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èm turn to the well known pas-, listen to errorists; it is evidently ge we have alluded to, in the wrong for the same reason to listen vangelists, and compare it with to suspected ones. This is but a a milar passages which frequently dictate of common sense, and com. ccur in the Epistles.
mon prudence. He that would As to the third query, whether avoid approaching a known preci- is right to go “ for the express pice in the dark, would certainly, -urpose of exposing error, on the same principle, avoid rush" hould not hesitate to apply the a- ing forward where he only suspect. bove injunction, with one single ex: ed there was one. eption, in favour of those spiritual It is scarcely necessary to add, watchmen who are specially set for that the man whose principles are the defence of the truth.
not established, can claim no exnot quite sure, that even this ex- ception against the above remarks. ception is fully warranted; for it His immediate duty is to embrace should be recollected that the dis- the truth, and to abide by it. Such ciples themselves appear to have a one, may deem the above remarks been included in the terms of the to be wanting in liberality; but the prohibition; yet, when instead of Bible is before him. Its truths going after or following errorists, are plainly revealed. He is coma special advocate for the truth manded to embrace them; and goes out directly against them; and told expressly to avoid false teachacts on the occasion, consistently ers, and this is all we are telling with his ministerial character, we him. The Bible, surely, is not to know not, but he may be in the be taxed with illiberality; and yet, way of his duty. This case is cer- it goes
still further than this-it detainly very different from that of nounces the curses of Heaven on listening to error in one place, for those who preach any other gospel the purpose of exposing it in anoth- that which the Bible reveals. Let er place. The latter is a license, us beware, then, that under the of which, in our opinion, no one mask of pretended liberality, we do can innocently avail himself: for not strive to do away the immense to the inultitude at least, his ex- distinction there is between truth ample will have a pernicious ten- and error ; nor lend our influence dency.
towards lessening the visible disThe last query respecting cases
tinction which exists between the of doubt, is readily settled. If it friends and the enemies of vital is wrong because it is dangerous to godliness.
ARTICLE II. A sermon preached Funeral sermons must, generalSeptember 18, 1825, occasioned by ly, be composed in haste; but still, the death of Mrs. Rebecca Tal- we think the practice of publishing bot, wife of the late Mr. Elkanah them, commendable, for several Talbot, of New York, who depart
A funeral sermon, in ed this life, Sept. 5, 1825, aged 34. print, is the best and most durable
, , Rv Alvan Cobb, A. M. Pastor of monument, which surviving friends
! Church in West Taunton can erect to the memory of a dear Mass.) pp. 23.
Field & Co. departed relative. Though funer
al sermons, on account of the em
Providence (R. I.)
barrassment under which they are fined to the pulpit, or to one people. often written, may be less instruc- While the following extract laro tive than more laboured and doc- nishes a specimen of the style and trinal discourses; yet, the instruc- manner of the discourse, it contains tion, which they do impart, is con- a very interesting memoir of the erveyed in a more feeling and impres-cellent and amiable lady, whose ea sive
A sermon ot' this ly and lamented death occasioned kind, may find access to the minds it: • of those, who will seldom read oth- 6. We see where the affections of
er discourses; and thus, a stupid that Christian are placed, who, sinner may be awakened from his standing on the verge of eternity, spiritual sleep, or a wandering saint is willing to relinquish his title to be reclaimed from the error of his heaven, should the glory of God be ways. For this reason, we think tarnished by his presence. How it would be an improvement, if can the Christian, with a life of sorpreachers would study to inter- row and suffering finished, standweave more doctrinal" instruction ing on the verge of eternity, just with the biographical narrations and entering the glory to be revealed in pathetick exhortations, in their fu- hin, in the midst of his ardeut deneral sermons. This observation sire to depart and be with Christ, is happily exemplified, in the ser- in this joyful moment, relinquish mon before us.
his title to heaven? Has he not laThe well known Text is from boured and suffered through life to Romans vüi. 18. “ For I reckon gain the prize of glory in heaven? that the sufferings of this present And shall he give up his eternal time, are not worthy to be compar- weight of glory at the moment he is ed with the glory which shull be to receive it? 'Where must his af. revealed in us.”
fections be placed? He relinquishes After a pertinent Introduction, his title to glorify God. His glory which is, perhaps a little too long, is his highest aim. His affections and which contains one defective are placed upon God. His glory sentence (p. 4; “and our hearts" | is more precious than his own hap&c. where the word "hearts” seems piness. For this he has laboured. to expect a verb to follow and agree For this he has suffered. And while with it) the preacher proposes the standing on the verge of eternity, following natural and judicious plan between heaven and hell, for the of discourse "to show,
same object, he is still willing to I. What are the present suffer- suffer. The character of God
apings of Christians.
pears to him so glorious, that he II. What is the glory, which would not have it tarnished for all shall be revealed in them. And, the glory anticipated.
