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interest and inquiry excited in respect to this great subject. And more than that, if we do not greatly mistake, there are those who imagine that the fact there is no revival around them, is some apology for their own inaction. We fear that there are many professing Christians who tbink their own apathy is at least to be tolerated during a time of general stupidity; and that they may well enough afford to slumber on till the outpouring of the Spirit comes as a signal for them to awake. And so too we believe there are many careless sinners under the influence of substantially the same delusion, who sleep quietly over their immortal interests on the ground that religion is to be gained only in a revival, and that at any other time they have a sort of warrant for neglecting their soul's salvatioa. All this is dangerous error and gross perversion.
As to the matter of fact, it is not true that little or no good is accomplished for the spiritual interests of man, except during a revival. The kingdom of Gcd sometimes cometh without observation. Many no doubt are actually the subjects of renewing grace during times in which there is no apparent excitement; and many others we have reason to believe, are then gradually brought in a greater or less degree, under the influence of the truth, and thus are prepared to be the subjects of a renewing operation whenever the Holy Spirit is poured out. Then too, Christians often make much progress in the divine life; they have in many instances more to do with their Bibles and their hearts in such circumstances, than in the midst of a powerful excitement, and when large demands are made upon their time in counselling and directing inquiring_sinners. We fear that if we could see a faithful record of the experience of many Christians during a revival, we should find that that was not the season of their greatest, religious improvements; but that on the contrary, owing to their own neglect, they were the subjects of a mere transient excitement, which passed away, without advancing them but little towards heaven.
While therefore we would never be found to undervalue the blessing of a genuine revival, we would protest against the notion that the cause of Christ is not going forward in the salvation of men at any other time. We would protest against it not only because it is fitted to exert a decidedly bad influence both on the church and on the world ; and because too, we may add, it is adapted more than almost any thing else, to keep down the true revival spirit.
Let sinners always be pressed with the present obligations of religion, and let Christians always realize that they have no right at any time to grow weary in well doing, and the spiritu. al interests both of the church and the world, will be most likely to be advanced ; seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord will be rnost likely often to be repeated, and revivals, when they actually come, will not come under any questionable form, and there is good reason to hope, will be free to a great extent from any spurious admixture. We fully believe that
the best way of bringing about a genuine revival, is not to bring any human machinery in operation that is designed chiefly for present effect, but to keep soberly and earnestly, and believingly, at work in God's appointed way. That something might be got up in the former case, we do not question ; but in the latter, we might expect with good reason that God would crown the efforts of his people with the genuine effusion of the Holy Ghost.
From the Richmond (V a.) Whig.
THE SLAVE QUESTION. What is the question of who shall be President-of Banks, of Roads, and Canals, of 'Tariffs—to this? In our estimation, all other questions of Peace or War, of measures or men, which now engage, or have engaged, the consideration of the people of Virginia since the revolution, are by the side of this, comparatively insignificant. War, in its desolation, embraces its ruin, a few only of those who are parties to it; slavery in its moral consequences, extends its curse to every individual of the State where it exists. War, at the worst, is temporary and speedily, by the disasters it inflicts, produces a mutual desire for peace; slavery multiplies its evils and increases the probability of its perpetuntion, at every step, and in every instant of time it is tolerated. No! There has been no question considered since 1775, so momentous as the question of its abolition ;there can be no question embracing such multitudes its decisjon for weal or for woe, and reaching in its effects so far down the stream of time. Not Virginia only is interested not whether her sons shall be relieved of the reproach, the awful and incalculable oppression, and the piece-meal political death of slavery, and whether the descendants of 450,000 blacks sball in future ages and in their native clime, enjoy libertynot these points of magnitude as they are, present the whole question. That in its wide rang comprehends all the Southern States, and all their inhabitants, and not the living only, but all succeeding generations. What mind can grasp the mighty subject ? What intellect can appreciate its magnitude ? What Philantrophy can calulate the benefits to mankind, of Virginia's successful execution of a plan of abolition ? Unquestionably every Southern State, with wbat exhibition it might, would follow the iilustrious example. The moral feeling of that example, would impart a resistless impulse.
