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system have produced in those, mitted: but where, among the opwho have believed or embraced it, posers of this system, shall we find furnish the best and most convinc- men so eminently humble, holy, ing evidence of its good practical devout, prayerful and godly, as tendency,
Brainard and Edwards and BellaFacts show, that the tendency my and Hopkins and Strong and of this system is, to awaken sin-West and Spring, and many other ners from thoughtless stupidity to distinguished Hopkinsians, whose an earnest attention to the con- praise is in the churches, and cerns of their souls. It is rarely whose spirits are with the Lord? that any are found, who appear to
Were not the congregations, to have a consistent and full belief which these holy men preached, in the doctrines of this system, among the largest and most atwho do not manifest an anxious tentive in the land? And were not concern for their eternal welfare, the churches, over which they and who do not attend on the ap- presided, among the most pure and pointed means of salvation. Where spiritual in the Christian world? do we see sinners most generally And have not these churches desearching the scriptures, keeping clined in strict discipline, practithe sabbath, frequenting the house cal piety and experimental religof worship, and refraining from ion, just in proportion to their vicious courses? Is it not where departure from the doctrines, the doctrines of this system are which those servants of God, just the most plainly and faithfully ex- named, embraced and inculcated? hibited? Is it not under such an Is it not a fact, that those, who exhibition of these doctrines, that have apostatized from the profesthose great awakenings and pow. sed belief in the Hopkinsian syserful revivals have taken place, in tem, have generally, at the saine the last and present century; in time, become remiss in their rewhich thousands of careless and ligious performances and lax in profane sinners have been pricked their morals; thus making it manin the heart, turned from the er- ifest, that, as they went out rour of their ways, and been made from us; so they were not of us'! to experience a conversion, from Where, at the present time, are which they have never fallen the most pious, conscientious, staaway?
ble, upright and truly liberal and The tendency of the Hopkinsian' beneficent Christians to be found? system, to purify the hearts of Is it not ainong those, who fully Christians, and excite them to believe and cordially embrace the
every good word and work,' is doctrines of the Hopkinsian sysapparent from the lives of those,
tem? - Do men gather grapes of who bave appeared most cordially thorns, or figs of thistles? A good to embrace and inost earnestly to tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; contend for the doctrines which it neither can a corrupt tree bring teaches. That there have been forth good fruit: Wherefore by moral men, among those who do their fruits ye shall know them. not receive the peculiar dectrines
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they dare not plainly name, thro'
fear of being brought to civil jusQUESTION
tice ? An answer would much In what light should those per- oblige
A SUBSCRIBER. sons be viewed, and how should they be treated, who, to cover
ANSWER. their own injurious treatment of a Persons, of the above descripfellow-creature, attempt the ruin tion, can, certainly, be viewed in of his character and usefulness, by no other light, than that of base certain strange gestures, such as slanderers and cruel persecuters, winking, nodding, half-spoken sen and ought to be treated as such. tences and awful grimaces; inti- We should pity their folly, hate mating, that they know something their malignity, shun their socie. concerning bin, which is too ty, and pray for their conversion dreadful to be named; and which I and salvation. EDITOR,
TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE. whom he pleases for vessels of As the preaching of the gospel mercy, and leaves whom he will is the principal means which God for the glory of justice) be impreshas appointed for bringing lost sin- sed by the dispensers of the gos
ners out of darkness into his mar- pel, on the minds of their hearers. s vellous light, it is of importance These sacred truths are very
that the fundamental doctrines of much opposed by the carnal man'. grace be held up.
