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can come short of this salvation; primary interest, must be mad. provided he apply for it in the ness and ruin; however fashion. appointed way, and with a dili. able, reputable, lucrative, or agence suited to its inestimable
greeable it may otherwise be. value. This is the situation of Not only inferior elegancies, every man, so long as life con. distinctions, and honors; but tinues; for that judicial blind. crowns and sceptres,
the ness and obduracy, to which splendor of courts, the coun. many are given up, consists in a cils of statesmen and senators, total and final neglect, contempt, the grand concerns of empires, or abuse of this salvation. But
yea all the kingdoms of the when death removes, a man out world, and all the glory of them,” of this world ; his opportunity dwindle into utter insignificancy, is passed, and his state fixed to and fade as a withering flower, all eternity
when compared with eternal hapWe are then criminals, repriev. piness or misery ;
piness or misery ; " for what is ed for a short and uncertain time a man profited, if he gain the by the mercy of our Prince; that whole world and lose his own we may have an opportunity of soul ?” The soul of man, bearcasting ourselves on his clemency, ing the natural image of God, in and seeking forgiveness in a way, its noble powers and faculties; which for his own glory, he hath capable of being renewed to his prescribed. If we avail our. moral image, righteousness selves of this advantage; the and true holiness ;" endued with more terrible part of our pun. the capacity of most exquisite ishment will be remitted, and the pleasure, or most inconceivable remainder counterbalanced by anguish ; and formed to subsist most animating hopes and conso. in happiness or misery, through lations, sanctified to our great. the countless ages of etervity, is est good, and soon terminating lost when the favor and image of in everlasting felicity ; but if we God are finally forfeited; and neglect so great salvation, our when it is condemned to endure yain and vexatious worldly pur- his tremendous wrath, and to be suits and pleasures will soon is. given up to the unrestrained fury sue in final and eternal misery. of all vile affections in the com.
Qur first great business and in. pany of fallen spirits forever. terest therefore, during our pres.
This loss is incurred by ent uncertain state, must be, to sin ; but the forfeiture is ratified prepare for death and judgment by the sinner's persevering im. by seeking “ eternal life, as the penitence, unbelief, and disobe. gift of God through Jesus Christ dience. The pleasure, profit, our Lord;" for if we succeed honor, power, or ease, which in this grand concern, all inferi. men seek by continuing in sin, or disappointments or losses will is the price of their souls: they shortly be most amply made up are so infatuated, as thus to sell to us; but if we fail in this res. them for the most worthless tri. pect, our present successes will fles; because, (like our first only serve to aggravate our fu. parents,) they credit satan's lies ture anguish. Every pursuit, more than the truth of God, which is incompatible with this through desire of the forbidden
fruit; or because they put off ful and expedient may thus be the grand concerns to a future rendered subservient to season, and quiet their conscien. grand object; and all things ces; (as debtors do their impor. needful will be added to us. tunate creditors,) by fixing on But men are ruined by revers. some future time of intended ing God's order, and seeking amendment; or because they first the world, and the things think their state good, when that are in the world, even “ the God's word declares the con, lust of the flesh, the lust of the trary. Thus their opportunity eye, and the pride of life.” elapses, and too late they under. Even where gross vices and stand the energy of the question, open ungodliness are avoided, 66 what shall a man give in ex. how greatly are persons of all change for his soul ?"
ranks, endowments, and pro. This shews us the importance fessions, “careful and troubled of Lord's exhortation, about many things ;' instead “ seek first the kingdom of God, of attending simply and diligent. and his righteousness.” Admis. ly to the one thing needful, and sion into thạt kingdom, which decidedly “ choosing that good God hath set up among men by part, which could never be taken the gospel of his Son, the priv. from them.” Men's thoughts, ileges of which consist in “right. contrivances, hopes, fears, joys, eousness, peace, and joy in the sorrows, maxims, wisdom, assi. Holy Ghost ;" the holiness and duity, and conversation, are al. blessings of that kingdom for most wholly engrossed by the ourselves, and the peace, pros. perishing, vexatious trifles of perity, and enlargement of it in time. Every vague, strange, the world, should be sought by and uninteresting report is more diligence in all appointed means, attended to, than " the glad tid. as our grand objects, with the ings of salvation;" every science first and best of our time and af. deemed better worth cultivating fections, in preference to all oth than the knowledge of God; er things, and with a willingness every question is thought to be to venture, or part with, what. sufficiently important to set the ever comes in competition with ingenuity of men at work to give them; even if that should be our it a satisfactory answer, except it estates, liberty, friends, or life be inquired 66 what we must do itself. We are not allowed" to to be saved ;" and such topics fear even them who can only only excite astonishment, diskill the body, and after that have gust, a short silence, and the
more that they can do," starting of some more congenial when this would lead us to incur subject! If a man pretend to the displeasure of Almighty teach others the way to health, God, who is able to destroy to riches, to the enjoyment of both body and soul in hell.” life, or how to appear to advan. A proper attention to our world, tage among their companions ; ly bụsiness and interests is a part assiduous attention and liber, of our duty to the Lord, to his al compensation will not be church, to the community, and withheld ; but they, who would to our families; every thing law teach men the way of eternal
life, must not expect much ist then
rivers of water regard, even when they desire run down mine eyes, because no other recompense.
