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tioned ; indeed, as the oracles of wicked, they may be excludtruth are, in this age of free in- ed from communion with the quiry, open to all, sincerity and church. And while you considwarmth in recommending prac-er yourselves as guardians of tical truths are rather required the church, watching over its in teachers of Christianity, than temporal concerns, and the regabstruse and elaborate disquisi- ularity of its lay members, allow tions.
me to call your attention to those “While, therefore, I exhort canons which respect the conyou to remain faithful to your duct of your ministers. It has ordination vows, and not only often happened, either through to cultivate a regard to the arti- ignorance of the mode of trying cles of our church, but in your clergymen who are guilty of any sermons to recommend a dili- immorality, or breach of our gent perusal and acceptance of rules, or from delicacy and comthem, by the people committed passion for one justly liable to to your charge, let it be your censure, or through a wilful and main concern to nourish them perverse contempt of ecclesiaswith the bread of life, to make tical government, that offending them wise unto salvation. Re- clergymen have been retained in membering that you speak, and their parishes by their vestries. they hear, for eternity, you will The hurtful effects of this illendeavour to suit your discourses judged conduct are evident. It to particular ages and condi- affords to men careless of relitions, without giving offence, by gious duty, a just cause of withany marked designation of in- holding pecuniary aid from clerdividuals.
gymen thus situated. It brings "Gentlemen of the vestries; our discipline into disrepute, and in order to give due effect to the may drive some from a church, labours of clergymen, and in a in which such irregularities seem great measure to make the to be countenanced. person who is your rector a re- “ It must occur to you, that in spectable character, very much an age when innovations are so depends upon your exertions. common, there is danger lest a Your aid is necessary in many daring and restless spirit, imparespects. You are more in the tient of control, may seek to world than your minister is break through the decent forms or ought to be. When per appointed for the orderly and desons notoriously immoral are vout celebration of public wor
our members, ship ; and schisms be introduced, you will see, by our canons, by which the unity and peace of that it is your duty to inform the the church may be violated, and incumbent; that such persons the consciences of the honest and may be warned of their sinful, sincere be ensnared. destructive courses, and that, if “ That in many parts of my possible, they may be brought to diocess a great revival of serious such a serious way of thinking, and devout impressions has taken as may be attended with lasting place, is to me cause of joy and good ; or that, if incorrigibly thankfulness to him, who holds in Vol. II. No. 3
his power the hearts of all men, the foundations of the Prophets and who has promised to be with, and Apostles, Jesus Christ himhis church to the end of the self being the chief corner-stone. world. May he enable and di-, Bless God that the light of the rect us to have a zeal, tempered Gospel yet shines among us. with prudence and knowledge, Prize it as the greatest mercy ; and conducted by his love and dread its removal as the worst fear.
of evils ; and think, if we all " Ministers and people should improve our talents as Chrisbe mutually helpful in labours of tians should do, how joyful and love. The relation which sub- happy our meeting will be, when sists between them is a very sa- the Lord of heaven and earth cred one. It only begins now; shall have gathered, from this it is indissoluble, and forms a link world's pollutions, all the souls. in that chain which binds the found worthy of eternal life! church on earth to the church Amen. in heaven ; which shall be glori- “ Your affectionate Diocesan, ously unfolded at last, when the THOS. J. CLAGGETT, faithful servant of Christ shall Bishop of the Protestant Episcopresent that portion of his fellow- pal Church, Maryland. travellers, now entrusted to his Croom, 29th July, 1805." care, to the great Bishop and Shepherd of souls. Every consideration, natural, moral, and religious, suggests the duty of
FRAGMENTS. decently supporting those who labour among you in holy things, REMARKABLE SAYINGS OF
PHILIP HENRY. that they may give themselves to this work. As they cannot The devil cozens
us of all now, without good reasons, such our time, by cozening us of our as the Convention may approve, present time. leave their flocks, so, if you give That is always best for us, them a competent support, dur- which is best for our souls. ing good behaviour, it is firmly If the end of one mercy were believed that you will experience not the beginning of another, we the happiest result.
