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tians arc randida'ea for glory: they •re adorned in tlie whi'e garments of Christ's righteousness fo'r their .justification before (Jod; Rev. iii. and ♦hey tear the sacred robe of personal holiness as the .justification of their character before men. The former is incapable of defilement; and is that " fine linen clean ami white in which the bride, the Lamb's wife," is to be adorned in the grand solemnization of her nuptials in Ihe hut day. The latter, when under ihe inspection of Omniscience, and compared with the extensive purity of the law, requires to be 11 washed and made while in the blood of the Lamb.'' Rev. viii. 14. It is this last robe, the Christian's walk and character w hich it is incumbent upon hint to keep unspotted from the world; and as a white garment shews any accidental defilement on it sooner and more conspicuously than one of a diTerent tolour, this application of Ihe emblem poitrs out the grea'er necessity of watching against every inconsistency that would disgrace his profession anil bring his character into suspicion. The world watches for his halting, and will be ready upon every occasion to impute faults where there are none, anil to aggravate anil triumph in real one-. If defamation, false-charges, misrepresentation*, untruths, could really blot the Christian's garment, it would be never white: but the blackening of the wicked, in this respect, is all their own. Uappyautl bletsed the Christian, who, when "the world says all manner of evil of him," proves, by his conduct, that it is "falsely lor Christ's sake." • • • - From the price of this volume, which is a Guinea to Subscribers, to prevent the charge of extortion, it is proper to stale, it was intended as a benevolent compliment to the surviving family; and 0:1 this account, we are happy 10 see prefixed so numerous and respectable a Subscribers' List.
The Christian Mirror: exhibiting •tome o f the Bxtelltntiei anil Deft tin of the Religion* World; containing Kxsnt/s in Prose and Verse, cs. board*,
Vf Si I I.ST the enemies of the gospel haveJeft no expedient untried to convey their destructive poison to readers of every class, the friends of truth hit' e. not been inactive in attempts to provide suitable antidotes; and among these, the Essay-writers ()f our own nation deserve no common praise. Talents of the first or-lor have thus been .honourably ijq'.i usefully employed in
unmasking Vice, abashing Infidelity, and countenancing Vrir;ue and Religion. Our Bacons* Addisnnx, and Johnsons, can only be forgotten with our language; and whilst they live a* Classics, will tend to form and influence the morals of succeeding ages-. On subjects peculiar to Christianity, however, few have written: it may he; considered indeed as a field almost unoccupied, though, in our judgment, of great promise to the ingeuioits Christian writer. The work before us, a* its title intimates, takes this ground: The author does uot, like the Spectator, profess to cuter places of public resort, iwr pretend to set up as a censor of general custom, nor presume to direct the taste and regulate the fashion of the age: his observations are chiefly confined to the professors of vital Christianity; and his thoughts are; mostly directed to subjects which relate to what is contained in the pag»> of Revelation. His aim is to unite Iheutile et dn'ce, by making the pleasing manner of former Essayists the vehicle?of recommending the Holy Scripture* and the study of their important truths. This volume contains twenty—even Papers; in which we perceive a happy variety of topics, masterly characters* and well conducted allegory. The Papers are not indeed of equal merit ; but we sincerely hope this volume will meet with such encouragement from the religious public, and especially from our young readers, and those who Ivave the tuition of youth, as to excite the author and his associates to prosecute their lalvours. Many topics yet remain for their ingenuity, which, by the talents they possess, or may acquire from others* would he rendered highly interesting and banelicial 10their readers. Our limit> prevent u* from giving more th in a specimen of one kind : — See No. X, p. 94.
"Or. Easy, amongst other papers, Ivas given me tine containing the p.iniculars of the disease which is reprepresented by the patients as a natural, nut which, he thinks, hears the symptoms of a moral disorder. I shall give; his history of it in the present number.
"There is a disease, at this time, too prevalent in our neighbourhood, an account of which is not to be found to, our popular books of medicine: I shall, therefore, endeavour to communicate some particulars respecting it.
"The disease to which I reTcr, i* evidently of the intermitting kind ; ami in all cases that have fallen under my notice, has attacked the patients 1>y violent paroxysms, which returu every
seventh day. It may be thought to tion; but I have since found it very savour of superstition to mention it, common, after the paroxysms are reand yet it is a fact, and therefore must moved, for the patient to appear pernoe be pasieover, that these parox- fectly well till the approach of the ysms tua only on the Lord's Day; next Sabhath; though most of the faon which account the disease is called culty agree, that there is a low fever- ! The Sunday Sickness: aul! the 'faculty ish heat to be perceived during the days know it by no other name than Diti of interval, called Febris Mundi, or the Dominici Murbus. On account of its Worldly lover. There seems also to periodical attacks, some have thought be a loss of appetite for savoury food, it to be a singolar kiki oi ague, especi- and an entire wan! of relish for pomis ally as it is attended witha great degree vita, which, it is thought, misht he of of coliness, tho' I do 27erceive he service to remove their disease, as a symptoms of shiverins, waich are usual very shifal anal experienced person in fuit complaint.
