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Answer.— Is this our thankfulness to the hast competent means, comfortably to subsist God of heaven, for turning persecution into upon, be the more thankful to God the founpeace, in pinching his poor ministers! When tain, to man the channel, painstaking in thy the commonwealth now makes a feast, shall place, pitiful to the poor, cheerful in spending neither Zadok the priest, nor Nathan the pro- some, careful in keeping the rest. If not, yet phet, be invited to it? that so the footsteps of tire not for want of a spur; do something for primitive persecution may still
remain in these love, and not all for inoney-for love of God, peaceable times, amongst the Papists, in their of goodness, of the godly, of a good conscience. needless burning of candles; and amongst the Know, 'tis better to want means than to detain Protestants, in the poor means of their minis- them; the one only suffers, the other deeply ters. And what if some turn the spurs unto sins; and it is as daugerous a persecution to i virtue into the stirrups of pride-grow idle and religion to draw the fuel from it as to cast insolent ? let them soundly suffer for it them- water on it. Comfort thyself that another selves, on God's blessing; but let not the bees world will pay this world's debts, “and great is be starved, that the drones may be punished. thy reward with God in heaven.” A reward,
II. Ministers' maintenance ought to be cer- in respect of his promise; a gift, in respect of tain, lest some of them meet with Labans for thy worthlessness; and yet the less thou lookest their patrons and parishioners, changing their at it, the surer thou shalt find it, if labouring wages ten times; and at last, if the fear of God with thyself to serve God for himself, in redoth not fright them, sending them away empty. spect of whom even heaven itself is but a sinis
III. It is unequal that there should be an ter end. equality betwixt all ministers' maintenance, except that first there were made an equality betwixt all their parts, pains, and piety. Parity
LIBERTY FOR THE BIBLE! in means will quickly bring a level and flat in (From Speech by the Rev. Hugk Stowell at a Bible | learning; and few will strive to be such spiri
Society meeting.) tual musicians, to whom David directeth many psalms, “ To him that excelleth,” but will even
Bishop BEDELL narrates in one of his letters, that content themselves with a canonical sufficiency, he once heard a monk preaching from the text, and desiring no more than the law requires
“ What is truth?” After a good deal of elabomore learning would be of more pains, and the rate discussion, darkening counsel by words without same profit, seeing the meddling goeth abreast knowledge, he drew somewhat cautiously from his with the best.
pocket a copy of the New Testament, and said, “ This | Objection.—But ministers ought to serve God only shall I say: I have found truth at last within | merely for love of hiinself; and pity but his the leaves of this book; but,” said he, replacing it
eyes were out, that squints at his own ends in coolly in his cassock pocket, “it is prohibited." doing God's work.
Prohibited! Does the pope prohibit yon sun to 1 Answer.--Then should God's best saints be light up the cottage casement any more than the blind; for Moses himself had “an eye to the glorious dome of St Peter's at Rome? Who dares recompense of reward.” Yes; ministers may prohibit God's lamp that he sends out to shine in the look not only on their eternal, but on their world? Ah, poor, weak man! poor, infatuated temporal reward, as motives to quicken their Church! That very prohibition will be your doome endeavours. And though it be true, that grave if you do not blot it out. I heard a noble lord near ' and pious men do study for learning's sake, and me say-and I was struck with the observation-thst embrace holiness for itself, yet it is as true that the Bible Society is the most revolutionary society youth (which is the season when learning is in the world. And it is the most revolutionary gotten) is not without ambition, and often will society. But it is such a revolution that it seeks to not take pains to excel in anything, when there work as the Spirit and the Word of God wrought on is not some hope of excelling others in reward chaos at the beginning, when, moving upon the dark and dignity. And what reason is it, that, and the dead and the lifeless mass, it formed out of whilst Law and Physic bring great portions to
that mass the beautiful heavens and the earth, over such as marry them, Divinity, their eldest sister, which the morning stars sang and the sons of God should only be put ott' with her own beauty shouted for joy. So still, where the Word and Spirit, In after ages men will rather bind their sons of God revolutionize this wretched chaotic world, ! to one gainful than to seven liberal sciences; it is only so to revolutionize, as ou of chaos to bring only the lowest of the people would be made order; out of darkness to bring light; out of death to ministers, who cannot otherwise subsist; and bring life; out of defilement and shame, glory to it will be bad, when God's Church is made a God in the highest, peace on earth, and good will to sanctuary only for men of desperate estates to ward men. Such a revolution we cannot but pray take refuge in it.
