Page images
PDF
EPUB

Lord poured out his supplications. 1 I know nothing better calculatO what sacred fervour does the ed than the measure here proposbeliever sometimes enjoy in some ed, to give more soundness, depth, u ndisturbed seasons of prayer and vigor to the Christian charachis words cannot utter the feel- ter: I know nothing better calings of bis heart-he prays with culated to promote a thorough, groanings unutterable, coming substantial revival of religion. If from a soul that has too much professing Christians will

make it wonder and joy, and too vehement one of their chief objects to enjoy desires to be expressed.

commodiously secret prayer, and I conceive that the highest pros- if they will make it a means of perity of religion demands of holiness of life, and not a substiChristians more attention to ac- tute for it, they will find their commodations for secret prayer. happiness and usefulness greatly The professor who is superficial increased.

JASON. in secret religion, must be in gen

Christian Mirror. eral a very deficient Christian. Io what will our outward zeal ter- REFLECTIONS ON GALATIANS 1: 8,9. minate, if secret religion does not But though we, or an angel keep pace with it? How danger- from Heaven, preach any other ous is it for the mariner to raise gospel unto you, than that which high his masts and spread all his we have preached unto you, let sail, and take a strong breeze, him be accursed. As we said bewhile he stows but little ballast in fore, so say I now again : If any his hold? How can the tree re- man preach any other gospel unio sist the winds, whose trunk grows you, than that ye have received, high, and whose branches spread let him be accursed. wide, while its roots continue of What astonishing illiberality! diminutive size? The subject of Did not the apostle Paul know this paper needs to be urged. that ministers may honestly differ How can we expect that religion from each other, in regard to the will flourish long in its purity, if doctrines of the gospel, and innobelievers are not very familiar with cently preach, one a different gostheir closets; and how can this be pel from another? “If any man vuless they are taught to provide preach any other gospel unto you, accommodations for secret duties than that ye have received, let'himn Will they always, night and morn- be accursed.” Curse a man for ing, amidst great difficulties, faith- preaching a different gospel from fully maintain their devotions, and that which he preached, and which be mighty in prayer? I cannot his converts had received !! Had believe it. I cannot trust believ. Paul lived in the present age of ers in this. I must suppose that charity and good feeling, and inif they do not carefully provide creased light, would he not, think proper accommodations, if practi- ye, be ashamed to avow the exclucable, they neglect prayer. I sive and intolerant principles conwould not discourage those who tained in these words How do the best they can to secure must we suppose the good man conveniences for prayer. If they would have felt, had he foreseen do this, however unfavourable their that in these blessed days, there situation, they may enjoy de- would be those so much better inlightful and profitable communion formed than he, and so much more with God; but let not any rashly liberal in their feelings, as to give think they have provided the best the right hand of fellowship to accommodations they cap. some, whose principles are totally

[ocr errors]

opposite to their own; and who,

CHURCH MUSIC. in the fulness of their love and From the earliest ages, basic charity, would raise the cry of per- has made a part of religious worsecution against all, who refuse to ship. It was associated with the acknowledge them as the servants feasts and public celebrations of of Jesus Christ : Strange, that the people of Israel, and with their Paul could not consider, that pilgrimage through the wilderness. others might be right as well as be! But the first regular song, of which Strange, that he should presume we have any account, is that of to hurl the anathema of Heaven Moses on the banks of the Red against every preacher, who should Sea. It remained, however, for differ from him! Was he not ap- the sweet singer of Israel to sysprized of the sage maxim of this tematize the art of music, and to era of light; that “it is of little adapt it to the service of the temconsequence what a man believes, ple. provided his life be good?” Could The pleasures of music, simhe be ignorant of the fact, with ply considered, are perhaps only which every school-boy seems pleasures of sense. But they dow well acquainted, that the be- have a close connexion with those lief and propagation of error is spiritual pleasures which are more "no crime?" It is truly aston-than earthly. It is sacred music ishing, that a man of the abilities which sweetens the social affecand learning of Paul, should, after tions-expands the soul-kindles the manner of the most bigotted devotion--gives to grief a joy-to and superstitious of the present tears a rapture-to sighs a hopeage, intimate, that there is one and awakens some of the seraphgospel, and but one;that he ic harmonies of the upper world. knew and preached that gospel, “ Much seed of eminent virtues," and that all who preached any said Martin Luther, “ will be other, were deservedly the ob? found in-minds which are touched jects of divine wrath. There are with music.” Such a remark is some ministers at the present day, well worthy of the author of Old who refuse to exchange with oth- Hundred. The Geneva method ers, because they are satisfied that of singing is mentioned as bas. they preach another gospel; and ing been introduced into England, whose conduct, in this respect, about the year 1550. The whole is known to expose them to the congregation, men women and just reprehension of all men of children, sang together. A wricandid and liberal feelings. But, ter on psalmody has this remarkunless Paul would consent to hold " Sometimes there will be at St. fellowship with those who were Paul's Cross, six thousand people the objects of his imprecation, his singing together." conduct is a full justification of There was much singing by those their bigotry.

