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times were inflicted upon many of them, and might further. · Things being come to this extremity, it was the Lord's opportunity to glorify his name in a way surprising to us, and peculiar to himself. We were going on towardly in the way of our heart, notwithstanding a variety of fmiting judgments and alluring mercies; he, in his sovereign mercy and goodness, hath begun to see our ways and heal them, when nothing else could help and prevent our ruin, and we were proof against all other dispensations, he hath visited us with such a dispensation of his Spirit, as is sufficient to do it, and which we pray that it may, and hope that it shall be general unto the whole church and land. This extraordinary out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, whereby great numbers of secure finners are awakened, and many of these converted, and filled with faith, and more than ordinary peace and joy in believing, appeared first upon the 18th of February last, and continues at Cambuslang a little parish within four miles, South-East of Glafgow. . A well attested Narrative of this hath been published.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that this sensible presence and power of the Holy Ghost, hath not been confined to that highly favoured parish: but began to visit us upon the last Sabbath of April last, being the 25th day of that month, as it did also soon after in several other congregations lying to the North, North-East and NorthWeit of Glasgow. This work so extraordinary upon the fouls of many in these congregations is the fame with that at Cambuslang. The method of the Spirit's operation is alike in all these congregations; and the effects of it upon the bodies of the awakened, which have not been so common at other times, are also much the same.
The bodies of fome of the awakened are seized
with trembling, fainting, histerisms in fome few women, and with convulfive-motions in fome others, arifing from that apprehension and fear of the wrath of God, they are convinced they are under, and liable to because of their fins. They have a quick apprehenfion of the greatness and dreadfulness of this wrath before they are affected.
Thefe effects upon the bodies of some of the awakened have been objected against this work, by many. And some have not been afraid to ascribe it to the devil, and to traduce the whole as delusion.
As there were the very fame appearances accompanying such an effusion of the Holy Spirit in some of our American colonies; so the fame objections were made against them, which have been made against this appearance of God among us. This hath occafioned the reverend and judicious Mr. Edwards, minister of the gospel at Northampton in New-England to preach, and publish a fermon upon the distinguishing marks of a work of the Spirit of God, wherein he satisfyingly answers and takes off the foresaid objections. It would be superfluous and unneceffary to answer apart after him, seeing this fermon hath been oftener than once reprinted in North Britain, and is and will be in as many hands, as any other answer probably can, with this advantage, that by the surprising direction of providence it comes from one in a foreign country, who preached and published it long before this appearance of the Lord in his glory and majesty amongst us.
I cannot however forbear to observe and offer the following remarks to the reader. .
First, That there are some who do not cry out in the congregation, neither have any of the aforesaid bodily seizures, who have been under a law-work for some months, and are, as far as we can know the state of another, savingly converted: and there are others who have been under the severest bodily distress, in whom the work of conviction and conversion, as to the main strokes of them, answer to the former as face to face in a glass. Is it possible then that any thinking person will conclude that all is delusion with the latter, merely because their bodies were ftrangely disordered, when they were at first awakened to feel themselves in a state of fin and wrath, seeing there are the very fame inconteftible evidences of the conversion of the last, as there are of the first.
Secondly, There are few observing persons who have not seen sudden fears, and great sorrow upon worldly grounds, cause faintings, histerick-fits, convulsions, bodily agonies and strugglings. The apostle faith, Wordly forrow worketh death. What reason can be assigned, why legal terrors and fears, a strong apprehension of the wrath of God in persons who know not but the sentence of condemnation may be executed upon them immediately, should not have the like effects upon their bodies? especially confidering that the cause and reasons of their fears are incomparably juster and greater. Several of us ministers have long ere now seen persons distracted as Heman was with the terror of God.
Thirdly, There is much reason to conclude that the work of God in converting many in several par rishes in the shire of Ayr, and other places of the Weft from 1625 to 1630 was attended with much the same apperances as this now. It was called the Stewarton sickness by the malignants because of the bodily distress which accompanied it. I shall transcribe the short account which the Author of the fulfilling of the scriptures gives of it, page 264. "I must here instance a very solemn, and extraordinary outletting of the Spirit, which about the year 1625 and thereafter was in the West of Scotland, whilst the persecution of the church there, was hot frona the Prelatick party; this by the profane rabble of
that time, was called the Stewarton fickness, for in that parish first, but after through much of the country, particularly at Irvine, under the ministry of the
famous Mr. Dickson, was most remarkable, where it - bol can be said (which divers ministers and christians Te a yet alive can witness) that for a considerable time, I and few fabbaths did pass without some eminently con
verted, and some convincing proof of the power of God accompanying his word, yea that many were so choaked and taken by the heart, that through terror,
the Spirit in such a measure convincing them of fin, upor in hearing of the word, they have been made to fall
over, and thus carried out of the church, who afterpole ward proved most solid and lively chriftians; and as Teafoe it was known some of the most gross who used to strong mock at religion, being engaged upon the fame that as we went abroad of such things, to go to some of these jay be parts where the gospel was then most lively, have et hart been effectually reached before their return, with a
viĝble change following the same; and truly, this ars at great spring-tide which I may so call of the gospel, us diwas not of a short time, but for some years continumed ance, yea, thus like a spreading moor-burn, the power
of godliness did advance from ore place to another, tal which put a marvellous lustre on these parts of the sal bed country, the favour whereof brought many from other of parts of the land to see the truth of the same.” The med fimilitude and likeness of this work amongst us unto Test that referred to, seems evident; and can these bodily
effects mentioned be just grounds of objection against this work now, and not also against the other?
Fourthly, It is not to be forgotten, that in New. England where hundreds were affected in their bodies, the same way severals with us are, the most part of these who were thought to be convicted, have continued now for some years to profess serious religion, and to practise it without returning to their former follies. And shall we not hope the fame of
these converted amongst us, seeing also they have continued for several months or weeks, since they appeared to be converted, in a desirable way? efpecially when some parts of the most refined and uncommon morality have been practised by them, of which some instances may be given in the following Narrative.
I forbear to give instances from the holy scriptures, of things exactly similiar to these bodily diftreffes in our case, seeing I have already referred to Mr. Edwards sermons. Only it is surprising, that some reafon, as if they had never read the history in the 2d of the Acts, or the Jaylor, or Felix trembling, and of the conversion of the holy apostle Paul; and as if they found in their Bibles positive declarations, that the Lord would never to the end of the world, suffer finners to cry out, tremble, faint, or fall down astonished, under a work of conviction, and apprehension of his just and dreadful wrath.
Laftly, I seriously beg of any who are prejudiced against this dispensation of God's extraordinary grace, and look upon it as delusion, that they will shew themselves fo charitable and good, as direct me and other ministers what we shall answer distressed persons of all ages, who come to us, crying bitterly that they are lost and undone, because of unbelief and their other fins. What shall we do to be saved? and as a young girl about twelve, who had been in distress for some time, called for me to a separate place in a house where I was, and asked me, with great sedateness, what shall I do to get Christ? Shall we tell them they are not christless and unconverted, when we evidently see many of them to be such? Shall we tell them that their fears of the wrath of God is all but, delusion, and that it is no such dreadful thing as they need to be so much afraid of it? Shall we tell persons lamenting their cursing, swearing, fabbath-breaking, and other immoralities, that it is the devil who makes