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bring a church to agree in such as with impenitence, it then becomes harsh conclusion as this, so every a just ground of exclusion accor. thing else must be a matter of for. ding to this rule. But, even in bearance, and their zeal for, and this case, you deny that they are attachment to the word of God heathens and publicans; by which must be relaxed to give place to you cannot mean avowed idolaters nobody knows what.
and Roman tax-gatherers, for no. 3. This rule in many cases body maintains this; your meaning would make void our Lord's plain must be, that they are not unfit law of discipline, Matt. xviii. 15- persons for the Christian commu. 18. Though a member should com- nion notwithstanding their obstimit a trespass against his brother, nate impenitency, nor has Christ and continue impenitent after the enjoined to treat as such by put. use of all the means there pre- ting them away. This I think scribed to bring him to repent- clearly overturns our Lord's rule, ance; yet unless the church can and flatly contradicts it. positively determine that this offence, if not repented of, will
To the Editor of the New Evangelical finally exclude him from salvation,
Magazine. he must not be treated as an sir, heathen man and publican, accord A MINISTer lately spealing to Christ's direction. That | ing upon the subject of Salvation, you could not follow out this divine told his hearers, « If Immanuel rule is also plain from the question put not away sin before he expired you put upon it, viz. “Would God
on Calvary's tree, sin is not now appoint his disciples to treat those
put away.” “ Christ died the as heathens and publicans, who, I death due to sin when he was cut though they should persist in the off from communion with his conduct censured by them, are not Father.” The apostle Paul appears heathens and publicans ?" Now if I to have thought differently when neither the offence, nor persisting | he says, “ Christ died for our sins." in it will warrant a church to treat | But as I am not capable of handa person as a heathen man and pub- ling the subject, shall feel much lican, then it is plain that this rule
obliged to you or any of your corof discipline ought not to be fol.
respondents for an answer to the lowed, for Christ assigns no other following
following query. cause for the treatment he there
Was the atonement for sin prescribes. If the conduct cen
completed before Christ died, and sured by them is no cause for such
what did Christ mean when he treatment, they can have no cause I said, " It is finished.” A. C. R. for it at all; for they have no authority to treat any in this manner whose conduct they do not ! A constant reader who has lately censure for some transgression of had his mind much exercised on the Christ's law, and the rule prescribes doctrine of divine providence, is no appeal from their judgment to desirous of asking whether there is any other tribunal on earth. The not only a general, but a special nature or degree of the original and particular providence over offence is not mentioned, and so the Lord's own redeemed peoplemakes no part of the rule. It may to doubt a special providence apbe such an offence as a brother may pears to the writer to strike at the commit seven times in a day, and faith, the hope, and comfort, so yet be forgiven upon his professing necessary to support the tried repentance, see Luke xvii. 3, 4. | Christian in seasons of affliction. but if justified, or persisted in
Female Scripture Biography: including nine excellence, he must paint with
an Essay on what Christianity has less gaudy colours. “I will, says an done for Women. By FRANCIS apostle, that women adorn themselves Augustus Cox, M. A. 2 vols. 8vo. in modest apparel, with shamefacedabout 500 pages each. Price 24s. ness and sobriety; not with broidered boards. London. Gale and fen- | hair, or gold or pearls, or costly array, ner, 1817.
but (which becometh women profesIt may be thought a homely, but it / sing godliness) with good works.” certainly was a very significant des. It is added “ Let the woman learn in cription which the late Mr. Fuller silence, with all subjection-but I sufwas accustomed to give of the writ | fer not a woman to teach, nor to ings of one of his “ dearest brethren" usurp authority over the man, but to when he termed them “ Veal pie be in silence; for Adam was first without either pepper or salt." It formed then Eve: and Adam was not would appear that he himself was deceived, but the woman being defond of a little seasoning; and, to speak ceived was in the transgression." the truth, we have no objection to it 1 Tim. ii. 9-14. “ Wives be in subourselves, provided it be dealt outjection to your own husbands”-and in moderation. Yet we should think your “ adorning let it be that ornait very possible to select a dish, to ment of a meek and quiet spirit, which which neither“ Mrs. Raffald,” nor the is in the sight of God of great price : “Domestic Cookery," would recom- For after this manner in old times the mend the application of pungent holy women also, who trusted in God, spices--but would rather direct their adorned themselves, being in subjecbeing served up in the plainest and tion unto their own husbands: Even simplest manner without any adven- as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling titious aid from the culinary art. him lord," or master. 1 Pet. iii. 1-6. Now it strikes us that there is a con- Here is the standard of all true siderable analogy between the food of female excellence; and it is manifest the body and that of the mind and at first view, that the writer of Female that if there be certain articles of diet Biography, who makes a point of rewhich disdain to receive improvement ducing all the graces of character to from the skill of a “ French cook,” | this model or rule, though he may it will hold equally true, that there embellish his composition with the are also literary undertakings of flowers of rhetoric, he can avail himwhich simplicity and plainness are self of neither the marvellous, nor their highest ornament.
