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EFFECTS OF IMPIETY. —- BIBLICAL CRITICISM. C21
Societies in one congregation; so that forty or fifty precious souls might thus enjoy the various advantages of this work, who are now unhappily excluded.
I take it for granted, that those Christians who can afford to purchase it for themselves, are too desirous of promoting the charitable purposes to which the profits are devoted, to think of recurring to this mode. I plead for the poor disciples of Christ, whom 1 know to be often in want of some such plans.
AWFUL EFFECTS OF IMPIETY.
The wicked husband of an irreligious woman, being inFormed, when at the public-house, that his wife, who had been, dangerously ill, was dead,— replied," Then she is gone to Hell; and I shall soon follow her!" though perhaps with but little or no apprehension that his own departure was at hand. He was, however, soon arrested by the invincible King of Terrors. A few hours previous to his departure, he requested a friend to assist him in the arrangement of his temporal affairs; which being done, the person who had been thus engaged, said,' i have something more to say to you, and I must not deceive you. You are a dying man, your past life has been exceedingly wicked, you have perhaps but a few hours to Jive, it therefore becomes you to meditate seriously upon Death and Eternity, and call upon Cod for mercy. I would advise you also to send for some person who could instruct and pray with you. Give me leave to recommend the Dissenting Minister: I have heard him preach a few times with much pleasure; and I am sure he will coine if you send for him.' At which the dying man, with apparent resentment and rage, exclaimed, "Do you mean, that you have been at that meeting! I would sooner go to Hell than go there! Send for him! (meaning the
person recommended) i had rather be d d than he should
come here!" Aw fill to relate, in a short space his soul entered upon an eternal state. \V. K.
And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their orna* meats by the Mount Jloreb. — Exod. xxxiii. C.
The denunciation of divine anger was the reason why "the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments." A similar indication of (car is observable in the general practice of "the Romans. A day was fixed tor the trial of the accused person. In the mean time he changed his dress, laid aside evert/ kind oj ornament, let his hair and beard grow; and in this mean garb went round and solicited the favour of the people. — Adams's Roman Ant.p. t>7>
Or ASHTED, NEAR BIRM IN<.II AM,
died August 30, 1804, aged eleven years and eight months. Dl'Risc his tender years, he ap.
fieared, in general, to have very ittle concern about Ins soul; but, like most other children, was de. lighted with triHing amusements; yet he did not associate with wicked companions, but respected the external parts of religious worship, probably more from custom than real delight in tlicin. At the beginning of his illness (which continued about six weeks) he expressed a wish to live longer; but when he saw the medicines he took were ineffectual, he was greatly troubled; and said to his mother, " 1 am not so much alraid of dying as of not being fit to die." He was a good deal by himself, was very pensive, and would ask his mother many questions about the soul and its interesting concerns, lie was soon convinced that he should die; and only wanted to know how he could, and whether If should, be saved. When he grew worse, his concern for his soul increased; and he would cry out vehemently, "Mercy, good Lord! mercy is all 1 crave I" looking earnestly towards Heaven, and stretching out his hands, and then would seem a little at rest, as though he had some hope he should be answered; continually accusing himself, saying he was a great sinner, and never had done any good all his lifetime, but had done nothing but sin. He said to his mother, «' How did God call you I and how was it he gave you a sense of pardon?" She told him. He said again," O, if J could hear the Lord call ine as plainly as young Samuel, when he called him, then! should be satisfied!" Then he would say again, stretching out his withered arms, " Good Lord; save Lord, or I perish," &c. Just before the Lord sweetly assured him of his love, his father, who
artook of all his distress, said to im, ' The Lord wants nothing at your hands: he knows you have nothing but sin; he is well pleased with what his dear Son has done in behalf of his people; and on his account, with every soul that feels he is lost, and who wants mercy only for the sake of Jesus. Endeavour to believe he will save you; and try to rest your soul upon his sweet word, that whosoever comes to God, by Jesus, for mercy, hei will not reject him; but save him to the uttermost.' He heard with great attention and pleasure; his confidence seemed to increase ;—. the Sun of Righteousness now ber ginning to rise, with healing beams tipon his distressed mind, took away the fear of death and Hell; and. out of the pit of hoirors, where he often found himself sinking, brought him up to see the sweet countenance of a reconciled God in Christ, and to feel the confidence of his soul set upon him as the Rock of Ages. He said, " If Adam had lived till now, and had sinned all the while, if he had cried for mercy, he might be pardoned of them all." When at times he cried out, through the violence of his pains, he almost always s:iid, " Good Lord I good Lord !"— expressing himself with sweet becoming reverence towards him, as he would not w illingly corm plain. When godly people came to visit him, he seemed glad of their company; wished them to pray with him, but begged them not to pray for his life; and when parting, smiled upon them, taking them by the hand,as those his soul loved, and wished to be with for ever: but when some of his relations came to see him, whom he knew feared not God, though he behaved respectfully, yet he seenv: ed not to have the least communion, with them; and looked at them as those he pitied, but could not love like those who had the image of Jesus upon them. To his father he said, " You have always been a.
