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And can we then resign these privileges for any other ać. quisitions whatever ?-Give up the substance for the shadow, realities for fi&tions, the durable treasures of eternity for the things of time? Shall the wise man glory in his wifdom ? -_The mighty man glory in his might ?—The rich man glory in his riches ?-The man of gallantry glory in his folly, -hall every sinner glory in his shame?--Shall not we much more glory in what is truly glorious,-our being Chrisians ? For who hath cause of boasting, and have not we much more? What is the name of Greek or Roman ? Or, what is the name of Briton, when contradiftinguished from that of Christian ? what are all their highly applauded liberties when put in competition with the liberty of the sons' of God? All other nominal distinctions are the offspring of pride, or ignorance, or folly, and not at all to be desired to make one wise. But Christian, is a name that is above every name ; truly excellent and praise-worthy; more precious than rubies; more honourable than all the ensigns of royalty; and every one who is possessed of the least mark of glory will aspire after it, will contend for it, will rejoice in it more than in any other name.
But here I do not mean merely the being called Christians. This is of as little importance as the being called by any other name: nay, instead of being an honour, it is a name of the greatest ignominy and reproach. For what is implied in the expression, when we say, there is a man who profesfeth himself, indeed, a follower of Christ, but, at the same time, he is none of his : a nominal Christian? Do we not evidently declare, there is one of the most infamous of all beings ; a traitor, false and hypocritical beyond all parallel ; a monster of human kind, who insults over the tender indul. gence of the best of masters; One, in short, who solemnly vows allegiance to his Saviour, at the same time that he renounceth subjection to his laws ?--Surely, there is no character so odious, so much to be detested, and abhorred; none fo juftly hateful in the sight of God and man. It is a mocka ery offered to the King of Kings; to profess obedience to his Son, and, at the same time, daringly rebel against him. How scandalous, and unpardonable! Iniquity of iniquities! deservedly branded (with the most opprobrious epithets, and jufily liable to the most exemplary punishment in another world. For a man to call himself a Christian, who
pays no regard to any one duty of Christianity ! to call Jesus Christ, Lord! Lord ! though he doth not the will of his heavenly
Father! Amazing, and unaccountable! How can we reflect upon it without a generous disdain and indignation ?
Have we then enlisted ourselves under the sacred banners of truth and righteousness, and peace ? Let our lives be a standing demonstration to whom we belong. " We who preach a man should not fieal, let us not steal. We who say a man should not commit adultery, let us not commit adul. tery."—We who make our boast of the gospel, let us not; through transgression of the gospel, dishonour God. We who profess to embrace that religion which descended from above, let us not give occasion to Jews and Mohammedans, through our vices, to blaspheme it'š blefled author. Verily, Christianity profiteth if we keep the laws of Christianity : otherwise, our Chritianity is as no Christianity. “ For, to whomsoever we yield ourselves servants to obey; his servants we are to whom we obey ; wheth of life unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.”
THE PRAYER OF LORD CLARENDON IN HIS
LMIGHTY God, and most merciful Father! to whose
gracious influence we owe every good thought of our hearts, and every action that we perform with any kind of integrity: thou knowelt well, that many years since, when I was under a general and public calamity, and banished from my country, I took great delight, and found great comfort in reading and considering the divine psalms and meditations of that man after thine own heart, the prophet David ; insomuch, as I began to exercise myself in devout contempla. tions upon the several subjects of that king's devotion, and found enough of comfort in them to raise my spirits to a confidence, that as thou hadît raised him from many unworthy and unjust persecutions and preilures, so thou wouldest preserve the king, my poor country, and myself, from that wicked conspiracy which was then against us all : and I continued those comfortable consderations and reflexions with a
Blessed serenity of mind for many years, whilst that amiction was heavy upon me.
