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In the next number we shall his grace in them for his own inquire, what it is in true relig. glory and their important good. ion, that gives occasion to this -Little do we know what plots charge, and makes the world so are forming against us in the in. to believe it. Witherspoon. visible world.--Blessed be the (To be continued.)
Lord, his power limits the ope
rations of these malicious foes; “Doth Job serve God for nought?”
an. they who love him are assured of They who are disposed to rep. his protection. Their enemies resent the most blameless profes. can never break through the sors of godliness, as hypocrites,or hedge, which the Almighty God mercenary ; to put a bad con. hath made around them; and struction upon harmless or even even when he permits them to be good actions; and to insinuate tempted, neither the Devil nor some suspicion or objection, in his emissaries can transcend the order to detract from the com. limits assigned them. Scott. mendations bestowed upon pious and useful men, may easily know A LESSON OF HUMILITY. whose children they are, whose How vain a thing is man! example they follow, and whose How ready to be puffed up with work they do. For they re- every breath of applause, and to semble in every feature, Satan, forget that he is a creature, and the en venomed slanderer and ac. a sinner ? He that can bear to cuser of the brethren. It is indeed be surrounded with approbations true, that God will not suffer his and honors, and yet keep the people to serve him for nought. same air and countenance with. Their best interests are secured: out swelling a little at heart, no good thing they do shall lose hath passed an hour of temptaits reward. Yet they serve God tion, and come off conqueror. from love, gratitude, and zeal, As the fining-pot for silver, and delight in his holy command, and the furnace for gold, so is a ments. When called to it, they man to his praise, Prov. xxvii.21. will part with every temporal Eudoxus is a gentleman of expossession for his sake. But alted virtue, and upstained rep. untried faith is not much to be utation : Every soul that knows depended on; if ease, wealth, and him, speaks well of him; he is pleasure uniformly attended pi. so much hopored, and so well ety ; if there were no cross, beloved in his nation, that he self-denial, or temptation, to must flee his country if he would serve as a touchstone, or a fur. avoid praises. So sensible is he nace, it would be difficult to dis. of the secret pride that has taint. tinguish the believer from the ed human nature, that he holds hypocrite; and therefore Satan himself in perpetual danger, and is often allowed to sift and prove maintains an everlasting watch. the people of God, that he and He behaves now with the same his children may be the more modesty, as when he was un. confounded. He means to de known and obscure. He re. stroy, to defile, or distress them: ceives the acclamations of the but the Lord intends to demon world with such an humble mien, strate the reality and power of and with such an indifference of
spirit, that is truly admirable ions on the one side, or Arminian and divine. ' It is a lovely pat. on the other. tern, but the imitation is not This impotency, though it easy.
may be called natural, or rath. I took the freedom one day to er native, as it comes to us by ask him—How he acquired this nature in its present corrupted wonderous humility, or whether state, yet it is not a want of nat. he was born with no pride about ural powers, either of under. him ? "Ah! no,” said he, with standing orwill, to knowor choose a sacred sigh, “ I feel the work. that which is good ; for if there ing poison, but I keep my anti. were not natural powers suffi. dote at hand: When my friends cient for this purpose, I do not tell me of many good qualities see how men could be charged as and talents, I have learnt from criminals, in not receiving the St. Paul to say, What have I gracious offers of the gospel. that I have not received? My This impotence, therefore, is own consciousness of many fol. what our divines usually call a lies and sios constrains me to Moral Impotence, i. e. their mind add, What have I that I have will not learn divine things, benot misimproved ? And then cause they shut their eyes; their reason and religion join together will refuses the proposals of grace, to suppress my vanity, and they shut it out of their hearts, teach me the proper language of they have a delight in sin, and a creature and a sinner- What dislike to Christ and his salva. then have I to glory in ?"