And, the glory anticipated. No ! let II. Why their present suffer God be forever glorious, and let not ings are not worthy to be compar- my destination defeat his eternal ed with the glory, which shall be purpose to glorify himself. If this revealed in them."
is secured, I am happy. I cheerThis plan is well executed; and fully give God the highest place in is followed by an Improvement, my affections. With this dispo
' comprising good thoughts and use- sition, his departing spirit ascends ful instructions, in a perspicuous to heaven. and sufficiently elevated style.- This subject applies to the life This first of the writer's discourses and death of the late Mrs. Rebecca which has seen the light, we think, Talbot. Though her life was short, gives promise, that the utility of cut off in the midst of her days, his pastoral labours will not be con- scarcely arrived to half the age of
man; yet her cup of sorrow and suf- ' ly indulging the hope of arrival. fering, was full. Naturally of a ''hough often sick on the road and delicate constitution, she was pre- unable to travel; yet God revived pared for much suffering, before her strength, and by the assistance nature could yield to the last enemy. of a kind and affectionate friend, For several years past, she has been she returned to her family in Brookthe subject of repeated sickness.-lyn. She had a large share of the Unnumbered pains and sorrows she sufferings incident to human life. has endured.' Often has she been Did she also suffer as a Christian? brought to the entrance of death. We suppose she did. She united Often have her friends encircled her to this church, April 19th, 1818.bed to witness her struggles with She witnessed a good confession, the last enemy. But her sufferings satisfactory to all the friends of were not finished, her appointed | Zion in this place. Her religious time had not arrived. She had more experience was clear and rational. sorrows to experience. God had | Since that tiine, she has lived as a more pains to inflict. For eighteen Christian, uniformly engaged in the months past, the fears of her friends cause of Christ. Her views of have been excited, by frequent and God, of Christ, of heaven, of hell, extreme debility and distress; and of the law and government of God, as often have their hopes been flat- and of the doctrines and duties of tered by favourable symptoms.- the gospel, were discriminating, When every apparent disease was consistent, and extensive. She removed, extreme debility seized partook of the sufferings peculiar her system. She gradually sunk to Christians.
She had an early to the grave. For å week previous and good education, a discriminato her decease, she endured suffer- ting mind, and uncommon talents. ings beyond description. But the Being extensively acquainted with sufferings of this present time are the world, she was accomplished and now finished. She has had her pleasing. She was well acquaintlast struggle with the king of ter- ed with books and the science of
Besides her sickness and human nature. Thus prepared, she distress, she has repeatedly experi- shone as a Christian and suffered enced bereavements. A father, a with Christ. The various suffermother, five brothers, a sister, a ings peculiar to Christians, she enchild, and a husband were carried dured with humility and perseveroff the stage of human life and hur
When bereaved of her husried to the grave, in rapid success-band, she expressed entire resignaion. The last bereavement was tion to the will of God. In her the most trying. The husband of last illness, she uniformly appeared her youth, her protector and her ready and willing to enter the dearest earthly friend, was removed world of spirits. She often defrom her bosom. She, in feeble sired the moment to arrive, when health, accompanied him from the she could fall asleep in death, and
, city of New York to Cheraw, s. enter as she expected into the joys
Carolina, a distance of nine hun- of her Lord. Her views were dred miles, for the purpose of in- clear and rational, her hopes were proving his declining health. There firm and bright, her faith was conshe witnessed his happy decease, stant and unwavering, and her cup
, and attended his remains to the of joy and peace was full. On silent tomb. Left among stran- | Saturday previous to her death, gers, none to protect her, reduced
she observed to me, 6 I have been by care, anxiety, fatigue, and dis- viewing the glory of the divine chaease, she set out for home, scarce- racter, the employment and enjor
inent of the heavenly world, and my views of God, of Christ, and of examining myself in regard to my heaven been obscured. Now I see submission. Am I willing to re- clearly—the darkness is removed, linquish my title to heaven, should the veil is taken away. O the the glory of God require it? has glory of heaven. Yet I see through been the trying question. The å glass darkly. Soon, very soon, I ! character of God appears so holy shall see the Redeemer face to face. and glorious, I can cheerfully say, In a few moments, I shall awake I am willing to be excluded from in his likeness. Then I shall be heaven, rather than the glory of satisfied.” I asked her why she God should be tarnished. I can loved God. She said, 66 not belove him and delight in his glorious cause he is about to save me and character, place me where he may take me to himself. Were this I trust I am not deceived: To- the reason of my love, I should morrow our church will commune equally love, for the same favour, with Christ at his table on earth. the most odious being. I love him At the same time, I expect to for his glorious character.
