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persons are now found, who reject diately respect the Christian church the divine mission of Jesus Christ. in these latter days are vext consi
“ But, MY COUNTRYMEN, can we dered. NEBUCHADNEZZA R's dream, justly argue from the abuse to the dis; and DANIEL's vision, are investigar. use Is Jesus, the most moral and ed, and events pointed to, which agire divine of characters, an impostor, be- with the predictions they contain. cause many of his ministers and ser- England is considered as one of the vants have proved unfaithful and trea. ten kingdoms, and the author thinks cherous ? Were the other eleven apo- our destruction very near, and sugstles all knaves and rascals, because gests the following inquiry: JUDAS was a traitor ? Are the eternal “ But is there no possibility of pretruths of the Gospel to be exploded, venting or avoiding the universal subbecause men have been presumptuous version awaiting both us, and all the enough to adulterate them with the other kingdonis of Europe, which conprofane mixtures of human ordi. stituted part of the ancient empire? nances ? Or doth our obstinacy alter “ There seems to be but one way*, the nature of evidence, and render and but one in the nature of things. the situation of unbelievers more se- And what may that be? I am sorry cure? The course of things is fixed to say, it is one which is by no means and unchangeable. The sun will shine, likely to take place.--It is a thorough fire will burn, water will drown, the reformation both in theory and pracwind will blow, time will fly, the tides tice, in church and state ; a general will flow, maugre all the scepticism of reformation in the moral and religious philosophers.
conduct of the inhabitants of this “ The moral relations of things are country. For these purposes must not less invariable ; and our being in. not religion be reduced to Gospel pu. considerate enough to deny those re- rity and simplicity + ? must not the lations, and the obligations that arise from them, will neither destroy them, * I am led to think there is still a possinor render our situation more secure. bility of averting our unhappy doom, from My being so foolish as to reject the the case of Nineveh in JONAH; and that of existence of God, and so infatuated Jerusulem, in JEREMIAH, particularly chap. as to suppose there is no REDEEMER,
xxvi. 148. It were happy for us if the no Sanctifier, no heaven, no hell, possibility amounted 10 a protability. Comino devil, no soul, no angel, no spirit, pare Jer. xviii. 1–10. Our sately by no and that the Bible is all a grievous of purisdical forms and superstitions cere
means depends upon our frequent repetitions imposition upon mankind, doth not munies, but upon correcting what is amiss in prove, either that there is no God,
our morals, and un-roangelical in our duce or that there is no reality in the re- trines and ecclesiastical constitution. Was presentations made by the Gospel." not the present Pope of Rome dethroned at
the very moment he was surrounded by his It is then argued, should religion be cardinals, and celebrating his own cxaltation a delusion, it is a beneficial and happy to the pupul chuir? Was there ever a more one, for those who act onder its intlu- worthy and religious pope than his present ence are the best and happiest of balinessWere the ancient Jees ever more The truth of religion is 'de. strictly and superstitiously religious, tban
when they crucihed the Lord of Glory! or, fended upon the ground of the exact
than when their temple and nation were deaccomplishinent of prophecy, the dis
stroyed persion of the Jews is considered as a
+ We can only extract seme parts of the strong argunent in its favour, and
“But what can we expect from men the exact agreement of the predic- who are surrounded with worldly honours, tions relating to the Messiah is stated entitled to a vast patronage of livings, and and exemplitied in 109 instances, templed with near 100,000 pounds a year, which prove the Messiahship of Jesus to let things continue as they are. He must Christ, the son of Mary, and in be almost more than man, whose virtue rises these Mr. S. boldly appeals to the com- above such seducements........ Whea mon sense and reason of the most
a man is made a D.D. docs not the spirit of prejudiced man upon earth, and in
a D. D. usually come upon him and when
a B-p, the spirit of a B-p. Though be quires whicther there be not some
had been ever so eager for the removal of thing far beyond the mere powers of abuses before, does ne not usually endeavour nature in these strange coinciden
10 lull conscience to rest, and even become cies.
an advocate for the continuance of things ia The prophecies which more imme. their present state ? To be sure he has muc:
church be totally unconnected with, against, and the author introduces in and separate from, the civil constitue a note the following anecdote on this tion? This is the opinion of some subject : respectable men. Must not our bi- " Whiston, being one day in disshops and clergy be reduced to the course with Lord Chancellor King, scriptural standard ? Jesus Christ who was brought up a Dissenter, at left sole king in his own church ? and Exeter, but had coniormed, a debate human ordinances, in things sacred, arose about signing articles, which give way to divine prescriptions ? men do not believe, for the sake of Without these great moral and reli- preterment. This the chancellor openly gious changes, can we expect to be justified, because,' said he, we must preserved from the general wreck of not lose our usefulness for scruples.' Europe? And whether these changes WHISTON, who was quite of an opare likely to take place among us, posite opinion, asked his lordship, •[f let any cool and impartial observer in his court they allowed of such judge.” p. 139, 140.
