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whatever can be proved erroneous in Let Mr. C. let his hearers, let all his sentiment or unchristian in spirit.” ministring brethren and fellow. Chris
In a note to page 35, Mr. C. 'pro- tians, judge for themselves, whether fesses his predilection for the divinity domestic worship with their families, of the old school, and laments that or public worship with the church, be modern pamphlets, and other epheme most for their ealification ? - for some ral productions of the new taste, super persons the former, for others the latcede, in so many instances, the folios ter, may he found preferable ; but we of antiquity; and asks,“ Is not the cannot conceive why the public service exchange which has been made, of the of God, at six o'clock in the evening, scarcely portable volumes for the Ma- should be deemed more ostentatious gazine and Essay, a much worse ca than at three in the afternoon. In a tastrophe in the theological world, than word, we cannot but express our wish, the substitution of paper currency for that when good men recommend one solid gold in the commercial ?” Why particular course of piety, they would then does Mr. C. add to this dismal refrain from the censure of their brecatastrophe by a publication of his own thren who pursue another: had the pamphlet, not more weighty perhaps author done this, our commendation of than a Magazine: or, Does he suppose his discourses would have been unmixed that, while other modern authors emit with this os benevolent reproof.” paper currency only, he alone has the Supposing public and private duties to faculty of furnishing the public with interfere, we have the judgment of holy solid gold ? Nor can we approve of Mr. Baxter, that private duties ought to bis unqualified objections to Magazines give place to public worship. Speakand Essays, hy which many thousands ing of the Sabbath, he says, “ The prinof persons are constantly instructed, cipal work of the day is the communion who could have no access to " the folios of Christians in the public exercises of of antiquity," nor time to peruse them. God's worship. It is principally to be We believe that the truth is now dis-' spent in holy assemblies; and this is seminated far more widely by these the use that the Scripture expressly 6s ephemeral productions," as he calls mentionech in Acts xx. 7, and intithem, than by all the “ scarcely port- mateth in 1 Cor. xvi. 1, 2. - My juugable volumez” referred to; which, meit is, that in those places where the however, we revere, as much as the public worship taketh up almost all author ; and it is a pleasing reflection, the day, it is no sin to attend upon it that the value of such books is doubled to the utmost; and to omit all such and trebled within these few years. family and secret exercises as cannot
Page 42, the preacher thus addresses bc done without omission of the public; his audience: -" Be thankful for the and that where the public exercises alhabit, ye of our dissenting Israel! who low but a little time at home, the fafrom your ancestry and education may mily-duty should take up all that little have an epithet corresponding to that time, except what some shorter secret of the apostle, who calls himself " a prayers or meditations may have, Hebrew of the Hebrews.” Guard, te which will not hinder family duties; naciously guard, your home privacy on and that it is a sinful disorder to do the Sabbath from the invasions of com- otherwise, because the Lord's Day is pany; and exchange not the unosten principally set apart for public, wortatious stillness of the domestic circle ship; and the more private or secret, for the attraction of crowds," the voice is, as it were, included in the public. of singing men and singing women,” Your families are at church with you; or any other specious enticement.” the same prayers which you would put
The author, apprehensive that this up in secret, you may, usually, put up passage would prove obnoxious to in public and in families, and it is a Diany readers, has subjoined a long turning God's worship into ceremony nole, pointing out the evils which he and superstition to think that you must dreads from Sunday-evening Lectures; necessarily put up the same prayers in which, however, he acknowledges to a closet which you put up in the fa“ have important uses, particularly in mily or church, when you have not time the country,” and which, he confesses, for both (though, when you have tme, he himself sometimes preaches, in and secret prayer bath its proper advanabout London, because “ he is desirous tages, wl.ic. are not to be neglected); of doing good:” a confession and a and also, what secret or family duty reason which render nugatory, in a you have not time for on ihat day, you great measure, bis objections against may do on aunther day, when yon canthe ostentation of evening services. not come to church assembly; and,
therefore, it is an error to think that early life, conversion, ministerial la. the day must be divided in equal pro- bours, and dying experience: a narportions, between public, family, and rative which unquestionably furnishes secret duties; though yet I think it a most impressive exemplification of not amiss that some convenient time the subject. for family or secret duties be left on that day; but not so much as is spent in public, nor nothing near it." - Bar Future Punishment of Endless Durater's Works, vol, iii. p. 782,:83.
tion: a Sermon preached at the Monthly Association of Ministers and
Churches in London, Dec. 11, 1806. Religious Tracts. By the Author of By Robert Winter, 8vo, is. the Ticin Sisters.
