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faithfully and generally discharg- great Landlord was willing that ed, there would be no room for your lives should be put into the opposers of infant baptism to lease of heaven and happiness ; ask, what profit is there in and it was done accordingly by sprinkling an unconscious in your baptism, which is the seal fant ? We might confidently re- of the righteousness, that is by ply, and appeal to facts for the faith ; and by that it was assur. justness of our answer, muched to you, that if you would pay every way; for hereby our chil. the rent, and do the service, dren have the best security of a (that is, live a life of faith and Christian education. And in this repentance and sincere obedi. way, by the promised special ence) you shall never be turned blessing of a covenant God, off of the tenement: but if now they are generally formed to you dislike the terms, and refuse piety, usefulness, and happiness. to pay this rent, this chief rent,

In the life of that distinguished (so he would call it) for it is no servant of Christ, the Rev. Philip rack, you forfeit the lease. Henry, written by his no less However, you cannot but say eminent son Matthew Henry, that you hada kindness done you, - it is recorded, that, “in dealing to have your lives put into it." with his children about their 6. Thus did he frequently deal spiritual state, he took hold of with his children, and even tra. them very much by the handle vail in birth again to see Christ of their infant baptism; and fre. formed in them : and from this quently inculcated that upon topic he generally argued, and them, that they were born in would often

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" If infant God's house, and were betimes baptism was more improved, it dedicated and given up to him, would be less dispnted.” and therefore were obliged to be The growing inattention of his servants: Psalm cxiv. 16, "I parents and churches to this benam thy servant, because the son efit and obligation of infant bap.. of thy handmaid.” This he was tism, and the consequent rapid wont to illustrate to them by the decline of order and religion in comparison of taking a lease of the families and among the chil. a fair estate for a child in the dren even of Christian professors, cradle, and putting his life into are among the darkest symptoms it. The child then knows noth of the present day, and call ing of the matter, nor is he ca

aloud for immediate remedy. pable of consenting. However, With respect to those parents, then he is maintained out of it,

who have themselves been bapand hath an interest in it. And tized, and who yet have never when he grows up and becomes given up their offspring in bapable to choose and refuse for him. tism, such are reminded that even self, if he go to his landlord and you are under solemn engage. claim the benefit of the lease, and ments both to God and your promise to pay the rent, and do children. For your own early the services, well and good, he baptism and covenant relation to hath the benefit of it; if other the Most High, made it both wise it is at his peril. "Now your duty and privilege public. children; (would he say) our ly to avow this relation and en Vou. II. New Series.

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tail it as a rich inheritance upon or right to pray against sin and

This obligation is temptation, and yet continue to not cancelled by your

sinful

neg- cherish both; to pray for the lect to fulfil it. Every prayer, Holy Spirit, and yet fight against which any of you make for your him; to ask for life, health, and ehildren, every instance of your prosperity, and yet go on to requesting prayer or thanksgiv. abuse these blessings ; to prom. ing on their behalf, in public ise reformation in a season of or private, every secret resolu. distress, and when God has fi. tion or open promise, which you nally delivered you, to forget have made respecting them in both him and your own engagemoments of danger, of sickness, ments? Is it consistent to join or bereavement, all these are re. with God's people in the weekly corded in heaven, as so many solemnities of the sanctuary, vows, which God is tenderly in. while your allowed practice be. viting you to pay.

fore and after these exercises, Finally ; our subject applies directly contradicts them ? Let itself generally to all classes of those whose consciences charge readers, to all who style your. them with such conduct, consid. selves Christians in distinction er seriously these shocking infrom Deists.

In this sense, at stances of trifling with their Ma. least you call Christ Lord; why ker, and henceforth act an hon. then do any of you neglect to est and rational part. do the things which he commands? To conclude; the present state If you own the Bible to be the of the christian and infidel world, word of God, why do you not and the great events of Provi. obey it? Why do any of you dence at this day, compared with

