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his word as well as for his work : his work I cannot comprehend, but his word bath assured me of all that I am concerned to know---that he hath prepared everlasting happiness for those who love and obey him. This you will call preachment :-.-I will have done with it; but the subject is so vast, and the plan of providence, in my opinion, so obviously wise and good, that I can never think of it without having my mind filled with piety, admiration, and gratitude.”
AN ACCOUNT OF Mr. WILLIAM PRICE. TXILLIAM Price was born near Enikkillen in Ireland,
V Ai an early period, he commenced a soldier in the Enis, killen Dragoons. He stood two Flanders wars, ten campaigns, and iwelve general engagements, without receiving the nightest wound. At his first going to Flanders, seeing himself exposed to danger on all hands, and not knowing the moment he might fall a victim to the horrors of war, he endeavoured to prepare for Eter, nity: But being ignorant of the way of attaining justification by faith in Chrift, he fet about establishing his own righteousness, as the foundation of acceptance with God. And now he thought all was well, because he foi sook bad company, said his prayers, went to Church and Sacrament, and bore a good charact?r among men, But that GOD, who "weigheth the spirits, and searcheth the hearts of the sons of men," saw the fincerity of his desires, and while he continued walking in the light of his inferior dispensation, pro, vided means for bringing him out of all darkness into his marvel, ous light.
The first converted man that Mr. Price remembers to have con versed wich, was Mr. JOHN HAIME, who at that time was pub. lilbing salvation thro' faith in Jesus, in the British camp. As Mr, HAIME was a strid attendant on the church, and facrament ; Mr Price took particular notice of his serious deportmeni, which led to an intimate acquaintance with each other. Mr. HAIME urged the necessity of experiencing a death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness : but Mr. PRICE did not readily under. stand this doctrine at first. However, that he might be entirely freed from his former ungodly companions, and improve an acquaintance with a few pious soldiers, who frequently met for the purpose of worshipping God, and taking sweet counsel together, of things pertaining to the kingdom of heaven, Mr. PRICE glad. ly cast in his lot among them. After some time, the rod of allliction was laid upon him, which brought him to the margin of the grave. And now the fears of death and judgment overwhelmed him, his sons stared him in the face, his righteousness failed and his hopes of heaven vanished away. In this situation the constant cry of his guilty soul was, “ Mercy! Mercy! Mercy!" In the midst of his distress, it sounded through his mind, "that
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Christ died to save the vilet of sinners :" he believed the report and immediately felt the salutary effects thereof in his mourning soul. The guilt and burden of sin was removed, and his freed fpirit rejoiced in God his Saviour. Then his tongue became as the pen of a ready writer, in declaring the goodness of God to his soul. · The Lord having raised him from the bed of sickness, he went forth to the field of battle, knowing that, “for him to live was Christ, and to die was gain." He found much confidence in the Lord in the greatest dangers ; particularly at the battle of Foun. tainoy, his soul was unspeakably happy.
At the conclusion of the war, the army returned to England, where he was introduced to Mr. Wesley and other pious friends, whose conversation and pious instructions ftrengthened him much in the Lord. Being discharged he returned to the place of his Nativity, where for many years he was like a bird on the house top, having none to converse with upon Bible Religion. However he looked forward in expectation of the time when pure and undefiled reli. gion would find its way to that benighted corner. The first Preacher that came that way, rouzed the holy flame more abundantly in his breaft; and from that time his heart and house were open to the Messengers of Chrift. .
The work of the Lord now began to spread, and persecution arose: Mobs headed by the clergy frequenily assaulted ihem at the time of preaching. Mr. Price accompanied the Preachers, when brought before Magistrates, &c. being always willing to share with them in reproach and sufferings, for the Truth's fake. He had a good talent for strengthening young converts, and establishing new Societies. As a class leader, his labours were almost indefatigable. For upwards of thirty years, he attended Societies ten Miles round; And even a few months before his death, I have known him travel fourteen miles to meet a new society, notwith. standing his age and infirmities. As a Chriftian, he thought very mneanly of himself, confessing that he was a dependant mortal, having no stock of grace, but always poor and needy, living by the moment; and tho' blameless in life and conversation, yet he wept to the last, for his unfaithfulnels.
I visited him in his last illness, and found him happy in the Lord, and resigned to his will. As I perceived him making hafty ftrides toward death, I left word with the family, that if he died before my return, they would send for me, that I might preach a funeral sermon; contrary to my wishes, he heard of my intentions, and desired they would call me back again. He got me by the hand, and with tears in his eyes said, “If a funeral sermon “ is to be preached, I beg that very little may be spoken concern
ing me, left-it nould rob God in any wise of his Glory. If I “ ftood long in the ways of the Lord, no thanks to me, but the " grace of God. If I withitood persecution, it was Jesus who “ food by me, and without his support I could do nothing. If I
“ opened my door to the messengers of God, it was himself who “ gave me the place and all in it. It was not mine; no thanks “ to me for it; I was but the Steward over it. I was nothing; “ I am nothing; and can plead nothing, but God be merciful " to me a finner,"
On the fabbath day, the minister came to see him, to whom he related the particulars of his past experience, his repentance, conversion, and growth in grace; and that at that moment he felt the divine presence, supporting his soul. He asked the minister, if he thought the work was of God. Upon being answered in the affirmative, he exhorted the minister to seek diligently, till he obtained the divine peace and consciousness of pardon, and then his heart would be filled with love to God and man; and by preaching from such a heart it would reach the hearts of others; finners would be convinced, mourners converted and the church of Christ built up in living faith.
