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mind that night, till she fell asleep, I lightful ; they cordially approved and returned next morning when of its truths and requirements as The awoke. But soon after, the just and reasonable. Sio appeared was very powerfully impressed with hateful ; they felt very vile and a sense of her exceeding wicked criminal on account of their fin pels and criminality, and felt, as and opposition against God, Jesus if fhe was the most vile, unworthy | Christ, and the gospel, and were finner on earth. She was so op. ready to wonder, that they had pressed and distressed with a fense been spared, or that there was any of her finfulness, that she could not hope in their case. They felt adil. attend to the concerns of her fam-position to love and forgive their ily. But before noon her mind enemies, and to seek and pray for was relieved. Her heart was fils the salvation of all around them. led with joy, love and praise to These and other similar views and God from a view of the loveliness feelings have been generally maniof his glorious character, and of fested by the converts. But some his great mercy and condescension have manifested a much more liveto finners. Her great desire was ly sense of these things than others. that all woald praise God. She | At first their minds were so ergrofcontinued in this situation, praising | sed by these objects, that they and rejoicing in God two or three thought little or nothing about their days, before she thought she had own salvation. Others have obany title to salvation.
served, that it seemed to them, Others were under conviction that God's character would appear three or four days, or a week, and glorious and lovely and they could some for several weeks or months, rejoice in it, even if they should before they appeared to become be cast off. Their love to God reconciled to God.
and his government appeared to When they found sensible relief originate from a real reconciliation in their minds, it was commonly to his holy character, and therefrom a discovery of the glory, ami. | fore to be effentially different from ableness, and rectitude of the di- that false, selfish love, which arises vine character, and from a dispo. from a belief that God is reconcisition to submit to God. On dis led to us, and designs to save us in covering the glory of the divine i particular. For it is from finding chara&ter they felt a disposition to in themselves this love and reconlove, praise and rejoice in God, ciliation to God's character, law, whatever became of them. They and government, and a disposition had new views and feelings towards to delight in the truths and duties almost every thing around- Jesus of religion, that they indulge a Christappeared glorious and lovely, I hope, that they have become heirs and such an all-fufficient Saviour, of salvation. as they needed ; and therefore they Those, who entertain this hope, cordially trusted in him for falva.
alted in him for falva. | generally appear to have a humble tion. They were pleased with the sense of their finfulness, unworthiterms of the gospel, which are cal-ness, and entire dependence upon culated to exalt God and humble God, and continual need of the finners. They could rejoice, that quickening, asisting influences of the Lord reigned, and would dif. the holy spirit ; and express an pose of all events, as he saw best. | earnest desire to be freed from their The bible appeared new and de- remaining depravity. Numbers of the youth have observed, that they concerning the Articles of Faith, formerly supposed religion to be adopted by this church, that the gloomy, disagreeable, and that it first time they heard them after would destroy all their pleasure this change, it appeared to them, and comfort, should they embrace that they had been greatly altered it. Therefore they could not from what they were before. For think of engaging in it, and were they used to appear very hard and really afraid they should have it. unreasonable and as if none could But they now say " they never really believe or approve of them; knew what real peace or happi but that they now contained nothness was before--that at times they ing, which did not appear rational find a joy and satisfaction in God and to which they could no: fully and divine things, which far ex- and cordially affent. ceeds all the pleasures that the It may be useful here to give world can afford, and that they some particular account of a rehave experienced more real hap- markable display of the sovereign piness in attending one religious power and mercy of God in awameeting than in all their vain, finful kening a certain person. He was amusements."
