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ed; not always insisted upon, as the prime, the main, the most necessary ingredient in the cure ] To propose any other remedy, is not unlike the contest fabled be tween the Hydra and Hercules; when the latter cut off one head, seven sprouted out in its room: the beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water. If the tongue set on fire of hell be now so painful and destructive, and the peace of God in Christ be now so salutary and efficacious, are we not called upon to be earnest with God that this peace may be more known, and each for him and herself, see whether we are seeking this peace, and seeking it in the method of the gospel? What a blessed world is that, where all is Christ, all is peace and happiness, and that for ever! O! choose Jesus and so depart from evil; seek peace and pursue it always. Amen.
To the Editor of the Nero Evangelical
I Have been a purchaser and reader of your Magazine from its commencement, and do not scruple to assert that whoever reads and fully appreciates its general contents is under great obligations to the Editor for them. I am, Sir, an unlearned and ignorant man, and doubt not but many of your readers are in the same circumstances. Will you then have the goodness at the close of Dr. Jenkins's Sermon on Evilspeaking, to give us an explanation ef all the foreign words the Doctor introduces into the discourse, and if the Dr. should write again, desire him to consider what Paul says about preaching rn an unknown tongue, 1 Cor. xiv. 17. I am Sir, Very respectfully yours, Robert Davies.
lipping Forest, WaUhamstow, September % 1817. •
In compliance with our correv pondent's courteous request, \n add as follows.
P. 257, Col. II. "Hauteur," a French word signifying haughtiness.
— 258, — I. " Virus," the Latin word, for poison, or the contagious quality.
— 259, — II. " Mens conscia malt," the accusing conscience.
— 260, — I. " Radix," the root, or source,
— 260, — I. "Primum mobile," the main spring, or impulse, which puts all the other parts into activity.
— 261, — I. " Corruplioof timi est pessima"—" The corruption of the best is productive of the worst"—i. e. The best and purest institutions, when once corrupted or vitiated, are found in the process of corruption to oatdo the very worst.
If there be any other hard word in the Doctor's Sermon Which our correspondent cannot master, we think he may be effectually relieved by any English Dictionary.
LETTER FROM A FATHER TO HIS SON LEAVING AN ACADEMY, TO FOLLOW THE PROFESSION OF THE LAW.
To the Editor of the New Evangelicd
Should not the following Letter be deemed inconsistent with the design of your useful publication, the insertion of it might perhaps be beneficial to yonr Juvenile Readers, and would greatly oblige
Your very obedient Servant,
G.A. MY DEAR GEORGE,
The feelings of a fond Father are very warm and lively when his children are the subject of his thoughts; but circumstance* considerably influence the nature and the ardour of those feelings. Where affection and anxious solicitude have been manifested towards a Son, who has returned these kindly emotions with disobedience and ingratitude, the disappointed parent alone can tell the poignancy of his heart-rending distress. It is truly mortifying to have an unfaithful friend; but a rebellious child must be an almost intolerable curse. It is with grateful satisfaction I can say, my s.on, that you have hitherto been a blessing to roe.
The affection of some Parents is divided, and therefore, in some measure weakened, by haying a numerous offspring, each claiming an equal portion of their regards. But as it seemed fit to an ail-wise Providence ]to deprive both myself and you of your dear departed mother soon after your birth, all my earthly wishes have centred in you, and a' considerable portion of my temporal happiness has depended upon you. I bless God that you have contributed vastly more to my comfort than my sorrow; and your dutiful returns of love and reverence have vieji. te-r munerated me for my constant attention to your welfare, and have mitigated the severity of jthe wound which your excellent mother's death lias inflicted. But while I thus approve your conduct, do not complacently imagine that I consider you to be faultless. I hope your own judgment and selfknowledge will acquit me of entertaining such an idea—feu-1 should indeed be sorry if (I thought that 1 knew you better than you know yourself—I am conscious that the partiality of a Father,will too often blind his eyes to the errpr of his children; but ever keeping in mind that it is your duty as well as your interest to search out those follies and improper passions which paternal fondness or want pf opportunity may have prevented me from . detecting: at the same time you will bear with me, nay, you will feel grateful to me, if L point aut and warn you of those which I have discovered. You are now arrived at an age
when the inexperience or thoughtlessness of boyhood can no longer be pleaded in extenuation of error. You know right from wrong, and ypu stand fully answerable before your Maker for every step of your future progress through life. The most saaguiue wish your Father feels, and the most fervent and frequent prayer fie ever offers, next to his own salvation, is that ypu may be a child of God, that you may adorn the Christian character, and finally be a partaker of everlasting felicity. Is your own bosom animated with the sarne desire, my son t Are these the objects after which your highest ambition soars? Youthful ardour is too often excited by far different stimulants. Your love of literary pursuits, and the amiable principles which appear to regulate your actions will, I have little doubt, prevent you from raking after pleasures in the sink of profligacy: and I believe you possess too much pride to suffer your morals to be corrupted by improper company or bad example. But let me repeat what I have often told you, that neither your talents, your virtuous principles, nor your pride will decide your future .condition— These can neither .keep you from Hell, nor carry you to Heaven. They may make you respected by your acquaintances, and flattered by your relatives, but they can never make you comely in the sight of your God.
