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ing? What would be the subjects from whom shall we derive strength of his meditation? What the themes and grace to discharge any duty, of his conversation? What the tem- but from the Lord? per of his mind?

To him, then, we should humbly But after all, it may be enquired, go for grace to render us heavenly how are we, in futue, to remind minded, and keep us so; and for ourselves of these things, which tend grace to perform every incumbent thus to promote spirituality? My duty.. I have used great freedom brethren will, in their prudence, in giving these hints. But I am with devise some means to effect it. brethren, with Christian brethren,

I would however remark, that and they will faithfully but kindly secret prayer immediately preced- reprove what is wrong, and forgive. ing our meetings, would tend to They will bear with me still, if I remind us of the most important hint, that our present and future means to promote this object, and peace, our usefulness and comfort also would in itself be one of the in the ministry, our acceptance with best of means. Spirituality in us our glorious Lord and Master, and is but a resemblance of Christ. - our future crown of glory-all call And we well know that we are ac- us to see that we grow in spiritualicustomed to catch the habits of ty. Nay, the time past is sufficthought and life of those with whom ient that we, who assemble at stawe often converse. The more then ted periods as ministers of the gos. we converse with the Lord in pray- pel, and ambassadors of the Lord er, the more we catch his temper of hosts, have been too far under and grow unto his likeness. Be

the influence of a worldly temper, sides, when we have been convers- and that our meetings have been ing much and intimately with him, productive of but little good. we cannot soon unbend and become

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From the Religious Advocate. tercourse and conversation with

BROTHERLY LOVE. them, we neglect intercourse with Brotherly love is a duty much in him. But if we practise the vaculcated in the scriptures, as fur

rious duties of Christian love tonishing one of the clearest eviden- wards our brethren, Christ receives ces of a true disciple of Christ.

it as done to him, and as an expressThe treatment we manifest towards ion of our love for him. The culour brethren, is considered by

tivation of brotherly love, therefore Christ as our treatment of himself. is highly pleasing to Christ; and He says, “Inasmuch as ye have just in proportion as this grace flourdone it unto one of the least of these i ishes in any church, love to Christ my brethren, ye have done it unto there abounds. me.” And, iš Inasmuch as ye


But it may be asked, when the it not to one of the least of these, members of a church are generally ye did it not to me.” Consequent- in a state of spiritual declension, ly, if we be indifferent towards his and exhibit little of the spirit of disciples, we are indifferent towards Christ, how can I cordially love him. If we speak evil of them, or them? I answer, imitate Christ, treat them with


unkindness, love them as he loves them, love such conduct is directed against them as he loves you. When you him. If we neglect Christian in- have sinned, has Christ ceased to


you nor


love you? Has he not continued to only, but by the impression and
cherish you, and carry you in his divine evidence of brotherly love.
arms, and regard you as his, by an It is greatly to be lamented that
everlasting covenant? When he this heaven-born principle is so lit-
has corrected you, has it not been tle cultivated in our churches. A
in tender love? Though you have brother who is offended with a
often wounded him since, you were brother, harbours, for a long time,
numbered with his family; yet he feelings of displeasure, and takes
has never been


no proper measures to reclaim him. forsaken you.

Imitate Christ in He often, indeed, proclaims his the treatment of your brethren.- faults to other brethren, and to the When a brother dishonours Christ, world: and seems more desirous to be grieved, but not angry; for he is instil into them the same dislike to a very 'near and dear brother.- him, than to promote his reforinaKindly tell him of his fault, and tion. It is difficult to say in such entreat him, with humility, to wipe a case, which is the greatest offenaway the stain on his Christian der. Their comparative criminalcharacter. Perhaps, like Peter, he ity can be known only to him who will soon repent, and unite with commanded them to love one anothyou more cordially, then ever before, in every Christian duty. Besides this gross violation of

Look upon every Christian broth- Christian duty, we often observe er as one whom the Saviour has great indifference existing between chosen for

your fellow-labourer in brethren, even when there is no dishis vineyard. View him as one ap- agreement. We see no marked pointed to be your companion for difference in their complacency ever in heaven. Though he be im- towards each other, and towards perfect now, he is soon to be a the world. They "take very little spotless saint, and will unite his interest in each other, as members voice with yours, in the eternal of Christ's house.

