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assisting in our humble measure, in their idea, preach the whole gospel, the propagation of the religion of yet do they not preach parts of it? Christ."
Yea, many solemn and interesting parts Under the first head we are of it? Are not parts of it good for happy to find Jesus Christ in
something? Are they not indeed, di
vine seed, which may spring up, and troduced, as a diyine teacher and bear the fruits of immortal life and Sayiour. But we feel some diffi- bliss? If their stated ministers and culty in reconciling the following missionaries promote, by their teachremarks with the idea of his di- ing in cominon, some of the most imvinity, or with the character of
portant subjects of the religion they
believe, is it not their duty, in these Him, in whom dwelleth all the ful
respects, to rejoice in their labours, ness of the godhead bodily.
and wish them success ? Let us now “ But with all his divine abilities, appeal to the fact to determine how he felt the infirmities of a man, and far, in union together, they preach the needed human assistance. He chose truths of the gospel. Do they not twelve of the number of his followers unitedly preach the evidences of to be his confidential friends and min- Christ's mission; state his gospel the isters, who, being around his person, only infallible directory of our faith and in every place and circumstance, manners, and charge us to consult it might promptly afford him their aid." upon all important questions with What impression, it is candid
teachable minds, if we would be made
wise unto salvation ?" Do they not ly asked, does this representation
propose, and warmly recommend to of Christ make on the mind ? Is the love and imitation of their hearers, it not that of weakness and des his.example ? An example pure and nendence? Is it not that of a exalted beyond what poets had fanci• leader, needing a lifeguard, rath
described before he lived; for till then, er than of him, by whom the they never beheld, nor heard of such worlds were made ?
excellence of worth, such beauty of • These queries are made, not character in our form. Do they not that we doubt the preacher's be- urge upon us his precepts, as the sus lief of the sacred TRINITY : but preme rule of our temper and conduct,
ibuy because “the wisdom which is from because we think such a repre- above, is first pure, then peaceable, sentation of the Son of God little gentle and easy to be entreated, full calculated to excite the reverence of mercy and good fruits, without paror gratitude of those whom he
they not affirm, in the words of the came to redeem.
apostle, notwithstanding their hypothUnder the second head of his esis to render the subject more intel discourse the main object of the ligible may differ, "all have sinned preacher appears to be, not to and come short of the glory of God; prove that differences of opinjon
being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in relative to doctrine, &c. have ex. Jesus Christ; whom God hath set isted in all ages of the church ; forth to be a propitiation through faith but to shew that the preaching in his blood, to declare his righteousof the gospel, though various ness for the remission of sins, that
are past, through the forbearance of and partial, has produced very
God?” Do they not, divinely taught beneficial effects, spiritual and by their Master, bring life and im
temporal. In evidence of this, mortality beyond the grave, into a . and as a specimen of our au
state of clearer and more splendid thor's manner, the following ex
light, than it had been by the philos
ophers of the world, and even by intract is given. bello
spired teachers before he came, and « Though the instructors whom place it in a point of view, calculated, they conceive erroneous, may not, in more than any other, deeply to im No.7. Vol. II.
press the human mind and passions, or missionaries,” If all the å scene of complete moral retribution ? truths, which such teachers Do not the motives they inculcate to excite us to well doing, and to deter preach “ in union," are here us from evil, exceed in weight and named by our author ; it may consequence all which any other reli. well be doubted, whether the ingious instructor has ever taught tor fluence of Christianity on the this holy end ?”
