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goodness of God's law, and to such a renovation cannot be effeel the righteousness of this fected without a dissolution of sentence pronounced by that law the whole frame, or a change on its every transgressor, he can equivalent to a dissolution ? never see the glory of Christ's Flesh and blood cannot inherit obedience, the excellence of his the kingdom of God. We shall atonement, the importance of his not all die, we shall all be changmediation. Before a sinner be ed. So deeply has the plague of reconciled to the law, he can sin entered into the timbers and neither rightly understand, nor joints of our tabernacle, that it heartily embrace, the gospel sal- must be taken to pieces, cleansed, vation. A sinner cannot enter purified, and re-edified to become into the scheme of redemption, the eternal residence of a holy as suited to guilty and depraved soul. creatures, as securing a large tri- Towards the close of the disbute of glory to the sacred Three, course, there is a strain of tentill he view himself in the same der and empassioned eloquence, light as God did the world when rising and swelling, which does he sent the Son to be a propitia- equal honour to the memory of tion for sin.
the deceased, and the affection, This is a tone of sentiment in feeling, and talent of the surviving which we are happy to find the friend. Doctor taking a decided part. The composition is easy, corMay he be accompanied and fol- rect, and nervous. The sentences lowed by the ministers of Christ sometimes long and flowing, throughout the world.
sometimes brief and pointed, are Did room permit, our inclina- varied with great taste and judg, tion would induce us to go along ment. Carelessness and haste with the sermon from page to do appear in some places; but page. There is much curious the recollection of the Doctor's matter where the author is as- age and occupations, and of the signing some reasons why the short time allowed for such serbody of a Christian is subject- mons, represses all desire of exed to death, while the soul con- posing inaccuracies.
This sertinues to live, and to live in the mon is one of the many impepresence of Christ till the morn- rishable monuments which the ing of the resurrection. We hands of Christian friendship are wish that the author, who can rearing to the memory of the late bring so exercised a mind, and Secretary to the Baptist Mission. such deep experience to the investigation of scripture doctrine, had enlarged here in his eluci- Reflections on the Fall of a great Man: dations. * If Christ be in you,
A sermon, occasioned by the death the body is dead because of sin, of the Rev. A. Fuller, of Kettering, the spirit is life because of righ- šc. by W. Newman, President of teousness.” May not the mean- the Baptist Academical Institution, ing be this,-that the body is
at Stepney. brought into such a state of THE Lord from heaven said to debility, disease, and baseness, his disciples: “Let your light through siņ, that without a com- so shine before men, that they plete renovation, it cannot enter may see your good works, and the heavenly world ? And, that glorify your Father which is in heaven;" and the words were to the fine melting tones of his engraven, by the Holy Spirit of voice;--to the marks of strong and God, on the heart of our friend tender feeling which always apwho is fallen asleep.
He was a
peared ;-to the pictures with which
he delighted the imagination of his good man, for he had a good audience ;-to' the lustre and the treasure in his heart; and a weight of his name as a writer. useful minister of Jesus Christ, Few, if any, preachers, of any defor, in his ministry, he constantly nomination, could command a greatbrought forth good things. He er number of hearers, on short nowas eminently distinguished by tice, as many of you must have witintegrity; his zeal was holy and possed, when you have seen him in
. ardent, and, to his exertions in
“ The topics on which he conthe cause of Christ, it is probable stantly insisted, were “ the weightier that he died a martyr-yet no
matters of the law;"_things of uniman could justly charge him versal interest. He never enterwith manifesting a desire to ex
tained his hearers with“ breaking a hibit himself. With the efful- fly upon a wheel;” nor with any cu
rious trifles. His method was very gence of Christian holiness he
perspicuous: lucid order prevailed wished to be surrounded, that through the whole, and every thing others might see his good works, appeared in its own place. After but not him; and that he might the explanation of terms and of be forgotten, while his heavenly things, he generally selected what Father was glorified.
