« PoprzedniaDalej »
and our divine Instructer. And while we humbly look for light from on high, we desire to regard the advice of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, and the pious Robinson, to follow them no farther than they followed Christ.
"The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice."
"FIRST UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY
Organized, March 10, Anno Domini MDCCCXXII.
Of the World, ICCDCCCXXVI.
Of our Lord, MDCCCXXVI.
Of the Landing of the Fathers, ccvr.
Building Committee, DANIEL JACKSON, Jun. SAMUEL Doten, JAMES BRADFord, Isaac BarNES, FINNEY LEACH. WILLIAM BROWN, Clerk. JACOB & ABNER S. TAYLOR, Builders."
inclosed in a lead box, with a copy of the records of the Society, the Massachusetts Register for 1826, with several periodical publications, was presented by the chairman of the Building Committee to the contracting builders, and by them deposited in the stone which was placed at the north-east corner of the building. After which an address was pronounced by Rev. James H. Bugbee, well adapted to the occasion, breathing the pure spirit of christian benevolence, which gained the attention of the assembled auditory.
Plymouth, Mass. paper.
From the Restorationist.,
CONCLUSIVE ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF THE SALVATION OF ALL MEN.
With respect to the salvation of man, one of the three following positions must be taken by every consistent logician; for we cannot think of a fourth that would be likely to be taken by any one.
1. God would save all men, but could not; or 2. He could save all men, but would not; or 3. He can save all men, and will save all men.
If we adopt the first hypothesis, and say he would save all, but could not, we rob him of one of his most glorious attributes, viz.-Power; for this position supposes a lack of power, as the only reason why his will is not accomplished. If we adopt the second hypothesis, and say he could save all, but would not, we rob him of another attribute equally glorious and more endearing than power, viz.-Goodness, or a benevolent disposition towards mankind; for this position supposes a lack of goodness or benevolence in God towards his creatures, as the only reason why they are not saved. But if we adopt the third hypothesis, and say he can save all, and will save all, we allow his power to be omnipotent, his goodness to be omnibenignant, his wisdom to be omniscient, and every other amiable, glorious and perfect attribute to be possessed by him in infinite fulness and perfection. And so by reversion, if we allow that Deity is possessed of every perfection, I see no way of avoiding the conclusion that he both can and will save all mankind with an everlasting salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Ministers and Delegates composing the Southern Association of Universalists, assembled at Dana, Mass. June 6, 1826, and after the divine blessing was invoked by Br. William Morse, organized themselves by choosing,
Br. Joshua Flagg, Moderator.
Br. Thomas Whittemore, Clerk.
Ministers present at this Association.
Brs. Hosea Ballou, Sebastian Streeter, Charles Hud
son, William Morse, John Bisbee, Jun. I. P, Fuller, Lyman Maynard, Thomas Whittemore, Benjamin Whittemore, Zelotes Fuller, L. R. Paige.
The circular letter was written by Br. T. Whittemore, and it expresses a well cultivated mind in the gospel of God our Savior.
Adjourned to Springfield, Mass. first Wednesday in June, 1827.
The brethren, composing the Eastern Association of Universalists, convened at Union, Me. June 28, 1826. Chose Br. Russell Streeter, Moderator; Brs. George Bates and Zenas Thompson, Clerks. Ministers present: Russell Streeter, Sylvanus Cobb, George Bates, Zenas Thompson, William A. Drew, John B. Dods and Frederick A. Hodson. All things, it appears from the minutes of this meeting, were conducted in the spirit of Christian charity. Adjourned by divine permission, to Livermore, in the county of Oxford, on the last Wednesday and Thursday in June, 1827.
From a Western Paper.
A ZEALOUS FANATIC.
A zealous fanatic by the name of Finney, a Presbyterian priest in Jefferson county, (N. Y.) publicly declared, not long since, that he was one of the Brigadier Generals of Jesus Christ, with a special commission from the court of heaven to preach the gospel, and all that did not believe him would be eternally damned! In one of his meetings he further declared himself commissioned to make war with the devil; and that he was not ignorant of the machinations and devices of that evil being, nor of his power, neither indeed of his size ; which he asserted was "bigger than the whole of this world!" At this last Polyphemian monster of an ex
pression, a young man in the congregation, had the uirblushing impudence to smile; whereupon the Brigadier General suddenly breaking off from preaching, demands, in a voice of thunder; "Young man, what are you laughing at ?" "Sir, I did but just smile, and I don't know as I am obliged to tell you what I smiled at." " I insist on it you shall tell! what were you laughing at ?” « I think, Sir, I understood you to say, the devil was bigger than all this world !" " I did say so.”—“I would merely wish to inquire, then, how large Mary Magdalene was, who had seven Devils in her ?”
"I was once conversing with a man of good natural sense, but who was very ignorant of religion. As I was pointing out the way of salvation by faith in Christ, he stopped me, and said, there was no occasion for all this noise about faith, and the law, and prophets, for Jesus Christ had said, ' hang the law and the prophets. I replied that I was acquainted with no such saying of our Lord. He told me, then I was very ignorant of the scriptures, for Christ said, "if we did our duty, the law and the prophets might be hanged.' I found that he referred to these words: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy strength, and thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang the law and the prophets.' I endeavored to explain the passage to him; but he seriously assured me that he had always understood it in the sense above mentioned ; and as I was younger than himself, he would not be taught by me."
JOHN ADAMS. The late President Adams was a member of Brattle-street Church. When the present house was finished in 1774, he chose a pew (being No. 96,) the Committee sent him word, that the sight of the pulpit
from that pew was obstructed by a large pillar intervening-and perhaps he would select another. He returned this laconic answer;" Gentlemen, I thank you for your suggestion, but I remember that faith cometh by hearing."-Com. Gaz.
Not long since, a young lady called at Mr. T.'s store in the village of Lowville, in order to purchase some school-books, and among others inquired if he had any Geographys; upon which Mr. T. informed her that he had Morse's Universal Geography. At hearing these words she seemed almost frightened out of her senses, and, sighing, exclaimed, "O! give me no universal books."
A clergyman in this region, not long since, who had insensibly fell into the habit of continuing his discourses to an unnecessary length, on opening his front door one Saturday morning, found the following sentence written in a legible hand with chalk upon the step-stone, -"Even the very stones cry out, SHORTEN your sermons." This sly hint produced the desired effect, and brought his sermons down to the consistent length of about thirty minutes.
The General Convention of Universalists will meet at Wells, in this State, on the third Wednesday and Thursday of next month, September.
The Northern Association of Universalists will convene at Barre, first Wednesday and Thursday of October next. It is desirable that the Societies in this State should send delegates to represent their standing in this meeting.