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false religion is the religion of death, will not listen, but run away. Some do The doctrine of the cross is the religion listen and adhere to him; and that our of life, of love, of faith. I am a servant numbers may increase, we meet together, of faith. Formerly I was a servant of and pray to the great Proprietor of the Satan. Now I am a servant of Christ. sheep. And a good servant cannot but follow his Thus I, Moung Shwa-ba, a disciple of master. Moreover, the divine. promises teacher Yoodthan, ip Rangoon, write, must be accomplished.
and send this letter to the great teacher In this country of Burmah are many Baldwin, who lives in Boston, America. strayed sheep. Teacher Yood than pity N.B. Translated from the Burman ing them, has come to gather them to- original, Sept. 23, 1823. gether, and to feed them in love. Some
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Remarks on the Quarterly Review, for April 1824, relating to the
Memoirs of Scott and Newton.
IN the Quarterly Review for April most comfortable period of his life. 1821, there is a paper on the Me. And when his malady returned, bis moirs of Scott and Newton, p. 26- distress was owing not to any senti. 52, which can by no means be consi- ment of Calvinism ; but to the viodered as a review of those publica. lent impression on his mind, of an lions, since it takes very little no- idea as uncalvinistic, as it was tice of the life of either. Indeed, “ unreasonable and unscriptural.” the only thing to which the writer Yes, it was directly opposed to one refers in Mr. Scott's Life, is the ac. distinguishing article of his creed, count he gave of a child, whom he as an acknowledged Calvinist. He lost when she was very young; on still admitted the doctrine of persewhich the Reviewer animadverts, as verance, as to all other persons in he suspects it would have weight, the world, who ever had believed with those who consider Regene- iu Christ; but he considered his ration as distinct from Baptism, own as an exempt case, such has whom he charges on that account never had a parallel ; for in the with heterodoxy. He is unwilling midst of his despair he continued to to admit this child to have expe- believe, that he once loved God, rienced any change, but what may and that God once loved him, but be ascribed to the effects of very conceived himself to be the only early education ; and he seems to one that God ever cast off. With consider Mr. Newton's later con- what shadow of justice can this imversion, after years of profligacy, pression, which was an outrage on as attributable to the same cause. Calvinism, he charged upon that He does not profess to ascribe system ? them to their infant Baptism; and As to Mr. Newton, this Reviewer indeed it is probable that Mr. New. says, with reference to his mother's ton's was as irregularly adminis. instructions, “ We own that we · tered, as that of the archbishops should not be inclined to expect Tillotson and Secker!
effects so negative, from such posi. The case of Mr. Cowper is intro- tive discipline, or to ascribe so duced early in this paper, p. 26, much to the prayers, and so little and again adverted to in p. 48. But to the instructions of a parent." surely it ought to be remembered, Yet he adds, “ We are much misthat this amiable man was first af- taken, if her lessons had not fosterflicted with insanity, before he had ed in him an indolent dreary imathe least acquaintance with evange- gination, little suited to the real lical religion; while to it be after- duties of life.” wards owed all the happiness of the Now I was intimately acquainted VOL. XVII.
with both these ministers, for many which may trust to the imagination years, and aver that I never knew to furnish evidence of personal elecmen more laboriously engaged in all tion, and thus inflate the soul into a the duties of a christian life. Mr. presumptuous Calvinism." True CalNewton first invited me to visit him vinists, whether in the establishat Olney, in 1768; and from thence ment or out of it, are careful not to to his death, I always esteemed bim, encourage any one to believe his and Mr. Hall of Arosby (father to Mr. election on the ground of impres. Hall of Leicester) as my wisest and sions on the imagination. We mainmost faithful counsellors, in all diffi- tain that no man can ascertain his culties. Mr. N.introduced Mr. Scott, election any other way, ihan by very soon after his embracing evange. proving that he has actually obeyed lical sentiments, to my father, old the call of the Gospel; nor can be Mr. Hall, Mr. Fuller, and myself, de prove that he has done this, or that scribing him, I well remember, as he is a true believer in Christ, but " the man, who he hoped would by his following after holiness. prove the Jonathan Edwards of This Reviewer says, p. 27," much Old England.” My intimacy with error in belief and practice has him also, lasted till his death. arisen from pot attending to the dis
And' verily, as these men were tinction, which sounder divines have attentive to all the real duties of life observed, between the extraordithemselves, so were they most ear- nary and the ordinary operations of nestly concerned, in the whole the Spirit.” But surely our ablest course of their ministry, to incul- Calvinistic Divines have insisted on cate practical religion, in all its this distinction, as carefully as bimbranches, on their hearers. Though self. We consider all pretensions a Dissenter myself, yet I heard them to the extraordinary influence of the both often enough to ascertain this: Holy Spirit, in modern times, as and their publications prove it, to arrogant and tending to real enthuthose who had not the blessing of siasm. We warn our hearers against their personal acquaintance.