prevarication ?' He answered, . We The patronage of the church is ani- do not.' Then,' said WHISTON, madverted upon, the way of obtain- suppose God ALMIGHTY should be ing livings, and the characters of such as just in the next world as iny lord as are often trained for the church, chancellor is in this, where are we with an immediate view of the gain 'then'}" p. 153, 154, n. to be derived. Subscription to the Various things in the Liturgy are also Articles, Homilies, &c. is objected objected to, as well as the manage
ment of briefs. Under the latter topic to lose, and little to gain, by any change is a statement of the charges upon a that can take place ; and a bird in the hand brief for the parish church of Ra. * is worth two in the bush! When a man venstondale, in the county of Westhas subscribed an indefinite number of times moreland, by which it appears, that to a set of propositions, some of which he upon collecting by brief 6141. the exdoubts, and others of which he disbelieves, it is a thousand to one but he goes on to the
pences amounted to 3301. end of the chapter, and sinks at last into eter
The test and corporation acts, and nal perdition, as a base prevaricator with
the tithe laws are noticed, and on the God and conscience. If in such a case, we subject of toleration the author writes, can be in a state of safety for eternity,
that " for more than a thousand years, clearly of opinion religion is all a farce, and the Christian world was a stranger to it is of little consequence, with respect to the religious liberty. Even toleration was future world, whether we be Christians or unknown till about a century ago. Ileathens, Jeros or Mahometans. --od requir. The clergy, especially, have visually eik truth in the inwarıl parts. Do not been uniriendly to religious liberty. the criminal laws of the country likewise And when the Act of Toleration was stand in need of revisal? Lut any man judge obtained in King WILLIAM's time, of the truth of this, when it is considered that We have upwards of 160 offences punishable great numbers of them were mucha with death.
against it.-It appears to me, how“Ou the jurisprudence of the country it is ever, that both the name and thing remarked, that in the county of Middlesex
are inconsistent with the very nature alone, in the year 1793, the number of baila of the Gospel of Christ; for have able writs and executions for debts from I not as much right to controul you ten to twenty pounds, amounted lu 110 less in your religious concerns, as you than 5,712, and the aggregate amount of the have to controul ine? To talk of 19debts' sued for, to 81,791 pounds.--The lerating, implies an authority over me; costs of these actions, although made up and yet who 'but CHRIST has any sucha not defended at all, would amount to 68,728 authority? He is a tyrant, a very pounds--and if defended, the aggregate ex
pope, who pretends to auy such things pense to recover 81,791 pounds, must be no less than 285,920 pounds! being consider. These maiters will be better urutera ably mure than three times the debt sued for stood by and bre. The whole Chriser defended.–At present the rule is to allow
tian world lav in darkness upon this the same costs for forty shillings as for 10,000 subject, we have observed, for many pounds.-Why are these abuses permitted to ages,,, Continue? Is not the case but too clear? In Though we have had the honour short, iko chole teead is sick, and the whole heart of being among the first of nations, fain!; from the sole of the foot even unto the which obtained a large portion of cihead (here is no soundness among us
vil and religious freedom, others are Vide a Treatise on the Police of London, now taking the lead of us in the
rights of conscience ; and it does arguments he uses we consider as not appear to many, that we ever can conclusive. Many valuable books are be a thoroughly united and happy recommended, and some of the wisest people, till every good subject enjoys and most eminent men that have ever equal civil privileges, without any re- lived are proved to have been Cbrisgard to religious sects and opinions.” tians. The ignorance, folly, and falsep. 157.
hood of some of Thomas Paine's asThree awful instances are given of sertions are conspicuously and clearly the erils of patronage, and it is re- demonstrated. In this part of the marked, " that the ecclesiastical and work serious and allectionate exhor. civil parts of our constitution are, in tations are given to the reader. Tlie some respects, in opposition one to whole, consisting o1327 pages abounds the other; for the former, in the with much information and instrucbook of Homilies especially, holds tion; seriousness and liberality are the forth the doctrine of passive obedi. prominent features of the work. The encr and non-resistance, while the notes are copious and numerous, and latter is founded, by the compact at contain a variety of anecdotes. Tothe revolution, on the reciprocal rights wards the close of the work the auof King and people. In this respect, thor represents the believer as drawtherefore, as well as in several others, ing near to his future state of happi. a reformation is bighly desirable. ness, and seriously recommends at. Every clerguman particularly should tention. see and leel this, who is obliged to To the work is annexed two apsubscribe ex animo, that all and every pendixes, in the first the author rething contained in the book of Com- presents the conduct of the clergy to mon Prarer, &c. is agreeable to the be the cause of the spread of infiSucreu llritings.
