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where his part really begins, and it, which I think suited to the ends where it ends ; so that all design of your work, and adapted the parts together make up one to the present times. perfect whole. What a saving are of my opinion you will give of time is realized, and what a it a place in a future number. heightening of the general im- Showing how discord and conpression. If, in addition, all the tentions among Christians fulfil performers are animated by evan- the scripture, he says, gelical fervour; if they show the " Those sad jars and divisione, spirit of power, and of love, and which are so frequent in the of a sound mind ; if their hearts church of Christ, may seem very are enlarged with Christian af- strange, and be the cause of fection, and their mouths open stumbling and offence to many ; to express with freedom the va- that whilst the world is at such riety of tender, dignified, and ho- an agreement, and of one mind ly sentiments, which the occa- to oppose the truth, those are oft sion naturally inspires ; no scene found at ar, most bitterly concan be more interesting, or more tending amongst themselves, delightful.
even those who should stand in A HEARER. the breach, for the truth, and in
defence of the gospel, the fellow
servants at strife and smiting one To the Editors of the Panoplist.
another, when they should be GENTLEMEN,
striving together about their MasI HAVE observed with pleasure, ter's work, I confess, this is sad, that it is one object of your work and is a rock whereon many to revive attention to the charac- have split; of which they have ters and writings of eminent di- made that use to a further heightvines of the two last centuries.ening of their prejudice against Many of these men, in point of the truth : yea, it is strange that scriptural learning, deep views this destroying plague doth so of the things of God, and Chris- observably attend any peace or tian experience and piety, have calm, that the church hath in her not had their superiors, and rare- outward condition. But there is ly their equals in modern times. no cause for such stumbling; if Their works will ever be read, we will allow it some serious and the characters of their au- thoughts, it may rather help to thors revered, by all who love the fix and establish us in the way of Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity the Lord, and instead of being a and truth. There is a savour in poison, may be an effectual antitheir writings, which refreshes dote against the same, I mean the heart of the experienced the atheism of the time, which Christian. They are admired pretends so great an advantage and relished notwithstanding the from this. For the scripture is uncouthness of their style.
clear, I have lately been reading that I. Though it is a sore stroke celebrated work, entitled “ The on the church, and the most sad fulfilling of the Scripture,” by departure of God from a people, Robert Fleming, and take the lib- which we have upon divine reerty to send you an extract from cord, we find usually attends them in such a torn and divided friends, who have least latitude to case; yea, though in all the take or give in the interests of records of after times, this may truth; but it is oft found, how be traced in the breaking out of such indirect tamperings for a judgment, as a very immediate peace, have in the judgment of forerunner thereof; yet, have we
the Lord caused a further breach.. no warrant to expect the church There is no true jar betwixt the militant shall be in that condition zeal of God, and an ardent dein which there shall be no such dis- sire and endeavour for peace, but cord and breach. No, that is what our corruption causeth. O heaven, and it is there only that this is a blessed peace-maker, who perfect peace and concord will can go the furthest length to be found ; read 1 Cor. i. 10. yield in his own things, whether Rom, xv. 5. And what an early credit or private interest, yea, trial was this to the church, overlook the most sharp personal which did occasion that grave reflections, to promote that ex. and solemn meeting of the apos- cellent design : but hath nothing sles and elders, Acts xv, to let us to yield or quit upon his Master's see how the Lord can serve him- interest, and can resist whosoever self of the greatest evil for the they be that would prejudice advantage of his truth. (2.) There this, even to their face! Have we is no cause of challenge here or not that heroic practice of the reflecting on the truth, whatever apostle (Gal. ii. 5.) upon divine be on those, who profess it, since record to this day? to whom we the scripture shews that we know gave place, no not for an hour, that but in part, and prophesy in part, the truth of the gospel might con. and such a prevailing mixture of tinue with you. Is not that also corruption, that some will preach a special remark, that those who Christ out of strife and contention, cause division in the church, and not sincerely. Phil. i. 15. Yea, were therefore to be noted (Rom. whilst there are such different xvi. 17.) were those who did opa sizes amongst the saints, that prose ihe doctrine of the church? those who eat not, are ready to For it is men's falling off from judge them who eat, and those the truth which is indeed the who eat, are ready to despise him cause of a schism and rent; but who eateth not. (3.) If we con
not their adherence to it, though sult the scripture, we shall find for this they should be men of cona that peace and concord within the tention, and looked on as signs and church, which is so excellent in wonders in the time. (4.) Whate itself and desirable, must be ever advantage some may take severely qualified with a respect to challenge the way of the Lord, to holiness. Heb. xii. 14. For from these breaches, I am sure, else such an agreement would they cannot deny, there is a fele not be the true peace of the lowship and concord in the church church, but her plague. And is of Christ beyond any in the world. not that wisdom, which is from There is a communion of the above, first pure, and then peacea. saints, even here, with one heart ble? It is sure, they are its best and mind : yea, in such a mea. Vol. I. No.9.
