiving God, a sanctifying To those, who are acquainted Spirit? What joy springs mp, whey with the excellent theological his enmity to God slain, his opposi

he finds the power of sin subdued, publications of the American

tion to the gospel conquered, and evclergy, it will be needless to

ery thought captivated to the obe. commend the correctness, per- dience of Christ'? The light is sweet, spicuity, and simplicity, which and its sweetness is increased by its mark the style of Dr. Lathrop. the hopes and comforts of religion it

succeeding to previous darkness. So The following paragraph, which

the soul are exalted by their contrast is found under the first reflec- to preceding anxieties and fears. Ye tion, furnishes, no unfavourable awakened, desponding souls, look up specimen of his manner.

to the Sun of Righteousness. He “ We see innumerable worlds roll

shines from heaven with salvation in ing around us, at vast, but various

his beams. However guilty, unwor. distances; with different, but incon. thy and impotent ye feel, there is ceirable rapidity. These all perform grace sufficient for you ; there is their motions with regularity, and

righteousness to justify you, promises observe their times with exactness. to support you, the Spirit to help They obey their destination, they

you. Light arises in darkness. keep their order, they never inter.

Turn your eyes from the cloud, and fere. Shall we not fear the power,

direct them to the sun. Christ came admire the wisdom, adore the good

a light into the world, that whosoer. ness of that Being, who made and

er believeth in him should not walk seljusted, who sustains and directs in darkness. Look to him and be yo such a stupendous system, and ren

saved."

ear's

Ser mon preacheł before the General “ This opinion, that Christ shall Assembly of the Presbiterian Church reign a thousand years on earth, gives in the United States of America; by a very different aspect to the present appointment of their standing com- state of things, and furnishes no inmittee of missons, May 19, 1806. considerable relief to the dark and Published at their request. By dismal picture which this world would ELIPHALET Nort, D. D. Presi- otherwise present. How different dent of Union College in the State of will be the entire view, should it apNew York. PhiladcIphia. J. Aitken. pear in the sequel, that the thousand The preacher chose for his

years of peace promised to the church,

are prophetic years, and denote text the following words, 1 Cor. not a millenary, but a rast duraXV. 58. Always abounding in tion.” p. 11. the work of the Lord.

Every friend to the best inter"By abounding in the work of the ests of man would rejoice at Lord inay be understood an acquiesc finding this opinion supported ence in the divine government, and a constant and cordial co-operation by Scripture. How far the paswith the Divine Being, in accomplish. sages adduced in this sermon ing its objects ; one of which, and an constitute such a support, we Klustrious one too, is the establish. leave the reader to determine. ment of the universal reign of the Mes. That there is considerable siah on earth.” p.7.

force in the following argument, The object of the discourse is

we think, cannot be denied. to induce the co-operation of the

“ In the economy of redemption, auditors in this work of the Lord four thousand years were spent in with respect to the pagan tribes. Preparing the way for the introduction

With this view the author of Messiah, the birth of Christ. Two proceeds immediately to notice thousand more in vanquishing his en. the following particulars ; viz.

ernies, and fixing the boundaries of

This empire-an empire which is to The certainty of Christ's king- endure but for a thousand years ! dom. Its perpetuity. It is to be Satan triumph in this world six thouodvanced by human exertions. wand years, Jesus Christ one! Is this To succeed in such an attempt

consonant to the dictates of reason, will be grlorious. Even to fail,

or the analogy of providence ?" p. 12.

Another argument is this. If efter having made sincere endeave the millennium continue but simours in so good a cause, will be glorious.

ply a thousand years, the world

will not exist much more than a We think a text might easily thousand years longer. .

The have been found more impres- Doctor thinks, that according to sive, and better agreeing with scripture representation (Ps. cii. the general design of the ser.

Isa. li. Heb. i.) the earth will not mon : but we cannot easily conccive of a sermon better adapted waxen old and decayed.

be destroyed till it shall have to the occasion.

“ As doth a garment, so God de. Dr. Nott entertains very high clares, that heaven and earth shall ideas of the final progress of the wax old. And till they have waxen gospel, and supposes the millen- old they shall not be destroyed. nium is to consist not of a thou

They must first be despoiled of their

beauty, marked by the lines, and palsand years literally, but either of sied by the influence of age." as many years as there are days in

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sound and bright, after the wear at meeting in heaven, those,
of almost six thousand years, whom their charity has been in-
the author concludes that with strumental of saving, the preach-
common use it may endure more er exclaims,
than one thousand years to come.

