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light in which they are viewed. | with J. that conscience urges one I agree with J. again in saying, to do his duty, and makes him that " when the understanding is feel his crime, when he neglects properly illuminated, conscience it; it being understood, that condischarges its office. But, what science does this, by teaching him is its office? Not to make the mor- , what is right and duty, and what al agent feel his guilt. Feeling is wrong and criminal; in consebelongs to the natural affections, quence of which, he feels bound and not to consciencc. The office to do the one, and to blame for of conscience is, to judge and de- doing the other. But, I cannot, cide, whether the action, perceiv- with certain philosophers, refer ed by the enlightened understand all our feelings to conscience, and ing, is right or wrong, morally so call it " the feeling faculty;" good or evil: and until this decision for I believe conscience to be a is made, it is impossible that a man perceptive faculty, and all our feelshould know he has done wrong, ings to be natural affections. or feel a sense of guilt for what I conclude, with thanking J. for he has done. When any voluntary his frankness, and recommending action becomes, by means of light, to him, and to all the readers of an object of perception; the con- the Magazine, an attentive perusal science determines whether it is of the VIIIth Sermon, in Dr. Emright or wrong, and accordingly mons's first volume. approves or condemns it. I would
A HOPKINSIAN. not object, however, to saying,
THE FOOLISH TRAVELLER. please." "Well, Sir," said the A traveller, on his road to B. traveller,“ does the road to the came to a place where the road right or to the left lie nearest to suddenly branched out into three. my course?” “ A fool," said the He enquired of a clownish fellow, rustic, “ who asks direction, and who stood near_the path, which yet is unwilling to be directed, was his road to B. and was told to must take his own course go directly forward. Now each So ministers of the gospel are of the other roads appeared level often pressed with the question, and pleasant, but this ascended a whether sinners shall pray with steep hill, and was very rough and unbelieving, impenitent hearts, or rocky. The traveller enquired, not pray at all. The fact is, to whether he might not take one of neglect to pray is one of the ways the other roads, and was answered to hell; to pray with an unbelievthat neither of them would leading, impenitent heart, is another;
" But,” said the trav- while to pray with a right temper eller, " the road directly forward is the only path to heaven; and appears so rough and unpleasant, minisiers must direct them accordthat I have a mind to try one of ingly. And if any would know the others; which, Sir, is the best?” which is the greatest sin, to pray
was the an- with an impenitent heart, or not swer; "they both lead wide from pray, I do not know that a minisFour course; and will neither of ter has the power of deciding. If them bring you a foot nearer to B.; ministers tell sinners less than
you are determined to take one their duty, they betray their trust; of them, you must take which you if they tell them the whole, and
him to B.
"I cannot tell you,
sinners will not do it, the sin lies pray without repenting or belierat their door. Those ministers, ing. But whether such men are and those only, who do not believe qualified to preach the gospel, dethat the carnal mind is enmity mands a doubt.
A, C. against God, may act consistently,
Evangelist. while they encourage sinners to
UNIVERSALIST which none can pass, except they MINISTER.
repent and be washed in the blood From the Christian Secretary, published of the Lamb. I must therefore at Hartford.
abandon and renounce forever this The Rev. Z. Crossman, who has dangerous doctrine, calculated to for several years past preached in lead men to follow the dictates the Universalist Church at Nor of their own evil devices, under wich, but who for a few weeks had
the impression of salvation, withbeen absent, returned to his flock last week, and in a public print sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ.
