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in him, who is unchangeables and trust in his righteousness, which can never fail thee. In a few moments more thou wilt see these glorious truths of his person and offices, which men have treated on below, and which below thou hast faintly believed, to be the brightest beams of that eternal majesty, with which the Lord thy righteousness is surrounded above. Thou wilt then be astonished at the coldness and languor of the warmest heart which ever thought of Jesus in this world, and be surprised--though surprised with joy-that neither the half nor a thousandth part of the truth, respecting his dignity and work, could on earth be possibly told thee. O, how wilt thou sit down among the blessed, and chant the praises of that dear Lord, who not only brought thee out of darkness into marvellous light, but raised thee up to a throne of glory, perhaps above the highest angels in heaven! How amazing, that a poor, sinful, dying, corruptible worm should be so prized by the Almighty as to engage him to spare nothing, not
even bis only begotten Son, in order to accomplish : that wretched and rebellious worm's everlasting sal
vation! Who could believe it, if God did not speak it? Indeed, redemption is altogether wonderful from beginning to end. The works of God in the visible world excite our admiration : but this work of all his Forks the recovery of man by Jesus Christ-commands the endless astonishment both of man and angels. It was the last of his labours revealed to man, and it is the greatest which man can know. Say, then, with the apostle, “ O, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." --Serle': Hora Solitariæ.
CHRISTIAN POLICY.-If everyone in this honourable assembly would join together to promote Christian religion in its true notion, that is, peace and holiness, the love of God and the love of our brother, Christianity in all its proper usefulness, and would not endure in the nation any thing against the laws of the boly Jesus; if they were all zealous for the doctrines of righteousness, and impatient of sin in yourselves and in the people,-—it is not to be imagined what a happy nation we should be. But if ye divide into parties, and keep up useless differences of names or interests ; if ye do not join the bands of peace, that is, the king and the church, religion and the good of the nation, you can never hope to see a blessing to be the end of your labours. Remember the words of Solomon, “ Righteousness exalteth a nation ; but sin is a reproach to any people.” But when righteousness is advanced in the hearts and lives of the nation, who shall dare to reprove your faith, who can find fault
your religion? God, of his mercy, grant that, in all your consultations, the word of God may be your measure, the Spirit of God may be your guide, and the glory of God may be your end. He, of his mercy, grant that moderation may be your limit, and peace may be within your walls as long as you are there, and in all the land for ever after. But remember, that since the honour and service of his majesty, and the peace and prosperity of the church, the perpetuity of our fundamental laws, public justice, and the honour of all legal authority, the advancement of trade, and the wealth of the nation, is your design; remember, I pray, what warranty you have to expect all this; no less than the words of our blessed Saviour ; but it is on these terms, " Seek ye first the kingdom of God and the righteousness thereof, and all these things shall be added into you." Amen.-Bishop Taylor, Sermon Before Parliament.
(For the Church of England Magazine.) Child of the soft and vernal show'r, Thou com'st to deck both mead and bow'r
With flow'rets sweet and gay;
E'en like a wintry day.
Bursting in sleet and show'r,-
With winter's sterner pow'r.
With fleecy clouds around;
On ev'ry side abound.
Lur'd by the fairy gleam ;
And hail thy sunny beam.
Alternate shade and sun :
And so our course we run.
Nor sigh escape the breast;
'Tis an eternal rest!
ON SEEING THE MOON RISE. “ The leavens declare the glory of God.”—Psalm xix.
(For the Church of England Magazine.) Ore of the night! thy pale still ray
Gleams on the sleeping earth; Day's glories, which have past away,
Proclaim'd thy gentler birth.
Thou'rt hidden from the sight;
Enthron'd in peace and light.
And veil faith's radiant eye,
That spreads thy beams on high.
Pale is the outline of the trees
went many trials and hardships, declared that "he As mark'd by thy dim light,
bad learned, in whatever state he was, therewith to be And now the chill, autumnal breeze
content." And where did he learn submission to his Fans not the veil of night.
heavenly Father? From Christ, his Lord and Master,
who “left us an example, that we should tread in his Season of thought! when the mind feels
steps.” Do you, then, pray for the same spirit, that A pure and Heaven-sent calm,
you may“ be content with such things as ye have."
