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whole matter. From hence it boy reading his Bible, and ask. appears, that Peter's fan did not ed him what he learned from it: originate in cowardice, as has The way to heaven, answered been generally imagined; but the boy. And can you shew it from an excess of courage, in to me? said Sir Richard, in banfirst defending his Master in the ter. You must go by that tower, garden, and afterward following said the lad, pointing to him to the high priest's Palace, tower of Repentance. and venturing into the very prese

Evan. Mag. ence of his accusers.

HINT TO PERSONS, WHO COME ANECDOTES.

LATE TO WORSHIP. On the top of a hill, near Had- A woman, who always used to dam Castle, stands a square towo attend public worship with great er, over the door of which are

punctuality, and took care to be carved figures of a dove and ser- in time, was asked, How it was pent, and between them, the she could always come so early? word Repentance ; whence the She answered, very wisely, that building is called The Tower of it was a part of her religion not Repentance. It is said, that Sir to disturb the religion of others. Richard Steele, while riding

Buck's Anecdotes. near this place, saw a shepherd

Review of new publications.

Dr. Greene's Discourse. praises, which leave out of view the

awful depravity and guilt of man, his (Concluded from p. 414.)

recovery by grace, our infinite inFURTHER specimens of the debtedness to the eternal Son of author's manner of writing. God, and to the Holy Spirit, the

“ 4. Whenever a house has been Comforter, however suitable they dedicated to God, it becomes incum- may be in other respects, are so far bent that such prayer and praise as from being acceptable to God, that he requires, and such only, be offer. they are an abomination in his sight. ed to him in it ; and that the unadul. Nor is that the preaching of the gos. terated doctrines of the gospel be pel, which does not deliver these faithfully preached. That is not great principles clearly and frequentprayer, which is not truly made in ly, in a doctrinal form, and press the name of Christ ; which does not them continually on the consciences explicitly confess and deeply bewail of men, as the very fundamentals of our crimson guilt ; which does not religion. Pulpit addresses may be entreat for pardon, for sanctification, as learned, as elegant, as eloquent, as for a final acceptance with God, and profound, as the talents of men or the for the blessings of eternal life, all, powers of an angel can renderthem,and all as the fruit of the Redeemer's yet, if these distinguishing truths of the righteousness and intercession, and gospel, in their purity and simplicity, to the glory of God's rich, and free, and be excluded from them, they shall be sovereign grace. That is not praise, as empty and useless as sounding in which the same truths are not re- brass and a tinkling cymbal. These cognized, which does not exhibit spir. truths are the ark of God's strength, itual blessings as the greatest of all, which he specially accompanies with or which is refused to any person of the almighty energies of his grace. thee adorable Trinity. Prayers or It is before them that he prostrates

concern.

all the idols of the depraved human which alone can nourish your souls, bort, lays low every barrier of oppo. and then inclining you to delight in sition, opens to himself a way through forbidden fruit, sweet with the poi. the floods of corruption, enters in and son of eternal death.” casts out the strong man armed, and creating the soul anew in Christ Jesus; the second head is to show, what

The preacher's object under makes it an habitation of God through the Spirit. Hear the words of the Sa. benefits we may reasonably hope to viour and of his apostle. Sanctify, derive from the faithful performthem through thy truth.-1 determined

ance of our duty in this important not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. Mis

Part of what he says to take me not, my brethren. Every display these benefits is here exmoral law, every social duty, ev

tracted. ery religious precept, injunction,

“ The public institutions of threatening, promise and declara. religion are unspeakably beneficial, tion, may, and ought to be regard perhaps I should rather say they are ed, in the dispensation of the gos- absolutely essential, to civil society. pel. What I inculcate is, that the Never, in fact, has society existed, in great doctrines that have been spec- any form above the lowest grade of ified, are the life giving spirit, savage life, without these institutions. which must animate, control, colour, Deserted, despised, and derided, as warm, and breathe through the whole. they are, by some who talk much of It was, I here attest it in the presence social happiness, to them they are and behalf of Christ my Lord, it was still principally indebted for the safefor the purpose of teaching and im- ty and peace in which they live. pressing these great truths of the gos- These institutions soften the mind, pel, that this house was erected. they cultivate the manners, they imSuch is in substance, the record made

