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in his providence, calls to expend enemy to him.* It is the ordinait on the poor and similar purpo- | ry mark of false teachers.t Nev. fes.* Above all, beware of ever er hunt after vain glory and aptrusting to, delighting or glorying | plause from men ; especially, in in it.f Such a temper will render seeking it on account of what is not a minister unfit to call others to truly praise-worthy, as language, prefer spiritual and eternal things external appearance, and other before the things which are feen, trivial objects, on which little and and which perish in the using. It vain minds are intemperately fet ;; will lead him to pervert the word or in seeking it from what you realof God, or deal unfaithfully with 1 ly have not ;d or by improper and men's souls for the sake of gain. I unseasonable manifestation of your It will make him careless about the real excellencies or even by af. salvation of souls.ỹ He will also fecting to disparage and discomthereby expose himself to the pre mend yourself and your works. judice of his hearers at his minis This temper of mind is contrary trations ; on which account faith- | to the temper of Christ, of his ful ministers have been so careful to prophets and apostles. It will clear themselves of it. || 3. While lead you to rob God of his due you avoid every mean grovelling | honor.ll It will deprive you of a difpofition, beware on the other | gracious reward from God for hand, of indulging in ambitious your labois ; or even provoke inclinations, in eagerly seeking af him to render you contemptible beter outward fame, honor, and ad- fore men, and an example of his vancement ; in using unlawful means | destructive vengeance. It will to obtain them; in secking them to rob you of the joy of a good congratify your own pride, not for the science, when men speak evil of glory of God or edification of his you.** church ; or, in deliring more of
I am yours, &c. them than you deserve. Let the corruptions of a church give what. [The Editors on reviewing the ever possible occalion or encourage- following piece think it not impropment to this lust of pre-eminence, l er to be communicated to the peothe indulgence of it will dispose ple to whom it is dire&ed. you to trample all the commands of God under foot ; will fearfully 1 An address to those Congregations root out all proper regard for holi which have been visited with the ness; will lead you to make thip | Special influences of the Spirit. wreck of faith and of a good con
V OU have received a favor, of fcience ; and tcmpt you to say and infinite value, from the God do any thing to pleale luch as can l of all mercies. Think not that promote your ambitious designs.
you have merited that visitation of It will separate you from God as far as pollible, and render you an 1 * 1 1o. ii. 15, 16. Ta. iv. 4. Ter.
xiv. 5. Luke xxii. 25, 26. and xiv, * If. xxxii. 7, 8. + Job xxxi. 24, 7-IL. + Matt. xxiii. 5-8. If. Ixv. 25. Jer. ix. 23, 24. Ezek. xiii. 5. 1 Cor. ii. 1, 4, 13. 2 Sam. 19. 2 Pet. ii. 3. S 2 Tim. iv. 10. xiv. 25, 26. S Prov. xxv. 14. 11 Jo. # Num. xvi. 15. 1 Sam. xii. 3. Ads viii. 5o. and vii. 18. 1 Theil. ii. 6. XX. 33. 2 Cor. xii. 14. I Tim. vi. 9. Matt. v. 16. 1 Pet. iv. 11. Phil. iv. 13 Jo. 9. 2 Pet. j. 16, with Num. 8. 9 Matt. vi. 2, 16. Mal. ii. 9. For Love Phil. ii. 21. Eccl. X. 5-7. "Aas xii. 22, 23. ** 2 Cor. i. 1,
divine grace, with which you have | dictions are always made by the been attended. Think not that enemies of vital religion, when any thing, which you have done, the Spirit of God is poured out; deserved the kind remembrance of and is it not finful in those who heaven. Judging from external have been the subjects of divine inappearances, many of your places, fluence to permit such predictions were in all respects, on the princi- to be fulfilled ? Perhaps you will ples of men's ordering, the moft say we do not know that our love unlikely to be taken while others of the truth is abated, or that our were left. You are those who zeal hath cooled; but if you do have greatly abused means ; but not know this, it may be the case. grace, that it might appear to be Have you the fame sense of that grace, hath kindly remembered folemn eternity into which we all you. When sinking into a hell are coming, as you once had ? of miseryma hell formed by your Have you the same delight in the own vicious dispositions, there was duties of religion? Do not smaller an opportunity for the infinite wif causes prevent you from joining in dom of God, to glorify his own prayer and the praise of God ? goodness ; and he hath not failed | Have you pot less fense of the to take some of the chief of sin. worth of souls ? Less desire that ners, that it may be seen that the others may be awakened and saved gates of hell shall not prevail, and from the judgment and misery to that he can build up his kingdom come? While your visible zeal, in at what times and in what places the cause of God begins to abate, he pleaseth. If any of you have do you not also find that the dubecome Christians indeed, your ties of the closet are less agreeable hearts will echo to the truth of and that you can mingle with these sentiments, and you will feel the world which thinks little of that divine sovereignty is glorified God, with less disgust than you in the work of his grace. This oncc did? Do you not lose