for; and when we see empires overturning, thrones However, let every minister take np the re-tottering, nations restless as the strong deep, we solution, “ To preach the word, to be instant in trust in God that these are but the preliminary harseason, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort bingers of that new moral and social creation, the ! with all long-suffering and doctrine.” If thou new heavens and the new earth, the restitution of
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all things, which prophets have foretold, saints have | How quick-sighted is love! Mercy spies him a great prayed for, confessors have gloried in, martyrs have way off, forgets his riotous courses, unnatural rebeldied for, and the zeal of the Lord of Hosts shall ful- lion, horrid unthankfulness (not a word of these), fil in its time.
receives him with open arms, clasps his neck, forgets My Christian friends, there is one revolution that his rags, kisses his lips, calls for the fatted calf, the must be raised: there must be a cry for another best robe, the ring, the shoes, the best cheer in kind of liberty. Set free the Bible! The cry has heaven's store, the best attire in heaven's wardrobe. been raised-Liberty for the French! Liberty for | Yea, the joy cannot be held in one breast. Others the Poles! Liberty for the Neapolitans ! Liberty must be called in to share. The friends must meet for the Italians! But another cry must be raised. and make merry. Angels must wait, but the proSlavery is abolished in France: we must abolish the digal must sit at table, under his father's wing. slavery of the soul, set free the captive Bible. All He is the joy of the feast, the object of the father's the sovereigns in Europe should lift up the cry- delight. The friends sympathize; but none knows Liberty for the Bible! Set the Bible free! Let the felicity the father takes in his new-born son, the revolutionizer, and regenerator, and emancipator whom he hath received from the dead. Methinks of the world be free as the air we breathe, or the I hear the music and the dancing at a distance ! sun that illuminates our dwellings! We read in Oh, the melody of the heavenly choristers! I canthe thrilling narrative of the expedition that went not learn the song, but methinks I overhear the out to free from Algerian pirates the captives from burden, at which all the harmonious choir, with one many nations, who were held bound in the dark consent, strike sweetly in, for this goes round at dungeons of Algiers, a flag of truce was sent to the heaven's table, “ This my son was dead, and is alive commander. They asked what was wanted. His again; he was lost, and is found.” simple answer was –“ Bring up the prisoners." It is no toilsome pilgrimage on which he asks you They tried to evade the demand; but still the bold to set out, in order to reach his dwelling. He himBritish sailor replied—“Give up the prisoners.” self has come to you, nay, sits by your very side, as At last the cannons opened their fire. Again they did Jesus by the side of the woman of Sychar. He asked—“ Will you be satisfied with such a ransom, does not bid you climb to heaven in order to find or such terms?" “ No," said the admiral; “ give gracathere. Neither does he tell you to go down up the prisoners." And at last, in the extremity, into the deep in order to obtain it there. He has the dark holds were thrown open to day-light; rusty opened the fountain at your very side. He takes up chains in many instances were knocked off from the the vessel and presses it to your lips. “The word is poor prisoners; the dark dungeon doors were thrown nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart; that wide open; and there, in the face of our brave is, the word of faith which we preach; that if thou British deliverer, sprang up the Spaniard, the talka-shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and tive Frenchman, and our own fair countryman, shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him shedding tears, and some falling on their kness, and from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED."— (Rom. all crying out, “Liberty! liberty! we are free !" x. 8, 9.) | And so, my lord, we must say to the dark dungeon To thee, thou lover of pleasure, thou dreamer of over which the despot of Rome presides, whatever earth's dreams, God is telling this day the story of terms he would make_“Give up the prisoner! give his free love, that, receiving it, thou mayst not | up the prisoner!" And if he would ask us to com- perish, but have everlasting life. That free love promise the matter, and accept some political or thus received into your heart in believing, would fill other advantages, still I trust we shall answer- you with joy unspeakable. It would be like fraGive up the prisoner! give up the prisoner ! grance from the flowers of Eden, like sunshine from And when that blessed prisoner is set free, we may the very heaven of heavens. It would be better to imagine that all the song of earth—at least all the you than pleasure, or gold, or lust; better than all hundreds of millions from which Popery at present the joys of earth poured into one jewelled cup. It keeps out the free use of the Bible-would leap and would demand no price of you, neither would it call rejoice as the roe, because the grand emancipator of on you to wait till you had made yourself ready for all was set free.
receiving it. It would come into you at once, like sunlight into your lattice, without insisting that your
chamber be adorned for its reception. It would cost SINNER, BE ENTREATED.
