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circumcised ears of carnal men, lie open to all : and thus genuine than those words of Christ, many humility, and the practical fear are called, bu! few are chosen ? of God, would be kicked out of and elsewhere, I know whom I doors. This would be a pretty have chosen. Now these, and way indeed of stopping up the similar assertions of Christ and gap Erasmus complains of! In, his apostles, are the very posi- stead of closing up the dcor of tions which you, V Erasmus, licentiousness, as is falsely prebrand as useless and hurtful. tended, it would be in fact You object, if these things are so, opening a gulph into the nether: who will amend his life? I an. most heli.
Still you urge, swer, without the Holy Ghost no where is either the necessity or man can amend his life to pur- utility of preaching predestina, pose. Reformation is but var. tion? God himself teaches it, nished hypocrisy, unless it pro- and commands us to teach it : ceed from grace. The elect and and that is answer enough. We truly pious are atended by the are not to arraign the Deity, and Spirit of God: and those of bring the motives of his will to mankind, who are not amended the test of human scrutiny, but by him, will perish. You ask simply to revere both him and it. moreover, who will dare to be. He who alone is all-wise and alllieve himself a favourite of Hea, just, can in rcality (however ven? I answer, it is not in a things appear to us) do wrong to man's own power to believe no man; neither can he do any himself such, upon just grounds, thing unwisely or rushly. And till he is enabled from above. this consideration will suffice to But the elect shall be so enabled: silence all objections of truly rethey shall be enabled to believe ligious persons. However, let themselves to be what indeed us, for argument's sake, go a they are. As for the rest, who step farther. I will venture to are not enducd with faith, they assign, over and above, two very shall perish; raging and blas, important reasons wlry these pheming, as you do now. But, doctrines should be publicly say you, these doctrines open a taught : 1st. For the humiliadoor to ungodliness: 'I answer, tion of our pride, and the manis Whaterer door they may open to festation of divine grace. God the impious and profane, yet hath assuredly promised his fathey open a door of righteous. vours to the truly humble. By Dess to the elect and holy, and the truly humble, I mean those shew them the way to heaven, who are endued with repentance, and the path of access unto God. and desprair of saving themselves : Yet you would have us abstain for a man can never be said to be from the mention of these grand truly penitent and humble, till doctrines, and leave our people he is made to know that his in the dark, as to their election salvation is not suspended, in any of God. The consequence of measure whatever, on his own which would be, that every man strength, machinations, endeawould bolster himself up with a vours, free will, or works: but delusive hope of a share in that entirely depends on the free salvation, which is supposed to pleasure, purpose, determina
tion, and efficiency of another, sarily liable to damnation. Now even of God alone. Whilst a these are some of the unseen man is persuaded that he has it things whereof faith is the evi, in his own power to contribute dence. Whereas, was it in my any thing, be it ever so little, to power to comprehend them, or his own salvation, he remains in clearly to inake out how God is carnal confidence: he is not a both-inviolably just, and infiniteself despairer, and therefore he ly merciful, notwithstanding the is not duly humbled before God; display of wrath, and seeming $o far from it, that he hopes inequality in his dispensations, some favourable juncture or op- respecting the reprobate, faith portunity will offer, when he would have little or nothing to may be able to lend an helping do. But now since these mat. hand to the business of his salva- ters cannot be adequately com: tion. On the contrary, whoever prehended by us, in the present is truly convinced that the whole slate of imperfection, there is work depends singly and abso- room for the exercise of faith. lutely on the will of God, who The truths, therefore, respecting alone is the author and finisher predestination in all its branches of salvation, such a person de- should be taught and published. spairs of self-assistance: he re- They, no less than the other nounces his own will and his mysteries of Christian doctrine, own strength: he waits and being proper objects of faith, on prays for the operation of God: the part of God's people." nor waits and prays in vain. For the elect's sake therefore these doctrines are to be preached : that the chosen of God, be- EXTRACT. OF A LETTER FROM ing humbled by the knowledge DR.' DODDRIDGE, MR. of his truths ; self emptied and PEARSALL, OF TAUNTON, CON sunk into nothing as it were in TAINING A REMARKABLE REhis presence, may be saved in LATION. Christ, with eternal glory. This then is one inducement to the “ There was a German, who publication of the doctrine ; that laid himself out for the converthe penitent may be made ac- sion of the Jews, lately in Lon. quainted with the promise of don, one of the most surprising grace, and plead it in prayer to linguists in the world: he formGod, and receive it as their own. ed a resolution, when but five 2d. The nature of the Chris-. years of age, of learning the tian faith requires it. Faith has languages, in use amongst the to do with things not seen. And Jews, without any reason that this is one of the highest degrees could be assigned; so that the of faith, stedfastly to believe that pure Hebrew, the Rabbinical, God is infinitely merciful, though the lingua Judaica, which differs he saves (comparatively) but from both, and almost all the few, and condemns so many; modern languages of the then and that he is strictly just, European nations, were as fathough of his own will he makes miliar to him as his own native such numbers of mankind neces- tongue. With this furniture,
