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The patrons of doing good are, The Lord Jesus Christ, angels, patriarchs, prophets, evangelisis, ministers, missionaries, and all good men, of every country and nane.
The obligations ulich lies upon the Christian man to do gooil, are very great:- These are, his duty to God as his Creator ; bis gratitude to Christ for his redemption; and the duiv he owes to man as his brother.
The motives 10 do good are many and forcible.- Souls perishing every hour, – the shortness and uncertainty of life, -110 soul can be saved in the other world, - no good can be done in heaven (tor lite only affords this opportunity)- and the glory to which those will be advanced in heaven who have been zealous in this world.
The encouragements to do good are great. - No period of the world, yea, not the apostolie açe, afforded such opportunities as the present. Vissionary, Bible, Tract, and Book Socie ties have thrown widely open the gates of usefuluess; and all that is wanted is, for you to enter, with holy zèal, into the field.
The examples of those who have done good are numerous. The best inen that ever the world saw, were continually doing good; and, no doubt, in the last day, numbers will then be seen, who retired from time into eternity without leaving their names on the long roll of commentators on the life of him who went about doing good,' but who hid their labours from public view. Their works will follow them.
The reward of doing good is immense. - Divine pleasure rises in the heart, and peace pervades the conscience. What a reward! to have the prayers of the poor and of the pious, the good wishes of benevolent men, the smiles of angels, and the approbation of God!
Soine excellent men think, that the world is to be evangelized by Brainerds, Whitefields, and such devoted men who are now labouring among the Heathen. It is true these are like Captains of the Lord's Hosts; but what good will th y do in attacking the fortresses of Satan, unless they are supported by every member ,of the Catholic church? The most effectual method is, to set the Christian world in inotion, the whole to be in arms! It'we desire prosperity in our churches at home, – if we wish to enlighten every corner of our native land, - it we desire the revival oferte religion, in every kingdom, - it we wish the conversion of the whole world, let us
inspire every member of the church of Christ, by exbibitiog "his obligations, and pointing out the means of doing good. Do
you say, ' Where is the field in which I may do goud: An angel stands astonished at your question, and in an instant points you to the whole world, saying, “ Here is a SundaySchool that needs a teacher; there is a dark village that wants religious tracts; there is a ship that stands in need of Bibles;
in that house lives a poor ignorant family that requires instruction; and yonder is an empire that opens a field for a thousand missionaries!"
In order that every Christian may consider that it is his duty to live, while he exists, for the glory of God and the benefit of man, I annex a statement of the opportunities we have of doing good, which I earnestly recommend to the serivus attention of the members of different Christian churches in England and Scotland. You may do good,
1. By Conversation. Speaking with ignorant persons in your family, with. persons in the street, field, highway; or, when opportunity offers, to sailors, solliers, ploughmen, inechanics, gypsies, &c.
2. By your Prayers. Praying for amicted families, for the nation, for the propagation of the gospel, &c. 3. By your Visits
. Visiting sick persons, visiting dark families and prisoners in gaol, visiting Sunday-Schools and poor houses, &c.
4. By distributing Books. Giving away Bibles and Testas ments to poor persons, distributing cheap pious books, and moral and religious tracts, suitable to different persons.
5. By lending and recommending Books. Lending books to poor and ignorant persons ; lending books to respectable persons, and recommending suitable books where you cannot give nor lend, especially recommending good books to young people.
6. By your Instruction. Teaching children, catechizing your own families, teaching grown persons to read. If an old person learns only a verse of the Bible, it may save his soul.
7. By Reading. Reading treatises and sermons in villages, spending a part of the Sabbath in reading to persons who cannot, or are unfit for it.
8. By Writing. In your friendly correspondence, writing to relatives abroad, and judicious letters to criminals under sentence of death.
9. By your Property. Throwing in your mite to societies for Reformation of Vice, to Sunday Schools, Tract, Bible, and Missionary Societies. Also societies for the support of the Sick and Aged.
10. By your Erample in doing these, Yon influence Christians to greater zeal; you display the genius of the gospel to the inen of the world, you encourage ministers, and you fill the hearts ot' missionaries with joy.
A Word to Pious Travellers. Your sphere is very extensive, yon bare opportunities of speaking to waiters, ostlers, and Srable-boys at’inns, and distributing tracts in abundance. Gosport, 1811.
