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him? Some persons, indeed, would make him go from house to house. But who, let me ask, does this, except for offices of kindness and charity? We leave worldly and spiritual gossip to enthusiasts; many of whom are not indifferent to what is doing in the kitchens. If religious doubts and scruples arise, we are ready to remove them by whole. forne counsel; and we endeavour to be courteous and affable to all, but we cannot resign our ftudies in order to court popularity, and under the plea of being sociable and con. desceriding. Let me add, ihat I see no good effect from compelliig a clergyman to live in a dark, incommodious house, obviously unhealthy, and particularly is this observarion applicable to the metropolis, and other ancient towns and cities, in which the parishes are very numerous. Prosperous nien, in other callings, have their country-boxes, as well as houses in the said large places; but a clergyman can seldom maintain more than one habitation. A prelate once told the pluralists, that they ought to reside two months upon that living, from which they should be absent the rest of the year. How inconsiderate was this, how cruel to a large family? One would think such a man had come from Utopia. Anoiher took upon him to insinuate, that the clergy lose their auditors by neglecting to enforce the golpel motives; and he has been quoted by every malignant enthusiast, down to Overton and company.

Another prelare, hearing the name of a clergyman called over for four different places, pronounced it impossible that he could take care of them as he ought; and when the answer was, that none of the parishioners would complain; the reply was, that perhaps some of them would not com. plain, if they were not served once a month; and after all, . there was not a clergyman present more conscientous and respectable ; and every body left the church with indigna. tion against the diocesan. The clergyman has been long dead; but the four parishes small, contiguous, and far from being well endowed, feel and gratefully acknowledge the usefulness of their beloved pastor; and in proportion to the size, there are not any parishes in Britain more orderly or more regular in attendance upon the service of the church. Sarcasms are thrown out against clergymen, who officiate three times in one day. The divine I allude to, and many others by so doing, never lost their energy and seriousness”; and have arranged the times of beginning, so as not to intera fere with the necessary business of the farmers. I lhould not have adverted to this, perhaps, but with a view to do away

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a calumny, of clergymen hanging their horfes at the churchgates, and galloping through the service.. Even if one, of a few instances could be adduced, which is more than I will allow, a conclusion against o:hers is entirely unjust. I have no scruple in adding, ihat the increase of enthuliafls is owing to gross ignorance and folly, to a love of vociferarion and fullian; and the Hints on Evangelical Preaching, by a Bar. rister, will be productive of some good with thein who are as yet unprejudiced and undefiled.

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N. B. Where had the last prelate alluded to, led his life, not to know that parishioners are ready to complain, even without a cause; and that the most querulous are those who seldom attend public worship?, But peevishness, which debases the best talents, and degrades authority and dignity, was the real cause of his rash and intemperate language.


A S I was lately turning over fome leaves of the facred A volume, I happened to cast my eye upon these words. Aets xi. 26. " And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch :" At which, I could not help but make a serious pause. Christians! said I, What is comprehended under this name?-The followers of the Son of God: how.. honourable a distinction !—The disciples of Jesus Chrift: those who are alive from the dead : called from darkness unto the marvellous light of the gospel. How glorious a change! and, how inexpressible the goodness of God to. wards guilty sinners, in effecting this change! Just at the time that men's abominations had rendered them ripe for destruction, he published his mercy unto all, and assured them of his everlasting loving-kindness, if they would hearken unto the voice of his well-beloyed son. Astonish


ing change! and ever worthy of the God of the universe. Christ Jesus came into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through hin might be saved; 10 deliver us by the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation; to cast down all abominations, and every ihing that maketh a lie; to recover mortals to the use of their reason; to de. throne the empire of Gin and Satan, and inake iniquity everywhere alhamed; to banish all animosities, and hatred, and revenge, and strife, and sedition, and bitterness, and envying, and every evil work, from off the earth; to humanize the tempers, and soften the hearts of men, by inculcating upon their minds every civil and social virtue, and uniting them all together in the bands of love: In short, to conquer death and the grave; and upon the ruins of darkness and violence, to establish a kingdom of light and peace, that he might lead us, not to a land flowing with milk and honey, but to a heavenly country, even the everlasting city of the great king.