good father to me"; and I have always been a wicked son to you;"— who replied,' I forgive you all, my dear, as though you had never in the least offended me :' at which he seemed overcome ; — forgiving love had made his heart tender. He said he knew lie deserved all his afflictions, he had been so wicked against God and his parents; and wondered we should take the least notice ot him. When his father said, ' Ho* can you bear to leave your diversions, and all the pretty things you have had in the world!' — he said, with his hands and eyes lifted up, *' Thousands, thousands of worlds are not like going to Jesus!" At another time he said, «« Shall I die this week f" His father replied, ' No doubt you will, before the week is ended :' he added, " That is right, I wish I may j I want to go to Jesus and my dear brother." When a godly aunt came to see him, she said, ' I hope to meet you with Jesus when we leave this world!'— he replied, "I know I shall be with Jesus." When he was repeating averse of a hymn, his mother said, ' Do you say these words only because they are written down ) or, Do you speak them for yourself!' He replied, "If I could not say my A, B, C; yet this I can say, he has pardoned me!" which he spake with animation of soul and sparkling eyes, which, alas! were soon closed in the sleep of Death. About five o'clock of the morning on which he died, lie fixed his dying eyes upon his father, and drawing nearer, kissed him many times; and said, "It is the last.'" and so it was, for he quickly after turned, and seemed to take no nolice of any. When his speech and sight were nearly gone, he said, with a smile, "It is almost finished! Can't speak; believe." These were the last words which were heard. His mother still bending her ear towards him, heard him singing, though she could not distinguish tlie words: he died without the least struggle, more easy than entering into the sweetest sleep. The Rev. Mr. Bennett, Minister of King Street
Chapel, Birmingham; preached a funeral-sermon on the occasion, from Mat. xxi. 16.
LATK OF RCADISC,
Mrs. Wild was one of those highly favoured children that attended the public ministry and private catechetical instruction of the late excellent Mr. Jones, of St Saviour's. That good man used to set apart an hour every Saturday afternoon to catechize the children. It was under these heavenly lessons the Lord was pleased to make the first saving impressions of the value of her soul. On her removal to Reading, she regularly attended the ministry of that eminent and much-loved servant of our Lord, the Hon. and K 'v. Mr. Cadogan; and adorned her profession by a life and conversation in all things becoming the gospel. After his decease, she took a decided part with the people of God at Castle Street Chapel. Still as God enabled her, like her blessed Lord and Master Jesus, doing all the good she could, both to the bodies and souls of all her fellow-creatures, she was the principal instrument, under God, in laying the plan of a benevolent institution, called, " The Infant's Friend,"for the relief of poor lying-in women, ot which she was chosen Secretary; and attended to the duties of that office with unwearied diligen:e and delight to the time of her death.
As her life was useful, so was her end peaceful and happy. The text chosen for her funeral-sermon was from Isa. xli. 10, " Fear not," tVc. This text had been remarkably impressed on her mind in a moment of particular distress, near four years before her death; and she was enabled to go in the strength of it till her latest breath. Or* Wednesday, February Jz, she was apparently seized for death; and said to a friend, " I am dying; but Jesus has laid underneath me his everlasting arms;" — adding, "When I walk through "but
not being; able to finish the verse, her friend did: upon which the exclaimed, with joy, " He does comfort! he will support! I have no pain; — my God is so good, I long to be with him to praise liim!" She attempted to recite that hymn, "When languor and disease invade;" but failed for want of breath. When revived a little, and seeing the anxiety of her friends around her, she exclaimed, •* Here you are all trying to keep me from Heaven as long as yon can; but I am going (what a mercy !) to glory!" To a young friend, she spoke with much earnestness of her assurance in the pardoning love of Jesus, sweetly enforcing the privilege of knowing him, and being kept by him in his ways, repeating her exhortation to make the greater effect; adding, •* These truths have been my support in life ; and now in death, you see me a monument of his loving kindness, and a witness to his truth!" She repeated, with seeming rapture,
"Bold shall I stand in that great day, For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully alwolv'd by Christ alone,
As it is altered in Lady Huntingdon's Collection,particularly dwelling on the two last lines, repeating them over again and again: " Yes, fully, fully absolved I O what a u.ercy! 1 can now commit myself and my poor husband to a covenant. God!" Speaking one day of the kindness of a particular friend, she said, " What a pleasure it is to live and die beloved! Indeed, I fear I feel some pride in that. Self will creep in; but, O! to be kept from sin I" She lay for six days in a sweet frame, speaking continually of the lovcof Jesus and his salvation. At length her time of departure approached; and she said, "God is gently taking down my clay-tabernacle. I am almost dead, but in no pain!" Here her breath again failing, her friend perceiving her lips move, listened, and heard tier whisper, " Shall never tempt me again;" and her spirit took its ftight where the Tempter, Sin, and Death are no more! —May her use
ful life and peaceful death encourage many to follow her as she followed Christ!