It is no small recommendation of These tracts we understand to be the
this sermon, that it was published at production of a young lady. 1, The
the unanimous and pressing request of Character of a Christian, -2, On the
the numerous ministers and others be. Expiatory Sacrifice of Christ, -- 3, On
fore whom it was delivered. The subject the Works of the Creator, — 4, On
was one of those which were announced Errors, – 5, On Forgiveness, -6,
for discussion in the printed lists of On Faith. We are happy to say that
these monthly exercises, before the these pieces are strictly evangelical; author removed to London; and was and that the talents of this juvenile assigned to him by the-removal of his writer are by no means despicable. We predecessor at New Court to another hope she will proceed in this kind of part of the kingdom. composition; and that her productions
The preacher's text is 2 Thess. i. 9, will find a rapid and extensive circula
" Who shall be punished with evertion, and be made a blessing to those
lasting destruction;" from which he “ who are ignorant and.out of the way." nd out of the w o proposes to enquire, I, What is the
plain unsophisticated doctrine of the
New Testament, respecting the future The Christian's Review of Life and punishment of the wicked and, 2,
Prospect of Futurity: a Sermon, What influence should the considerapreached at Warwick, on the Death
tion of its endless duration have ou of the Rev. J. Moody, &c. By G. our minds? In answer to the first enBurder, 8vo, is.
quiry, he shews, 1, That a state of conIt has been thought by some critics, scious and miserable existence is rethat preachers labour under a disad- served for the unbelieving and disobevantage in having to state principles dient after death; - 2, Immediately rather than exhibit characters. Be this after death, this future punishment as it may, it certainly behoves every commences; – 3, The punishment of minister of the gospel to preach the the wicked will be openly awarded to truth in the most characteristic man- them at the great day of the Lord; ner. The sacred volume deals not in 4, This punishment is represented as abstract principles; but displays them their final condition ; 5, It will be as drawn out and embodied in real life. of endless duration; and this he deWith this view too, some of our most monstrates fully by the decisive testieminent and successful ministers have mony of Scripture. seized suitable opportunities for fune By the following important reflecral.sermons to recommend religion to tions, the author then points out the the young, or to admonish the aged; general tendency of this awful truth: to shew by some instances of awful de- I, It exhibits, in the most affecting pravity and misery, that the impenitent colours, the dreadful malignity of sin ; sinner may expect“ to mourn at the - 2, It operates as a most powerful last;' or by eminent instances of ge motive to repentance and holiness; muine piety and zealous devotedness to 3, It reflects the greatest lustre on the God, to constrain us to be imitators of plan of human redemption by Jesus such as have exemplified the true Christ; - 4, It animates believers to Christian character. This sermon is zeal in their endeavours to save souls. of the latter kind. It is designed to Our limits will not admit of quotadelineate the Christian Minister's Re- tions; we can only say, that we earview of Life and Prospect of Glory. , nestly recommend this able and faithThe text is 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8; but the ful discourse to our readers, as well
admit the narrative (which occupies sonable antidote to the scepticism of nearly seventeen pages) of Mr. Moody's our times.
The Work and the Reward of Faithful sufficiency for the constitution, disciDeacons : a Sermon addressed to the pline, and ordinances of Christian Haptist Monthly Association, by W.. churches; 3, This rule is principally Newman, and published at their Re comprized in the injunctions delivered quest, 8vo, is.
by the apostles to the churches which It was well observed by a good man,
they founded, and in the scripturally that we ought not to rest satisfied until
recorded practice of those churehes ;every genuine member of every Chris
4, It was the instituted practice of the tian society be found zealous in every
apostolic churches, to observe the orgood work, and surely this is not to
dinance of the Lord's Supper as a part be expected, unless the officers of
of the stated and regular service of Christian churches set the blessed ex
every Lord's Day. ample. To promote, we apprehend,
The author having at large supportin some measure, this object, Mr. N.
ed these positions by Scripture and arhas discussed the character, the work,
gument, proceeds to give a variety of and the reward of faithful deacons ;
testimonies in favour of the practice reconcluding with some useful and appo
commended, from Pliny, Justin the site reflections : the whole of which we
Martyr, Calvin, Dr. Ames, Dr. Goodrecommend to all who desire to use the
win, Dr. Owen, Baxter, Daniel Bur. office of a Deacon well.
gess, Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge, J. To the Sermon there is an Appendix,
Edwards, Willison, Dr. Erskine, Randesigned to illustrate Mr. N.'s subject.