. has ser ell, bat "it was more to him "I have ohierved the parorysms than his perestry fond ;” and another coa 12 at di Terent periods, but ge has reconimended it as peculiarly agrees Derally in the morning of the Lore!'s able to the taste," sweeter thin honey, Day; an:!, in many cases, it seizes the or the honcy-comb." One Circuin. Dutient before he has left his bed, and stance I had almost for: otten, hauer, ja kes him indisposed to rise till a later that those who have not laid aside ill. hops ihan usual. A coldness ha; been atention to the foru of retior, if first noticel about the recion of the they are subject to the Sunday sickie49, heari; anla diuince in the head, generally feel somewbat chili, and listwhich stupifies the brain, not unusually less about the lours of secret retiresucceeds: this is followed hy yawning, ment and family devotion.” . . . and a sort of le:hargy. The pacient This volume contains also a few ex-' is sometimes, deprived of the use of cellent specin ens of portry; among his limbs, especially the ler anit the which we were particularly struck with fect, so that he find: hiinaelf indispos- the Epistle from Abrahim to Sarah, ed to walk to the house of God. So.ne, and the verses on the Death of a Son. indeel, hare gi ne up to the solenn assemly; but they have generally entered it later than their neighbours ; Four Sermons, prenched in London, at seize.! them, and the symptoms of Missionary Society, May 8, 9, 10, yawning andlarivar y have been so vio
1865, by the Rer. E. Williams, D.D. lent, tha: they have fallen into a dead Rotherham; W. Nicol, London ; J. sleen, en when the preacher has been Slaiderie, Chatham; and T. Thoma. delivering the most solemn truths in son, A. M, Cambridge. Also the Rethe most animatot manner: and others
port of the Directors, and a List of have been extremely uneasy at their Suoscribers. Published for the Benta confine nent during the time of service,
fit of the Society. Price 28. 6d. though they have been known to sit very contentedly, in a playhouse, for Tac first of these discourses, entiseseral hours together.
tled," Apostolic Zeal recordmended,” is ** This disea-c appears to stupify founded on Roin. ix. 3," For I could wish those who are subject to it; so that, that myself were accursed from Christ,"
weer they inay appear to suffer, &c. The judicious preacher conside: s they are b lom (if ever) heard to the remarkable expression in this verse, complain. I have known persons under in the exposition of wrich so much inother diseases mourn, on account of genuity of learned criticism has been Their confinement from public worship; often employed, as importing a " sebut the victims of this extraordinary paration from that very ciurch of disorder were never heard to exclaim, Christ, of which the apostle was re* My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth presented as a selfish, partial, and his for the courts of the Lord: my heart gotted deíender," on a sentence of exund dy flesh erieth out for the living communication Inder an anathema from God: when shall I come and appear all Christian society and privileges : before God?"
the heaviest censure of the apostle's " I was at first greatly surprized, dearest friends. This interpretation after hearing that a patient could not had been before proposed by Hammond, get to public worship, to find her the Selden, and (irotins; and it seems a next day as active as if she had not matter of just surprize, that it has not been subject to any kind of indisposie been generally adopted. After Dr.
William! has given an ample paraphrase of his text, according to this vipw of it, and as expressing the most determined and affectionate zeal, he proceeds to recommend this holy and dpostolic temper of mind, especially in reference to the glorious catise of Christian Missions. In the first place, he treats on the excellent nature of apostolic zeal: it is meek and inoffensive, kind and beneficent, noble and disinterested, diffusive and universal, rat ional and steady.
The second general division is on the relative character of Christian zeal: it bears a strong resemblance to the divine benevolence, it exemplifies the characteristic temper of the Lord Jesus, it is a geutiinc cll'ect of evangelical truth, ami it is tbe native effort and expression of a heavenly principle.
Having largely expatiated on these intrinsic excellencies and engaging characters of the sacred temper which lie recommends, the worthy author advances his final argument to enforce its exercise; namely, its happy effects, and particularly with a reference to Missionary exertions. These he describes in their application to the individual believer} to Christian families, where the Doctor introduces an affectionate reference to the severe trials and the praiseworthy deportment of the Missionary family at Otaheilc s and to the church of Christ at home, and through the whole world. He concludes with scriptural and faithful observations on the way, first to obtain, and then to employ our zeal.