your work of God hath not yet ceased | apprehension of the difference in in our land, for we are daily de character, which there is between Lighted with hearing of new revi- real Christians and those who vals, in places which appeared dry never appeared to take any pleawhen the showers of grace began fure in the service and praise of to fall. But are not you with whom God? If you find these things in the work of God began, appear- experience, they are signs of a deing to relapse again ? Are not ma parting spirit, and that you are ny, who thought themselves to more fallen from your first lore bave becomie Christians, returning than you imagine. But why this again to the world ; to its vanities beginning coldness and where will and its amusements? Have not it end? Are you not weak as evsuch lost their first love, and their er, and in the same need of a dia fervent zeal in serving the Lord ? vine allistance to keep you alive to Do they not begin by their con- God and make you wise for cterduct, to fulfil the predictions of dif- nity? Do you think that a good believers, who said, “ Soon we beginning will carry you safe thro? • shall see these persons become unless you live near to God; or 6 cold who are now so warm in re are you shaming your former engas ligion, and perhaps falling into gedness in the cause of Christ's $ crimes like others ?” Such pre. kingdom ! Are your hard hearts wholly conquered ; is your fin , but if the Lord be a God hearing wholly taken away ; or do you prayer, and this declension be nonot begin to hope and cry peace to ticeable, ought it not to be reproyourselves, without a daily evi ved ? And whatever may be the dence that you have a right to inscrutable reafons of infinite wiftrust in the mercies of God? dom, for dispensing as he doth,
Perhaps you may think that it are not you, who do even yet, notis common for such seasons of re- / withstanding your declension, coldfreshing from the presence of the ly wish for the presence of God, Lord to wear away and are easy the guilty cause of his departure,
on that account. That it hath from your families and the places · been common is not denied, but in which you refide ? Have not
this prevents not the guilt of those some of you many friends, whom who grieve and resist the Spirit of you verily think to be yet in the God. Surely it hath been com-gall of bitterness and under the mon for God to depart, where he bonds of iniquity ? Are not some hath been opposed, and for seasons of you Christian parents, who of declension to follow seasons of have children that seek for nothfervor in his service ; yet this is Ting but the wealth and amusements only a proof of sin, and not an of the world, and yet you are excuse for the declension of those rarely seen in thofe places that are who have been so highly favored. | consecrated to prayer, for an out
The Lord is a God hearing pouring of the Spirit of God. prayer, and perhaps we cannot find You see that your families are paf. an instance, in which he hath de fed by, and you wonder and someparted from a people, until they times weep that this is the case ; began to lose a sense of this truth, but do not know the cause. We and of their own need of quicken are sensible that the primary caufe ing grace. . Do you not in many is that God hath not been pleased places see, that it is not as it was to take them ; but a fecondary in months past? That new in- caufe, and it is one that the day stances of deep impression have be- of judgment will discover, is that come more rare, and the engaged you have been so avocated in gainness of the ferious declining? But ing them a worldly good, that you "hath this happened in a fingle place, could not leave your farms and until it might first be said, those your merchandize, to join with who have been accustomed to pray others who were praying for the are changed in their appearance, Spirit of God. The Lord left and if they have not entirely for- | you to this that his judgments Saken the place, they still appear | might be executed, but will this to have lost the fpirit of prayer. be your excuse ? It is no excuse. They do not appear fo filled with | How can those, who have in a love of God's glory and of souls their own souls tasted the love and as they once were.— They are not | grace of God, think without pain so careful to nurture beginning se- 1 on the destruction of others ? If riousness and take by the hand, they be Christians indeed they those, who they have reason to think cannot do it. Let those who have are enquiring for the kingdom of begun to decay endeavor to revive heaven. It is well known and our let them live like Christians acknowledged belief, that there is let them continue to pray and who no merit in the prayers of men ; 'knoweth but God may return with
a double bleffing in his hand. - If course his influence among his those, with whom God hath been neighbors increased, he began to present, have ceased to speak often imbibe doubts of the reality of reone to another, let them see their ligion and the truth of the scripfolly and call earnestly on a Sav- tures, and his sense of obligation jour, who appears to be paling by, to God and of responsibility and that he would again come into their rewards in an other world was congregations and bless them. In loft. These sentiments he often this may ministers and people be expressed before Diphormia, who anited.
