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it seemed as if it would be impoffi- , thanks. But now,, when the ble, for any thing to stand before thought Itruck his mind, that he the power of God; and that every had no independent power to do one must bow. However dread the least thing without God, it ful experience proves, that natural pricked him to the heart. This men are, indeed morally dead.-- infinite God appeared the great They are harder than rocks, deaf. and first cause of every thing; and er than adders, and more stubborn all centered in him. He was at than the sturdiest oaks ; that which first determined to suppress and will break down the rocks, and conceal his convictions, but foon tear up the obstinate oaks, will found it impossible. And after ahave no effect on the carnal mind. bout two weeks he was hopefuily As means did not begin this work brought savingly to submit to God. of themselves, fo neither did they Another person told me thos, support, or carry it on. But as “ I was returning, on such an evethis was the work of the omnipo- ning, from a conference, where I tent spirit, so the effects produc had seen numbers under concern, ed proclaimed its sovereign, divine and heard others speak of the love Author. One was taken here, of God, and of their hope in and another there ; and often Christ. But nothing took hold of those where we should the least my mind, until as I was on my expect. I have seen some at this way home, these words founded time under the most awakening in my ears. “ Is it nothing to you judgments, as thoughtless as ever; all ye that pass by ?” These words and others in full health and prof- fixed on his mind, and he applied perity pricked in the heart... them thus ; " Is it nothing to me,

A certain neighbour in the that my neighbours and those of course of the winter, had a dan- | my age are troubled about their gerous epidemical disease, (which lins, and some hopefully convert. was now in some instances very ed to God? Have I not fins to be mortal among us) come suddenly troubled about as well as they? into his family in a threatening | And donot I also need conversion : manner. Yet neither this terrible I saw this person about a fortnight fickness, nor the awakenings of after his mind was thus taken hold others, could arouse his attention of, and his convictons were much But after the family were all recov- increased ; when he observed thus; ered, this neighbour, (as he told " I find that all I do is selfish. If me) on a certain morning arose as I pray or read, all is selfish. And secure as ever ; but on going to his I feel myself like one hung upon barn as usual, the thought struck tenter hooks. His situation is very bis mind, that he could not do the distressing, but the more he strugleast thing without God. He had gles the deeper the painful hooks lived a careless, vain life, and made penetrate.” This was Saturday, light of the awakening. He told and it was indeed a serious, trying me he thought it was too filly a hour. But the next day this man thing, for a rational creature to hopes that he received a new heart attend to. He used to say, if a from the ascended Saviour. I have man labored hard he ought to live heard him say “ that a new heart, well. Hence he felt no obliga- or deliverance from fin, appeared tion, nor faw any cause even for he thought, more precious than aking a blesling, or returning deliverance from hell."

I observed a fittle back, that I exceed the provocation ; and, is this spiritual shower was sovereign not too long retained : for the diin its operation. There was a re&tion is, let not the fun go down certain man, between 40 and 50, ) upon your wrath. But is the same living in a remote part of the par-wrath criminal after sunset, which ish, who was a Gallio as to reli- was innocent before ? Or does it gion, and entirely absorbed in the give place to the devil after the things of the world. He had at sun is down, and not before ? Why tended no conferences, and was may we indulge an anger in the seldom at meetings on the Sabbath. day time, which we must put away But one evening having gone to at night ? Belides, are we not liabed as thoughtless as ever, he awa- ble to estimate provocations unjustked about midnight when these ly? One man will highly resent, words came forcibly into his mind: what will give no vinbrage to a6 O that they were wise, that they nother. This explanation of the understood this, that they would precept must certainly be defective consider their latter end!” Here It gives no fixed standard, by was the beginning of his convic | which anger may be tried-It aftion which lasted three or four fords no certain rule for the governweeks. I have heard him say, ment of the passions. Yet, anger is that he found himself naked, a fin. lawful, and not only lawful, but ner, and without excuse. And commendable. It exists in the di. before he found Jefus, he was vine mind: For, God is angry with brought to see that God was just, the wicked every day. We are told if he sent him to hell.

that, on a certain occasion, Fofus I said in the beginning of this looked about, on his captious enc. letter, that before the awakening, mies, with anger, being grieved for modern infidelity had made, and the hardness of their hearts. This was making, alarming progress a. was righteous anger-the anger of mong us. Some who had been an infinitely benevolent mind infideis for years are among the anger, containing a high and per. hopeful converts; and are labor. fect disapprobation of wickedness. ing to build up the faith they once Such anger we may exercise ; and sought to destroy. I might en-Mall, if we have the spirit of Christ. large ; but shall here close my first Buc every degree of that anger, letter, leaving further particulars, which seeks the hurt of its object, for the next; which I purpose to is ciminal. Every degree of that send you (if this is accepted) the feeling of mind, which enjoys the first opportuuity.

sufferings of another, be the prov: From your sincere friend, I ocation what it may, is finful.

