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the above mentioned discourse, but of every other person in the Wherefore I take you to record company. In such circumstanthis day that I am free from the ces, it is easy to see, that there is blood of all men.
little hope of doing good by But the obstacles, to what I preaching. If the preacher alcall Parlour Preaching, do not tempt it once, he will not be likearise wholly from the negligence ly to have a second opportunity or incompetence of the minis- of instructing the same persons. ters of the gospel, but at least So far from attempting parlour one half of the blame lies at the preaching in such circumstances door of the people.
as these, it will be the wisdom of A preacher pays a visit to a gospel ministers to keep at a diswealthy, fashionable family. As tance from companies, however a gentleman of character and ed- honourable in the estimation of ucation, he is treated with polite- the world, where their sacred ness and attention. He may eat profession is disregarded.
To and drink of the best ; but if he beesteemed for their wit or vishould happen to think with him. vacity in conversation, or for self, “ My constant employment their elegant and polished manshould be to promote the salva- ners, by those who despise their tion of men : These, with whom calling, is to them no honour, but I now am, are a part of my flock, a disgrace. In what is usually for whom I must render an ac- called fashionable life, there is, count; and they need advice and alas, little room for religion. In admonition as much as any;" forming the regulations by which and, in consequence, if he should people of this condition are govintroduce a discourse upon the erned, the religion of Christ too important subject of salvation, seldom has any place in the syswhat would probably be the ef- tem ; and while persons are fect? The company would be whirled in the vortex of fashion, struck dumb with astonishment there is very little hope of their at his rudeness; and the sparl of salvation. disgust, the smile of contempt, But obstacles to religious inor the look of disapprobation, struction not only exist among might be expected, as the re- rich and fashionable people, but ward of his temerity.
also among those of every conIf some polished buck, howev- dition. er, should think it no insult to In many houses the whole atthe clerical character, to take his tention is given to the body ; Maker's name in vain, this per- and when such are visited by the adventure might give no offence minister, all hands are set to to the same company : But if the work to provide for his gratificlergyman should, in the most cation. Instead of one, there modest way possible, insinuate are often half a dozen Marthas, that this practice was offensive who are cumbered with much servto God and painful to himself, ing, and not one listening Mary it would probably be considered in the whole circle. such an outrage on good breed- In other places, he will have ing as to merit the high dis- religious conversation enough, pleasure, not only of the culprit, but to very little profit. Obscure
and knotty questions, commonly ally, unless it comes through one incapable of a certain solution, particular channel. A single and of no consequence if one phrase, which they consider as could be given, are treasured up, belonging to a different system, in order that they may be pro- even if it be a scriptural phrase, posed to the minister. He must will shut the mind against all give his opinion, as to the mark instruction from the person who set upon Cain, the thorn in Paul's was so unfortunate as to use it. flesh, and must tell who Mel- Some serious people are as much chisedeck was, and whom the offended at hearing the words, witch of Endor raised up for “ election” and“ predestination," Saul. But no one inquires, as if they were never used in “ What must I do to be saved ? scripture, but invented by the enOr how may I grow in grace emies of God and religion. most successfully? What are But the chief obstacle with all the best evidences of a change of classes is a want of taste for renature, or what ought a Christian ligious conversation.
On any to do in such and such given cir- other subject they will be fluent, cumstances ?" Others have an but here they are mute. If you itch for controversy, and they feel begin conversation, you must the importance of being able to carry it on yourself. Those who maintain or dispute with the habitually neglect their salvation, minister, and perhaps of van- take no pleasure in hearing of quishing him in their own con- its importance.
Especially, ceit. There are many persons most people dislike to be interwho glory in holding some opin- rogated by their minister, as to fons different from those com- the condition of their souls, monly received. These they of- though it be done in a private, ten bring forward to be discussed, personal conversation.
They not that they expect instruction are conscious that all is not well, or wish to obtain new light ; for and they cannot bear to confess nothing can exceed the confi. the truth. Many therefore keep dence and pertinacity with which up an opinion that the exercises these favourite opinions are held. of the heart ought not to be spoThe holder would sooner re- ken of, that it savours of ostentanounce the whole creed, than tion, and is a mark of hypocrisy ; yield one of these notions which but surely there can be no osten. he cherishes with a fatherly tation in a man's confessing to fondness, considering them as his pastor that he is an unconthe fruit of his own invention, the verted, inexcusable sinner; or in result of his own ingenuity ; and relating the imperfection of his therefore he would as soon suffer duties, and the weakness of his you to offer him the grossest graces. personal insult, as to rob him of Young people are generally any of these opinions.
much afraid to be interrogated Again, the spirit of party a- about the concerns of their souls, mong many people is so preva- and they dread the company of lent, that they will hear nothing clergymen on this very account, willingly, receive nothing cordi fearing that they may be asked whether they are engaged in The purchaser beginning to rethe great work of their salva- build it, discovered a door in the tion.
cellar, and going down found But ministers should never Mons. Foscue lying dead on the cease from their endeavours. ground with a candlestick near One word, seasonably and affec- him; and on searching farther, tionately spoken, has often been they found the vast wealth which the means of saving a soul from he had amassed. The purchasdeath. Private admonition and er supposed that he went into advice have been remarkably the cave, and the door by some blessed in former times, and they accident shutting after him, he are so still where they are dili- was out of the call of any person, gently, tenderly, and prudently and perished for want of food. used.