“ Moment of unutterable extacy!
“ It does not appear that those Angels, could angels covet, might
heavens and this earth, which atter emulate your bliss, and sigh to be:
the lapse of six thousand years, still come partakers in it.” p. 33.
display so much magnificence, and

Will not the angels experience shine in so much glory, will, in little as great bliss at beholding the more than a thousand years, bave

redeemed of the Lord return grown old as doth a garment, and be. come unfit for use." p. 18.

to Zion, as any of their fellow A prudent man may judge beings, who may have been inhow long a garment will last; strumental in bringing them a skilful artificer, by examining

thither? the timbers of a building, may

Though we cannot give our judge how long it will stand; unqualified approbation of this but none, it is believed, but the sermon, we, on the whole, condivine Architect, so thoroughly sider it as possessing no ordinaknows the structure of the unis ry degree of merit. It is evanverse, as to foretel either its con- gelical and deeply impressive. tinuance or dissolution.

The author imitates, with much · The following rellections, aris- success, the thundering eloing from this extended view of quence of the French pulpit. the Millennial period, are animat- One can hardly read the following; and furnish a fair specimen ing paragraphs, without believof our author's style and manner. ing, that the writer had received

“What ideas does this article give the falling mantle of Pastor us of the designs of Deity in creation Saurin. In reference to the and redemption! How august ap- Pagan world he exclaims, pears the character, how complete

“ And now, O my God, what more the victory of Jesus! Where once stood his cross now stands his throne. of man contemplate miseries the

shall I say? Can the unfeeling heart And the same world which once saw

most extreme, and not be moved ?the transitory triumph of his adversa.

From the hill of Zion, beaming with ry, now sees his own aliding triumph, light, and smiling with life, let me di. and pays to his divinity a perpetual homage. This glorious period the

rect your view to the vale of darkness,

and the shadow of death. death of Christ principally respects.

“ Yonder are the pagans. Friends All previous cunquests are unimpor- of humanity, o that I could describe tant. Those subdued by his grace them to you !--cold, naked, famished, during six thousand years, will be few compared with the number who ing with revenge, and thirsting for

friendless; roaming the desert, burn. shall crown liis final triumph. How

blood.-Yonder

the pagans: great that number will be i dare not

Friends of Immanuel, o that I could even conjecture. But, though I dare

describe them to you, assembled on not, I love to agitate the question; the ground of enchantmepit, practis. to recount the hundred and forty and

ting the delusions of witchcraft, insultfour thousand; to contemplate, and to become absorbed, in that great dogs, and paying their impious adora.

ing the heavens by the sacrifice of multitude of the redeemed, from

tions at the shrines of devils ! among all nations, a multitude which

From these profane devotions, the no man can number.”

hoary warrior retires. His steps tot. In relation to that happiness ter with age, he reaches the threshold which believers will experience, of his but, and sinks beneath infirmi.

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ties, on the cold earth, his bed of satisfied with the vain hope of the coun. death. No sympathizing friend par- try beyond the hills? Are these the takes in his misery, no filial hand is sentiments of Christians ; Christians stretched out for his relief. The whose hearts have been softened by wife of his youth has forsaken him ; redeeming love, whose immortal bis daughters are carried captive ; hopes rest on sovereign mercy, and his sons have been slain in battle. whose unceasing song, through eterExhausted with sufferings, and weary nal ages, will be, grace, rich grace ?" of life, he turns his eye upon the p. 37, 38. grave. But the grave to him is dark and silent. Not a whisper of comfort is heard from its caverns, or a beam of light glitters on its gloom. Here the curtain drops, time ceases, eterni

The Hurt that Sin doth to Bety begins: Mighty God, how awful is lievers; to which is added, a the scene which follows! But I dare

word of entreaty to all those, not attempt to lift the veil that cov.

that name the name of Christ, ers it. A moment since, and this immortal soul was within the reach

to depart from iniquity. By of prayer: now its destiny is fixed, NATHANIEL MCINTIRE. Bos. and just, eternal Sovereign! are thy ton. Belcher and Armstrong. decisions." p. 28, 29.

