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offer conceivable were made to them, they have no power, but are wholly unable to accept it ; that they are not so much to blaine for present impenitence, as they are for the sin of Ad. am ; that they are entirely passive in regeneration, and can do nothing of themselves; that they can do their duty no more than a corpse can walk ; that God is the only agent in religion, and we-happy enough for some of us--the passive receivers of the boon; that religion consists in "a holy principle" implanted in the mind, somewhere between its faculties and its actions, and does not consist simply in loving God and doing his will; that every conversion is a miracle, and every revival-if genuine-a constellation of miracles: that if we have no revival of religion in our congregation, the fault is not ours at all, but is to be resolved into sovereignty alone that we are so, and our remaining consolation is to be “ sound in the faith ;' that the great business of the cliurch is to “keep out error," and let God 6 do what he will with his own;" and that revivals of religion are to be doubted often, as mere excitements of animal zeal, things “ got up” in a stimulated style, and little to be trusted, imitated, or desired !
I say where such preaching, in whole or in part, is prevalent; where it is only implied, in doctrine, or in prayer, or in conduct ; it will, in such proportion, directly tend to ruin souls, to neutralize the gospel, and of course to prevent revivals : all this the more, because of the parts of truth that are epeciously mingled in the representation. Yet to how many high places of our Israel is the lamentation applicable! “Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain upon. you, nor fields of offerings! for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shields of the princes of Israel as though they had not been anointed with oil."
God works by means; loves his whole truth; holds all moral causes in his bands; and encourages us to be valiant in his service. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy pow. er." He blesses the means he approves, and is always more ready--infinitely-than are we. His gospel is a message " to every creature :" it is designed for immediate effect--to be received by faith immediately--TO SAVE THE SOUL IMMEDIATELYand to actuate it in grace and holiness for ever: a secret which many masters in Israel have yet to learn and believe. “ He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy," To oppose revivals, is to oppose conversions-and is a fearful approach to the unpardonable sin; This is called the age of revirals--it should rather be called the dawn of that age; for in some places almost “the dimness is suclı as was in our vexation." In some places they are yet caluminated, deprecated, and religiously abhorred, by the very ministry! O when shall this become a world of revivals !-and revivals cease only by blending their spreading circles of blessedness till there is no more “laud
to be possessed;" till the whole earth is invested with their united glory ; till religion, universally revived, permanently lives in the business and the bosoms of the population of the total globe! “ And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and honor him."
· DEATH-BED OF HUME THE HISTORIAN. A correspondent of the London Christian Observer for November, 1831, observes, that the following account appeared, many years ago, in an Edinburgh newspaper, and was never, to his knowledge, contradicted:
“ About the end of 1776, a few months after the historian's death, a respectable looking woman, dressed in black, came into the Haddington stage coach while passing through Edinburgh.
“The conversation among the passengers which had been interrupted for a few minutes, was speedily resumed, which the lady soon found to be regarding the state of mind persons were in at the prospect of death. One gentleman argued that a real christian was more likely to view the approach of death with com posure, than he who had looked upon religion as unworthy of his notice. Another (an English gentleman) insisted that an infidel could look to his end with as much complacency and peace of mind as the best christian in the land. This being denied by his opponent, he bade him consider the death of his countryman, David Hume, who was an acknowledged infidel, and yet not only died happy and tranquil, but even spoke of his dissclution with a degree of gaiety and humor. The lady who had lately joined them, turned round to the last speaker and said, “Sir, this is all you know about it: I could tell you an. other tale.” “Madam,” replied the gentleman, “ I presume I have as good authority as you can have on this subject, and I believe that what I bave asserted regarding Mr. Hume, has never before been called in question.” The lady continued : “ Sir, I was Mr. Hume's housekeeper for many years, and was with him in his last moments; and the mourning I now wear was a present from his relatives for my attention to him on his death-bed ; and happy would I have been if I could have borne my testimony to the mistaken opinion that has gone abroad of his peaceful and composed end. I have, Sir, never till this hour opened my mouth on this subject; but I think it a pity the world should be kept in the dark on so interesting a topic. It is true, Sir, that, when Mr. Hume's friends were with him, he was cheerful, and seemed quite unconcerned about his approaching fate ; nay, he frequently spoke of it to them in a jocular and playful way ; but when he was alone, the scene was very different; he was any thing but composed ; his mental agita
tion was so great at times as to occasion his whole bed to shake. He would not allow the candles to be put out during the night, nor would he be left alone for a minute. I had always to ring the bell for one of the servants to be in the room, before he would allow me to leave it. He struggled hard to appear composed even before me; but to one who frequently heard his involuntary breathings of remorse and frightful startings, it was no difficult matter to determine that all was not right within. This continued and increased until he became insensible."
