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posed to think favourably and to duces plain declarations of scripspeak well of those who fall short ture in support of them, it makes of them in their religious senti- , me feel conscious of being at variments, but to think less favoura- ance with the Bible; and it disbly, and to speak less kindly of pleases me to be thus put in the those who go beyond them, even in wrong. When a man performs a smaller degree, than the others greater acts of self-denial, and fall short." " If
your cor- manifests more patience and meekrespondents have furnished a more iness under injuries, and shows satisfactory answer, I would offer more of a Christian temper on all the following:
occasions than I do, I cannot but When a man falls short of me feel a painful and mortifying conin his religious sentiments or prac- sciousness of my inferiority. This tice, it makes me think well of displeases me, and provokes me myself, because I conclude I am to endeavour to lessen the estimabetter than he. But when a man tion in which he is held, by speakgoes beyond me in his religious ing unfavourably of him ; and sentiments or practice, he seems since I cannot rise to his stand, to condemn me. When he em- | ard, to endeavour to bring him braces certain truths that I am down to mine.
EGO. powilling to embrace, and pro
Utica Christ. Repos,
FOR SECRET PRAYER.
ON PROVIDING ACCOMMODATIONS rections about prayer, in the scrip
tures, and he will see that a considThe duty of secret prayer is erable time ought to be approprienforced in the scriptures, and is ated to this object. I repeat the urged by pious and learned di- words of Bennet, taken from the vines; still, it is greatly neglect- American Tract, “ The Religion ed. There is a particular occa of the Closet.” “ The length of sion of this neglect, which must time to be spent in retirement be removed, before the duty will must depend greatly on each othbe correctly performed; the occa- er's circumstances. Servants, who sion is--the want of proper accom-s have not time at command, may modations. The accommodations not be able to enjoy so long an auI deem proper, are-established dience in the closet as their mashours, reserved from all other con- I to
ters. Perhaps the medium most cerns--a place, where there will generally suitable is an hour at be soine seclusion from all per- morning and at evening. Colonel sons, and no danger of sudden Gardiner, even when most hurinterruption-and conveniences, ried, spent two hours in the oraas a fire, for spending a consider-tory; though some may not be able time, if occasion shall re- able to employ more than half an quire, in retire nent.
hour; and what Christian could It must be conceded that the endure less?” This passage is not duty demands time. Let one re- quoted to recommend an hour at mark the devotions of Jesus Christ, morning, and an hour at night; or of some of his most eminent but only to shew that a pious servants; let him review the di- and eloquent writer thought secret
duties required considerable time, If he cannot provide conveniences Dr. Doddridge, if I recollect right, for secret duties, he may hope to assigned half an hour at morning, enjoy divine influence without the and half an hour at night, for se- regular performance of them. It cret devotions. No one, however, is the duty of believers to place would venture to determine any themselves in the best situation fixed time for all characters and they can, consistently with all all seasons. But when the variety their obligations, for leading a reof duties to be performed in secret ligious life. is recollected the consideration Comfortable apparel is provided of the life-the examination of the for going to the house of God; heart—the study of scripture the and the buildiug is fitted to er contemplation of probable tempta- clude the keen winds, and is often tions--the recollection of all the furnished with stoves to soften the subjects of prayer-the acknow-sharp air. Every one must supledgment of mercies--the confes- pose that this promotes attendsion of sins- the supplication for ance on religious exercises, and blessings-then a half hour will allows the thoughts to be occupiappear a short time for secret de- ed, with the least distraction, by votions.
the services of the sanctuary. If proper accommodations are
Would not the same thing be not provided, will sufficient time true respecting secret devotions: be passed in secret to attend fully What has been said of accomto these particulars ? If in the modations as to the inclemency of depth of winter the believer can the air, will apply more forcibly not be alone by himself, with a still to the other accommodations, fire, will he not ordinarily be pre- time and place. If there is no time vented by the severity of the cold, specially allotted to secret prayer, from spending a proper time in it is highly improbable that the retirement? Will it not sometimes duty will be performed with any be quite impracticable? Will not constancy. No particular moment the devotions of many a day be brings with it a recollection of the performed in a hasty, imperfect duty, and it will be entirely formanner? If there is any retire- gotten. There will then be no ment daily, I may fear, it is too fixed arrangement, assigning a often for a few moments only ; time for every thing that is to be some formal words satisfy che con done, and thus separating some science, and the feelings remain certain part exclusively to devoas cold as the chilling air of the tional exercises. If there is no season. The want of comfortable such allotment of time, there will accommodations for secret prayer be no leisure hour for the closet, will occasion the imperfect per. and the idlest life may be too busy formance, or the entire omission to allow a few undisturbed moof the duty; and therefore these
ments for prayer. accommodations ought to be pro- If there is no place allotted for vided.
