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away from those things which are offensive to God, and injurious to the real interest of truth. Real esteem for the disciples of the Lord will shew itself in a thousand forms, and it will not easily be turned aside from the performance of that which is commanded to be done. The apostle Paul speaks of this holy grace in a very striking manner; and the real christian will cultivate it, for he will constantly require it in his intercourse with his brethren. There is something in revealed truth so worthy of God, and it is so well suited to the saints, that it comes home to the heart of a good man with such a warm commendation, that he welcomes it as an antidote for all his miseries, and a balm for every sorrow which he feels. He gladly commends it to those saints with whom he is associated; for they are the companions of his life and the partners of his joys. The inhabitants of Zion are the people whose interest and happiness he particularly studies; they share in his affection, and they have an interest in his warmest prayers.
The wisdom of God is peculiarly displayed in the church by the various gifts which are conferred upon his people, to prepare them for the numerous stations which they are to till. He has ministers of consolation, and other servants at his command, ready to do his holy will. Whatever spiritual grace or gift is bestowed upon any of the children of God, it is the common property of the whole church. "He' gave some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, tor the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come, in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." The gifts of God are not to be despised by those who receive them, nor by those for whose sakes they are given. It is an occasion of grief that there should be found amongst us any persons who are so enamoured with their own ignorance, that every thing which does not fall into their line of thinking and acting, is by them considered unnecessary, and not worthy of the least attention. If my brother is distinguished by Almighty God, and his mind is filled with clearer light, and a more comprehensive understanding of the truth is imparted to him, am I to arraign my Maker at the bar of my ignorance, and to condemn him for the favour which he has shewn to him? No. The gospel expands and enlarges the mind of man, so that he requires further discoveries in the truth; and the gifts which the vain and the self-sufficient deride and contemn, are by God employed to impart the blessing which we so greatly need.
The mutual claims that the saints have on each other, may be further proved, from the same sacrifice having been offered to divine justice for them all. We are all indebted to divine favour for the sacrifice of Christ, and we are under obligation to the eternal Spirit, for imparting to us any saving knowledge of the excellency and worth of it. Here boasting is excluded. And sure I am, that he who tastes the sweet liberty procured for him by Christ'Jesus, will with sacred pleasure acknowledge gratefully the debt of love which he owes the Lord, by affectionately receiving of his members. If ties like these will not unite him,to all those who bear the image of the Son of God, there are none else that will do so. This principle is the ground of kindness and forgiveness amongst the saints, that, as God, for Christ's sake, forgave them, so should they be kind and tender-hearted one toward another. There are various acts which may be done to and for the saints, that will cost us nothing. I have known the period of time when a kind look from a brother or sister in Christ has made a very favourable impression upon my mind; and if they added thereunto a kind word, so highly have 1 esteemed the favour, that my memory records it with pleasure, and I love to reflect upon it, though it is long since gone by.
This is not enthusiasm. The heart that is cold here, I do not know where it would grow warm. Christianity is not a mechanical concern that never warms the heart, elevates the mind, evangelizes the affections, nor regulates the practice of the truly good man; but it is substantially proved that is a system of truth that brings the highest glory to God, and which breathes peace and good-will to man.
British Zion's Watch Tower, in the Sardian Night: being the substance of Four Sermons on Psalm Ixxxii. 5. wherein is shewn in what sense, and to'what extent, "the Foundations of the Earth are out of course" in Britain; and the causes and consequences of their being so. To which are added, Three Divine Watch Words for the direction of the Citizens of Zion in the midst of the Land. By the Rev. Henry Cole. 8vo. pp. 85. Palmer.
These Sermons, the author informs us, were requested to be published by several of his friends, which, connected with his own desire to bear witness against the general defection and apostacy from the pure truth in these confused and perilous times, decided him to give them publicity.
