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whole people, who were full of
OLD DIVINITY. the strongest prejudices against him : and in regard to the lat- The following are the sentiments ter, the question may be asked of the British* divines at the with great propriety, whether synod of Dort, on some intereste such another man ever existed ing points of divinity. among all those, who have in- (Translated for the Panoplist.) herited the corrupted nature of Adam ? He had evidently a soul Of the power of the will in corlarge and capacious, and possess
rupt man. ed of those seemingly contra- THESIS 1. The will of fallen dictory excellencies, which,
man is destitute of supernatural whenever they appear in combi- and saving endowments, with nation, fail not to form an extra- which it was enriched in a state ordinary character. But not on
of innocency; and therefore ly bis talents were great and va- without the energy of grace, prorious,-his learning also was duceth no spiritual acts. profound and extensive ; and
2. In the will of lapsed man, many persons with far inferior
there is not only the power of abilities and attainments have ef
sinning ; but a strong inclination fected national revolutions, or
to it. otherwise distinguished themselves in the history of mankind. Of works preceding conversion. His consummate fortitude was
Thesis 1. There are certain tempered with the rarest gentle external works, ordinarily requirness, and the most active chari
before they are ty. His very copious and vivid
brought to a state of regeneraimagination was chastized by the
tion or conversion, which are, most accurate judgment, and was
sometimes, to be freely done by connected with the closest argumentative powers. Divine grace ted; as to go to church, hear
them, and sometimes freely omitalone could compose so wonder- the preaching of the word, and ful a temperature ; insomuch, such like. that for the space of near thirty
2. There are certain internal years after his conversion, this effects previous to regeneration man, whose natural haughtiness
or conversion, which, by the powand fiery temper had hurried
er of the word and Spirit, are him
into a very sanguinary excited in the hearts of those, course of persecution, lived the
who are not yet justified; such as friend of mankind ; returned good for evil continually ; was a
a knowledge of the divine will, a
sense of sin, fear of punishment, model of patience and benevo- thoughts of being set at liberty, lence, and steadily attentive only and some hope of pardon. to heavenly things, while yet he
3. Those, whom God thus had a taste, a spirit, and a genius, affects by his Spirit through the which might have shone among the greatest statesmen and men
The divines sent from Great Bri. of letters that ever lived.
tain to the synod, were George Bishop
of Landait, John Davenant, D. D. Hist. of the Church of Christ, Samuel Ward, D.D. Thomas Goadlus, vol. I. p. 127, 2d ed.
D.D. Walter Balcanquallus, B. D.
ed of men,
medium of the word, he truly effects in themselves, God, as he and in good earnest calls and in- sees fit, justly deserts them: vites to faith and conversion. these we pronounce deserted
4. Those, whom God thus in- through their own fault, remain, Agenceth, he doth not desert, noring hardened in the same, and cease to move onward in the true unconverted. way to conversion, until they desert him by their voluntary Concerning conversion, as it im, neglect, or repulse of this ini.
plies the immediate work of God
regenerating man, 5. These preceding effects, 1. The minds of the elect excited produced in the minds of men by the aforesaid acts of grace, by the word and Spirit of God, and being prepared by a certain may be and often are, by the fault inward and marvellous operation, of rebellious will, suffocated and God regenerates, and as it were entirely extinguished; so that creates anew, by infusing a some, on whose minds, by the quickening spirit, by furnishing power of God's word and Spirit, all the faculties of the soul with was impressed some knowledge new qualities. of divine truth, some grief for 2. To this work of regeneratheir sins, some desire and ear- tion man holds himself passive, nestness to be set free, are evi: neither is it in the will of man to dently changed to the contrary, hinder God thus regenerating. reject and hate the truth, give themselves up to their lusts, be- Concerning conversion, as it de come hardened, and die in them, notes the action of man, turning without any anxiety.