Thou was pleased, after many years of grievous calamity, to hear the cries and prayers of a miserable oppressed nation, and to free them from the tyranny they groaned under, by restoring them to their true and natural sovereign; in whole restoration thou didit assign me a full measure of happines, which I enjoyed many years in a proportion above other men. In this time of
peace and plenty, I did not remember thee as I ought to have done, nor the vows and promises I made to thee in the time of my adversity; I suffered myself to be carried away with the ambition and vanity of the world; tired and wearied my spirits and faculties in the agitation of those businesses, which were incumbent upon me by the place and office which I held, without reserving so much time to myself, as had been necessary to revolve what thou hadít done for and why thou hast done so much. I discontinued those good ineditations and reflexions, in which I had found so much refreshment, and deferred proceeding therein, till I might have more leisure, and be more vacant to those thoughts, which ought to have been preferred before all other. Out of this lethargy thou haft been pleased to awaken nie by a new, severe, and unexpected affliction; by withdrawing the king's favour from me, whom thou knoweft I have served with all industry and fidelity; and suffering the kingdom to, entertain jealousies of me, which I have always loved with more paffion ihan my life; and by these unjust and unreasonable jealousies, I am again become a banished person from my country, my children, and relations, when I am grey headed, and drawing to my grave.
But in this difconfolate condition thou hast, in fone degree, renewed the state of my health, and made me less infirm than I have been. Thou haft given me grace to renew fome vows, which I hope thou wilt give ine opportunity to perform; and thou hali given me inclination and leisure again to betake myself to my old reflexions upon the psalms, and to gather out of then the same hopes and confidence which I had done formerly; and to finish those contemplations, which I had so long since begun, and for which I do give thee molt humble thanks, and do humbly befeech thy divine majesty, that I may never, in thongte, word, or deed, commit any crime that, inay make theie meditations to ride up in judgment again it me. Make me fill to take delight in that sacred part, of scripture indiied by thy holy spirit, and to reap. comfort out of it; VOL. XIV.
anda Chm. Mag. Marck 1808.
and, if it be thy blessed will, who knoweft my heart, make me an instrument to do thee some service in my native country, and restore me to the grace of the king, and vindicate me from those unjust aspersions, which thou knoweft I unjustly suffer under. Amen.
Montpelier, Feb. 27, 1670.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
suffer in consequence of dilapidations, seriously call aloud upon the legislature for redress and interposition in their behalf. Though carelessness and inattention in our brethren may sometimes juftly be allowed, yet I do not conceive that this is always the case. A ftrange doctrine has gone forth and been supported by great civil authority, though at the same time, it appears to me arbitrary, unjust
, and tyrannical, in the extreme. It has been declared, that if an incumbent at his first entering on a living find his parfonage to consist of lath and plaister, and should be able to raise his living to double its value, or greatly improve it, he may then be called upon to rebuild his parsonage with brick or stone. This is not mere assertion on my part, the declaration proceeded from an eminent surveyor who was called upon to make an estimate of the dilapidations in a parsonage house in my neighbourhood, and which, from motives of humanity and respect to the relatives of the deceased, I requested him to make as light as in conscience to his employer he should feel himself warranted. I am happy to say that his humanity was no less conspicuous than his professional integrity was great.
But to prevent dilapidations falling fo heavy as they fre. quently do upon many clergymen's families, and thereby reducing them to a state of distress not far short of 'beggary,
I could wish that a plan was adopted obliging every clergyman upon his induction to a living to pay into an office established by the bishop of the diocese a certain sum, according to the reputed value of the living, but not according to the value as it stands in the Liber Regis, and that a percentage should be annually paid. Then upon his demise, or removal to a superior preferment, the money accumulated during his incumbency, with the intereft due thereon, to be paid into the hands of his successor, who should give a receipt for the same, but not be entitled to any sum whatever on the score of dilapidations. Motives of humanity alone, and an acute sense of feeling for the distresses of iny clerical brethren, have induced me to suggest this idea. Many of them, I might rather say the greateit part of them, do not come into the possession of a living (unless they are blessed with parliamentary interest, or strong and powerful family connections) till very late in life. When they are so fortunate as to meet with preferment, perhaps they find the parfonage a perfect ruin, and the incumbent's family totally unable to pay for the dilapidations required; what then is to be done, the new incumbent must either appear an inexorable tyrant in exacting his just demands, or io the prejudice of his own family and fortune undertake to make good the dilapidations himself, whereas if this plan or something similar to it should be adopted it would relieve many a clergyman from a disagreeable dilemma, and cause the heart of many mournful widows to sing for joy.
I remain, Sir,
RELIGION ON THE CONTINENT.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
JAVING travelled some time on the Continent, I had
an opportunity of observing the general levity of the inhabitants, and their great neglect of Christian duties, es