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this demands more attention to place, or a people of the and judgement than are some minister's charge, may be times exercised."
viewed with favour and approWe have already said, that bation, if the service be perthe Charge (by the Rev. Dr. formed in a serious and pious Allyn, of Duxbury) is excel. manner, accompanied with mo. lent. It is a charge which ral effect in regard to the canmay be read with profit by all didate to be ordained, and in Christians ; it is a large and regard to the spectators and enlightened statement of chris. actors in this solemnity. tian duty, founded on the “ Ordination communicates thought that every man in his no grace ; only operating as a place is in some degree and in monitor, and drawing after it a certain sense, the minister of a peculiar train of ideas and God. “ A power of doing emotions. It communicates good intimates an abligation to no exclusive authority, for exert one's-self in promoting every man is authorized to adreligious faith, hope, and chari. monish, teach and persuade his ty." We first give the introduce neighbour for his edification tion,and afterward the passages It places a man under no oblito which we have now alluded. gation not binding before ;
6 Ordination of ministers is for every christian is obliged justly considered a sacred and to perform what may benefit solemn act, but like other re. his fellow-creatures, advance ligious acts has no value in the cause of christianity, and itself unless it lead to sentie promote the glory of God." ments, affections and conduct “ Having had the advantages which are holy, worthy of the of a liberal education, having christian,and beneficial in their been nursed in the school o! effects to the church. If we our prophets, we charge you separate from the solemn ex- to consider an acquired ability ercises usual on occasions like of teaching others, a power of the present, the ideas suggests doing good as intimating an ed to the mind, the ends de obligation to exert yourself in signed, the religious and mor- promoting religious faith, hope al tendency of the language and charity. Use every means used, nothing of value remains. of perfecting your ideas of Prayer and praise, the singing christianity. Meditate on its of psalms, the administration value, its spirit, its laws and of baptism and the Lord's sanctions, its doctrines, its hissupper, together with the act tory and examples, its influof ordination in which we are ence on individual and national now engaged, have, none of happiness, and that of the them, any use, sacredness, ac. whole world. Refect on its ceptability, separate from their immediate and ultimate design influence in producing a more to make men holy and virtuous, devout, active and useful life. and to fit them for the enjoyOn this principle, ordination, ments of eternal life. Scek without any special reference advancement in christian know ledge. You have not now to acter of a teacher in Israel, learn the comprehensive and and use the boldness of a proprogressive character of relig. phet. You will frown on the ion. You was not satisfied cold and lukewarm christian, with the imperfect ideas im- on the backsliding and unsta bibed in the nursery. You in ble, on the perverse disputer, dulged a spirit of search, and on the irreligious and unbewith the same reason, at this liering who see no form or inote advanced age, If humble, comeliness in our divine Masyou will doubt of the fullness ter, that they should desire and perfecţion of your faith, him." and expect new discoveries We would call the particufrom the study of the sacred lar, attention of our readers to scriptures, the treasury of the following extract ; and rewisdom and truth. Here on quest them seriously to reflect earth we see but in part ; we
upon it ;
and we earnestly are disciples in the christian wish that some might be led school, and must receive the by it to become “ occasional kingdom of God with the do- preachers” of the truth, and cility of children. A humble bear witness to the value of and docile temper will afford religion, though the vows of the best sccurity against the ordination are not upon them. fickleness of those who are al. « You have been, ever since ways changing without improv. your profession of christianiing. It will prevent from per- ty, tacitly considered a member tinaciously adhering
to prepose of the society of christians for sessions, and obstinately re- the suppression of vice and adfusing confession of error. It vancing the reformation of wvill secure against the delu. manners ; but now you are sion of sudden impulses and specially recognized as such ; the conceit of intuitive knowl. for what else is the christian edge ; against superstition priesthood but a holy fraterniwhich, by plunging the human ty for these very purposes, mind into despair, utterly par. When you are invited to subalizes its searching power. scribe your name as a member Consider yourself a learner,and of any particular institution esnot vainly imagine that your tablished for religious and morsight now extends to the whole al purposes, you may say with system of divine truths, but the Quaker in his reply to the discriminate that horizon which invitation to join the Peace bounds the visible and invisi. Society, " I belong to your soble hemispheres of things ciety already:" All ministers known and unknown.
of Christ from the very nature “ But while you humbly sit of their profession, should conat the feet of Jesus Christ, yet sider themselves as one body, in the presence of your breth whose joint and several duty it ren, and especially in the com. is to devise and execute the pany of profane and immoral best means of breaking up the men, you may assert the chare evil customs of the world, and promoting the interests of raise the standard of public religion. Support designs of morals and religion, awaken reformation and thus you will the diligent labours of ininisprevent reproach against that ters to bring out of their treasholy name by which we are ury, things new and old, ancalled."
swering the expeotations of " It is desirable to have more intelligent hearers, and excite occasional preachers; to see the hope, that the time is not respectable laymen fall into far distant, when all, from the the ranks of the ministry, by least to the greatest,shall know praying, preaching, giving a the Lord.” word of exhortation in cases of The views of religion exexigency. To reason of right- hibited to the council by the eousness, temperance and a candidate for ordination, form judgement to come, is not cx- an appendix to the pamphlet. clusively the duty of clergy. We were pleased with them men ; but all christians should as being the clear and indeBe preachers to their families, pendent statement of a man, neighbourhood, and in the cir- who appears not to have gonecle of their friends ; while the to men for his opinions, and is Best endowed may act in a satisfied with the sufficiency more enlarged sphere. Were of the scriptures our magistrates, lawyers and Upon the whole, we have physicians men of religious been highly gratified with these character, to give a word of performances, and are so percomfort and exhortation, as suaded of their excellence, did the first governor of Mas- that we make no apology forá sachusetts Province,* would our numerous and long ex. add dignity to their calling, tracts.
