« AnteriorContinua »
accomplished such a marvellous expressions of kindness, and will object, as the wresting from the render such language suspicious Jews gome scores of their chil. from any other quarter. To me dreo! Such means would give it appears an. unfair and a mis. Jews or Mahometans, an equal taken policy, to educate children adyantage over Christians. The in a particular faith before they faster the Society proceeds in this can understand it, in opposition course with a few children, the to the will of their parents. This greater head, will be raised against is, to do evil, that good may its efforts by the whole body; and come. Nothing of this kind was in the end I fear it will be seen, ever attempted by Christ and his that several thousands of pounds apostles. It is indeed a good and will have been expended, not in a Christian act to support and in. promoting, but in retarding the struct destitute children; but to conversion of the Jews. The attempt to proselyte a people by Society must consider those per- such means, indicates a narrow sons as very deficient in under- worldly spirit, wbich regards restanding, or very willing to be ligious truth and rational convic, deceived, whom it calls upon for tion, as secondary considerations. money to assist its undertaking: The Charter Schools in Ireland while it completely overlooks the were founded on this mistaken true, the cheap, the only way to principle, and what bas been their convert the Jews, which is, by effect? Their ostensible object is zealously advocating the cause of to convert the people to Protesjustice, peace, and good will tantism; but their real effect is to among all men. Does the Socie. render tbis religion more odious ty pursue this truly, Christian to the people, and to alienate the course? Frym some known facts minds of the Catholics more in. I am constrained to believe, that curably from their Protestant most of its members are engaged brethren. It is my opinion, in. and combined in practices of a deed, that such effects were fore. direct opposite nature; and if seen by the projectors of these this be the truth-if they are the schools. At all events the system most intolerant part of the com- tended to inflame religious dissen. munity, and the most averse from sions, which have always been fopeace, they are not entitled to mented in Ireland by a Machia. much credit for ļheir hypocritical velian policy. zeal to advance the profession of In the next place, let us consi. Christianity, while in some most der the faith, to which the Society important respects, they act in would wish to converı the Jews. opposition to its spirit. It is a This Society is principally com. great pity that the kind language posed of men who profi-ss what towards the Jews, with which the they call the evangelical doctrine;, tracts abound, should proceed for this is the character they give from men of this character, and to the anti-evangelical doctrine of should be coupled with so invi. unconditional election and repro. djous a design as the seduction of bation. According to their opini. Jewish children by bribes. This on, man in this world is not in a proceeding will neutralize all their state of trial or probation, as the
On the Society for Converting the Jews. terms are generally understood ; ply, but when it can be obtained, he is not even a moral being; he they recede from what they usual. has no free-will for virtue, and he' ly advance respecting the absolute is impelled to all vice by an in. necessity of faith, and they say, vincible necessity, with the excep. the dead infants of the elect are tjon of a few elect, who are scarce. saved. Their opinjon respecting ly restrained by sovereign grace. the fate of all other dead jotants They farther say, that it was de. may sometimes be extorted trom creed by God, in consequence them, which is, that they suffer of a bargain made with Christ, most exquisite torments, in sou! before creation, first, that an and body, in hell-fire, for ever. insignificant proportion of those It has also been objected to them, mischievous or wicked automa. that they leave no room whatever tons should be effectually called, for happiness among men, for certhat faith should be given to them, tainly, such religious people fa. that is, a power humbly to ac- voured of God, as they profess to cept Christ as their undoubted be, must be distressed beyond property, (not truly as their Lord measure at the prospect of such a and Master, and the Redeemer of food of endless misery, sweeping mankind, which is rather the act away nearly the whole of the buof a reprobate) and that they man race, and involving even most should be infallibly saved; and of their own companions. The secondly, that the great mass objection has no force with them, of mankind should be denied the for it is the contrast of their own power to believe, and should be election, with the universal desodoumed inevitably for tbeir sin to lation of the rest of mankind, eternal torments. A consequence which affords them a heaven upon of their belief, which they are earth. If this be the Christianity sometimes forced to admit, is, professed by the leading members that God created the greater part of the Society, in which it is to be of mankind on purpose to damn supposed they will endeavour to them ternally, to the praise of educate their