himself to God by faith and sav. 6. The elect themselves do ing repentance. never, in these acts preceding Thesis 1. Our actual conven regeneration, so conduct them: sion follows that above stated, selves, but that, on account of while God draws forth from the their neglect and resistance, they renewed will the act of believing might justly be deserted and and turning, which jwill, being wholly given up of God: but acted upon by God, itself acts by there is such special mercy of turning itself to God, and by be: God towards them, that, although lieving, i. e. by drawing forth at they may for a considerable time the same time its own vital repel or stifle exciting and illu- act. minating grace, God urges them 2. This divine act does not inagain and again, nor ceases to in- jure the liberty of the will, but fluence them, ûntil he has ef strengthens it : neither does it fectually subjected them to his totally extirpate the vicious powgrace, and placed them in the er of resisting ; but efficaciously state of regenerate children. and sweetly communicates to 7. As to the non-elect when man,
firm will to obey. they resist the divine grace and
3. God does not, at all times, Spirit, in these acts preceding so influence a converted and bez regeneration, and, through the lieving man to subsequent good corruptness of their own free actions, as to take away the will will, extinguish the same initial to resist ; but sometimes permits
« We hand in hand went many a mile,
And ask'd our way of all we met,
And we of some did victuals get.
'Twas one great water round us spread,
And cry'd, and wish'd us both were dead.
“ So we return'd to mother's grave,
And only long with her to be!
Said, father died beyond the sea.
A piece of bread between them lay,
Which neither seem'd inclin' to take ; And yet they look'd so much a prey
To want, it made my heart to ache. My little children, let me know
Wby you in such distress appear ; and why you, wasteful, from you throw
That bread, which maay a heart would cheer. The little boy, in accents sweet,
Replied, whilst tears each other chas'd, "Lady, we're not enough to eat,
And if we had, we would not waste.
And will not eat, whate'er I say,
And she has tasted none to-day."
Till Henry eats, I'll eat no more;
He's had none since the day before." My heart did swell, my bosom heave;
I felt as though depriv'd of speech, 1 silent sat upon the grave,
And press'd a clay-cold hand of each. With looks that told a tale of wo,
With looks that spoke a grateful heart, The shiv'ring boy did nearer draw,
And thus their tale of wo impart. « Before my father went away,
Entic'd by bad mea o'er the sea, Ciater and I did nought but play....
We liv'd beside yon great asb-tree.
" Then, since no parents have we here,
We'll go and seek for God around;
That God, our Father, may be found !
« He lives in heaven mother said,
And Goody says that mother's there,
I think, perhaps she'll send him here,
1 clasp'd the prattlers to my breast,
And said, Come both and live with me....
And will a second another be.
And God will be your Father stills
'Twas He in mercy sent me here,
ANECDOTE OF GIFFORD. versation of a young gentleman,
The late Dr. Gifford, as he who was present. The Doctor was one
ring the British taking an ancient copy of the Museum to strangers, was very Septuagint, and shewing it to much vexed by the profane con- him!” said the gentle
read this,”— church, who sat in the gallery, “ Well,” said the Doctor, “ read he asked him this question aloud, that passage," pointing to the “ Brother, do you repent of your third commandment. Here the coming to Christ?" "No, Sir," gentleman was so struck, that he replied, “ I never was happy he immediately desisted from till then ; I only repent that I swearing:-“ A word, fitly spok- did not come to him sooner." en, is like apples of gold in pic- The minister then turned totures of silver.” Prov. xxvii. 11. wards the opposite gallery, and and, “ A word spoken in due sea- addressed himself to an aged son, how good is it!” Prov. xv. member in the same manner, 23.
“ Brother, do you repent that you came to Christ ?"
Sir," said he, “ I have known the OF MR. DOOLITTLE.
