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Jesus, and the way of salvation and the disadvantages of delivering
“ Not till 1783, had we the satis. It is a subject which has often oc-
come in favour of written sermons.
manding talent; and I think expe-
he is, it cannot be otherwise.
convenient effects are produced by
extempore preaching, not immedi. Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. ately connected with the delivery
of the discourse. The mind of the In a recent Number of your work, minister, at least of nine ministers I read a well written paper on the out of ten, is not at ease on the advantages of extempore preaching, Lord's day. He cannot, with an
uninterrupted calmness of spirit, kind is sure to become the idol of
of Christ's church, should be capa.
H. S. C. H. greatly deplored.
Should it be said that these are but abuses of the practice; I would reply, that the evils which your cor ROMAINE AND CLARKE ON ELISHA respondent has pointed out as belonging to the other system, are only abuses of it.
Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. Further, the plan of extempore preaching is attended with disad- We are all dependent creatures, and vantages to the people as well as to need each other's help: I at least the preacher. Great talent of this cannot do without your assistance,
Mr. Editor, though you may
a work which has made several
CASAPHIA *. opinions by two good and great men? Mr. Romaine tells me as
* Lest our correspondent should think us follows: "The doctrines of grace, of will retail to him a conversational remark of
uncourteous in not replying to his query,we which this book treats, are the truths Mrs. Hannah More's, on our once asking of God. Our author, Elisha Cole, her whether she read the works of
, what are has defended them in a masterly
called “The High Calvinistic Divines.” “I
read them with discretion. I do not approve manner. He has not only proved of all their doctrines, and I shudder at them to be plainly revealed in the some of their rash assertions ; but I adScriptures, but that, without the mire the piety, the devotedness to God, stedfast belief of them, we cannot
the unction, the intimate acquaintance
with the mysteries of the Christian life, go on our way rejoicing. It is from the joy and peace in the Holy Ghost, these doctrines only that settled which I find in many writings of this peace can rule in the conscience, school. I like the lean of their fat meat." the love of God can be maintained We would rather, however, urge our in the heart, and a conversation kept spiritual edification, writers who are not
correspondent, generally, to select, for his up as becometh the Gospel.”—The carried away to extremes of doctrine on other divine I have alluded to, Dr. any side; to avoid equally the miserable Adam Clarke, tells me, as follows: leanness of some writers of the Arminian “ That horrible caricature of the school, and the unwholesome pinguulity
of others of the Calvinistic. Let him Sovereignty of God by Elisha Cole;
ve read with discretion."
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS,
Four Yeurs in France ; 01, Narra- words as conscience and conviction,
tive of an English Family's Re- is frequently dignified by the name sidence there, during that period; of conversion. Ceremonies, opipreceded by some Account of the nions, connexions, localities, -all Conversion of the Author to the things may be changed, except the Catholic Faith. London,
heart and the life; and these remain
as they were. The changeling was UNKNOWN injury, has been done to once a Protestant, and he is now à the cause of Christianity, by a system Romanist; or, two years since, he of interpretation which might be cal. wrote in defence of the Council of led the dilution of meanings. Ac- Trent; but, yesterday, appeared his cording to this scheme, an escape, apology for Cranmer, in reply to from one form of irreligion to ano Mr. Hallam, or the Edinburgh Rether, under the shelter also of such viewer; or, if he occupied a ple.
CHRIST. OBSERV, No. 325. G
beian station in society, he no longer tenderness ; and he was thoughtful buries himself in debauch at the to a degree which indicated a mind Pope's Arms, but staggers home rising above the usual delusions of every evening from the Luther's the school-boy age. He was an Head. “I obtest,” says the author example of the remark in the Tiro
against all revolutions: cinium of Cowper : change of forms and names, and, In early days the conscience has in most generally speaking, of persons even, A quickness, which in later life is lost : does not always produce a change Preserv'd from guilt by salutary fears, of principles, or of conduct.” Of Or, guilty, soon relenting into tears. this obtestation, his own volume is In this promising soil, .prepared, a vivid but undesigned illustration. We might say, by Divine culture, Its writer has told us all his secrets; had his instructors dropped seed, and even if many of them had been gathered as it were from the tree of withheld, we might easily have life, what plants of celestial growth guessed at them from what are un might have thrived and ripened! But folded.
