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The Work and the Reward of Faithful sufficiency for the constitution, disci
Deacons : a Sermon addressed to the pline, and ordinances of Christian Haptist Monthly Association, by W.
churches ; – 3,
This rule is principally Newman, and published at their Re- comprized in the injunctions delivered quest, 8vo, 1s.
by the apostles to the churches which Ir was well observed by a good man,
they founded, and in the scripturally that we ought not to rest satisfied until
recorded practice of those churches ;every genuine member of every Chris
4, It was the instituted practice of the tian society be found zealous in every
apostolic churches, to observe the or
dinance of the Lord's Supper as a part good work; and surely this is not to be expected, unless the officers of
of the stated and regular service of Christian churches set the blesseil ex
every Lord's Day. ample. To promote, we apprehend,
The author having at large supportin some measure, this object, Mr. N.
ed these positions by Scripture and arhas discussed the character, the work, gument, proceeds to give a variety of and the reward of faithful deacons ;
testimonies in favour of the practice reconcluding with some useful and appo
commended, from Pliny, Justin the site reflections: the whole of which we
Martyr, Calvin, Dr. Ames, Dr. Goodrecommend to all who desire to use the
win, Dr. Owen, Baxter, Daniel Bur. office of a Deacon well.
gess, Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge, J. To the Sermon there is an Appendix,
Edwards, Willison, Dr. Erskine, Randesigned to illustrate Mr. N.'s subject.
dall, S. Palmer, Maclean, Haldane, This Appendix also includes a Sketch
and Dr. Mason. of the Character of the late Mr. Booth,
The whole is concluded with an Ad
dress to the Conscience of the Chrisas a Christian, a Divine, a Christian Pastor, a Literary Man, and as a Friend
tian Rearler; from which we trans. and Counsellor. This sketch, though
scribe the following paragraphs : it has no immediate connection with
" Perhaps you admit the duty of the subject, will be considered by many
communion with the body and blood of as by no means the least interesting
Christ sometimes, and practice accordipart of the publication, Did our
ingly; yet you do not see yourself oblimits admit, we should be happy to
liged to this duty every Lord's Day. transcribe it as a very good appendage fully confuted the evidence which has
Have you then fairly scrutinized and to our Memoir * of this excellent man.
been now proposed to you? If not,
how will you answer it to the Lord A Concise Statement of the Evidence light and refused knowledge ?
Jesus Christ, that you have rejected
Are for the Obligation of Christian Churches to celebrate the Lord's Sup
you wiser and greater than He? Are
your opinions and preferences to be per every Lurd's Day; with Tesii.
weighed against the dictates of his un. monies of eminent Christian Divines in Favour of the Divine Authority, found
erring spirit? Take heed, lest you be
resisting the lloly Ghost !" Perpetuai Obligation, and great Ad
" But compliance with this call invantages of that Duly. Prie 6d.
volses inconvenience. Yes, and so it On subjects contested among serious did in the apostolic churches, whose Christians, we avoid taking a decided simple and fasthful obedience to their part. Our limits will not adinit of Lord cost them more sufferings than controversy, nor do we think it would you could even think upon, without a suit the taste of ihe generality of our shuddering of horror. Did they choose readers. In cases, therefore, which re. the severest personal and faniily disa late to church order, we confine our- tiess ; and, finally, the most excruciato selves to an analysis of the publication. ing tortores unio death, rather than
In support of the general object of temporize and trifle wi h Christ's Comthis pamphlei, which is to prove the mandments ? And Can you jusufy obligation of Christian churches to known disobedience by pleas of irinl. celebrate the Lord's Supper etery Lord's ing inconvenience ?
Would you not, Day, the author lays down the follow- yea, do you not, without a murmur, ing positions :
take up far greater inconveniences and i, All persons to whom the gospel difficulties, for the advancement aud comes, are under indispensable obli- success of your worldly interest ? You gations to comply with the whole re- would not accept such a plea from vealed will of God; - 2, The New your servant, and will you ofier it to Testament furnishes a rule of perfect your God? Besides, would not a little
* See the Evan. Mag. for July and August last.
prudent management easily remove the monies in its favour, which, it is hoped, alleged difficulty?