out repentance or faith in the allannounced his intention to preach
I feel an awful consciousness on the subsequent Sabbath; when
that I must one day stand before on the day appointed he officiated,
the judgment bar of God, to give and after the close of the afternoon's discourse, he publicly re
an account for the deeds done in
the body, and I fear the precious nounced the doctrine of Universal and immortal souls of many of my salvation; and stated in clear and
hearers may arise up in judgment impressive language, that, for the last nine months he had laboured against me, as the shepherd of a under strong mental feelings of mended them to God, and request
straying flock.” He then comdoubt and uncertainty, respecting ed that they would through repentthe correctness of the doctrine
ance and the washing of regenerwhich he had professed to believe, ation, look to Christ as the only and to preach, and that after dili- medium through which to obtain gently searching the Scriptures- eternal life. As he took his leave, praying frequently and fervently
he desired them on their return to for a right understanding of them. their own dwellings, to read and he had come to the conclusion, meditate on the following passages that the doctrine of Universal Sal of Scripture: Matt. xiii. 49, Rev. vation was fallacious, and emi- sxii. 11. nently dangerous to the immortal souls of those who place their trust
CHRISTIAN MUNIFICENCE. and confidence in its efficacy. “I
At one of the late religious anniversahave," said he, “ closed my last ries in London, Sir Thomas Baring sermon in this house. I have al- related the following anecdote reready preached the doctrine of specting the London Jews' Society: Universal Salvation longer than At the first meeting which I atmy conscience would justify. My tended as President of that Socieyes are now open, and I feel the ety, I found that it was in debt to sting of a reproving conscience. no less an amount than £14,000. My errors are now plain before There seemed to be no human prome; I can see with unclouded vis- bability of more than £2000 of ion the tremendous gulf between that sum being paid off
. I felt the righteous and the wicked, over myself, therefore, under the 1..
cessity of declaring that I could gor, one hundred dollars. May not belong to a religious Society many exhibit the piety of their which was in debt-that either the hearts by such good fruits of charineans must be found of discharg- | ity and benevolence. Bos. Rec. ing its incumbrances, or that the Society itself must be annihilated. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. A single individual at that meeting At the latest returns, the Presput into my hands ten thousand byterian Church of the United pounds! I give to God the glory of States contained thirteen Synods, this act: for it never would have seventy-seven Presbyteries, 1015 entered into the heart of that friend Ministers, 2444 Congregations, to make this sacrifice, had not the and 112,435 Communicants. The will and purpose been given him average number of Communicants by a higher power. To this bene
To this bene- in a Church is forty-six. Excess faction, £2000 were added by the of Congregations above the numother persons present, about six- ber of Ministers, 1429.-In lookteen or eighteen in number; and ing at these numbers, several re£2000 more by another individual. flections arise: 1. How small a In this manner the whole debt of portion of the whole population, the Society was immediately paid even making abundant allowance oft; and, from that time, it has for Christians of other denominabeen rising as a religious society, tions, are within the pale of the under the blessing of God, until its Church! 2. How few the labourannual income has now reached ers, even in those parts of the about £1200. Chr. Mirror. vineyard not entirely run to waste!
3. How many are the places in
our land, where neither churches It is an encouraging fact, and nor ministers are to be found? 4. one which the faint-hearted friends What shall be done? and hard-hearted enemies of mis
Bos. Tel. sions would do well to contemplate, the English Missionaries to the Society Islands [Otaheite, &c.] are now supported entirely by the This Society was formed about natives; so that the charities which two years since, by the union of for many years have flowed in that several missionary societies in the direction, may be diverted into State of New-York, and was so some other channel.
constituted as to combine efficien
cy with great weight of character. BEQUESTS.
Thus far it has proceeded with a We learn from the Rev. Wil- degree of energy worthy of its liam Cogswell, of Dedham, the origin. Twenty-five gentlemen Executor of the Will of Miss Lucy have become Directors for life, by Avery, that she made the follow- the payment of $50; one hundred ing bequests:—to the American have become life members, by the Education Society, five hundred payment of $30; and about seven dollars;—to the American Board, hundred and twenty are on the two hundred dollars;-to the Do- list of annual subscribers, at the mestic Missionary Society of Mas- rate of 83 per year. The receipts sachusetts, one hundred dollars;- during the last year were $6394 to the Boston Female Jews' Soci- 93, and the expenditures $6581 ety, one hundred dollars; and to 70. During the year, seventythe Theological Institution at Ban-eight missionaries have been em
UNITED DOMESTIC MISSIONARY SO-
ployed, the sum of whose terms of jun. Treasurer; Rev. Pitt Clark, labour is about sixty years! Rev. Otis Thompson, Rev. Richard
ibid. Briggs. Rev. Luther Sheldon, Rev.