A few days before his death he was uncommonly blessed of the LORD, and as many came to see him, he gladly embraced the opportunity offered, and spoke feelingly to them, as their several states required. But the grand enemy of mankind, either to stop his usefulness in this labour of love, or to shake his confidence in God, brought all his former fins to his mind, with all the short. comings and wanderings, from the day of his conversion to that moment. In this conflict, the Holy Spirit fo fitly and powerfully applied the great and precious promises to his soul, that he was more than conquerer. The enemy then strove to make him doubt of the reality of the work of grace accomplished in his heart; but not being ignorant of the devices of satan, he cried out, “ the love, the joy, the peace, I now feel in my heart, never grew in nature's garden; nor could any bestow these blessings but God." These temptations, tho' severe for a season, were succeeded by a blessed time of refreshing from the presence of the LORD; so that till the hour of his death, his soul was filled with peace and joy, longing to be gone. ' A short space before his departure he was speechless; nevertheless his joyful countenance, and uplified hands and eyes, shewed that tho' his health and strength failed him, yet Christ was the strength of his heart, and his portion for ever. Thus died WILLIAM Price, after adorning the Gospel upwards of fifty years, in the month of March 1795. I am not certain of his age, but suppose it was about four-score.
Slygo Circuit, May 5, 1796. THOMAS RIDGEWAY.
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A feasonable Admonition to the People of God. V OU profess to believe the Communion of Saints: You have
I been admitted to the privileges of this communion : You thought it not safe or good for man to be alone; to live retired from the Society of Christians : You have been inrolled among them ; and yet what an unprofitable hermit halt thou been in
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Zion ? Thou art no way serviceable to the body. How can Chriftians content thmeselves with the privileges of God's House, and neglect the mutual duties that are incumbent on them. The Apostle tells us, that " the meanest members in the Church are neceffary." But alas ! how many are there, who immure themselves within their own walls ; who are so involved in worldly business, and have so little care and zeal for the house of God, that they no way profit, no way edify their brethren? How can you overlook these plain scriptures ? « Let us there. fore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Wherefore comfort for exhort) yourselves together, and edify one another. From whom, (i. e. Christ) the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of itsell in love. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Let every one of us please his neighbour, for his good tv edification. Exhort one another daily, while it is called 10-day, left any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of fin. And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love, and unto good works: Not forsaking the affembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another ; sand so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Look nog every man on his own things, but every man alfo on the things of others.” None are excluded : It is every man's work. "Look diligently, left any man fail of ithe grace of God, left any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” If they do not overlook, how dare they contemn all these commandinents of our Lord Jesus Chrift? How can they look upon themselves as no way concerned in these duties? It is a lamentation, that so many members of society, through spiritual floth, ihrough a lothnefs to displease, through want of pity to the fouls of their brethren, suffer them to perith in carelessness, fenfuality, formality ; rather than ihey will labour to quicken, restore, and fave them. An engroffer is hateful to men : But of “ how much sorer.punishment shall ye be thought worthy," who engrofs your graces, your gifts, your experiences, wherewith the church of Christ might be edified ? Every man is a steward ; but you are llewards in an especial manner: You are fewards of the gifis of the Spirit, which are “ given to profit withall. How dare ye “ hide your talents in a napkin ?" You have a greater truft committed to you, than others have : You have souls coiniiited to your care ; for the members of society are to care even naturally one for another. What are you afraid you thall liave the less light, the less grace, the less comfort froin Christ, because others share with you? Know the inore useful you are, the more you yourselves will be enriched and supplied; and
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while you are dividing your loaves, God will multiply the bread. "You shall receive, while you are disbursing: Yout light and heat will increase by your distributing it. .
2. How is spiritual Conversation neglected even among the Memo ber's of Society? What ! are you ashamed of your God? Is the speaking of grace and glory some kind of disparagement to your tongues? When you come together, precious time is devoured in back-biting, in censuring of absent persons, who are not capable of making their defence; or else in impertinent difa courses of worldly matters. Few, like the disciples in their journeyto Emmaus, discourse of such matters, as to engage Chrift himself to join with them, and cause their hearts to burn :: When do you warm one another's hearts, and fit each other to enter into communion with God in secret ? How do many complain of you, that iheir hearts are estranged from God. by converfe and intimacies with you, and that they lose their Affections by keeping up corresponděnce with you; and therefore count it their wisdom to retire into their closets, rather than mispend pre. cious Hours in unprofiiable communication? How many 'weak Chriftians are there, who are not acquainted with the wilés of Satan, and they sit down pensive and dejected, thinking no condition like theirs, and conclude hereupon that they are none of God's children, whom (if you were spiritual, pitiful, active, and free to acquaint them with your own experience,) you might succour under their temptations, and comfort them with the comforts wherewith you have been comloried, and ease them by hearkening to their doubts and complaints, and shewing them a way how their souls may be delivered ? Were you of a Christ-like fpirit, you would not break these bruised reeds ; but labour to scatter those mists, which over-cloud their souls : You should be eyes to the blind ; but you are not : You should be of a merciful spirit to all souls ; more especially to the souls of all good men; most especially to the souls of those 10 whom you are peculiarly united, but you are not. In the old law God took care of Affes ; if they lay under a burden, Israel was to help them. Doth God take care for beasts ; and will not ye for men, for the redeemed of the LORD God requires of you, that you * comfort the feeble-minded. The manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withall. Chrift expects his own with increase. They that feared the LORD fpake often one to another;" (to comfort one another with the promises of GOD, made to his people, againft the flourishing of the wicked, and overflowing of ungodlinels) “ and the LORD hearkened and beard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him." The LORD booked that good fervice, He put it upon record : But though the LORD hearkenerhi and heareth, yet He seldom finds us so employed : Our neglects are sealed up in his bag. I pray God we may lay it to heart, repent, and reforın. Bernard's VOL. XIX. O&tober, 1796.
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