1806. pp. 41. Again ; “ Can it be that the tender mercies

This little pamphlet, the pro. of such an auditory are exhausted ? Have you then nothing more to lend duction of a layman in a humble to Jesus Christ ? Have you no longer walk of life, bears the marks of any alms to bestow on your suffering piety and good sense. The au. brethren, and shall I tell them you thor seems to possess an intihave not ? shall I recall the missionaries you have sent them, and extin

mate acquaintance with the guisha the hopes which your former Scriptures. Some little inaccucharities have inspired ? Shall I pro- racies must be expected, but nounce on the savages their doom, they are readily overlooked by sball I say to the pagan just emerg- those, who wish for a plain reping from the gloom of nature and di. recting his steps towards the bill of resentation of important truth, life, Go back into your forest, cover

and who prefer a pious sentiagain your altar with victims, mutter ment to an elegant period. your nightly origens to the stars, and be

Religious Intelligence.

UNITED STATES. ligion, within their several jurisdicREGULAR intercourse has for some tions, and conser together, with a view years past subsisted between the to devise measures best adapted to General Assembly of the Presbyte- preserve the harmony and advance rian church, and the General Asso. the prosperity of the churches. ciation of the State of Connecticut. Much advantage to the cause of our Lately the Convention of the State common Christianity has already been of Vermont have been received into the result ; & it is eamestly hoped that the connexion. Delegates from each the Congregational churches in Mas. of these representative bodies at. sachusetts and New Hampshire will tend and act at their respective an. speedily make the necessary arnual meetings, and communicate in rangements for joining in this useful formation concerning tbe state of re. intercourse.

The General Assembly, at their years, if prompt and effectual meameeting in May last, received the sures be not taken to furnish a supply following report from the Rev. Ger- of ministers, touch greater than the shom Williains, their delegate to the existing state of things is likely lo Convention of Vermont ;

produce. The Assembly were, in. That agreeably to appointment, deed, deeply affected by the view, he atten ied during the whole of their which they had taken of this subject, sessions, which were held at Pitts, and were extremely solicitous to ford-that he was received and treat- adopt the most efficient measures, ed in a manner, which discovered which circumstances permit, to reinhigh respect for the General Assem. edy the evil, which exists, and to prebly; that no very important business vent its augmentation. But, as the except the common concerns of their Presbyteries of which the Assembly church, came before them—that very have the oversight, are scattered agreeable accounts were received of over a wide extent of country, and the revival of religion in various their circumstances are known to be parts of the State that the churches extremely various, it occurred, that in that quarter appear to be dwelling an absolute injunction on all the Prestogether in barmony, and that with byteries immediately to enter on the in the term of three years past, a execution of the plan proposed, might very great change, favourable to the bear hard on some, if not be entirely cause of religion, has taken place, incapable of execution. On the other that it has been a time of refreshing, hand, merely to recommend an attenin which the visible church has been tion to the plan, without attaching greatly increased-that they have any responsibility to the neglect of come into more regular order; and the recommendation, appeared to the are combining their councils in exer- Assembly incompatible with the cising the discipline of the church :- high importance of the subject, and thai they appear cordially desirous with their own duty as the guardians that the intercourse now begun be. of the church, bound especially to tween them and the General Assem- provide for their people a supply of bly may be continued.”

The word of life. It was therefore The Assembly, at their meeting in determined to take a middle course May, 1805, submitted to the consid. between these extremes, so as, if cration of the several Presbyteries possible, to avoid the inconvenience in their connexion, “an Overture re. of both. With this in view, it was specting the education of pious youth resolved to recommend, and the As. for the ministry.” In May, 1806, sembly do hereby most earnestly recomthe Assembly resumed this impor. mend, to every Presbytery under tant subject, and having been made ac- their care, to use their utmost en. quainted with the opinions of the sev. deavours to increase, by all suitable eral Presbyteries, which happily were means in their power, the number of in unison, they “determined, that promising candidates for the holy the part of the overture, which relates ministry--to press it upon the par, to the selection and education of young ents of pious youth to educate them men of piety and talents for the gospel for the church, and on the youth ministry, presents a plait, which they themselves, to devote their talents consider as well deserving their and their lives to this sacred callingcountenance and support. it is, in- to make vigorous exertions to raise deed, an obvious and melancholy funds to assist all the youth, who fact, that the candidates for the gos. may need assistance to be careful pel ministry, within the bounds of that the youth whom they take on The Presbyterian church, at present, their funds, give such evidence as is gicätly disproportionate to the de. the nature of the case admits, that mand, which is made for their ser. they possess both talents and piety sices; and that the rapid increase of to inspect the education of these Bidani congregations, taken in con- youth during the course both of their sexion with the youth, who are study, academical and theological studies, ings for the ministry, presents a most choosing for them such schools, sem. gloomy prospect of what is likely to inaries, and teachers, as each Pres. Le the fate of our chwb is a fost bytery may judge most proper about

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