men keep not thy law." But But time and room would fail, O, ye giddy sons and daughters should we attempt to enumerate of Adam, what will ye think of the proofs of man's folly and your present pursuits, when madness in this respect. Even death shall summon you to God's the very messages of God, res. tribunal ? What will then your pecting judgment, eternity, and riches, pleasures, decorations, his great salvation (instead of elegancies, honors, or dignities meeting with a serious regard,) avail you? What comfort will are often set to music, and pro- the knowledge of all languages fanely employed to vary the spe- and sciences then afford ? What cies of pleasurable dissipation! will you think of your present Nay, they are often preached anxious cares, covetings, envyout of ostentation, avarice, envy, ings, repinings, and disputes ; or strife; heard as a matter of when “the night cometh in curiosity or amusement; or con- which
work ?" tended for in pride, virulence, “Seek,” then, “the Lord while and furious anger ! The grand he may be found, call upon him business of most men seems to while he is near; let the wicked be, to avoid the burden of reflec- forsake his way and the unright. tion, to cause time to glide away eous man his thoughts, and let as imperceptibly, as possible, him return to the Lord, and he and so apparently to shorten the will have mercy upon him! and span allotted them to prepare for to our God, for he will abun. eternity! Well might the psalm- dantly pardon.” Scott's Essays.
A Sermon preached Jan. 10, culiar, though incomprehensible,
1810, at the Dedication of the presence of Jehovah, in a place Church in Park Street, Bos. devoted to his worship, it is afton. By Edward D. Griffin, fected with the most profound D.D. stated Preacher in suid awe and the deepest humility, Church, and Bartlet Profes. When it dwells upon the kind. sor of Pulpit Eloquence in the ness and condescension of the Divinity College ut Andover. infinite Creator, in encouraging Boston: Printed and publishand requiring his creatures, guil. ed by Lincoln & Edmands, ty and dependent as men are, to No. 53, Cornhill. pp. 34. erect temples for the purpose of
regular and public prayer, praise, We have always considered and religious instruction, with the dedication of a church to the mingled emotions of self-abaseservice of God as a solemn and ment and aspiring gratitude, it most interesting occasion. When prompts us to exclaim, What is the mind contemplates the pe. man that thou art mindful of him ; and who are the children erable punishment;whileto others of men that thou regardest them. it shall be applied as the means When we consider the glorious of everlasting emancipation from blessings of the christian dispen. guilt and pain, and of an intro. sation, and reflect that immortal. duction to regions of endless hoity is to be gained or lost during liness and joy. our short existence here on earth; With these reflections we sat when experience and observa. down to the perusal of the ser. tion, as well as the word of truth, mon before us, and are happy to induce us to believe, that the find many passages in accordance amazing concerns between God with our feelings, and some ua. and the soul of the sinner, are usually solemn and impressive. usually settled in the sanctuary, The text is, 2 Chron. vi, 18. But our minds are filled with associa. will God in very deed dwell with tions the most august and over- men on the earth? Behold, hea. .whelming. On entering a newly ven, and the heaven of heavens, erected house of worship, we can cannot contain thee; how much hardly refrain from saying, From less this house which I have built! this place the prayers of the After a brief introduction, the faithful will ascend, as clouds body of the sermon is divided in of incense, and be rendered ac. the following manner : ceptable through the intercession I. Does He whom the heaven of the Almighty Advocate. Here, of heavens cannot contain, dwell it is to be hoped, the preaching in any place? of the word will be used by the II. Will God in
deed Holy Ghost to convince of sin, dwell with men on the earth? of righteousness, and of judg- III. Can we presume to hope ment. Here awakened sinners, that He will dwell in the house in all the agony produced by a which we have built ? sense of conscious guilt, fear of Under the first head of the the wrath to come, and an anx. discourse, the object of the ious wish that some way of de preacher is to show, that, liverance may be found, will ap- though God is essentially every propriate to themselves the earn- where present, he has for the more est inquiry, What must we do perfect manifestation of himself to be saved ? Here a new song to his creatures, consecrated cer. will be begun, a song of perpet. tain places with special marks of ual transport, a song in which his presence ; and that, in the all the redecmed will unite, ages person of Christ, the omnipresent after this world, and all that it God will be for ever exhibited to contains, shall have been dissol. the view of his creatures. Un. ved. Nor can the well informed der the second, he takes notice of mind avoid the reflection, awful the prominent facts, which prove as it is, that, in this place, to that God has condescended to some the declaration of the truth dwell with sinfulmen on the earth. will prove, throngh their disobe. Under the third, he takes encourdience and unwillingness to re- agement, from the presence of ceive it, a savor of death unto God in the ancient tabernacle, death, the means of more aggrava. and from the joy experienced by ted condemnation and more intol. good men, in every age of the
church, in frequenting the sanc. families, our brethren, and for a world tuary of the Most High.
