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The beneficial Influence of the Gos- higher standard of morals was intro
pel. A Sermon preached before duced; and crimes, which formerly the Society in Scotland for pro- from the view of men, and took refuge
stalked abroad without a blush, fed hagating Christian Knowledge in the shades of night. In every in the Highlands and Islands, country where Christianity prevailed, at their Anniversary Meeting it meliorated the condition, and exaltin the High Church of Edino ed the character of man. It encouburgh, June 14, 1804, by the raged the arts of peace, mitigated
the calamities of war, gave protec. Rev. WALTER BUCHANAN, tion and consequence to the lower ranks A. M. one of the Ministers of of society, and rescued the female Canongate, Edinburgh,
sex from that degraded and servile This is an excellent sermon.
state, to which they were subjected The style of the preacher is ani. While it taught the poor to be con
throughout the whole heathen world. mated and elegant, serious and tented and industrious, it restrained impressive. His opinions are or- the power of the great, checked the thodox ; his information various, arrogance of the rich, and infused extensive, and particular. He is
into the breasts of all, who felt its not one of those, who “ mount
power, a tender sympathy for the
woes of others. In the whole range the rostrum with a skip, of Pagan antiquity, no traces are to and then skip down again.” be found of any asylum for the indi. His sermon is long, but were it gent or afflicted, the helpless orphan longer, it would not tire the the gospel extended its influence, in
and destitute widow: but wherever reader. The preacher feels as stitutions were formed, and houses he speaks, and like “a workman” were opened for the relief of almost pleads the cause of God; while every species of human sorrow. In he informs his hearers, he inter- fine, it has contributed more than any,
nay, than all other causes, to humanests their affections ; while he ize the heart and to civilize the manconvinces their understanding, ners of mankind.” he persuades their hearts.
The text, which is the foundation of this discourse, is Phile
The moral Tendency of Man's mon ver. ll. Which in time past
Accountableness to God; and was to thee unprofitable, but nozu
its influence on the happiness of profitable to thee and me.
society. 1 Sermon preached on A few sentences may give
the day of the General Election some idea of the sermon, P. 33,
at Hartford, in the State of “ As Christians multiplied in the
Connecticut, May 9th, 1805. world, the happy effects of the gos- By ASAHEL HOOKER, A.M. pel became more and more apparent. Pastor of the Church in Goshen. The knowledge of their principles, Hartford. Hudson & Goodwin. and the influence of their example, were gradually diffused through the
AFTER a careful perusal, and community, and produced an import re-perusal of this discourse, we ant alteration in the opinions and usa- hesitate not to pronounce it ex. ges of the people at large. Gross
cellent. Notwithstanding the idolatry with its train of attendant abominations, vanished before it :
uncandid and injudicious sugo men began to entertain juster con- gestions of certain individuals, ceptions of God, and their duty: a we are bold to say, it is truly and
uncommonly excellent. We say that ordinance under their miri. this without any risk of charac- istry. By ISAAC CLINTON, ter. For in this case we already Pastor of a church in South. have the advantage of knowing wick. Springfield. Henry the publick opinion. The enlight- Brewer. ened Christian publick, as far In the 1st. section, the author as it has been acquainted with states the point in controversy. this discourse, has pronounced “On the one side it is maintainit one of the best ever delivered ed, that the infants of believers on such an occasion. But let all have a right to visible memberwho have opportunity read and ship in the church, and are projudge for themselves. We shall per subjects of the seal of the esteem it a happy circumstance, covenant. On the other side the if those remarks which have evi. Baptists not only deny this docdently been designed to sink the trine, but endeavour to maintain, value, and circumscribe the in- that baptism, when administered fluence of this sermon, should to the children of believers, is make it more generally known. not valid. On this account they For we doubt not, the more it is deny us communion at the known, the more it will be ap- Lord's table ; and in this respect proved and admired. The preach- make no difference between us er displays, to an uncommon de: and heathen." gree, the qualifications which his In the second and third sec: office requires, and which the in- tions, he proves from various teresting occasion particularly passages both in the Old and called for. In every part he New Testament, “ That the covshows himself the dignified enant, which God made with Christian orator. There is no Abraham, was the covenant of appearance of lightness, grovel. grace, and that the gospel disling sentiment, adulation, or in- pensation is the fulfilment of the decision. He is full of his sub- mercy covenanted to Abraham ; ject, which is very important and and consequently that the same well chosen. His language is at persons, who were subjects of once copious and energetic. We the seal when the covenant was make no quotations, as it would first instituted, are subjects of be difficult to treat the discourse the seal noy, and that the same with justice, without transcribing qualifications, which were once the whole.
sufficient, are sufficient still. We add the pleasing informa. That as the infants of believers tion, that the amiable author is, were then the subjects of the with increasing reputation and ancient seal, which was circuminfluence, employed in the im. cision ; such are now subjects of portant work of teaching stu, baptism, the present seal.” dents in divinity.