What commune with him in heaven. I a glorious company the redeemed hope you will enjoy his presence. shall be! I know I shall be satisfied Monday morning I was called be- when I awake in the likeness of
1 fore light to pray once more with Christ. Of all the views of the her, and witness her decease. Af- glory of God, I never had any ter prayer she was raised up and thing like this. Preach, dear Sir
, soon exclaimed, “what music in to sinners. Tell them to repent, heaven-what glorious praise to and embrace a precious Saviour. God—the song of the Lamb, and Warn them to flee from the wrath are there none to begin it on earth? to come. Tell them of the glories O the glory of God—what a glo- of heaven, of redeeming love, of rious being! When shall the time the glorious character of God.come—when shall I be taken to the How amiable, how lovely-what bosom of my Redeemer? How long beauty dwells in God. O for a ere I shall cease to breathe? In å place to cast my crown of rejoicing few moments I shall awake in the at my Redeemer's feet—the meanlikeness of God. Then I shall est place." She then reclined uppraise him perfectly, How glori- on her pillow and said, “let me ous is God!' How glorious is Christ! | not come back to earth,” and soon How glorious is heaven! O re- closed her eyes, and fell asleep in deeming love! Long have I carried death." about a body of death. Long have
ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF
Jews with a plausible cavil against
the Divine mission of Jesus. The
answer. Such an answer will be
attempted, in the following brief However easy the solution of observations. this question may be, to adepts 1. It must be admitted, that our in Biblical literature; it presents | Saviour was in the sepulchre
, or a serious difficulty to unlearned heart of the earth, no more than a readers, and has furnished the i part of three days,and two nights."
He was crucified on prepa
its circumcision. A child born o ration” or day before the Jewish on the evening of Friday, might
Sabbath; and his body was prob- have been circumcised early on ably laid in the sepulchre before the morning of the following Frisun-set. He was, then, in the day: In I. Kings, sv. 2, it is heart of the earth a small part of said, that Abijam reigned three the sixth day. He was confessed-years. But, it is evident, from ly there, during the whole of the other passages, that he reigned seventh day. His resurrection took only a small part of the third year. place some time on the inorning of Many such instances might be the first day, or Christian Sab- mentioned. The inspired Hebath. This period, during which brew writers justify Jesus in speak
ne lay in the sepulchre, our Lord, ing of the day of his death, as a 2.1
in the passage before us, calls three whole nuchthemeron (as the Greeks
days and th ee nights. It was term it) a whole natural day; and T: proper for him to call it so: For, of the day of his resurrection in
2. This was agreeable to the the same manner; and, hence they common mode of speaking among justify him in the mode of utterthe Jews. • It was a received ing his prediction, that he should maxim among them, writes their be in the tomb three days and three learned Bishop Kidder, that any nights. part of a precise time, is to be 3. It appears that the Jews, at reckoned for the whole. Among the time, understood our Lord to them, one day of the month pass- mean no more by his prediction, ed for the whole month; and one than that he would rise some time month of the year, for the whole on the third day,reckoning the day year.' This, he observes, is ad- of his crucifixion as the first. - – mitted by the Jews themselves. Hence they requested Pilate to It was, therefore, agreeable to the make the sepulchre secure, until usual and so, the proper mode of the third day. Jesus had said, speaking, for Christ to say, that that, afler three days, he would he should be in the heart of the rise again. This, according to earth, three natural days (which the Hebrew manner of speaking, includes the nights) or a period of and the understanding of the Jews, three days and nights. And that, meaut only, that he should rise on he actually was.
the third day. And so, when he This mode of expression occurs foretold, that he should be three frequently in the Old Testament. days and three nights in the heart
. The Hebrew child was to be cir- of the earth, the meaning simply cumcised, at the age of eight days. was, that he should remain there, But, this period included both the some part of three successive days. day of its birth, and the day of
CHURCHES. or the individual citizens of each There are some weak Churches town. Such funds cannot be comin towns where there are funds for manded by the Churches. Out of the support of the ministry. These 200, or 300, or 400 voters in the funds are under civil control.- town, the Church will not contain They are subject to the la s of the a dozen. In this state of things is state; and under the state they much dependance to be placed on are at the disposal of every town. | such funds? And shall the Church