you nothing but the giving up of that which is far It is thus that a writer of the olden time sets himself better lost, and the gain of which would be a poor to plead with such as you :-Never did Jacob with recompense for a ruined soul, and an eternity of such joy weep over the neck of his Joseph as thy hopeless sorrow.–Story of Grace. heavenly Father would rejoice over thee upon thy coming in to him. Look over the story of the pro
A DEDICATION AND PRAYER. digal. Methinks I see how the aged father lays aside his state, and forgetteth his years. Behold, how he Lord, I resign myself to thee. With the poor widow, funneth! Oh, the haste that mercy makes! The I cast my two mites, my soul and body, into thy trea:
sury. All my powers shall love and serve thee. sinner makes not half that speed. Methinks I see
All my members shall be instruments of righteousness how his bowels turn, how his compassions yearn. for thee. Here is my good will. Behold, my sub
stance is thy stock, mine interest is for thy service. ness to his name? I never thought it had been such I lay all at thy feet: there thou hast them, they are hot service, and if I cannot be a saint at a cheaper thine. My children I enter as thy servants. My rate than this, follow Christ who will for me ; let possessions I resign as thy right. I will call nothing those who have nothing to lose, or can bear so much mine but thee. All mine are thine. I can say, My Lord and my God, and that is enough; I thankfully labour, and pains, and violence, take it up, if they quit my claim to all things else. I will say no more, please : for my part, I must look to myself, I must My house is mine, or my estate mine; I myself am not be undone. not mine own. Yet it is infinitely better for me to “ Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thoa be thine, than if I were mine own. This is my hap- goest,” said the scribe, Matt. viii
. 9. Man, thou unpiness, that I can say, My own God, my owr. Father. And, oh, what a blessed exchange' hast thou made derstandest not what thou sayest. Dost thou know with me! to give me thyself, who art
sum, whither I am going, where my dwelling, where my for myself, who am but an insignificant cipher. lodging is ? " The foxes have boles, and the birds
And now, Lord, do thou accept and own my claim. of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not I am not worthy of any thing of thine, much less of where to lay his head.” And, behold! there is an end thee. But since I have a deed to show, I bring thy of the scribe's Christianity, we hear not one word Word in my hand, and am bold to take possession. Dost thou not know this hand ? wilt thou not own
more about it.-Ibid. this name? wilt thou not confirm thine own grant ? It were infidelity to doubt it. I will not disparage SABBATH BREAKING, AND ITS CON. the faithfulness of my Lord, nor be afraid to aver,
SEQUENCES. and stand to what he hath said and sworn. Hast tkou said thou art my God, and shall I fear thou Some months ago, three young men in the vicinity art my enemy? Hast thou told me thou art my of - went out sailing on the Sabbath. All of Father, and shall I stand aloof, as if I were a stran- them were warned against it, and one of them had ger? I will believe. Lord, silence my fears; and as been repeatedly warned against similar conduct. thou hast given me the claim and title of a child, so This last replied, he would go if he went to the bot give me the confidence of a child. Let my heart be tom of the river; and all went. By a sudden turn of daily kept alive by thy promises, and with this staff wind the boat was upset, and all three found a watery let me pass over Jordan. May these be my undi- grave ! vided companions and comforters. When I go, let
On the last Sabbath of April last, accidents bapthem lead me; when I sleep, let them keep me ; pened on six out of the seven railroads between when I awake, let them talk to me. And do thou Albany and Buffalo. On all property was destroyed keep these things for ever upon the imaginations of and life endangered; and on one a fatal accident the thoughts of the hearts of thy people, and prepare occurred, causing several deaths, in most distressing their hearts unto thee. And let the heart of thy circumstances. Several persons were killed outright; servant be the ark of thy testament, wherein the
one was crushed under a boiler, the friends of another sacred records of what hath passed between thee and were picking out his mangled limbs from the ruins of my soul may for ever be preserved. Alleine. a shattered car, and three individuals nearly dead
were carried to a neighbouring farm-house; and
cars, baggage, mail bags, and locomotives, were minSILVER SLIPPER PROFESSORS.