**Vid. Col. His. Soc. 9th vol. page 19 and 20. 2 note. 1 Heb. i. 1.
EVILS RESULTING FROM AN UNCANDID SPIRIT. CHRISTIANS are required to er as Christ has loved us. But be “ followers of God as dear how miserable must have been children," and to love one a. the condition of every
nomia nother Christ has loved nation of Christians, had God them. But how little are these exercised as little mercy and injunctions regarded by per- forbearance towards them as sons of different sects in their they have often displayed one treatment one of another! God towards another ! An uncandid is good and kind to each sect, spirit is not only the opposite and Christ laid down his life of a christian lemper and of for all. If there be any thing fensive to God, but it exposes in which we should be follow. men to many evils ; some of ers of God, we should doubtless which it may be useful to menimitate his benevolence, mera tion. cy and forbearance, In this An uncandid spirit is un way we should love one anoth. friendly to the personal happi
ness of the possessor. God This spirit ever exposes' a has connected a portion of pain man to misjudge the character : and misery with such a spirit, of his neighbour, as well as his and a portion of real pleasure own. That forbearance and and happiness with the exercise tenderness towards the suppoof a candid mind. In this sed erroneous, which is one of way he has made it for the pre- the best evidences of self sent interest of Christians to knowledge, humility and chriscultivate a kind, candid and tian love, will, by the uncandid, forbearing spirit. For the truth be set down as evidence of luke of this remark we may appeal warmness, hypocrisy or an inLo the experience of every re. clination to apostacy; and a al Christian, Each one has readiness to censure, or a deprobably at different times famatory zeal in one of his own known what it is to feel candor, party, will be regarded as evi. and the want of candor. Let dence of love to the truth, to each one then reflect, and ask orthodoxy and to God. Have himself, in which state of mind we not reason to fear that mahe has enjoyed the most happi- ny in our day have been as real.
ly deluded by an uncandid As an uncandid spirit is un. spirit, as were the Jewish cler. friendly to personal happiness gy in our Saviour's time? And so it is to the happiness of 90- what sect is free from persons ciety. It is in a great degree of this description ? contagious ; and it tends 10 How lamentable and shock. produce bitterness, envy and ing is such a spirit in a minis. contention. In its fruits it is ter of religion ! It is like the the reverse of that wisdom war spirit of a ruler, easily which is from above.
transfused into the minds of Under the influence of this others, and dangerous in pro. unhallowed disposition, a per- portion to his popularity. Such son is very liable to self decep- a minister will very naturally tion, and to account his bitter dwell much on the peculiari. and censorious feclings towards ties of his own sect; and whethhis dissenting brethren, as evi- er they be truth or falsehood, dence of his own love to God, he will treat them as the essento truth and religion. Such tials of religion. Those who was probably the case with have confidence in him will those who “ killed the Prince naturally believe that to emof life.” The same was the brace his system of opinions is case with Paul, while breath. the one thing needful ; and a ing out threatnings and slaugh- disposition to defame those of ter against the followers of the opposite opinions will be deemLamb. An uncandid spirit is ed as one of the fruits of chrisever a spirit of delusion, and tian love. This belief and this the degree of delusion is prob- disposition will prepare the ably in proportion to the de- hearer for communion with his gree of unkindness which is' minister. That which ought indulged.
to be viewed as evidence of de
lusion in both, will prepare show how cordially professed them to dwell together in a
Christians hate one another. dreadful kind of unity! it will The rising generation is prepare them to applaud each greatly injured by the example other for the unchristian viru- of an uncandid spirit. Chillence with which they mutual- dren in every society necessaly reproach people of other de• rily imbibe many of the opin. nominations.
ions of their parents and their Again, the prevalence of an ministers. If these guides inuncandid spirit has a powerful dulge unchristian feelings totendency to confirm deists in wards their brethren of other their disbelief of the gospel, to
denominations, this pernicious arm them with weapons against leaven will assuredly be transthe christian religion, and to en
fused into the minds of young able them to make proselytes to people ; and they will grow up their own system. Any reli- with censorious dispositions togion which authorizes its pro- wards the objects which they fessors to treat one another in have thus been taught to desan injurious manner, may just- pise. By this deleterious inly be esteemed as from beneath fluence they will learn to deand not from above. If the fame worthy characters, and to gospel justified such conduct hate those who are beloved of it might justly be classed with God. the Alcoran of Mahomet, as an
In a time of war between two imposture. However
njust nations, the children of each such a method of proceeding are taught by example to hate may be, it is unquestionable, and revile the people of the that unbelievers are much dis- other, before they know, or are posed to form their estimate of capable of knowing the grounds the gospel from the influence of the contention, or which parit has on its professed friends, ty is the most in fault. In like to the neglect of carefully stu- manner the children of differdying the scriptures for them- ent denominations of Christians selves. While, therefore, they are prepossessed and injured behold in professors of chris- by an uncandid spirit in their tianity, that spirit which is from parents one towards another. beneath-a disposition to ruin This unsanctified spirit is aland devour one another, what so a great obstacle to improvebetter is to be expected than ment in religious knowledge, that the fault will be imputed both in regard to the aged and to the religion they profess. the young. It disqualifies any If Christians would conform person for perceiving with their hearts and their lives to clearness or judging with imthe precepts and example of partiality. Very little confitheir Lord, the mouth of infidel. dence is to be placed in the ity would be in a great measure judgement of any one who is stopped. But for ages unbe. so far under its influence that' lievers have had opportunity to he cannot speak peaceably of Vol. VI.No, 3.