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the following observations, up-feelings, by postponing it, with on which I entered many months inflexible perseverance, from ago, by reasons which need not | year to year ? Is this the orbe mentioned. Should you think dinary course of things ? Are proper to insert these addition- not antipathies strengthened by al thoughts, they are at your time? Does not disgust increase service.
| by indulgence ? Is it not more
difficult to perform a thing after TT is hardly necessary to re- having long contemplated it with
1 mark, that I consider my- aversion ? But I am insensibly self as addressing those who ac-proving from the natural course knowledge the truth and im- of things, that you will never portance of religion, the abso- repent. Of this, indeed, there Jute necessity of repentance in is awful danger, and it affords order to salvation, and that they abundant reason for alarm, are in a state of impenitence and Taking for granted, however, sin; and who still deliberately what cannot in faithfulness to put off repentance to some fu- your own souls be taken for ture time, when, as they ima- granted by you, that, at some fugine, they shall be opposed by ture period, suppose twenty fewer obstacles, beset with few years hence, you really and truer temptations, or possessed of ly repent of all your past sins, more susceptible hearts ; when, with what additional horror will in short, there shall be a more your minds be agitated, with convenient season. That there how much deeper abasement are many such persons every | will your hearts be depressed ? discerning Christian willdeclare. | Twenty years added to the long There are many of this charac- and frightful catalogue of your ter who live in religious fami- rebellions! Twenty years of delies, and receive pious instruc- | liberate procrastination, when tion ; many who are heads of the matter to be determined was, families themselves, sober and whether you would obey the orderly, perhaps, and disposed positive commands of your to regard religion as a serious Creator, or continue in bondage thing ; and God grant there to the god of this world! Twenty may not be some who have years, with all their Sabbaths, solemnly covenanted with God, all their appointments of prayer and become members of his vi- and Christian edification, and all sible church. In pursuing the the labors of love which they subject, I would urge,
ought to have witnessed, will 10. That by deferring repent. then be to you irrecoverably lost; ance they are laying an ample while your hearts will be hardenfoundation for future distress and ed, your affections blunted, and anguish, if they are ever brought the chains of your bondage rivetto the knowledge of the truth. ed. If repentance is now disOne great objection to repent- agreeable, will it not then be in. ance, is an apprehension that it tolerable ? I speak in conformiis an unpleasant, a painful task. ty to the views which the irreliBut, my friends, can you believe gious frequently entertain of it ; that the task will become more there is, however, such a fitness pleasant, more congenial to your in the behavior of a penitent as more than compensates for all his 11. While men continue imdistresses. Though his sorrows penitent, they naturally and unare great, yet he would not ex- avoidably encourage others to change them, even as to present rest satisfied with the same enjoyment, for the security of character. Of all influence the sinner. But should you, by which one man can have over the blessing of God, repent, will another, that of example is much you not look back upon the time the greatest. We insensibly foolishly wasted, with poignant yield to its silent power, and are regret, (the more poignant as not prejudiced against it by that entirely unavailing,) and with fear of acknowledging our infe. the deepest dismay ? How many riority, which often arms u$ instances will occur to your against whatever offers itself in minds, in which you might have the didactic form. But though been useful to the souls of your always powerful, example is acquaintance, instances which followed with peculiar alacrity, will never return? How many when it leads the way to which persons to whom you might our passions and natural in. have been useful, will have left clinations tend. How greedily this world, and appeared before the human race seek palliations God; perhaps uninstructed, un- and excuses for their remaining exhorted, and with all their sins | in sin, no considerate man need upon their heads? Will it not be informed. Every person overwhelm you to consider, that must be guilty, then, who quietyou have spent the most actively and knowingly suffers his expart of your life in such a man- ample to be pleaded on the side ner, as to be a grief to your reli- of iniquity ; who calmly allows gious friends, an encouragement himself to be counted a rebel a. to the wicked, a servant of Satan gainst his Maker, and rallied led captive at his will, and a re- among the powers of the great bel against Jehovah ? But possi- adversary. And must not every hly you may intend