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shouting would be a relief to him. He answered in the affirmative. I then asked him why he did not do it. "Perhaps I should (answered he very gravely and very innocently) if I thought it would instruct any one." But might they not be benefitted, even if they were not instructed? "Not if we are only to be sanctified through truth." But might not your shouting be beneficial to yourself. “If it gave me sight of any new truth, or a more vivid impression of any truth before familiar to me, it would; but as my shouting would not instruct either others or myself, I do not know that it would be best. For as soon as my feelings subsided, I should be where I was before, (if my knowledge was not increased,) and others might be hindered from receiving truth. Besides, I have not observed that the loudest shouters are, by any means, the best walking christians." The above is the substance of our dialogue. And I believe I have not wished to hear any one shout in church since.

I was once at a camp-meeting in Alabama, and heard a Cumberland Presbyterian brother preach. His sermon contained the doctrine of the New Testament of Christ crucified, and was precious as gold. I longed for the audience to hear it. But there came a black woman near the stand, and made such a noise, that, near as I was, I could hear with great difficulty. I was chagrined, for his audience needed instruction, and it was evident she could have refrained without difficulty. Indeed it is very evident to any beholder, that in any shouting congregation, nineteen twentieths of them could avoid it. It is a voluntary effort, and sometimes a perfect struggle to accomplish it. I am surprised that ministers do not see and become alarmed at it—that any people in this habit get out of the habit of thinking. I mean the common people. They get out of the habit of wishing instruction, and long for noise, as the only food to stimulate their appetites. It is a notorious fact, that those who shout most, are dissatisfied with a deliberate instructive discourse, where there is no noise, and call it dry. They are dissatisfied with meetings where simple truth is delivered without noise, and call them unprofitable, cold and dull!!!

Let no one who reads this, and who can also read the 14th chapter I. Corinthians, or any other passage where christian assemblies are spoken of, ever dare to make a noise again in a company of worshippers, until they have first enquired whether they may not intercept a sentence which might have been instrumental in the salvation of that poor sinner, or in the advancement of that meek christian.-And let ministers who encourage it, be first well assured whether they can safely and clearly answer for it to God; for most certainly



find the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saj

ing, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.Rev. xi. 15–17. This life is but the birth day of the children of God. Their attainments while on earth, in knowledge, in grace, and in every excellency, are small in comparison with what they shall be, in that world to which they go. Our Saviour when on earth, said to one of his disciples, “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shall know hereafter.” Paul observes, “now, I see through a glass darkly." 6 We know in part.And he refers to a period, “When that which is perfect shall come; and that which is in part shall be done away.” The variety of conflicting opinions, on divine subjects, that now exist among the friends of the Redeeiner, are chiefly owing to the small advances they have made, in acquaintance with the word, and wonderful ways of God. It is delightful to reflect that a day is coming, when all who love the Lord, shall see eye to eye,' and know even as they are known,'

When we see different denominations, each containing many zealous and excellent christians, divided in sentiment, and each earnestly labouring to maintain their peculiar doctrines, the following question frequently presses on the mind: When these disciples leave this world of darkness, and the light of eternity shines around them, which class will find that they had been mistaken while on earth? and discover that the doctrines they had thought so objectionable, are full of perfection, beauty, and glory. With respect to those points, on which, while in this world, pious Calvinists, and pious Arminians, differ so widely, without attempting to say, who will be found in the right at last, it may not be improper to enquire which of the systems, on being found the true one, appears best calculated to fill the inhabitants of heaven with triumph and joy. It is plain from the texts recorded at the head of this article, that when the Almighty has wound up all the affairs of our world, the glorified saints and holy Angels, on reviewing all that has taken place under his reign, from the beginning to the end of time, will be exceedingly gratified. “We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who art, and wast, and art to come, because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.Now which of the above named systems of doctrine, on being found true, appears to furnish the broadest ground for such high transport-such unbounded triumph? And here let it be carefully remarked, that the very same number of souls, will then be found in heaven, whether Calvinism or Arminianism proves to be true. There will be no more of the human family in heaven, and no fewer in hell, if the Arminian scheme is then pro-nounced correct, then there will be, if Calvinism should then be declared the true system. Both parties now acknowledge, that as to those who have lived and died in ages past, a number have been saved, and a number have been lost. The exact number of both classes, is now known to God. Our Arminian brethren will not cootend, that if their doctrines are found true, any who have already died impenitent, will enter into heaven. And they will admit, that if our doctrines are then found true, all who in past ages have not died impenitent will be crowned with glory. And with respect to those, who shall live in ages to come, the omniscient God knows now, with infinite certainty, who will reach heaven, and who will not. So that as to the number of souls who will reach heaven, and. the number that will perish, Arminianism, in the judgement of saints and angels, will have no advantage over the doctrines we maintain.