moral character of individuals, or - With our benevolent author
even on society, would much we cheerfully admit, as a delight
surpass that of the philosophy of ful fact, that “high spiritual Socrates, did not other preachadvantages have attended the ers often exceed their limits. If preaching of Christ, though the we are taught in the gospel, that salutary office has been perform- by nature we are morally deprav. ed with varying degrees of light, ed and children of wrath; that ability, and success; that the we are dead in trespasses and Christian world is the fairest por- sins, and enemies to God; that tion of this earth; and that no we must be born again and be particular class of Christians can come new creatures ; that sin is claim these good effects, as aris- atoned only by the blood of Jesus, ing exclusively from their modes and that this Jesus is a divine of teaching." Still, however, it
person ; that justification is the seems reasonable to suppose, work of God's Spirit, and that that the influence of the gospel our salvation is wholly of grace, would have been greater, had it through faith, and that not of been preached with more light, ourselves; these doctrines must ability and uniformity ; especial- not only be parts, but the essenJy if the whole gospel had been tial parts, of the gospel, since thus preached. Admitting, with they give to man, and to Chrisour catholic author, that instruct- tianity, à character and features, ors, deemed erroneous,“ preach not merely different, but onno parts of the gospel,” and that site to those, usually ascribed to they unitedly preach the evi them, in systems of theology, in dences of Christ's mission," and
which these doctrines are set state his gospel the only infalli- aside. The Scripture constantly ble directory of our faith and supposes that the truth may be manners ; that they warmly re
preached, as well as professed, commend his example and urge by bad men and from bad mo upon us his precepts; that they tives. Still it is truth ; and this exbibit “ life and immortality in a was the ground of the apostle's more splendid light, than any joy. He rejoiced, that in any philosophers or even inspired way or with any disposition (even teachers" before his coming, and if the motive were cruel) Christ inculcate “ motives" to virtue, was preached. Here is no refexceeding in weight those of any erence, either to the nature or former religious teacher; never number of the doctrines preachtheless, if other instructions be
ed. The fair import of the pasnot added, we are painfully ap- sage is, that those, who were ac. prehensive, that the most im- tuated by envy, preached the portant parts of the gospel are same doctrines with those, who not preached by such“ ministers preached from good will. This
intelligent part of mankind, and capacity could hear his most fahis company was much coveted miliar discourses, without great by persons of quality. He was advantage, or great negligence. honoured with the friendship of To place religion in a morose the Lord-keeper Bridgman. The sourness was far from his pracLord Chancellor Finch, and the tice, judgment, and temper. earl of Nottingham had a partic. But his mind was most intent on ular respect for him. Archbisho divine things; and his discourse op Tillotson held him in high es- on other subjects was interwoven teem, and maintained an intima- with religion, and centered in it; cy with him to the end of his life., especially what is most vital and If interest would have induced essential to it. “ I never knew him to conformity, he could not any one (says Mr. Howe) more have wanted a temptation. He frequent or affectionate in the
might have had any bishopric in admiration of divine grace, upon · the kingdom, if he would have all occasions, than he was, as
deserted his cause. His integri- none had a deeper sense of the ty, modesty, and peaceable tem- impotence and depravity of huper are conspicuous in the close man nature. Into what transof his farewel sermon, Aug. 17, ports of admiration of the love 1662, (the Sabbath preceding the of God have I seen him break general ejectment of the dissent forth! How easy a step did he ing clergy by the act of uniform make it from earth to heaven! ity) "I know you expect me With what flights of thought and to say something as to my nón- affection was he went to speak of conformity. I shall only say the heavenly state! Even like a thus much ; it is neither fancy, man more akin to the other faction, por humour, that makes world than this." me not comply ; but merely the He was ejected from St. Dunfear of offending God. And if, stan's in the west, London. He after the best means used for my was many years one of the Tuesillumination; as prayer to God, day lecturers at Salter's hall, discourse, and study, I am not where he preached to a thronged able to be satisfied concerning assembly. In the latter part of the lawfulness of what is requir life he exercised his ministry at ed, it be my unhappiness to be Hackney with great success. in error, surely men will have He died in 1699, aged 74. Mr. po reason to be angry with me Howe's funeral sermon for him in this world, and I hope God (founded on John xi. 16. Let win will pardon me in the next." also go, and die with him) contains
'His piety was very conspicu. a most passionate lamentation ous, and his private conversation over him, in a strength of lanso instructive and quickening, in guage characteristic of that great reference to religion and godli- writer. ness, that no man of ordinary
Journal of one only (the Rev. Mr. them, as "wonderful ;” twenty-one Hidden) had been received. s! bave been added to their church, un
Mr. Hidden completed his missio. der his ministration, in this small set. nary labours, in the counties of York ulement. They cor 'ude by express, and Oxford, early in November. His ing their earnest de: that “we who journal has been received, from which send, and they wh reive, may it appears, that he has travelled about unite in our prayers tu 1, that he seven hundred miles, preached ninety would continue the gosp. : among two sermons, baptized seren adult them.” A letter to the Society, of persons, one by immersion, and forty- like import, has been received from the three children ; received twenty-four inhabitants of the town of Albany. persons into church communion, vis. From the acceptance and success ited twenty-seven aged and sick per. of Mr. Hidden's labours, and the good sons, established four schools, admin- dispositions manifested by the people istered the Lord's supper four times, to whom he was sent, the Society have visited eleven schools, and sixty fam- great reason to be satisfied with their ilies, and distributed about two hun, missionary, and much encouragement dred books. Mr. Hidden observes, to continue their attentions to those, that “the weather was so favourable who so gratefully receive, and so com, during the whole of his mission, (of mendably improve them.. Wilma three months) that he was hindered Since our last annual report, the from travelling but a single day:" that aged and reverend Zechariah May, “ people in general were very ready hew, long a diligent and faithful mis; to attend on the word and ordinances sionary in the service of the Society, of God," that “ many manifested among the remnant of Indians on warm gratitude to God, and thankful- Martha's Vineyard, has deceased, ness to the society for their notice of The ancestors of these Indians were them ;” that “ he found the schools, among the first of the aborigines of which had been begun by the society, New England, who embraced Chis. in excellent order. Of the inhabit. tianity; and from that time to the ants in many of the towns he visited, present, they have not ceased to enjoy he speaks in terms of high commenda. the ordinances of the gospel. Though tion, for their industry, frugality, these people have at present among peace and order; and particularly for them, two ordained Indian teachers, their attention and exertions in edu- by the name of Hansuit and Jeffer, cating their children. Of the town of (the latter a temperate, worthy man Lovel especially, containing forty yet as both are advanced in life, the families, all of the Congregational de Society contemplate making further nomination, he says, “ there is the provision for their instruction, and will greatest attention to religion in this not cease to contribute, according to place, according to the number of peo. their means, to the support of reli. ple, and the least enthusiasm, I ever gious ordinances among them. saw.” “ Sabbath, Nov. 2, preached The venerable Mr, Hawley, now in at Lovel, and administered the Loxl's the eightieth vear of his age, and in supper ; received nineteen persons in the fifty-fifth of his missionary la. to the church, baptized one adult and bours, and who receives annually. ten children. Onc received into the church was seventy-nine years old, another sixteen. God is doing wonders here. This was one of the most " The number of people of colour, solemn and joyful days I ever saw.” taken from actual enumeration, at Gay Though few in number, they contem- Head, Martha's Vineyard, were as fol. plate settling a minister among them. lows, in October, 1806.