1 yet of the sublime, to arrest the atten. We hope Mr. Cox will not take the tion of his readers. alarm at this strange introduction to Mr. Cox's voluines are designed to the review of his “ Female Scripture form a Supplement to the Biographia Biography," nor imagine, for a mo- cal works of Dr. Hunter and of the ment, that we have the slightest in- | late Mr. Robinson of Leicester, but tention to treat the article with more especially of the latter. Our levity. We were led into the above opinion of the “ Scripture Charactrain of thought, by reflecting on the ters," has been already given in a peculiarity of the subject of his work former page of this number (See p.
a work which he has “ respectfully 163.) and to the judgment there of inscribed to the Ladies of Great Bri- fered we still adhere. The project of tain." The object of the publication furnishing a continuation ofthat work. is obviously to form and regulate the to consist wholly of female characfemale character on Christian prin- / ters, was happily conceived; and, to ciples. To accomplish this, he can make the sequel at least equal to its not avail himself of the exploits of an predecessor, was, in truth, not a difAgrippina or a Cleopatra, nor any ticult undertaking. It is therefore no heroine of more recent date. If he great compliment to Mr. Cox to say keep his attention fixed upon the that he has successfully accomplished Scriptures, and deduce from that it. His volumes may with perfect divine standard, his patterns of femi- safety be put into the hands of any VOL. III.
female or of any family. We could were destined to become-till at indeed wish that something more length, “ fair as the moon" ascending solidand substantial---something that to the noon of her glory, and tinging enters more into the meaning of the with the mildness of her beam, every scriptures, and that is calculated to earthly object, woman attains her ininform the understanding, while it disputed eminence, and diffuses her sways the will and affections, could benignant influence in society." p. gain a preference in the female esti- lxviii. mation; but this light and easy read- All this is very fine, and “ the ing, unfortunately, is 'in more preva Ladies of Great Britain,” of the prelent request, and authors will always sent day, cannot do less than make be found in readiness to gratify the their courtesy to Mr. Cox, for so elepublic taste however erroneous or gant a compliment. « From the vitiated it may be.
dark and deeply shaded back-ground The Characters which Mr. Cox has of the picture of female degradation, undertaken to amplify and improve formed by the facts (which he had are those of EveSarah-Hagar--adduced in the previous part of the Lot's wife-Rebekah-Miriam, the / Essay,] Christianity is brought forsister of Moses Naomi, Orpah and ward with conspicuous prominence in Ruth_Deborah-Manoah's wife all her gracefulness. The contrast is Hannah - Abigail The Queen of at once striking and affecting: the Sheba The Shunammite-- Esther, moral scene brightens upon the view in Vol. 1. The second vol. com- as we contemplate this attractive prises The Virgin Mary--Elizabeth- figure, combining majesty and mildAnna-The Woman of Samaria ness-fascination in her smiles and The woman who was a sinner-The heaven in her eye." p. lxxiv. If this Syro-Phenician-Martha and Mary- be not genuine Romance, it certainly The poor widow-Sapphiram-Dorcas borders closely on it! and Lydia.