delity, and the increase of Dissenters " I add a second circumstance, and Methodists. He reprobates the which seems an hardship to the en- monopolies of livings, and the holdJightened and conscientious part of ing of pluralities, and recommends it the clergy. When we baptize chil- to government to take the livings as dren, we thank God that it hath they fall vacant, and appropriate the pleased him to regenerate them with income to the service of ihe state, bis Holy Spirit, to receive them and for the people to provide their for his own children by adoption, own ministers. One anecilole in this and to incorporate them into his appendix we present to our readers. • holy church. When the same chil- "One of the popes of Rome, seeing a dren are presented to the bishop for large sum of money laying upon his confirmation, he also addresses the table, said to one of the cardinali, DIVINE BEING as having vouch- "The church can no longer say, sil • sased to regenerate them by wa- 'ver and gold have I none;'- No,
ter and the Holy Ghost, and as answered the other," nor can the • having given unto them the forgive. 'church any longer say, Take up thy
liess of all their sins,' while many of • bed and walk'." thein are as vile young rogues as ever Appendix II. In this Mr. Simpson existed. Then when we come to supposes a number of objections to bury them, we dare do no other than his determination of quitting the send them all to heaven, though many church, which he answers, expressing of those we commit to the earth have the pain he feels at giving up his situbeen as wicked in life as men can ation. Upon the subject of subscripwell be on this side hell. This surely tion, the scheme of Dr. PALEY to is a great hardship-Yet we have no sign the articles as articles of peace, remedy--We must do it, or forfeit is pronounced such as an honest man our roast beef and plumb pudding." should be ashamed of. Though Vir.S.
burns with the zeal of a reforiner, it The author then proceeds to state is but justice to add, that he appears the various objections advanced by to be no revolutionist; and that no intidels against the Scriptures, and man can be more impressed than he the adoption of religious principles is with the horrors of the French and practices : To these he replies, revolution, of which he has girtu and illustrates his answers with bio. many shocking instances in the work graphical instances of the felicity pro- before lis. duced by religious principles, and the
the gospel; as surely as the word of CSX. SERMOXs. By the Rev.THOGod is true, you are in a state of MAS GISBORNE, M. A. damnation. The gulf of destruction
stares you in the face; and unless R. GISBORNE known M'. Che literary world by his will close upon you for ever.
you repent a man,
But Familiar Survey of the Christian Re- this parable, in conformity to many ligion,” “Enquiries into the respective other passages in the New TestaDuties of Men and Women,"&c. 'The ment, teaches you the no less awerol present volume contains 20 discourses son, that you will be condemned on the following texts and subjects: at the day of judgment, if you suiter viz. I. Jesus Christ the corner stone, any one of the lawful occupations, or 1 Pet. ii. 6.-11. Christian Method Jawful pleasures of this life, to be the of Justification, Rom. iii. 20—22. pricipal object of your pursuit. Yet III, IV, and V. Divine Grace, 2 Cor. how frequently do we see people resii.9.-Vl. The Marks of a real signing themselves to such idols; and Christian, Gal. ii. 24. —VII. On tind every argument ineffectual to arranging ourselves on the Lorrl's convince them that they are in the Side, Ex xxxii. 26.- -VIII. On dis- direct road to eternal ruin. With sembling with God, Jer. xlii. 20.- some, wealth is the idol. They rise IX. Our Excuses for pot giving up up early, and go late to rest, and eat the Heart to God, Luke xiv. 18.- the bread of carefulness, day after X. Steadfastness in Obedience. day, and year after year. Their XI. Character of Naaman, 2 Kings minds are filled with plans for the V. 9, 3.—Habitual Remembrance improvement of their ground, and of Guil, Ps. xvi. 8. —XIU. Charac- the advantageous disposal of its proter of Herod Antipas. Mark iv. 16. duce; or with schenies to draw cus
-XIV. Extent of Genuine Reli- tomers to their compting-house or gion, Mic. vi. 8.-—XV. Presump- their shop, and to lay in their comtuous Plans, James iv. 13-17.- modities at the cheapest rate; or XV1.0.1 despising the Divine Threat to place out their money on the best nings, Gen. xix. 14. --XVII. Un- security, and at the highest interest. scriptural Principles of Conduct, Is. At the end of every year they are beV. 20.- -XVIII, XIX. Exposition come richer: but they are not become of the Burial Service, I Cor. xv. 20. more religious. They have increased -XX.The Happiness attendanton 'in possessions; but they have not Religion, Prov. iii. 17.
