Page images
PDF
EPUB

in the lore of God, and one with it : and the clamor which another—and improvements in is always raised against profesrefined manners, abound in the sors of religion attending sich graces of thy Holy Spirit, -may societies will cease, being unthey shine in us more and more, founded. The agreement which to thy glory, and the happiness a large number of Christians of ourselves, families, and man have entered into to meet stakind : and may we be quickened iedly--to unite in prayer for a abundantly to all other holy du- revival of religion, has raised a ties, public and domestic-And great roise, talk and contempt ; thus may we take away ail occa- (among worldly people) but what sion of grief in the hearts of of that; I am not afraid of noise, thy children, on account of nor talk, nor contempt. If my such societies !!! And finally profession means any thing, I do be prepared to spend an eternity not fear them that kill the body. in thy presence-10 mingle with If I think I have the word of the heavenly hosts in their an- God, and conscience on my side, thems of praise. We pray thee I am not at liberty to look 10 let thy blessing rest on the consequences : I may mistake, Zion of God-on the people of but I shall not be absurd. I will the United States and the whole go to Mr. B~'s with all my world. We pray that all wars heart, if the company will give may cease from under heaven, me evidence, they join wiih all and all nations partake of the their hearts in the above prayer!! saving knowledge of the truth, And would be pleased with me, and the world be filled with thy for aiding and promoting their glory. These infinite favours design by this prayer !! But I we ask; not in our own unwor conceive that the company taken thy names—but in the all-preva- collectively would not feel well: lent name of Christ, our only they would be disgusted, and Lord and Saviour-to wliom perhaps their resentment would with the Father and Holy Spirit run higii ! The reason would be, be eternal praises. AMEN. because the objects of the soci

Now, Sir, such a concise prayer ety, and such a prayer would be would be well adapted to any at war with cach other. And society where the objects are they would think, I was either right in the sight of God: and fanatical, or meant to reproach would be proper for a Christian them. And can I go, where a to make ; and very agreeable to Christian prayer cannot lead the sincere, well-meaning persons. way? The question is, would the cir

I am, &c. Yours. cle to which I am invited be pleased and like to have me make N. B. Not a word was such a prayer ? Do the petitions said more, to the above Christian in the prayer correspond, with on the subject.-May not this the objects and views of the so- example assist other Christians ciety? If they do, I can attend to determine the propriety of will the utmost propriety. I their attending at like places of Need fear no consequences : pi. amusement ? Olis people will all be pleased

ever

Admonition from the death-hed. forted, either under the troubles

The danger of backsliding, en- of life or in the hour of death. forced by a particular instance. It is a mark, commonly im

posed on backsliders by a holy

A

posed, that any one who and die without special divine is a subject of sanctifying grace support. Who can deny the can finally fail of salvation ; yet, justice of such an appointment? it is believed, that many back-Who can think that those who sliders, are so followed in this have once slighted the consolaworld, with marks of the divine tions of the cross, should be able, displeasure, that the apparent without extraordinary assistance, close of their lives is unhappy to recover the shining of God's it cannot be expected that those, countenance ? If Cain, who was who live in visible disobedience, a sinner, merited a mark to be in the day of trouble and at the set on him, how much more do apparent approach of death, Christian backsliders under the should be favored with high clear light of the gospel ? This manifestations of the divine shews the reason why so many presence. If the great head of professing Christians die in dark. the church, without whose sen- ness. A more solemn warning sible presence no man can die cannot be given to disobedient comfortably, should at the hour professors. of death, or when men are un The following account of a der the troubles of the world, man, who recently came under make no distinction between my observation, confirms this faithful and unfaithfulChristians, opinion. it would so far prove the liber This man, falling into povertine sentiment, " what profit is ty, removed from a distant part there, ihat I serve him ?" Clear of the country within the limits manifestations in death, of the of my charge. After one year, supporting and comforting pre- through pressure of spirit, he sence of God, are most com- sunk into a state of lingering monly the lot of those, who disease, which terminated in his have been faithful in the duties death. For some months he of religion. At the same time, was a very unhappy man, pained it must be allowed, that some, with disease, but more pained who were apparently sincere, with the accusations of his own have been left in darkness; and, conscience, which, sometimes, that others, who were recently rose so high, that the spectaconverted to obey the truth, have stors of his agony were ready to died in such triumphs as aston- declare him an outcast from the ished every speciaior. This is favor of God. a fit evidence of the sovereignty Yet, through several of the of divine grace. Still, it is last months of his life, I belier. questionell, whether instances ed him to be a Christian indeed, can be produced of those, who stricken and smitten of the have felt the reality of religion Lord, as a punishment for bis and then backsliden into a world- backsliding life. His account ly lisc, have been greatly com- of himself was, that from the