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in many respects, her natural charMESSRS. EDITORS,
acter resembled the father. Her IN your propofals to the pub powers of understanding were lic, you desire biographical sketches
good, which joined to a considerof persons eminent for piety. If
able degree of vivacity, made her the lives and deaths of such are
company fouglit by the young cf
both sexes. usefuito encourage others to virtue,
She loon appeared to have too it is conceived that examples of
much understanding to be a female the contrary, which are real facts,
rake ; but at the same time to will deter from vice and show the
have so little sense of moral obligadanger of false opinions. The
tion, that the virtuous were afraid writer is one whose eyes were open.
of her intimacy. With some se ed from the dream of false pleaf
diverted herself ; others whofe ures, by witnessing the death of
worldly circumstances were good, Diphormia. The real name of this unhappy woman is meant to be
| she, in vain, attempted to please ; concealed. You will publish or
and many of the young and incau
tious fhe poisoned by her infinuafuppress as you think belt.
tions against religion, piety and
the ferious people, as the called N IPHORMIA was one of then. In doing this the only ad
two daughters, who were ministered the poison she had rethe only children of their parents. ceived from a father. She often The elder daughter was a person of intimated that she believed not in weak understanding, and early mar- religion--that it would be agreearied an indolent man, with whom ble enough to visit the church, if she now lives, without ambition of the could hear things that she loved a better state, at a great distance and that her only concern about from the place of her birth. The another world was, left the should parents began life in poverty. The at death perish like the beasts of mother hath been industrious to an the field, never to exist again.-In extreme, and is generally called an this conduct Diphormia was infenhonest, good woman ; but with-sible that she was ruining her own out resolution to advise her huf- reputation, for even the most vi. band, or to reprove and control | cious of mankind are afraid of a her children. The father was a female, who appears to have no man of strong reafon, great art, sense of moral obligation. and an insatiable love of the In the number of her acquaintworld. Hard labor and parfimo- ance was the writer of Diphorny foon made him an affluent far- | mia's life, for at this time he wifepier. As his property, and of led to disbelieve ; but trembled in view of the consequences of a lofs me for they know I never loved of moral principle. Having giv/them ?"** When exhorted to en the chief features of her char- pray, by a great finner who was acter and principles, he will pass alarmed by her case, the said, over many circumstances, which “ There is no pleasure in praying, might be mentioned, illustrating but if I could know I hould be the danger of false opinions, and happy, then I would pray.” come to the awful scene which An aged and pious aunt came in opened his own eyes, and was and requested, that the minister blessed as the means of snatching might be called to pray; when she him as a brand from the burning. quickly replied, “My father al.
Nearly at the age of twenty- • ways said that ministers are more eight, Diphormia was taken with dangerous in sickness than at otha slow fever, which on the forty er times, but this is not the worst, second day closed her eyes, and for when I see him it makes me ushered her into eternity. The think of his texts, and some of first twenty days of her sickness them were dreadful enough, and her mind was easy, for the enter " I think I never felt so unhappy tained no apprehension of the if- l • before this fickness, as when I sue ; but at this time, was alarmed heard him take for his text, It by over hearing some words between is appointed unto man once to die, consulting Physicians. From this · but after death comes the judgment. moment an anxiety of mind began, I had rather you should send to which continued to the moment of Mr. —- to pray for me, for death. The writer was often in it seems as tho' if he came, I her company, and will relate noth- must certainly die, and who ing but what was heard by his own knows but Doctor - if he ears.-At one time she said, “I arrives will think of something • begin to think I muft die, but it new for my case.”
looks like cruelty in God to take When the serious aunt requested • me away so soon.” Being an of the father, that public prayer swered, “ will it not be better to might be made for his fick daugh* sleep forever than to endure such ter, he said, “ She is very fick, 6 painful days ?” “ Ah, said she, | but I do not love to gratify some • it will be terrible enough to wake • folks.” The good woman wept, sn'o more, but I fear, I shall, for went to a secret apartment and 6tho' my body is failing, my mind was seen on her knees, and overdoth not feel like cealing to ex-heard praying for the soul of her
ift.” On being exhorted to look | fick niece. At another time, Dis to God for help and grace, she re- phormia was heard whispering, “ It plied, “ I have never heard of is my father hath ruined me, had
such a God as I could love, and I never seen him I should have • if the God, of whom I have been like other people, I hope I • heard in the church, be the true shall not see him in the other • one, he and I are certainly ene- ' world.” • mics.” At another time she In her last days, altho her reasaid, “ I cannot yet love these fe- fon appeared to be found, she was o rious people ; two or three of principally funk in a deep slumber,
them have come in to see me ; and when death actually attacked o they took my hand and wept ; her, the last words she was heard but whạt made them weep for I to say, were these, “ O miserable