Lord from my youth up." The Rev. Thomas Doolittle,
He then looked down upon M. A. one of the ministers in the young man, whose attention England, who were ejected from was fully engaged, and, fixing their charges in consequence of his eyes upon him, said, “ Young the act of uniformity passed in man, are you willing to come to the reign of King Charles II. Christ ?" This unexpected adwas minister of St. Alphage, dress from the pulpit, exciting London-wall. After he was the observation of all the peoobliged for conscience' sake, tople, so affected him, that he sat resign that charge, he continued down and hid his face. The to exercise his ministry in a person, who sat next him enmeeting house, first at Bun- couraged him to rise, and answer hill-fields, and afterwards in the question. The minister reMonkwell-street, where he la- peated it, “ Young man, are you boured with much acceptance willing to come to Christ?" and success to the time of his With a tremulous voice, he redeath, which happened on the plied, “ Yes, Sir.” “ But when, Ist of June, 1707. He was a se- Sir,” added the minister, in a solrious, animated, and useful emn and loud tone. He mildly preacher; and much respected answered, “ Now, Sir.” “ Then by all who knew him. The fol- stay,” said he, “and hear the lowing very remarkable anecdote word of God, which you will find is told concerning him.
in 2 Cor. vi. 2." “ Behold, noty One Sunday, after he had fin- is the accepted time ; behold, ished the first prayer, on look- now is the day of salvation." ing round the congregation, he By this sermon God touched observed a young gentleman just his heart. He came into the shut into one of the pews, who vestry after service, dissolved in discovered much uneasiness in tears. That unwillingness to that situation, and seemed to stay, which he had discovered, wish to go out again. Mr. Doo- was occasioned by the strict inlittle, feeling a peculiar desire to junction of his father, who detain him, hit upon the follow- threatened, that if ever he went ing expedient. Turning to- to hear the fanatics, as he called wards one of the members of his the non-conformist ministers, he would turn him out of doors. op my going to see what had Having now heard them, and un- happened. “Yes," said I careable to conceal the feelings of lessly on coming to the spot, "I his mind, he was afraid to meet see it is so :" “ But what is his father. The minister sat there in this worth notice ; is it down, and wrote an affectionate not mere chance ?" and I went letter to him, which had so good away.
He followed me, and an effect, that both father and taking hold of my coat, said with mother came to hear for them- some earnestness, “ It could not selves. The Lord graciously be mere chance, for that somemet with them both ; and father, body must have contrived maland mother, and son, were to. ters so as to produce it." gether received with universal “So you think,” said I," that joy into the church. Relig. Mon. what appears so regular as the
letters of your name, cannot be by chance ?” “ Yes,” said he,
with firmness, “I think so." OF DR. BEATTIE AND HIS SON. “ Look at yourself," I replied,
It is much to be desired (ob- “ consider your hands and finserves one) that in lessons to gers, your legs and feet, and children, matters of fact, and ex- other limbs ; are they not reguamples taken from visible ob- lar in their appearance and usejects, should be made use of. ful to you ?” He said they were. This wise method of instruction “Came you then hither,” said I, was, perhaps, never more forci. “by chance ?” “ No," he ana bly and more usefully employed, swered, “ that cannot be, somethan in the following instance thing must have made me.” of Dr. Beattie's son. The Doc- “ And who is that something?" tor, speaking of his son, thus ob- I asked. He said, “I don't serves : He had reached his fifth know.” I had now gained the or sixth year, knew the alphabet, point I aimed at, and saw that and could read a little ; but had his reason taught him (though received no particular informa- he could not express it) that tion with respect to the author what begins to be must have a of his being. In a corner of a cause ; and that what is formed little garden, without informing with regularity, must have an any person of the circumstance, intelligent cause. I therefore I wrote in the mould with my told him the name of the great finger, the three initial letters of Being, who made him and all his name, and sowing garden the world, concerning whose cresses in the furrows, cov- adorable nature, I gave him such ered up the seed, and smooth- information as I thought he ed the ground. Ten days after could in some measure comprehe came running to me, and with hend. The lesson affected him astonisbment in his countenance, greatly, and he never forgot eitold me that his name was grow. ther it, or the circumstance that ing in the garden. I laughed at introduced it. the report and seemed inclined Anecdotes of Children and to disregard it; but he insisted Young Persone. Vol. II. No.8.