Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

Dbituary.

Some Particulars relating to the lieved them; that be bas not

Dving Experience of the late A. lived and acted under their genuine G- , Esq. of S .

and purifying influence. But who The changes of human opinion ever heard an opponent of the gose are not to be considered as decisive pel approve and recommend his sen. proof, for or against the truth of timents, while he condemned him. any system which the fickle children. self for a life unsuitable to his of men may adopt or discard; yet, creed ! No ; creed and conduct are the circumstances under which those involved in the same condemnation. changes usually take place, must and are alikereviewed with alarm aná furnish strong presumptive evidence, dismay. He has leaned on a broken which every attentive and impartial reed; the hand of bis confidence is mind will duly weigh. Some per- pierced ; terror and anguish over. sons renounce the distinguishing whelm his soul. doctrines of the gospel, in favour of Ask an opposer of gospel doctrine Socinianism or Deism; while others to account for this state of things. relinquish the tenets of infidelity and he will auswer, That the days and Socinianism, and einbrace the of vigorous health are the better evangelical system. So far the fact days of man; - that his sentiments proves nothing, except the insta. at this period are much more likely bility and imperfection of man. to be correct and true, than those But the former change takes place, resorted to when depressed by ingenerally, or rather universally, in firmity, worn down by sickness, or the seasons of youth, of health, and frightened by the approach of death. of prosperity ; the latter not merely But are these advocates of error in these seasons, but also in the unwilling to know that a death.bed times of dark ailliction, and when is frequently a detector of the under the apprehension of approach, heart ? -- that there the glare of the ing death. Here the evidence is by world fades before the eye, and tbe no means equal. 'Tis a fact, undis. petulance of pride subsides, the puted by the adversaries of evan. convictions of truth have freer room gelical religion, that many who lived to operate, and often will be heard ; and gloried in the profession of that a sease of eternal danger proDeistic and Socinian opinions, have duces an involuntary alarm; while renounced them with copslernation the dictate of common sense urges and horror at the approach of to shrink from the precipice, and death; confessing their insufficiency to lean to the safer side,' Indeed, to support their confidence in their the experience of some, and the near prospect of that solema tran. apologies of others, plainly prove sition, which was to introduce thein that the religion of Deists and Soci. juto the immediate presence of nians is only salculated for the merie their Almighty Maker and righteous dian of worldly ease; that it only Judve. The shores of death exhibit is suited to such as are whole, and many wrecks of Deistic and Soci- need not a healing remedy. In nran confidence, among the learned their Gilead there is no bålm: and illiterate; but not a siggle in- there is no physician there. This cirstance of failure in that evangelical cumstance alone demonstrates, that hope, which the highest authority neither the system of the one nor assures us never maketh ashamed. the other can be the system of sal. If the professor of gospel truth be vation revealed in the gospel, alarmed with fear at the close of can ever be identified with the relite, it is not from a suspicion of ligion of Christ : - a religion the unsoundness or insufficiency of preached to the poor; designed to his principles, but from the appre. beal the broken-hearted : proclaim. hensiou Inat he has not truly be. ing deliverance to the captives, re

covering of sight to the blind, and was clearly exemplified in him; for, setting at liberty them that are according to his own acknowledge bruised. By dying, Jesus delivers ment, he departed as widely from them who, through the fear of God after his recovery as he had' death, were all their life-time sub. done previous to his illness; tho’this jcct to bondage. Relying on the return to folly had been at the exgood Shepherd, who gave himself pence of much greater pain of confor the sheep, the expiring Christian science than he had felt before. . can say, 1 Yea, though I walk Under his last sickness, conviction through the valley of the shadow and alarming fears returned upon of deaih,' [ will fear no evil, for him with redoubled force. He frethou art with me! O death! where quently exclaimed; -Oh! may the is thy sting? O grave, where is thy Lord have mercy on me for Christ's victory?' The sting of death is sake!' Then, in severe agony of sih; and the strength of sin is the miud, he would cry out, I have law: but thanks be to God, which thrown away my own soul! I am giveth us the victory, through our lost!'Several comfortable passages Lord Jesus Christ.