he called the leading sentiment of When such a man as this re
the passage, and confined himself to
that one point. His style was deeply. tires to heaven, and the church tinged with the spirit of the scripof God on earth is deprived of tures; and his allusions to sacred his labours, it is not suprising, history were remarkably 'happy: that all good men should lay it His delivery was grave and solemn, to heart. Among the many mi- not adapted to make sport, but to nisters who improved the death inspire those emotions which accord of Mr. Fuller, a few of them have The late amiable Pearce used to say,
with the design of the sacred office. published their discourses, and
Every word tells. There was a that which is now before us, tone of decision in his preaching, justly merits public attention. which seemed to indicate that he in
Mr. Newman's text is taken tended and expected to do some from 2 Sam. iii. 38; and he con- good in one way or in another; and
his , sword and his bow returned siders its application to the deceased, in nine distinct points of the good hand of God upon him, he
not empty: (2 Sam. i. 22.) Through view, viz. to his “native talents," was not disappointed. He aimed at o unostentatious zeal,” “ uniform the heart, and evidently felt that his perseverance, * "
decision," con-business in the pulpit was to exalt sistency,” courage,” popula- and to endear Christ ; to draw all rity," personal piety," "and, men to him ; to unite all hearts in finally, to the “rare combina- his cause, and all hands in his sera,
vice. Like Abner, he was ambition,” the “ constellation of excellencies,” which marked his Lord the King, that the Lord's
tious of ' gathering all Israel' to his character. Under that which re- anointed might reign over all, aclates to his popularity as a cording to his heart's desire.--2 Sam. preacher; the following nervous iii. 21." passage will revive the recol- We are not quite certain that any lections of many.
one will find fault with our author “This has been ascribed, by some,
on account of his text; but we VOL. VII.
are disposed to think, that they On this passage the author ought to be pleased with his builds two reflections. sermon. If the greatness of
First. The removal of faithful Abner was of a different kind to ministers, from their office, by that of Fuller, the excellence de- death, is a cause of deep afflicscribed in the sermon, is that tion to the church. Mr. Ivimey which the Secretary to the Bap- assigns four reasons why we tist mission fully possessed, and should lament their death. --Beconstantly exhibited.
cause the condition of unregeneWe, very cordially, recom- rate sinners is thereby rendered mend this discourse, because it increasingly dangerous. --The is sensible, perspicuous; exhi- means of spiritual. edification bits an impressive example of provided for believers, are diholy excellence, and has a uni- minished.-There are fewer performly good tendency.
sons to defend the truth against opposers.--Their number is reduced who may be expected to
feel con passion for the destitute The perpetual intercession of Christ condition of unenlightened heafor his Church, a source of Consola
thens." tion, under the Loss of useful Ministers, a Sermon, preached at
Second. The perpetual interEagle-street Meeting, London, May cession of our Lord Jesus Christ the 21st, 1815, as a Tribute of af- affords a ground of strong consofectionate Respect to the Memory of lation under such afflictive events. the late Rev. Andrew Fuller. By Under this reflection, the writer Joseph Ivimey.
introduces four particulars also. The death of Mr. A. Fuller -Continual accessions will still has produced a strong sensation be made to the church by the throughout the religious public. conversion of sinners. The His brethren in the ministry, in means of edification will still be all parts of the kingdom, have provided for the church. There hastened to pay a tribute of re- will still be persons provided to verence to his memory. And maintain and defend the purity many, who were almost strangers of truth in the church. The conto his character, talents, and version of the heathen, by the writings, cannot but revere a universal spread of the gospel, name so strictly interwoven with will certainly be accomplished. the fabric of the Baptist mission The sermon contains a sketch to India. The name of Fuller of Mr. Fuller's dying experience, does excite, and will long excite, and of the leading features of his a strong pulsation of interest in character; and concludes with the friends of the perishing hea- an appropriate improvement. then. The occasion and subject The execution is not unworthy of this sermon cannot fail to in- of the design: the sentences are sure it a wide circulation. And short; the style is perspicuous, we are happy to seize an early correct, nervous, and sometimes opportunity of giving our testi-elegant. The language flows mony to the solid excellencies of freely from the author's pen, this production. Both the plan sparkling with many allusions and the execution, receive our to the sacred scriptures, and enapprobation and praise. The riched with many appropriate text is, Heb. vii. 23-25. quotations from them. The dress
of Mr. Ivimey becomes his cha-mediation, which the Spirit deracter as a servant of Christ, free lights to take and show to the from the tawdry ornaments which minds of men ? show the vitiated taste, not the Under the third particular of chaste judgment, of the wearer. the first part, is introduced an Simplicity of diction cannot be too account of Mr. Fuller's writings. eagerly cultivated by the preach- In estimating the character of ers of the gospel, in a period Mr. Fuller as a Christian, and when, too frequently, the play his utility as a minister of the of fancy is preferred to the la- churches, this is fairly done. bour of intellect, and pompous His whole soul is brought into epithets are introduced in crowds his compositions. The cast of to hide the want of mental beauty. his mind, his sentiments, his
His illustrations are plain, feelings, his passions, his favourbrief, and forcible. In some ite subjects, may be easily gaplaces, brevity is indulged rather thered from them. to excess. And were the author He began his distinguished cato review the illustrations of the reer of authorship by the celefour particulars belonging to the brated piece, “ The Gospel worsecond part of his subject, hethy of all Acceptation; or, the might question, if they were as Duty of Sinners to believe in distinct and separate as they Christ.”. Mr. Ivimey thus exought to be.