Mr. Cole has selected for his text the latter clause of the 5th verse in the 82d Psalm, "All the foundations of the earth are out of course;" and from the words proceeds to inquire, first, what " foundations of the earth" these are, of which David complains as being "out of course;" and in what sense they were out of course wben this psalm was penned. And then, secondly, to shew how truly and lamentably applicable the complaint of the psalmist is to our own nation and times.—On the first head, the preacher refers to the eternal God, the Creator of all things, as that foundation of the earth which is never "out of course;" he then considers that the " foundations of the earth," to which David refers, is civil and national laws, and ordinances with those whom God has appointed to administer those laws, and the moral foundations of justice, truth, and integrity in men. In referring to the latter, we subjoin his own remarks—
"Justice, truth, inteerity, and uprightness in men, are the " foundations" of the civil and national " earth," and of the social well being of man with his fellow-man : and these are the " foundations of the earth" of which the Psalmist thus, in the bitterness of his soul, complains, as being " out of course;" as plainly appears from the mourning substance of the whole psalm. "God standeth in the congregation of the mighty, he judgcth among the gods." Here, David has a glorious view of God, us the King of kings, and Lord of lords; as the taker down and setter up of the rulers of the earth; and as the omnipotent, omniscient, and righteous Judge of all.— "How long will ye judge unjustly, (saith he) and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy." Here he mourns over the unfaithfulness, injustice, and oppression of rulers; their iniquitous " respect of persons, because of advantage;" and the fruitless sighs of the poor, and needy, and defenceless, who suffer under their unjust, faithless, and cruel administration. Then the Psalmist, sinking under the overwhelming view of this want of truth and equity on all sides, especially in the rulers of the people, and reflecting on their blindness, determinate obstinacy, and deafness to all remonstrance, entreaty, and appeal; breathes out his soul's burden in this bitter lamentation, "They know not, neither will they understand: they walk on in darkness, all the foundations of the earth are out of course:" thereby making, under the instruction and testimony of the Holy Spirit, truth, equity, faithfulness, uprightness, and integrity in rulers, and between man and man, the " foundations" of the moral, civil, and national " earth."—These, therefore, are the " foundations of the earth," meant by the Psalmist in his complaint, "All the foundations of the earth are out of course."
On the second head of discourse, our author adverts to this nation as having her foundation out of course "in her household rule, and the instruction of her youth :" and here he observes—
"The " foundations" of a family household, are wisdom, discretiou, and authority in parents, and reverence and obedience in children: but where are these private " foundations" to be met with "in course," at this day? Negligence, indiscretiou, and the giving up of rule in parents; and disobedience, contempt of rule, insolent vanity, and pride in children, are almost universal throughout the land. There is to be seen an awful meeting of things here! The negligence of parents on the one hand, and the pride and corruption of youth on the other, seem to spring, grow, and keep pace together. Parents more and more give up their authority and discretional restraint, and throw the reins of rule upon the necks of their children, to choose for, and rule themselves. And this self-conceit, vanity, and pride grow up and go into the world with them, and discover themselves in every form of insubordination, contempt of rule, and despising of orders and dignities, which God has ordained for the well-being of men. All which is fearfully contrary to God's directing word, which commands men "to bring up children in the way they should go, that when they are old they may not depart from it." Prov. xiii. 24.—xxii. 6.; Col. iii. 21.; Eph. vi. 4. —And though we have observed that the growing pride and depravity of children on the one hand, are met by the negligence of parents on the other; yet, let it be remembered, that God lays the main weight of the sin on the shoulders of the parents, for not interposing the authority that he has given them. This is plain, not only from the scriptures above alluded to, together with numberless others, but especially, from the charge which God brought against Eli for not interposing his parental authority, in the case of his two sons Hophni and Phineas. "And the Lord said unto Samuel, behold I will do a thing in Israel at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day, I will perform against Eli, all the things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him, that I will judge his house for ever, for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not." 1 Sam. iii. 11, 12, 13. And God fulfilled this angry declaration against Eli by the conquest of Israel in battle, the slaughter of his two sons by the sword, the capture of the ark, the sudden death of his daughter-in-law at the tidings, and the hurling of Eli himself out of the world by a broken neck. 1 Sam. iv. 1—22."