of Scripture being mentioned, he' The truth of the preceding ré. thought these could not be applimarks is strikingly inanifest in the cable to him, because he bad abused following plain and true relation : the goodness of God formerly made

Mr. A-G w as born about known to him, and had lived an the year 1770. He had the ad. Atheist since. He appeared harvantage of early religious instruc. rassed with doubts concerning she tion, under the restraining influence truth of the Scriptures, at the same of which he continued sometime time observing that, if true, they after his coming to reside in S- evidently pointed out the atonement which was about 1786. In the of Chrisi. ‘His distress, under a sense course of a few years, however, he of his awful state, as a siuner had pretty much shaken off this re- against God, became very great. straint, and having a vigorous, in: He said, I wonder at råy own'ioquiring mind and ready wit, he sensibility ; - though on the brink' soon perceived that he had acquired of eternity, and totally unprepared, more information than most of his I do not feel my dreadful situation ! companions, whose opinions, on I am still an unbeliever; and I fear religious and other subjects, he felt ny prayer will be turned into sin.'. much pleasure in contesting and dis- Aboui a fortnight before he died, proving. Having no 'serious and a former acquaintance, whom the judicious friend to direct his course Lord had brought to the knowledge of reading, and meeting with some of the truth, on being informed persons of a Deistical character, he that Mr. Gm was willing to con. was induced to read such publica- verse on religious subjects, we'rrt to tions as they recommended, and sce him. He was highly gratified soon embraced their infidel sentin to find such a disposition as now ments. Under these views he acted, appeared in him to renounce Atheisendeavouring to disseminate his tical, Deistical, Socinian, and other loose principles with the zeal of an errors and delusions, which he had open advocate, deceiving and being formerly embraced and maintained.' deceived.

His views of religious' truth were A few years ago 'he was visited very essentially changed ; and he with a long and severe illness; confessed himself obliged to admit during which he experienced great the leading doctrines of the gospel distress of miad on account of his of Christ, concerning the evideoee irreligion and prophaneness. Then and application of which, his friend he professed to have completely re- affectionately converscd with him nounced his errors and his sins, and for some time. He observed, that to receive the Bible as the inspired many who came about him won. revelation of God. But the ineffi-“ dered he should have any pain of cacy of mere conviction, and reso: mind on religious subjects, since he lutions formed in our own streogib, bad done much good; mapy thou.

[ocr errors]

sands had been worse than he; that tioned in which the doctrines of he had been very charitable, &c.'; grace are stated ; and he entered ?but," he continued, I know I ain into the meaning of them with a a vile ginner; and that what I have very collected mind, declaring that done is not deserving of any thing he perceived they were sufficient to good at the hand of God.""

support the inportant sentiments * On the Friday before his death deduced from them. he was quite collected, though in . After this, though at times conmuch pain. He lamented much his victions were distressingly strong sin in rejecting the Bible, and said he appeared to experieace a dawna he feared it was too late for hiin; of hope, which he expressed in coer,

'for,' said he, I have sinned away getic terms. He said, 'I feel hope! the day of grace! I have trampled Bless the Lord, Ony soul! and under foot the Son of God, and praise his holy name! God's will cmuated his blood an unholy thing: be done in every thing, if I am indeed, I have not thought it worth saved ! God's will be doce, if I am twopence.' The last expression he not saved! The 'blood and righe delivered with a'most significant and teousness of Jesus Christ are sufdesponding emphasis. He said he ficient for me!' Whatever my state believed the Bible and the gospel, may be hereafter, I shall nover uttee meaning the Old and New Tosta- a' inurnur, much less an impreincnis ; but was still distressed with cation !' and then he said, • 0, God! dreadful Atheistical thoughts, which support me through the passage he much deplored.' lle also deeply into eternity!" lameoted the books he had read; Early on Sabbath morning, Mr. exclaiming, 0! these Atheistical G- sent for his friend, expressiаg

joks! O! those books!' The an earnest desire to see hun. Od infidel books he referred to, he his coming, Mr.