age of fifteen to twenty five, he | ly describe the consolations of lived in the family of pious pa- religion, but could not regain rents, was attentive to all the them. duties of religion, and had more He conversed, in distinguishhappiness in serious meditations ing language, on the sin of than the whole world could have man, the natural state of the given him. At this time, he human heart, the nature of went into the employment of a Christian repentance, and faith, man in large business, and was and the duties of a Christian called into company of every life ; but, was himself comfortdescription. At first his state less, because he had not the senwas disagreeable, but soon it be- sible exercise of these graces. I came habitual, and he lost his repeated to him sundry consol. relish for divine things. He ing promises; when, he ansoon began to omit the duty of swered, I knew all these. I prayer, and before his career of begged him to join me in prayfolly ended, was occasionally pro- er, but he said at the conclusion fane in his language. Sometimes of the service, “ Although I he was on ship-board, at others, attempt to draw nigh to God, in the jockey yard, but generally, he will not deign to draw nigh to riding for his employer, when me, nor do I wonder, that he in taverns or other places of will not ; If I were in his place, resort he mingled with the most I should withhold the light of vain company. The serious my countenance from such an Christian reader will not wonder ungrateful creature. The sin that a savor for divine things of ingratitude to God bore hiin was banished from his mind. down, above all others. He At length, an adventurous could neither despair, nor confichance at sea closed all his dently hope in divine grace. worldly expectations, and he re His case was evidently that of tired with a virtuous wife and a backslider, who against light young family to the cottage of and means had been betrayed want. In this situation, falling into a life unworthy of a Chrisinto disease, probably through tian professor. He died withthe influence of disappointment, out any material change in the I first saw him. I was prepar-condition of his mind. P. ed, on my first visit, to reprove an abandoned sinner ; but, before I left bis lean habitation, all my commiseration was excited LET every one who lopes he over an unhappy backslider. is a Christian receive warning He told his story, and assured from this man's case. He was me that he had crucificd Jesus to be pitied; but it was fit he Christ afresh. He asserted, should be afllicted in the prethat if he could wipe away the sence of men before whom he stain, which he had brought on had dishonoured God by an unChristianity, he could patiently christian life. Especially, it is endure poverty, and even to hear the duty of Christian parents his babes cry for bread. He to forewarn their serious chilremembered and could accurate | dren of the snares they must

REMARKS.

of

NECTICUT MAGAZINE.

SIR,

meet. Many young Christians , laid aside, and especially by are beguiled, ere they suspect every friend to religion. It is the danger. Being inexperien- presumed that no benevolent ced, the allurements of the world person would either withhold draw them away from God. It his liberality, or give grudging. is not unfrequent, that business, ly, should he be fully convinced which they cannot properly de- that the following good effects cline, becomes the means of had been produced in consetheir backsliding. When a young quence of missions, viz. The Christian engages in scenes of restoration of religious order worldly business, he should be as with a goodly number in many careful not to forsake God, as he places, the promotion of a seis to be faithful to men. If this rious attention to the observarule were observed, multitudes tion of the Lord's day, and pubwould be saved rom the pains lic worship,--the conversion of of a doubtful death.