dall, S. Palmer, Maclean, Haldane, This Appendix also includes a Sketch
and Dr. Mason. of the Character of the late Mr. Booth,
The whole is concluded with an Ad
dress to the Conscience of the Chris. as a Christian, a Divine, a Christian
tian Reader; from which we transPastor, a Literary Man, and as a Friend and Counsellor. This sketch, though
scribe the following paragraphs: it has no immediate connection with
" Perhaps you admit the duty of the subject, will be considered by many
communion with the body and blood of
Christ sometimes, and practice accordias by no means the least interesting part of the publication, Did our
ingly; yet you do not see yourself oblimits admit, we should be happy to
liged to this duty every Lord's Day. transcribe it as a very good appendage
Have you then fairly scrutinized and to our Memoir * of this excellent man.
fully confuted the evidence which has been now proposed to you? If not, how will you answer it to the Lord
Jesus Christ, that you have rejected A Concise Statement of the Evidence
light and refused kuowledge? Are for the Obligation of Christian
you wiser and greater than He? Are Churches to celebrate the Lord's Sup
your opinions and preferences to be per every Lord's Day; with Testi
weighed against the dictates of his uitmonies of eminent Christian Divines
erring spirit? Take heed, lest you be in Favour of the Divine Authority,
found * resisting the Holy Ghost !" Perpetuai Obligation, and great Ad
" But compliance with this call invantages of that Duly. Prie 6d.
volves inconvenience. Yes; and so it On subjects contested among serious did in the apostolic churches, whose Christians, we avoid taking a decided simple and faithful obedience to their part. Our limits will not adınit of Lord cost them more sutterings than controversy, nor do we think it would you could even think upon, without a 'suit the taste of the generality of our shuddering of horror. Did they choose readers. In cases, therefore, which re. 'the severest personal and family disa late to church order, we confine our tiess ; and, finally, the most excruciite selves to an analysis of the publication. ing tortores unto death, rather than
In support of the general object of temporize and tritie wich Christ's Comthis pamphlei, which is to prove the mandments? And Can you justify obligation of Christian churches to known disobedience by pleas of irin. celebrate the Lord's Supper every Lord's ing inconvenience? Would you not, Day, the author lays down the follow yea, do you not, without a murmur, ing positions : -
tuke up far greater inconveniences and i, All persons to whom the gospel difficulties, for the advancement and coines, are uader indispensable obli- success of your worldly interest: You gations to comply with the whole re- would not accept such a plea from vealed will of God; -- 2, The New your servant, and will you ofier it to Testament furnishes a rule of perfect your God? Besides, would not a little
* See the Evan. Mag. for July and August last.
prudent management easily remove the monies in its favour, which, it is hoped, alleged difficulty ?
may excite a renewed attention to it. “You may evade the application of The first of these is by the late Rev. these queries to your own conscience Job Orton; the latter from the Rev. now; but, I remember that you must John Pye Smith, who, in his tract, enshortly answer the spirit and substance titled, “ A Concise Statement,” &c. of them to your eternal Judge !” says, " The editor cannot but express
his surprize and concern that this treaThe Utility of Academical Institu
tise has not been more known and read. tions to the Church of Christi a
Though its occasion was controversial, Sermon preached at Hoxton Chapel,
yet its principles and arguments are at June 26, 1806, before the Supporters
all times imporiant. The observations of Hoxton Academy, at their Annivers
on the qualitications of communicants sary, by Benjamin Cracknell. A. M. ' are paricularly valuable; and, at the Minister of Weymouth Chapel. 58.
present day of laxity in Christian dis
cipline, highly seasonable.” The utility and importance of academical institutions to the church of Christ, few, we presume, will venture to dispute, whose opinions are worthy
The Dangers of the Country. By the of atrenrion; but it must be remein
Author of " War in Disguise." 8vo, bered, that there are many that now
Price 5s. occupy •ations of eminent usefulness
This is a very masterly production, in the church, who never trod the
and proceeds from the pen of a wellfranchised walks of a college, and who possess no claims to titles of literary
iníormed and, we presume, pious man,
who thinks it his duty to remonstrate distinction. However, judiciously
“ against ihe indifference and supineavailing themselves of the aids provided by the learning of others, and
ness which prevail in regard to our
public defence.” In the first part of studiously cultivating the acquirements
this work, the author endeavours to more immediately connected with the
prove that " we may be conquered by salvation of souls, they have left their
France;'' and then shews, that the efpeople little cause to regret the want
fects of such a conquest would be of other advantages : for these reasons
“ usurpation or destruction of the we could wish that Mr. C. had more
throne, overthrow of the constitution, particularly distinguished those objects
destruction of the funds, and ruin of of academical pursuits which, after all
property in general, a rigorous and that may be justly said in their praise,
merciless government, subversion of are but of subordinate importance,
our religious liberties, and dreadful from those that are essential to an
corruption of morals." evangelical ministry; and had the sub
In the second part, he points out the jest of his discourse been more forcibly
Various means by which these dangers urged by considerations derived from
may be avoided; in which he displays the glory of the character and work of
much political knowledge and military our Lord Jesus and the value of im
information; and we rejoice to find, mortal souls, it certainly would not
among the means proposed for our dehave been less acceptable to the hear
fence,“ reformation, as the essential ers, or less useful to the cause it pleads.