gled in the fearful wreck, while the smoke of the PROFESSORS of religion who are of the largest size, half-extinguished fires of the locomotives threw a
dismal sadness over the scene. who are not so strict to their rule but they can dis
Such events, if not special, certainly are warning, pense with duty, nor so forward in point of zeal and providences, speaking in terror to the violators of activity but they can remit and abate, as occasion God's holy day. When will men learn to feel that serves, may escape this persecuting world the better; God is in earnest, when he commands all to "Rebut he that will be faithful, whoever escape, is sure
member the Sabbath-day?"-American paper. to be made a prey. This also must be well considered, I will follow Christ, but can I drink of the
UNHAPPY HAPPINESS. cup that he drank of? can I be baptized with the Some men are so unhappy in having happy wits, that baptism, the baptism of blood, that he was baptized they make their wit their happiness-jesting themn. with?
selves out of all that is earnest, and like fools make There are persons who sometimes take up the pro- pity it is that men so witty should have no more wit
sport of every thing, even sin itself. Alas! what fession of religion, and resolve all on a sudden they than to destroy themselves! A jesting lie, or a lie in will follow Christ, not understanding what there is jest, may make a man to lie in heli in earnest.-in it, or what Christianity may stand them in ; who, Venning. by the time they have looked a little farther, and find it another manner of difficulty than at first they
Fragments. imagined; and withal, find the armies of the aliens to fall on, the dogs to tear, the wolves to worry, the The Christian's feeling himself weak, makes him eagles and the vultures, and all the birds of prey, to strong. pitch upon them; and begin in earnest to feel the Genuine benevolence is not stationary, but peripa. | smart of religion, in those persecutions that are raised tetic. It goeth about doing good. upon them for it, presently make their retreat, and
Some things, which could not otherwise be read go back ; Where am I? What have I chosen ? Is in the book of nature, are legible enough in it when this to be a Christian? Doth Christ look for all this the lamp of revelation is held up to it. from his followers, and will he leave them to such It is easier to do a great deal of mischief than to violence and rapine, as the reward of their faithful- accomplish a little good.
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
THE INFLUENCE OF FAMILY WORSHIP ON VISITORS,
GUESTS, AND NEIGHBOURS.
BY THE REV, JAMES W. ALEXANDER, NEW YORK.
As “none of us liveth to himself, and no man will not be marvellous if he be drawn to some dieth to himself,” it is right and seemly that new and serious reflection. The impression this principle of devotion to the Lord should may be greater than we suppose, from the very be impressed on the domestic organization. influence of novelty. These acts of divine serThe Christian household is not for itself; by vice will have a tendency to show him, that grace it may be as a city set on a hill. Family here, at least, is a circle in which God is conworship is a means of carrying out this influence. tinually recognised. If a householder himself,
Good and evil are constantly and rapidly he will necessarily be led to contrast with this propagated from house to house. What we the condition of his own domestic affairs; and denominate public opinion and public char. if he is a professing Christian, living in neglect acter, are very much dependent on this agency, of this duty, he will doubtless experience a which is not less certain than the silent but pang of conscience. Example is powerful: he mighty transmission of the electric fluid in the may see his way more clear, to make his own material world. The dialect of towns and pro- habitation a house of prayer. vinces is thus originated and fixed; modes of " Some years ago,” says Mr Hamilton of dress, and furniture, and living, are carried London,“ an Irish wanderer, his wife, and his from circle to circle; extravagance and vice sister, asked a night's shelter in the cabin of a circulate by the same channels; as do likewise pious schoolmaster. With the characteristic political opinions, and even religious sentiments. hospitality of his nation, the schoolmaster made Such are the action and re-action between man them welcome. It was the hour for evening and man, that we never go into a neighbour's worship, and when the strangers were seated, house, or receive a neighbour into our own, he began by reading slowly and solemnly the without giving or receiving some imperceptible | 2d chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians. impression; and by the sum of these are our The young man sat astonished. The exprescharacter and manners formed.
sions, ' dead in trespasses and sin,' children of Families differ very widely in respect to wrath,'' walking after the course of this world, their freedom of intercourse. While some are were new to him. He sought an explanation. shut up within themselves, others keep open He was told that this is God's account of the doors, and are frequented by numbers of visit- state of man by nature. He felt that it was ors and guests. When the friend whom we exactly his own state. 'In this way I have cherish is under our roof, he should be made walked from my childhood. In the service of to discern the reigning principle of the place. the god of this world we have come to your In a dwelling where there is no worship he may house.' He was on the way to a fair, where he be pardoned if he say, “ Surely the fear of God intended to pass a quantity of counterfeit is not in this place.” But in a religious house-money. But God's Word had found him out. hold, even the casual visitor must sometimes be He produced his store of coin, and begged his made sensible that there is a perpetual refe- host to cast it into the fire, and asked anxiously rence to another world. Suppose him to be if he could not obtain the Word of God for under the Christian roof at the appointed hour himself. His request was complied with, and of prayer. It is well in every such case if the next morning, with the new treasure, the party, service is not omitted or postponed. He may who had now no errand to the fair, returned to be a stranger to such solemnities: he may be their own home. Perhaps by this time the even careless or profane. Yet when he sees pious schoolmaster has met his guest within the the whole family gathered, with stillness and gates of the city, outside of which are thieves, deorum; when he hears the Word of God and whatsoever maketh a lie. But I cannot read, and joins in the psalm of praise, and enumerate all the conversions which have ockneels with the rest in an act of worship, it curred at the Church in the house."