numbers from the error of thcir Ed. ways, to the wisdom of the

just the quickening, union, edification and consolation

Christians-the restraining of TO THE EDITOR or The con- the licentious and cheching the

progress of infidel principles. I appeal to all the pious and ju

dicious people in the new settleS the time for the annual ments, and to such as have acted

convibution for the Mis as missionaries, whether the sionary Society of Connecticut above mentioned salutary effects is drawing near, I wish to sug. have not been produced, to a gest some thoughts on the sub- greater or less degree, in those ject of missions, for the benefit places, which have been made of such as perhaps, for the want from time to time, the fields of of right information, have had missionary labors. 'objections existing in their minds Setting aside all worldly mnoagainst the missionary cause. tives, is there not sufficient to Having lately serred as a mis- encourage the missionary cause sionary for several months in from this consideration, that the the new settlements, under an kingdom of the Redeemer and appointment from the Trustees the spiritual welfare of precious of said Society, I am fully con- souls are thereby promoted ? vinced, that incalculable good And what objects can be viewed has been done among the people of equal importance with these? of those settlements by the res. And could any feeling minds hear pective Missionary Societies.- the friends of Christ lamenting Could the salutary effects which their destitute condition,in regard have already been produced, to their spiritual privileges, and thro' the instrumentality of mis- the melancholy condition of their sionaries, be fully known by peo- children ; could they hear them ple in general, I am persuaded expressing the warmest senti. that all objections to the mission-ments of gratitude to their ary interest would at once be brethren, for their generous con

A

tributions ; and to the Mission- another. The above Question, ary Societies, for their faithful- it is hoped, however, will strike ness in sending them preachers; all with such force as to leave or could they see their tears of indelible thoughts of an ETERNIgrief flow on parting with their ty and JUDGMENT to come. missionaries ;-and not feel some Know you not, vain man, that thing of that sympathy, which your life is short and uncertain? the Saviour exercised, when he You know not what will be the was moved with compassion, when event of another moment ; this he saw the multitude, because they moment you are alive, the next fainted, and were scattered as you may be in ETERNITY. shech having no shepherd.

I beseech you to reflect, for I trust these considerations what purpose you was created ? will have sufficient weight with Was it to go the rounds of dissi. all the benevolent people in this pation, and after death cease to state, to continue their generous be? or was it to heap up the contributions to the Missionary riches and honors which this Society, and that their pecuniary world affords ? No thinking perliberality will be accompanied son can say this is the case. with their fervent prayers to the Had not the Divine Architect great Lord of the harvest, that some greater design in creating he would send forth faithful la- man ? did not he intend our exbourers into the destitute parts istence here as preparatory for of his harvesi.

a better world ? Then unwise in

the extreme is that person who Connecticut, 2.

puts off for a moment a preparation for a future state. I may say as did a great and good man, Time is nothing, place is noth

ing, circumstances nothing, but TO THE EDITOR OF THE CON ETERNITY is all to man.

NECTICUT MAGAZINE.

J.

Marchisti, 16:08.}

I

SIR,
IF the following Question,

Advice to Youths. together with a few comments, meet your approbation you are HOPE, precious youths, you at liberty to insert them in your Magazine.

advice needless. If I had tho't S. Z.

so, I should have spared you the

trouble of reading what follows. UESTION. Of what im- It is probable that you and I

portance is every pleasure never saw each others faces, but in this world, when put in com- we shall see them shortly. You petition with ETERNITY ? and I must meet at the final day.

Mankind are so eager after it will be an infinite happiness the transitory pleasures which to you, as it will be to all this world affords, that they sel the saints, to stand, at that dom think of the happiness or day, on the right hand of the misery which awaits them in glorious Redeemer. None ex

Vol. I. NO. 4.

« PreviousContinue »