basis of national safety';" and here the We are nevertheless indebted to our
author introduces " the Abolition of author for maliy excellent thoughts, the Slave Trade, as essential to that neatly expressed; and we earnestly
Reformation." We wish we had room wish that his discourse may contribuie
to in sert a few paragraphs' froin this to the further prosperity of an institu
part of the work, for we have never tion which the liead of the church has
seen any thing more striking, more so greatly honoured.
conclusive, more demonstrative of the extreme iniquity, and impolicy also, of
this detestable traffic . The Sanctity of the Lord's Supper vin
After expressing the most patriotic dicated; containing an Answer to
feelings of partiality for his beloved Dr. Priestley's Free Address to Pro
country, the author adds, “ This same testant Dissenters on that Subject.
beloved country is poiluted by the Bys. Palmer, is. 6d.
most sordid and barbarous crimes ; This work was first published in though dear to ourselves, she is a curse 1770, without the name of the author; to a large portion of the globe : her and is now overed afresh to the public wealth generaies, and her power mainMi consequeuce of some receut testi- taills, a greater mass of human wretch
edness and guilt than even the pestilent LITERARY. NOTICES. ambition of France : perhaps than all The Works of the pious and evanthe other political crimes of the age. gelical TRAIL, late Minister in LonI have often thought that were an
don, are well-known in the religious angel to look down from Heaven, in
world, and highly prized. A small order to determine which of the pa
volume of his Sermous, on Pet. i. 2,35 tions of the globe is the greatest and on Gal. ii, 21, was published not scourge to the human species, his eye
long ago, and well received. It was would be arresied by Africa and the
published from a MS. which had laia West Indies, and by those receptacles
neglected for many vears. It is known of unspeakable misery, the ships that
that more of his MS. Sermons are exare passing between them; and his
tant; and it would be a very acceptawful report would be, (reat Britain
able service to the church of Christ is that merciless nation.”
were they sought out and given to mi. Whoever will take the pains to read
nisters who would actively e:gage in this part of the pamphlet (which we
their publication. They mighi, in the are glad to find may be purchased sepa
first place, be sent to the Editor of this rately) will not think this language Magazine. too strong.
By probable calculations, the author. There is in the press, and will soon be shews that more than three millions and published, a translation of Wilsias's a half of slaves have been imported
Conciliatory Animadversions, by the into the British colonies. To these late Rev. T. Beli, of Glasgow, accommay be added the vast number who panied with his Notes, and recomiendperish in Africa, while on their journey
ed by the Rev. J. Dick, A. M. from the interior to the coast, and the Also in the press, a Volume of Ser. greater pumber who perish on the pas. mons, by the late Rev. Mr. Strauge, of sage by sea, forming together, proba Kilsby, in Northamptonshire. bly, one-third more. To these may be
A Plea for Religious Seminaries, as added, immense numbers of slaves sold
useful Preparatives for the Work of by our ships on the coast to other na.'
the Ministry, designed to remove the tions ; so that we have, perhaps, ex
Prejudices which have been propagated patriated in all, - above six millions
by the Weak, the Ignorant, and the of our uohappy fellow-creatures !!! Such being the criminality of our
Illiterate, against those useful and imfree, enlightened, and highly-favoured
portant Institutions. By J. Cobbin, country, what a glorious cause of ex
of Holloway. ultation is afforded by the prospect of Dr, Staunton, of America, has issued the abolition of this bloody trade! Let Proposals for a Work, to be called Britons inourn over the guilt of ages “The Æra of Missions.” past, and rejoice in the hope of being A new and improved edition of delivered from blood - guiltiness in Shrubsole's Christian Memoirs, with future.
the Life of the Author.
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