This division Mr. C. refers with great asperity to the London University, which he designates an atheistical receptacle, which excludes God's word, purposely for the accommodation of infidels of every description, i
In his second division, he considers the foundations of the earth out of course in Britain, " in her civil fellowship and merchandize." And here he glances at the transactions of men towards each other, and draws a very strongly coloured picture of the over-reaching, defrauding, deceptive, and crafty conduct of those, who under a profession of religion make the land to groan, because of their iniquity. We fear there is too much truth in these observations. The preacher then takes a view of our national government, and lastly, of the church of God, which she contains in her bosom. Under the third division, the writer refers to catholic emancipation with much warmth of feeling, and draws a very dark shade over those, who while contending for the evangelization of the world, lent an helping hand to papal antichrist. We subjoin an extract.
"The book of God, which these devoted gospel associates, are thus, with flaming zeal, sending forth into the world for the conversion of heathens, was never savingly known by themselves (to speak in reference to the general principle of the combination, with lawful allowance for individual exceptions,) is manifest from this ;—that while they are devotedly urging that eternal Volume forth with the one hand, the greater part of them are opening the door to the ' Man of Sin' with the other; thus evincing a total blindness to, ignorant perversion of, and defiant resistance against, a branch of its most important instructions, declarations, and denounced judgments! For God avers, in that immutable Word, after having given plain descriptions therein of the Papal enemy of himself, his truth, and his people, that "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or his hand, (aid or assist him by his counsel, advocacy, influence, or tacit sufferance), the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation: and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb," Rev. xiv. 9, 10.
Under the fourth division, Mr. C. takes an extensive survey of those things which operate in the church of God, and cause her •* foundations to be out of course." We have quite exceeded our limits, otherwise we should feel happy in giving our readers his views on the subject.
There is in these discourses a very distressful view taken of the state of the church, but we must say it accords in many respects with our- own; and we would recommend these sermons to our readers as containing many very important truths, and from which, under the Spirit's teaching, much benefit may be derived. At the same time, we do not approve of that asperity and dogmatic style which is so very prominent, and would suggest to the respected author, who is unknown to us, but who is, we understand, a seceder from the national church, that he would do well to remember the admonition of the apostle," In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves."
Contemplations on the God of Israel, in a Series of Letters to a Friend, by the late William Huntington, S. S. \2mo. pp. 195. Palmer.
This is a reprint, in a cheap form of a work, originally published in octavo, by that eminent servant of Christ, the late Mr. Huntington; and it afforded us much pleasure in perusal, as containing some soulanimating reflections on the leading doctrines of our holy faith, blended with their happy effects in the experience of the real children of God. The volume is comprised in Nineteen Letters, addressed to the late Mr. Jenkins, of Lewes, Sussex.
The peculiar honour this writer puts on the person and work of God the Holy Ghost, has, we believe, rendered his writings eminently useful to the church; we do with pleasure, therefore, recommend this little volume to our readers, as containing a rich fund of gospel tiuth; and we pray the Holy Spirit to follow it with his blessing.
A brief but bright Journey through the Dark Valley; or the Last Days of Mary Muckoy: in an Address to the Children of Rosneath Sabbath School, by their Minister, 18mo. pp. 107. Oliphant.
This little volume was sent to us by a friend, who reques'ed we would notice it in our review department. It contains a pleasing account of the dying experience of a child who received instruction in the Rosneath sabbath school, and appears to be truly converted to God, and in her last illness satisfactorily evinced the reality of that faith which can only afford true consolation in a dying hour. Many parts of this account we read with pleasure, but we cannot approve of all that the minister of Rosneath has addressed to his sabbathschool children. Yet, while we deplore the unseriptural language used by many ministers and teachers of sabbath schools, the present memoir furnishes proof that Jehovah will search out and bring home to himself all those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.