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dispute, there is wealth enough ed, and every evil lust exalted 10 in the community to do all that uncontrolled dominion. Even can be done by liberal endow- poesy, a nymph of celestial oriments. Whenever men shall gin, they have seen made subfeel as generously disposed to- servient to the basest purposes, wards colleges, and the votaries and the most unhallowed polluof science, as they now do to- tions. All these things, it is wards theatres, and parties, true, can be proved to be abuses learning will be encouraged, and of what is a real blessing : but the labours of the student amply ought not the character of learnremunerated.
ing to be retrieved from the inAfter the cursory view which famy which would, not unnatuhas been taken, it is a natural rally, cling to it, from the consubject of inquiry, what are the duct of its professors? And duties
especially incumbent ought it not to be a matter of upon the friends of science, in special attention, that it should order that her interests may be be practically shown to be fabest promoted ? To this pur- vourable to peace, harmony, and pose
it would probably have no love amang men, and sincere pismall efficacy, if they were uni- ety towards God? formly to exhibit themselves as There is another practical inthe friends and advocates of vir- Auence, of no small importance tue. The truth is, that num- to the happiness of our country, hers among the great body of which literary men may possess. mankind are not a little afraid I refer to the iniluence which of learning ; & perhaps, if the af- would result from vigorous exfair is canvassed, their s:ispicions ertions to support and preserve will not be found entirely desti- the institutions of New Engtute of plausibility. They have land. In this secluded corner seen splendid talents, and high of a corrupted world, the seeds literary attainments prostituted of happiness were sown by exilto feed selfishness, io pampered Christians, of whom the Eastpride, to flatter wealth and pow- ern Continent was not worthy ; er, to corrupt and destroy man- and by the goodness of Provikind. They have seen the mind dence the seeds took root, and of man, that of Mr. Hume for produced a plentiful harvest. instance, irradiated by genius, Here liberty and law have walked and enlarged by study and con- band and hand, shedding around templation, labouring to invali- them a shower of blessings. date evidence, and obscure truth, The man who can assist in repelto “ darken counsel by words ling the dangers which threaten without knowledge,” and to en- the destruction of these things, velope the whole moral world in will confer a high obligation on gloom. They have seen the mankind. same mind employed, in excit- The spirit of infidelity and of ing and stimulating the passions, hatred to the truth has been long and in extending the means, and lying in wait to lay sacrilegious improving the manner of their hands on all that we have most gratification. They have seen reason to esteem precious. As reason dethroned, virtue depresse to the triumph of party, it is all of little significance, when com- ican Union is lamentable, and the pared with the importance of our prospect lamentable, far as the schools, our churches, the fami- eye can reach. The prevalence ly instruction and subordination of intrigue, and of electioneer which have prevailed, and the ing for public office, will of itself general manners, which cannot prevent the most worthy per, have a more happy designation sons, in ordinary cases, from bethan that of steady habits. Tho' ing elected, And the most nat: these have been made a subjectural result of the process is, that of reproach by our enemies, lọt the tenure of office should be us count them our glory. While irksome to all who are possessed possessed of these we need not of firmness and integrity, and fear the deprivation of liberty. sought only by those who can There is also something truly barter conscience to the highest noble in being engaged in de. bidder. The clamours of party fence of truth. Such a champi- threaten in future to drowd the on, as a Wilberforce, claims an voice of wisdom, and the most elevation in the view of judg. vociferous bawler is likely to be ment and conscience, compared esteemed by many as the most with which thrones and diadems meritorious man. In such times, are the dust of the street. when “ the post of honour is a
Before this subject is dismiss- private station," it is the part ed, I would mention one induce. prudence steadily to maintain a ment which young men have, at fondness for private life ; to re: the present time particularly, to tire with books and friends, and engage with ardour in the pur, make it the constant design to suit of literary knowledge. It is, be actively, though silently, en: that they may be fitted for use. gaged in something which may fulness in the world, and yet re benefit mankind. tain the situation of private men.