While as parents and husbands you live at peace in When o'er the spirit softly steals
your families, “as much as lieth in you, live also at A free o'erpowering charm :
peace with all around you ;” remembering that Christ
said to his disciples," a new commandment I give A charm that leads the soul above,
unto you, that ye love one another." Remember also His hand to recognise,
that ihose who are faithful to their Master in heaven Who pours his bounteous rays of love
are mindful of the duties they owe to their masters on On earth as in the skies.
earth; while “ fervent in spirit, serving the Lord,
they are not slothful in business." Be diligent, thereOrb of the night! when tempest-tost
fore, in the discharge of each appointed duty; upright Or calm, still shed thy ray,
in all your dealings; always look upon your master's Till thy bright influence be lost
property as sacred, to be taken care of just as if it In never-ending day.
were your own,-and even more so, because you are put in trust; and to be false to your trust would be very sinful in the sight of God, as well as disgraceful
in the sight of man. In short, “honour all men; love Miscellaneous.
the brotherhood : fear God, and honour the queen." SOCINIANISH OPPOSED TO THE WORD OF God.*- "Obey magistrates and all in authority," as the Bible I contend, that the peculiar doctrines of Christianity,– commands. “Meddle not with them that are given by which I mean, of course, the doctrines which are to change." In all your transactions remember these denied by Unitarianism,-are so inseparably wrought words of our blessed Lord: “Whatsoever ye would in the whole texture of the Bible, that it is impossible that men should do to you, even so do ye to them." to detach them from it, and at the same time to leave
SCHEME FOR THE SABBATH.--- In the year 1755 any integral part of the original fabric. The book may
when Dr. Johnson was 46 years old, he wrote in his be altogether altered, and thus virtually destroyed; journal the following scheme for Sunday, having lived but while a fragment of it remains unchanged, we
(he says) not without an habitual reverence for the possess an indication of the character of the whole.
Sabbath, yet without that attention to its religious A minute portion of the frame of one of the gigantic
duties which Christianity requires :- 1st. To rise inhabitants of a former world enables the physiologist early; and, in order to it, to go to sleep early on Sato ascertain the magnitude of the body to which it belonged ; and one unadulterated portion of the holy the morning. 3d. To examine the tenor of my life,
turday. 2d. To use some extraordinary devotion in book would be unquestionable evidence of the mysterious and awful statements which pervade its pages.
and particularly of the last week; and to mark any
advances in religion, or recessions from it. 41h. To The light of saving truth may be obscured under the
read the Scriptures methodically, witli such helps as oppressive load of philosophy, falsely so called; but it
are at hand. 5th. To go to church twice. 6th. To will continue to be the saving light until it be totally read books of divinity, either speculative or practical. extingnished. To use the language of an illustrious 7th. To instruct my family. sth. To wear out, by meman, once himself a Unitarian preacher (Samuel Taylor
ditation, any worldly soil contracted in the weekColeridge), " it appears impossible for any man to
Boswell's Life of Johnson. read the New Testament, with the common exercise of an unbiassed understanding, without being con
The Race-Course.- No where does the demoralvinced of the divinity of Christ from the testimony of ising tendency of inhumanity to animals appear to almost every page."
have such a wide-spread iufluence amongst all classes Christian CONTENTMENT.t-Always bear in mind betting, gambling, swearing, tighting, lewdness, and
as at the race-course, with its vile accompaniments of that God has appointed our station in life; therefore,
intoxication,-as if when men agreed to commit one be satisfied to get an honest bread" by the sweat of
sin, they opened the door to every other. Let us then your face" in that station. Our almighty Redeemer, although rich, for your sakes became poor on earth,
put a stop to this system of legalised and faslıionable
cruelty; and we may hope that many of its bad " that ye through his poverty might be rich." Even God's blessed and eternal Son, when he came “to
consequences will depart also. If it be argued in
favour of races, that they have been publicly allowed seek and to save that which was lost," " had not where
from the most ancient times; so also, we reply, were to lay his head.” And the apostle Paul, who under.
other amusements now confessedly unbecoming a • From a Lecture: ** The Unitarian Interpretation of the
Christian people-such as the fighting of gladiators, New Testament based upon defective Scholarship, or ou dis
and combats with wild beasts.- Note to Whylehead's Honest or uncandid Criticism." By the Rev. Thomas Byrth, Essays on the Claims of Christian Philanthropy. M.A. (now D D.), F.A.S., Rector of Wallasey.--This lecture forms one of the Liverpool series already adverted to. Dr. Byrth treats his subject as a scholar and a Christian. We shall gladly make a more lengthened extract in a future Nuinber.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. + From "The Due Observance of the Lord's Day: an Address
Will our friends oblige us by not writing on the character of to the Flutmen of the Weaver Navigation." By the Rev. John
Lydia (Acts xvi.)? It is surprising how many articles we have Davies, M.A. Liverpool, Henry Perris; Seeley, London. 12mo,
received within the last few weeks on that subject, which, howpp. 24. This is a peculiarly valuable tract, and is well calculated for wide distribution among the lower orders, especially at the
ever excellent in themselves, are of course uncleos to us, present time. The principles advocated are so truly scriptural, and the duties incumbent on all who are in the possession of Christian privileges so strikingly enforced, that its perusal can
London : Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman treet, scarcely fail to have a beneficial effect on the reader. The cne Portman Square ; w. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Maria Lane, St. mies of sound religion and legitimate government are at work
Paul's; and to be procu red, by order, of all Booksellers in Towe with full energy; and publications of the mont bioxious teod
and Country. ency are circulated on every side: it is the duty of the Christian to seek to counteract the evil, and to stemn the torrent of atheism, under the designation of Socialism, and of rebellion under that of Chartism, which threatens to inundate the land.