Maker and Redeemer, the prophecies of Scripture, your fellow men or yourselves, loudly call upon all the friends in a manner which is condemned

of religion to make a public, by your own principles? Does firm, and united stand on the not the professed belief of such Lord's side; to come out from the momentous truths and obliga. anti-christian world, and be whol. tions, as are contained in reveal. ly separated from her sins, that ed or even natural religion, car. they receive not of her plagues. ry in it a solemn engagement to The great King of nations and of a virtuous and pious behavior ? saints, is emphatically saying at Where then is the boasted sin. this eventful period, “Behold I cerity, or consistency of those

come quickly; blessed is he that who trample upon this engage. watcheth and keepeth his garment? With what an ill grace ments.” Providence is now aw. do the openly profane ridicule fully teaching us that there is no the pretended hypocrisy of church security for ourselves, for our members, when their own con. children, for our country, or the duct exhibits the same odious christian world, but in the refeatures ? I may also ask such vival of a strict, courageous, persons, whether they have nev. and invincible adherence to the er prayed or vowed to God, in gospel. Let us then unite our some tender, serious, or alarming fervent prayers for the general moments ? Now is it consistent revival of such a spirit. Let us

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thankfully rejoice in the appear. the lowly Jesus ? Is it congenial ance of such a revival at home or to the spirit of his gospel? In abroad. Let us all, by a faith. the Acts of the Apostles we read, ful performance of our Christian 6.When Paul and Barnabas or. Vows contribute our utmost to. dained elders in every church, wards the arrival of that ap- and prayed, with fasting, they proaching and happy day when commended them to the Lord, Christ's kingdom shall fully on whom they believed.” xiv. 23. come and extend its blessed influ. Elders or ministers then were ence throughout the world. T. formally set apart to the solemn

work by fasting. The manner in which ordinations at the pre

sent day, are conducted, cannot ON ORDINATIONS.

therefore be considered as ac.

cording with apostolic example. Messrs. Editors,

It may be said, "the church of HAVING been a subscriber for Christ is now in a different state your monthly publication, I have from what it was in the times of often been pleased, and, I hope, the apostles.” That the ordina. edified with its contents. Though tion of a minister is a joyful octhe subjects brought to view at casion. If these things be grant. one time, and another, have been ed, it will by no means justify various, and many of them high. the conduct above mentioned. ly interesting, I should have been Can Christians express their joy gratified had some able pen con. in no other way, than by feast. sidered the subject of ordinations, ing and mirth? Is not such con. and pointed out in what manner duct more consonant to the spirit they ought to be conducted. A of those times, when Bacchus, knowledge of human nature, Venus, and others were called will teach us, that custom is not gods, and worshipped, than to without effect in religious, as well the present enlightened age of as in civil concerns. It has, for christianity ? Few events are so a course of years, been custom. highly interesting and solemn ary, at the ordination, or instal- the setting apart one to lation of a minister, to make an the work of the ministry : entertainment for those who com. great and weighty is the charge pose the council. Individuals committed to such, that even an have also provided for their apostle exclaims, “who is suffi. friends, and others who have at. cient for these things.” Surely tended on the occasion. In then every thing connected with some instances, a ball has been the transaction ought to be con. appointed in the evening, that ducted in such a manner, as may the day may be closed with mirth. solemnize the minds of minister, When a serious mind contem. and people. plates the solemnities of this oc. If it be allowed, that the religcasion, and calls up to view the ious performances in public are conduct of primitive saints, must appropriate to the occasion ; it he not experience painful reflec. may be asked, what propriety tions? Is such conduct becom. is there in passing from the so. ing the followers of the meek, lemnities of the sanctuary, to the

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house of feasting? From the drim, or acts of the Assembly of Israprayers and praises of God's

elitish Deputies of France and Italy,

convoked at Paris by an Imperial and house, to a sumptuous entertain. Royal Decree, May 30th, 1806. Transment? Is not such a scene cal. lated by Kirwan. EDITORS. culated to eradicate every solemn impression, which may have been

AFTER mentioning the change made on the minds of the clergy

produced in the christian world and of the laity, to dissipate seri.

by the Reformation, he proous thoughts, and to produce such

ceeds thus, sensations, as are not congenial

“Perhaps a still more momen.

tous revolution is approaching, to the interesting occasion ? Our

and Christianity upon the Con. Savior declared, that "his king. dom was not of this world." He

tinent, is about to be once again called his disciples "the light

reduced to the judaism, in which

it began. The German Socini. of the world." Those who are his friends ought to man.

