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from which they had so grossly lief of the truth, the more closedeparted. It is, therefore, most ly they may unite in affection:natural to consider his words in Supposing all these things to be the text as referring to their un- true, they have no tendency to christian doctrines, as well as to prepare the way for the illustratheir unchristian feelings. But tion or support of the truths in admitting Mr. A.'s exposition question, and therefore, it is conto be right, and allowing that the ceived, they ought to be considapostle did refer solely to unity ered as mere protuberances to of affection ; then it is queried the discourse. by what logic Mr. A. could de- 4. Mr. A.'s mode of reasonduce from a passage, which had ing in proof of his doctrine, no respect to controverted points is both redundant and defiin divinity, this doctrine ; “ that cient. His argument derived there may be comfort of love and from the sources of error is refellowship of the Spirit among dundant; and his argument, those Christians, whose opinions drawn from the conduct of those in divinity do not fully coin- eminent men he mentions, is cide.'
deficient, because it does not ap2. Whether this doctrine bear pear, from any thing he has said, any legitimate relation to the whether they acted right or acttext or not, it seems to be too in- ed wrong in exercising mutual definite to require either proof, .esteem and affection. But whethor even illustration. For no er he has succeeded or failed in man can be found, of any relig- supporting his doctrine, its truth ious sect or party, who will not will be universally believed. readily allow, that “ Christians, 5. Mr. A. triumphs without a whose opinions in divinity do not victory, in his remarks upon the fully coincide, may enjoy comfort fourteenth of Romans. All the of love and fellowship of the Spir. apostle there said goes no furit,” or sincerely upite in brother-ther than to prove, that men may ly love. A doctrine or leading differ in non-essential points, and sentiment in a public discourse yet be sincere Christians, and ex ought to be not only true, but ercise mutual love and esteem. important.
This nobody denies. But some 3. There seems to be no great have denied, and probably will propriety in the concessions, continue to deny, that the apostle which Mr. A. makes previously meant to justify any man in the to the proof of bis doctrine. least voluntary error. They are all very true, but nei 6. Mr. A. misrepresents the ther necessary nor pertinent. opinion of those whom he conWhat if Christians may differ as siders as opponents. He says, much in meaning, as in words; “ it has been the opinion of some what if their diversity of opin- respectable men, that, should ions may not be matter of indif- those, who embrace error, actuference ; what if some may dif- ally embrace the truth, they will fer essentially from others; then know that their present wbat if some may be criminal for opinion is right, and their forimbibing their errors ; and what mer wrong," We are acquaintif the nearer any agree in the be- 'ed with none who maintain, that
men always know they are right there is no important distinction in opinion, when they are so; between real Calvinism, and real but we believe many justly main- Arminianism; which belief may tain, that when men are really be productive of many hurtful right in opinion, respecting sub- effects. jects which admit of certainty, they may then know that they are right. There are many subjects
THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD ORin divinity, which do not admit of
DERING AND CONDUCTING certainty ; and perhaps, the doc
THE AFFAIRS OF MEN. trine of infant baptism, which Mr. A. mentions, may be one. A sermon hreached in the IndeIn this, and similar cases, a man
pendent or Cungregational may be right in opinion, and
church, Charleston, South Caronever certainly know in this life,
lina, Sept. 14, 1806. By ISAAC that his opinion is entirely agree.
Ѕтосктом KEITH, D. D. One able to the word of God. He
of the pastors of said church. may gain so much light as to ex
Published by request, W. P. clude doubt, which will justify
Young. Charleston. pp. 56. him in maintaining his opinion, and acting upon it. But when a The length of the title violates man has erred in respect to a the rules of classical taste. The divine truth, which admits of cer- title of a book becomes its name, tainty, and afterwards embraces and like the name of a child, that truth, he may then know that should be such as may be conhe knows it, and that his former veniently spoken. opinion was wrong. This, how. It is doubted, whether it add ever, may not be the infallible any thing to the usefulness of a consequence, because his know- sermon to inform the public, that ing the truth, and knowing that the publication was earnestly sohe knows it, are two very differ- licited by respectable characters; ent things, and the former may that the author felt himself conexist without the latter.
strained to comply. Better say Finally, notwithstanding our as Mr. Henry does concerning confidence in the rectitude of Mr. one of his books ; “ If I thought A.'s intentions, it appears to us it needed an apology, I would to be the general tendency of his not consent to publish it.” On discourse to make men believe, the other hand, if a work need that it is more difficult to discov- no apology, the author should er truth and detect error than it make none. This we think to really is. It tends to make men be the case with the discourse feel too easy and unconcerned a- now before us. bout their religious errors. It al- It was occasioned by the desoso tends to favourthe growing and lating storm which took place in dangerous notion, that it is of the Southern States in August, more importance to avoid bigot. 1806. “My times are in thy ry than heresy. And it seems hand," is the text. In order to calculated to create a belief, that exhibit the leading ideas included Vol. III. No. 12.