may excite a renewed attention to it. “You may evade the application of The first of these is by the late Rev. these queries to your own conscience Job Orton; the latter from the Rev. now; but, О remember that you must John Pye Smith, who, in his tract, enshortly answer the spirit and substance titled, “ A Concise Statement,” &c. of them to your eternal Judge !" says,
6. The editor cannot but express
his surprize and concern that this treaThe Utility of Academical Institu
tise has not been more known and read. tions to the Church of Christ : a
Though its occasion was controversial, Sermon preached at Hoxton Chapel, yet its principles and arguments are at June 26, 1806, before the Supporters
all times imporiant. The observations of Hoxton Academy, at their Anniver
on the qualitications of communicants sary, by Benjamin Cracknell, A. M.
are particularly valuable; and, at the Minister of Weymouth Chapel.
present day of laxity in Christian dis
cipline, highly seasonable.” The utility and importance of academical institutions to the church of Christ, few, we presume, will venture to dispute, whose opinions are worthy
The Dangers of the Country. By the of atiention ; but it must be remein
Author of " War in Disguise." 8vo, bered, that there are many that now occupy •ations of eminent usefulness in the church, who never trod the
This is a very masterly production,
and proceeds from the pen of a wellfranchised walks of a college, and who
informed and, we presume, pious man, possess no claims to titles of literary
who thinks it his duty to remonstrate distinction. However, judiciously
“ against the indifference and supineavailing themselves of the aids pro
ness which prevail in regard to our vided by the learning of others, and
public defence." In the first part of studiously cultivating the acquirements this work, the author endeavours to more immediately connected with the
prove that " we may be conquered by salvation of souls, they have left their
France;' and then shews, that the efpeople little cause to regret ibe want
fects of such a conquest would be of other advantages : for these reasons
“ usurpation or destruction of the we could wish that Mr. C. had more
throne, overthrow of the constitution, particularly distinguished those objects
destruction of the funds, and ruin of of academical pursuits which, after all that may be justly said in their praise, merciless government, subversion of
property in general, a rigorous and are but of subordinate importance, from those that are essential to an
our religious liberties, and dreadful
corruption of morals." evangelical ministry ; and had the subject of his discourse been more forcibly various means by which these dangers
In the second part, he points out the urged by considerations derived from the glory of the character and work of much political knowledge and military
may be avoided, in which he displays our Lord Jesus and the value of im- information; and we rejoice to find, mortal souls, it certainly would not
among the means proposed for our dehave been less acceptable to the hearers, or less useful to the cause it pleads. basis of national safety';" and here the
fence,“ reformation, as the essential We are nevertheless indebted to our
author introduces " the Abolition of author for many excellent thoughts, the Slave Trade, as essential to that neatly expressed; and we earnestly Reformation." We wish we had room wish that his discourse may contribuie
to ir sert a few paragraphs' froin this to the further prosperity of an institu
part of the work, for we have never tion which the lead of the church has
seen any thing more striking, more so greatly honoured.
conclusive, more demonstrative of the extreme iniquity, and impolicy also, of
this detestable traffic The Sanctity of the Lord's Supper vin
After expressing the most patriotic dicated; containing an Answer to
feelings of partiality for his beloved Dr. Priestley's Free Audress to Pro
country, the author adds, " This same testant Dissenters on that Subject.
beloved country is polluted by the Bys. Palmer, is. 6d.
most sordid and barbarous crimes ; This work was first published in though dear to ourselves, she is a curse 1770, without the name of the author; to a large portion of the globe : her and is now overed afresh to the public wealth generaies, and her power mainM consequeuce of some recent testi- taills, a greater mass of human wretch
edness and guilt than even the pestilent LITERARY. NOTICES. ambition of France : perhaps than all The Works of the pious and evanthe other political crimes of the age. Í have often thought that
gelical TRAIL, late Minister in Lonangel to look down from Heaven,' in world, and highly prized.
don, are well-known in the religious
A small order to determine which of the pa
volume of his Sermous, on Pet. i. 2, 3} tions of the globe is the greatest and on Gal. ii, 21, was published not scourge to the human species, his eye
long ago, and well received. would be arrested by Africa and the West Indies, and by those receptacles neglected for many years.
published from a MS. which had laia
It is known of unspeakable misery, the ships that
that more of his MS. Sermons are exare passing between them; and his
tant; and it would be a very accepte awful report would be, 'reat Britain
able service to the church of Christ is that merciless nation."
