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was rich grace to forgive the fins ready to fay, if this be the change of any on account of the atone I know that the whole glory s ment which was niade.
due to God alone. All these reflections came up to In every stage of my coaviEtion view in contemplating that memo. I have endeavoured to build up : rable passage “ the old man is cru. self-righteous scheme. But as ta: cified with Jesus, that the body of as I built, a gracious God destroy sin might be destroyed that hence-ed this house which was built upce forth we should not serve fin.” a sandy foundation, and must har After the above reflections from fallen sooner or later. The youth a view of Christ's divinity and the felt that he never did any thing in glory of his atonement without his unregenerate state, but what any personal interest, being reali- had a tendency to lead him from zed in it ; the youth took a view God that his most solemn prayers of his own moral late, and thus were all hypocrisy—that he was reasoned.
opposed to the very nature of a “ I remember, but a few weeks new heart, when his deceitful heart ago I aimed at nothing more but thought he most earnestly delure my own personal happiness as my such a gift of God- that if God last end--I hated the divine law did not undertake the whole of I hated the divine sovereignty his falvation from the beginning to with all my heart-I thought I the end, there was no foundatica desired a heart to glorify God; for a hope of final happiness. Sen but conscience bore testimony that fible that although the whole cafe my ultimate object was my own of regeneration, repentance ento deliverance from hell and to secure life and faith in the Lord Jesus my own future personal or felfish Christ and perseverance unto che happiness; but now I love the end of life, be all of God; Fet divine law though it condemns the whole of the effects produced me ; I long to be delivered from by divine grace, confilt in the all lin; because it is a hateful thing voluntary exercises of the creature to oppose an infinitely holy and himself. Therefore he felt that good God- I love the divine sove. none would be saved without the reignty, if it should leave me to fovereign efficacious grace of God, endless deserved woe-I love the and that none would be loft tu: grace of the gospel, though I by their own wilful opposition to should never be the subject of God's those glorious objects, which all pardoning grace--I defire to be fa- are under infinite obligations to ved in no other way than through regard.
the Lord Jesus Christ, if it were After this young nian had ob• possible.” The question came to tained a hope that he had set with the view, of the mind, is not this a faving change of heart, and his to be born again? Is not this the conscience bore testimony that he saving change of which the fpe- renounced his own righteoufte's cial grace of God is the efficient as the ground of his acceptance caule ? With a trembling soul, with God and that he fou hus the youth ventured to hope that hope of salvation for tina 30: God and created hiin anew in wrath on the atonement of Crit Chritt Ictus, that the body of ain and the efficacious grac: ui Goti might bu dutroyed that he should he felt it an unfpeakable 11.1ric 1. ut henceforth serve linn. He was as well as an indispeptible duty
make a public profesfion of reli. | are much pitied by their wiser neighgion, and to follow Christ in the bours. The observations are such use of his appointed means, and as follow After hearing an acthe participation of the ordinances count of a revival of religion, one, of his house : accordingly, he who I think is a church member, joined a Presbyterian Church in asked what was meant by convicthe vicinity where he was born ; tion and conversion, so often reand he still continues to profess to peated.
peated. I explained it, after a be attached to salvation by the manner which you call orthodox. glorious Redeemer, and derives Upon which he declared, with a all his hopes of final victory over loud laugh, that “he had never fin from the unchanging promise heard of such a thing before !" of that God, who, in unsearcha- | I read the address of the Berkshire ble sovereignty, first began the clergy, on the subject of catechigood work of grace in his heart. sing children, in No. 8, to a cir(To be continued.)
cle of polite ladies, several of
whom are professors; which I To The Editors OF THE Con. found to be exceedingly disgusting
EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, to the whole company. One faidit GENTLEMEN,
was the most horrid thing she ever THE following is a reality ; that the odious and ever to be dread
heard in her life ; another observed, if you think it will do good, you ed word hell should never be named are welcome to publish it.
to children ; and that the thought FIND by the complexion of of endless punishment was too
your Magazine, that Connect much for any one to reflect upon. icut religion, though professedly | Another, who had a number of Christian, is totally different from small children, said, that her dethat of the generality of Christians termination was, to bring them in this part of the country. Light up in the constant love, not fear and darkness are not more oppo- of God; that they might always lite, than you are from each other, look to him as a friend and parent ; in what you each call effential and finally die without dismal forepoints. Of course, if yours be bodings. It was the opinion of the only religion which leads the all, that children would naturally soul to heaven, ours certainly will pursue the direct road to heaven, not fave us from hell. If yours unless joftled out of it by external be the true religion, ours, it apo force. The letter addressed to pears to me, is worse than infidel- two young ladies, respecting their ity itself; iqasmuch as the one attendance on a ball, page 347, lulls to perfect security, while the I sent to a young friend who joina other seldom leaves the mind at ed the church on Sunday, and rest.