In the fourth section he shews,
that “ the character of people in Treatise on Infant Baptism, covenant, and of people out of proving, from the scriptures, covenant, is described in the that infants are proper subjects same manner and by the saine of Baptism, were so considered terms, both under the Abrahamic by the Apostles, and did receive and under the Christian dispen- .
sation; and consequently, that daizing teachers contended for it under both dispensations, the as a Mosaic rite, binding men to church is the same. And that keep the ceremonial law, which as the same character is given to law was done away in Christ. the children of believers, as to The author has treated his believers themselves, both have subject with great candour, per. an equal right to the seal of, and spicuity and judgment. He has to a standing in the covenant of brought up to view some arguGod.”
ments, which we have never seen In the fifth section, he adduces in other writers on the subject. "evidences of the fact, that in. And by his critical and judicious fants were baptized by the apos. remarks, he has cast new light tles.” These evidences are stat, on several passages of scripture. ed in a clear, and applied in a We recommend his treatise to forcible manner.
the attentive perusal of those And as the Baptists generally who wish for information on a demand some plain example, or subject so much controverted at express precept for the applica, the present day. tion of the seal of the covenant to infants under the gospel dispensation, the author, in his sixth section, meets them on their
The sublime Nature of Christian. own ground. He there shews,
ity proved by the extraordinary that the children of believing
Manner in which it was com. Jews were circumcised under the
municated to the World. A Scr. ministry of the apostles and by
INon delivered at Greenland, the direction of the Holy Ghost;
May 22, 1805, at the Ordina. that circumcision among the
tion of the Rev. James Arm, Christian Jews, was, by the apos.
81rong Neal, to the pastoral tles, considered in the same
Care of the Church and Society light, and as having the same
in that Place. By JEŞSE AP validity as baptism among the
PLETON, A.M. Congregational believing Gentiles, and as appli.
Minister in Hampton. Ports, cable to subjects of the same de.
mouth. Pierce and Gardner, scription. And consequently,
1805. P. 24. that we have the explicit exam- The text is chosen from Hagple of the apostles, and the ex. gai ii. 6,7. I will shake the hear. press direction of the Holy ens and the earth, the sea and the Ghost to apply to infants the ex- dry land : I will shake all nations, isting seal of the covenant of and the Desire of all nations shall grace."
come. The plan proposed is, to In some following sections he inquire, 1. Why Jesus Christ is farther elucidates and applies this called the desire of all nations. argument, by shewing, that cir. 2. To consider the mighty prepcumcision was no part of the arations, which were made, in ceremonial law, and was never the course of Divine Providence, considered as such by the apos, for revealing Christ to
the tles ; but as a seal of the cove. world; and then to conclude nant of grace ; and that they ale with some inferences and adways disallowed it, when the Ju, dresses. This plan is closely
adhered to, and ably executed. Cyrene. In this manner, the shakThe illustrations are clear and ing of nations made way for the perspicuous; the proofs cogent
coming of the Son of Man.” and convincing; and the whole become only a little too ignorant and
“Let us suppose that mankind had subject is treated with a serious vicious, and that in order to be set ness, becoming the character of right they needed nothing but soine a Christian minister, and the so- clearer instructions in morality, and lemnity of the occasion. There as to the consequences of virtue and is no study of musical periods ; amendment of life makes atonement
vice ; let us suppose, likewise, that no search after rhetorical orna
for past sin, and one cannot possibly ments ; no attempt at the ex- account for the astonishing manner, citement of the passions. Truth in which the religion of jesus was is directly addressed to the introduced. If we suppose him to be understanding and the
only a good and great philosopher,
somewhat more wise and virtuous science. The following passages than Socrates, and divinely commisfurnish a specimen of the intelli- sioned, as was Moses or Isaiah ; such gence of the preacher; of his an instructer would indeed be an im. theological knowledge ; and of portant blessing ; but certainly his
character would by no means correshis neat and handsome style of pond with the reasonable expectation composition.