C, Y, A, The state of politics in the Amer:
ON SELF-DECEPTION, FROM THE
sion of his iniquity. How came CASE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST's it to pass that repentance and
confession of sin were at this
time so general among the JewWhen John the Baptist ish people? The doctrine of repreached repentance, we are in- pentance, it seems Dalural to formed in Scripture, that “ Jeru- suppose, must at all times be unsalem and all Judea, and also all popular ; for to repent, eren in the region round about Jordan, the lowest sense of the word, imwere baptized of him, confessing plies an acknowledgment of their sins.” Each individual of having done wrong: and is the this vast multitude, made, in bulk of mankind disposed to this words at least, the due confes- admission ? Surely men may be
converted to any sentiment more bring forth fruits meet for re-
There is a certain fashion in tism is nothing that confession religion. Men follow the of sin is nothing that the prostream. Does an extraordinary fession of repentance is nothing, preacher appear? How many unless there be added fruits meet Hy to hear him, and (what is for repentance. Though a man more remarkable) how unani- should have eyes which stream mous are they in his praise! all the day with tears; though They will hear perhaps the most he should talk much of his base, obnoxious truths from his lips, ness and unworthiness; though and will become professors of he should profess the same faith those doctrines by which they with the sincerest saint ; though themselves
condemned. he should at the same time talk For they feel complacency at most earnestly of forsaking his the thought of agreeing with the sins; nevertheless if he does preacher, and do but imperfect- not in truth and in fact forsake ly consider what he says : they them, he is nothing. It is not do not at least perceive all the the profession of repentance bearing of his doctrines ; they which is required of us; but do not follow it out into all the fruits meet for repentance. practical consequences to which
Ch. Ob. it leads. This unquestionably is a common case in our days; and
( By Ibrahim Ben Adham.) probably this also was the case at
RELIGION's gems can ne'er adorn the time of the preaching of the The Himsy sobe by pleasure worn, Baptist.
Its feeble texture soon would tear, But did John compliment And give those jewels to the air. with the name of true penitents of peace and pleasure, in their God!
Thrice happy they who seek th’abode the multitude of persons, who who spurn the world, its joys despise, came to be baptized by him, and And grasp at bliss beyond the skies. to confess to him their sins? Was he satisfied with having a
PETER'S REPENTANCE. large audience ? Did he judge, I, once a rock, became a wavering
reed, that because they heard him
And though forewarn’d, thrice my gladly, they were therefore par- dear Lord denied. doned and accepted by God, and He turn'd and look'd—my heart o’er. were true disciples of the Sa- whelm'd with shame, viour ? Far from it. He sharply In bitterest anguish for his mercy
cried. rebuked many of these professed The bruised rced his mercy would penitents ; for, “ when he saw not break, many of the Pharisees and Sad- But bastened to me early from the ducees come to his baptism, he
grave; said unto them, O generation of And twice hc bade me feed his sheep, vipers, who hath warned you to That I did love him most who most flee from the wrath to come ? forgave.
Ed. Miss. Mag.
Review of Dew Publications.
more successful in the hands of Genuine Religion the best Friend truth, than in those of error."