sure, as may show the world this every jar and difference amongst is a bond that exceeds the most the followers of Christ, makes near and strait ties of natural re- not a breach." lations, Eph. iv. 3. 16. and truly
ENTERTAIN- the exhibition of human nature
under all her forms, and even in * In the life of the celebrated her most amiable dress ; yet will Judge Hale, by Mr. Thirlwall, it not at the same time be alloware the following observations re- ed, that the gratification arising specting the Theatre, suggested from these sources is purchased by the determination of the Judge at much too dear a price, when never to see another play acted.. they court an alliance with pro5.“ Hale had reason,” he says, faneness and immorality, and the “ to congratulate himself on path to these pleasures is strewed his fortunate escape from with temptations to vice of the snare, in which thousands of most bewitching and alluring naboth sexes have been entan- ture? If, by chance, the characgled and ruined. His exam- ter and moral of the dramatic ple cannot be too earnestly rec- composition itself be free from ommended to the imitation of the objection, yet when the circumyoung and inexperienced, who stances, which are inseparably wish to preserve the principles connected with the representaof chastity, modesty, and sobrie- tion of a modern playhouse, are ty, which they have imbibed in gravely considered, is it not at their education, pure and un- least unsafe for the sober youth tainted. - Though I am fully and unspotted virgin to visit it? aware of the tender ground on is not the danger of corrupting which I venture, I hold it an im- the morals and inflaming the pasperious duty to warn every pa- sions too great to justify a partirent, who wishes to promote the cipation in these amusements ? present peace and future happi- “ It is possible, indeed, to imness of his children, to discour- agine such a regulated theatre, age, by his example and advice, as shall be exempt from the evils a propensity for dramatic enter- which are the ground of comtainments. Allow these exhibi- plaint; but until such a theatre tions all their boasted advan- can be realized, it will be diffitages; concede to their advocates cult to prove, that these evils are, the rational and harmless satis- not interwoven in the very cona factions, which are to be found in stitution of a dramatic exhibithe charms of music, poetry, and tion, and vitally essential to its painting; in the specimens of success and popularity. brilliant wit and refined senti- - “ There is implanted in our ment, the graces of elocution, the nature a veneration and respect delineation of the passions, and for the majesty of virtue. Even
vice strives to hide her own de- and abandon them to their law. formity under her garb. Hence less empire ; did we wish our the patrons of theatrical repre- children to become familiar with sentations have been studious to crime, to blunt and deaden those deny, or, at least, to extenuate delicate sensibilities, which the mischiefs which are imputed shrink at the touch of vice ; did to them. Some persons will we wish to harden and inure gravely contend for their utility, them to scencs of blasphemy, ' will extol them as schools of mo- cruelty, revenge, and prostiturality, and will recommend them tion, we would invite them to for the lessons they teach, and the sight of the most popular the powerful incentives they pro- plays, which are now performed pose to the cultivation of good on our stage; we would send and amiable qualities, or the per- them for instruction to the Ger formance of brave and benevolent man School, where, by the most actions.
subtle and malicious contrivance, “ It is a consolatory reflection, vice is decked out in the air of that this homage is still paid to virtue, and the deluded youth is i virtue, that this honourable suf- seduced to the road of ruin," frage is universally acknowledg- while he believes that he ined to be her due, and both can- dulges in the noblest feelings of dour and justice claim of us the his nature ; where a casual act » persuasion, that the warmest pa- of generosity is applauded, trons and most strenuous advo, whilst obvious and commanded cates of these exhibitions want duties are trampled on, and a' only to be convinced of their fa- fit of charity is made the sponge tal consequences, to acknowledge of every sin, and the substitute their error, and subscribe their of every virtue. We would inrecantation.
vite them to the plays of Pizar6 Names do not alter the na. ro, the Stranger, and John Bull, ture of good and evil. The where the spurious virtues are boundaries of virtue and vice, of blazoned out, and the genuine religion and profaneness, are are thrown in the back ground marked by a clear and broad and degraded. In the one is a line of distinction, amidst all bold and sentimental strumpet, the fluctuations of fashion, and whom the passions of lust and varieties of human opinion. jealousy prompt to follow the Were our opinion even asked of adventures of her paramour. In the morality of our modern dra- the other an adultress, who had matic pieces, we do not scruple forsaken her amiable husband, to declare our pointed reproba- and lived in criminal commerce tion. They are calculated to with her seducer. In the last is corrupt the morals, and instil the the daughter of an humble trades. most dangerous and criminal man : she suffers herself to be maxims. Did we wish to root seduced by the son of a baronet, up every religious and moral fies from the roof of her fond principle from the heart, to tempt and most affectionate father, and our daughters to barter away the afterwards is united in marriage brightest jewel of their sex; to to the despoiler of her virtue, inflame the passions of our sons, And, to the shame and disgrace
of the stage, and the age we live FRAGMENT.
acters of the saint and the
Review of New Publications. A discourse, delivered at the open- portunity to peruse this interesting ing, for public worship, of the discourse, we have made larger quos
tations from it, than are commonly Presbyterian church in the Nor
found in reviews. None, we trust, thern Liberties of Philadelphia, will disapprove, after carefully reading April 7, 1805. By ASHBEL these quotations. GREEN, D.D. senior minister of The author, with propriety, said church. Philadelphia, T. thus introduces the discourse ; and W. Bradford. 1805.
“Assembled, my brethren, to cono As there is no probabüity, that secrate to God a house "erected for the bulk of our readers will have op- his worship, I have chosen to address