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the Christian faith will subserve how or where he may find a the conversion of the world. Then Saviour; and the doubting, tremwill the Jews and the Gentiles bliny disciple retires unconsoled; partake of one spirit, acknow whilst the well-informed estaledge one Lord, be justified by blished believer laments, that one faith, be baptized with one “ they have taken away his Lord, baptism, and live, and move, and and he knows not where they have their being in one God, bave laid him.” who is love; for dwelling in love, Whence does this arise ? Can they will dwell in God, and it be that a notion prevails, that God will dwell in them; and because education is now so genewhat millennium more glorious can rally extended, new modes of the friends of Jesus and man de- preaching must be adopted ?sire !
Whatever may be the cause, un
less a change take place soon, (To be continued.)
the good Doctor's hypothesis will. be verified by experience, to no
small extent, and especially in A HINT ON MODERN DISSENTING
those places where the Gospel is
preached in the Establishment; PREACHING.
and then what will the repeal DoctoR DODDRIDGE says, “I of intolerant statutes avail us ? cannot but believe, that if the Ichabod will meet us at every Established Clergy and the Dis. turn. senting Ministers in general, were This subject is worthy the atmutually to exchange their strain tention of « Paul the aged.” If of preaching, and their mode of one of the Fathers of Indepenliving, but for one year, it would dency would furnish your pages ruin our cause, even though there with a few essays, on the best should be no alteration in the mode of exhibiting and enforcing constitution and discipline of the Gospel truths from the pulpit, he Church of England."
would render his younger brethren Query, Is not the experiment essential service; and, by the now in partial operation, as to blessing of God, might be the the first part of this monitory re- means of brioging us back to the cord—the strain of preaching? “good old way.” Evangelical preaching in a popu
MNASON. lar style increases in the Established Church; but does it not decline in some of our chapels? In
REVIVALS OF RELIGION IN these it is to be lamented, that
NORTH AMERICA. too frequently, instead of being
No. III.* fed by “ the sincere milk of the
What can be done " to sustain and increase word”--the old fashioned simple
the Spirit of Religion in our Churches?" exhibition, and pathetic application of Gospel truth, the audience The committee deem this an imis amused with a wordy unevan- portant branch of the duty asgelical harangue; or if evangeli- signed them. But they feel incal matter be introduced, it is competent to do it justice; and only incidentally. The stranger to divine truth goes away as igno * Although there are several suggestions rant as he came; the convinced in this part of the Essay which are es inquiring sinner is not ioformed
clusively adapted to the circumstances of the American churches, yet we feel it just
to present our readers with the paper * Conder's Nonconformity. entire,-ED.
judging from the diseussion at the as do others. The enemy enters. Presbytery, they despair of giving None to watch his movements, he entire satisfaction. Indeed, could undoes all that has been done, they hope to suggest the most in- and spreads mischief and destrucportant measures, they should not tion on every side. But notwithbe very sanguine in their expec- standing these gloomy forebodings, tations that they would be exten, the committee, in compliance with sively useful. The difficulty is their duty, will venture to suggest not so much the want of know. a few things, with the hope that ledge in ministers and churches, they may be of some practical utias to the best means of doing lity to themselves and others. good, as the want of a disposition 1. Let our ministers and churches to use them. This is the formi- keep constantly in mind the great dable obstacle, after all, which lies responsibility which rests upon in the way of the rapid progress of them, to “be steadfast, immovereligion throughout Christendom, able, always abounding in the and of the conversion of the world. work of the Lord.” God, breThough the best measures may thren, has granted us signal tokens be pursued, yet if ministers and of grace, whereof we are glad. churches have not some of that The eyes of many, both among holy energy which springs from friends and enemies, are turned faith, nothing will be done to any upon us. Should our ministers purpose. A cold unbelieving heart and churches sink into a cold will suggest a thousand difficulties, stupid state, as is sometimes the and convert molebills into moun- case after a revival; should divitains. How often do Presbyteries sions and dissensions spring up and Synods, and other ecclesias- among us, the God of all our mertical bodies, recommend and pub- cies will be dishonoured, many lish measures for promoting reli- who love his name will be grieved, gion, which, however wise, fail of and his enemies will triumph. doing much good, because minis. Let us also remember that the ters and churches have not the place we occupy in the Lord's zeal and the perseverance neces. vineyard, though not as conspisary to carry them into effect ! cuous and important as some, yet Had every minister the courage of is one of great responsibility. This a Luther, the perseverance of a county is rapidly increasing in Howard, and the activity of a wealth and population, is in the Whitefield, with half a dozen heart of the most powerful state kindred spirits in their churches, in the Union, and is destined to Satan himself would tremble before have no inconsiderable influence them, and the gates of hell would upon morals and religion around give way. But the misery is, the us. Let every minister and every faith necessary to produce such church among us resolve, in deresolute spirits is wanting; and pendence on divine grace, to do after a few efforts, and a little suc- all in their power to render this cess, ministers and churches turn county eminent for virtue and off their eyes from heaven and piety; and that should it ever behell, cease to listen to the dread come a moral waste, such a disaster commands of heaven's King, put shall not be traced to the influence off their armour, sit down at ease, of their example.* talk about the revival, boast of what they have done, then yawn, * In a revival, it is not uncommon for and fall asleep. Now the silence