PROTRACTED MEETINGS.-A Convention of 12 Ministers from New Hampshire, and 21 Ministers from Vermont, was recently held, at which, says the Vermont Chronicle, “It was universally thought, that at a protracted meeting, there should be a great deal of instructive preaching ; that in the words of one of the resolutions, “ the great truths of the gospel, which are the fundamental principles of Christian experience," should be insisted on. It was considered important that these should be exhibited, not as they sometimes stand in formal treatises on Theology, but just as they lie in the experience of Christians. And the greater the degree of excitement, the greater quantity of such instruction is demanded and the more imperious is the demand for it.
" Another point much insisted on was, that prayer should actually be prayer,-' the offering up of our desires to God,'-and not an address to men, or an exhibition before men. The danger of this fault exists whenever one man attempts to pray aloud in the presence of another. It is every where a great fault, but no where greater than at such meetings. Every attempt to produce excitement, otherwise than by a clear and plain exhibition of divine truth, was decidedly condemned. It was thought that there was a tendency, in some places to multiply these meetings excessively; and that ministers ought resolutely to guard against being called away from their studies and pastoral labors to attend them to the injury of their own people, and their own minds."
IMPORTANT RESOLUTIONS.—The Berkshire County Bible Society, Mass. which contributed $2,000 for two successive years towards the general supply, and recently $1140 more as a free donation to the American Bible Society, afterwards adopted the following resolution:
Resolved, That this society receives the intelligence of the intention of the Parent Society to afford liberal assistance towards the printing and publishing of the holy scriptures in the language of the Sandwich Islands, the kingdom of Burmah, the country near Bombay, of Greece, and in the Mohawk language, with sincere and enlarged satisfaction; and that we will faithfully and diligently exert ourselves to furnish our full share of the necessary means for carrying this desirable object into effect.
PREVALENCE OF CRIME.-The Rev. Dr. Cathcart, pastor of the Presbyterian church in York, Pa. has cornmunicated in the Magazine of the German Reformed church, the results of an account kept during one year, of all the inurders that came under his observation in reading various periodicals.
The account has been kept for one year, commencing on the first day of January, 1831, and to his surprise, the number amounts to 109, among which are some of the most appalling kind, such as parents by their children, and children by their parents, husbands by their wives, and wives by their husbands, and several others of the most atrocioas kind.
PITCAIRN'S ISLAND.-The ship Maria Theresa arrived at this ports brought intelligence of the removal to Otabeite of the inhabitants of Pitcairu's Island. The scarcity of water and other means of subsis tence was the reason of their removal. These people were noted for their morality, the simplicity of their manners, and for the happiness which they enjoyed in their former state. It is to be feared that their intercourse with the inhabitants of Otaheite will be injurious to their morals, and of consequence detrimental to their happiness. It is said, however, that Capt. Hill, an English gentleman, who sailed from this port in the Wm. Thompson with the intention of visiting the Sandwich and other Islands of the Pacific, for the purpose of furthering the Missionary cause,-gave it as his opinion that the removal wag expedient, and necessary to their comfort.--New Bed. Reg. July, 1831.
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[Concluded from page 358.) And their hope shall be as the giving up of the Ghost.-Job, 11. 20.
AGREEABLY to the plan proposed, a description of secure sinners has been given; and it has been shown, how it comes to pass, that they entertain hopes of future happiness. It now remains to show,
III. That secure sinners will find it extremely painful to give up their false hopes. It is certain they must sooner or later give them up. They are built upon false grounds; and when those grounds are taken away, their hopes must expire. So it is represented in the text. “Their hope shall be as the give ing up of the Ghost.” That is, their hope shall certainly die. This is the general representation of scripture. The Bible represents secure sinners as constantly liable to lose their delusive hopes of the divine favor. There are two ways by wbich their hopes may be destroyed. One is, by genuine conviction. Thus the three thousand on the day of Penticost lost their hopes. And thus Paul tells us he lost his hopes. "I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” All secure sinners are liable to lose their hopes in this way; and they must lose their hopes in this way, in order to be saved. They must come to Christ weary and heavy laden, despairing of salvation in any other way. But if they maintain their false hopes through life and are never awakened and convinced by the influences of the divine Spirit; yet death will certainly put an end to their delusion, and destroy their hopes forever. We read, “ The wicked is driven away in his wickedness; but the righteous hath hope in his death." We read, “The desire of the wicked shall perish." And Job demands, “ What is the hope of the hypocrite, when God taketh away his soul ?” Zophar appears to have reference to death, in the text, when he says “The hope of the