He had ate the candle and gnawed the flesh off both his arins : and thus died this miser, this av
aricious wretch, in the midst of ANECDOTES.
his treasure, to the scandal of
himself, and to the prejudice of Mons. Foscue, one of the the state. farmers-general of the province of Languedoc, by grinding the face of the poor, within his province, had amassed an immense
DIVINITY OF sum of money, which, being Two gentlemen were known to the government, he disputing on the divinity of was ordered to raise a consid- Christ. One of them, who arerable sum. But not being gued against it, said, “ If it were inclined to comply with this true, it certainly would bave demand, he pleaded extreme been expressed in more clear poverty. And lest the inhabit- and unequivocal terms.” “Well,” ants of his province should give said the other, "admitting that information to the contrary, he you believed it, were authorised resolved to hide his treasure in to teach it, and allowed to use such a manner as to escape the your own language, how would most strict examination. He you express the doctrine to dug a kind of cave in his wine make it indubitable?" "I would cellar, so large and deep that he say,” replied the first, “ that Jecould go down with a ladder; sus Christ is the true God.” at the entrance was a door with a “ You are very happy,” rejoined spring lock, which, on shutting, the other, “in the choice of would fasten of itself. Lately your words ; for you have hapMons. Foscue was missing : pened to hit upon the very diligent search was made after words of inspiration. St. John, bim every where, but to no pur speaking of the Son, says, “ This pose ; at last his house was sold. is the true God, and etcrnal life."
We cheerfully comply with the request of a respected friend, to disseminate and
preserve the following tender and beautiful lines by the Rev. Samuel Pearce, A.M. in the pages of the Panoplist.
IN a sweet spot, which wisdom chiose,
Remov'd 30 sbon ! So suddenly
Nor did the Rose unconscious bloom,
As thus the anguish' Rose-Tree Cryd,
As montbs rollid on, the spring appear'd,
"Offspring most dear, (she fondly said)
“ Cease, beauteous flow'r, these useless cries,
Thus had the Roee-Tree scarcely spoken,
Judge ye, who know a mo!ber's cares
Decp was the rund; nor slight the pain
These words to silence hush'd the plaintive Rese,
Dear little darling! art thou gont-
Review of New Publications.
A Sermon, delivered at New-Boston, N. H. February 26, 1806, at
the Ordination of the Rev. E.P. Bradford to the pastoral care of the Presbyterian Church and Society in that place. By Jesse Appleion, Congregational Minister in Hampton, N. H. pp 32. 8vo.
This is a serious and ingeni- that they stood in need of such ous discourse. It is well adapt- an exhortation from the apostle ed to the occasion, is written in Paul, who was their spiritual a pure and perspicuous style, and father, and the master builder in displays such modesty and can- forming them into a church dour, as are very congenial with state. For they had fallen from the delicate subject of catholo- ' their stedfastness, and run into cism. The author does not ap-. numerous and dangerous errors. pear “fierce for moderation;" They had erred respecting the but seems to have aimed at steer- divine call of the apostle, respecting a middle course between the ing church discipline, the duty extremes of bigotry and latitudi- of marriage, the nature and dedarianism. And had he only sign of the Lord's Supper, the kept within these proper bounds, support of gospel ministers, he would have deserved much things offered to idols, spiritual praise, and given no occasion for gifts, and even respecting the the following remarks, which great doctrine of the general rehave occurred to some judicious surrection. Upon this head the and candid readers.
apostle reproved them sharply. 1. Mr. A. appears to have
" I delivered unto you first of all mistaken the plain and obvious that which I also received, how meaning of his text. It is that Christ died for our sins, ac1 Cor. i. 10. “ Now I beseech cording to the scriptures ; and you, brethren, by the name of that he was buried, and that he our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye rose again the third day, accordall speak the same thing, and ing to the scriptures ; and that that ye be perfectly joined to. he was seen of Cephas, and then gether in the same mind, and in of the twelve ; and last of all he the same judgment." These was seen of me also. Therefore words Mr. A. allows must en
whether it were I or they, so we join upon
the Corinthians either preach, and ye believed. unity of sentiment, or unity of Now if Christ be preached that affection. If we regard the he rose from the dead, how say mode of expression, we must some among you that there is no Daturally conclude, that the apos. resurrection of the dead?” tle meant to enjoin unity of senti. the apostle meant to suit his ment, or to teach the Corinthians epistle to the present state of the to speak, to think, and to judge Corinthians, he could not have
religious subjects. addressed them upon And it clearly appears from the seasonable and necessary subject, following parts of the epistle, than that of unity of sentimenta