giving heed to impressions on tbe The Reviewer introduces a far imagination, and making them the longer account of Madam Guyon, ground of their hope of safety; and than he has given of Mr. Scott, with against all new discoveries or direc. what end he best knows. Certain- tions, not already contained in the Jy the established church was never written word. We wish all the blessed with a man, who more zea. most zealous Arminians in the king. Jously and judiciously opposed An- dom were equally guarded against tinomianism than Mr. Scott. Nor the idea of an immediate witness to could any one be more unjustly their justification, or sanctification, charged, with respect either to his or even their being made perfect in ministry or his numerous publica- love, tions, that they had a " tendency to I humbly conceive that the asdivert the Christian's attention from surance of faith, (properly so called) right conduct, founded on pure respects the testimony of God confaith, to a religion of feelings .... cerning his Son, and the excelwhich will not need the evidence of lence, glory, and all-sufficiency of good works.” P. 48.
the plan of salvation by him : for Another piece in this volume, p. this every one has ample ground in 242, contains a similar nameless in- the express declarations of the Gos. nuendo against the Calvinistic Dis- pel. He may well believe that senters, as fostering “ that pride Christ is able to save unto the ut. termost, and he may be equally as. in drawing the soul to Christ, and sured that he will in no wise cast conforming it to his blessed image; out any one who comes unto him yet by this effect they may be satis. for salvation. But the assurance of factorily known. hope, (which respects the personal Man is far off from God by na. interest of an individual in his sal- ture, he is very far gove from origi. vation,) is not to be attained with- nal righteousness. And he that has out Christian : diligence: since it returned to God, in the way of his must be founded on a careful com- appointment, may justly conclude parison of the character of true be. that he has been led by the Spirit : lievers, as delineated in the word of for Christ expressly declared, that God, with our own exercises of the no one can come to him, except the heart, and their practical influence Father who sent Him draw him. on the life. When grace indeed is But if the Spirit has led the soul to in lively exercise, a formal induc. Cbrist, he will also cause him to tion of evidences may not be peed. run in the way of God's command. ful to the enjoyment of this inesti- ments. He that sincerely depends mable blessing; but when this lively on Christ's obedience unto death, hope is not obtained by regular as the ground of his justification, self-examination, yet it would bear will also regard his obedience as the the closest trial. As a person with pattern of his sanctification. “ He an ear for music, may judge of the that saith be abideth in Him, ought goodness of a composition, without himself also so to walk, even as He a formal process; but still bis taste walked.” These are not conces. would be justified by exact rules; sions we make to stop the mouths of and even if he could not explain its our adversaries, but important truths particular beauties himself, a more which we earnestly inculcate on all scientific person could easily do it our hearers. My dear departed for him. Or as a mother may know friends were used to insist upon by internal consciousness, that she them continually; and God is withas a strong affection for her child, ness that we do the same. without an enumeration of proofs; The Reviewer says, “ man canbut she could produce them easily not distinguish between that love of enough, if it were requisite. Is it God, of virtue, and of man, which epibusiasm to suppose sincere love proceeds from human principle and to God may be as sensibly felt? motive, and that which flows from We think not, though if a man pre. the influence of the divine Spirit," tended to love God, and was not p. 27. Will the Reviewer abide by concerned to keep his command. his implied concession, that there ments, we should set him down for is such a ibing as the latter ? Surea liar, who had not the truth in him. ly then it must be distinguishable
We think, however, that the or. by the immediate subject of it; and dinary influences of the blessed may become so, in a greater or less Spirit are infinitely more valuable, degree, by the judicious spectator. especially to the subject of them, If a man loves God supremely, un. than his extraordinary inflences. der a scriptural view of his moral It is a far bappier thing to be 'character; as displaying all those a true saint, ihan to prophecy excellencies which can excite velike Balaam, or to work miracles neration, esteem, delight, and gratilike Judas Iscariot. But though tude; if he is charmed especially the ordinary influences of the Spirit with the brightest manifestation of can be known only by their effects, his perfections, in the redemption