JEREMIAH HALLOCK. This is a spirit of revenge. No such West-Symfbary, July 16, 1800. anger as this exists in the divine (To be continued.) mind. God has no pleasure in the

death of him that dieth. He, For the Connecticut EVAN- who can enjoy the pain of another.

GELICAL MAGAZINE. will seek it ; and, if in his power, Ephef. iv. 26 Be ye angry, and inflict it. This is a paffon, therefin not.

fore, directly the reverse of that T TOW is this to be understood ? | benevolence, that love, which we 11 What is finless anger? An are required to exercise, even toanger, say some, which does not ! ward enemies. The disposition,

which enjoys the pain of another, only to acquaint himself with their and leads to inflict it when in our knowledge on these subjects; but power, invades the prerogative of that he hoped to make it an in. that God, who says, vengeance is ftruâive meeting to them that he mine, I will repay. He, who in- would by no means have any of dulges this anger, takes the sword them in the least difconcerted, of divine vengeance into his own tho'he fhould ask several questions, hands. Whenever we feel a pleas- which they might be unable to an. ure in the disappointment, the ca- fwer--that such questions would lamity or sufferings of a fellow- I give him an opportunity to instruct creature, be his character what it them, by answering them himself, may, or whatever abuses we may which, he said, was a principal have received ; it may be depend object that he had in view. He ed on, we indulge a fpirit of re- further desired, that they would, venge. That anger, which will not only give their opinions on any prevent mourning with those, who question he should propofe, but as mourn wbich is inconsistent with far as they were able, give, by way praying for the best good of its ob- of evidence of it, at least one des ject, is sinful. That anger, and cisive proof, as a reason why that alone, which consists in disap- | they believed it, for as he juftly probation of wickedness, and op. remarked, their belief of a truth position of will to it, is lawful. ) would be of little service to satisfy This is virtuous anger-it makes us themfelves, or instruct others, un. like Christ. This anger does not lefs they were able to give a reason ruffile or discompose the mind. It for it, I propose to give you the unfits for no duty ; but may be felt fubstance of the examination. It with calmness and ferenity. We is true that fome of the questions are not forbidden to let the sun go were not correctly answered, and down upon such anger as this. others not in the best manner prov

ed by fome of the candidates. In Letters to Miss N

these cases, the minister explained

them himself. I shall give the an(Continued from page 110 ) fwers, as well as I can, as he eiLETTER II.

ther stated them, or approved

them in others. MA'AM,

Q. Is there a God ? A. There TN my former letter, I began an is ; and it is evident from the ex. 1 account of a meeting I attend istence of the world, and every ed, when a number of people in thing which we behold. Q. Is this town were examined, as can the Bible his word ? A. The exdidates for admisfion into thechurch. alted idea it gives of God, the acI mentioned something concerning complishment of its prophecies, your amiable friend Miss

C a nd the consistency and excellency Your curiosity, you fay (I hope of its doctrines and precepts, prove something more than that has led that it is from him. Q. Is God you to request, that I would finish good ? A. The excellency of his the narration.

law is as real an evidence of his Before the Rev. Mr. be goodness as creation is of his powgan to examine them in the doc- er. His gospel is a further mantrines and institutions of the gospel, | ifestation of unspeakable goodness. he observed, that he designed, not | 2. Is the father God? A. Christ

addressed him as such, when he directly tends to happiness, and the faid, O Father Lord of heaven. scriptures assure us, that the purpose and earth. 2. Is Christ God ? of God respecting the salvation of A. In the beginning was the word men, was from his own love ; that -and the word was God and Christ came to glorify the father ; became deih, and dwelt among us. and that all things shall work to

