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ed with the faith and confidence, he cause of his existence here, may be expressed, not merely in the height the cause of his existence hereafter. and strength of his walls, nor in the Or, if there is no cause, he may exist number and discipline of his troops ;
without a cause, in another state, as but in the wisdom and strength of well as in this. And if his corrupt that ARM, which bringeth salvation, heart and abominable works make and getteth the victory. This was the him so unhappy here, that he had ground of encouragement to his peo.
rather be annihilated, than run the ple....the great animating motive, by hazard of a future existence, what which he roused them to resistance, hinders but that he may be unhappy and inspired them with undaunted forever? The man then is a fool, who bravery against the enemy. “For wishes there were no God, hoping there be more with us than with him : thus to be secure from future misery; with him is an arm of flesh; but for, admitting that there were no God, with us is the Lord our God to help still he may exist hereafter, as well us and to fight our battles.”
as here ; and if he does exist, his corruptions and vices may render him miserable eternally, as well as for
the present.” Sermons on various subjects,
In the second discourse, the evangelical, devotional, and subject of which is “ Enmity to practical
, adapted to the promo Religion, the folļowing objec. tion of Christian piety, family tion is introduced, “ The gospel religion, and youthful virtue.
is mysterious; but if God gives By JOSEPH LATHROP, D. D.
men a revelation, he will give Pastor of the first church in
them one, which they can under, West Springfield. Worcester,
stand." To which the Doctor Isaiah Thomas, jun. 1806.
* It must be supposed, that a rev.
elation from God relating to the in. THAT the author of these ser, visible and eternal world, and to our mons is a man of genius, an ele, preparation for an entrance into it, gant writer, and a well informed will contain some things, which, tho divine, the public are already intelligible as far as our practice is convinced by undeniable proof. and incomprehensible in many unes,
concerned, may yet be mysterious Besides a large number of sin- sential circumstances : for, indeed, gle discourses, three volumes of almost every thing which we see, is. sermons had obtained anextensive so. Even the religion of nature concirculațion, before the publica- ries, as the religion of the gospel.
tains as great and inscrutable myste. tion of that under review. At the The eternity, self-existence, omni. Doctor's age an access of reputa presence, and foreknowledge of God tion is not ordinarily to be ex: are as inexplicable, as the doctrine of pected ; but even in this respect the Trinity. The connexion of body he will lose nothing bus
and mind in man is as mysterious, as
the pres: the union of the divine and human ent work. The subjects are va- natures in Christ. The influence of rious, and many of them pecul- providence in supporting our frame, iarly interesting. From the first directing our motions, and overruling sermon,“ On the folly of Athe
our actions is as unsearchable, as the ism,” we make the following ex: to the temper, and assisting us to the
influence of the Spirit in formning us tract.
duties of religion. The creation of "If it were true, that there is no the world and of the first man out of God, what evidence can the Atheist nothing, is as inconceivable to our rea, have, that he shall not exist and be miserable after death ? How came he after their bodies are mingled with
son, as the resurrection of the dead to exist at all! Whatever was the dust. If, then, we reject the gospel
because we find in it doctrines, which world, a much greater number of
of sinners is no security; for this will To a
sermon from these neither lessen sin's demerit, nor ar. words, Thou art good and dost rest its tendency. Though thousands good; teach me thy statutes, the should, at the same time, be afflicted
with a painful disease, not one will author has given the following feel his own pain alleviated by the title, God's goodness the hope of sufferings of the rest. Vice is the the penitent; but no security to disorder, as well as the guilt of the the finally impenitent. In this soul ; and the disorder is the same,
whether many or few are infected sermon some of the popular ar
with it. The man tormented with guments in favour of universal envy, malice, pride, ambition, and salvation are answered with great ávarice, is still tormented, though clearness and energy
thousands of others may indulge “ You should always keep it in the same passions. You may as well mind, that wickedness tends to mis. expect that a general famine will sat. ery, and must, if retained, finally ter. isfy every man's hunger, as expect minate in it. The question, there. that general wickedness will prevent fore, is not so much concerning God's
each one's misery. Vice will operate immediate execution of punishment like itself in every one, who habitual. on sinners, as concerning their bring- ly practises it; and every one must ing misery on themselves. If you bear his own burden. if numbers continue in your sins, and die in your cannot turn vice into virtue, then impenitence, “know ye, that your sins numbers can be no defence against will find you out, and your iniquities punishment. If it be just to punish will fall upon you"_" His own ini. one sinner, it is just to punish ten, quities shall take the wicked himself; or ten thousand. The number of he shall be holden in the cords of his sinners alters not the justice of the sins.” It is absurd to start cavils procedure. Human government may, against, and study evasions of the di. on reasons of state, sometimes spare vine threatenings, unless you can an offending multitude; but these prove, that a wicked and ungodly reasons cannot operate with the Delife, followed with a hardened and ity. His power is as sufficient to impenitent death, is, in its nature, punish many as few. Though the consistent with glory and happiness. whole human race should rebel, his Some, I suppose, will say, “ If we are throne stands firm. He needs not the to judge of men's characters accord. services of his creatures ; and if he ing to the tenor of the gospel, there did, the same power which created is, and probably ever has been in the those who now exist, could supply by
a new creation the place of all who émy came and sowed tares among the revolt."
