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With the construction, which from the congregation merely it has been supposed is to be for holding an office under the put on the apostolic direction Roman government. Had this under consideration, the com- been the case, we can hardly mand of Christ entirely agrees. suppose that Christ, who so careWhen an offender refuses to hear fully observed all the laws of the the kind and brotherly admoni. Mosaic Institution, would ever tions to be administered to him, have indulged a freedom with Christ says, Matt. xviii, 17. Lei publicans, which might jus:ly be him be unto thee as a heathen man offensive to the Jews. And it is end a publican. As this direction to be further observed, that to was given to Christ's Jewish suppose Christ intended, that disciples, it is to be supposed, his eating and drinking with that they would feel themselves publicans should be an example required to treat one, who is re- to his disciples of the treatment jected from the church, in the they were to give to excommu. same manner as the Jews thought nicated persons, would render themselves required to treat the his direction, Matt. xviii, perfect. heathen and publicans. And as ly unintelligible. Christ did eat this direction was to be a stand- and drink with publicans; but, he ing rule in the Christian church, did not, with heathen men. How, it could convey no instruction at then, would it be possible for all to churches gathered from Christians to imitate Christ's ex. amongst the heathen, unless it ample in their treatment of an required them also to treat an excommunicated person? It canexcommunicated person in the not, then, otherwise be, when same manner as was required of Christ said of the offending Jewish Christians. If this be a brother, If he refuse to hear the just construction of the words of church, let him be unto thee as an Christ, the question, respecting heathen man and a publican, than the treatment of a person ex- that they should suppose him to cluded from the cominunion of mean, that they were to treat the church, is decided; and such an one as the Jews treated Christians are forbidden to use heathen men and pubiicans. In that degree of familiarity with any other view, the direction him, which was permitted pre- must be wholly without meaning. viously to his profession of re- Thus does it appear, that the ligion.
Scriptures plainly forbid ChrisSome may here object, that tians to eat with an excommuniChrist both ate and drank with cated person, even at common publicans; and it would be un- meals. And if this be Christ's reasonable to suppose, that he rule, it ought carefully to be obwould restrain his disciples from served by all Christian churches; freedoms, of which he himself and a blessing may be expected had given an example.
to follow. Nothing tends so much But, respecting Christ's eat- to render Christian churches ing and drinking with publicans, respectable as a careful adherit does not appear that the Mo- ence to the laws of Christ in caic law required the Jews to discipline, as well as in other cxclude one of their brethren respects. This renders a churck terrible as an army with banners. culiarly pleasing. From the first Were the laws of Christ care-' intimation of your voluntary sacfully observed, in all Christian rifice of worldly happiness for churches, and were ecclesias:i- the cause of Christ, I felt an cal government, wbich is a gove attachment, which can only be ernment of love, universally known by those whose views and practised among men, it would prospects are similar, and which lay a more effectual restraint on has increased by your late afmen, than all civil laws, to- fectionale epistle. gether with all their penal sanc-, The idea of walking in the tions.