of the People ; or the influence Facts abundantly prove that of the gospel, when known, be. this is an easy, cheap, and inoflieved, and experienced, upon fensive way of doing good ; that the manners and happiness of it is more extensive in its use, the people. Intended as a prop- and more likely to succeed, ihan er preseni from the rich 10 the almost any other. Accordingly poor, and from ministers to the it becomes a matter of great confamilies under their charge, By sequence, that tracts be well ARCHIBALD BONAR,
written ; that they contain pure Charlestown. Howe. 1807. evangelical truth, and be plain,
striking, comprehensive, and enThe review of a tract may be tertaining, It is specially imthought a singularity. But when portant, that readers should find we consider the extensive cir- in tracts the way of salvation culation and influence of this through Christ clearly elucidated. species of publication, and how In this respect, those in circula: exceedingly adapted it is to com- tion are, generally speaking, municate instruction, we judge partly commendable, and partly it of sufficient importance to
defective. They exhibit many merit the most respectful notice things of an evangelical cast. of reviewers. Many a cumbrous They mention Christ, grace, refolio might be named, which is generation, and salvation, as the far less valuable, and less fitted great things of religion. They to do good, than the pamphlet are suited to awaken, convince, now under review. One of the and guide sinners, to comfort the arguments, by which ihe present poor in spirit, and to animate beBishop of London recommends lievers in duty. But there comthe distribution of tracts, has monly appears, in a higher or much weight. “ It appears, says
lower degree, one defect. The he, that this is the very mode peculiar nature of regeneration made use of by the adversaries is not pointed out with sufficient of our religion, in order to un
clearness. The characteristics dermine and destroy it. They of true religion are not sufficientconsider small tracts of infideli- ly distinguished from the characty, as the best and most effectual teristics of that false, delusive re‘method of disseminating irreli- ligion, which leaves the soul gion among their readers and ad- destitute of holiness. The difinirers; and accordingly, have ference is not clearly pointed out employed their talents in com
between true Christian experiposing, and all their industry in ence, and that experience, which dispersivg them over the world. will easily coalesce with unsanctiLet us, then, endeavour to foil fied nature. our enemies at their own weap
A religious tract, which proons, which will surely prove fesses to teach the way in which
1807.] Genuine Religion the best Friend of the People. 575
sinners are freed from the curse and joy, by bearing witness, that God of the law, filled with light and hath accepted them through his be
loved Son; that his anger is turned comfort, and interested in the
away; that he hath adopted them ingreat salvation, should, with ut
to his family, and given them not only most care, describe the temper, the honourable title, but all the in with which sinners believe in estimable privileges of children. Christ. That faith ought to be Thus through views of God, as a re
conciled Father, through the prospect. explained, which is the gift of of immortal joys, and through noble God, the fruit of sanctifying elevations above this miserable world, grace. It should be represented, they go on their way rejoicing.” as essential to the believer's To readers in general the joy character, that he cordially ap- of the true convert is not in this proves both the precept and place clearly distinguished from penalty of that divine law, which the joy of the deluded enthusiast, the Saviour loved and honoured ; or the self-righteous pharisee. and that he unfeignedly justify We would not expunge from the the holy administration of God; list of a Christian's consolations saying, " thou art just when thou a humble hope, that God's anger speakest, and clear when thou is turned away, that he is acceptjudgest." Without unreserved ed of God through Christ, adoptapprobation of the righteousness ed into his family, and entitled of God in the inoral law, we can
to eternal glory.
But it is denot receive pardon and salvation, monstrable, that this cannot be as of grace.
his principal consolation, and The peculiar nature of Chris. that his purest, divinest joy altian consolation and joy, as well ways depends on direct apas of faith, ought to be described. prehensions of God's moral exThe joy, which persons may de- cellence. rive from the belief, that their In other parts the author of sins are forgiven and their hap- this pamphlet describes the work pipess secure, is not the first of the Spirit in
a more disand highest joy of the newborn criminating manner, and desoul. Genuine Christian joy clares, " the wide difference bearises from a new and spiritual tween those self-abasing convicdiscovery of the excellent charac- tions of the Spirit, which are ter and government of God, connected with salvation, and the particularly froin a clear view and remonstrances of natural consincere admiration of that most science in unrenewed men.” glorious and amiable display of For variety and importance of his inoral perfections, which is matter and excellence of style, made in redemption by Christ. we remember not to have seen Such joy may be properly de- any tract comparable with this. nominated, joy in the Lord. On Part I. exhibits the nature of rethis point the excellent tract be- ligion, doctrinal, experimental, fore us is not wholly unexcep- and practical. This part is ditionable. When speaking of the vided into three chapters; the comfort and holiness which are first, on the principles of religthe effects of regeneration, the ion ; the second, on the experiauthor says;
ence of religion ; the third, on “The Spirit fills them with peace the practical influence of religion.