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Address to Mothers

319 Letter from Rev. D. Brainard to

Allegory

26 his Brother

283

Anecdotes

64, 128, 160, 320 Letter to a Minister

310

Answers to Questions,

76, 89, 136

Merchants and men of business,

Apprentices, The two

156

a solemn warning to,

372

Baxter, Richard

382

Missions, success of,

84, 152

Natural Ability

375

Causes, Some of the, which hin.

New Denomination

58

der a revival of Religion

3

Christianity, its own witness 161

Nichols, Mr. --Missionary at Bom-

bay, death of,

192

Conversation between a Liberal

and an Orthodox Professor of

Ordinations

64

Religion

269 Orphan, the

22

Correspondents, 32, 128, 224, 320 Pilgrim's progress in the 19th Cen-

tury, 187, 219, 250, 313, 376

Deism, Fatal effects of, illus-

Poetry

160

trated in the conduct of W.

Prayer for the success of the Chris-

Beadle

248

tian Ministry

384

Dialogue on 'Total Depravity 239

Dialogue on Irving's Orations 338

Qualifications necessary for

Disinterested Benevolence,

Church Membership

50

Thoughts on

285

Questions

25, 53, 57, 92

Divine Efficiency

105 Religious Instruction to children 170

Objections to

348 Remedy for a serious Evil 127

Review of Rev. Mr. Burge's Es-

Errors in principles more perni-

say on the Atonement, 140, 176

cious than errors in practice 45

Review of Rev. Mr. Pond's Con-

Exegesis of Pomans, viii. 19, 334

cert Lectures

107

Experience of Miss Á.

92

Revivals of Religion

122

of A. B.

367 Revivals, some of the

Exposition of 1 l'eter iïi. 19, 20 271

which hinder.

Fretting

119 Sabbath, Thoughts on,

280, 344

Friendship

351 Sailor's Daughter

255

God, The Decrees of,

Salvation of all men, in what sense

Gospel of, glorious

54

does God desire it?

17

384 Scandal

352

in what sense does he de- Sermon from Matthew, vi. 31

sire the salvation of all men ? 17

from Numbers, xxiii. 25 39

Holy Spirit, sealing influence of

from John, viii. 54

65

the

129

from John, xxi. 17

97

on the work of the 302

from Mark, ix. 40

199

Human Depravity, Restraints on

225

277

from Romans, iii. 31

Human Guilt, Universality of

252

32

from John, xvi. 8 .

from Proverbs, xvi. 31 289

Infidelity brought to the test of

from Job, xxxvi. 22 321

experiment

342

353

Influence of right affections in re-

from Matthew, xxii. 14

Subscribers

352

ligious inquiries

214

Unfruitful Figtree

79

256, 352

Irving's Orations

Warning Solemn, to merchants

338

and men of business .

372

Letter to a Friend

213 Wheaton, Rey, I. Memoir of

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SOME OF THE CAUSES WHICH HINDER

A REVIVAL OF RELIGION.

ness have been enjoyed not only in N. England, but in nearly all

parts of the U. States. This then Whoever has taken the trouble seems to be the great method, to investigate the early history of adopted by the counsels of infinite New England, as it respects relig- wisdom for building up the kingion, with a view to settle this ques. dom of Christ in this country.tion, whether our Fathers had Re- Whether it is owing to any thing vivals of Religion? must have be- peculiar in the state of society in come fully convinced that such this land, or in the theology, or was the fact. Several of the first manner of preaching which pregenerations, born in this land, were vails among us, that seasons of nearly all brought into the chris- refreshing in this peculiar form, tian church by a credible profes- are nearly or wholly confined at sion of personal piety. During present to the U.S. I am not able to the prevalence of lax opinions res- determine. Be that as it may, to pecting the qualifications of church us nothing is of more importance membership, and the undisputed than facts respecting Revivals of reign of the half-way-covenant, religion. This field however is these scenes of refreshing from too wide for the present paperthe presence of the Lord, were I shall confine myself to remarks granted sparingly to the churches, on some of the causes which hinand for considerable time, alınost der Revivals--(These causes must wholly withheld. It pleased God, be found in the state of society, of however, to raise up the immortal men's hearts and views, and in Edwards, to reform his churches, their conduct.) True, we are in this land and from his day, we dependent on God for the influenoe may date the commencement of of the Holy Spirit, without which the New-England Reformation.-- nothing can be done. But he has From that day to this, Revivals of most solemnly assured us, that he great power, purity, and genuine. is more ready to give the Holy

Spirit to those who ask bim, than said, be at peace among yourearthly parents are to give bread selves, be exhorted to that, withto their hungry children. We are out which the use of the means of pot straitened in him, but in our grace will be unavailing. own bowels. Every man,

who 2. Nearly allied to the above, has the bible in his hand, must sub- is a spirit of speculation in matscribe to the sentiment, that on ters of religion. I do not mean God's part 6 all things are ready.” by this a spirit of honest and canAmong the causes then found in did inquiry respecting the funda. our churches and parishes, which mental principles of religion, hinder a Revival of religion, may those which are essential to the be reckoned,

formation of the christian charac1. A state of contention. It is ter. This spirit of inquiry is a of little importance what is the favourable omen; a proof that subject of contention, if contention the deathlike insensibility and inexists. It may be respecting difference, so natural to man on worldly business merely, or it may the sabject of religion, is beginrelate to denominative distinc- ning to yield to the force of contions, or to a meeting-house, or a science and the light of truth. But minister, or politics or any thing when a spirit of eager and zealelse. Wherever the spirit of con- ous disputation arises, respecting tention is found, the Spirit of God points acknowledged on all hands is not This is sure, while it lasts, not to be essential to the christian to prevent the commencement of system, this may be called, and a Revival, and when commenced, this is precisely what I mean, by if it then arises, to bring it to a a spirit of speculation. This spirspeedy termination. It is impog- it is unfriendly to a Revival. Not sible that it should not have this only does it turn off the minds of effect. Contention absorbs public men from great practical and exattention, and chains it down to perimental subjects of vital imthis world. A Revival demands portance, but it necessarily lowpublic attention, and elevates it ers the tone of earnest piety, manabove the world. Contention de- ifested in a deep concern for the stroys love: but a Revival with- welfare of souls, and the prosperout love, is a Revival without re- ity of Zion. Whatever profea. ligion. Contention destroys a spir- sions may be made of zeal for the it of prayer. Without prayer, glory of God, as the motive of inthere can be no Revival. God dulging a speculative spirit, if the will be inquired of for these things heart is so absorbed in these specto do them for us. God will be ulations as to leave it cold and known as the God of peace. He dead in regard to the salvation of forsakes every place, where peace soul, all such professions are to is wanting. When the apostle be suspected. Zeal for the glory

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