who were engaged in the reformO Paul! Thou wast a wise man ation. Their zeal was measured in thy day. But if thy words ex- by their singing; or rather, those press thy views and feelings, thou who sang, were considered as hadst neither the wisdom nor the friendly to the cause, and those catholicism of the present age!

who did not sing, as unfriendly. REFLECTOR.

Their music generally, was of the

grave and solemn kind, and Recorder and Telegraph. doubtless performed with the spirit

and with the understanding also in the London Evangelical Maga

But much of the music in our zine for March, is big with events, congregations is altogether of a which have an important bearing different kind, and is also perform on the cause of religion universaled in a different manner. The ly, and on the present and future delicate ear cannot but be offend- happiness of the human race. We ed with the light, airy tunes which are approaching that era in the hisare sung in many of our religious tory of the world, when the blesassemblies; and with the harsh, sings of civil and religious liberty violent manner in which they are will be enjoyed by all the children performed. Variations indeed of men. This is the high decree there must be, to suit the different of the God of heaven, and though subjects and sentiments of the earth and hell combine to oppose, psalmody; but they should not be it must and shall be accomsuch as to render the music theat- plished in due time.--Yet we are rical.

not to expect that this great revoWhat may be called the old lution will be brought about at tunes, are in general to be pre- once, and without a struggle. ferred; and the old tunes as they They must be little acquainted came from the hands of the authors. with the history of mankind, who Where is the justice, or the utility flatter themselves, that Satan will of altering them, and presenting quietly suffer his dominions to be them to the public in modern invaded and overthrown, without times, in a 'mutilated form ? an effort of resistance. He is at There are some writers and pub- this time uniting his forces, politilishers of music, who are bound cal and ecclesiastical, into a grand to answer this question, in a man- confederacy against civil and rener satisfactory to the Christian ligious liberty. We see empepublic; or let them be answerable rors, kings, princes, popes, prefor the confusion and perplexity, lates, priests and Jesuits, together which the altered tunes produce in with the false prophet, all conSinging Books,and Singing Schools. spiring to stop the progress of The ministers and churches of knowledge, and the enlargement New-England ; the teachers and of the Messiah's kingdom among publishers of music ; musical so.

“ He that sitteth in the cieties and all choirs of singers, heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall ought to use their influence,in cor- have them in derision.”—The recting the present taste and style events which are taking place jusof singing, and introducing a set of tify these remarks. The Grand tunes more like Old Hundred. Sultan has issued a firman, forbidThis is a day of revivals of religion; ding the circulation of the Scripand should not the singing in our tures, and commanding all who congregations resemble that in the are possessed of copies to deliver days of the Protestant Reforma- them up. The Greek ecclesiastics tion ? Was the singing of the first of the higher order are also disChristians such, in some instances, covering their hostility to the Bias to draw the Gentiles into the ble. The bulls of the Pope, and assembly ? But is not soine of our the re-establishment of the order singing such as almost to drive of the Jesuits, are unequivocal Christians out? RÉFORMFR. proofs of their concurrence.

ibid. We are led from circumstances SIGNS OF THE TIMES,

to believe, that the Inquisition The day we live in, says a writer | will very soon be revived in Spain

men.

--that the Jesuits will be re-estab- Lindle, whose labours, in preach. lished in France; and then willing the gospel and in the circulafollow the suppression of Bibletion of the scriptures, have been Societies, and of that noble erec- above all praise;--all demonstrate tion of perhaps not less than 1500 the great and general movement, schools on the British system. The to bring back those times when the approaching dissolution of the mind, conscience, body, soul and Russian Bible Society-the dis- estate, lay prostrate at the feet of mission and persecution of their ia haughty, covetous and cruel Excellencies Prince Galitzin and priesthood. What heart under M. Papof—the banishment of those the influence of Christian princiexcellent and most extraordinary | ples, is not moved at such prosCatholic clergymen, Gosner and pects as these?

ORDINATION AND INSTALLATIONS. 1825. Feb. 2. Ordained at Oxford, | mington, Mass. Sermon by Rev. PresiN. H. Rev. ORLANDO G. TRACHER, as an dent Humphrey. Evangelist. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Blake, 1825. June 1. Installed, Rer. Nous of Pierpont.