The second sermon is on the Charge ontl Encouragement given to the Jerusalem Church, from Isa. lii. it, 12, *' Depart )c," &c. With a peculiar unction and richness of gospel-truth and a gospel-spirit, the author enlarges on this text as a charge primarily intended for the first Christian church upon earth; and containing important instruction and rich encouragement to Missionaries and Missionary Societies in all future ages. First, He takes a view of the church at that remarkable period; the place of its residence; its ministers, officers, and members: and the reasons why it was first planted in that wicked and apostate city. In the second place, he considers the charge given to the Jerusalem church, and in particular to the apostles to " depart," &c This command is four times repeated, in order to conquer the reluctance of the Lord's servants: a sentiment which the author forcibly applies to valuable young
men, who have grace and talent* foT
Missionary labours; "and to shew that this commanded departure, was a matter of the greatest importance. The command further prohibits all communion with the unbelieving enemies of Christ, and enjoins the utmost personal and doctrinal purity. But they were not to go out with the confused flight of slavish fear, or with rash precipitancy. Each of these sentiment* is enforced by a very pointed and happy application to the object and the measures of the Missionary Society.
Mr. Nicol proceeds, under the third head of discourse, to consider the arguments by which this charge is enforced; the assurances of the Divine Presence, direction, preservation, and victory.
This very serions and interesting sermon is concluded by an applicator} address to ministers and other descriptions of hearers. An oversight appears to have escaped the worthy author, near the close of his discourse; "Jesus is not now personally present," &c. Undoubtedly, it was intended merely to express that our Lord is not visibly present, or that his tuiinan nature is not present: but the human nature of Irumamicl is not a personal substance; and his glorious Deity is ever present.
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Plain Truths, or the Presbyter's Reply) to ail his Anti'Calvinist Opponents; trirA a few Strictures on the Christian Observer, 8uo, is. 6<f.
It has been objected to tbe Bible, that it is so obscure and equivocal, that sects most widely differing, can interpret it in their own favour. The Scriptures, it is certain, were not written systematically; but what shall wc say when we see Articles formally drawn up by a convocation of wise and learned men, for the express purpose of "avoiding, diversity of opinions?"*— What shall we say when wc see these very Articles interpreted with the same latitude of meaning, and men differing; wider than Calvin and Arininius, both claiming them as decisive in their favour? What, but that when mens* prejudices and interests are so strong; in favourof their system. Scripture,Creed*, or Articles, are opposed in vain. A number of learned ecclesiastics have therefore entered the lists to prove that the Articles and Services of our church, though professedly compiled by Catvinlsts, are certainly Arminian, or at least so ambiguous, as equally to bear that interpretation. But if so, whyhave the Anti-Calvinists been so long anxious to get rid of these Articles, while the Calvinists are equally desirous to retain them? The fact speaks unequivocally, pml leaves no doubt as t» the conduct of either party, were no temporal advantages attached to the snbscription
Another circumstance particularly meriting -observation is, that Dissenters of all kinds are perfectly agreed in the doctrines of the Establishment liein? Calvinistic, some of them dissenting on that very account; and Dissenters, as by-slanders, are certainly impartial judges.
The pamphlet before us led us to these reflections :—Some time since the author published a Defence of the Church, from what he considered as a reproach, the character of Arminian, which in consequence brought on him an host of adversaries; particularly the. Dean of Peterborough, the British Critics, and the Anti-Jacobin Reviewers, who affect to consider this reproach as the glory of the church. In this tract the Presbyter replies; and tho' many cirennwfanrcs forbid onr entering into the controversy, we cannot help admiring the manner in which he repels the insinuation of some of his opponents, so far as they are personal.
*' To the personal charges of irregular and disorderly conduct, on account of his preaching tvtryiehrre, he disdains to answer. True or false, they affect not at all the matter under inves» tigation: What is the trne meaning of the Articles of the Church of England? If a conduct, for fifty years together exposed to public observation, will not vindicate him from the rcvilings of those who know him not, nor his conversation, he will rest his vindication ton the esteem of those truly great and pood, who have honoured him with distinguished tokens of their friendship, — on the testimony of such as have pved in the nearest aud tenderest habits of intimacy with him, — ami the cordial affection manifested by thousands and ten thousands, on the service of whose faith his ministry has been employed ; many of whom are living witnesses of the blessings which God our Saviour hath bestowed on these Vabotrrs of k>ve; and many are gone to glory, bearing testimony to the grace they received when " so we preached, and so they believed." Let those who revile him labour more, and more dis
interestedly. They shall upbraid him as irregular, disorderly, or any thing else, if they please, when they can fix a shoe-latchet upon him, as the reward of his irregular and disorderly services."
The Churchman's Vade Mecum; dt
signcd to promote a viore eniioetu-d Spirit of Devotion in tht Us* of the Liturgy. Jin a Presbyter of tile Church of England, Iiwid, M.