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I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” THE FOLLY AND DANGER OF AN ATHEISTIC
Miserable indeed would be our condition, SPIRIT.
were it otherwise.
If God's all-seeing eye By the Rev. T. WHITE, M. A.,
did not behold us if his all-powerful hand Rector of Epperstone, Notts, and Incumbent of did not sustain us, we could not continue in Welbeck Chapel, London.
existence, much less enjoy happiness of any II.
kind. Are we sufficient to ourselves ? can It is surely folly to be ignorant of what it we control the material elements, or regulate most concerns us to know, when we have the course of nature? Does the sun shine abundant means of knowing it. Not to know by our permission, or the earth yield her inGod, is not to know Him on whom we entirely crease according to our pleasure? Let the depend for existence and for happiness. This action of Providence be suspended for a would be a great evil, even though guilt were moment; and the planets would rush from not contracted. But surely it must be atro- their orbits, the whole frame of the universe cious guilt to close the eyes to the discoveries of would be dissolved, chaotic darkness would himself, which God has so compassionately return, confusion and misery would usurp the vouchsafed. Our Lord with reason says, place of order and happiness. But, even if “This is the condemnation, that light is come what we call the course of nature should into the world, and men loved darkness rather continue uninterrupted, where would be our than light, because their deeds were evil.” security from moral evils ? what could such Here indeed we have the true secret of athe- frail and feeble beings do without an almighty ism. Men are unwilling to know God, be- and ever-present Guardian? When we because that knowledge must condemn them. hold the ferocity of some of the brute creation, They wish to exclude him from their thoughts, and reflect that not only should we be exposed because they know that he must disapprove to their assaults, but perhaps to those of beings their conduet. They would, if it were pos- of a higher intellectual order, who might; unsible, overturn his throne, or even annihilate less restrained, exercise over us the most cruel his being. But because they cannot do this, tyranny, must we not wish for some better they strive to forget it. They strive to per- security than our own devices can afford ? suade themselves that he does not observe Under such circumstances, our existence their conduct; that this world and its con- during the few short years of our abode on cerns are too insignificant to attract his notice, earth must be devoid of comfort and full of and that, amongst the infinity of beings that terror; but what must be our views with he governs, they shall pass inobserved, and respect to another state of being? Could we their evil deeds unpunished. But they wil he content to go down to the grave in ignofully forget his questions Am I a God at rance of what lies beyond its confines ? could hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off? we be content to abandon the bright prospect Can any hide himself in secret places, that I which the Gospel affords, for the wretched shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not uncertainty of atheism ? Surely it must be VOL, VIII. —NO. CCXI.
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the height of folly and of guilt to make such | be reconciled to him, and become once more a choice!
his beloved children. Listen to his assurance But suppose, for a moment, the fact estab- that he is willing not only to pardon your sins, lished that there is no God-no Providence but to deliver you from their
power and polluno hereafter. How deplorable must be the con- tion, to restore your fallen nature, to impress dition of society! Society !-I know not how once more his own image on your souls. society could continue to exist under such cir- Surely, if such tidings were now for the first cumstances. If all the restraints of religion time proclaimed, they would be enough to were abolished—if that remaining fear of God make our hearts leap within us. But we are which lurks in the bosoms even of those who grown familiar with them; familiar with the are least disposed to serve him, were entirely words, but not the spirit of the doctrine. done away, how fearfully would the pas- With by far too many of us Christianity is sions of mankind break loose!--how would a name and profession, not a vital principle. lust, and avarice, and worse than bestial Be assured, however, it must be everything ferocity, rend in pieces every social institu- or nothing.' It must either be renounced as a tion, and pollute every scene of domestic delusion, or accepted with the warmest affeclife! An end would at once be put not only tions of the heart, if we make any pretension to the refinements and enjoyments of civil- to reasonable or consistent conduct. That it ized intercourse, but even to every art and is a delusion, none can prove; nay, that it is every possession which makes our condition pre-eminently the truth, has been established preferable to that of the inferior animals. by the fullest evidence, and will be joyfully The strong would soon destroy the weak, acknowledged by every sincere inquirer. Il
, the crafty would prey upon the unsuspecting, then, we desire to possess true wisdom, instead every man's hand would be against his bro- of giving ourselves up to the basest folly, let ther; and, as there would be no bond of union us receive this wisdom which is from above. for mutual defence, there could be no protec- It will promote our happiness in time, as tion from government or from association; well as in eternity. Believing in God, as each must for a little time defend himself as our reconciled Father in Christ Jesus, we best he could, but all would soon perish in shall enjoy the sweetest peace and consolaextremest misery.