secret prayer, many a day will go It may be said in reply to this, by without any place being found. that a believer ought to maintain It will not be denied that the besecret duties in unfavourable cir- liever must be free from interrupcumstances. I may answer that tion for earnest and successful he ought, undoubtedly; but he prayer. In such circumstances cannot expect assistance in over
Jacob wrestled with God and precoming difficulties he may avoid. | vailed; in such circumstances our
Lord poured out his supplications. 1 I know nothing better calculat0 what sacred fervour does the ed than the measure here proposbeliever sometimes enjoy in some ed, to give more soundness, depth, undisturbed seasons of prayer and vigor to the Christian charachis words cannot utter the feel- ter: I know nothing better calings of bis heart-he prays with culated to promote a thorough, groanings unutterable, coming substantial revival of religion. If from a soul that has too much professing Christians will make it
wonder and joy, and too vehement one of their chief objects to enjoy - desires to be expressed.
commodiously secret prayer, and I conceive that the highest pros- if they will make it a means of perity of religion demands of holiness of life, and not a substi
Christians more attention to ac- tute for it, they will find their i commodations for secret prayer. happiness and usefulness greatly The professor who is superficial increased.
JASON. in secret religion, must be in gen
Christian Mirror. eral a very deficient Christian. i lo what will our outward zeal ter- REFLECTIONS ON GALATIANS 1: 8,9.
minate, if secret religion does not But though we, or an angel keep pace with it? How danger from Heaven, preach any other ous is it for the mariner to raise gospel unto you, than that which high his masts and spread all his we have preached unto you, let sail, and take a strong breeze, him be accursed. As we said bewhile he stows but little ballast in fore, so say I now again : If any his hold? How can the tree re- man preach any other gospel unto sist the winds, whose trunk grows you, than thai ye have received, high, and whose branches spread let him be accursed. wide, while its roots continue of What astonishing illiberality ! diminutive size? The subject of Did not the apostle Paul know this paper needs to be urged. that ministers may honestly differ How can we expect that religion from each other, in regard to the will flourish long in its purity, if doctrines of the gospel, and innobelievers are not very familiar with cently preach, one a different gostheir closets; and how can this be pel from another ? “If any man vuless they are taught to provide preach any other gospel unto you, accommodations for secret duties! than that ye have received, let him Will they always, night and morn- be accursed.” Curse a man for ing, amidst great difficulties, faith- preaching a different gospel from fully maintain their devotions, and that which he preached, and which be mighty in prayer? I cannot his converts had received !! Had believe it. I cannot trust believ. Paul lived in the present age of ers in this. I must suppose that charity and good feeling, and inif they do not carefully provide creased light, would he not, think proper accommodations, if practi- ye, be ashained to avow the exclucable, they neglect prayer.
I sive and intolerant principles conwould not discourage those who tained in these words? How do the best they can to secure must we suppose the good man conveniences for prayer. If they would have felt, had he foreseen do this, however unfavourable their that in these blessed days, there situation, they may enjoy de- would be those so much better inlightful and profitable coinmunion formed than be, and so much more with God; but let not any rashly liberal in their feelings, as to give think they have provided the best the right hand of fellowship to accommodations they cap. some, whose principles are totally opposite to their own; and who, and with the understanding also in the London Evangelical Maga
CHURCH MUSIC. in the fulness of their love and From the earliest ages, masit charity, would raise the cry of per- has made a part of religious worsecution against all, who refuse to ship. It was associated with the acknowledge them as the servants feasts and public celebrations of of Jesus Christ ? Strange, that the people of Israel, and with their Paul could not consider, that pilgrimage through the wilderness. others might be right as well as he! But the first regular song, of which Strange, that he should presume we have any account, is that of to hurl the anathema of Heaven Moses on the banks of the Red against every preacher, who should Sea. It remained, however, for differ from him! Was he not ap- the sweet singer of Israel to syzprized of the sage maxim of this tematize the art of music, and to era of light; that “it is of little adapt it to the service of the texconsequence what a man believes, ple. provided his life be good?” Could The pleasures of music, simhe be ignorant of the fact, with ply considered, are perhaps only which every school-boy seems pleasures of sense. But they now well acquainted, that the be- have a close connexion with those lief and propagation of error is spiritual pleasures which