Far from our hearts be the remotest The Essay on what Christianity has wish to detract from the honour of done for Women is with propriety in the female character, or to degrade the troduced at the beginning of the sex a step lower in the scale of society second Volume, and occupies 100 than is allotted them in the word pages. It takes a survey of the con- of God- if any error attach to us oil dition of females and the rank which this subject, it certainly lies on the they occupied in society among the other side. But after all, these florid Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans of descriptions of Mr. Cox's are liable to old in savage, superstitious and create mistakes, and to injure rather Mahometan countries in inore recent than benefit the cause he professes to times, and in each of the four quar-serve. Christianity has done muchters of the world—but particularly very much more indeed than can Asia and Africa; and in this part of possibly be told, for both man and his Essay, Mr. Cox has availed him- woman. It has brought life and imself of a mass of interesting infor- mortality to light-and in this respect mation which has been communi- lit places both upon a level-for“there cated from time to time by our Mis- is neither male nor female in Christ sionaries in those countries. From Jesus." It has also tended much to this, the author reverts back to Patri, correct some of the grosser evils archal times and the period of the which have resulted from the corrup, Jewish Theocracy. “ By this mode tion of human nature, and poisoned of conducting the argument" says he the sweets of domestic life. It has "we trace the great epochs in the in a great measure abolished Polyhistory of female amelioration: the gamy, and rescued the female chaglory of woman appears at first racter from the state of degradation eclipsed, as behind a dark cloud, which must ever attend it where that which the passions of a degenerate practice prevails. But after all, it race had interposed to hide and de- should never be forgotten, nor kep! base her; she then emerges, though out of sight, when the subject is ex partially, to view, through the mists | pressly under consideration, that the and obscurities of a temporary dis- sphere allotted to females, and pensation, adapting itself to the cir- which they are destined by the cumstances of mankind as they then ) Creator to move, is a humble one. 10 existed; but unsuited to what they woman is to be clothed with shame facedness and sobriety-the orna- man has fallen under the dominion of his ments with which she is to be adorned Benses, it delivers its happy possessor from are those of a meek and quiet spirit
this state of degradation and wretchedness. she is not to usurp authority over the
“ But though this be a general signifiman, but to be in subjection--and if
f|cation of the word, its more precise and she be a wife, she is to cultivate |
appropriate use in the Gospel is expressed
by the phrase, “ believing that Jesus is obedience, submission, and reverence
the Christ, the Son of God.” Here the towards her husband, such as the
general and the particular use are neceschurch owes unto Christ, Eph. iv. sarily blended. Faith is belief--but be. 22—24. And the more she excells in lief in “ the truth as it is in Jesus." To these things, the more honourable she believe, in the ordinary sense, is to admit becomes. It were easy to enlarge on a fact, to assent to the statement of an this part of the subject, and to evince
| accredited or respectable witness; to beboth its reasonableness and its con
lieve in Jesus as the Son of God, is to ac
knowledge his real character, to perceive formity to the revealed will of God,
his true dignity, to view and to love him, had we time and space for it; but we
not only as distinguished by perfect exshall only further remark upon it, that
cellence, but as specifically the Saviour Paul assigns two reasons for this sub of lost sinners: for “ whosoever believeth jection on the part of the woman; the that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God." first is that she was created after the Faith comprehends what he is, contemman, and as an assistant to him-the plates him in all his glorious offices, and other, that she was first in the trans from the manger of meanness traces him gression. 1 Tim. ii. 13, 14. It struck
to the throne of power, relying upon what us as a defect in Mr. Cox's Essay,
he has suffered and said as the infalliblo
pledge of what he will accomplish. It that he has (perhaps from an unwil
is not only well informed, but humble. lingness to hurt the feelings of " the It resided in his heart who exclaimed, Ladies of Great Britain.") Kept this “ Lord, save me!" It dictated his lanhumbling doctrine too much out of guage who cried out, “ Lord, remember sight, and indeed throughout his book me when thou comest into thy kingdom." there is not sufficient attention paid It gave efficacy to the prayer of that hnum. to it. 'Tis wrong to extend our polite
ble petitioner who said, “Speak the ness at the expence of the doctrine of word only, and my servant shall be
healed.” It is pleasing to Ged, essential scripture.
to salvation, and his own gift; for Enoch We must not, however, allow our
had this testimony, that he pleased God" readers to run away with the mis- |
_"a man is justified by faith”-and taken notion that we have found by grace ye are saved through faith, and nothing in these volumes to afford us that not of yourselves, it is the gift of satisfaction. We were not a little God.” pleased, in reading the history of Dorcas, at meeting with the following He then goes on to show that faith correct account of faith. And we ex is not a dormant principle, but active tract it, because we have recorded our and operative-that it stimulates to dissent from Mr. Robinson's notion the most laborious duties; to sustain of it; See p. 165.