some to feel as though it would never
cease till the millennium ; and for others of death reigns through the armies to say it never would, if ministers and of Israel, who ought never to sleep churches were faithful. One thing all'
2. Let those of us who have been distinguished for usefulness been put into the ministry, strive in every age of the church, have to be, in deed and in truth, men of been praying men. A well known prayer. If the command, “ Pray maxim of Luther was, “Bene orasse without ceasing," be obligatory est bene studuisse.” This maxim on all, it is emphatically so on a might with equal truth be extended. minister of the gospel. He needs, The minister who is faithful in his above all men, to be “ full of faith closet, will be faithful, not only in and the Holy Ghost;" and how his study, but in the pulpit, in his shall he become such, except parochial visits, and in all tbe vaby seeking the influences of the rious duties of his office. We Spirit in agonizing and persevering would appeal to your own expeprayer? The most eminent saints rience, brethren, whether you have whose names are recorded in Scrip- not been inost faithful in the disture, and those ministers who have charge of every duty, when you
have been most careful to cherish must admit, that all revivals bitherto have and cultivate a devotional frame of ceased ; and it has often heen the case, mind? Did ministers in general that churches, blessed with such seasons of spend five hours in communion refresbing, have afterwards sunk down
with God, where they spend one, into as lukewarm a state as those which have not enjoyed such seasons. These the church of Christ would be far facts have led some to think and speak more benefited by their labours, lightly of revivals, and to doubt whether It is in the closet, while earnestly there was much genuine religion in them. pleading for spiritual illumination, Churches, through remaining sin, are con stantly prone to become conformed in heart that the minister of the gospel is and life to the world. But were a church taught the value of God's eternal to continue as faithful in prayer and Chris-, smile, and the worth of the souls tian effort, as they ever are in a time of committed to his care. It is here revival, it may be a question whether con versions would continue in that place till
i that he is endued with that holy none were left. It may be, that some boldness and self-denial, so essenwould continue to harden their hearts tial to his usefulness. It is here uoder such means of grace ; and the duty that he sees his own weakness, of the church would be no longer to “give that which is holy to dogs, nor to
and learns to trust in God alone cast their pearls before swine." But one for strength, and fear no evil. O, thing is certain ; ministers and churches brethren, did we suitably prize are bound to exercise as much faith, and the throne of grace, we should be to be as fervent in prayer, and as diligentoften the in the use of means to advance the king.
often there pleading for those indom of Christ in some way, at all times, estimable blessings, which our as in a season of revival. The amount of heavenly Father is more ready to holy feeling and effort ought never to diminish, grant, than earthly parents are to and were a church to remain such, their christian graces would be constantly gain.
give good gifts to their children,
94 ing strength; and in this sense they would How much we need, at this im. enjoy a constant revival. Let no means portant crisis, that “wisdom which be neglected which are calculated to make is profitable to direct;" and can such churches, and then we shall be better we
we fail to ask of bim“ who giveth able to judge whether we may expect a constant revival. Were our churches
liberally and upbraideth not ?" such, revivals would doubtless be more The revival that has prevailed extensive than they now are, and of longer among us, and which still prevails, continuance. Old hardened sinners would hos
has enraged the enemies of the soon be removed by death, and the rising generation would all be converted. Thus
cross; and the voice of God to we should bave in these favoured spots his ministers and churches now is, the commencement of the millenium ; and “Watch and pray.” Let us, brewere all the churches of Christendom thren, beware that we do not disroused to such exertions, there would be one continued revival, til all nations were regard the solemn admonition. converted.
Our own good, as well as that of our churches, is concerned. A 4. Frequent ministerial visitaminister may show considerable tion is essential to sustaining and zeal in religion, and even in pro- increasing religion in our churches. moting revivals, and after having We have seen the effects of visitpreached to others, he himself maying from house to house in this be a cast-away.