Though I have sometimes pleased myself with the idea that your consistency of deportment must proceed from the work of grace having commenced in your heart, yet, as you have never been sufficiently ingenuous to declare even a timid hope that you are the subject of this change, I suspect that you rank amongst a class of young men by no means small in the present day. There are many who, like yourself, having had the inestimable advantage of what is called a religious education, and having seen the precepts of Christianity daily put in practice by their pious parents, are become so habituated to a regular and virtuous course of life, that vice is despoiled of its allurements, and they are moral characters almost by necessity. I would not drive you into daring ■wickedness, by presumptuously asserting that there will be no difference between your future state, and that of the most abandoned and degraded slave to sin, if you live and die with no other character than that which I have imagined you to possess: but I am justified in declaring that the only difference will consist in the degree of your condemnation—and can you be satisfied with the reflection, that your hell may perhaps be less intolerable than that of an Infidel or a Deist 1 What! would it afford you an inducement to commit an offence which the laws of your country punish by transportation, because there are other crimes for which justice demands the life of the perpetrator?
Let roe solicit you, at this important era of your life, to lay this subject seriously to heart; and I must request you to read with particular attention those two Sermons of Dr. Watts's, entitled, " A hopeful youth falling short of Heaven." When you have perused these admirable discourses, tell me how far you feel them to be applicable to yourself.
You are now, my dear George, just about to quit the seat of your classical attainments, to follow a . profession more laborious and less interesting than that of a scholar. You will find considerable diligence and application necessary, before you can make any proficiency in this barren and forbidding study. But I hope this difficulty will be the means of correcting your most silly propensity ■*- literary pride. When you perceive how much you have to learn, ypu will draw the
obvious inference, how little you know already. The human heart is naturally steeled against religious impressions, and the pride of intellect covers it with an additional coat of mail. Men of brilliant talents cannot but be conscious of their superiority to the generality of their fellow-creatures. When they speak, they command atten. tion, when they argue, tbey silence their opponents. But alas! their abilities too often serve them as a shield, to blunt the arrows of truth; and as a sword, to wield against the soldiers of Christ.
I am not apprehensive that you will ever thus impiously oppose the energies of your mind, either to the reformation of your own heart, or the advancement of Christianity in the world—but I do fear that the high opinion you seem to indulge of your own attainments, will present a considerable obstacle to your reception of divine truth. You must form a low and a just estimate of yourself; you must look with contempt upon all that you now so fondly cherish, before you can heartily seek the only true "wisdom which cometh down from above," and which alone "is able to make you wise unto salvation."
It is not my object to damp your literary ardour, for this would be to reflect on myself for the liberal education I have given you, and the personal attention I have bestowed upon your improvement; but I wish to divest human learning of that importance which you attach to it. Talents are valuable in proportion as they improve the moral character of man, and sub. serve the cause of religion.—They are often a useful and powerful auxiliary to genuine piety; they enable the Christian to expose the specious sophistry, and counteract the insinuating designs of deism; or to defeat the bolder attempts of infidelity. • ■
Whilst you are culling the flowers which grow in the paths of science, w digging deep for the metal which lies hid in the mines of legal learning, remember, my son, that unless you "walk in the way of the Lord," and are possessed of the " riches of his grace," neither an elegant taste nor extensive knowledge will avail you any thing in a dying hour. Should you remain carelessly indifferent till that awful season, all your sensibilities will then be horribly poignant, all my admonitions will then crowd upon your agonized soul, and you will then believe that when I thus addressed you, I had your best interests at heart. The limits of this Letter forbid my adding more at present; I hope to resume the subject shortly, 'till then believe me to be. Your fond and faithful Father, G. W. A.
To the Editor of the New Evangelical
As I have over found you friendly and candid in giving place lo short extracts from the writings of good men of various persuasions, I trust to your wonted liberality in giving the following just remarks further publicity—they are taken from the "Annual Report of the Rotherham Independent College," which has just come to hand.