and with great knowledge of it will make somebody and God and love to Christ, and zeal good coffin.” He had no sooner for the salvation of souls, he had uttered these words, than he fell spent twelve of the thirty-six backward, and expired immediyears of his life in preach- ately. It is remarkable that his ing Christ in the synagogues, own coffin was made from that in the most apostolic man- very piece of wood of which he ner, warning the
Jews of bad been speaking. their enmity to God; of their
Serious matters, like death, misery, as rejected by him; of should never be spoken of in a the only hope that remains for light and jocose, much less in a them, by returning to their own profane manner. Messiah ; and by seeking from him righteousness of life, and THE INSOLENCE OF INFIDELITY placing their souls under the SILENCED BY THE TESTIMONY sprinkling of the blood of that OF TRUTH. great sacrifice. God blessed his
A SCOFFING infidel of consids labours in many places! In Ger- erable abilities, being once in the many, Poland, Holland, Lithua- company of a person of weak innia, Hungary, and other parts tellects, but a real Christian, and through which he had travelled, supposing, no doubt, that he more than 600 souls owned their should obtain an easy triumph, conversion to his ministry, ma- and display his ungodly wit, put ny of whom expressed their the following question to him :great concern to bring others of “ I understand, Sir, that you extheir brethren to the knowledge pect to go to heaven when you of that great and blessed Re- die: Can you tell me what sort deemer; and besought him to of a place heaven is?” “ Yes, instruct their children, that they Sir, replied the Christian, Heavmight preach Christ also. en is a prepared place for a pre
Dr. Doddridge adds, that he pared people ; and if your soul heard one of his sermons, as he is not prepared for it, with all repeated it in Latin : that he your boasted wisdom you will could not hear it without many never enter there.”tears ; and that he told him that * For vain applause transgress not sermon converted a Rabbi, who
scripture rules ; was master of a synagogue. • A witty sinner is the worst of fools." Evan. Mag.
In the institution of Saint
Catherine at Petersburgh, under ANECDOTES,
the direction of Madam Bred
hoff, an elderly lady of distinA NOTORIOUS swearer, who guished talents and sweetness of was a sawyer, being employed disposition, the following little in cutting coffin-boards, and find circumstance occurred :-In this ing one of the pieces of timber institution, which is supported out of which they are cut harder by the Empress dowager, a limthan usual, said to his compan- ited number of young ladies are ion, " This is a dod hard piece ; admitted, free of expense, by ballot; but others are received do my business with all the diliupon paying, as it is termed, a gence I could, as a present duty, pension. At the last admission, and to repress every rising idea two little girls, the eldest not ex- of its consequences, knowing ceeding ten years of age, the that there was an Hand which daughters of a naval captain, could easily overthrow every the father of a large family, pre. pursuit of this kind, and baffle sented themselves, and drew, the every attempt either to acquire one a prize, and the other a wealth or fame." blank. Although so young,
Lettsome's Life of Dr. Fothergill. they concluded that fate had, in this manner, resolved upon their
It is said that the late Rev. separation; they felt it, and wept. Johın Brown of Haddington, when Another young lady, to whom passing the Firth of Forth, bethe next chance devolved, drew a tween Leith and Kinghorn, had prize ; and observing the distress for a fellow passenger, one who of the sisters, without holding appeared to be a Highland nobleany communication with their man. Mr. B. observed, with parents, or with any other per much grief, that he frequently son, spontaneously ran up to the took the name of God in vain ; huickless little girl, presented her but suspecting that to reprove with the ticket, and leading her him in the presence of the other up to the directress, said, " See, passengers might lead only to ir, Madam, I have drawn a prize! ritate him, he forbore saying any but my papa can afford to pay thing till he reached the oppothe pension, and, I am sure, will site shore. After landing, Mr. pay it for me ;-pray, let one B. observing the nobleman walkwho is less fortunate enjoy the ing alone, stepped up to him, good that has happened to me." and said, “ Sir, I was sorry to This charming anecdote was im- hear you swearing while on our mediately reported to the Em- passage. You know it is written, press dowager, who expressed
« Thou shalt not take the name the highest delight, and paid out of the Lord thy God in vain.” of her own purse the pension of On this the nobleman, lifting his the little benefactress.