revival; and we rarely read an 3. Ministers must endeavour to account of a revival which did strengthen each other's hands. not originate from such visits. We are, brethren, subject to like When revivals begin to decline, passions with others. In despon- ministers are in great danger of dency under trials, we need the neglecting this duty. Let us, counsel and sympathy of our fel- brethren, guard against such nelow labourers. In a season like glect. It is as important now the present, some, and those who as ever. Converts need our counare perhaps the most faithful, will sel. Their growth in grace is as be charged with indiscretion. Let intimately connected with the us beware that we do not weaken glory of God as their conversion. their hands by siding with the One cause why many backslide enemy. Envy sometimes lurks in is, that ministers and influential the breast of ministers, and shows members neglect to watch over itself in secret whisperings, which them according to their cove. spread and undermine the influ. nant engagements. It is a great ence of their brethren more effec. mistake to suppose that the plants tually than the open opposition of righteousness are like tares, of professed enemies. If we dis- in the great field of nature, and cover errors in our brethren, let will grow and thrive without culus act the part of friendship, by tivation. How many old protelling them their faults, as our fessors, who go into places where Saviour, whose commands we they enjoy few religious advanprofess to follow, directs, instead tages, become cold, conformed to of talking to others. Let us not the world, and at length are even forget the royal law, of doing ashamed to have it known that to them as we would they should they were ever numbered with do unto us. Those whose so- the children of God. And are cieties are contiguous, might do we to expect that mere babes in each other essential service, by Christ Jesus may be neglected meeting occasionally, and con- without injury? It is the imsulting upon the best means of perious duty of ministers to feed removing difficulties, and promot- these babes in Christ with knowing religion in their respective ledge, and by affectionate counsel congregations. Were they to encourage them to perseverance. assist each other, on important With an eye of compassion fixed occasions, such as days of fast- on them, Jesus says to us, brething and prayer, and church con- ren, “ Lovest thou me?” Anferences, they might increase each swer him, and forget not his di. other's influence and usefulness. rections. By visiting from house By confining his labours exclu, to house, a pastor becomes intisively to one congregation, a mately acquainted with the spiriminister insensibly loses his in- tual wants of his flock, and his terest in other societies. Those public instructions are more apwho have laboured much as mis propriate. Mutual friendship is sionaries, we apprehend, feel a promoted. A minister takes a deeper interest than others in the deeper interest in his people. He general welfare of the church of preaches with more pleasure to Christ.
them, and they are more atten. N.S. No. 34.
tive to his instruction. The duties from the title affixed to his name, of ministers are arduous; but as few of the Episcopalians in that visiting is one which cannot be period had more inclination, than neglected without injury to their they had right to call themselves flocks. One cause of the woe “ preachers of the Gospel.” Their denounced by God against un- more congenial and legitimate title faithful pastors, in the days of was, “ Vicar, or Rector of — ," Jeremiah, was, that they had &c. Some of your readers may not visited his flock. (Jer. xxiii. 2.) perhaps be able to say, whether Most ministers consider it their Mr. Secker died between 1660 duty to visit the sick and dying, and 1662, or whether he conbut are prone to neglect those in formed at the Act of Uniformity. health. The reflection of the His book is much ridiculed by Rev. Mr. Manly, in the preced. Eachard, in his “ Reasons for the ing narrative, (see the account Contempt of the Clergy.” It is, from Boonville), is worthy of however, thoroughly evangelical, notice, and his resolution ought very sententious, and occasionally to be adopted by every pastor, felicitous. Its great fault is a Sick-bed repentance often proves more than ordinary proneness to spurious upon the return of health, antithesis. Nevertheless, I have It is a fact, too, worthy of no- good reason to know, that it is tice, that revivals prevail almost often read, and well remembered invariably in a general time of by some of our modern popular health. Ministers ought to be preachers, the tenacity of whose assisted in visiting by the elders, powers of reminiscence is so reor influential members of the markable, that they are in a fair churches.
way to resuscitate the whole body (To be concluded in our next.) of obsolete divinity. If your
bookworm readers can, in addiLITERARY INQUIRIES.
tion to the query respecting Secker,
answer another respecting Richard (To the Editors.)
Garbutt, pastor of a church at GENTLEMEN, I should be much Leeds, and author of an excellent obliged to any of your readers, piece on the Resurrection, 12mo. who would acquaint me with some 1669, I shall be obliged. Was particulars of the life of William Mr. Garbutt a nonconformist, or Secker, preacher of the Gospel, not? I am inclined to think he was, who published: “ The Nonsuch and that he died before 1662. Professor in his Meridian Glory,"
HORNBOOKIUS. 8vo. 1660. Mr. Secker is noticed by Lettsome, in his Preacher's Assistant, as a Dissenter; but veSCRIPTION OF THE GENERAL not being mentioned by Calamy, BURIAL GROUND, MANCHESI presume, he did not survive the TER. Act of Uniformity in 1662, in which case he is more properly
(With an Engraving.) to be called a puritan. The style GENTLEMEN,-I remember to of the book indicates, that the have felt no small gratification on author was of nonconformist prin- perusing, in your Magazine for ciples in 1660; but that age was 1822, an account of the approa very slippery one, and many priation of a commodious site of who had professed nonconformity ground in Manchester, for the use in Cromwell's time, stumbled into of the Dissenters, in common with the hierarchy in 1662. I am in- all other persons, who chose to clined also to the same opinion, select it as a resting place for