Alvan Cobb, Rev. Luther HamilTHE BRISTOL COUNTY
ton, Rev. John Ferguson, Rev. BIBLE SOCIETY
Enoch Sandford, Deacon Peter Held their tenth Anniversary at | Thacher, and Deacon Lloyd Shaw, Attleborough, on the 15th inst. | Trustees. and made choice of the following This Society, besides supplying officers, for the ensuing year: many destitute families and indiHon. LABAN WHEATON, of Norviduals, within its limits, with ton, President, vice Hon. Samuel the precious volume of Divine Tobey, deceased. Rev. Thomas Truth, has been able to contribute, Andros, 1st, Joel Read, Esq. 2d, occasionally, to that stream of and Hon. David Perry, 3d, Vice- Christian benevolence, which flows Presidents; Hon James L.Hodges, through the broad and deep chanRec. Sec'ry; Rev. Chester Isham, nel of the American Bible Society. Cor. Sec'ry; Mr. Daniel Brewer,
ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS. 1824. August 17th. Ordained as an rian Church. Sermon by Rev. William Evangelist, at New-Flaven, Conn. Rev. Jencks, of Boston. BENJAMIN CHASE. Sermon by Rev. Dr. 1824. Septe.nber 1st. Installed Pas. Spring, of New York, from Acts xxvii. tor of the 2d Congregational Church in 16-18.
Medford, Mas. Rev. AAHON WARNER.Ordained, as an Evangelist, at Sermon by Rev. Dr. Porter, of AndoChester, Vt. Rev. Uzzia: C. Bornap, ver, from 1. Cor. i. 23, 24. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Bates, from I. Tim. 1824. September 29. Installed Pastor iii. 1.
of the Congregational Church in the Ordained, at Newburyport, Mas. West Precinct of Attleborough, Mass. Rev. WILLIAM FORD, as Colleague with Rev. THOMAS WILLIAMS. Sermon by Rev. John Giles, over the 2d Presbyte. | Rev. Dr. Emmons, of Franklin.
And God still spares us for his Son.
We deeply need a hiding place.
Shall be baptiz'd in Jordan's flood,
And wash'd'in Jesus' cleansing blood. 'Tis he, the Lamb, to him we fly, While the dread tempest passes by ; Then pure, immortal, sinless, freed, God sees his well-beloved's face,
We, through the Lamb, shall be deAnd spares us in our hiding place.
Shall meet the Father, face to face, Thus, while we dwell in this low scene, And need, no more, a hiding placc. The Lamb is our unfailing screen ;
Erratum.-In our last, from page 176 to the end, there is a mistake in the numbers over the pages. It was not discovered, until too late to rectity it We much regret the circumstance; and request our readers to correct the error with the pen, as preferable to having it run through the remainder of the volume.
MATTHEW xxii. 37-40. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with a thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Concluded from page 197.] fruit of the private affections." IMPROVEMENT.
Their theory, in brief, seems to be I. If true love to one's neigh- this; that, in the exercise of true bour, is disinterested and impar- to himself: he then proceeds to tial; we may hence see the er
love his nearest relatives and rour of those, who teach, that love to our neighbour grows out of intimately connected with his own, love to ourselves. This is taught and most essential to it: and from by most of those, who discard the doctrine of disinterested benevo- low-creatures, more remote, until,
these, he goes on to love his fellence. In order to avoid the inference, which that doctrine involves, at length, his love becomes univer:
66 The order of nature is, that we ought to be willing to relinquish our private interest, when
evermore, from particulars to gen
eral As, in the operations of inthe publick'interest requires it, tellect, we proceed from the conthey vindicate the vulgar maxim, templation of individuals to the that charity begins at home. They formation of general abstractions; · say, that men ought, in the first place , to love themselves; and that
so in the developement of the pasit is contrary both to nature and sions, in like manner, we advance reason, for them, on any consider
from private to publick affections, ation whatever, to relinquish their and sisters, to those more expand
from the love of parents, brothers, ower happiness. But lest they ed regards, which embrace the should be thought to maintain the immense society of human kind."* monstrous position, that 'a regard
Some have run to this extreme, to the general good is to be excluded from the motives of action,'
in order to avoid the philanthropy they say, that extended benevo
* Sermon on Infidelity, by Rev. Rob. lence is the last and most perfect I ert Hall.