The church in a letter to the secreta Between four and twenty-one
118 ing missionaries to preach to poor, perishing sinners, the unsearchable riches of Christ.” They speak of the The number under four years not mes puccess of Mr. Hidden's labours among tioned.
part of his support from the Society, vail among Christians who enjoy se is still diligent, active, and successful, many gospel privileges; that so few, in discharging the duties of his mis- compared with the whole number of sion at Marshpee. "He is justly ven- sinners who hear the gospel, feel its erated by his people, who are chiefly power and accept its oftcrs in love : of mixed blood, as their father, and that in some societies gross sins the protector of their rights and prop. abound, and into others essential er. erty. (To be continued.) rors have crept. Deeming it a sa
cred duty to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints,
Synod take this opportunity of raising Extract from the Minutes of the pro their warning voice against this cold.
ceedings of the Synod of Albany of the ness; these sins and errors. It is Presbyterian Church, at their Ses. mournful that they who are snatched sion in Whitesborough, held on the 1st from perdition by the grace of Jesus and 2d days of October, 1806. should ever be careless in the service
THE Synod have heard with plea of their Master; should ever permit sure, that the institutions of religion their love to decay in its ardour or within their bounds are well attended, and treated with marked reverence ought ever to be awake and walk, as and affection. In some places strik, becometh children of light, and the ing instances of the triumphs of the redeemed of God. It is bigh time cross have occurred, and in most the for them to do so, since the night is work of God seems to be advancing, far spent, and the day is at hand. though silently, vet surely. The They must gird on the armour of youth are instructed in the principles Jehovah, and bear testimony against of our holy religion with considerable sins, especially those which abound. and commendable assiduity. Peace Drunkenness and profanity, and sab. and harmony prevail generally, and bath breaking ought not to be so much the good order of the church is pre- as named arnong Chiristians ; and Sy. served unimpaired. Vacant congrega. nod hope that all who are in their tions are supplying, new ones are connexion will most studiously avoid forming, and the cry for additional the appearance of evil as well as its preachers of the word becomes more practice ; and that they will admonish loud and urgent. The pastors appear and exhort all, who are guilty of imto fulfil their duties, and the focks morality, to repent and live godly in theirs, so that between them, except. Christ Jesus. ing in very few instances, exists the Error in practice arises from error unity of the Spirit in the bond of in doctrine ; not that all who are cor. peace,
rect in the latter, are always so in the Although the prospect externally former; for many are only nominal is thus promising, Synod regret that
believers, who though they profess so much coldness and formality pre
the truth in words, hold it in unrighteousness. Between sound princi.
ple and sound conduct there is an s One hundred dollars, beside some inseparable connexion. Synod there. occasional grants of small sums, sta- fore, whilst they warn their churches tionary and books.
against immorality, warn them solemn. 1 These Indians possess several thou- ly against errors. Those which sand acres of land, which were seques- chiefly prevail respect the future dered and secured to their ancestors, and destiny of sinners, and the character their successors, by Richard Bourn, their and work of the Redeemer. Satan pastor, who first planted Christianity is still instilling into the hearts of sin. here, about a century and a half ago. ners what he said unto the woman in Thie plantation is an asylum for In- paradise, “ ye shall not surely die." dians from various parts of New Eng. He is filling them with the hope, that land and Long Island, and some have though they live after the flesh, they resorted here from Georgia, and even will finally be saved. Thus he is ex from the East-Indics. They are not citing them to turn the grace of God numerous. The Indians of unmixed into licentiousness. Christians ought blood do not exceed forty or fifty persons. not to be deceived. Sin is an awful