to repent on man at once see the guilt of con. a death-bed, and thus have but a ducting himself in such a manshort time for regret and despon- ner, as naturally and of course to dence. First satisfy yourselves, increase the peril of damnation that a single man who put off to those by whom he is surrepentance on such grounds, rounded ? How could any man ever did repent on a death-bed. j endure the thought of standing The Lord Jesus Christ has di- by the dying bed of a friend, a rected you to found your house wife, or a child, whom, by bis on a rock. Beware, then, if you own example, he had encoura. build your house on the sand, ged in neglect of God and reli. how you indulge a hope, that gion? How could he bear to be when the rain shall descend, the addressed on such an occasion, floods come, and the winds blow as one who had neglected the against it ; when it shall fall, most important of all duties, and be borne away by the im- those of religious instruction ; petuous torrent, you shall em- / who had contributed to render erge from its ruins, and, by 'seiz- others, (and those perhaps highing this straw floating in the ly dependant upon him for all whirlpool, obtain deliverance ayd their opinions on moral sube safety
jects,) careless and stupid, while do behold such instances, must without hope, and without God in we not be lamentably stupid, not the world ; and who had by his to desire such effects to result silent influence induced them to from our conversation in the hazard their everlasting salva-world ? May the Lord save us tion? How could he bear to re- from this stupidity, and may we flect that his wife or child was do good to the souls of our felgoing into the world of spirits, low-men by our example, for having received no good at his Christ's sake! hands, but much evil ; and that
C. Y. A. he never could in the slightest (To be continued.) degree repair the injury he had committed against one whose future happiness ought to have been an object of his strictest at- | MESSRS. EDITORS, tention ? Řeader, pause, and an- PERCEIVING an urgent swer whether you wish to make request in your Magazine, for this case your own.
the friends of religion, to supply 12. The mind easily turns you with matter, to enable you from the last topic, to the con- to continue the publication of sideration of the pleasure which the work, I have determined to the consciousness of having set offer my mite, though I have a useful example, must afford to some doubts whether you will a benevolent heart. How re- think it worthy of your attention. viving must be the thought in I shall begin with a short account old age, that, by the grace of of myself. God, you have been instrumental in awakening, and converting T AM not yet twenty-two years the souls of those who surround I of age , have been brought you? With what delight will up to labor on a farm from my you hear your children, or other childhood, and have had the relations, impute their first privilege of a tolerable good thoughts of salvation to your af- common school education. It fectionate instruction, or pious is now a little more than two example? With what rapture years, since I humbly hope I may you look forward to the time was brought out of natures darkwhen their children's children ness into God's marvellous shall rise up and call you blessed? light ; from the bondage of sin Possibly it will be objected, that and Satan, into the glorious libe' every man cannot hope to be so erty of the children of God. I happy as thus to benefit the then lived in a place where many souls of others. But does the of the children of men were cry. scripture encourage such an ing after God, and the children objection, when it directs Chris- of God appeared to be eating tians to let their light so shine be- bread at their heavenly Father's fore men, that others may glorify table. I now live in the same their heavenly Father? If wel place. But alas ! How are the Look around us in the world, do mighty fallen ? How has the we not see many instances of gold become dim, and the most the blessed effects which spring fine gold changed ? The few, from a religious life? And if we.I the mourning few now adopt
the language of the Psalmist, and the only way to expect di“ Help Lord, for the godly man vine assistance, is to be in the conceaseth ; for the faithful fail stant, and diligent use of those from among the children of means which God himself hath men. For every one speaketh | instituted. And what are the vanity with his neighbor.” O means? I answer, « watch and Christians, you who have an pray.” These are means which interest at the throne of Grace, no Christian can dispense with. who have the spirit to make in- | No Christian can thrive or live tercession for you, with groan- without them. They are his ings which cannot be uttered, life, his breath, and his soul's do intercede for Zion. Pray delight. Besides these there for a careless and backsliding are numberless other duties that people. For Zion's sake, hold God enjoins upon his creatures, not your peace, and for Jerusa- which it is their higbest inter: lem's sake, do not rest!