were they sought out and given to mi. Whoever will take the pains to read
nisters who would actively e:gage in this part of the pamphlet (which we
their publication. They mighi, in the are glad to find may be purchased se parately) will not think this language Magazine.
first place, be sent to the Editor of this too strong. By probable calculations, the author
There is in the press, and will soon be shews that more than three millions and published, a translation of Wilsius's a half of slaves have been imported Conciliatory Animadversions, by the into the British colonies. To these
late Rev. 1. Bell, of Glasgow, accommay be added the vast number who panied with his Notes, and recominendperish in Africa, while on their journey
ed by the Rev. J. Dick, A. M. from the interior to the coast, and the Also in the press, a Volume of Ser. greater pumber who perish on the pas- mons, by the late Rev. Mr. Strauge, of sage by sea, forming together, proba- Kilsby, in Northamptonshire. bly, one-third more. To these may be
A Plea for Religious Seminaries, as added, immense numbers of slaves sold by our ships on the coast to other na
useful Preparatives for the Work of tions ; so that we have, perhaps, ex
the Ministry, designed to remove the
Prejudices which have been propagated patriated in all, above six millions
by the Weak, the Ignorant, and the of our unhappy fellow-creatures !!! Such being the criminality of our
Illiterate, against those useful and im
portant Institutions. By J. Cobbin, free, enlightened, and highly-favoured
of Holloway. country, what a glorious cause of exultation is afforded by the prospect of Dr. Staunton, of America, has issued the abolition of this bloody trade! Let Proposals for a Work, to be called Britons inourn over the guilt of ages “ The Æra of Missions. past, and rejoice in the hope of being A new and improved edition of delivered from blood - guiltiness in Shrubsole's Christiao Memoirs, with future.
the Life of the Author.
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AMERICA. The General Assembly of the Presby- general, attended with punctuality and
terian Church, ut their Annual earnestness. They regret, however, Sessions in May, are in the prac
that in some particulars, they are comtice of receiving accounts of the pelled to use the language of repre. state of Religion from the mem
hension. It is with pain they observe ters, representing the various parts
it to be the practice of too many, in
some of their churches, to attend of their ecclesiastical jurisdiction, and divine service only on one part of the of condensing and publishing these day, to the neglect or contempt of the accounts in the form of a Report. remaining part. Against this practice, The following is their Report for so injurious to the spiritual interests May last.
of their people ; so entirely inconsist
ent with the Christian character and The Assembly have heard with privileges, they think it no more than pleasure, accounts from the east and their duty solemnly to protest. And wes!, the north and south, proclaim- they do most affectionately beseech ail ing the triumphs of the Redeemer, in who are conscious of delinquency in the extension and prosperity of his this respect, no lorger to withhold from kingdom in our country.
God any portion of that time which -1 The Assembly have received an im- he hath specially consecrated to his pression of the most pleasing kind from own service. the intelligence that there is, in almost We live at a time when it becomes every quarter, a general, and in some a duty peculiarly incumbent, to “conparts of our church, an increased at- tend earnestly for the faith once de. tention to the public worship of God: livered to the saints.” It will, howthat there exists a spirit of inquiry in ever, be remembered, that the sacred regard to religious truth, and a more cause of truth can never be promoted general conviction that the power of by angry controversy, or railing accugodliness is necessary to stamp value sanion. It is, therefore, recommended on its form.
hes, to vindicate the truth, Associations for prayer and reading not only by sound and temperate disthe holy Scriptures, have, it appears,
cussion, but also and especially, by been the means frequently blessed by the manifestation of its sanctifying and God, to preserve the very existence of transformning power over the life and religion in places destitute of the conversation; and by evincing, that preaching of the gospel, and the full " the like mind is in us which was in administration of its ordinances. Christ Jesus our Lord.” Such associations have happily pre
It should ever be recollected, that pared the people for the labours of the error in doctrine hath a native tendeopious missionary, who thus caine upon cy to produce immorality in practice; ground, as it were, already broken up, and, therefore, that we should not be and profitably scattered the good seed carried about by every wind of doc. of the word.
trine. Let us prove all things, and The Assembly have also heard with hold fast that which is goud. This great satisfaction, that the catechising caution, it is hoped, will we received of children and others, has, in certain with attention and solemnity, inasparts of our church, been practised much as the church has been of late with more than ordinary care, and invaded by errors which strike at the with that desirable succes which may very foundation of our faith and pe; erer he expected to follow a suit- such as the denial of the Godhead, able regard to this most important and atonement of the blessed Reduty.
deemer, the subjection of holy Scrip. With heartfrit pleasure the Assem- ture to the most extrava a it impulses bly bear testimony to the charitable of the heart of man. These and oiher exertions made by some of taleir errors of a dangerous nature, have churches for the relief of the poor, been industriously, and, alas! that and for the mienance of the holy the Assembly should be constrained ministry. Tiey rejoice to find wat to add, in some portions of our counthe ordinances of ihe gospel are, in try, too successfully disseminated !