ans have long contended, that ifest a spirit becoming so dignified

Jesus Christ was but a Jew phi

losopher, educated at Alexandria a character. To pass from one of the most solemn transactions and

amalgamation of platonic and in the world, to a feast-to spend and close a day, the events of

judaic opinion, in which the pe. which relate to the glory of God,

culiar character of his doctrine and the eternal interests of im.

principally consists. They con. mortal souls, in hilarity and

sider him as a human reformer of mirth, must appear to a serious,

the Jewish church, who favor.

ed the dismissal of its local rites, contemplative mind, highly im.

and gave the sanction of his wis. proper. For the honor of chris. tianity it is desirable that minis.

dom to its fundamental doctrines ters and people would serious.

concerning God and an hereafter.

The industry of his zeal and the ly reflect on the subject here suggested ; that they would in

inspiration of his eloquence, at. future exert themselves in their

tached numerous disciples to the respective spheres to discounte.

promulgation of his tenets; the

efficacy of his instructions, and pance a practice so contrary to the example of primitive saints,

the example of his morality, deso injurious to christianity, so

servedly ranked him with the painful to numbers, who wish

greatest prophets of his country.

His wonderful resurrection, no the followers of the Lamb would let their light so shine before

longer denied by the Jews of others, that they might glorify

Germany, has ceased to be a their Father who is in heaven. A.

stumbling block, or obstacle, to the meeting and union of the Uni.

tarian and Jewish churches; and UNION OF UNITARIANS AND thus an identity of belief has JEWS.

overspread, under the auspices

of the professors Eichhorn and We wish to draw the attention of our Paulus both the Socinianizing

readers to the following Remarks, extracted from AIKIN's Review of the protestants of the continent and

Transactions of the Parisian Sanhe, the Jews.

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Similar opinions have made military service, and ever during great inroads in the Catholic absence from home: that the ec. church : Italy has its Geddes as clesiastical constitutions of the well as England: De Lacy and Jews may vary with times and his friend Gregoire are allowed places, and is not hostile to a to prompt both the councils of Presbyterian mode of govern. the Gallican church, and the ment: and that the prohibition, transactions of the Parisian San. or permission of usury in cer hedrim: and it will soon be found tain cases, respects charitable when the Jews have accepted a loans, and not commercial interPresbyterian form of church course. In return for these sat. government, that a leading min. isfactory explanations, the gov.. ister of the protestants, a Marron ernment has been induced to con. for instance, could with equal fer pensions on the Jewish cler. propriety officiate in the church gy, who are now patronized by the of St. Thomas, or in the Syna- French sovereign with the same gogue.

liberality as the Catholic and the To this state of things the gov. Protestant clergy. A co-estab. ernment of France is gradually lishment of all the biblical sects drawing the various sects of its has been thus realized in France.” European empire. A systematic The plan of church govern. disposition may be traced to or- ment adopted for the Jews of ganize the religion of Rousseau, France, with other interesting and to prepare its general substi. transactions of the Parisian San. tution to the established but de- hedrim, may be found in the caying superstition. It is prob. Panoplist for October, 1807, p. able that the ensuing pope will 229, &c.' be selected from among the vota. ries of the judaizing reformers, and a general council of Christendom may perhaps be called at AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, Rome to confirm the unity of the BY WHAT AUTHORITY ARE Godhead, by the authority of a YOU CONVENED FOR RELIG. papal bull. A most important JOUS WORSHIP, THIS DAY, NOT and well devised step toward this BEING THE SABBATU, WHEN great change, was the convention THE COMMAND OF GOD IS, SIX of a Jewish Sanhedrim at Paris, · DAYS SHALT THOU LABOR ANA which has been so managed, as DO ALL THY WORK ? exactly to obtain from the Jews a concession or dereliction of This question supposes, that those few peculiarities, which un, the command of God; Exodus, fitted them for an immediate, en. XX. 9, forbids all public worship, tire comprehension in the new all meetings for prayer,all religprojected universal church. They ious conferences on any one have been induced to acknowl. of the six days of the week, edge that their laws concerning which are appropriated to secular marriage and divorce are subor business, and makes it our duty dinate to those of the magistrate; to perform religious service, in that their dietetic peculiarities a public, social manner, on ng may be dispensed with during day, but on the Christian sabbath,

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