est to perform. Particularly Who knows but what your this mentioned by the holy aposprayers will prevail, and wetle, “ Exhort one another daily shall again see such times as in “lest any be hardened through months past, and as are now" the deceitfulness of sin." seen in many places. These are This is very plain. Christians the feeble desires of one who ought always to be exhorting hopes he has just begun to one another, because they live in breathe the Christian air. | a very ensnaring world, and are
Several things have induced in extreme danger of being me to write something for this drawn into sin. They must Magazine. One is I am young; I exhort one another. of an ordinary education, and | The Christian life is combut little experienced in reli-pared to a warfare, and the comgion. And by my coming for- parison is very striking. When ward in this way, I hope that a person is converted he is then some, yea very many able wri- a soldier in Christs' army. He ters will be provoked to contri- then begins to fight for Christ. bute largely to the support of He looks upon Christ as his law. this valuable work. Another ful sovereign, and rejoices to be reason which induced me to in the hands of such a glorious write, is I hope that God will | king. He feels the cause of make it a means of animating, Christ to be his cause ; and enlivening and encouraging | when Christ is injured he is insome of his dear children to live jured. He is always surroundmore agreeable to the truth, anded by the enemies of Christ, and thereby promote the declarative sometimes they appear to have glory of his holy name.
overcome him. But he will
finally triumph over them, and An Address to Professors. come off a conqueror, and more
than a conqueror through Jesus YOU who. are professors, his once crucified but now asought always to live to the glory cended Lord. And though the of God while you tabernacle in Christian is so much attached to the flesh. You have engaged his master's cause, yet he is so to do it by diyine assistance, completely hemmed in by ene-. mies, that he frequently sees us to glorify the Father by bearChrist wounded through his ing much fruit. And that we neglect ; yea further, he is may depend on grace alone to sometimes surprised, and con- enable us to serve God acceptafounded to find himself fighting | bly with reverence and godly against his dearest Lord, and fear. strengthening the hands of evil This is the only way in which doers. Such things serve to such creatures as we are can be teach him that he is dependent prepared to join the hosts of "Seif-dependence is one of the heaven. We must pass through most dangerous enemies the this world of discipline. We Christian has to encounter in must drink the waters of afflichis warfare. A person may tion with which this world is think he is almost wholly freed overflowing. We must feel the from it when he is almost wholly evil nature of sin, and realize the under its power. Now Christ awful consequences of sinning. is able to give the Christian a We must hate sin with a perbetter knowledge of his heart. fect hatred. We must loathe But the Christian is 'too apt to and even abhor ourselves on acbe depending upon his own wis | count of sin, and flee from every dom. Christ knows this. There- / appearance of evil. · We must fore he suffers us to learn by strive against it. We must our own painful experience, that overcome it. For he that over. in him only is our help to be cometh shall inherit all things. found. He gives us, sometimes, What a glorious promise this is an earnest desire to keep the to those who finally overcome ! whole of his holy law, and to be It is not made to those who strive holy even as he is holy; and against sin, but don't do it efthen suffers us to fall into a cold fectually, though they may indifference, that we may learn thus strive their whole life time. not to depend on past experi. It is made to those only who ences ; neither upon any of the overcome sin ; who have the frames of our hearts. Though it power of sin subdued within may appear to us we are exalted them : Who mortify the deeds almost to the third heaven, as of the body, and are crucified (or the apostle was ; yet to teach dead) to the world, and the world tis not to depend upon these de- is crucified to them : Who bear sirable frames of heart, we are about in their bodies the image perhaps soon suffered to fall into of the Lord Jesus: Who are some sin, or a thorn in the flesh risen with him, and seek those is given us, or a messenger from things which are above where Satan is sent to buffet us that we he is. Such will certainly ininay not be exalted above meas-herit all things, for they have ure. And that we may be complied with the condition on brought to depend alone on the which salvation is offered. They grace of God in Jesus Christ, to will not be disappointed. But enable us by a constant, watch- let us beware lest we deceive ful, and prayerful life to glorify | ourselves. Our hearts are ex. God in our bodies and spirits tremely deceitful. It is quite which are his. That we may | agreeable to our corrupt natures, depend on grace alone to enable to think that we are something