wheat, and went his way. But when In all ages the origin of evił the blade was sprung up, and brought seems to have been a subject of forth fruit, then appeared the taret
also. So the servants of the house. perplexing inquiry. No point, holder came and said unto him ; Sir, perhaps, in philosophy or meta- didst thou not sow good seed in thy physics, has been more painfully field ? From whence then hath it tares? investigated ; but the difficulties He said to them, an enemy hath done attending it have not disappear- this.” In the expłanation of this par
able, Jesus says, “ The field is the With regard to this sub
world; the good seed are the chil. ject, God holdeth back the face of dren of the kingdom; but the tares his throne, and apreadeth a cloud are the children of the wicked one : ufron it. Dr. L. has briefly treat
the enemy, that sowed them, is the ed this subjeci, in a discourse
devil.” In tracing the introduction of
evil, our Lord goes nd farther; and which has this title ; The sins
here our inquiries must be stayed. and miseries of men, not God's Had the householder judged it ne doings, but their own.
cessary, that his servants should know On the question of God's pos- he became so malicious, he would,
where this enemy got his seed, or bov itive efficiency in the production on so fair an occasion, have instructof moral evil, our author, ined them further on the subject. He agreement with the divines of said no more upon it, because no more the synod of Dort, and a large needed to be said. With this his ser. majority of those, who have been
vants were fully satisfied. It would
be well, that we should terminate out considered most orthodox, em
inquiries, where these modest ser braces the negative. He suppo- yants terminated theirs." ses, that it implies no contradic- The following, on a very dis tion, that God should communi- ferent subject, is no common specate to man the power of origin- cimen of fine writing. ating some of his volitions. On “ Here we need the vicissitudes of this subject, we offer no opinion. day and night for tabour and rest
. We only express our wish that The light is sweet, and a pleasant men on both sides wouid be care
thing it is for the eyes to behold the ful not to misrepresent the senti repose, is, however, a gloomy season.
sun. The night, though favourable to ments of their opponents, and the gloom wie endeavour to dispel would govern themselves and by artificial lights. But in heaven seek to influence others by fair, there is no need of a candle, for there scriptural reasoning. easoning. How va
is no night there, and no need of the
sun, for the glory of the Lord doth rious soever may be the senti- lighten it, and Jesus is the light ments of our readers on the thereof. Here we have our seasons question, they will agree, it is of sorrow and affliction. Our joys believed, that the discourse of are transient. Our bright and happy which we are speaking, is writ. days are interrupted with dark and ten with candour and ingenuity. cheerful suns are obscured by scowl.
stormy nights. Our smiling and If the Doctor cannot satisfy, he ing and angry clouds. Death is seems resolved not to offend. stalking around-we see his frightful
“ On the question concerning the footsteps, we hear his bollow voice. introduction of evil, we need go no
We tremble for our children and farther, and we can go no farther, friends ; we mourn the loss of breththan our Saviour has gone. He says, ren and companions ; we have no se“ The kingdom of heaven is likened curity for our most pleasing conner unto a man, who sowed good seed in ions; we are doomed to suffer the his field ; and while men slept an en- anguish of their dissolution. In boar
en things will be new. All friend.
“ It was a nipping sermon, a ship there will be the union of pure pinching sermon, a biting serand immortal minds in disinterested benevolence to one another, and in
mon, a sharp biting sermon.' supreme love to the all glorious Je. We know of no language more horah.".
descriptive of the discourse unIn the sixth particular of in- der consideration. The reader struction, suggested by the story may judge by the following speof the importunate friend, p. 215, cimen : are many valuable thoughts ; but · There is one observation more, their connexion with the subject which, though not mentioned by our is less obvious, than could be de- apostle, yet naturally arises from our sired. The close of the sermon
subject ; namely, that this infernal
heat, which usually sets the tongue is very impressive, and calculated
on fire, and renders it very voluble to melt the backsliding Christian. and loquacious, sometimes causes a
“Remember, my Christian friends, swell and stiffness, which is accomthe kindness of your youth, the love of panied by a sullen taciturnity. This your espousals, when you went after symptom, though not so exiensively Christ in the wilderness. Remember mischievous, as the inflammation, your former fears and distresses un- which we have described, may be as der a conviction of your sins. Re- painful to the patient, and as vexatious member what earnest applications to the bystanders. We read of some, you made to your Saviour, and what who were brought, by their friends, kind answers, in due time, you re- to our Saviour to be cured of their ceived. Remember what comfort dumbness. Whether this dumbness you felt, when you could call him your was caused by the impotence of the Saviour and friend, and could appro. organ, or by the wilfulness of the priate the evidences and tokens oi mis mind, it is not said. But whatever love. Remember your former zeal might be the immediate cause, there for his service, and your professed was a satanical operation at the botdedication to him. Has your zeal
tom. The patients are expressly languished, and your love waxed cold? said to be « possessed of the devil,". Remember, how you have received to have a * dumb spirit.” And and heard ; how you have resolved “ when the devil was cast out, the and promised, and hold fast and re
dumb spake." pent.”