The same author has here made a pleasing and judicious selection from the Prayer-Book, which plainly evinces that the church is (what we l>elieve all good men are in the main points) — Calvinistic iy;»n her knees. This is but a small tract; and may, with great propriety, be presented to any professed Arminian Member of the Establishment, without exciting a controversial spirit.
The Sword of the Lord: a Sermon m»
the General >'rt.vf, prear.hcd before tht Volunteers of St. Andrew, jlolborn, and St. George the. Martyr. Jly the I!' Richard Cecil, A. M. is.
Jer. xlvii. 6, 7, " O thou sword of the Lord, how long will it be ere thou be quiet! Put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still. How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Askelon?" l'rom thia well-chosen text the preacher takes occasion to contemplate war, or the sword of the Lord, as " a sore judgment, an appointed avenger, and a solemn monitor!" Each of these particulars ia tree'ed in a suitable manner.
We rejoice to find that the volunteers addressed on this occasion, deserved the following compliment: — "Nor ought 1 to pass by the good example which the volunteers before me have set, in having never blotted their profession, no, not in a single instance, by profaning the Sabbath in the exercise of their arms."
The general aim of this discourse is, "To udvance and enforce the universal dominion of Him, without whom even a sparrow falls not to the ground; and to point out that state of mind in which we should stand before Him on the present occasion."
The conclud ing passage, derived front our English history, affords a very important hint:
"In a day of Atheistical rebuke and blasphemy, like the preseBt, you will doubtless meet some who will despjse such consideration*. What serious truth will not Ignorance, joined v.ith Vice, despise? Von may properly, however, inform them, that England was once lost to an invader; aud you will :ln well to hid them mark the circumstances in which it was lost. 'The English,'says Rapin, 'sikmii the whole night in carousing and siugin?, a? if they wore sure of victory. The Normans on the contrary, were employed in preparing for the battle, and oi'.'cring .up prayers to (iod for success.1 Von know the, event; and you know wiio hath said, " Them that honour me, I will houour."
A Short Explanation of the Assembly's Catechism. Ry the Rev. J. Brown, of Haddington. Revised and improved bi) W. Moselcy, I2in<>, Third Edition, 6r>.
This new edition is enriched by a Tery serious and pointed Address to Youth, by the original author; and a ii'•iiiiiiiK'iula'ioTi, in its improved form, by three of his sous. Of this
work, we understand, forty edition? have been sold in Scotland; and between 4 and 5001 copies, in its improved state, in England
The Second Volume of li shop Hall's Works will be published it vlichaelmas; and one vohmic ^ ill apocar quarterly, till the whole is completes! in Ten Volumes, Demy 8vo, at 79. 6*1. each to Subscribers: to Non-Suhs ribers lis. (not os. as atlverii/etl in our last.) The large 8vo ed"ion, on Watman's Fine \\ o»e Royal i'aper, us.
Dr. Hawker's Sermon for 'he Deaf and Dumh.Asyliiat .« !u 'he Press, with an in'eres'inii \cc\M,it of thai excellent In. 1 •1 tit ion; and may be expected' in a few days.
An Essay against the Use of InstrnV mcui.il Musi:: in Public Wonship is also printing, ami ue:irl> lin .alieil.
The Rev. C. Ilnck has 11 idertaken the fulnrc conduct of tnc Sunday-School Miscellany.
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Slmrt Discourses to be read in Families. By W. Jay, of Bath. Two vols. Svo, lfes.
Twenty Short Discourses, adapted to Village Worship, or the Devotions •fthe Family. By the late B. Beddone, M. A. izmo, 28.
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Strictures on the Present State of Discipline in Dissenting Churches. By Eiucndator, 2s. 6d.
The Value of Christian Knowledge: a Sermon, before the Leicester Sabbath-School. By F. A. Cox, A.M. is.
First Report of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 8vo, is.
The Duellists, or .Veil of Honour: a Story calculated to shew the Folly, E.\travar::nce, and Sin of Duelling. By W. Lucas, 121110, 3s. 6d.
Lectures on Acts, Explanatory and Practical. By R. Stack, D.D. 8vo, 7s.
An Enqniry after Happiness, bjDr. Lucas, Two Vols. 8ve, 14s.
Advice to Youth; principally designed for Young People !eav ing ScUool. By Basil Wood, M. A. Svo, is.
Youth's Moral Pocket-Companion* being a Selection from the Proverbs of Solomon, &c. 6>L
The Fig-Leaf: a Si'irical and Admonitory Poem, dedicated, without Permission, to the Fashionable World, Second l.dition, 4to, is.
F'amily Religion: a Sermon preached at a Meeting of the Associated Ministers of Hampshire, held at Newport, April, 24, 1S05. by William Scamp. I2tnn, fol.
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An Appeal to Serious Dissenters, concerning the Present Irreverent Practice of sitting to sing in Public Worship. By a Layman, Svo, is.
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