MANY useful hints have been addressed to professor: on this subject, both from the pulpit and the press; but the argument which I wish to suggest, has been too much overlooked. In most dissenting congregations, the public moroing service commences with prayer, when a divine blessing on the various services of the day, withoui which all the labours of a minister are acknowledged to be ineffectual, is particularly sought. It is a lamentable matter of fact, however, that in many places of worship, very few are present while the introductory prayer is offered up; and those few are disturbed in their devotions by those who are dropping in, one after another in noisy succession, for the first quarter of an hour or wore; and the minister's mind discoinposed and grieved by such irreverent attendance: When so few attend to join in the prayer which seeks a blessing on the word and ordinances, and eren those are interrupted by others, what blessing can be expected on the labours of a minister, who is even unfitted for his work by the carelessness of the people? The blessing which is not duly sought will not be given. What wonder is it that so many continue careless, wheathias of whom better things might be expected, even members if churches, set an example of late attendance before their own families and others! It is surely no difficult inatter for the people, as well as the minister, to be punctual to the know time of the commencement of the worship. It only requires to be convinced of the importance of the duty, and the value of the privilege, the neglect of which produces so much 1855. Due allowance should be made for unavoidable occasional circumstances which may prevent; but to be generally late, when necessity is not the cause, cau admit of no excuse; and forms, in my opinion, one of the most serious evils in the churches of the present day. A general early attendance to implore a blessing on the word and ordinances of the day, would not only encourage and help a minister in his work, but would certainly be honoured with the divine approbation and blessing in answer to the united requests of the minister and the congregation. It is a constant maxiin of God's administration, Them that honour me, I will honour. When Peter preached to Cornelius and his friends,' the Holy Gliost fell on all them who heard the word; and they of the cire. cumcision were ASTONISHED, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. This was a blessed degree of success which accompanied the word ; and let the reader notice, that the pea ple who rceived this happy token of divine favour could say io Peter,' 'Thou hast well done, that thou art come. Now, therefore, are ne ALL bere PRESENT before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.' Acts .. H.N
IN DIA. It will contribute, we earnestly hope, more than a little, to kindle the
zeal of European Christians in the support and extension of Missionary efforts, to become more intimately acquainted with the horrors of Heathepisin than they formerly were; and it deserves notice, that far more exact information has lately becn communicated to the religious world on this subject, since Christians have turned their attention to the Pagans. Many credible witnesses of the abominations of Heathenisin have testified what they have personally seen of this kind; and among these Dr. Buchanan stands prominent. The public is inuch obliged to that gentleman for his Christian Researches; and we take the freedom of presenting to our readers, in addition to former quotations from bis interesting performance, the following account of the ceremonies attending the great festival at Juggernaut :
Juggernaut, 18th of June. I nave returned home from witnessing a scene which I shall never forget. At twelve o'clock of this day, being the great day of the feast, the Moloch of Hindoostan was brought out of his teinple, amidst the acclamations of hundreds of thousands of his worshippers. When the idol was placed on his throne, a shout was raised by the multitude, such as I had never heard before. It continued equable for a few minutes, and then gradually died away. After a short juterval of silence, a murmur was heard at a distance, -- all eyes were turned towards the place; and, bebold, a grove advancing! A body of men, having green branches, or palins in their hands, approached with great celerity. The people opened a way for them; and when they had come up to the throne, they fell down before him that sat thereon, and worshipped; and the multitude again set forth a voice like the sound of great ihunder :' but the voices 1.now heard were not those of melody or of joyful acclamation ; for there is no harmony in the praise of Moloch's worshippers. Toeir num. ber indeed brought to my mind the countless multitude of the Revela. tions; but their voices gave no tuneful Hosannah or Hallelujah; but ra. ther a yell of approbation, united with a kind of hissing applause. -I was at a loss how to account for this latter noise, until I was directed to notice the women ; 'who emitted a sound like that of whistling, with the lips circular, and the tongue vibrating, – as if a serpent would speak by tbeir organs, uttering buman svuuds.
