« AnteriorContinua »
a better recommendation, in containing the substance of a pamber of valuable works on the various subjects it embraces; besides nearly 4000 Scripture references, to illustrate and enforce the doctrines it teaches, and the daties on which it insists.
Leeds, 31st July, 1819.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
WHILE presenting to the public a second edition of " The Church Catechism illustrated," the Editor takes the opportunity of acknow. ledging the candid reception and liberal patronage which has been given to the first. The primary design of the work is stated in the former preface, and must be pleaded in excuse for some expres. sions and allusions peculiarly connected with that design.
Some of these, during a careful revision, have been expunged; and such as seemed likely to be more generally approved, substitated for them. Some alterations in the arrangement, and in many places considerable additions, have been made, which appeared to the Eilitor of importance, and it is hoped will render the work more valuable to many, into whose hands it may happen to fall.
It may not be deemed here impertinent to remark, that as an interesting and familiar mode of instruction on the Sunday evening, this has been found peculiarly adapted to keep awake the attention of that part of a family, who, from their active employments through the week, are frequently too apt to become drowsy, during the reading of a sermon or an essay. Besides which, the opportunity afforded for enlargement on any particular text, or circumstance of sacred history, will be many times fourd to admit the placing of Scripture truth and doctrine in its most forcible points of view, Keeping, however, principally in view, the instruction of Sunday Schools, some Chapt which ap eare too long ior the attention of youthful minds, have been divided ; and in the hope that its general circulation may be beneficial to the rising generation, it is again offered in as cheap å form as possible.
nat of 1
Leeds, 5th Feb. 182..
Go lot For Yor: Men
CHURCH CATECHISM ILLUSTRATED.
I. On our State by Nature. WHAT is a Catechism ?
A Form of Instruction, by way of question and answer. Catechisms were drawn up by the early Christians for the purpose of teaching young persons and others, the first principles of Christianity. The Church Catechism was compiled by the venerable Reformers of the Church of England, with the same design, and ought to be learned of every person before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop. What is your Christian Name? N.or M. Why are you asked this name?
To remind me of the engagements which were entered into on my behalf, when this name was given me. Who gare you this Name?
My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism, wherein I was made a member of Christ, a child of God, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven. What occasion was there for your being made a member
of Christ? Because, I was by nature born in sin.” So that I am naturally under the power of a corrupt nature, as a child of fallen Adam. What was the state of Adam before the fall?
He was created in the image of God.
Wherein did this likeness consist?
1. In his having a living soul. Gen. ii, 7.
This is the reason of the law against murder, in Gen. ix, 6.
2. In his being holy. God hath made man upright. Eccles. vii, 29.
3. In his being happy, which is the consequence of holiness.
His will and understanding were pure; and his faculties were exercised on proper objects.
4. In his power over the rest of the creation. Subdue it (the earth) and have dominion over it. Gen. 1, 28, 29. * God brought them, to see what he would call them. Gen. ii, 19. Thon malest bim to have dominion over the works of thy hands,
and hast put all things under his feet. Ps. viii, 6,7,8. What change passed on Adam by the fall?
He lost his likeness to God, his holiness, his happiness, and, in a great measure, his dominion over the creatures. How did our first parents bring this misery on themselves ?
By disobeying the command of God. But of the tree of knowledge, &c, thou shalt not eat. Gen, ii, 17. When the woman saw the tree, that it was pleasant to the eyes,
and to be desired to make one wise, she took, and did eat, and gave to her busband, and he did eat. Gen, iii, 6. Adam's will was left free to choose either good or evil. What did this sin include?
1. Unbelief. Gen. iii, 1--6. They believed the Devil.
2. Pride. Not content to be taught the knowledge of good and evil hy their Maker; they wished to be as gods, and to know good and evil for themselves. Gen. iii, 5.
3. Ingratitude. Gen. ii, 16. All the garden was allowed but one tree.
4. Cruelty to himself and his posterity; since the happiness of the whole human race depended upon him, What were the concequences to Adum?
Cursed is the ground for thy sake. Gen, iii, 17, 18.
The Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, Gen. iii, 23. Are we involved in the fall ?