same path through life, partak. These considerations may ing of the same trials and diffiserve to show, that it is a mat- culties, induces me already to ter of no smali importance, that rank you with the number of my Christians treat an excommuni- much loved friends, and inclines cated person with less familiari: me to write freely on a subject ty, and company less with him, dear to us both. than they may be allowed to do Our contemplated undertaking with many of their neighbors, is great, arduous, and highly imwho never made a profession of portant. To enter a path untrod religion. But whatever outward before by any American female treatment they give the unhappy requires much previous considperson they are obliged to ex- eration. The subject should-He clude from their Christian fel- thoroughly investigated, and er. lowship, they are, nevertheless, ery argument in favor and against continually to pray for his recor. candidly weighed. If arguments ery, and, upon proper manifesta- in favor of females accompany. Lions of repentance, cordially and ing missionaries to a heathen thankfully to receive him agaiu land preponderate, we ought iminto their communion. W* partially to examine ourselves,
to see, if we possess those qualifications absolutely requisite for such an undertaking. If through
the mercy of God, we humbly The following letters were write dare to hope, he has in any
ten by two young ladies, now mcasure prepared us, should we the wives of American Mis- not seriously and prayerfully. sionaries in India, to another search for the prevailing motive, young lady, who is their cuina which induces us to make the panion in labors and sacrifices, attempt? A life of self-denial is now the wife of another Mis- before us, and we must begin by sionary. They are dated, as cutting the most tender ties. will be seen, but a short time The paternal roof, and all that is before she writers and their endearing in the appellation of correspondeni sailed for Cale parent, sister, and brother, must culla,
be forsaken, never to be seen
The scenes of our play. B......., August 29th, 1811. ful years, the companions of our Your letter, my dear Miss
Plives, and the much loved circle was productive of seasaticns pe- who surround the social altar for
prayer and praise, must no-lon- son to expect to find it a reality?. ger be enjoyed, but lost forever. What motives are sufficient to We must encounter the dangers induce us to enter a path so filof the deep, perhaps be taken led with briars and thorns? If by some foreign tyrannical pow. the object which lies at the end, er, separated from those we love, is not worth making all these and if spared from immediate sacrifices and enduring all these death, condemned to drag out a trials, we shall sink and be diswretched existence, in some couraged before we get half gloomy prison, or under the gal. through. But if actuated from ling yoke of slavery and oppres- motives of sincere love to the sion. But if preserved from tri. Redeemer, and an ardent desire als like these, wbat awaits us in for the salvation of sinners, we a heathen land? Not the cheer. have nothing to fear. He will ing salutations of long absent strengthen and support us in evfriends, but the uncouth dialectery trying hour. Although he of an unknown tongue will every may appoint for us a path full of wbere sound in our ears. We dangers, yet he will provide a shall be surrounded by those way for escape. He can easily whose very countenances wear take away those painful sensaa terrific aspect, who are desti- tions of which a separation from tute of a religious principle by our friends will be productive. which to govern their actions, If he deprives us of every other and whose consciences are so source of enjoyment, and gives dead as to cease to alarm when us himself, we cannot be unhapcommitting the most atrocious py. If we must leave our parcrimes. We must live in con- ents, on whom we have been de. stant dread of those around, ex- pendent, will it not lead us to cept when faith raises us above feel the more need of having the fear of the power of crea- God for our Father, and to see tures.
more clearly our entire depenOur bodies may be emaciated dence on him? If our sisters and with sickness, our mental facul. social friends must be forsaken, ties lose their vigor in conse
may we not find sisters in each quence of the sultry climate; other, and erect the social se. want, peril, and distress may male altar in a land of pagans? every where attend us. We may Perhaps we may induce some of soon be called to part with our the wretched, degraded females dearest earthly friends, and be of India, to join with us in worleft alone in a land of strangers. shipping our beavenly Father. When we come to lie down on Perhaps we shall be the first to the bed of death, no parent or tcach some listening, attentive sister will soften our dying pil- child to lisp the praises of Jesus. low and wipe away our tear's; 110 () my dear sister, thoughts like congenial friend to close our these, are sufficient to excite in eyes and lay our bodies in the our bearis a wish to spend our grave. Thus we may end our days in a heathen land. Yes, we days in a heathen land. How will give up worldly happiness, gloomy, my dear girl, this pic- joyfuily encounter the dargers ture! And yet, bave we not rea- of the deep and the unknown trials that await us, at our place flow from the lips of brothers of destination. We have every and sisters dear, I often say to thing to engage us, for all heav- myself, will my Father in Heaven is engaged in the same glo- en condescend to grant me rious cause for which,we humbly friends similar 10, these, in my hope, we leave our native land. dear Miss P, and my ever
dear N--Oh yes, my heart “The sultry climes of India then we'll replies—they will instruct, ad.
choose; There will we toil, and sinners bands vise, reprove, and love me too. uploose!
When the accumulated difficulThere may we live, and draw our latest ties of a missionary life depress
breath, And in our Jesus' service meet a stingless my laboring bosom, they will dideath!"
rect my thoughts to that Savior,
who has kindly engaged to be Adieu, my dear girl, and be- the friend of the friendless-the lieve me your letters will ever enhance the felicity of your af support of his believing children.
and love, will sweetly calm each rising fear, and tranquillize my
distressed soul. H. .... ., Jan. 11th, 1812.
