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--that the Jesuits will be re-estab- Lindle, whose labours, in preaca.

, lished in France; and then willing the gospel and in the circulafollow the suppression of Bible tion of the scriptures, have been Societies, and of that noble erec- above all praise;--all demonstrate tion of perhaps not less than 1500 | the great and general movement, schools on the British system. The to bring back those times wben the approaching dissolution of the mind, conscience, body, soal and Russian Bible Society--the dis- estate, lay prostrate at the feet of mission and persecution of their , a haughty, covetous and cruel Excellencies Prince Galitzin and priesthood. What heart under M. Papof-the banishment of those the influence of Christian priaciexcellent and most extraordinary ples, is not moved at such prosCatholic clergymen, Gosner and pects as these?

ORDINATION AND INSTALLATIONS. 1825. Feb. 2. Ordained at Oxford, mington, Mass. Sermon by Rev. PresiN. H. Rev. ORLANDO G. THACHER, as an dent Humphrey. Evangelist. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Blake, 1825. June 1. Installed, Rer. Noa of Pierpont.

EMMERSOX, as pastor of the Congrega1825. Feb. 9. Installed, Rev. EBB- tional Church in Baldwin, Me. Sermon XEZER H. DORMAX, as pastor of the Con. by Rev. Reuben Emmerson of Reading, gregational Church in Swanton, Vt. Mass. from Numbers xxvii. 16, 17.

1825. April 20. Installed, Rev. Ros. 1825. June 15. Installed. Rev. WILWELL Hawkes, as Colleague with Rev. LIAN MITCHELL, as pastor of the ConMr. Briggs, over the Church in Cum.gregational Church in Newtown, Conn.

POETRY.
FOR THE HOPKINSIAN MAGAZINE. 0! from bis word submissive learn,

It is the sovereignty of God.
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD.
My counsel shull stand, and I will do Thro' persecution, tears, and blood;

This cheers the Christian in his flight all my pleasure.

Has lit a smile in Otaheite, By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down ; yea, we wept, when we remembered it guides the bark on Greenland's seas,

Isaiab.

And on far Garges' silver flood. Zion.

Psalms.

Preserves the herald on her shore,
Fair Zion! thou wast weak, and still, Enlights the Aborigines
Thy barp hung on tbe willow-tree, Wbere Mississippi's waters roar.
Far, far from Hermon's dewy hill,
And far from blooming Calvary.

This rear'd the tree whose leaves can Thy captive bards no longer swept

heal, The lyre, beneath the conqueror's rod; Wbose fruit can bless life's dreary way, But on Euphrates' banks they wept, And this inspired our fathers' zeal And own'd the sovereignty of God. For thy free shores, Columbia!

So must it tbine, if thou wouldst be Those seers rejoic'd, whose vision bright where they are now, beyond the skySurvey'd thy cross, O! Lamb divine!- So must it thine, if thou wogldst sec And saw thy star throw beavenly light Millennial days of prophecy. On the green shores of Palestine :They saw their types and shadows {ade, 0! Sovereign Power, in the display, The gospel-banner waving free.

Throw one bright gem of grace to me, The exit'd Gentiles ransom paid, Pure as the parting smile of day, And joy'd in glorious sovereignty. And lasting as eternity !

Then sin and self will I release, Thou, ton, like them, must lore his will, And make a willing sacrifice, O Son of this more cloudless day ;- Until I reach that port of peace For sovereign pleasure governs still ; Where hope's eternal anchor lies. Tis yours to bow, and to obey :And while you view the wanderer turn, And tread the path the Saviour trod,

Erratum.-In our last Number, p. 429, for PAIDENTES, read PAIDETTES,

THE

HOPKINSIANMAGAZINI.

VOL. I.]

AUGUST, 1825.

[No. 20.

The following Sermon was preached at the funeral of a Foreigner, who died in a fit of intoxication. It was originally communicated to the Ulica Christian Repès. itory, and published in the number of that work, for March, 1823.

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For the end of those things is death." THE things to which the apos- i lignity ; whisperers, backbiters, tle here refers, are the vices to haters of God, despiteful, proud, which the Roman Christians were | boasters, inventors of evil things, addicted, before their conversion. disobedient to parents without unThis appears from the preceding derstanding, covenant breakers, verses, “God be thanked that without natural affection, implacaye were the servants of sin; but ble, unmerciful.' Such are some of ye have obeyed from the heart that the vices, which they practised, in form of doctrine which was deliv- common with other unsanctified ered you. As ye have yielded men; and such are some of the your members servants to unclean things, whose end the apostle points ness, and to iniquity unto iniquity; out in our text. His words contain even so now yield your members this alarming truth, which demands servants to righteousness unto ho- our scrious consideration, on the liness. For when ye were the present occasion: Sinful practices servants of sin, ye were free from terminate in death.it is proposrighteousness. What fruit had ye ed to show, then in those things, whereof ye 1. What sinful practices are. are now ashained? For the end of II. What that death is, in which those things is death." Before they terminate,—and they embraced Christianity, the III. Why they terminate in that Roman converts were Pagan idol- death. aters; and, like other heathens, I. I am to show what sinful pracwere given over to vile affections, tices are. and a reprobate mind, to do those “Sin is the transgression of the things which are not couvenient; law." The law of God requires being filled with all 'unrighteous- the constant exercise of disinter-ness, fornication, wickedness, cov- ested love. That which transgresetousness, maliciousness ; full of ses the law, must, therefore, be envy, murder, debate, deceit, ma- selfishness. Sin consists, essen