of those, who had read the prophe“However wonderful the Mosaic cies, and were acquainted with those economy, it was altogether subser, events, which were preparatory to his vient to the revelation of Jesus Christ. coming. On such a supposition, It made nothing perfect, but was de. there would be, in the divine econosigned for the bringing in of a better my, an evident want of analogy and hope. Many of its rites were designa proportion. That four thousand years ed to create and preserve, in the should have been expended in prepaminds of the Jews, an abhorrence of ration; that divine promises should the surrounding idolatry, and, at the have been made, time after time; same time, to excite expectation of a that a series of prophets should have mere spiritual kingdom. Their sac- been raised up; that God should rifices were typical of Christ's atone have essayed, as Moses saith, to go ment; and their sprinklings and ab. and take a nation out from the midst lutions were significant of spiritual of another nation, by temptations, signs cleansing. Their prophets foretold and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand Christ, and their church preserved and a stretched out arm, and by great the prophecies, which they delivered. terrours ; that this nation should have Even their captivities were made sub. been hedged round and fenced in, so to servient to the Christian dispensa speak, in distinction from all other tion. When the ten tribes, for their people, with evident regard to the apostacy, were carried captive into Christian dispensation ; that other Assyria, and placed in Halah and in nations, even the most distant, should Habor, and in the cities of the Medes, have been shaken or quieted, as was (2 Kings xvii. 6.) they doubtless com- most conducive to the great design : municated to their conquerors some that these mighty preparations should knowledge of the Mosaic religion, have taken place for no other object and some general account of those than to bring in a system of morality, prophecies, which had, at that time, the principal design of which was to been delivered concerning Christ. correct the aberrations of a world, : The same was done by the remaining moderately well disposed already, is tribes, when they were removed to a supposition, which cannot, without Babylon. The same was done by extreme difficulty, be reconciled with those Jews, who, in later ages, but at the perfections of him, who hath a different periods, were carried cap- bounded towards us in all wisdom and tive to Alexandria, to Lybia and prudence."
Extracts from the Fournal of JOHN strongly favoured the doctrines of the
SERGEANT, Missionary to the Stock. prophet, but took no offence when I bridge Indians from the Society in explained to them the necessity of Scotland, from the first of July, 1803, appearing before the great God of to the first of January, 1804. Spirit in the name of the Saviour he
July 1, 1803. Agreeably to ap- had appointed. pointment, four of the Onondago I shewed them a great Bible given chiefs came to see me, and introduced to the Stockbridge tribe of Indians conversation in the following manner. in the year 1745, by Dr. Ascough of
“Father, There is reason of thank. London; and by help of the many fulness that the great, good Spirit has plates it contained I was enabled to preserved is, that we are able to give them a short history of the mect together at this time.
whole Bible, shewed them also the “ We will improve this opportunity map of the land of Canaan, the travel to let you know further concerning of the children of Israel through the our customs.
wilderness, to all which they gave “We have agreed to obey the voice strict attention, and appeared to be of the great, good Spirit, in forever well pleased. forsaking the wicked practice of ex. Aug. 4. A general Council of the cessive drinking, which we and our tribe was called.
Capt. Hendrick ancestors have followed, and also all then repeated to the people the subother wicked practices. We see your stance of their proceedings among house of worship, where you meet ten trihes of the western Indians ; once in a while, particularly one day particularly at a general Council held in a weck, to worship God.
the beginning of June last, on the riv. “ We think it right that all should er Maumee. Their report gave uni. go into that house to hear the word versal satisfaction to the tribe. of the great, good Spirit. We be. There were nine of them in number. lieve that all who go there to please All had enjoyed perfect health, and him must go with their spirits; if were remarkably successful in all their they do not thus, they cannot please proceedings with the western tribes. him.
One of their speeches, and the an“Further, it is one article of our swer, I will here note down. faith to be very attentive to parents, and the aged ; that it would be im- Extract from the Journals of the Ine possible for children ever to compen. dians, being the Sixth Speech deliv., sate their parents for their care of ered the Delaware nation, residing at them in their infancy.
Waupekummetuhl, or White rivet, “We have another article of belief, on the 15th of April, 1803. that it is the will of the great, good “Grandfather, again listen to the Spirit, that man and wife should al- voice of your grandchildren, the ways live together, and never part on- Mahkakunnuk. ly by death.
“I have observed to you in my “We wish you to persevere to in. other speech, that there was and is culcate upon your children the neces. two great Spirits; the one is holy and sity of a reformation, or we shall be a good, and the other is bad. Likeruined people."
wise there is and has been two sorts They concluded hy desiring me to of white people, who follow two difgive them advice how they should ferent paths; the one belieres the persevere in their reformation, which great and good Spirit, and the other I afterwards did by the assistance of the evil spirit. And I will now tell Mr. Parish, the Agent, who speaks you further, that the one loves the Intheir language, and had arrived at dians in general, and the other has no my house after they concluded their compassion on them. The one has address. They appeared thankful been endeavouring to civilize and for all the instruction ! gave them; christianize them, and the other has