prove the morals, and they give the on a piece of parchment, which is en- highest sanction to all the ties

and obclosed in the bosom of its corner ligations which render the social state stone ; and God forbid that any one delightful, desirable, or tolerable. under the name and garb of a gospel Abolish the observance of the Sab. minister, should ever stand in this bath ard its public worship, and you place to gainsay or slight them. Sa- will see men rapidly decline into bar. cred edifice ! long the object of my barism, rapine, and every ferocious wishes, my hopes, my labours, and my and abominable vice. prayers, mayest thou never be profan- “But though real Christians prize ed by unhallowed lips. May no false the advantages which men in the pres. doctrine ever be uttered here. If it

ent life reap from the public worship shall, let the stone cry cut of the wall, of God, yet they cannot be satisfied and let the beam out of the timber an- with these alone. ... They see in swer it, and let them confound the religion scmething infinitely better, wretch, who shall here aitempt to per than its being an engine of state. vert the word of life, and to beguile They know that the Christian sistem unwary souls.

Gracious God, our is in itself a system of truth ; that it hope is in thee. Let this place ever points beyond time to eternity; and be the witness only of worship that is that those, who are prepared for its pure, and of doctrine that is sound; «ternal benefits, will best of all perthat many sons and daughters, form their duties even in this world. through successive ages, mayl:ere be Eternity, eternity, therefore, en. born to thee, and hence be translated grosses their views, when they think to the house not made with hards, of religion for themselves or cthers. eternal in the heavens.

Not),ing will ..... content them, but “ Brethren, your duty will at all the spiritual benefits which ensure the times be connected with that of your everlasting salvation of the soul. Do pastors. See to it, then, that nokve you ask, what are these? I answer, of novelty, no lust of innovation, ro brethren, they are in part experience cravings even of taste and fancy, per- ed when the soul of the believer is vert your minds, first making you truly refreshed from the fountains of boathe the worship and preaching sacred truth; when a flame of heavVol. I. No. 10.

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enly love is enkindled in his soul; sovereign God; they embraced, they when the light of God's countenance rejoiced, they triumphed in the offer *s lifted upon him; when his faith ed Saviour. Multitudes pressed into is invigorated ; when his hopes are the kingdom of God. Great addi. brightened; when his penitence and tions were made to the church. The humility are increased; when his in- religion of Jesus was adorned by the dustry in religion is quickened; when blameless, tender, zealous, comfortahis zeal for the glory of God is ble, exemplary lives of his professing augmented; when his views of e. people. Most gracious God, though ternal things are rendered clear, we are most unworthy, may the glory lively, and comfortable ; when his of this latter house be even greater than devotion is truly animated and his the glory of the former. Yes, dear heart enlarged; when a readiness .. brethren, for these inestimable bene

for all duty is inspired ... when, fits we are warranted to hope, if we in a word, he sees the preser and glory diligently, conscientiously, purely, be. of God, in all that majesty and sweet. lievingly, and perseveringly perform ness in which they are often seen in in this place the worship and service the sanctuary. Then he rejoiceth as of our God. And that we may so do one that findeth greut spoil. : : ... Yet and be blessed, and that this house even this, does not fully satisfy may be truly the Lord's, by being him. His religion is a religion of be- honoured and consecrated by his own nevolence. He most tenderly feels sacred and special presence, accomfor the souls of others, as well as for pany me now to the throne of his tranhis own. He cannot, therefore, be scendent grace.” contented, till he sees those, whose We have let this discourse hearts have been obdurate, softened

The ample under the invitations of the gospel ;

speak for itself. till he sees the careless become quotations made are full of pious thoughtful; the tears of contrition entertainment and instruction, flou ing from the eyes which have been and prove that the performance closed agninst the light of life; ... deserves high expressions of apconvictions of sin deep and lasting : conversions to God sound and numer.