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tially, in selfish affections, desires, death eternal. Temporal death is and designs. These compose the the dissolution of the connexion carnal mind, or evil heart, which between the body and soul; eterall men possess by nature. Such mal death is destruction, or enda heart, being not only of an evil, less misery, of both soul and body but active nature, spontaneously in hell. Moral depravity, or tomanifests itself in all those ways, tal sinfulness, is figuratively callin which what passes in the mind ed spiritual death, as it is the opof one man, is made known to posite of disinterested, perfect others. It is natural for the sin- love, which is spiritual life. Of ful, selfish heart, to act itself out, this spiritual death, all mankind by profane and impure words, by are, by nature, subjects, being dishonest and fraudulent dealing, •dead in trespasses and sins, and and by an unrestrained indulgence children of wrath.' This kind of of the animal appetites. A selfish death is not that in which sinful heart is the source of all the vices practices terminate ; for it always and crimes which have a name a-precedes them, and is the fountain mong men. There is no evil, from which they ilow. Sinful prachateful thing, which any one, who tices are the fruits and effects of has such a heart, may not do, the carnal mind, or selfish heart, when all restraints are removed in which spiritual death consists. and strong temptations presented. Do sinful practices then termiHence our Lord said, “From with nate in temporal death? That they in, out of the heart of men, pro- I often do, is not to be denied. All ceed evil thoughts, adulteries, for- | kinds of sinful practices, have a nications, murders, thefts, covet natural direct tendency to impair ousness, wickedness, deceit, las- both the miod and the body, and civiousness, an evil eye, blasphe- to cut short the thread of human my, pride, foolishness.” And the life. Vicious indulgence is the apostle writes, "Now the works parent of innumerable diseases, of the flesh (the sinful, selfish heart) | which prove mortal. Sinful pracare manifest; which are these; tices often lead to suicide, the adultery, fornication, uncleanness, murder of one's self; and to malilasciviousness, idolatry, witch- cious homicide, the murder of acraft, hatred, variance,einulations, nother. Those who addict themwrath, strife, seditions, heresies, selves, habitually, to sinful pracenvyings, murders, drunkenness, tices, do not, generally, live half revellings, and such like." so long as they would, if they,

These are what we mean by lived soberly, righteously avd god sinful practices. They are such ly. But though such practices actions and courses of conduct, as have a natural tendency to hasten flow from sinful affections and pas. temporal death; yet they are not sions ; such as are the natural always followed by it immediately. fruits and expressions of a selfish God bears long with many of the unsanctified heart. These are the ungodly in this world. The wickthings whose end is death.-We ed sometimes live, and becoine old. proceed to show,

Vicious sinners, of an hundred 11. What kind of death that is, years old, though a rare and pitein which such sinful practices ter- ous sight, are sometimes seen. minate.

Temporal death, therefore, is not Strictly speaking, there are but to be considered as the death two kinds of death, the first and intended in oor text. the second, or death temporal, and Eternal death is that in which

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vicious practices, persisted in, uni- stantly holy. He requires all men formly terminate. This is evi- to be holy, as He is holy. "Be dently the dreadful death which ye holy; for I am holy." If men Paul pronounces "the end of those transgress his law and do iniquity, things.” This is plain from the He denounces against them bis connexion in which his words wrath and curse. “ Cursed is evstand. “What fruit had ye then cry one, that continueth not in all in those things, whereof ye are now things written in the book of the ashzmed? for the end of those law, to do them. The wrath of things is death. But now, being God is revealed from heaven, amade free from sin and become gainst all ungodliness and unriglitservants of God, ye have your fruit eousness of men.” This is just. unto holiness; and the end ever- The law is holy, and just, and lasting life. For the wages of sin good; and all the workers of iniis death; but the gift of God, is quity deserve its penalty. - The eternal life, through Jesus Christ wages of sin is death." our Lord.” It is that death which 2. Sinful practices, while conis the opposite of eternal life, and tinued, exclude men from pardon which is the wages, or proper and the grace of the gospel." They punishment of sin, in which all. flow from a heart totally corrupt. sinful practices terminate. This When the heart is purified, sinful is eternal death, the death of the practices cease, and the fruits of soul, or the penalty of the Divine holiness are produced. law, Such is the death, which sin," tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; when it is finished, never fails to neither can a corrupt tree bring bring forth.-It remains to show, forth good fruit.”