should be undone. “ Lastly, let all of us, whether cies. call for new returns of of the clergy, vestry, or of the praise ; and these will fetch in people at large, remember that
new mercies. we form a part of that great fam- When the mind and the conily, of which Jesus Christ is the dition meet, there is contenthead ; that we have been admit- ment. Haman was discontented ted into this family by baptism; at the court, Ahab on the throne, and that the vows of God are up Adam in paradise, and the angels on all of us. Be persuaded, my that fell were discontented in dear friends of the laity, to do heaven itself. all in your power to aid the en- Four things he was most any. deavours of your ministers and ious should not be against him, vestries in this good work; ad- the word of God, his own conhere to your church, built upon science, the prayers of the poor,
and the account of godly min- man returned to his companion, isters.
he found him really lifeless! Imre He that hath a blind con- mediately he began to exclaim science, which sees nothing, a aloud, oh, Sir, he is dead ! oh Sir, dead conscience, which feels he is dead ! On this the archnothing, and a dumb conscience, bishop returned ; and discoverwhich says nothing, is as misera- ing the fraud, said, it is a dangerble, as man can be out of hell. ous thing to trifle with the judgLife of Mr. Henry. ment of God.
Scot's Miss. Mag.
land, stung with disappointment One day, in which there hap- at the defeat of the Spanish Arpened a tremendous storm of mada, in the year 1588, and wishlightning and thunder, as Arch- ing to detract from the honour bishop Leighton was going from of the brave defenders of their Glasgow to Dumblaine, he was country, loudly exclaimed that descried, when at a considerable the Enolish had little reason to distance, by two men of bad char boast, ior that, if the elements acter. They had not courage to had not fought for them, they rob him ; but wishing to fall on would certainly have been consome method of extorting money quered, the enlarged and ready from him, one of them presently mind of Elizabeth instantly imsaid, I will lie down by the wayside proved the hint. She commandas if I were dead ; and you shall ed a medal to be struck, repreinform the archbishop that I was senting the Armada scattered killed by the lightning, and beg and sinking in the back ground; money of him to bury me. When and, in the front, the British the archbishop arrived at the fleet riding triumphant, with this spot, the wicked wretch told him motto around the medal ; Thou this fabricated story, who, having didst blow with thy wind, and the sympathized with the survivor, sea covered them.” A striking gave him money, and proceeded instance this, among thousands, on his journey.
But when the that “ salvation is of the Lord."
Review of Dew Publications.
A Discourse before the Society for Church, in Boston.
E. Lin, propagating the Gospel among coln, Boston. 1806. the Indians and others in North
occasions America, delivered Nov. 7, similar to this, have, of late years, 1805. By Joseph Eckler, D.D. become very frequent. Mission, minister of the old South ary Societies have been greatly
multiplied both in Europe and sion to consider the nature and
“That making peace or reconciliaof the shadow of death is an ob- tion involves the concession of a pre. ject exceedingly interesting to existent state of disorder and offence. all the friends of human happi- The disorder or offence is sin, intro.
duced into the world by our first par. ness. They who have an un
ents in the garden of Paradise, and wavering belief of the promises pervading the hearts of their numerwhich God has made in favour ous descendants from that melancholy of the church, and duly consider season to the present day. It has the means, which must be em
shut the gates of Eden, nipped her ployed to accomplish those ers; and instead of angels with smiles
fair fruits, blighted her aromatic flow. promises, have the most anima- of love, and accents of celestial joy, ting motives to abound, in the has placed cherubims, and a flaming work of the Lord. A very en- sword, turning every way, to keep the couraging motive results likewise way of the tree of life. I cannot ade. from the success which has at- contrariety to the nature, opposition
quately describe it. It consists in tended the pious efforts of God's to the will, and disaffection to the people. What benevolent mind government of a perfect God. It has can survey that success, and produced a kind of war between hea.
ven and earth." anticipate the time when the earth shall be filled with the The author has good reason to knowledge of the glory of the consider the following observa Lord, without humble triumph tion of importance ; viz ; in the power and glory of re
“ That the same ideas must ne. deeming love.