Few authors manifest a more “ If sinners treat with indifference productive genius, or more exthe calls and invitations of the Sav.
tensive theological information, iour: yet who would expect this from
than Dr. L. you? Did you not promise that you
His mind, in no would be holiness to the Lord, and that degree enervated by years, still all your works, like the first fruits, displays its rich, undiminished should be consecrated to him? What
treasures, to the improvement iniquity have ye found in him, that you should depart from him and walk
and joy of believers.
His exafter ranity: 'I beseech you by the cellence, as an author, appears mercies of Christ, by your own expe. in his descriptive, practical, and rience of his mercies, and by the devotional performances ; rather promises, which you have made, that than in those which are controyou present yourselves living sacrifices, holy and acceptable, which is versial. Though it ought to be your reasonable service.”
acknowledged, that the sermons The' twenty-first discourse is he has published against Deism entitled, “ The pernicious et and Atheism are potent and irrefects of an inflamed tongue.” sistible in point of argument.
The congue is a fire, &c. James iii. 6. Bishop Latimer said of Jo
Ses Latimer's sermon, delivered be. nah's message to the Ninevites, fore king Edward 6th, 1550. . No. 11. Vol. II.
His style, though not perfectly his style is a complete model; free from faults, possesses, in a there are few works, which are high degree, that ease, perspicu- better suited, than this, to reguity, and force, which are so es- late the taste of young men, who sential to pulpit oratory. Tho' contemplate the ministry, and to we caunot say of Dr. Lathrop, form them to a manly, imprespor perhaps of any writer, that sive, and divine eloquence.
and to participate with delight in
those labours of each other which * Our Magazine has never, probably, have for their object the glory of the been the vehicle of intelligence more
Redeemer and the welfare of maninteresting and pleasing, than that kind. which will be found in ihe following These ideas have seldom been pages. No one who possesses any more fully impressed on our minds measure of the Christian spirit can
than when we heard of that instatxe fail to rejoice, when he sees that the of Christian liberality and attachment Holy Scriptures, the words of eternal to the cause of the Redeemer, which life, are likely soon to be translated you have exhibited in aid of the into all the most important and ex- translation of the Sacred Scriptures tensive languages of the East, and to into the languages of the East. Embe read by the many millions of men ployed in a part of the giebe so rewho inhabit that most populous por- mote from you, and personally untion of our globe. Those of our coun- known to most of you, judge what trymen who have liberally contributed were our feelings when we heard to promote this benevolent enterprise, that you had, without the least solici. will receive some additional pleasure tation on our part, interested your. in reflecting, that as the sun of reve- selves in so effectual a manner, in lation rose in the East and pursued that arduous yet delightful work, in his course till this Western world was which the Lord has bidden us engage enlightened by his rays, so they have for the sake of his people yet to be been, in a measure, instrumentul in gathered from among the heathen. reflecting back his beams to the region For this display of Christian phi. on which they had first dawned, but lantlíropy we entreat you to accept from which they had been long and our warmest thanks, not merely on mournfully withdrawn.” As. Mag. our own behalf, but in behalf of those
heathens, who, though at present un. To the Christian congregations in the conscious of your compassion towards
United States, who have contributed them, sball, nevertheless, bless you to their aid towards the translation of all eternity for having thus contributed the Sacred Scriptures into the lan- to unfold to them the pages of everguages of the Eust.
It will give you pleasure to hear AMONG those principles implanted that the Lord has so smiled upon this in the heart by the Holy Spirit, none work, as to enable us to put to press is more amiable, more fully demen versions of the Sacred Scriptures in strative of our being made partakers five of the eastern languages, the of tlie divine nature, or productive of Shanscrit, the Hindoosthannee, the more happy effects, than that of Bengalee, the Mahratta, and the Christian love. This removes all dis. Orissa ; and to go forward in prepartance of place, overlooks all peculiar. ing versions in five more of these lan. ities of name and denomination ; and guages, the Chinese, the Persian, the unites in the firmest bonds all those Telinga, the Guguratte, and the lanwho serve the same Lord, causing guages of the Seiks. them to bear each other's burdeos, In this laborious and extensore
DEARLY BELOVED BRETIREN,