The natural man receiveth not the Every person of understanding things of the Spirit of God, for must be convinced, that if ever he they are foolishness unto him; is saved, it must be in the way neither can he know them, bewhich Infinite Wisdom has devised. cause they are spiritually discern
That mankind are lost creatures ed.-But he that preaches the in themselves, entirely depraved, word faithfully, will not keep back and absolutely dependant on God the solemn truths of God's word, for salvation; that God is the high for fear of offending friends. sovereign of the universe, who When Erasmus objected to Lu
disposes of all his works and all ther the impropriety of preaching 1 his creatures, as to him seemeth the doctrines of predestination,
good; are doctrines most clearly &c. as having a tendency to licenheld up in the sacred oracles, tiousness, he replied—I will not
This high prerogative of divine ask whither is the modesty of sovereignty is most clearly to be Erasmus fled, but, which is much seen by the light of natural reason, more important, where, alas! are as well as by revelation. The your fear and reverence of the works of creation as well as of Deity, when you roundly declare, providence, make full display of that this branch of truth, which he this glorious attribute, as might has revealed from heaven, is at be abundantly shown: But espec- best useless and unnecessary to ially is it held up in the holy scrip- be known? What, shall the gloritures. Therefore should the doc- ous Creator be taught by you his trine of human depravity, man's creature, what is fit to be preachabsolute dependence on God for ed, and what is to be suppressed? salvation, and the divine sover- Is the adorable God so very defeceignty (by which God chooses tive in wisdom and prudence, as not to know, till you instruct him, tendency to humble us to the dust, what would be useful and what are the most likely, through the perniciou's?”—It is clearly held up influence of the Holy Spirit, to in the scriptures—that it is not of produce that change in us, which him that willeth, nor of him that only will qualify us for the enjor. runneth, but of God that showeth ment of heaven.-The opposition mercy.
that is made in the world to these We do not read that Christ ever important doctrines, is a strong laughed; but we do read that he evidence of their tendency to proonce rejoiced in spirit, and it was mote that good work on the hearts upon the display of this very attri- of sinners.--Satan, who is erer bute. He said " I thank thee, opposed to the truth, knows that O father, Lord of heaven and the doctrines of grace tend to the earth, that thou has hid these destruction of his kingdom in this things from the wise and prudent, world; he will therefore instiand revealed them unto babes: gate his children most violently even so, Father, for so it seemed to oppose them. good in thy sight.”
Then, if preaching the sublime The holding up of this highly doctrines of grace, the divine sovexalted doctrine has been much ereignty, total depravity of man, opposed by some. They say it election and predestination, have tends to make people despair, But a tendency to soften the hard they must be brought to despair heart, to humble the proud heart, of their own sufficiency.--Regen- and make them susceptible of the eration is a supernatural work; a gracious, sanctifying influences of work of the Divine Spirit; a new the Holy Spirit, they should be i creation ; as the word of God inculcated by the preacher of the abundantly teaches: And there-gospel,
EPAPHRAS. fore, those doctrines which have a
Rec. and Tel
ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATION. 1825. June 16. Ordained, Rev. Sete borough, Vt. Rev. John Foot, as an Blres, as pastor of the Church in Jewett | Evangelist. Sermon by Rev. H. Peters, City (Griswold, Conn.)
of Bennington 1825. June 17. Installed Rev. JAMES 1825. June 30. Ordained, Rer. Tgox. WESTON, over the first Congregational AS JAMESON, as Colleague pastor with Church in Lebanon, Me. Sermon by Rev. Thomas Lancaster, over the first Rev. C. Marsh, from I. Kings, xxii. 16. Church in Scarborough, Me. Sermon by
1825. June 22. Ordained, at Marl. Rev. Dr. Payson, from Col. i. 28.
There is a world above,
Where parting is unknown;
A long eternity of love, Who hath not lost a friend ?
Formed fo: the good alone ; There is no union here of hearts
And faith beholds them dying here, That finds not here an end ;
Translated to that glorious sphere!
Till all are past away:
As morning high and higher shines, Beyond the reign of death
To pure and perfect day: There surely is some blessed clime Nor sink those stars in empty night, Where life is not a breath ;
But hide themselves in Heaven's own Nor lilo's affections transient fire,
light. Whose sparks fly upwards and expire !