young Jewish conhis glorious justice. With them verts, I should be grieved 10 see the surest signs of a reprobate are, Jews converted to it, or even to regard God as the universal Turks or Bramins. These unenFather, and to have enlarged sen. lightened people have certainly timents of hope and charity with many strong and unhappy prejurespect to our fellow-creatures; dices : yet still they believe that for the most atrocious felon may God is good, and just, and wise. sponer become evangelical, than The evangelical zealot will admit one of this mild character. It the same, as faras the mere assertion has been objected to them, surely extends, for he thinks it good and you will not send to hell all with just and wise in God to elecı bimout exception who have not faith, self unconditionally, and to damn for what is the fate of your own all others inevitably: bul he is children who die in infancy, be. more sedulous than any Jew, fore they can see their own infi. Bramin, Turk or Caffre, to reprenite vileness, and hang upon sent the Deity as a partial, maligChrist? It is difficult to get a re. nant, unjust and deceitful Being,
and even as the devil triumphant one can be strictly governed by to' every mortal on earth, except it in his conduct, without assumhimself and his own fraternity. ing the worst symptoms of mad.
Your friends, Madam, I pre- ness; but it is happy for mankind, sume, will not think it incumbent that the light of nature, or a poron them to swell the funds of tion of God's spirit which is given missionaries who entertain such to every man to profit withal, has sentiments. They may deny that more influence on their actions their plan is to discuss with Jews than absurd theories. It is the what they call the circumstantials opinion of this people, that all of Christianity ; but if they are the elect and reprobate are fore. sincere in such a declaration, ordained to be such by the sove. where appears the sincerity of reign decree of God, independent their faith? Or what advantage of the will or actions of men; does their Society propose to a Jew yet they discover extraordinary by bis conversion, if he is still to zeal in preaching and making remain
a reprobate ? On the proselytes. They express a just whole, their miserable plan for indignation at villainy and opprescouverting the Jews; their enmity sion ; yet their anger might as to rational liberty and love for properly be directed against a wars; their systematic opposition stick or a stone, as against one to the extension of equal priveliges who acts mischievously from neto a large proportion of their cessity. They often endeavour to Christian fellow-subjects; their do good in their generation; yet misanthropical sentiments, and to pretend that they or any one their violent attachment to all the has a free will to act in this manAthanasian dogmas afford us no ner, they call reproaching their ground to think, that they will be Maker. They say it is altogether the choseu instruments in the the suggestion of pride to suppose, hand of God, to take from the that there are any conditions on Jews the heart of stone, and to the part of man for obtaining the give them a heart of flesh. Before favour of God; yet they seem they are likely to make any im- impressed with the importance of pression on the Jews, their own a number of conditions for this iron hearts must first be softened; purpose. They deny that God they must begin the work of con- will ever reverse or relax his sovversion on themselves, by doing ereign decrees; yet they somejustice, loving mercy, and walking times pray for those whom they humbly with God, and ceasing to consider as reprobates. They pervert the right ways of the Lord. hold that all the reprobate are At the same time, it would be a equally sinful, that is, infinitely rash conclusion lo infer from their sinful; yet some they trust, and doctrines alone, that these stick- must esteem. Their system of lers for unconditional election and metaphysics includes the necessity reprobation are not good men ; of the means as well as the end, for it is seldom that their theory which borders closely upon Athe-, and practice can harmonize. The ism; yet in the use of means, former is so extravagant, and even which regard this world or the suck downright nonsense, that no next, they appear to have as little
684 Mr. Belsham on the Strictures on his Memoirs of Mr. Lindsey. doubt of their free will as other Ashworth, 'but" -- but what? people. I might mention many the fact was, that after all, they more instances, but shall only add did not choose to invite him," for this remarkable one : for the same which your correspondent assigns attributes that they profess“to love a reason which,' whether right of the Deity, they hate the devil wrong, is nothing to the purpose. very cordially. Their palpable This he calls “correcting mis. inconsistencies' remind us of 'an takes!" old and good saying, “Turn com. The Memoir further states that mon sense out at the door, and she the congregation « chose a genwill come in at the window" tleman, a very worthy person, Many of thein' in their intercourse but whose orthodoxy was of a with the world, when the spirit of much higher tone than that of his controversy is at rest; appear predecessor." Upon this your very good and rational beings. correspondent remarksa "I must I am,' &c.