G a ppeared ordered to be all brougnt and much pleased; and there was an air burned before him, like the con. of satisfaction on his countenance verts mentioned in" Acis xix. 19, which had not been perceived beHe, at the same time, very paiheti. fore. He said, “I was desirous to cally regretted bis having been ac tell you that I fuily believe the gos. cessary to the injury of a friend of pel, and rely on itte atoning biood his, who had imbibed bis principles of Christ alone; but I wish to have He expressed an earnest wiso that tnosc Scriptures pointed out exall Atheists and Deists were present, . pressly where the doctrine of atoneto witness such a dying bed as his ment is inentioned, that I may tarii

On Saturday evening, his mind them into prayer, and rest my soul was much engaged on the subject : on them.' He also requested to of acceptance with God. When the ' have the passages marked in the gospel-plan of salvation, through Bible, that they might be read to faita in the atonement of Christ, him through the day, over which he was again stated to him, he said, scarcely expected to live, Such 6 I strive to believe and repeat; but Scriptures as that,' said he, 'where í feel myself unable, As to my it is said, “The blood of Jesus repentance, if it may be called Christ, bis Son, cleanseth us from all repentance, I fear lest it should ogly sin.” This Scripture he frequently arise from the dread of Heil.' The turned into prayer. One reason für simplicity and freeness of the method wishing to have the places marked of salvation seemed to puzzie nim, where these passages occur was, as he had supposed that faith and that he might believe them as the repentance were to be considered as word of God. meritorious conditions, for the per. He expressed, repeatedly, this formance of which he must expect miorning and the preceding day, his favour with God; yet, he decla.ed jealousy over himself lest ne should he felt that free salvation through be insincere in the great concerns Christ Jesus was the only plan of which now wholly occupied his relief which could reach hs case. mind. At one time, expressing the The principal Scriptures were men sense be bad of his own sinfuluess,

he said, I am a Devil! Well, it delusions. Let no proud contempt will be enough for nye if I escape of vulgar minds,-no desire to shine from Hell ! The lowest place in in conversation, or to govern in Heaven will be far too good for debate, lead you for a moment bo me!' He frequently interrupted forget that it is the meek whom God the conversation by breaking out will guide in judgment; - only the into fervent supplications, turning meek that he will teach his way! the Scriptures which occurred into From the convictions, confessions, matter of prayer, and earnestly and bopes which mark the expres. pleading the declarations and pro. sions here detailed, let Christians mises of divine mercy. At the close learn more fully to appreciate, and of the interview, he appeared com- resolutely to hold fast the distin, posed and very thankful.

guishing doctrines of the ever-blessIn the evening he was much

ed gospel. In such instances as the changed; the hand of Death was

present, you see your principles evidently upon him. As soon as

brought to the test, and proving his friend entered the room, he sig themselves to be of God by their nified his desire to have prayer. application to the exigencies of man, During the exercise, he was car.

Error, like the haughty, unfeeling Bestly engaged with God, having Priest and Levite, passes by on the his bands closed and lifted up. When other side, and leaves the blecding, asked if he continued to look to verishing sidaer to die unpitied and Cbrist, and to rely upon him alone . unreliered! - while Evangelical for salvation, he signified that he Hope, like the good Samaritan, did. His seresses were quite correct extends her healing hand, pouring for some time ; but he was strus in oil and wine into those woun is gling for life. He was seldoin sen

which sin has inflicted, and which sible through the night, and suffered none but Jesus Christ can cure. much till iwo hours before his de

Sheffield.

FIGLINUS, parture, which took place on Mon. day morning. The foregoing affecting case fur