went to a ball on Monday; who The above remarks I will en very soon returned the book, with deavor to verify by a few incidents her answer, that she “ pitied the taken from real life. As a curi- fool who wrote it.” A clergyolity to the hearers, I occasionally man lately preached on the subject read pieces from your numbers, in of the new birth ; and after lamixed companies ; otherwise the boring awhile to prove that it work would not be known, except meant nothing out of the common to a few deluded subscribers, who I course, summed up he whole in Vol. I. No. 10.
these words, “ All I know about to such as “ believe unto falvation," regeneration is, for one to draw the former, who is not supposed up strong resolutions to keep the to feel perfectly secure and easy, commandments of God.” And or the latter, who is grounded in I am certain it is not uncharitable the principle, that regeneration to suppose there are many others, means no more, than “ trong rel who preach much against infidelity, olutions to keep the commands of and pray earnestly for the spread God.”
BEREAN. of the gospel, who dread nothing more, than they do the influence. Messrs. EDITORS, of what you call the divine Spirit. THE perufal of Mr. HalThe spread of this contagion would lock's narrative of a work of God's undoubtedly draw forth all their grace, in Welt-Simsbury, in your skill and practice, in opposition. last number, was very edifying. Thus you see, that what you call His account of a person under lo a“ revival of religion," bears no rious impressions, who in hi: sleep better name here (and I think I saw his dead daughter come to him may safely say, among a great ma and warn him not be damned, exjority of ministers and people) than cited the following reflections on “ a delusion of the devil." I dreams, which, if you thiok wor. have myself heard it expressly so thy of a place, you will please to called from the pulpit. No great, insert in your useful Magazine. "however, is said particularly of the I am, &c. Magazine ; for the work is but lit
PEREGRINUS. tle known among the bulk of the people where the writer of this HAT the subject may be lives. But from these few hints, treated with necessary cau. he thinks you must form a tolera. tion, it is to be observed, that the bly correct idea of the sentiments kind of dreams now under confidof many, to say the least, who eration is supposed to be eotirely pride thenuselves in being called different from that by which, anChristians ; and who say to unbe- ciently, God revealed his will to lievers, especially to those of other the patriarchs and prophets. It is countries, “ stand off, we are ho- not supposed to have any thing in lier than you." It is needless for it of the nature of a divine revelame to repeat, for I think you must tion--or in any degree, to pre have understood, that I allow of scribe a rule of life. Nay, is there many exceptions here. There last days, God has completed the are doubtless many, who, wheth- revelation he designed for mankiad, er right or wrong, agree with you by the ministry of his son and the as to religious sentiments. It is instrumentality of his Apostles; my earnest wish, Gentlemen, that and the sure word of prophecy some of your able writers would contains all the articles of our come forward, and show the differ faith, and the perfect and only rule ence, there is between an open in ; of life. fidel, and one who believes in Chris. Dreams are judged to be the tianity, but not "to the saving of operations of the fancy or imagithe soul ;” and which of them, nation, when the subject of thein according to the usual operations of is in a slumbering itate ; in the providence, is in the most likely interval between proper ficep, when way to obtain the reward promised the mind is in a state of eauire rent
and wholly inactive, and the wake-I in his purpose ; but no sooner had ful moment, when reason resumes Muniber closed his
than its seat, and controls this faculty the same person, with a countenance of the mind.