the most poignant sufferings; that it
produces the greatest purity of cha“ This term is of various import, and of racter and above all, that it “ works very extensive application in Scripture. by love." These properties of genuine It signifies belief, and refers to testimony faith are all exemplified in the history either human or divine; but is restricted I of Dorcas. in its evangelical use to the latter. Reve
We cannot resist the temptation, lation in general is the object of faith;
straitened as we this month are for and those invisible realities which it dis
room, to introduce another extract, closes to the mental eye are seen with equal distinctness and believed with equal
and we do it chiefly for the sake of conviction, as if they were capable, from
Mr. Cox's ministerial brethren, to possessing some material quality, of im- whose serious attention we earnestly pressing the corporeal senses. Faith recommend it. The subject is envy glorifies its great Object and Author by and the remarks will be found in the paying an implicit deference to his autho history of MIBIAM. rity. It asks no other bond than his promise, no other evidence or attestation than
“ And can Miriam be envious ? Strango his veracity. It not only ranges through | infatuation! But, perhaps, we are really worlds which mortal eye could never ex- censuring ourselves. Listen to the un. plore, but which human reason could biassed voice of conscience. Does it not never discover; and as by transgression thunder in your cars, Thou art the man ?". Art thou insensible to its powerful and his book we have felt a temptation, just remonstrances,' Wherein thou judgest' now and then, to mete out to him a another, thou condemnest thyself; for modicum of praise; but we have been thou that judgest doest the same things ?' checked by the consideration that it O beware of this mean, creeping, reptile
is a dangerous thing to some persons, spirit; Persons in eminent stations may, in a certain degree, expect to suffer from
and as we wish well to Mr. Cox, we the wiles of envy; but to suffer from those
would not willingly injure him. Our of their own household, and from persons
only fear is that some silly body of on whose friendship they have had the men in America will, for want of greatest reasons to rely, must be peculiarly something better to do, be sending affictive. If it be possible to add one him over a Diploma in a year or two, drop to the bitterness of such a portion, creating hirn D.D. and if such a it is by being envied and consequently foolish affair should take place, we depreciated by those who are associated
sincerely hope (though in these days in the same sacred office. A remark upon
of childishness and vanity we can this subject cannot be misplaced; the history seems rather to claim it. A mortal | scarcely expect 1), hane
i scarcely expect it) that he will have creature cannot be invested with a more the virtue ard good sense to cast it to important commission than that of the the dunghill. ministry of the word. So highly did the apostle of the Gentiles appreciate bis A Collection of Hymns, &c. By JAMES work, that, gifted as he was in every re- UPTON. Second Edition. London. quisite to discharge it with honor and suc- Button; and Gale and Fenner. 45. cess, he exclaimed, “Unto me, who am bound. . less than the least of all saints, is this The authors from whom Mr. Upton grace given, that I should preach amongst
has made this Selection are Messrs. the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. But if each heavenly ambassa
| Kelly, Medley, Newton and Cowper, dor be really convinced that he and his
Hoskins, Fawcett, Hart, Fellows, brethren are intrusted with an office at Kent, Stephens (of Colchester) with once so dignified in its nature, so useful a few Anonymous writers. The in its design, so extensive in its duties, Hymns are four hundred and nineteen that no one can adequately fulfil for him- in number, and the publication has self what would be sufficient to expend this singularity that each author's the energies of an angel; and that the hymns are printed in succession. combined exertions of all the preachers Were we disposed to make any rethat ever have, or ever will, minister in holy things, cannot wholly occupy the
marks on this collection, it would be sphere of possible usefulness, were every
only to express a fear that Mr. Upton power of the mind, and every moment of
has been too solicitous about the eletime, made tributary to the service-if gance of the poetry or the graces of this were duly considered, surely instead versification, to the neglect of doctriof envying, depreciating, and thwarting nal sentiment. Perhaps our meaneach other, perfect love must prevail, ning will be best understood by an and mutual assistance be incessantly ren- 1 example. Watts and Doddridge are dered. The world is sufficiently disposed our two most eminent writers of to reproach the servants of the sanctuary; sacred poetry. The latter eminently they should not undervalue each other. )
:: excelled in the luxurious harmony of Nothing can exceed, and no words can !! express, the littleness of attempting to ! mis very
to his versification; but take him in the construct our own fame upon the ruins of i general, and he is not to be compared others; and when this temper exists, as with Watts in the richness of his senti. it sometimes unquestionably does, amongst ment-nor do we think that any other those who teach humility, it is singularly writer who has succeeded him is, in detestable. Ministers of the divine word that respect, comparable to him. In should be guardians of each others' repu- his sacred Poetry, while rarely defitation, aware that the honor, and in some cient in the harmony of his numdegree the success of it depends upon the here
bers, there is always something to
the character of its publishers and representatives. Miriam and Aaron should have Jeeu ine mind, and
feed the mind, and this is what we think been the last, while, such is human na
should be particularly regarded by ture, they were the first, to envy Moses !" those ministers who undertake to en
| rich our stock of hymns for public In this extract, the reader has no worship. There are many excellent unfavourable specimen of Mr. Cox's hymns in Dr. Rippon's Selection; flowing diction, and of the pertinency but, in our opinion, it errs greatly on of remark with which he has inter- the score now mentioned. One half spersed his biographical details. We lof his volume is only fit for the nurwill not deny that in glancing over sery, or at most for the parlour!