Nothing but an ardent wish: 'The commencement of a cor- of more extensive usefulness, respondence with my dear Miss first led my thoughts to the Pis attended with many pleas. heathen world. Favored by ant sensations. When one whom heaven with every temporal I love, though an entire stranger, blessing heart could wish, a fore addresses me by the endearing eign country could have do appellation of “sister or friend," charm for nie. Although I fre, I lose every embarrassment, and quently contemplate with pleasfeel the same perfect freedom ure, a life so peculiarly devoted as when conversing personally to the service of God; yet the with those companions, with consciousness of wanting many whom I have spent the playful important qualifications which I hours of youth. Your affection- know I do not possess, often create letter met with a cordial re- ates a depression of spirits, and ception. The perusal of it in- a doubt with respect to duty. creased the wish which I have My youth, a slight education, so long indulged, of being favored little vigor and strength of mind, with an interview with you. The so little piety,these are obstaanticipated separation from a be- cles, great indeed. I think it loved mother, affectionate broth- docs rejoice my heart that you ers and sisters, and other valued my dear Miss P and Nfriends, strongly attaches my are so eminently qualified for heart to those "dear selected the work of the mission. May few” who will be my only asso- you be made the favored instru. ciates, through the little remnant ments, of leading many wretched of my life. When eagerly listen- female Indians, to the Lainb of ing to the maternal advice of the God, who bled on Calvary. On best of parents, or when attend- the "great day of dread decision," ing to the accents of love which may the millions who have heard
from your lips the way to heave friend to point them to the Saven, rise up and call you blessed. ior of sinners, who alone can The idea that an independent, make them happy beyond the sovereign God, often uses the grave.
But “faith looks over weakest instruments to promote these" lowering "nountains"and his glory, and carry on his plans, beholds with joy unutterable the frequently affords me enconr- millennial reign of peace and agement. If he has any work love. The banks of the Ganges for me to do in heathen lands, and the Indus, shall resound with he will remove every Olstacle, the high praises of Immanuel; qualify me for the important un redeeming love shall be the dertaking, and support me under theme of the Hindoo; it shall every trial.
warble sweetly from the lips of Sabbath Eve. I have this day the uncivilized Hottentots on been to the house consecrated Afric's burning sands. The wanto the worship of the Most High dering, inhospitable Indians of God. I have sat under the drop- our own dear native country, pings of the sanctuary with great shall catch the sacred fire, and delight. The inviting sound of their hearts will beat in unison. the glorious Gospel,which bring- Shall we, my dear Miss Peth life and salvation, has con- be made instrumental in hastenveyed to my inmost soul, a sub- ing this great revolution? Will lime ardor, and heart-felt satis- our covenant God condescend faction, almost unknown before. to employ us in his service, and O, my sister, how valuable, how bless our feeble efforts? And exceedingly precious, is the re- shall we think any sacrifices too ligion of Jesus? How unlike that great to nake for him? Oh no! of Mahomet, how different from Let us willingly take a last fare. any which the carnal heart can well of friends and native couninvent! How well is it adapted try, cross the tempestuous ocean, to secure the eternal interest and spend a self-denying, active and happiness of all created in- life in the attempt of leading the telligencies; “how just to God, females of Hindostan to that Jehow safe for man!"' Whije con- sus, whom we have found so lemplating with rapture the su- precious to our souls. What if perior excellency of the Chris. our lives are replete with hard. tian religion, does not your heart ships and afflictions? burn within you, at the anticipated prospect of its universal pro
..------Our journey here mulgation throughout the world? Though it be darksome, joyless, and for
present state of the heathen is yet but short; ere long our weary feet is deplorable beyond description. Shall greet the peaceful inn of lasting rest. No star in the east directs them to the Babe of Bethlchem. No I have thought much of the Sun of righteousness has arisen plan you proposed, viz. of studyamongst them, to irradiate their ing some new language in order bepighted, dreary path. They to acquire an eastern language spend their days in wretched with greater facility: N ness, strangers to the consola. and I have conversed upon the tions of the Gospel, without a subject, and have at length come