Let us now inquire, which of the systenis appears calculated to impart the highest extacies to the heavenly hosts: Suppose Arminianism should prove

to be true. What are the facts that will stand out to the view of saints and angels when they look back, from the judgement day, over all the events that have taken place in our world, from the creation to the end of time? If Arminianism be true, saints and angels will then see, that when the great Creator formed mans he had no desire nor intention that the affairs of our world should take the course they have taken. They will see that it was his desire that the fall of man should not take place, but, that Satan prevented that desire from being gratified. They will see that when the Supreme Being found that his first design of having all the human race holy and happy, was defeated by Satan, and things had come to pass which he would gladly have avoided, he then, in order to mend matters as much as possible, set on foot the scheme of redemption. They will see, that the scheme of redemption was accomplished at immense cost. And although it answered a considerable

purpose, yet it did not, by any means, accomplish all that its author desired. Satan made prodigious headway against it for thousands of years; and although repulsed in many instances, and deprived of a number of his subjects, yet on the whole his success was great; and the Almighty would have rejoiced if the gospel could have had much greater success, and Satan had lost many more of his subjects. They will see that the Most High had been baffled and frustrated in many of his benevolent designs, and had desired many things, which were never accomplished. If Arminianism be true, these facts must meet the eyes of saints and angels, at every period in eternity, when they look back over the history of our world. And it is difficult to conceive, that with these mournful facts continually in view, their rejoicings will be altogether unmingled with regret. Must they not regret that the good designs of their Creater had not been more successful? Must not clouds of sorrow bedim their eyes, when they see that the malignant enemy of their God, succeeded in his malicious schemes to so great an extent, and that he was only defeated in some instances? O how would their hearts leap for joy, could they only find, that all the schemes and designs of the old serpent had been effectually frustrated, and crushed, and had been so overruled as to advance the honor and glory of the great God whom he opposed! O how would the triumphant ALLELUIA roll from each heavenly tongue, could they only find that the High and Holy One, had never, in a single instance, been disappointed, and had, from the creation to the judgement day, “worked all things after the counsel of his own will," had caused the "wrath of man,' and the wrath of devils to 'praise him,' and bad crestrained the remainder of the wrath-had completely gratified all his benevolent desires, and accomplished "all his pleasure.' But alas! these are raptures wbicb, if the Arminian doctrines be correct, the inhabitants of heaven will never enjoy. According to that plan, it will be true till the remotest periods in eternity, that the great Jehovah, after all the efforts he has made, has failed to accomplish many of his benevolent desires; and that the inroads of Satan on his kingdom in the world, were vastly more extensive and successful than he ever designed.

But should the doctrines for which we contend, after all the high handed and diversified opposition they have had to encounter in this revolted world, be found true at last, will they furnish any greater reason for the glorified armies above, to celebrate, in anthems of unmingled triumph, the victories of their king? We think that in this respect the difference between the two systems is immense, and that the advantages possessed by our doctrines over those of our Arminian brethren, are high as heaven, and lasting as eternity. If the Calvinistic doctrines are true, then, the following facts will stand as long as immortality endures, conspicuous and bright, in the view of saints and angels. They will see, that the

glorious plan of man's redemption, was no afterthought of the great i I AM, when he found that his first plan was frustrated by his artful

and implacable enemy. They will see, that "from the beginning," it was the determinate purpose of the unchangeable God, to manifest, hy this great tork, his adorable perfections to an admiring universe. They will see that Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of men, who was manifest in these last times, “was verily foreordained before the foundation of the world. I. Pet. i 20. That in the purpose and plan of God, he was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. xiii. 8. That his saints were “chosen in him before the foundation of the world.” Eph. i. 4. And that from that early dlate, their names were written in the Lamb's book of life.” Rev. xiii. 8. They will see, that this amazing developement of his wonderful perfections in the scheme of man's redemption, is the grand object Jehovah had in view, when he undertook to build the universe. They will sce, that he "created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be made known by the church, the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eph. iii. 9-11. They will see, that by Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of men, “were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him." Col. i. 16. He formed the angels in heaven "all ministering spirits, and sent them forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” Heb. i. 14.

They will see that all the dark devices and malicious schemes of Satan, have lever for a moment, ruffled the tranquility, or disconcerted the plan of the great God. In no instance has he been overmatched-in no vlesign has he been disappointed-in no benevolent effort has he failed. “With omniscient eye he has ever beheld his unshaken counsels, and with Almighty hand he has rolled on his undisturbed decrees.” They will see, that when the raging Dragon cast out of his mouth-waters as a flood,” to overwhelm the church, He, who dwelTeth in the high and holy place," has looked down, with placid serenIts, on the foam and dashing of the billows, and whenever the interest of his Zion required it, he said, “Peace, be still," and "there was a great calm.” They will see that he has always had Satan under his controul, and that, as in the case of Job, where Satan could tiot touch his property, nor touch his person, but when God saw it pigest and best to suffer it to be done, so in every age, he has had his VOL. II,


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