Q. Is the Holy Ghost God? A.gether for the good of them that Christ speaks of such as are born love God. 2. Is Christ God onof the Spirit, as born of God. ly ? A. His birth, death and When Ananias lied to the Holy | resurrection, show that he is man Ghost, he is faid in doing it, to also. 2. In what did the medialie unto God 2. Are there then torial work of Christ confift ? A. three Gods ? A. The scriptures | In his sufferings, for our pardon, are express that there is but one he redeemed us from the curfe of God, and that there are three that the law, being made a curse for us ; bear record in heaven, the Father, and in his obedience, by which he the Word, and the Holy Ghost; became the Lord our righteousness, and these three are one : and ac that we may be received into glory. cordingly, Christian baptism is in 2. Will all be saved by him? A. each name. Q. Is it proper to No. Wide is the gate, and broad call this diversity three persons ? is the way, that leadeth to destrucA. Christ in speaking of himself, tion, and many there be, which uses the first person, I ; speaking go in thereat. 2. Who will be of the Father, he uses the second laved ? A. Sach as approve of person, Thou; and speaking of the mediatorial character and work the Holy Ghoit, he uses the third of Christ. He that believeth, shall person, Hai 2. Of what use is be saved. 2. How evil is the na. the knowledge of the Trinity? | tural heart ? A. Deceitful above A. It leads us to adore the Father, all things, and desperately wicked as the source of Grace, to rely on miotally depraved. 2. By what Christ, for redemption, and apply means then are finners led to be. to the Spirit, for fan&ification and | lieve ? A. By being created anew comfort. Q. What right has God in Christ Jesus, by the Holy to us, and our services ? A. We Ghost. 2. Of what use then are are his by creation, and he is wor- the common means of grace ? 4. thy of our services. Q. How ex- They awaken men, and store the tenfive is his providence ? A. He understanding with knowledge, and worketh all things according to the prepare meu for the exercise of hocounsel of his own will. Q. What liness,as soon as they are renewed ; is his law ? A. It demands im. and God is pleased to attend such partial and perfect love, on the instructions, with his Spirit. Faith, penalty of death. Thou shalt love the gift of God, comes by hearing. the Lord thy God with all thy 2. When did God fix on such as heart-and thy neighbor as thyself. | he faves ? A. They were cholen The soul that lins, shall die. l. in Christ, before the foundations What is God's object in his law of the world. 2. Are Christians and providence ? 1. To advance preserved from apostasy, by their his own glory and enrich his creat. I own strength and faithfulness? 4. ures with the best manifestations of Their diligence is a means of their his own perfections, in promoting preservation, as Paul kept under the greatest happiness. The law his body ; but they are kept, by

the power of God, thro' faith un- they would meekly fubmit to discia to salvation. Q. Is prayer a du- pline, and on what they placed ty ? A. Public social prayer is their hopes, that they should not instituted ; the apostle directs that be a dishonor to religion ? &c. when the Church is assembled, When the examination was clofirft of all, prayers and supplica- | fed, our minister exhorted us all, tions be made for all men ; our to read the scriptures, not only in Lord directs, that we enter into a devotional way, but as students, our closets, and pray in secret ; that we might never be at a loss and every direction, which respects for evidence, to support every docfamily religion, implies family trine, and duty, taught in the gor. prayer. 2. Of what use is pray- pel. He censured the inattention er? A. It does not prevail on of many Christians to this subject, God to change his purposes; for and stated the dangers to which, he is of one mind, and who can by this neglect, they exposed themturn him ! But it directly honors felves, from the temptations of God, spiritualises the petitioner, Satan, and their own corruptions ; and prepares him to receive the and from the arts, and address, of bleffings, which God has told us, infidels, and heretics ; and the dishe is always ready to bestow on honor they bring on religion, and such as alk. 2. What is submis- on themselves.--He, and the fion to God ? A. It does not im- Committee of the Church, then ply an indifference about our com- retired, to consider, I suppose, forts ; but is resigning all to God, whether they tho't it best to profrom a confidence in the rectitude pound the candidates to the Church, of his administrations. It was or advise them to suspend their properfectly exemplified by Christ, ceedings, 'till by self-examination, when in an agony, he prayed that and prayer, they might become the cup of his sufferings might, if better qualified ; as I understand possible, pass from him, adding, they have so advised in several innevertheless not my will, but thine stances. When they returned, be done.

I the Minister observed to them all, But if I proceed in this manner, that he, and the Committee, were I shall weary you. In addition to not unwilling, on their desire, to these, and many similar questions, propound them to the Churchhe asked them concerning the res that they did not pretend to know urrection of the dead the day of their hearts--that if their profesjudgment the nature of a Gospel lion was false, they must answer Church--the qualificatious for for it themselves, at the last day. membership—the duties of the He cautioned them against settling members to each other the nature down into carelessness, and a good and design of baptism, and the opinion of themselves, because they, Lord's Suppertheir motives, in as would probably be the case, desiring to join the Church, and were admitted into the Church. the privileges they expected if He read to them the confession of they were masters of families, faith and the covenant. He exwhether they prayed in their fam. horted them to walk worthy of the ilies—whether they would consent high vocation wherewhith they were to deny themselves things, in their called, and after some pertinenc view indifferent, if they found them observations, made by the Coma grief to the brethren--whether I mittee to them, he concluded the

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