It can now song. How should your heart, rarely be said, as in ancient times, then, glow with affection towards a 66 See how these Christians love brother, to whom you sustain a re

one another." lation so endearing and so elevat- From this indifference among the ed.

professed disciples of Christ, unThe system of truth, received by renewed men naturally infer, that the Christian church is a system of there is nothing in his religion that love. In the love of Christ the endears its professors to each othchurch first had its being. By his er, more than is found in other solove it has been perpetuated, and cieties.

cieties. But we know, brethren, by it will exist forever. It claims that there are infinitely stronger no other beauty than the beauty of and more endearing ties to bind us love. It aspires to no other glory, together, than can exist in any soas its highest consummation, than the ciety of human origin. And shall glory of love. Let those then who we stupidly submit to have our hoare admitted by their Lord into his ly religion degraded by so unworspiritual kingdom, manifest by their thy a comparison! This can never unfeigned affection for each other, be prevented, except by the cultithat this principle, which constitutes vation of brotherly love. the beauty of his church, reigns in The means by which this divine their hearts and governs their con- principle may be most successfully duct. Let it be known that they promoted, will be found in a careare brethren, not by profession ful adherence to those rules conand

cerning it, which are given in the every favourable opportunity of gospel. We should be kindly meeting for conversation affectioned one towards another.

prayer. By these means religion We should " speak often one to will be honoured, our sphere of another,” respecting the doctrines, usefulness enlarged, our best and duties, and excellence of the Christ- | purest happiness promoted; and ian religion; make friendly inquiry we shall do much as hamble instrurespecting each other's trials, en- ments to harmonize and beautify joyments and fidelity; and improve the kingdom of Christ, W.


From the Western Recorder. are also furnished with the reason MR. EDITOR.-By answering for the prohibition. It is, that the the following queries, you will grat. propagators of error are deceitfut ify at least one of your readers.

and dangerous.-“They shall de

N. Y. ceive many"_" if it were possible, 1st. Ought we to hear those per


very sons preach, who we are persuaded Since, then, the Saviour has left do not preach the truth?

a positive injunction on this subject ed. Ought we to go to hear er- and condescended to give his rearorists, for the purpose of inducing son for so doing; there is not the them to imitate our liberality; and least ground left for the misapprethereby to become occasional list- hension of duty. If we go after or eners to the truth?

follow a man, who, we are pursuadSd. Is it right for us ever to go ed, comes within the above desto hear errorists for the expresscription, it matters not, what are purpose of exposing them?

our reasons for so doing-we are 4th. Ought we to go, in doubt certainly guilty of a most direct and ful circumstances, for the purpose plain act of disobedience. of ascertaining whether the truth is Let it not be said, that by hearpreached?

ing a man who, literally speaking, REMARKS.—The preceding que- comes to us, to preach error, we ries relate to a subject which is shall not be deemed offenders; this highly important; and which is not is always the case with errorists.without its application at the pres-Literally speaking they always ent time. We take it for granted, present themselves before those that our correspondent alludes to whom they wish to seduce; and let those errors which are properly us remenrher that it is “ lo here,” termed fundamental. In his ac- as well as “ lo there," that falls uncompanying remarks, indeed, he der the description above alluded alludes only to Unitarians and to. There cannot be any hesitation Socinians; but if the specifications in saying, that, no circumstances had been so enlarged, as to embrace will excuse us in voluntarily placall who preach any other Gospeling ourselves, even for a single inthan that which the Bible reveals, stance, among the auditors of one, it would not have been too exten- who is known to be the propagator sive for the present discussion of another gospel, than that which In relation to all such errorists, the the Bible reveals to us. express direction of the Saviour, as The preceding remarks may suf. signified to the ancient Jews, is, fice to settle the first and second « Go not after them, nor follow of the above queries; but if any of them.” And, in the context, we our readers think otherwise, let


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them turn to the well known pas- | listen to errorists; it is evidently sage we have alluded to, in the wrong for the same reason to listen Evangelists, and compare it with to suspected ones. This is but a similar passages which frequently dictate of common sense, and com. occur in the Epistles.

mon prudence. He that would As to the third query, whether avoid approaching a known preciit is right to go "for the express pice in the dark, would certainly, purpose of exposing error, on the same principle, avoid rushshould not hesitate to apply the a

ing forward where he only suspect. bove injunction, with one single ex- ed there was one. ception, 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 kuow not, but he may be in the be taxed with illiberality; and yet, way of bis 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 multitude 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 funerProvidence (R. I.)

al sermons, on account of the em


barrassment under which they are , finel to the pulpit, or to one people. often written, may be less instruc- While the following extract fur 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 earsive

A serinon of this ly and lamented death occasioned kind, may find access to the minds it: · of those, who will seldom read oth- “ We see where the affections of

er discourses; and thus, a stupid that Christian are placed, who, sinner nay 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. Hox 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 ardent 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 viii. 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 shall be to receive it? Where must his afrevealed 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. No ! let

III. 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 dispocomprising 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

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