Hull, Your obliged friend,
September 4,1817. I. T.
"Consider, for a moment, the religious character of the age in which we have the happiness to live. Is it not also the aera of mental advancement,—of spirited enquiry,—of critical exactness and dexterity? There was an age when (much to their honour), the lowest ranks in society, labouring under every disadvantage, made up almost the aggregate of those who dared to hear the glorious gospel. But, thanks be to God, we have now in our congregations, great numbers, whose habits, manners, and literary advantages, seem to require a ministry, which without overlooking the humblest and poorest of mankind, substituting
finery for solid sense, offering flowers for food, purchasing ap-s plause with mean adulation, ordepartingatall from Scripture models, shall so far " become all things to all men," as to unite taste with simplicity, energy with' clearness, grandeur with truth. Even among general hearers, there is such an advancement of intellect, that what would have once passed without censure, will now be almost universally considered as derogatory to the ministerial office.
As we sometimes behold the spirit of free enquiry (laudable in itself) pushed to a daring extreme, inconsistent with due reverence for the book of God; we are fully sensible that such an evil can be restrained and counteracted, only by a ministry of superior qualifications. While the right of conscience, and of private judgment, are to be inflexibly maintained; a strong barrier must he set up against the ever-roving mintl of man, lest it should wander into the airy regions of fancy, or be drowned in gulphs of his own making. Even truth herself is often obscured and degraded by superfluous ornament. Objections also against many parts of divine revelation, demanding some reply, are, in our day often founded on modern science, travels, and discoveries, so that no mind however strong by nature, can answer them without the aid of learning.
Your Committee are well aware, that from various denominations of Christians, books of criticism bearing more or less on the Sacred Scriptures, are constantly issuing from the press and attracting notice; rendering it highly necessary that some persons should be particularly qualified to estimate their real character, and to decide whether they be useful auxiliaries of Christ, or the unsuspected germs of dangerous theories. We consider it highly desirable that the ends proposed in such Institutions as the Rotherhara Independent College should be clearly defined and fully understood. We utterly disclaim every thing that looks like making preachers, or forming ministers out of mere literary characters; our real aim being not to Make them, but to teach those whom Christ has called to the work, how, by the divine blessing upon their own diligence, they may become able ministers of the New 'Testament, workmen that need not be ashamed. It is not to build religion on the perishable basis of learning: but learning upon religion—" on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;" nor. do we ever profess to build at all where this is not the ground work. A minister with nothing but his learning to recommend bam, though he were a living Encyclopaedia, we should consider as likely to do more harm than good. Our principles are, we trust, those of disinterested zeal ,and benevolence. While rejoicing in the amazing efforts made Jto send "the bread of life" into heathen lands, we cannot but feel ^deeply concerned that our own country, by enjoying it in greater abundance, and in unadulterated purity, may continue " chief among the nations."
In the most affectionate manner iVe would recommend to the young men, who are now enjoying its valuable, numerous, and increasing privileges, a spirit of meekness, docility, and gravity, of Steadiness and integrity, of unremitting diligence and spirituality, of simplicity and love; to guard against the dangerous snares peculiar to their stations; to remember the awful responsibility of their office, and to prepare for any difficulties to which, as the soldiers of Christ, they may be called to in the field of their future warfare. To them we look in years to come, "for the fall and rising again of
many in Israel;" and upon tbew it must depend, in a great measure, whether the temple of truth shall advance in glory, or the edifice be dilapidated, and dishonoured. By our most fervent prayers, we commend them to the care of Him, who not only can make them pillars in his spiritual house, but also keep them from falling, by enabling them rightly "to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the church of the living God."
P. S. You may possibly be disposed also to give your readers the admirable speech of the Her. llobert Hall, A. M. at the Leicester Bible Society Meeting, printed separately, and Sold by T. Hamilton, and Button and Sob, which would further oblige me.*
ILLUSTRATION OF ROM. ix. 1—5. "I say Ihe truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing roe witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen."
The apostle being about to speak of the rejection of the Jews and of the calling of the Gentiles, and to answer some objections to the divine procedure in that matter; and aware that this was a subject exceedingly unpalatable to his countrymen who might be apt to construe what he said as arising from pique or ill-will towards them—he introduces the subject with a most solemn declaration of his concern and strong affection for them.
Ver. 1. J say the truth in Chris I lie not:—that is, I speak the
* This we have done in a snbsegoeci part of this number.