And, in order to accomplish these glorious purposes, what a multitude of troubles did he encounter ? What ca. lumny and scorn? What watchings, what fasțings, what poignant distresses of every kind did he endure ? And, how undauntedly did he brave them all? Unconquered even in death, the bar of Pilate could not move his integrity.. The coronet of thorns could not make him desert his cause. The ignominious cross could not make him either afraid or ashamed. Obedience to the will of his heavenly Father, and the good of souls, was his only concern; and he knew that his God would never forsake him; that he would not forsake him even in the grave, “ nor suffer his holy one to see corruption. As a lamb, therefore, led to the slaughter, he opened not his mouth.” When he was stretched out on the accursed tree, he could behold the hands of the executioner raised up against him, and the horrid nails that were just ready to pierce his sacred body, without any recoilings, without uttering one single complaint. And, -what particularly commands our attention, --under the inconceivable load of sorrows which oppressed him, his compassion to. wards finful creatures failed not. Instead of reproaching them with that barbarous usage which he met with; in the midit of his agonies, he prayed to his heavenly Father to have mercy even upon thole wicked men, by whom he was crucified and slain.

Such was the Saviour of the world that maker after whom we are called Christians : and such his love to frail



mortals, from his cradle to his tomb! Yea, and after he had {haken off the fetters of the grave, his love was till the same. He would not immediately go into the bosom of his Father: · He would first few himself alive to his disciples, and suffer them to handle him, and see, that he was that same Jelus, who was nailed to the cross. To satisfy every doubt of the most diffident, he did not make his appearance only to two or three, but to all of them together: nor did he make his appearance only once, but conversed with them for fortydays together; and at last, to confirm all their hopes beyond the possibility of being deceived, he ascended up vifibly into heaven, in the presence of above five hundred brethren at once. Suill further, to comfort them, and those who heard them, after his ascension, he sealed those who believed with the spirit of promise; he shed abroad fuch miraculous powers amongit them, as were sufficient to support the weak, the fearful, the afflicted, and to convince all gain-layers. By all which, the divinity of his mission is irrefragably established, and all those promises confirmed upon which he hath caused our souls to hope. We now know, and are assured, that we have not followed after cunningly devised fables; that the calls of the gospel are not delusive, but the power of God, and the wisdom of God. . We now know, that we are no longer aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, but a chosen generation, a peculiar people, the favourites of heaven, created for immortality: the sons of God, and the heirs of glory. . Our great Redeemer hath purchased for us an inheritance that is incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away: He hath brought us forth from the most dreadful abyss of misery and confusion: He hath separated us from the more than brutal follies of paganism, and called us to oonsider the Ruler of the universe, as the only object of religious worship. Praises be to God Most High! The tyrant Dagon has fled beyond our borders, and Immanuel is our king! We, who were not a people, are now the people of God. We, who had not obtained mercy, have now obtained mercy; and as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up fpiritual sacrifices aca ceptable to God, through Jesus Christ. What a glorious revolution; and, how firikingly expressive of the love of God! The temple is no more at Jerusalem only, but every where around the earth, where the sound of the gospel has been heard. The enmity, even the law of commandments, contained in ordinances, the captain of our falvation hath evermore abolished; to make in himfelf of twain one new


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man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God, in one body, by the cross, having Nain the enmiiy thereby. Now is the middle wall of partition broken down; and the doctrines of a future state as certainly established, as that Jesus himself is risen from the grave. A happy, and everlasting inheritance is put into our hands; if we walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called. An inheritance, according to the scripture accounts, how inconceiv. ably abundant! how ravishing! how delighưful! Nothing to be compared unto it: far above all sublunary enjoyments. A kingdom that cannot be moyed by all the revolutions of time! A crown of glory, whose lustre fadesh not away! A pearl of great price ; of which the wise man will forego all the pleasures of sense, and sell all that he hath, to get por. session! A prize, in the pursuit of which all the labours of man are to be considered as nothing ; yea, less than nothing ! A treasure, that never can perish or decay! A glory, ex. ceeding the splendor of the sun, out-fhining the brightness of the firmament, and illustrious as the stars for ever and ever! A fulness of joy that knows no bounds or interruption! A fountain of pleasures, that will be increasing for evermore! A sanctuary, which is guarded with the arm of God, and everlastingly surrounded with his favour and loving kindness, as with a shield! nay, which is more than the most exalted conceptions we can form of such things : For eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it en. tered into the heart of man to conceive the things which God hath prepared for them that love him!”-Such then are the privileges that we enjoy as Christians. · And, can we possibly reflect upon them without being moved ?-Without being moved did I say? Nay, can we possibly reflect upon them, without ever after making them the most delightful subjects of our meditations ;-without continually crying out, in the language of the psalmist, “ As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, so do our souls pant after thee, our God!" For what is all the glory, pomp, and splendor of this world? What are all the riches which the imagination can wander over, or the power of man colleat ? What is all that the vain and profligate call pleasure? What is even health itself, or strength, or beauty, or any other temporary gratification? They are all of them but vain, un. certain and fluctuating things; nay, but mean and con. temptible possessions; no more to be esteemed than as dross or dung, when compared to the privileges that we enjoy as Chriftians, ...,

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