IIÍ. Why sinful practices ter- Pardon, through the atonement minate in this awful kind of death of Christ, is promised, in the gos

It is possible for those, who pel, to those only who exercise rehave long indulged in sinful prace pentance toward God, and faith tices, to reform. With God all toward our Lord Jesus Christ. things are possible. There are Repentance includes hatred of sin some rare instances, in which the and godly sorrow for it. Repenthabitually vicious have cast away ance originates in that love to God, their transgressions and forsaken which the divine law requires, and their sins. And when the wicked, which constitutes purity of heart.

, however gross their vices and great Every true penitent, therefore, their guilt, turn from their wicked forsakes his sins, and renounces ways, their souls shall live.-- all his evil practices. Hence God • Though their sins be as scarlet, says by his prophet, “Repent and they shall be as white as snow; turn yourselves from though they be red like crimson, transgressions; so iniquity shall they shall be as wool.' "The not be your ruin.” And the aposbloud of Jesus Christ cleanseth tle writes, If we confess and froin all sin.' But if the sinful forsake our sins, He is faithful practices of the wicked, be pursu- and just to forgive us our sins, and ed and not forsaken, they will in- to cleanse us from all unrightevitably terminate in eternal death. cousness." It is impossible to reThe reasons are obvious. 'or, pent, and at the same time, to

1. Sinful practices deserve elernal persist in any sinful course.
death. God has made mankind “ Faith worketh by love, purify-
rational, free, moral agents; and eth the heart, and overcometh the
therefore capable of being con- world." The fruits and evidences

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of a living faith, therefore, are good / purity, to people them with the works. Faith without works is unholy and abominable. Should dead.--I will show thee my faith impenitent, vicious sinners be reby my works." There cannot be ceived to the society of the just true faith in Christ, without puri- made perfect; instead of communty of heart and life.

ion, harmony and peace, there Those, therefore, who continue would be aversion, discord, and in sinful practices, are impenitent war in heaven. . " For what felsinners and unbelievers. They lowship hath righteousness with have no part in the pardon and unrighteousness-An unjust man

?-grace of the gospel of Christ. The is an abomination to the just; and wrath of God 'abideth on them. he that is upright in the way is “ If ye live after the flesh, ye shall abomination to the wicked.”die. Know ye not that the un- Those who persist in evil pracrighteous shall not inherit the king. tices, must not be permitted to dom of God? Be not deceived: disturb and defile the realms of neither fornicators, nor idolaters, purity and peace: they are fit only nor effeminate, nor abusers of for the company and the place of themselves with mankind, nor the devil and his angels. thieves, nor covetous, 'nor DRUNK

IMPROVEMENT. ARDS, nor revilers, nor extortion- 1. It appears from the descripers, shall inherit the kingdom of tion which has been given of sinful God.” It is morally impossible practices, that every impenitent, that persons of this description unrenewed sinner is liable to fall should inherit eternal life. For, into them. They all naturally

3. They are totally unfit for flow from the corrupt, selfish heart, holy heaven. Their hearts are full which all unregenerate men posof evil. There is not an object in Sinful practices are conheaven, that could afford them tained in the impenitent heart, as the least delight. Without a good streams are contained in their heart; without that disinterested fountains, and plants in their love, which is the essence of re- seeds. It is owing to various repentance and faith in Christ;-it straints in Divine Providence, and is impossible to be happy in heav- not to any goodness in the hearts en. To such as love and pursue of sinners, that some are more vicious practices, heaven would be moral than others, and that they a place of torment. Without ho- do not all run to the same excess liness, no man shall, or can see of riot. The Scribes and Pharithe Lord. The terms of the gos- sees were ignorant of themselves, pel are as low as God could make when they said, “ If we had been them.

in the days of our fathers, we would But, if the unrighteous and im- not have been partakers with them pure could enjoy the happiness of in the blood of the prophets:" for, heaven, it would be inconsistent by their treatment of Christ and for God to admit them to that ho- bis followers, they made it mani. ly, happy place. If He should fest, that they were the genuine treat the wicked and the righteous children of them, who imbrued alike, how would He appear to their hands in the blood of those love righteousness and hate iniqui- holy men, who spake as they were ty? If Christ should receive un- moved by the Holy Ghost. Hasanctified sinners to himself, would zael was blind to the malignity of lle not become the minister of sin? his own heart, when he replied to It would defile the mansions of the prediction of the man of God,

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