lying in wickedness Here, I hope, the
truths of the gospel will be preached in The appropriate business of all their simplicity, in all their mildness, the day is then introduced with the and in all their force ; without unchari
table allusions to any who may defend following account of the reasons
different views of the Scriptures. The why this house has been built. business to be transacted here, lies not
between us and our brethren of different “ The history of this undertaking is names or opinions; but between God and short. A few individuals, finding another our own souls. Pursuing such a course, house for divine worship to be necessary, if we are not so happy as to command united to erect this. On the 27th day of the esteem of the candid and peaceable, Feb. last,a part of their number, by the aid we will endeavor, at least to deserve it. of an ecclesiastical council, were formed “In the cause of truth no unhallowed into a christian church. On the first day violence, no efforts contrary to the hu. of May, was laid, with an appropriate in- mility and meekness of christian love, scription,* the corner stone of this edi- are either necessary or admissible. In fice, which is now opened for public use. the support of this cause man is not to “That the proprietors were correct in prevail
, but God. Man is a poor, feeble supposing another house to be necessary, instrument; and has nothing to do, but, will appear from the following statement. like Gideon, to blow his trumpet, and hold For a hundred and twenty years after his lamp, and stand still in his place: the the first christian assembly was gathered victory and the glory are the Lord's. The in this town, a new congregational or man who is deeply impressed with these presbyterian church was established, up- truths, will not strive, but will be gentle on an average, once in twelve years. But unto all men It is more in character since that period, that is, for near seventy for those who ascribe all the power to years, none has been added to the num- man, or who support a cause which God ber, notwithstanding the increasing ratio does not favor,-- it is more in character of the progress of population : but, on the for them to bring their passions to the contrary, two which existed at the com- combat, to throw their unsanctified feel. mencement of the American revolution, ings into action, and assail the persons or have disappeared. In 1775, and for thirty characters of their opponents. But the years preceding, there were, in the town, cause of truth and of God disclaiins all eleven houses for public worship, owned such aid.” by the congregational and presbyterian churches; in 1808,ther were but nine. It We are then informed, that was, therefore, necessary, unless people were to be excluded from the public
" this house, though not raised worship of God, that another house for controversial discussions, has should be provided for their accommoda- been built by those who esteem tion."
it far from indifferent what docThe author then goes on to
trines man believes," and make a frank disclosure of the whose "object has been to sub. views which governed those who serve that experimental religion, built this church. The two fol.
which is intimately connected lowing paragraphs breathe an ex.
with the doctrines of grace." çellent and truly catholic spirit. These doctrines are asserted “to
have been owned by the Spirit;" “The worship of God, as conducted in this house will not, I hope, wear the apReformation ;” to have been
"to have been the doctrines of the pearance of controversy: much less,of bitterness against others; but of meekness, the doctrines of our fathers; and rather, and gentleness, as the spirit of the
to be at present the doctrines of gospel dictates. This pulpit was not erected to hurt anathemas against men
the American churches. We who to their own master must stand or are confident, that we consult fall. But here, with an eye uplifted to heaven, and filled with tears, we are to
the pleasure, as well as the in. make supplication for, ourselves, our
struction of our readers by making the following copious ex.
tracts. * Taken from Eph. ii. 20, 21.