tion; they have a rooted obsti. - Watts. · pacy of will against the methods LETTER FROM DR. WATTS of divine mercy, and against the Stoke Newington, near London, holiness which is connected with
Jan. 21, 1735. happiness. And yet this Moral Your letter, dated about the Impotency is described in Scripmiddle of October, should have ture by such methods as repre. been answered long ago, had I sent us “blind,” or “dead in not been withheld from my study sin, and that we can no more by long illness; nor am I yet change our nature than the “Ethi. fully recovered. I take pleasure, opian can change his skin, or Sir, to find your honest inquiries the leopard his spots;” and the after truth, and that you are not reasonofthese strong expressions, willing either to put off your chil. is, because God knows this nat. dren, or to be contented yourself, ural aversion to grace and holi. with a mere set of words, instead ness is so strong and rooted in of clear and intelligible doctrines. their hearts, that they will never
I will therefore write you my renounce sin and receive the sal. thoughts, in a few lines, of that vation of Christ, without the impotency and inability of man powerful influence of the Spirit, to believe, and repent, and return of God; even that same Spirit to God, which arises from the which can cure those who are Fall, and which is, I think, the naturally blind, or can raise the best and the only way to secure dead. • our thoughts from running into Now that this weakness of the extremes of Antinomian opin. man to do that which is good is a
Moral Impotence, appears by ANECDOTES. the moral remedies which are ap- A GOOD HINT FOR MEN IN BUSIplied to cure it : viz. commands,
NESS. promises. threatenings, which I ENDEAVOR (says the late sort of methods would be useless Dr. Fothergill in a letter to one and ridiculous to apply to Nat. of his friends) to follow my busi. ural Impotence; that is, to make
ness, because it is my duty rather the blind see, or the dead arise.
than my interest; the latter is It must be concluded, therefore,
re, inseparable from a just discharge that man has a natural ability,
mily, of duty; but I have ever looked i. e. natural powers, to do what at the profits in the last place. God requires, but at the same
At my first setting out I wished time, such a native aversion of
most fervently, and I endeavor will, that he never will do it with.
after it still, to do my business out divine grace. Thus there is
with all the diligence I could as a fair way laid for the necessity
a present duty, and to repress of divine grace, and yet at the
every rising idea of its consesame time a just foundation laid
' quences, knowing that there was for the condemnation of impeni.
an Hand which could easily tent sinners. I have spoken
overthrow every pursuit of this more largely to this subject in
kind, and baffle every attempt the eleventh of thu Bury-Street
either to acquire wealth or fame." Sermons, which were published
ed Lettsome's L. of Dr. Fothergill.
i last year in 2 vols. 8vo.
May the wisdom and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ direct you THE SCOLD CONVERTED. to walk in a safe way to eternal The late Rev. Mr. Westley life, and to lead your children relates the following circum. therein ! at the same time assur. stance in his journal of 1741 :ing you, that the happening to “Wednesday 9th, I rode over to take a little different turn of a neighboring town, to wait on thought in some of the difficult a justice of the peace, a man of inquiries, is not of so vast im. candor and understanding, be. portance as some persons would fore whom, I was informed, make it to be, with respect to their angry neighbors had carried our salvation, provided we do a whole waggon load of these new but maintain a constant depend. heretics (the Methodists.) But ence upon the grace of the Spir, when he asked what they had it of God in all our duties to as. done, there was a deep silence ; sist us, and on the perfect right for that was a point their con. eousness or obedience and suf. ductors had forgot! At length, ferings of Christ, as our atone. one said, “Why, they pretend ment for sin, and the only effec. to be better than other people ; tual ground of our acceptance and besides, they pray from with God. I am, Sir, under fre. morning to night.” Mr. S. ask. quent returning weaknesses ren. ed, “ But have they done nothing dered unable to write much, and besides ? “Yes, Sir,” said an therefore subscribe your friend old man, “an't please your wor. and humble servant,
ship, they have convarted my Unknown, I. WATTS. wife. Till she went among them,
she had such a tongue!-and now thing until he reached the oppo. she is as quiet as a lamb !” site shore. After landing Mr. B, 6 Carry them back, carry them observing the nubleman walking back,” replied the justice, "and alone, stepped up to him, and let them convert all the scolds in said, “Sir, I was sorry to hear the town.”