a young married man, who was The peculiar doctrines of the inclining to infidelity, and made gospel, such as the entire deprav- very light of the revival when it ity of the natural heart, regenera- | began, calling it delusion, enthution by the efficacious influences siasm, and priestcraft. As his wife of the holy spirit, justification by was among the first who appeared faith alone, God's sovereignty and seriously impressed; he endeavored universal government, or his de. to divert and hinder her attention, crees and election—these doctrines and to ridicule her out of her sewhich are so crossing to the de. riousness. He was highly dispraved feelings of the natural pleased, because she was affected, heart, and so bitterly opposed and and shed tears at hearing a sermon, denied by many, appear to be very and said, he was alhamed of her fully and cordially embraced by | folly, and that no preaching or those who are hopefully renewed. minister could ever fetch a tear Altho'many of them once disliked from him. Sometime after his these doctrines, and thought them wife was apparently reconciled to very hard and unreasonable, as im God, she was about to go with a penitent sinners generally do ; yet number of others to be examined they appeared to be led immediate for admission into the church. He Jy into them by the convictions of endeavored to dissuade her from the divine fpirit, as being the on it, saying, that was unnecessary, Jy doctrines which afforded any and that she could as well live reground of hope to finners. Some ligion, without making a public of them have observed, that it ap. | profession, as with. But as she, pears to them, that every one who thinking it to be her duty, went to has been brought to a just sense of be examined ; he was greatly dishis ruined situation, through the pleased would hardly speak to renewing influences of the spirit, her, and scarcely take his food for and become reconciled to God, several days. He told her brothmust be convinced of the truth of er, that he designed to go to sea, these doctrines, and cordially em- and swore that he never would go brace them. Seyeral have told me,' into the meeting-house with ber again. But that very day there informs us, that the preaching of was a lecture appointed at the the gospel produced such happy meeting-house, and as the family and glorious effects, where it was were getting ready to go, her fa- first propagated by the apostles. ther, with whom he lived, propo-Great multitudes both of Jews and sed that he should go with them in Gentiles were then awakened, the waggon. Forgetting his prom turned from fin to holiness, called ise he accordingly went, and as out of darkness into marvellous he entered the meeting-house, he light, and added to the church of was first of all powerfully struck Christ. When therefore we fee with the recollection, that he had the gospel now producing such ef. sworn never to go there with his feets, they greatly confirm its wife again. He was greatly shock- truth and divine origin. ed at the thought of his rash and Such seasons of peculiar atten. wicked oath. The fermons, which tion to divine things plainly maniwere delivered, made a powerful fest, that the power which render3 and deep impression on his mind. the gospel successful, is of God, It seemed, he observed, as if the and not of man; and that agreeadiscourses were addressed dire&ly bly to the declaration of the aporto him ; and he was greatly affect. tle : “ Paul planted, Apollos wa. ed and in tears during a considera- tered: But God gave the increase.” ble part of the religious exercises. For we see from fact, that at one He was apparently in great distress time the preaching of the gospel, of mind for some time, and seem- for years, has little or no effected deeply sensible of the ,madness | few or none are awakened and reand wickedness of his former con- newed. At another time these dućt, in opposing and making light same truths, which have been of divine things. After a while heard year after year with no aphe was relieved from his distress of parent effect, are clothed with mind, and obtained a hope, that power, arrest the attention of numhe was reconciled to God. He bers, and are the means of prohas since with his wife, made a ducing a wonderful change in their public profession of that religion, feelings and sentiments; so that which he once opposed and despi- many now cordially believe and * sed. It is to be hoped, that his embrace those truths, which a life may be such as to adorn his few weeks before they bitterly opChristian profeffion, and be evi- | posed and denied; and now take dential of a real change of heart. pleasure in prayer, reading the But whether it should be so, or scriptures, serious converfation, and not ; still it appears to have been the other duties of religion, which a remarkable display of the power but a shorttime since they perhapsriof God in favor of divine truth. diculed & despised, or atleast neglec
Such remarkable revivals of re-ted and considered as very tedious ligion afford strong evidence that and irksome. Such facts fully ethe scriptures are from God, since I vince, that the power, which prothe truths contained in them, are duces these remarkable effects, is attended with such a divine power not of man, nor in the gospel itin awakening, reforming, and re felf, but of God; who giveth sucnewing sinners. No other doc-cess to the preaching of the gostrines or schemes of religion have pel, when and how he pleases. fuch powerful effects. The bible! The fovercignty of God in the
dispensations of grace is clearly, “ Take heed, brethren left there displayed in such revivals; for it be in any of you an evil heart of is there evident from facts, that unbelief in departing from the liv. God has mercy on whom he will ing God.” As they regard the have mercy-awakens and renews honor of religion, and their own one, & not another, as he in infinite eternal safety, it behoveth them to wisdom sees fit. Altho as before | give all diligence to grow in grace noticed, the hopeful converts are and make their calling and election chiefly from families, where the sure. And we pray God, that fabbath, public worship, and divine they may in all things adorn the things have been regarded and rev. do&rine of God their Saviour by 2 erenced ; yet some have been un- holy life and conversation--be der powerful impressions and con- found faithful in the cause of God victions, who to human appearance until death, and then receive a were as unlikely to be impress- crown of life. ed, as almost any in the society.
Giles H. Cowles. From the same family some have | New.Cambridge, 2 been taken, others left.
June 10, 180o. S Persons, who oppose, and make light of such peculiar revivals of FROM THE LONDON EVANGELreligion, give the strongest evidence, ICAL MAGAZINE. that they have never experienced
Letters on the exemplary behavior the renewing influences of the di.
of ministers. By the late Rev. vine spirit.