MRS. COOPER Bishes an admonitory word to such · Diep at Ipswich, April 27, 1809, young men as bave enjoyed the in the 90th year of her age. In a advantages of a religious and liberal visit to London, many years ago, education, that they tamper not the ministry of that eminent mau with specious and dangerous error of God, the Rev. George Whitfield, Beware, favoured youths, of those was greatly blessed to her soul; so books in which the blandishments that she became earnestly desirof style, and the plausibilities of ous of enjoying it permanently. sophistry, are made the vehicles of The providence of God so ordered that poison of error and sensuality' it, that her family removed to town, of passion, that find too ready a where she sat under the word with reception in the heart unestablished great delight. - Sometime after. in gospel-truth, unrenewed by rewards, she joined the Baptist church generaling grace! Presume not on under the care of the late Rev. W. the sufficiency of your powers of Clarke. She made a profession of discrimination, where elernal in: religion about 50 years, during terests are involved, and where mnis. which long period she adorned the takes are so common and fatal! doctrine of the Holy Jesus. During If you disbelieve your own weak. her illness, she was generally calm ness, you will ncgleet to seek direc. and comfortable ; and, iostead of tion from the Faiher of Lights, who being afraid of death, often exhas said, “If any man lack wisdom, pressed her desire for its approach, let him ask it of God. If you saying, • Come, Lord Jesus, come neglect to pray, you will incur lhe quickly!' Thus “she came to her charge alleged against the . man grave in a full age, like as a shock who leans lo his own understand of corn cometh in his season." Her ing; and, in consequence of this funeral discourse was preached by fully, become the dupe of strung Mr. Cowell, from Rev. xxii. 30..

REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS, &c. A Sermon, preached at Scarborough, solemn an oocasion too, a man

mt the Primary Visitation of the of straw, dressed up in the tattered Most Rev. Edward Lord Arch- rags of a manichean, and to label it bishop of York, July 28, 1809.' John Calvin, excites our wundet By the Rev. Francis Wrangham, and astonishment! - But we intro M. A. F. R. S. of Trinity College, duce it to our readers : Cambridge. 38. 6d.

· "That God having decreed to • We are always happy to find make man in his own image, and genius and learning combined with pre-ordained his fall and subsequent solid piely and genuine Christian depravation, converting the whole candour. Thus united, if they do not of his posterity ipto a mass of corform the stamina, they embellish, ruption and perdition, arbitrarily. at least, and perhaps extend the and (if it may be uttered without usefulness of the most estimable irreverence) capriciously deter. characters, We have been accus. mined to bring a portion of that tomed to view the author of this poslerity to life eternal, and to con

sermon as rising into this class. sign the renainder to everlasting · Mr. W. has distinguished himself by punishment : thus immulably fix

advocating the cause of Piety in ing the fate of individuals before sermons, which are now before the their birth, for ever and ever.' public, founded upon Doddridge's "That, in unavoidable conformity Rise and Progress of Religion in to this pre-ordinance, Adam fell, and the Soul; and of Christian zeal in became in consequence, wiih all his ils operations at home, in recom- progeny, not only deserving of, mending the establishment of na but actually doomed to, Hell, with tional schools; and abroad, by urg- the exception of the favoured few ing the translatiog of the sacred whom ,ine Deity has been cone oracles into the oriental languages. stantly taking to bimself, abandonFrom these things we were disposed in, those wrom he passes by to the to hope well; nor will we suffer yengeance of eterval fire, - with. all our expectations to be merged, out any regard to superior merit in even by the performance now be the Elect, or demerit in the Repro. fore us. It has two sides; the one bate, present or future; and solely dark and the other light. The se to display in the oue his goodness cond part is tolerably candi:), with and mercy; in the other his power regard to the means which authorized and glory. The first, however teachers of Christianity should use they may act in this life, being in the discharge of their duty; (under the protection of Christ) inthough it is by no means free froin capable of forfeiting final felicily ; clerical hauleur. But ihe first part, and the latter, hindered and rea in which Mr. Wrangham has given pelied by God, being equally in. his picture of Calvinism, we must capable, in spite of all their exeresteem as the blackness of darkness, tion, of atlaining it, -as neither either of prejudice or ignorance. of their fates, throughout their re. Had a bigotted Socinian, or a ma. spective lives, are at any moment lignant infidel, oftertd his pencil on in any degree doubtful. the subject, with equal talents as to that the besi purposes, atempts, the disposition of his colouring, we and acts of the Elect, are at no might have expected something like time even preparatory to their sain what we gee before us; but for a vation; that being exclusively the writer who ranks in a very different work of the Almighty, who himself class, and who himself professes to fits them for Heaven by the preachdisclaim the Pagan trick of cloth- ing of his word and the communi ing an opponent in the skin of a cations of his Spirit, formiog in wild beast, for the purpose.of de- them a new understanding and a vouring him : to produce, op so 'new will; giving them every good

[ocr errors]
« AnteriorContinuar »