Y y y
in this passage, the author ob- strains them seriously to consider serves, 1. That the times of man's and inquire “what they shall do to
be saved ?” Then pointing their views natural life ; 2. the times of the to the only and the all-sufficient Saspiritual life of believers, in- viour, revealed and offered in the cluding all the varieties of their gospel, he suffers them not to remain religious experience: and 3. the on any fallacious ground, on which
they would be ready to feel themtime of their death, are in the
selves secure, and to promise themLord's hands.
selves peace; nor will be allow them The following paragraph, from to conclude that they have found rest the 2d head of discourse, is give to their souls, till they have “fled for en as an agreeable specimen of refuge to lay hold on the hope set be.
fore them in the Lord Jesus Christ, the sentiment and style of the
whose is the only name given unsermon.
der heaven by which any can be “ For a while they (that is, they
And now, in a day of divine who are to be the final subjects of
power, they are made willing, cordial.
por salvation,) are permitted to re
ly willing, to forsake their sins, to remain with “ the world which lieth
nounce their self-righteousness, to in wickedness," “ to walk after the
give up the world, and “to suffer the ways of their own hearts, and in the
loss of all things,” which were once sight of their own eyes,” departing
most dear to their hearts, “that they farther and farther from God, wan
may win Christ, and be found in him, dering in the fruitless pursuit of hap.
and become his genuine disciples and
followers. For his sake, they are piness, through the various scenes of worldly vanity, and amidst the multi
now disposed “to deny themselves" plied snares of the cruel destroyer,
in respect to all worldly interests and who leads the children of disobedi.
pleasures, which may be incompati. ence captives at his will,” exulting
ble with their obligations and their with a most malicious triumph, in the
duty to him ; they are now ready, expectation of soon plunging them
also, “to take up the cross" of re.
als headlong into everlasting perdition :
proach, or of any other kind of suf. But the time of divine mercy and
fering, to which they may be called love at length arrives, when these in
on account of their attachment to fatuated servants of sin must be ran.
him, and their fidelity in his service; somed; when these wretched captives
and thus they are prepared, cheerof Satan must be delivered; when
fully, “ to follow their Lord and “these lost sheep must be brought
Saviour” to his heavenly kingdom, in back to the fold of their heavenly
that way of obedience and trial which Shepherd.”
he has marked out in his gospel, and When in their mad ca. reer of bold impiety, unrighteousness,
· which, to their natural pride and selfand licentious indulgence ; or in
love, heretofore appeared to be the their thoughtless progress down the
· most unpleasant and irksome, beset broad road of worldly business, ofw
with the most formidable difficulties, fashionable amusement, or of the de.
de and surrounded with the deepest and cent, lifeless forms of religion and most discouraging gloom.” virtue, they were hastening to eternal I n the sermon and note the destruction; they are mercifully ar. author gives an interesting and rested by an invisible power. For affecting account of the extennow the Divine Spirit, given by the
sive destruction of the fruits of Father, through the mediation of the Son of God, comes to carry into effect
the earth, and of the lives of the great design of redeeming grace
men occasioned by the tempest, and love in their favour. To this end, and forcibly inculcates that pious he awakens their solemn attention to attention to the events of divine the demands of the law, and the calls
providence, which is equally the of the gospel. Thus he convinces them of sin, awakens their fears of duty and happiness of all rational the wrath of God due to it, and con- creatures.
A Sermon, delivered at Ashburn- strange concerning the hery trial,
ham, May 22d, 1806, at the in- which is to try you, as though terment of Mr. John Cushingsome strange thing had happened jun. who expired at the house unto you. After an appropriate of his father. By Seth Payson, introduction, he proposes his A. M. Pastor of the church in plan of discourse in the following Rindge. Published by request. words. “ We are here taught Leominster. S. & J. Wilder, that those, who are beloved of 1807.
God, are exposed to severe tri
als ; and that the heavy afflicWhile the pilgrimage of
tion's, laid upon them, afford no mortals is through a vale of tears, just cause of surprise." while “ man is born to trouble as
Under the first general head the sparks fly upward,” that re- we find the following observaligion must be peculiarly dear to tions. him, which affords the strong
“ Above all things else is the honour est consolation under the pres- of God and the glory of the Saviour sure of calamity, and teaches him dear to the Christian. To what pain. in the best manner the heavenly
ful sensations then is he subject in a
world, where this glory is neglected, art of educing good from evil.
this love despised, and that precious This is the glory of the Chris
blood trampled under foot, which he tian religion; and surely the knows was the price paid for the ranviews it presents are admirably som of his soul, and which has brought calculated to animate the des. peace to his conscience, and heaven ponding mind, and to cheer the
to his heart?” drooping spirits. · What can be That the Christian has no more so, than the assurance of a cause for surprise on account of superintending Providence, or
the afflictions he is called to endering all things for the best ; dure, is shown from a number of than the prospect of an eternal considerations, that are brought weight of glory, infinitely coun into view, collectively, in the folterbalancing the evils of time, lowing paragraph. though secured and enhanced
“Forewarned that the Christian's
life is a warfare ; that Christ himself by them ; than the example of
was made perfect through sufferings; the wise and good in all ages,
encompassed with a cloud of witnes and of the divine Author of the ses, who rose out of great tribulation, religion himself, all of whom and now stand with the Lamb on were made perfect through suf
Mt. Zion; assured that the sufferings
of time are designed to make us partaferings?
kers of the divine nature, and that they Such are the topics of conso will so soon be crowned with immor. lation, on which the ministers of tal bliss, under these views, do the se. the gospel are called frequently
verest trials afford any ground to susto dwell. In the sermon under
pect, either the truth of the promises,
or our interest in them? Do they not review we find them presented in
rather afford ground to welcome the a clear and forcible manner, well hand, which corrects us for our bene. calculated to command attention, fit, and has opened so many springs and to convey solace and inolace and ind of consolation for the support of his
afflicted people? What thanks are due struction. The text is from the epistle of freshing hopes and comforts of the
to the Father of mercies for the re. $t. Peter. Brethren, think it not gospel ? That God reigns ; that he