With what pecu. cessarily be entertained in the mind liar propriety may every believer, of God concerning the evil of sin, at this day, adopt the holy re- when he pardons it, as when it exists solution of Isaiah ; For Zion's in the first instance. No alteration in sake I will not hold my peace, Divine Being. On any other supposi,
this respect, is ever possible with the and for Jerusalem's sake I will not tion, our views of the nature of pardon rest, until the righteousness there must be entirely obscure. To the of go forth as brightness, and the contemplation of the sanctity compris. salvation thereof as a lamp that ed in forgiving love, must be attributed
the reciprocal enjoyment between the burneth.
reconciled sinner, and his Maker: Happy is the preacher, who, For, as repentance cannot fail to inon a missionary occasion, shows volve the disapprobation of sin, the a mind raised and ennobled by effect will be realized not in the mere the great object of redemption, demning power of a perfect law, and speaks from the fulness of a
which even the impenitent might es. heart, which is united to the Sa- perience; but.....in the admiration of viour's kingdom, and earnestly the character of the Legislator, the desires its enlargement and pros: dial acknowledgment that salvation perity. The subject of Dr. Eckley's Christ.”.
is of pure grace through Jesus discourse is interesting in itself, and suited to the occasion.
Under the second head we noFrom Col. i. 20, he takes occa.
tice the following correct views
of the necessity and the nature scendently glorious among the of Christ's mediation.
works of God; that it is the prin. “To one who has been a friend, or
cipal work in the moral system; virtuous being, it may in general be that the good resulting from the safe and expedient to do a kindness. death of Christ was 80 great, 28 to But when it is done to an enemy, as a absorb the idea of the evil, afford, sinner may be viewed in relation to his God, it must be done circumspectly. ing to the mind of the Father the In the former case, the process may enjoyment of infinite felicity on the be plain and easy. In the latter, pre- whole ; that there is abundant liminary considerations may be need evidence of a peculiar predilection ful. The rights of the divine govern for the saints in the divine counsels, laws honoured, religion exalted, and according to John xvii.; that some the obligation to the practice of holi plan of divine government, in its ness, with the inexcusableness of sin, nature completely glorious, wise, exhibited by additional light. Par. and good, must in reality exist; doning mercy, as delineated in the cosa chat whatever this may be, it must character of a righteous God. It is necessarily look beyond time into dignified, as it is benignant, grand eternity, embrace all events, inwhilst it is mild ; embracing justice clude all beings, and comprehend to created beings in general, as well all worlds ; that while the greatest as commiseration to offenders.”
display will ultimately be made of While we think the sentiment ine perfections of its author, the here expressed honorary to God object, on the whole, is the highest and full of moral beauty ; we possible good of the vast system ; are quite unable to discover its that even the perpetual punish. pertinence in this place, where ment of fallen angels and impenithe writer is professedly point- tent men is to be viewed as a ing out the effects of gospel re- partial evil, admitted for the sake conciliation. A correct arrange- of the general good ; that there is ment, we apprehend, would have not a single event, at any time, considered the measures here among any beings, or in any world, mentioned, as prerequisite to re- incapable of subjection to the deconciliation and peace. We can- sign of infinite benevolence ; and not help remarking that the sec- 80 that saints and angels will have ond particular, as well as this, reason through eternity to unite in has, at best, a yery obscure con- the anthem, “ Halleluia, for the nexion with the idea of effects. Lord God omnipotent reign. We however notice with satis- eth." faction, the passage, in which the These sentiments not only lay writer impressively illustrates the foundation for pious acquies the happiness, which natural and cence and joy in Jehovah's admoral evil will, on the principle ministration, but directly excite of contrast, occasion to the re; to the most cheerful and zealous deemed. It is a noble thought, co-operation with him. solving a thousand doubts.
The answer to an objection The friends of evangelical against endless punishment, in truth will be pleased to find such the note, p. 18, 19, deserves sentiments as these ; that the attention. plan of man's redemption is tran. The application of the subject