grown in grace. They have acIn sermon IX. after explaining the cumulated substance on earth; but general outlines of the Parable of the have not laid up treasure in the sight Supper, the preacher shews, 1." The of God. During all this time they guilt and dreadful consequences of imagine that they are religious; and rejecting Christ.--2. He considers the are even ready to profess a excuses made, and --3. He remarks, riction that this scraping laborious that though the circumstances pleaded file is one proof of religion. Hov in excuse were all lawful in them. hardening is the deceitfulness of sin! selies, yet none of the excuses were How darkening the influence of a admitted, but all those who used them worldly spirit! What specious eviwere condemned. Not one of those dence have they to produce of their that were bidden shall partake of my religion? Let their cause be exhi. supper.
bited in the most favourable light. As a specimen of Mr. G.'s style and They have not been spendthritis. sentiments we give the sequel of this They have observed commou honesty discourse.
in their dealings. They have seldom “My brethren! The parable which omitted their devotions at the returns has been explained, while it affords of night and of morning: They have an exact picture of the present state attended public worship, and even of multitudes who profess themselves the sacrament, with decent trequency. to be Christians, hokis forth a solemn But let every person of this descripwarning to all persons, who are at this tion answer to himself a short quesday endeavouring to make excusestion: Where has your heart been for denying to religion the empire of tixed ? On the next world, or on this? their hearts. Ifin lempers, or in con-.
Your answer will tell you that, if you duct, you are an open transgressor of die in your present state, your con
demnation is certain and just. Others vation, through Jesus Christ. De. inake pleasures and amusements their ceive yourself no longer. Lean no idols. They conceive that, because longer on a broken reed. Away with they are under no pecuniary neces- every excuse for delaying to resign sity of addicting themselves to busi- your whole heart to your Redeemer. ness, they need not disappoint their Some excuses may be more absurd, inclinations. They do not mean, they some may be more presumptuous profess, to live wickedly; but they than others. But if you trust to any ex. ihink that they have a right to enter- cuse whatever, you will fall into evertain themselves. Amusements accord. lasting condemnation." p.210—214. ingly constitute their leading pursuit. A second specimen of Mr. G's manHounds and horses, or other sports ner we shall select from the 13th of the field; or public places, and un- sermon, on the Character of Ilerod profitable visiting, and the indolent Antipas. perusal of trilling and uninstructive “). Contemplate in the conduct hooks, takie possession of their time of Herod, and of his queen, the naand their thoughts. The amusements tural progress of depravity. Look which each person selects for himself primarily to Herodias. She, in the depend on his situation, and other first place, married the brother of accidental circumstances. But of all her former husband, and while that such persons, amusement, whatever husband was alive. Of so flagrant a shape it may assume, is the object. nature was this crime, that if we had And because they follow such amuse- heard nothing further, even charity ments as are not in their own nature itself, which bopeth all things, could necessarily sinful, and because they not have persuaded itself that she had are not regardless of the forms of de- sinned through ignorance. And the votion, and some other outward due remainder of her history precludes ties of religion ; they fatter then- all palliation of her guilt. She is inselves that they are sufficiently good formed that a great prophet, John Christians. But let such persons also the Baptist, has presented himself bebe asked, where has your heart been fore Herod, and lias charged him, as tixed? Can you think that the life he values the mercy of God, to put which you have led has been to live her away. What effect has this inunto God and unto Christ? Has your telligence? Does she humble berself life been that of a person who seeks before her Maker: Does she be wail first the kingilom of God and his her sin iu bitterness of soul: Does righteousnessThe persons who were she instantly separate herself from previously describeci perish by the Herod : from that moment she cares and the riches of the world. is determined on the destruction of Jou
ou perish by its idleness and its the prophet, and continues with lepleasures. Industry, grounded on rod as before. Christian motives, and governed by • What in the mean time is the Christian rules, is not oniy not a sin, conduct of Herod: He despises the but an absolute duty. Amusements, warning of John, and refuses to disinnocent in their nature, and mode- solve bis unhallowed marriage. Hle rate in degree, are at proper times yields to the malignant importunities allowable. But if either the acquisi- of Herodias, seizes the holy man who tion of money, or the pursuit of amuse- has reproved him, and shuts him up inent, be the leading object of your in prison. Yet hardened as he is, thoughts and wishes, the ruling prin- he has not arrived at that point in ciple of your heart : cease to imagine the scale of depravity to which liis that you are religious; anticipate the guilty partner has attained. She he. condemnation which awaits you. I sitates at no crime, she is lost to all dwell not on other idols. Whaithough feeling, past all compunction. Her power, anci learning, and reputation, heart is seared, as St. Paul expresses have also their worshippers? Is the himself, with a red-hot iron. But He. idolatry of another man a vindication rod has still some misgivings of cor;of yours! God acknowledges none science lett. There are yet some as his servants, except those whose crimes on which he is afraid to sen. predominant desire and delight is to ture. Though he has imprisoned promote bis glory and obcy iiis com- John, and well knows that' he bas mandments. To no others does he imprisoned the prophet for speaking proinise pardon, and grace, and sal- the truth, and adhering to the path