RECENT DEATHS. About the beginning of February, died Dr. Hczrkiah Smith, Pastor of the Baptist Church in Haverhill, and one of the Fellows of Brown University, State of Rhode Island. — Some farther particulars of this eminent American minister will be given in our next.
After a long and painful illness, which she sustained with much Christian fortitude, on Tuesday, March 19, died Mrs. Marg. Hubhaul, member of the church of Christ assembling at Peck ham, under the pastoral care of the Rev. W. B. Collyer. During her affliction, the words of our suffering Lord dwelt upon her lips: " Not my will, but thine, be done!" — She expired at eight o'clock in the morning, without a struggle, leaving a good hope, and a bright example of domestic excellence, to an afflicted husband and three children.
The Rev. Mr. Tanner, an aged minister of the gospel at Exeter, where he had faithfully dispensed the word of salvation for more than half a century. He was carried in a chair to the pulpit on Sunday, March 24, and attempted to preach; but was taken so ill that he could not prcceed. He was conveyed home, conversed sweetly with his friends, and expired as he was going to bed at night. It was always his wish that he might not survive his usefulness, and that he might finish his work in the pulpit, or at least be surrounded with his friends, that he might speak of the victories of lmmanucl in his last hours. These his requests were granted.
His widow, who is more than eighty years of age, is left in destitute circumstances; but, we trust, will experience the liberal support of the religious public.
Also lately died at Margate, the Rev. Mr. Lctju, minister ot the gospel; and who kept a respectable boarding-school at that place for young gentlemen.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
A View of Religions: in Three Parti. By Hannah Adams. A Nea Edition, with Corrections and Additions: to tchick is prefixed. An Essay on J'ruth, by Andrew Fuller. 81)0,95.; 121110,6s.
In the Preface, by the Editors of the present edition of this work, we are informed, that it was written by the ingenious author of " A Summary 11 istory of New England, from its First Settlement at Plymouth, to the Acceptance of the Federal Constitution." Its object is to exhibit the multiplied speculations of the human mind on the important subject of religion, in as just and impartial a manner as possible. The Editors add, " That while they have retained the accounts of the denominations which arc become extinct, they have,in respect of the livin? ones, availed themselves of other sources of information, when it could be done to advantage; and have been supplied, from the late Missionary undertakings, with some additional matter, with respect to Paganism and Mahometanism."
In regard to the work itself, we feel 110 difficulty in saying that, for fulness, candour, and accuracy, it stands greatly superior to all of a similar nature with which we are acquainted. It is enriched with a very valuable Essay on Truth, by one of the Editors, the Rev. Andrew Fuller, of Kettering: in which tic enquires into its nature, states its importance, unfolds the sources of error, and assigns sonic reason-., on the part of Providence, of its permission. Having given a general view of evangelical truth, Mr. Fuller contends for its importance, as it is by the belief of the truth that sinners are brought into a state of salvation; as truth is the model and standard of true religion in the mind; as it furnishes the motive for every exercise of true holiness; as the love which the primitive Christians bore to one another was for the truth's sake; and as it is the only solid foundation of peace and happiness. The £rand sources of error in religion, Mr. Fuller represents to be these three; namely, The numbers of unconverted, or merely worldly-wise characters, who intrude themselves, or are Intruded by others, into the Christian ministry; — the great number of merely nomuial Christians, whose taste calls for antiscriptural preachings — and the large portion of unsao&ified wisdom found
even in godly men. The wise Governor
of the world permits the existence and prevalence of error as the mean of
trying the state and temper of mens' minds, of purging the floor of the gospel church of its chair, and for other important purposes, which the last day will more fully disclose.
Our limits permit us only to add,
'that the friends of truth will find many original and very suitaMe thoughts in this Essay, happily calculated to prevent the ill ejects, which the subsequent account of the variety of rel igious sentiments in the world might possibly produce on the weak and rash mind. "For," as Mr. Fuller justly observes, "one of the worst inferences that are drawn from the discordant doctrines which abound in the world is, that doctrine itself is of little or no account. As intolerance and bigotry (under the specious name of Zeal) distinguished former ages, so sceptical indifference (under the specious names of Candour, Liberality, and Moderation) distinguishes this. This is the grand temptation, perhaps, of the present times. It would seem as if men must cither fight for Truth with carnal weapons, or make peace with Error; cither our religious principles must be cognizable by human legislators, or they arc neither good nor evil, and God himself must not call us to account for them; either we must call men Masters upon earth, or deny that we have any Master, even in heaven.
"It is a favourite principle with unbelievers, and with many professing Christians who verge towards them, that error not only has its seat in the, mind, but that it is purely intellectual, and therefore innocent. Hence they plead against all church censures, and every degree of unfavourable opinion, on account of doctrinal sentiments, as though it were a species of persecution, iiut if the causes of error be principally mora', it will follow that such conclusions arc as contrary to Reason as they are to Scripture.
"The above remarks are far from being designed In cherish a spirit of bitterness against one another as men, or as Christians. There is a way of viewing the corruption and depravity of mankind, so as to excite bitterness and wrath, and every species of evil temper; and there is a way of viewing them, that, without approving or couf i