tion. We shall be able to repose with perfect' So conscious are even the ungodly that confidence on his everlasting love; we shall something is necessary to restrain the corrupt be enabled to support with constancy the appetites and passions of mankind, that even troubles of this changing world ; we shall those who hate the true religion are compelled have joy in the approach of death, and shall to invent a kind of religion for themselves; look beyond the grave with a hope full of they have their oaths, by which they attempt immortality. What rational being would to bind the conscience; they have their means exchange such a condition of mind for the of exciting superstitious terror. Some mo- darkness of scepticism, or part with the hopes tives they feel they must have to restrain that he might be released from the restraints men when unobserved by others, and when of religion?
of religion? No. It is the fool alone who the hand of human power cannot be fixed can wish that there were no God; it is the upon them.
fool alone who could wish to throw off his I maintain, then, without scruple, that not dominion. The truly wise will rejoice in the only must he be a fool who says in his heart contemplation of his infinite perfections, which there is no God, but that he must be a yet | are all exercised in behalf of those who love greater fool who wishes that there were and serve him, and will be ready exultingly none; and who, to release himself from his to exclaim, “ This God is our God for ever power, would be content to forego his bene- and ever ; He will be our guide unto death, tits. On the subject of these benefits I can and our portion in eternity." only speak with the utmost brevity. But I beseech my readers to consider how much
PERSONAL SELF-DENIAL. they would lose, not only if there were no God, but even if God were different in cha That every one of us, feeling it our duty to give, racter from what he has himself declared to
should deny ourselves a trifle for God's sake, that we
may have whereof to give-that every one of us, the us. Contemplate his own declaration, “ God
older and the younger, the richer and the poorer, is love." Contemplate that astonishing proof should deny ourselves some personal indulgence of of his love, his giving his only begotten Son needless luxury, should check an idle fancy, or break
off an idle habit, or curtail an unnecessary expense of to come into the world and die for sinners;
some kind or other,--so that on an average we may contemplate the amazing means that he has
save, by little acts of personal self-denial, one shilling, devised to repair the ruin which sin has in
• From “ An Address on the Principles and Practice of troduced into his fair creation. Consider the Christian Almsgiving. By the Rev. F. G. Hopwood." London, gracious invitations which he makes to you to
Hatchards. 12mo, pp. 27. - It contains many excellent hints worthy of serious consideration.
or sixpence, or threepence, or a penny, a-week; per them in a practical form, and when there is such cryhaps not week by week, but so that, take one week ing necessity for Christian exertion. And the crying with another, it may on an average amount to such necessity that does exist is a material point in this case. sums as these ;-this is not much surely to ask Christ If no such necessity existed,-ifour means were more ians to do for Christ's sake, and for the sake of the than enough to carry on in the greatest efficiency all perishing souls around us. Taking the history of the our Christian objects, instead of being, as they are, poor widow for our guide, it seems we might ask them most miserably deficient,—there might seem some to do more: yet if the whole of every large congrega excuse for persons who, in apparently innocent trifles, tion would only do this, we should have abundant devote to themselves what God in that case would not means in our hands for godly purposes, whilst, as I stand in need of; but when it is objected to such have said, every penny would have come in from an suggestions as those above, that surely we are not exercise of Christian principle.
called upon to descend to such trifles as these, and It will be remembered that a weekly saving for that it would be ridiculous to do so, it may be answered charitable purposes is in accordance with the injunc- with truth, that the necessity of the case is such that tion of Scripture : " Upon the first day of the week we are called upon to attend to every such trifle. I let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath question whether, under present circumstances, we prospered him" (1 Cor. xvi. 2); and a return to this are not called upon to do something more still, as the primitive practice, whilst it would prove effectual in poor widow did, and to give up some of the very increasing our means, would also have a direct tend necessaries of life ; and I should answer to all such ency to keep alive a constant sense of the duty of objections, that I cannot reconcile it to my conscience giving alms of our goods."