add," impelled no doubt by a N. H. sense of duty, and the importance
of the case, “I must add, that
the person they chose, viz. Mr. Mr. Belsham on the Strictures on Gilbert
, of Oakham, was not so his Memoirs of Mr. Lindsey. much more! orthodox than Dr. Essex House, Nov. 3, 1812. Doddridge as is supposed.” By SIR,
what means he came to know the Permit me through the medium exact quantum of the supposed of your valuable work, to express excess of Mr. Gilbert's ortbodoxy my thanks to your worthy corre- over that of Dr. "Doddridge, or spondenti à Daventry Pupil,” how he was enabled to ascertain for his kind solicitude to clear the that the supposed excess was pages of the Memoir of Mr. Lind. greater than the true excess, we sey from
every mixture of error. are not informed. But the honest In the first passage which calls zeal of this worthy gentleman to forth bis animadversion, the Me- pursue error to its ininutest rami. moir states that “ Dr. Doddridge's fication, and to detect it in its congregation refused to invite Dr. most intangible shape, is neverthes Ashivorth, whom he recommends less sufficiently apparent; and of ed as his successor both in the this let him have the praise. pulpit and the academy, * and Io his great anxiety, however, whose sentiments were in perfect to reduce the orthodoxy of Mr. unison with his own." Upon this Gilbert to the standard of Dr. passage your correspondent re. Doddridge, your correspondent marks with much naiveté, but further alleges, “I have heard not without assuming at the same him preach as well as read some time a pretty high tone of autho: printed serions of his, from whence rity, like one who was about to I should conclude that his sentis reveal an important?secret;“Now, ments were far from being of a SIR). THE FACT WAS, the cond higher tone." This indeed sounds gregation at Northampton, at something like evidence. But, least the great majority of them, Sir, the fact is, that the worthy, would gladly have received Mr. and I may ada, able and learned
successor of Dr. Duddridge, has cumstances which, whether cor-
the author. juvenile impressions, he prefers the And it might perhaps have been grave testimony of elderly men, expected that as he is now past his personally acquainted with the pupilage, he would have thought parties, and perfectly competent it prudent to decline the intro. to judge in the case. Upon their duction of names, whicli might authority the narrative rests. have a tendency to revive per
In the second case, your wor. sonal feelings which are better ex. thy correspondent, like many a linguished and forgotten. laborious commentator before him Having thus I hope proved that first makes a large, unauthorised the mistakes in the Memoir are addition to the text; secondly, he not so numerous or so considerable charges (as expositors ufcen do) as has been supposed, I will only his own mistakes upon the author; add a request that when any of - and lastly, he kindly undertakes your worthy correspondents do' to rectify the error which he has me the honour of animadverting bimself committed.
upon my works, they will have The Memoir states, that the the goodness not to make the auauthor “recollocts an instance in thor reponsible for any errors but which a venerable minister of ir. his own. reproachable manners and unim. I am, Sir, peached orthodoxy, was dismissed
Your obedient servant, from his office by the church, un
T. BELSHAM. der some trilling pretence, in op.
P.S. I will avail myself of this position to the sense of by far the opportunity, to assure your cormost respectable part of the con respondent “Semper Eadem," in gregation." Upon this your eager the preceding Repository, that correspondent instantly cries out, there was no particular allusion in Ευρηκα. . “ The person referred the Nicmoir of Mr. Lindsey, to to doubtless was Mr. Flestal, of any remarks in the Repository Northampton." And immedia under that signature, lo whomso. ately runs out into a detail of cir. ever it may belong, of which I VOL. VII.