probation, It has evangelical ous ;---when he beholds these effects fervour, It has sacred dignity in the house of God, or following from and elegance. It contains the the exercises there performed, then riches of divine truth. he has the desire of his heart ; then he knows a pleasure which disdains comparison. Look back, for an illus. tration, to the day of Pentecost, when Two sermons on the atrocity of Peter preached, and thousands, suicide, and on the causes which pricked to the heart by the energy of

lead to it. Preached at Sufthe Holy Spirit, said, Men and breth. ren, what shall we do? or if you think field, on Lord's day, Feb, 24, this miraculous, and not to be expect- 1805, on occasion of a melane Inow, bringthe subject nearer home. choly instance of suicide, which Look back only to a period within the

had recently occurred in that remembrance of some who are ye

town. By Joseph LATHROP, alive; to the period when the house, which is collegiate with this, was

D. D. pastor of the first church opened and declicated; when a White- in West-Springfield. Second field, a Tennent, a Finley were the edition, with additions and corheralds of salvation. Then, and in

rections, Springfield, Mas. that house, the preaching of the gos. pel was resorted to, as in deed and in

Henry Brewer. truth the word of God. In deep and The text, on this melancholy solemn attention men listened to re- occasion, is the exclamation of ceive a message for their souls. They the apostle Paul to the jailor in received it. Their eyes were opened; they saw themselves perishing: Philippi, Acts xvi. 26 : Do thythey bowed in the dust before a self no harm. A brief sketch of the preceding history, which will have much influence. When gave rise to it, forms a natural God, as a lawgiver, prohibits any

crime, he affixes to the commission and pertinent introduction ; in

of it such a penalty, as may reasona. the inspection of which, however, bly be supposed sufficient to deter two or three motes may perhaps men from it. But in the case of self. offend a microscopic eye. Such murder, there is no room for penalty are the use of the copulative con

in this world, because the criminal

dies by his crime, and is dead before junction at the commencement

cognizance can be taken of it. Cog. of periods, and even of a nev nizance can be taken only in the oth. paragraph ; the "sending" of an er world. But whatever may be the earthquake ; and the change of cause, which induces a man to this

dreadful act, it first extinguishes the time from the present to the

belief, or at least suspends the apprepast, in the most interesting part hension of future punishment. So of the narration. The preacher that penal laws, buman or divine', proceeds to consider the text, against this sin, will rarely have an first, as an express prohibition of elect on men’s minds, after they

have once formed the desperate reso. self-murder; and, secondly, to lution. The effco must usually be improve it as a warning not to in an earlier stage of the evil.” injure ourselves in any way. In The arguments, adduced the introductory part of the dis- against suicide, are, that it is a cussion, the following passages manifest opposition to the will of merit peculiar attention.

God; that any act of sin is more “Some ancient philosophers taught, criminal in proportion as it is and some modern infidels have adopt more contrary to nature ; that ed the sentiment, that when the pain the violation of a trust is, in any of existence exceeds its pleasure, every one has a right to withdraw him.

case, a crime; that this act is one self from it; and that it is a weak. of the greatest injuries, which a ness in man to complain of his bur- man can do to his friends ; that den, when it is always in his power to “ the issues of death belong to throw it off. Among the Greeks and

God;" that suicide is an act full Romans self-murder was often committed, not merely from philosophy, of ingratitude ; that the present or impatience of life, but often from life is our probation for future false notions of honour, liberty and and eternal happiness, and the magnanimity. Among the Britons and only probation that will be allow, the Americans it frequently proceeds ed us; that it leaves no opportu: from gloominess and dejection of mind. With such causes the senti. nity for repentance, and there. ments of infidelity usually concur : fore, while it destroys the body, it hence we find, that since the notions ruins the soul. The seventh arof fatalism, universalism and annihilation have been avowed, and the doc. gument, taken from the proba. trine of a future retribution discard. tionary state of man, is thus in. ed, instances of suicide have been terestingly illustrated : multiplied beyond all former ex- “ There is no work nor device in amples.