hat and bowing to Mr. B. made Carr's North, Sum. p. 369.
the following reply : “Sir, I return you thanks for the reproof you have now given me, and
shall endeavour to attend to it “I ENDEAVOUR (says the late in future : but," added he, “ had Dr. Fothergill in a letter to one
you said this to me while in the of his friends) to follow my bu- boat, I believe I should have run siness, because it is my duty you through with my sword.” rather than my interest ; the latter is inseparable from a just The power of conscience was discharge of duty ; but I have lately manifested in a remarkable ever looked at the profits in degree, in a man of the name of the last place. At my first set- Cooper, of Hawkesbury-Upton, ting out I wished most fervently, Gloucestershire. He had long and I endeavour after it still, to endured a great horror of minds
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and, about an hour before his had but a short time to live, updeath, declared the cause of it; on his death-bed called for his which was, that, about forty years clerk and steward, and delivered ago, he had assisted another himself to them to this purpose : man, of the name of Horton (who –“ I have seen five princes, and died about two years since) in have been privy counsellor to murdering a Mr. Rice, a survey.. four; I have seen the most reor of the roads, whose body they markable observables in foreign threw into a well, where, soon parts, and have been present at after the fact, it was found ; but most state-transactions for thirty the murderers were not known years together, and I have learntill now.—How many dreadful ed this, after so many years' exsecrets will come out at that perience, That seriousness is the great day, when the all-wise and greatest wisdom, temperance the almighty Judge shall make in- best physic, a good conscience quisition for blood! and how the best estate ; and were I to dreadful will be the operation of live again, I would change the conscience in the world of mise- court for a cloister, my privy ry, in the retrospect of innumer- counsellor's bustles for an herable crimes unpardoned ! Bless- mit's retirement, and the whole ed are they who have an interest life I lived in the palace, for one in the blood divine, which clean- hour's enjoyment of God in the seth from all sin! Evan. Mag.
He concluded with
saying, “ All things else do now Sir John Mason, in the reign forsake me besides my God, my of Edward the Sixth, being near duty, and my prayers.” his dissolution, and sensible he
Review of Dew Publications.
A Sermor, containing reflections day. He observes, that as Amos
on the solar eclipse, which an. a shepherd, who watched peared on June 16, 1806, de his flock by night, he would livered on the Lord's day follow. naturally take notice of the ing. By Joseph LATHROP, different appearances in the heaD.D. pastor of the first church vens ; and that hence we find his in West Springfield. Second prophecy tinctured with astroedition. Springfield, Mass. nomical allusions. He remarks Henry Brewer. pp. 20. also, that according to Archbish
op Usher, there were two eclipses The aged and respected au- of the sun in the time of Amos, thor of this discourse has chosen which happened at solemn festifor his text, Amos viii. 9. It vals, and struck the people with shall come to pass in that day, great consternation ; and he saith the Lord, that I will cause considers the text as prefiguring, the sun to go down at noon, and I by allusion to an event of this will derken the earth in the clear gloomy kind, the calamities, No. 5. Vol. II.