Evan. Mag. you swearing while on our pas.
sage. You know it is written, It is said that the late Rev. "Thou shalt not take the name John Brown, of Haddington, of the Lord thy God in vain." when passing the Frith of Forth, On this the nobleman, lifting his between Leitb and Kinghorn, had hat and bowing to Mr. B. made for a fellow-passenger, one who the following reply: "Sir, I appeared to be a Highland no. return you thanks for the re. bleman. Mr. B. observed, with proof you have now given me, much grief, that he frequently and shall endeavor to attend to it took the name of God in vain; in future: but," added he, “had but suspecting that to reprove you said this to me while in the him in the presence of the other boat, I believe I should have run passengers might lead only to ir. you through with my sword.” ritate him, he forbore saying any
DR. REES' CYCLOPÆDIA. VOL. VIII. P. 2. In the account given of Chubb, formly formed for integrity, sim. Thomus, though the reader can plicity, and sobriety of manners,” not help observing the downward and that he attended the services progress of error, and the gross of his parish church to the time moral darkness into which infi- of his death." In short, noth. delity plunges its votaries, yet ing is said that would cause an every thing is done, which art unsuspecting mind to suppose could do, to extenuate and ex. that Mr. Chubb was at all to cuse the guilt of being a champi. blame for his infidelity, or that on of irreligion. Dr. Rees states, bis character was not, on the (for we consider him as the only whole, a very desirable one. responsible person, let him de. The American Editors have rive the materials for his work subjoined the following parawhence he may,) that Chubb be.. graph : gan to write as a rational Chris. “The natural tendency of Socinianisna tian," (that is, in other words,
to Deism, or rather the near alliance
which the one has with the other, is visihis first attack was upon the ble, as it ought to be in this life of Chubb. Trinity ;) and there are no less. But we think, that the malignity of his than five separate instances in
in opposition to christianity ought not to
have been so much disguised, as it cer. which his natural abilities, are tainly is. Leland in his “ Review of the spoken of with high commenda. Deistical Writers,” states, among other
things, that in the posthumous works of W . At the chose of the article, Chubb, “He doth not allow a particular we are told, that she was uni. providence, or that prayer to God is a
daty. His uncertainty and inconsistency but only for voluntary injuries with regard to a future state of existence to the nonline and that even this and a future judgment. He absolutely rejects the Jewish revelation. He ex is unnecessary and useless : presses a good opinion of Mahometanism, That God may kindly reveal and will not allow that it was propagated by the sword.” Whoever may admire
to the world
to the world, when greatly vi. the o intellectual abilities” of such a tiated by error and ignorance, man as this, we ask, for ourselves, to be truths necessary to be known, excluded from the number.”
and precepts necessary to be In addition to what is said, in obeyed; and yet, this quotation, we beg leave to That such a Revelation would introduce an abstract of some of be, of course, uncertain and Mr. Chubb's doctrines, from useless : Dr. Dwight's sermons on Infidel That Christ's Mission is, at Philosophy, p. 26-29.
least in his view, probably di. Mr. Chubb declares,
vine; and yet, That he hopes to share with That Christ, in his opinion, his friends in the favor of God, was of no higher character, than in that peaceful and happy state, the founder of the Christian sect which God hath prepared for the ri.e. another Sadoc, Cerinthus, virtuous and faithful, in some or Herbert :) other, future world ; and yet, That Christ was sent into the
That God does not interpose in world, to acquaint mankind with the affairs of this world, at all, the Revelation of the will of God; and has nothing to do with the and yet, good, or evil, done by men here: That his birth and resurrection
That prayer may be useful, were ridiculous, and incredible; as a positive institution, by in. and that his institutions and pretroducing proper thoughts, af. cepts were less excellent, than fections, and actions; and yet those of other teachers and law. he intimates,
givers : That it must be displeasing That the New Testament, to God, and directly improper : particularly the writings of the
That a state of rewards and apostles, contain excellent cau. punishments, hereafter, is one of tions and instructions for our the truths, which are of the high- right conduct ; and est concern to men ; and yet, That the New Testament
That the arguments for the yields much clearer light than immortality of the soul are whol. any other traditionary Revela. Jy unsatisfactory; and that the tion; and yet, soul is probably matter :
That the New Testament has That men are accountable to contributed to the perplexity and God for all their conduct, and confusion of mankind, and ex. will certaioly be judged and dealt hibits doctrines heretical, diswith, according to the truth and honorary to God, and injurious reality of their respective cases; to men ; and and yet,
That the apostles were impos. That men will not be judged tors; and that the gospels and for their impiety or ingratitude acts of the apostles resemble Jew. to God, nor for their injustice ish fables, and popish legends, and unkindness to each other; rather than accounts of facts :