the grave.” A guilty life and im" The divine law has not so ex- penitent death will be followed with plicitly and particularly forbidden inisery eternal and extreme. A great this, as it has most other crimes. salvation is now offered, and may be And the reason is obvious. For be obtained ; but if we finally neglect it, fore one can bring himself to perpe. there is no escape. Death terminates trate this act, he must have prostrat. our only probation, and fixes our fu. ed all consideration of law and pen- ture condition. " As falls the tree, alty. If the law of nature within him so it lies.” What rashness and prewill not restrain him, no external law sumption must it then be to contiact

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this already contracted term of life-- posed escape of his prisoners hurried to shorten this short space of trial, on the jailor to draw his sword on himself. the improvement of which depends In the “ more general” and our escape from endless misery, and monitory application of the text, our enjoyinent of everlasting felicity ? What madness and infatuation to cut

the particular evils” mentionourselves off from all remaining op. ed, “by which men often do portunity of securing our final salva. themselves harm,” are intempertion, and to run the dreadful hazard ance, idleness, a melancholy spirof falling into intolerable and inter- it, immoderate passions, irrelig, minable wo? However severe pres. ious and licentious principles, ent sufferings may be, they cannot justify an impatience of mind, which presumptuous sins, and living in urges to so awful a step. No man a course of sin. knows, in what ways, nor how soon, God may send him deliverance from ious and licentious principles”

Under the head of “irrelig, his troubles : no man knows, what strong consolations may be imparted are the following important reto soften his adversities, and cheer marks : his desponding mind : no man knows, “ Men, who admit and entertain what blessings may result from the irreligious and licentious principles, do things, which seem to be against themselves infinite harm, and if they him. And, which is more, no man avow and diffuse such principles, knows, what a wretched exchange he they do immense injury to others. shall make, when, to throw off his “Religion is the only solid foundapresent burdens, he plunges himself tion of comfort in this world, and of into the eternal world.

happiness in the next. This, em“They, who in the exercise of rea. braced in the heart, banishes envy son, (if reason, in such a case, can be and malice, impatience and discon. said to be in exercise,) have taken this tent, anxiety and fear; inspires with tremendous step, have generally been benevolent affections, calm resignaurged to it by worldly disappoint- tion and cheerful hope ; and gives a ments, by the distresses of poverty, sure title to glory and immortality. by blasted ambition, by the appre. The man, who renounces religion, hension of disgrace, by the fear of abandons all his rational comforts punishment for some infamous crime, and future prospects.

He makes or by the horrors of a guilty despair. himself a prey to temptation, vice ing conscience. The motives prompt. and fear. He becomes a creature ing them to it are criminal in their exposed, defenceless and forlorn. If nature, or in their cause ; for they he should see his condition, he would have their existence in the vices and be a terror to himself. If others corruptions of the mind ; in pride, im. should see his heart, he would be a patience, avarice, or some previous terror to all about him. If all men wickedness. Saul, in the haugiti. were like him, be would have no se. ness of his spirit, fell on his own curity from the violence of his neighsword, lest he should become the bours. He has now no security from sport and mockery of his insolent and the violence of his own hands; nor victorious enemies. Ahitophel, by have others any security from this cisappointed ambition, was urged to violence, but the laws of society. hang himself, when he found, that There is in frim no principle to rethe counsel of another was preferred strain him from any outrage, which to his own, and that his political his passions may dictate, whether scheme would be utterly frustrated against himself or mankind." To the like fatal act was Judas driven Dr. L. then notices those by the horror of guilt and the frenzy free thinkers, “ who view this of despair, when he reflectei, that he had betrayed innocent blood, and life as the only term of human perceived that the cruel and perfidi. existence ;” those, “who, though ous action could not be recalled. they profess to believe a future The fear of punishment for tho Bup- existence, yet deny all future

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