“ A few years ago,” says the same writer, any consistent, God-fearing household fail of an English gentleman visited America, and diffusing a hallowed force, in every direction. spent some days with a pious friend. He was Bad influences fly thus, why shall not good a man of talent and accomplishments, but an ones? It is true, from the depravity of our infidel. Four years afterwards he returned to nature, men follow evil rather than good; but the same house, Christian. They wondered it is also true, blessed be God! that divine at the change, but little suspected when and grace uses the very same channels of connexion where it had originated. He told them that for the conveyance of truth and holiness. when he was present at their family worship, Suppose only a single pious family, observ. on the first evening of his former visit, and ing the worship of God, without shame or conwhen after the chapter was read, they all knelt cealment, in the midst of a wicked society. down to pray, the recollection of such scenes in Their peculiar ways, and this service in parhis father's house, long years ago, rushed on his ticular, will attract notice and beget remark. memory, so that he did not hear a single word. The visitor, or the passer-by, will hear the But the occurrence made him think, and his voice of praise or prayer. The observation thoughtfulness ended in his leaving the howling will be natural, That house is a house of prayer; wilderness of infidelity, and finding a quiet rest God is honoured in that house. Neighbours in the salvation wrought out by Jesus Christ.” will learn that here is a man who arranges all
By this pleasing incident we are led to ob- his business, and fixes all his hours, with refeserve, that the influence of family worship is rence to the daily household devotion, which peculiarly great upon guests who abide for some nothing is allowed to interrupt. There are days or weeks in a Christian house, even if they occasions in which this peculiarity of the dwellhave been brought up at home without such ing is brought into full light. In cases of sudden privileges. All that has just been pointed out illness, calamity, or soul-trouble, every one will here operates more freely and for a longer know whither to go for a praying man, to kneel time. The beauty of holiness, and the plea- by the bed of death, or to speak peace to the santness of the ways of God, are silently troubled conscience. Where such households brought before their contemplations. We
are multiplied in any town or neighbourhood, could name instances in which such a sojourn by means of counsel and example, there is a in a pious family has made deep impressions on mighty increase given to the expansive Chrisworldly minds, in favour of evangelical religion. tian principle, such as often changes the whole This ought surely to rest on the thoughts of face of society. How earnestly ought we to Christian householders, in the way of duty. pray that this particular means of social and We are, perhaps, ready enough to make our national improvement may receive an imme. guests welcome, to provide for their lodging diate extension throughout our beloved land; and refreshment, to show them the wonders of and that unfaithful professors, living in neglect our environs, and to invite friends for their of this plain duty, may awake to repentance entertainment; but besides this, we owe a duty and reformation! What a change might we to their souls. It ought not for a moment to expect soon to see in regions where now the be thought possible, that a dear friend or rela- feeble piety which exists is like a half-expiring tive should stay weeks, or even days, in our taper, which scarcely reaches beyond its little house, without receiving some spiritual advan- home-circle! tage. How often have the visits of careless
We are under the humbling impression that young persons to godly families been made in this is one of the points in regard to which, strumental of their salvation ! Among the with all our boast of superior privileges, we means tending in this direction, we know none have not improved on the example of our pious more fruitful than that which forms the subject forefathers. Among the Presbyterians of Scot
land, and the English Nonconformists of the But we must by no means narrow down the seventeenth century, there was probably a far efficacy of daily worship to that which takes smaller proportion of Christian professors liv. place within a particular house. The whole ing in prayerless houses than among ourselves. neighbourhood feels the influence. Let us not The performance of this duty was made matter undervalue the power of Christianity. No single of special investigation, by pastors and elders, believer can abide long in a place without and even by superior judicatories of the Church. making it in some degree better; the true leaven And the effect was a diffusion of piety, more will work—the true light will shine. Nor can unobtrusive perhaps, but not less rapid, and
of this paper.