It is believed that, in the revivals of Extract of a Letter from the Rev. late years, many have been added to Hugh Graham, of Sieniack, Nova the church of such as shall be saved ; Scotia, to the Rev. John Brown, of many who, steadfast in the Christian Whitburn, near Edinburgh. life, seek to adoro the doctrine of “ In this remote and new country, God their Saviour in all things. For
and particularly in the more wilderthis, let the Giver of every good, and
ness parts of it, Bibles and religious every perfect gift be praised. These
books, tracts and catechisms, are very happy subjects of divine grace are
Were good books sent, they exhorted to "hold fast that which they would be read with avidity, for there have received, that no man take their
is a general thirst after religious knowcrown ;” to “be faithful unto death, ledge. This they discover by their that they may obtain a crown of
attention to such means of instruction life."
as they have. Many of my books are But as it has often occurred, in for fairly worn out by lending. As they mer periods of the church, so there is
all can read, and wish to read, and reason to believe, it has happened have but few good books, 'tis a great with respect to these effusions of the
pity that they are so ill supplied. Spirit's gracious influences. Trans- The ivhabitants of our principal towns formed into an angel of light, the are the least inclined to serious read. enemy of souls hath endeavoured to
ing; and this occasions a very scanty mar the glorious display of divine
importation of religious treatises. In operations, by inciting to the most
this and the adjacent provinces, there absurd and extravagant outrages upon are a great many scattered settlements Christian sobriety and decorum.
where a gospel minister is seldom The Assembly beseech all their
seen. Were preachers of the gospel people to bear in mind, that if they to go among them, as the apostles did allow themselves to abandon the un- in their days, they would give at least erring guidance of God's written word, an attentive hearing and an eager rethey will inevitably become the prey ception.” Mr. Brown adds, " That of igaorance, superstition, and fanati
if any generous Chritians feel disposed cism. " Bodily exercise profiteth to send some Bibles, religious books, little.” The mind sown with the seed or tracts to those poor people, they of the word; the soul renewed by the may address them to the Rev. Hugh Holy Spirit; these profit, these en- Graham, the care of Edward Mortimer, title a man to the character of being Esq. Picton, Nova Scotia." truly religious; and whatsoever has not a tendency to cherish aud promote true religion, is inconstant as the wind, and light as the chaff it scat
Extract of a Letter from Middleburg, ters.
Vermont, July 30, 1806. The Assembly are happy to add,
Dear Sir, that their observations on the pros- You may have heard of an attenperity of the church, and the favour- tion to religion in this and some of the able position of religious affairs gene- peighbouring towns. There has been Tally, were not meant to be contined
an awakening in Middleburg about a to the presbyteries under their care : year; and ninety-four persons have, in they comprehend also the state of
consequence, been added to the church. things within the bounds of the Ge- The attention still continues in some neral Association of Connecticut, and parts of the town. There is also a among the congregational churches considerable attention in Cornwall, in the state of Vermont, where the interesis of Christ's kingdom appear to
under the preaching of the Rev. Mr.
Bushell. The Lord has done much for prosper
us in this part of the country ; and to On the whole, they commend their Him be the glory! There is more than beloved people to the grace of God, usual attention to religion at this time praying the great Head of the Church in the towns of Newhaven, Weybridge, to vouchsafe to them yet farther days Salisbury, and Shoreham. The attenof refreshing from his presence. Ex. tion has also in some degree reached the alted Redeemer ! “ pour water on the college. We may hope that God will thirsty, floods of water upon the dry uphold his cause, notwithstanding the ground, thy Spirit on our seed, and woful apostacy of many.
What reathy blessing on our offspring, that son have we to be thankful that we they may grow up as grass, and as may trust the interests of our souls, willows by the water-courses !” Amen. and those of the church, in the hands