to spend money, however small the sums, upon my own Let no one" hastily object to this plan, that it is personal indulgence, whilst I know that hundreds of impossible. I ask the objector, “ Is it impossible for ihousands of souls, both at home and abroad, are left, us to deny ourselves some trifle for God's sake ?" for want of exertion on our part to assist them, in the Let not such a thing be said by those who profess to most deplorable state of spiritual destitution. The be followers of Christ; and if we look at the matter greater portion of our lives, moreover, is made up of practically, we shall see that it is not impossible-quite trifles; and the great test of religious principle, to my the contrary; and that if there be a difficulty, it lies mind, is in what are called trifles, in the small everyonly in our own will and disposition to set about it. day occurrences and opportunities of ordinary life. There are so many occasions on which we might, when any part of our means is spent in vicious inif we chose, save a threepence, or sixpence, or a dulgence, of course no one can question that the shilling, by self-denial, that it would occupy too much sooner we deny ourselves that indulgence, and apply space to name them; neither would I for a moment
what we save thereby to God's service, the better. presume to judge in individual cases, what a person And here I should wish it to be observed, that what can or cannot, ought or ought pot, to deny themselves. I ask is personal self-denial. It is very far from my As to particulars, every one must freely exercise his
desire to establish such a spirit as that of the scribes conscience in the matter; it rests between him and his
and pharisees of old, who said to their fathers and God; nor is it, generally speaking, a question on which mothers, “ It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest one man is able properly to judge for another, because be profited by me," making a pretended gift to God what is unnecessary to one man, in one situation of an excuse for withholding assistance to their needy life, is quite necessary to another man in a different relations. What I ask for is not illiberality towards situation of life; and, again, what might cost one man others, nor the giving up Christian hospitality, but much of self-denial, another man might give up with denying something to ourselves, something which reout ever feeling it at all. Still, to point out what I gards our own selfish gratification or indulgence ; mean, a few general instances may be given of the not denying ourselves that which will affect the wants sort of things in which many may save by a little or innocent wishes of others, but that which touches personal sacrifice of comfort, pleasure, or sensual in
our own persons, our own personal habits and desiresdulgence. In travelling, for instance, many a man which we indulge for our own sakes, not for the sake might save a considerable sum yearly, if he would of others. Neither is it wished to interfere with that only consult somewhat less on his journey his comfort which is now laid aside for children, or sick-clubs, or his pride. Take the idle, vain amusements, for or to put into savings-banks, or for time of want; which we pay so willingly; take the useless trifles
nor, indeed, will my plan do so, since all I ask for is which we buy so frequently; what I ask for in God's that which, but for this proposal, would not, for the behalf might be saved here in countless instances.
most part, have been in existence at all at the end of Again, take the article of dress, and when we are making our purchases, let us remember God and the
My plan, it will be observed, does not ask for that, poor, and buy what is more plain, simple, and useful,
the giving of which costs us no sacrifice and no selfra:her than what is more fine and new, showy and denial; it does not ask for that which, after affording expensive; and we cannot deny that in the purchase ourselves every gratification and indulgence, we still of a few yards of ribbon, or a pair or two of gloves, have above what we want : my object is to inculcate we might save what my plan requires for a fortnight's
the duty of giving up something that we do want for charity. Take the article of living, of eating and Christ's sake, and therefore we should raise a fund for drinking, and such-like indulgences, and do not let the most part entirely new. us dare to tell God we cannot curtail what we unnecessarily spend upon ourselves, when for mere indulgence-sake, and often vicious indulgence too, RECEIVE NOT THE GRACE OF GOD IN VAIN, men sit down and consume in liquor as much in two hours, as would answer the demand I make for two
A kernron months' charity: let the richer man give up some of
BY THE Rev. J. S. Hodgson, his wine or spirits every week, let the working man
Curate of Castle Combe, Wilts. give up one quart or two of beer in every week, and the thing is done, all that is asked for is accomplished.
2 COR. v. 1. This may serve to chew that the plan suggested is not “We then, as workers together with him, beseech impossible; it may be unpalatable to self-indulgence, you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." but it is not impossible to self-denial; all we want is the wilt we can do it if we like, and I am quite sure
THE Being 'with whom St. Paul in these Christian people will, when the thing is laid before words claims the glorious privilege of being