· The throne of the idol was placed on a stupendous car or tower, about 60 feet in height, resting on wheels which indented the ground deeply, as they turned slowly under the ponderous machine. Altached to it were six cables, of the size and length of a ship s cable, by which the people drew it along. Upon the tower were the priesis and satellites of the idol, surrounding his throne. The idol is a block of wood, having a frightful visage, painted black, with a distended mouth of a bloody colour. His arms are of gold, and he is dressed in gorgeous apparel. The other two idols are of a white and yellow colour. Five elephants preceded the three towers, bearing towering flags, dressed in criinson capa. risons, and having bells hanging to their caparisons, which sounded inusically as they moved.
Tweot on in the procession, close.by the tower of Moloch ; which, as it was drawo will difficulty, grated on its inany wheels harsh thunder t.
+ Two of the military gentlemen had mouated my elephant, that they might witness the spectacle, and had brought him close to the tower, but the moment it began to move, the animal, alarned at the unusual noise, took fright, andran off, through the crowd, will he was stopped by a wall. The oatural fear of the elephant, lest he should injure numan life, was remarkably exeinplified on this occasion. Though the crowd was very closely set, - Ire endeavoured, in the midt of his owo terror, to throw the people off on both sides with his feet; and it was
After a few ininutes it stopped ; and now the worship of the god began. A high priest mounted the car, in front of the idol, and pronounced his obscene stanzas in the ears of the people, who responded at intervals in the same strain. These songs,' said he, are the delight of the god. His car can only move when he is pleased with the song.' The car moved on a little way, and then stopped. A boy of about twelve years was then brought forth to attempt something yet more lascivious, if peradventure the god would move. The child perfected the praise of his idol with such ardent expression and gesture, that the god was pleased, and the multitude emitting a sensual yell of delight, urged the car along. After a few minutes it stopped again. An aged minister of the idol then stood up: and, with a long rod in his hand, which he moved with indecent action, completed the variety of this disgusting exhibition. I felt a consciousness of doing wrong in witnessing it. I was also somewhat appalled at the magnitude and horror of the spectacle: I felt like a guilty person, on whom all eyes were fixed, and I was about to withdraw i but a scene of a different kind was now to be presented. The characteristics of Moloch's worship are obscenity and blood. We have seen the former. Now comes the blood.
• After the tower had proceeded some way, a pilgrim announced that he was ready to offer hiinself a sacrifice to the idol. He laid himself down in the road before the tower, as it was moving along, lying on his face, with his arms stretched forwards. The multitude passed round hin, leaving the space clear, and he was crushed to death by the wheels of the tower. A shout of joy was raised to the god. He is said to smile when the libation of the blood is made. The people threw cowries, or small money, on the body of the victim, in approbatiou of the deed. He was left to view a considerable time, and was then carried by the hurries to the Golgotha, where I bare just been viewing his reipains. Hos ibuch I wished that the Proprietors of India Stock could have attended the wheels of Juggernaut, and seon this ptouliar source of their revenue."
We understand that Wilson Street Chapel is occupied on a Sabbath-day by
a Sunday School of 200 children, chietly under the patronage of seve isal individuals of Mr. Buck's congregation. The following is a copy of a Leller sent to Mr. B. by one of the Female Children:
* Rev. Sir, - | nave taken this opportunity of returning you thanks for the benefit 1 have received from your ministry; and indeed I bare great reason to be thankful, for I trust it has been the savour of life unto life to my soul. O, how thankful ought I to be, that I was ever brought under the sound of the ever-blessed gospel! I am going to leave Loadon ; and I hope you will let me have an interest in your prayers; for I am young, and may easily be led astray, vuless that God, who has all hearts under his controul, Keeps me in his own good way. O, sir, pray for me, that I may never neglect the gospel that I have professed ; be canse I know it will be a disgrace to the Lord of light and glory, as well as an injury to my own soul! I have great reason to be thaukful also for the benefit I have received from your Sunday School; and as the Lord has made it useful to me, so mayit be inade useful to many inore, that the teachers may be escouraged to go on in their work! and may the God of all grace keep us all in his most huly and righteous way! and to Him we will give all the glory!
Irenjain, Rey. Sir, your humble and devoled servant, MJ found that he had only trod apop'one person. It was with great cooceru í afler. wards learnt, that this was a poor woman, and that the fleshy part of her leg bad breu lors ud.