Good hope through Grace. THERE are but few, under the lived without God, they have not light of the gospel, who do not lived without a hope in the entertain a hope, of some kind, world. that they shall escape the wrath to Now, it is very important, that come, and obtain eternal life. all should know, whether their Many profess that they have such hope of eternal life is well founda hope. Such is the profession of all ed. For while a good “hope those, who have publickly named maketh not ashamed; what is the the name of Christ and united with hope of the hypocrite-when God his visible church. Such is the taketh away his soul?” profession of numbers, who have Though there are various pronot owned Christ before men and perties of a good hope, by which it come to his ordinances; who yet may be known and distinguished do not hesitate to say, that they from all counterfeits; yet, there is consider themselves as saints, and one property of such a hope, which expect to obtain forgiveness of is worthy of special notice, and sins, and an inheritance among which serves, more than any oththem that are sanctified.
er, to distinguish it from every But, many, who do not openly groundless expectation of future profess to have a hope of salvation, happiness. This is the property make it evident, that they secret of a good hope, mentioned by the ly entertain such a hope. They apostle in our text: It is of Grace. dwell at ease in Zion; they live - Good hope through Grace.” without manifesting any concern I shall endeavour, in the ensufor their souls, or the least fear of
ing discourse, to show in what redeath and judgment to come. But spects a good hope of salvation, is how could they live thus, if they through Grace. had not some kind of hope, that First. The only foundation, upthey shall escape the perdition of on which mankind can build a good ungodly men, and obtain salvation hope of eternal salvation, was laid through our Lord Jesus Christ? by Divine Sovereign Grace. “OthMost of those, who dwell in er foundation can no man lay, than Christian land, when laid upon the that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." bed of death, speak a language, It is only through Christ that any which implies, that if they have of mankind can be saved from
* Even so,
wrath. There is no other name was of sovereign grace. “Verily ander heaven, given amongst men, Christ took not on him the nature by which any can be saved. The of angels, but the seed of Abrawages of sin is eternal death. This ham. But, why rebels equally death all mankind deserve; since guilty, should be thus distinguishall have sinned and come short of ed; why atonement should be made the glory of God. This death is for fallen men, while fallen angels the penalty or curse of the Divine were passed by, we must resolve Law, which God was bound, in into the sovereignty of Divine justice to himself and his moral | Grace.
Father, for kingdom, to inflict upon all man- so it seemed good in thy sight.” kind, had not something been 6 We see Jesus, who was made a done, as fully to manifest his ha- little lower than the angels, for the tred of sin and wrath against sin- suffering of death, crowned with ners, as their condign punishment. glory and honour; that he BY THE This was done, by the sufferings GRACE of God, should taste death and death of Christ, in our nature. for every man." By the vicarious sufferings of such Secondly. It is through Divide, a Personage, who was no less than sovereign Grace, that some of man“God manifest in the flesh,” kind are appointed, not to wrath, God's love of righteousness and but to obtain
salvation through our hatred of iniquity were as clearly Lord Jesus Christ. As the atoneand fully displayed, as they could ment of Christ only exhibited, but have been by the endless punish did not remove or diminish the ment of all mankind. In this guilt of mankind; so it did not sense, Christ condemned sin in the oblige God, in point of justice, to flesh, and bare our sins in his own save any of them. Though the body on the tree. In this sense, atonement of Christ could not be Christ tasted death for every man, sufficient for one, without being and is the propitiation for the sins sufficient for all men; yet God of the whole world. Agreeably was at perfect liberty to select to which, the apostle says, that such individuals to be heirs of sal“God hath set forth (Christ) to be vation, as it would be most for his a propitiation through faith in his own glory and the good of the uniblood, to declare his righteousness verse to save. He had a right to for the remission of sins-that He, exercise his sovereign will, ac(God) might be just, and the jus- cording to the dictates of his own tifier of him that believeth in Je- | infinite wisdom and goodness, in
choosing some to salvation, through Thus the only foundation of sanctification of the Spirit and behope for guilty men, was laid by lief of the truth. Election, which the gift of Christ, to make atone is the source of all good hope of ment for sin. But this unspeak- eternal life, is through the soverable gift was altogether of free, eign grace of God." Who hath sovereign grace. It was of free saved us, and called us with an grace. God was under no obliga- holy calling, not according to our tion to lost men, to make the most works, but according to hrs own costly sacrifice in his power for PURPOSE AND GRACE, which was their redemption. As they were given us in Christ Jesus before the without claim; it would have been world began.” “ Blessed be the i perfectly just, if He had left them God and Father of our Lord Jesus without remedy. The gift of Christ Christ, who hath blessed us with as the ground of hope to lost men, all spiritual blessings in heavenly