are more "no crime?" It is truly aston-than earthly. It is sacred music ishing, that a man of the abilities which sweetens the social affecand learning of Paul, should, after tions-expands the soul-kindles the manner of the most bigotted devotion--gives to grief a joy-to and superstitious of the present tears a rapture-to sighs a hopeage, intimate, that there is one and awakens some of the seraphgospel, and but one;--that he ic harmonies of the upper world. knew and preached that gospel, “ Much seed of eminent virtues," and that all who preached any said Martin Luther, “ will be other, were deservedly the ob- found in minds which are touched jects of divine wrath. There are with music.” Such a remark is some ministers at the present day, well worthy of the author of Old who refuse to exchange with oth- Hundred. The Geneva method ers, because they are satisfied that of singing is mentioned as barthey preach another gospel; and ing been introduced into England, whose conduct, in this respect, about the year 1550. The whole is known to expose them to the congregation, men women and just reprehension of all men of children, sang together. A wri. candid and liberal feelings. But, ter on psalmody has this remarkunless Paul would consent to hold “Sometimes there will be at St. fellowship with those who were Paul's Cross, six thousand people the objects of his imprecation, his singing together." conduct is a full justification of There was much singing by those their bigotry?
who were engaged in the reformO Paul! Thou wast a wise man ation. Their zeal was measured in thy day. But if thy words ex. by their singing; or rather, those press thy views and feelings, thou who sang, were considered as hadst neither the wisdom nor the friendly to the cause, and those catholicism of the present age !
who did not sing, as unfriendly.
Their music generally, was of the
grave and solemn kind, and
. But much of the music in our zine for March, is big with events, congregations is altogether of a which have an important bearing different kind, and is also perform- on the cause of religion universaled in a different manner. The ly, and on the present and future delicate ear cannot but be offend happiness of the human race. We ed with the light, airy tunes which are approaching that era in the hisare sung in many of our religious tory of the world, when the blesassemblies; and with the harsh, sings of civil and religious liberty violent manner in which they are will be enjoyed by all the children performed. Variations indeed of men. This is the high decree there must be, to suit the different of the God of heaven, and though subjects and sentiments of the earth and hell combine to oppose, psalmody; but they should not be it must and shall be accomsuch as to render the music theat-plished in due time.--Yet we are rical.
not to expect that this great revoWhat may be called the old lution will be brought about at funes, are in general to be pre- once, and without a struggle.ferred; and the old tunes as they They must be little acquainted came from the hands of the authors. with the history of mankind, who Where is the justice, or the utility flatter themselves, that Satan will of altering them, and presenting quietly suffer his dominions to be them to the public in modern invaded and overthrown, without times, in a mutilated form ? an effort of resistance. He is at There are some writers and pub- this time uniting his forces, politilishers of music, who are bound cal and ecclesiastical, into a grand to answer this question, in a man- confederacy against civil and re
ner satisfactory to the Christian ligious liberty. We see empe- public; or let them be answerable rors, kings, princes, popes, pre
for the confusion and perplexity, lates, priests and Jesuíts, together which the altered tunes produce in with the false prophet, all conSinging Books,and Singing Schools. spiring to stop the progress of The ministers and churches of knowledge, and the enlargement New-England ; the teachers and of the Messiah's kingdom among publishers of music ; musical so.
“ He that sitteth in the cieties and all choirs of singers, heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall ought to use their influence,in cor- have them in derision.”—The recting the present taste and style events which are taking place jusof singing, and introducing a set of tify these remarks. The Grand tunes more like Old Hundred. Sultan has issued a firman, forbid This is a day of revivals of religion; ding the circulation of the Scripand should not the singing in our tures, and commanding all who congregations resemble that in the are possessed of copies to deliver days of the Protestant Reforma- them up. The Greek ecclesiastics tion ? Was the singing of the first of the higher order are also disChristians such, in some instances, covering their hostility to the Bias to draw the Gentiles into the ble. The bulls of the Pope, and assembly ? But is not soine of our the re-establishment of the order singing such as almost to drive of the Jesuits, are unequivocal Christians out? RÉFORMER. proofs of their concurrence.
ibid. We are led from circumstances SIGNS OF THE TIMES, to believe, that the Inquisition The day we live in, says a writer | will very soon be revived in Spain