the opening prospect was darkened. The convert was an English cler. He was melancholy; and his heavigyman, educated at Magdalen Col- ness was ultimately relieved by what lege, Oxford ; and who, about thirty we must consider to be the consoyears ago, deserted to the Latin lations of falsehood—by the deluchurch. The whole account of his sions of self-satisfaction; and offer“conversion " indicates nothing be- ed to him by the very persons who yond the mutation of a theory. We ought to have sympathized with his cannot discern what spiritual and feelings, and to have administered practical knowledge of Christianity the genuine hopes of the Gospel. he possessed, while among ourselves; His father writes : neither what he gained, by crossing Something remained behind, a over to another party. There is the serve, a sadness even, which I entreated same indefiniteness, and the same
him to account for. He gave me his full
confidence; absorption in little questions, which
and I learned, with very great
sorrow, that, for the last eighteen months is found in every tale of superficial of his stay in college (Stoneyhurst), his conversion; so that if the story mind had been a prey to scruples. This proceeded no farther than the detail ' pious awe, and fear to have offended,
carried to excess through inexperience of his own case, it would be exceed
and a want of due apprehension that it ingly unimportant and nugatory; is by the will only that we offend, had but he has interwoven, with the ac destroyed his gaiety, retarded his imcount of his residence in France, a provement, and doubtlessly much injured
his health. report of the life and death of his
" I asked him, "What advice did your To this portion of the book director give you?'—* None.?
Any other our remarks shall be chiefly confin- superior?- None.'. Yet his state was ed; with the intentato prove,
from sufficiently evident: he joined in no play ;
he did not seek the company of his bromost unexceptionable witness, the
ther. Alone, or with one or two compoverty and hollowness of that sys. panions, he employed the time allowed tem of religion, which our convert for play in walking up and down, ineither framed himself from the ma. dulging the workings of his own mind. terials furnished by his new friends, home when he requested, after his ill
I regretted that I had not taken him or received from their hands as the
ness : I regretted that, instead of taking ready-made form of their Christi. his brother to college,-a measure so inanity.
efficient for his consolation, - I had not
come to France a twelvemonth sooner: Henry Kenelm B, the au
I regretted the time lost, and the time thor's son, appears to have been, that was still to be lost in regaining it. from his earlier days, à youth of But Kenelm's mind was now at ease; more than ordinary seriousness and feelings, originating probably in a weak
state of health, and continued only through amiableness of character. His con
want of good counsel and sympathy, were science discovered signs of extreme at an end, when he found himself with
sha 1 God
it tha COU
holl sche fou sole
those whom he loved, by whom he was cency, by a metaphysical assurance
us,' that Kenelm had afterwards
sedate and sober-minded; and the of purging the heart from all affection to inference is, that his melancholy sin, as was manifested in the future life hours at Stoneyhurst might partake of Kenelm.
of what the church which our author “ Yet this fear, the beginning of
deserted calls the 56 wisdom,' acting on an ill-informed con
sighings of a science, is hurtful, as it indisposes to a contrite heart, and the desires of cheerful energetic performance of duty. such as be sorrowful.” But observe I said to Kenelm, ? If there are beings (and we are told that such there are); of the human understanding; the
our convert's doctrine on the powers who are interested that man should do ill, they could by, no other means so ef- indication of innocence by scruples; fectually obtain their purpose as by fix- and the purifying efficacy of these ing our attention on that by which we scruples, in releasing “ the heart may offend. A priest
, whom I had from all affection to sin.” Then, known in England during his emigration, and whom I had the advantage of meet. beyond this deep of ignorance, we ing again at Paris ; a man whose sanc are called to stand on the brink of tity inspired Kenelm with respect and a lower abyss. A priest, of eminent confidence, said to him, Unless you shall be as sure that you have offended
sanctity," forbids Kenelm to go God in the way in which you apprehend, beyond a certain limit in confession; as you would be sure of having com and this treacherous counsellor is mitted murder, I forbid you to mention venerated by his father as a saint of it even to me in confession. I will own that the vigour and prudence united in this
a great mind, one who soared beyond counsel struck me with awe. The saints the highest range of philosophy. We are men of great minds: philosophers should have calculated, that had this are mistaken in thinking them fools.'
young man become acquainted, at pp. 281–284.
such a crisis of his spiritual life, with It cannot, surely, be necessary a really enlightened Christian, his to bring further evidence of what instructor would have hailed the
apwe have termed the poverty and pearance of what was, possibly and hollowness of the convert's adopted probably, the remembrance of his scheme of Revelation. Here is a Creator in the days of youth, the young man oppressed by a certain apprehension of a soul, awakening solemnity of feeling, so burden- to eternal realities, oppressed by a some as to make him solitary in a sense of human guilt and misery, crowd of joyous companions; neg. and conscious of its liability to lected by his director, and evident- wrath and final condemnation; un. ly suspecting that there was more less delivered from the dread of a in religion than usually developed - hereafter, by a process of safety itself among mankind; the child quite distinct from its own energy also of a parent who professed to and merits. There was enough, have so narrowly examined the pre- even in the devotional formalities at tensions of two Christian commu- Stoneyhurst, to excite, in the bosom nions, as to have made a deliberate of inexperience itself, a suspicion of election between them, and yet, by its own deficiencies. We cannot that same parent, discouraged from avoid feeling what a contrast to a closer investigation of his spiritual the repulse given to this interest state; and soothed into self-compla. ing youth, would be the compas.