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that faith which the Scriptures denominate "dead, being alone," and which cannot save him.
. But there is an Antinomianism which is still more common, and which calls, perhaps still more loudly, for the attention of Th* Christian Observer. We now allude to that multitude of persons, who, though little acquainted 'either with the doctrines or practice of Christianity, nevertheless confidently lay claim to a participation of its eternal rewards, and assume that they are believers because they do not, with Infidels and Atheists, deny the authenticity of the Scriptures. We may be thought guilty of some inaccuracy in thus applying to the mixedmassof the vain, the thotightle'X!, tire covetous, the ambitious, the dissipated, and the worldly Christians, of the present age, the name of Antinomians. We apprehend, however, that, in truth, there is no impropriety in fixing on them this appellation. Do they not take credit for being Christians, on the ground of an unproductive and merely nominal faith in Christ? Do they not account themselves members of Christ, children of God, and inheritors of the kingdom of Heaven, while they manifestly and habitually disobey the precepts of the Gospel, and while some of them are utter strangers, and others ■re even declared enemies, to that life of purity and holiness which Christianity requires? They, nevertheless, indulge no small degree of hope in a Saviour. Has not Christ, say they, died for tisi And are we not as Christians entitled to the benefits of his redemption?
We feel exceedingly desirous of exposing this wretched and ruinous delusion; this too common but corrupt spceies of Christianity; a Christianity, if it deserves the name, which has in it nothing worthy of its author, nothing great, or noble, nothing spirit tual or holy, nothing raised above the world, nothing, in short, which sanctions its exclusive pretensions to a divine origin, or puts to shame the rival claims of infidelity. We wish to remind these thoughtless, and, we will add, these unbelieving men, whose case wc are now contemplating, that it is not enough to admit the general authenticity of the Gospel; that it is not sufficient to have been baptized, to be a member of the Church, and on motives of reputation to pay some decent regard to morality. Their religion, if it carry them no farther than this, will prove utterly unavailing. A Faith Fruitful In Good Works—in works far exceeding, both in kind and degree, what they seem to have any conception
Of, IS THE ONLY TRUE FAITH OF THE GoSI>EL.
In short, it is one great object of our work to give a higber and more scriptural tone to the Religion of every one of those who "name the name of Christ:" and we are disposed to defend the faults of no party. We certainly are of opinion, that the present standard of practice among the professors of Christianity is low. It may not, indeed, be lower than at many former periods, for corruption has too generaDy predominated in the world; but it is unquestionably very low when compared with that of some bright ages of the Church; very low also when compared with the obligations imposed on us by the sacred name which we have assumed: and it is even low, as we conceive, when viewed in connection with the proficiency of many in evangelical knowledge, and their taste for theological disquisitions.
But it has been also alleged, that we are no friends to the Church of England. Are we then her enemies because we would exalt the character of her sons; and point out the deficiency of a cold lifeless faith, and of a practice which is no better than that of many infidels? Are we unfaithful to the Church, because it is one tendency of our work to create a peculiar esteem for the more sound and pious part of it; and to discredit all its unworthy members, whether ministers or people? Is not this division of the professing Church, into "the good" and "the bad," "the tares" and "the wheat," the great division of which the Scriptures speak, and which our work tends to establish? Is not this the schism, and the only schism, which we are promoting? Indeed we have scarcely any object more strongly at heart than that of producing an union, a cordial union, between all the members of the Church, who are solicitous to advance the interests of solid piety, however they may differ from each other in some nicer questions.
There is another objection which may possibly be made to our work. We require, it may be said, an impracticable and unnecessary degree of strictness: we teach an austere religion not fitted for this liberal age: we would restore the reign of Puritanism. Whether we have afforded any adequate ground for this charge our readers must judge. It has been, and wc trust ever shall be, our uniform endeavour to connect all the moral with all the religious duties; and to discourage that monastic kind of piety which is as little suited to the state of man in this world, as that mere morality which is unconnected with devotion. Partly on this principle it has been our plan to notice regularly all those public events which are calculated to interest us as citizens; and that we have also touched occasionally, (though, we trust, without any mixture of party zeal,) on the subject of politics. And if we have forborne to enter so far into the field of literature as some of our contemporaries, we have, at least, not shewn a contempt for learning. In short, it is our wish to represent Christianity, not merely as exalting the soul by setting our affections on things above; but also as rendering us useful members of society, obedient subjects, affectionate relatives, diligent in business, and, as our excellent Church expresses it, ready to do our duty in that state of life into which it has pleased God to call us.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
...Fault in celebrating Divine Service... OBITUARY.....Farther Account of Mr.
Religious Names..................p. l-18. Drewitt...Of Two Otaheitan Youths...
Riview of.... Milner's Church History...
Gisborne's Poems...Hill's Institutes... Relio. Com...Evidence in Favour of E-
...Mutilation of the Lord's Prayer, p.
St. Domiogo... Great Britain, p. 58–62. REVIEW OF.... Dissenter's Vindication...
Lancaster on Education....Bean's Advice
to a new married couple... Thirlwall's
Protest against Royalty Theatre...Win.
of the Sect of Non-doers...On using LIT. AND PHIL. INTEL... Great Britain,
of War........................., p. 65–80 . Condition of Poor, Society for Supo
...On some Prejudices against Religion Italy....Malaga. ..Germany....Prussia...
88. merica...List of New Books, p. 179-+
Sermon... Letter of Editor of the Biblio. PUB. AFFAIRS....Frauce.... Holland... T'ur-
"dies... Great Britain, State of Parties,
23... On Isa, dxiv. 6... Miscomeptions
1, " .38 1. ...ii -324.
...Apostolical Fathers ......p. 193--210. Blinding the Eyes and hardening the
tures on Godwin's Life of Chaucer... ... Assurance... Enthusiashi and Fanati.
cisin... On extemporary Preaching...Ou
"" ... Bishop of London's Charge...Savile's MisCEL...Over-scrupulosity of a Wife...
France...Italy · Germany...Denmark... sy... Appendix to Statene.it of Question
Evangelical Magazine on Revival of Re-
Parliamentary Proceedings, Occurren Institution, ke.... France... Spain...Rus-
Hymns for Past Day".....p. 258-260. Pub. AFFAIRS..... France.....Germany.....
Egypt...East Indies...West Indies...St.
Doiningo...Great Britain, Parliamenta-
ry Proceedings, Domestic Occurrences,
On sitting during Prayer at Church...
of the Church................ p. 2614977. Death of Mr. John Smith... Remarkable
REVIEW of... Cooper's Sermons ..Pott on Worship in London... Perfectibility... A
the Chrisiiau Covenant... Gisborne's Ser. Sober Religionist's Advicc...State of E.
Abolition of the Slave Trade p. 287-306. REVIEW OF...Sharp on the Hebrew Syntax
List of New Books............p. 310-313 LIT. AND Phil. INTEL...Great Britain,
Pastorał Letter, Bishop of Amiens, British Muscuin, Society for bettering
reign Bible Society ...........p. 314-316. ... India, College at Calcutta... Amcrica