Yes. Adam was the covenant head of the human
race. Had he retained his original state, we should have been partakers of his holiness and happiness; and as he corrupted our nature, we are born in sin, and exposed to the misery which sin has occasioned.
Every plant and animal possesses the properties of what it is derived from. Sift wheat ever so clean, still there will be chaff in the new grain. God called their name Adam. Gen, v, 2. Adam begat a son in his own likeness. Gen, v, 3. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean ? Job xiv, 4. What is man, that be should be clean? &c. Job xv, 14. How can he be clean that is born of a woman? Job xxv, 4. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. John iii, 6. By one man sin entered into the world. Rom. v, 12. Death reigned from Adam to Moser. Rom. v, 14. By the offence of one, judgment came upon all. Rom. V, 18. By one man's disobedience many were made sinners. Rom. v, 19, By one man came death. 1 Cor. xv, 21. In Adam all die, 1 Cor. xv, 22.
The Scriptures always describe man as a sinner; and all the types and ceremonies under the law of Moses, refer to him as such. God saw that the wickedness of man was great. Gen. vi, 5. The earth was corrupt, and filled with violence. Gen, vi, 11. All flesh had corrupted his way. Gen. vi, 12. The Lord looked down from heaven, to see if there was any that did
seek God--There is none that doeth good. Ps. siv,%, 3; liii, 2,3. Bebold I was shapen in iniquity. Ps. li, 5. The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon
as they be born; speaking lies. Ps. Iviii, 3. All we like sheep have gone astray. Is. liii, 6. The heart is deceitful above all things, &c. Jer, xvii, 9. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John iii, 3. There is none righteous, no not one. Rom. iji, 10, 18. All have sinded, and come short of the glory of God, Rom, iii, 23. In my flesh dwelleth no good thing. Rom. vii, 18. The carnal mind is enmity against God. Rom. viii, 7. The Scripture bath concluded all under sin. Gal, iii, 22. Who were dead in trespasses and sing. Eph. ii, 1. Having the understanding darkened, Epb, iv, 18. You, being dead in your sins, hath he quickened. Col. ij, 13. To them that are defiled and unbelieving, even their mind and
conscience is defiled, Titus i, 15. The infection of sin is not only universal but deep. The hearts of all men are fashioned alike, and contain within them the seeds of the most revolting wickedness. However much we may be shocked with the crimes, which we see others commit, we should assuredly be guilty of equal enormities, if we were not prevented by the restraint which God puts on ns. When Hazael, the prime minister of Benhadad, king of Syria, was told by the prophet Elisha of the dreadful cruelties which he was on the point of perpetrating, he exclaimed with horror, “But what, is tly servant a dog that he should do this great thing ?” 2 Kings viii, 13. He nevertheless did all the evil which was thus foretold. We are not our own keepers. We should bewa e of resolving in our own strength, “ I will not do this or that;" lest God punish our pride by suffering us to fall into the sins we dread. Our prayer on such occasions should be,“ Lord! deliver us from evil.” What are the consequences of being born in sin ?
We are the children of wrath, and are therefore exposed to misery here and hereafter,
In this life we have to endure sorrow, sickness, and labour, and have the wrath of God abiding on us. John iii, 36. In sorrow shalt thou eat of it. Gen. iii, 17. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Gen. iii, 19. I will appoint over you consumption, &c. Lev. sxvi, 16. Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, great plagues,
and sore sickness :----also every sickness, and every plague. Deat. xxviii, 59, 61, Hereafter, we are in danger of eternal torments. The wicked shall be turned into hell. Ps. ix, 17. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezek. xviii, 4, 20, There shall be weeping and goashing of teeth. Matt. viii, 12;
xxii, 13; xxiv, 51; xxv, 30; Luke xiii, 28. Their worm dieth not, and their fire is not quenched.
Mark ix, 14, 48; Is. lxvi, 24. He that believeth not, the wrath of God abideth on him. John iii,
The wrath of God is revealed--against all ungodliness and an.
righteousness of men, Rom. i, 18. Treasurest up unto thyself wraib, against the day, &c. Rom.ii, 5. Who will render to every man according to his seeds. Rom. ii, 6. Tribulation and anguish upon every soul that doeth evil. Rom, i, 9. The law worketb wrath. Rom. iv, 15. The wages of sin is death. Rom, vi, 23.