EMMERSON, as pastor of the Congrega1825. Feb. 9. Installed, Rev. EBB- tional Church in Baldwin, Me. Sermon TEZER H. DORMAX, as pastor of the Con. by Rev. Reuben Emmerson of Reading, gregational Church in Swanton, Vt. Mass. from Numbers xxvii, 16, 17.

1825. April 20. Installed, Rev. Ros. 1825. June 15. Installed, Rev. WIL WELL HAWKES, as Colleague with Rev. LIAM MITCHELL, as pastor of the CopMr. Briggs, over the Church in Cum.gregational Church in Newtown, Conn.

FOR THE HOPKINSIAX MAGAZINE.

POITRY.

O! from bis word submissive learn,

It is the sovereignty of God. THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD.

This cheers the Christian in his flight My counsel shall stand, and I will do

Thro' persecution, tears, and blood; all my pleasure.

Isaiah,

Has lit a smile in Otabeite, By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat

And on far Ganges'silver food. down ; yea, we wept, when we remembered

It guides the bark on Greenland's seas, Zion.

Psalms.

Preserves the herald on her shore,
Fair Zion! thou wast weak, and still, Enlights the Aborigines
Thy harp hung on tbe willow-tree,

Wbere Mississippi's waters roar.
Far, far from Hermon's dewy hill,
And far from blooming Calvary.

This rear'd the tree whose leaves can T'hy captive bards no longer swept

heal, The lyre, beneath the conqueror's rod;wbose fruit can bless life's dreary way, But on Euphrates' banks tbep wept, And this inspired our fathers' zeal And own'd the sovereignty of God. For thy free shores, Columbia!

So m'ist it thine, if ihou wouldst be
Those seers rejoicid, whose vision bright where they are now, beyond the sky-
Survey'd thy cross, O! Lamb divine ! So must it thine, if thou woaldst see
And saw thy star throw heavenly light Millennial days of prophecy.
On the green shores of Palestine:
They saw their types and shadows fade, O! Sovereign Power, in thy display.
The gospel-banner waving free, Throw one bright gem of grace to me,
The esil'd Gentiles ransom paid, Pure as the parting smile of day,
And joy'd in glorious sovereignty. And lasting as eternity!--

Then sin and self-will I release,
Thou, ton, like them, must lore his will, And make a willing sacrifice,
O Son of this more cloudless day ;- Until I reach that port of peace
For sovereign pleasure governs still; Where hope's eternal anchor lies.
"Tis yours to bow, and to obey :--

B.
And while you view the wanderer turn,
And tread the path the Sariour trod,

Errat um.--In our last Number, p. 429, for PAIDENTIS, read PAIDEOTES.

[ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

The following Sermon was preached at the funeral of a Foreigner, who died in a fit of intoxication. It was originally communicated to the Ulica Christian Repès. itory, and published in the number of that work, for March, 1823.

F..

[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small]

THE things to which the apos- i lignity; whisperers, backbiters, te here refers, are the vices to haters of God, despiteful, proud, which the Roman Christians were boasters, inventors of evil things, addicted, before their conversion. disobedient to parents, without unThis appears from the preceding derstanding, covenant breakers,

“God be thanked that without natural affection, implacaye were the servants of sin; but ble, unmerciful.' Such are some of ye have obeyed from the heart that the vices, which they practised, in form of doctrine which was deliv- common with other unsanctified ered you.--As ye have yielded men; and such are some of the your members servants to unclean things, whose end the apostle points ness, and to iniquity unto iniquity; out in our text. His words contain even so now yield your members this alarming truth,which demands servants to righteousness unto ho- our serious consideration, on the liness. For when ye were the present occasion: Sinful practices servants of sin, ye were free from Terminate in death.-It is proposrighteousness. What fruit bad ye ed to show, then in those things, whereof ye 1. What sinful practices are. are now ashained? For the end of II. What that death is, in which those things is death.” Before they terminate,--and they embraced Christianity, the III. Why they terminate in that Roman converts were Pagan idol- death. aters; and, like other heathens, I. I am to show what sinful pracwere given over to vile affections, tices are. and a reprobate mind, to do those “Sin is the transgression of the things which are not convenient; law.” The law of God requires being filled with all 'unrighteous- the constant exercise of disinterness, fornication, wickedness, cov- ested love. That which transgresetousness, maliciousness ; full of ses the law, must, therefore, be envy, opurder, debate, deceit, ma- selfishness. Sin consists, esser

verses,

1

« PreviousContinue »