more ftern, and in a tone more meNatural dreams are supposed to nacing admonished him of his arise from various causes--an ob- danger and warned him to defift. structed perspiration--a stomach This again awaked him. Reflecoppressed with food hard to digelt ting upon it still as a dream, and
-anxiety of mind, &c. &c.-growing more obstinate, he deterThough it be difficult to determine mined to execute his design at evethe real cause of them, yet it is ry hazard; but no sooner had seep highly probable, that they arise locked up his senses, than lo ! the some from one, others from a part, fame personage again appeared beor the whole of these causes con fore him arrayed in that majesty jointly ; yet there are others which, and terror which filled him with it is supposed are the effects of an horror and dismay, rebuked, me. external influence, which are im- naced and addressed him, with .pressions made on the imagination that energy and authority, which by an invisible agency. Those compelled him instantly to abandon which are of this kind only, are his design—and saved him from the subjects of present reflection.-- ruin.-- I know a person of cred. Though it be imposhble to demon- ibility who says, that for many strate the absolute truth, or falfity, years past, no new scene hath open. of this opinion, yet divesting our ed, nor event occurred, which maselves of the credulity of ignoterially affected him, whether prosrance and superstition, instances perous or adverse, which had not have been produced which bear been prognosticated to him by some such a semblance of truth, that it dream that preceded it ; and tho' would be rather incredulous than he could not conjecture from the rational to dispute the justice of this dream, what the everit would be, supposition. Of this kind may we except the kind of it, favorable or not consider the instance in Mr. disagreeable, yet when it existed, Hallock's narrative. A fenfible the coincidence between the event gentlemen gave me the following and the dream excited his admiaccount. In a particular situation ration. he was violently tempted to com. If it be enquired, what is the mit a very criminal act. He.con. end of them? It will be replied, sented, and fixed a time for the various, according to their tendenpurpose ; the next day. The fol. cy and the views of the agent.lowing night in his sleep a person Some, accommodated to the corappeared before him in a mein of rupt taste of the heart, by those peculiar gravity and demanded of whose object it is to entice and de. him, what, have you consented stroy, are designed to invigorate to perpetrate the horrid deed ? And and confirm sinful dispositions, by warned him against it with great impresfing the imagination with solemnity. The surprise and con- strong and lively ideas of the fusion produced by this address pleasure of sensual gratifications. awaked him from sleep. Consid. Some may be monitory, to apprize ering it as unworthy of notice, be the subject that some important ing a dream, he again composed event awaits him, and to excite himself to rest, resolving to perfift 'him to prepare for it. Others, for
the purpose of real piety and Chris | has experienced the impreffion, tian comfort, to admonish the fub- alized the effect, and the ETEL, jects of danger, restrain from fin, surprising him at an unexpe&es · and administer instruction, encour-hour, has compelled him to T,' agement and consolation to the out, this is my dream ! He can ma ! children of God in this dreary more dispute the dream, than : world. Sufpending other remarks, can dispute his own recolle Etice let us now consider, to what reli- He feels that the dream portended gious purposes this hypothefis may the event. He is equally consciou be applied.-Admitting the reali that the impression could arise frog ty of dreamsfrom anexternal cause, no natural cause within, and could or invisible agent, we may infer, be produced by no human cauf
1. The infallible certainty of without. It must have been pro another world, and the existence duced by an invisible agent. Hes of immaterial spirits. That such as certain therefore, of the exif
. effects are produced, such impref- tence and agency of invisible fpirfions made, is now supposed, but its, from the effect which he feels
, this most certainly implies a cause as he is of the existence and infowhich produced, an agent who ence of the sun, by the light and made them; and the evidence of heat of its rays ; and he is as cersuch an existence which this ex. tain of these, as he is of his own hibits, is direct and absolutely con- perceptions and senses : andif there clufive. It is impossible to evade be such beings, they must have a it.-Some who choose to be scep place of residence, and there muf tical, to deny, and doubt, of every be an invisible, eternal world.thing, will affirm the supposition, According to the quality of the that impreffons are made on the dream, its tendency and effca, mind by an external, invisible cause, good or evil, must be its author, to be wholly chimerical, though as the fountain cannot send forth the gravity and credibility of the at the same place sweet water and persons who relate them, the nu: bitter : and if dreams are of di. merous instances in which they verse qualities, the authors of them appear, the endless variety of form must consist of opposite characters. they assume, and the consent of By the medium of dreams or imthe event to the impression, would presions, therefore, the subject of irresistibly obtrude a conviction of them has a kind of direct and intheir reality upon their minds, if tuitive evidence of the certain exthey had not abandoned themselves istence of invisible agents, or fpirto an obftinate and incurable in its, of opposite principles and purcredulity. --But to those who ad. fuing opposite ends, inhabiting an mit the reality of such dreams, this invisible world-he penetrates the evidence of another world and in-dark recess--discovers good and visible agents, is demonftrative and evil angels heaven and hell, as incontestible, The existence of the refpe&tive places of their abode another world and immaterial spir ---and his views ultimately termiits can no more be controverted by nate in the incontrovertibly certain them, than the existence of other existence of one only living and countries and other nations with true God, who is over all blessed which they have intercourse. Tothe forever more. subject of them especially, this ev. 2. These impressions demonidence is direct and intuitive. He trate, that there is a conftant in