presses himself on this piece: Near the bottom of the tenth - He has been much blamed for page is the following anecdote of stirring up a controversy fatal to Mr. Fuller, which merits the at- the peace of our churches. He, tention of all engaged in the sa-, however, considered it as necescred ministry: “ I was once com- sary, in order earnestly to conplaining to him of the difficulty tend for the faith once delivered I found to preach so as to edify to the saints; and that the truth the people. • Preach Christ,' of the gospel might continue, said he,
make him prominent which was in danger of being exin every sermon.'
He added, pelled by the ascendancy of a * Some years ago, I heard, before system, which, while it would I left the town where I had been not admit of the gospel being preaching, that it was said, I preached to every creature, led had not preached Christ to them. unconverted hearers to conclude, I mused on this, when, returning that their rejection of the gospel home, and thought, Well, it arose more from the sin of Adam may probably be true, that I did than from their own sin; and not preach Christ sufficiently to that their final destruction dethem. But I am resolved, by pended more on the decree of divine help, that my hearers God appointing them to wrath, shall not have to complain of than on the depravity of their that again, as I am determined, hearts, which prevented them in future, not to preach on any from coming to Christ, that they other subject than Christ and might have life. Mr. Fuller's him crucified.'”
Many ministers design was to prove, that the complain, that their labours are only reason why sinners did not tinsuccessful. Do they habitually repent and believe the gospel, preach the truths of Christ's per- was the depravity of their hearts, son, and work, and grace, and manifested by their love of sin,
and their enmity to the ways of introduce facts in the place of God," &c. It ay not be im- some of his reasonings, the book proper to say, that the obligation would have been more serviceof sinners, to whom the message able to the bulk of readers. of mercy is sent, to forsake their Practices, indulged and desins, to seek the favour of their fended by the most devoted parMaker, to embrace the redemp-tizans of the sect, would, if they tion of Christ; in a word, to se were fairly and judiciously excure the salvation of their souls, posed, throw clearer light on the does not rest on any metaphysical spirit and tendency of Sandemanquestion. Whether depravity of ianism, than the strongest chain heart be the only cause of unbe- of sound reasoning. lief, or whether other causes com- We lay this sermon down with bine with enmity of heart to pro- reluctance. Its composition reduce a rejection of the gospel fects honour on the talents and grace, does not at all affect the piety, and spirit of the worthy plain declarations of God's word writer. Yet we cannot conclude, on the subject. Mr. Fuller wrote without respectfully intreating Mr. that treatise in 1781, when he Ivimey to do greater justice to his was young in years, and had own talents, by employing more been a short time in the ministry. time, and taking more pains in
His second work was, “ The his compositions intended for the Tendency of the Calvinistic and press. The age is fastidious; liSocinian Systems compared.” terature, of a light kind, at least, This is a masterly performance, is widely diffused; and a certain and soon stamped his character elegance, the result of much care for deep and correct thinking, and correctness, both in thinking for enlarged views, for genuine and composing, is expected, nay, candour, for decided and evan-demanded of the candidates for gelical sentiments. We wish that public attention and commenMr. Ivimey had allowed himself dation. to expatiate, at some length, on the merits of this work, which throws a lustre on the denomination to which the author belongs,
Facts and Evidences on the Subject of and which first brought the writer
Infant Baptism, by the Editor of
Călmet's Dictionary. of it forward on the stage of deserved celebrity.
We should certainly have en Mr. Ivimey just notices the no notice of this production, had work against Deism, and con- it not been first so much praised cludes, by introducing his last by the conductors of the Evanpolemical treatise, “Strictures gelical Magazine, on Sandemanianism.” “ In this,” cerely grieved to find, that they says Mr. Ivimey,
“ he has disco- will not either let the controversy vered an intellect of the acutest drop, or conduct it in a different order. Here he has laid hold of
It seems impossible for a spirit which was too subtile for any thing to appear against the most men to have perceived.” Baptists, which will not be cried The spirit of Sandemanianism may up in that publication. It would be subtile and invisible, but the appear, now, that they could be body is gross and tangible. Had reconciled to immersion, if they Mr. Fuller permitted himself to may but escape submersion. For,