For our own part, since events have conquered the liberty of free discussion, we have considered the question settled. The moment statesmen were publicly to examine the moral foundation, and the pernicious effects of slavery, and the Press was unshackled to proclaim their sentiments, and to combat in the cause of reason, justice and the common good, that moment the decree of abolition was registered in the book of late. It must be so and cannot be otherwise. This year may not see the vast work commenced, nor the next, nor the next. A haf century may not see it completed. But, commenced å will be-COMPLETED IT WILL BE.
CANT TERMS. We sometimes copy articles, especially accounts of revivals, in which the language is very exceptionable. Such terins as " anxious seats," "anxious nieetings," and the like, are a palpable murdering of English, and onght to be entirely avoided. Certain quotations from Scripture, not the most appropriate, and certain allusions to facts mentioned in the Bible, tho' frequently met with, are equally reprehensible ; such as "a cloud no bigger than a man's hand;" "a sound of abundance of rain;" "a sound of going in the tops of mulberry trees," and the like. Each of these may have been first introduced into descriptions of revivals on an occasion which justified it ; but their constant appearance, with which they are annoyed, shows nothing but want of definite ideas in those who use them; and it shows that most clearly. These phrases, thrown into an account of a revival to lengtlien it, convey no definite meaning. Equally censurable are certain ever recurring expressions, not found in Scripture ; such as “.mercy drops," arrows of conviction," &c.
If a man wishes to write an account of a revival of religion, let him just state in plain language, what was done and what was the result, in such words as express his meaning, avoiding carefully all figurative language and scripiural allusion which does not convey a definite meaning. If you have something to relate, which words cannot adequately express, the matter will not be mended by using words which express nothing clearly.
Such language as we have here deprecated has been censured as a violation of good taste and as tending to prejudice literary men against religion. We have an objection against its use which lies deeper, and is of still more importance. It tends to propagate and perpetuate that vagueness of thought in which it originales. It habituates the religious public to use words, supposing that they mean a great deal, when in fact they mean nothing. It favors the nabir of being excited by words which convey no definite ideas; and this is the very essence of fanaticism. It tends to relax the habit of saying exactly what you menn; and as the habit relaxes, the sense of obligation to do it will grow weak, and the whole character will deteriorate. In these and in various other ways, it tends to injure the quality of our religion ; and for such an injury, no supposable good can be an equivalent.- Vi. Chron.
From the Christian Mirror. THE AMOUNT OF POWER IN THE COMMUNITY. The amount of power in the community for the promotion of general happiness is wonderfully great. In our country, labor, to the amount of 133,000,000 of dollars, has, by recent calculation, been yearly expended about ardent spirits; and yet this immense loss has been borne; and our country has grown richer and happier. It may reasonably lie supposed that an equal amount has been expended in other follies and vices; and then we have two hundred and sixty six millions of dollars' worth of labor lost to the whole community; and yet we have continued to flourish. If we survey other countries, we find sums beyond calculation exper:ded in luxuries for a few, and yet national happiness on the whole augmented. In England, more than one hundred millions of dollars is expended in mere luxuries on several hundred titled drones; in addition to the amount wasted in vice and folly by the great multitude ; yet England can sustain this enormous useless expenditure; and increase its wealth. Our country has so much power of every kind, that its inhabitants might enjoy all the substantial comforts of life of all descriptions-dwellings, apparrel, food, means of education, religious privileges, civıl government, and in addition to all this, appropriate two hundred and sixty six millions of dollars annually in labor to promote the public welfare.
The power possessed by a community coin prises human strength, the strength of animals at man's control, water power, machinery of all descriptions and all the agencies of matter under the direction of human skill. When we reflect what men can do by the aid of machinery and of the power of water, animal strength and steam-it will be apparent that the annount of power possessed by the community is immense. The wonder is that this immense power has not raised society to higher perfection ; but one reason of this is that its amount bas not been thought on; and a proper estimate has not been formed of what might be done for the proniotion of human happiness. LET CHRISTIANS THINK OF THIS. It is in their power by union and effort to have such an application made of the resources of the community, as shall improve beyond conception the condition of their country.
From the Christian Mirror.
A Christian once retired to pray,
« Our Father, still in heaven the same,
That from the cursed traffic flow?
His heart approved and all was peace.
THEOLOGICAL.-It is rumored, and we believe correctly, that a Minister of one of the oldest and most respectable congregational societies in this city has recently notified his church that he considers the administration of the Lord's Supper a useless form that it has not a divine origin-that it is productive of no good-exciting no religious or