Finally, in such seasons of un- ! JOHN BROIN, Of Haddington. common attention to divine things,
LETTER I. and among such a number of ap DEAR SIR, parent converts, it is to be feared T HOUGH I hope that you and expected, that some are de 1 are not a novice, lifted up ceived, and will prove stony with pride, and ready to fall into ground hearers, whose religion the condemnation of the devil, yet will endure but for a time ; and that this is not sufficient to warrant your after a while they will fall away, entrance into the work of the min. and manifest by their conduct, that istry. You must not thrust yourthey were building upon a founda- felf into it, but be thrust into it tion of fand. Should this be the by the Lord of the harvest.* cafe ; altho it would be very pain. Without a call from Jesus Christ, ful to the friends of religion, yet it in your coming forward as a preachwould be no more than what, from | er or minister, be your learning and scripture and past experience, we piety ever so eminent, you but have reason to fear ; and therefore treacherously counterfeit his comwould afford no just objection a- mission, and employ yourself as a gainst its being in general the work of the Lord. Since there is dan
* Matt. ix. 38. Heb. v. 4. ger, that some may turn back and N. B. It is earnestly requested of the fall short of salvation, the apostolic Reader of these Letters, that he will directions, appear very necessary as he proceeds, turn up and mufe or and applicable to those who now the pallages of Scripture, cited i hope, that they are the heirs of
them, as the means of shedding ligh salvation. “Let him that thinketh
on the reasoning, and of impartin
divine force to the exhortations cor he standeth take heed left he fall.” tained in them.
robber of facred honors and rev.., Contract no familiarity with thofe enues, while at the same time you whose imprudence hath rendered expose yourself to the dreadful themselves contemptible. Never displeasure of God, during all sport or jest, but in proper compa. your days. * His inward call by ny; and never with your inferiors, his Spirit must appear in your cor if you do not wish to lose your audial compassion to perishing souls, thority. Never speak of your serin your humble, earneft, and disc mons as easily studied, or of any interested desire to serve him with religious discourses in a light, uaimluch gifts as he bestows upon you, preslive manner. Beware of renby employing them in winning souls dering yourself dependant on othto him for their eternal falvation, ers for loans, or even for presents, and in your being deeply impressed if they have any tendency to be. with your own insufficiency for get or nourish a servile spirit in you. that important work.+ His out- | Let unaffected gravity mark, not ward call, in ordinary cases, is by your words and deeds only, but the invitation, or at least the con even your gestures, countenance, fent of the majority of the flock and the whole of your deporte to which you are to minifter.- ment.* 2. While you prudently Without this, you cannot be their provide necessaries for yourself and paftor, nor can they be expected family ; and expend your income to receive your ministrations with in the most frugal manner, that out prejudice, nor you have rea- you may owe no man any thing, fon to look on yourself as fent by and have to give to him that need. Christ, as his ambassador to deal eth ;t never manifest, or even be between him and them for their in anxious care about worldly eternal salvation. I
things, arising from diftrust of Your personal character is of no God's providence, or from the less importance. Unless it corres- desire of living sumptuously in repond with your station and work, gard to good clothing, furniture, or no eloquence, order, or even ap- from the inordinate and covetous parent earnestnefs and diligence, love of riches. Such anxious will long make your ministrations care decoys a minister from his into be duly respected.
finitely more important works In order that none may despise It renders his mind earthly and you, and that such as are in compa- | grovelling; disgraces his character; ny with you, may duly revere and and brings him into contempt. stand in awe of you.-1. Avoid Never indulge in the love of money, all levity, and study a constant but by ardent affection, and by unlawnot forbidding gravity. Shun all ful means tending to dishonor your unnecessary intimacies with obsti- reputation, or your God and his nately atheisticalandscornful men.ll religion, or to injure your neigh
* 2 Cor. v. 18-20. Jo. XX. 21. bor.11 Beware of being tenaEph. iv. 11. and iii. 8. Matt. xxviii. cious of retaining it, when God 19, 20. Rom. xx. 15. Jer. xxiii. 32. | Ezek. xxxiv. 1—7. Num. i. 51. + Deut. xvii. 6. Phil. ii. 20, 21. I. vi. 5 l * Prov. vi. 12, I3. Tob xxix. 8, -8. I Theff. ii. 8. Phil. ii. 17. | 14, 22. 1 Tim. iv. 12. t i Tim. 2 Cor. ii. 15, 16. Jer. iii. 15. Acts | v. 8. Rom. xiii. 8. Eph. iv. 28. i. 21–23. and vi. 1-6. S i Sam. 1 | Matt. ví. 25--34, & Matt. X. ? ii. 30. Zeph. iii. 4. Matt. ii. 8, 9, 1 and vi. 24. Acts vi. 2, 3. 2 Cor. | Prov. ix. 6, 7., and xvii. 12. and 16. | 1 Tim. iii. 3. and vi. 9. * xxiii, 9. Matt. vii. 6.
1 Jo. ii. 15, 16, jam. iv. 4. VOL. I. No. 2,