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The man watchful over onr own spirits, lest in tled, “ A Treatise on Christian Doewerden endeavouring to justify or support pre- trine, compiled from the Holy Scripideat & conceived opinions, we give to our own tures alono : by John Milton. Transa tem wild imaginations the solidity and lated from the Original by Charles R. Poster at weight of divine truth, and departing Summer, M.A. idee me from the simplicity of the gospel, pre
“ Under the gospel, the first of the ve distan's some to stamp the poor trash of our Sacraments, commonly so called, is
own fancy with the sacred impress of BAPTISM, WHEREIN
God. To determine tbe nature and believers WHO ENGAGE THEMSELVES e per propriety of typical representation, it is TO PURENESS OF LIFE, ARE IMMERSED
IN RUNNING WATER, TO SIGNIFY THEIR peel het of importance to inquire whether or bereitung not the resemblance which we mean to REGENERATION BY The Holy Spirit, beresit porsue bas a tendency to promote AND THEIR UNION WITH CHRIST IN
some moral, practical, pious purpose. HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURREC
The tree is known by its fruit. We TION." can deve ought cheerfully to relinquish the most To prove Believers the proper sub
favorite analogy rather than seem in jects, le quotes Matt. xxviii. 19, Mark the slightest degree to misrepresent, xvi. 15, 16, Acts viji, 36, 37, Eph. v. disguise, or pervert the truth.
26, 1 Pet. ii. 21. He then adds,
G. B. “ Hence it follows, that infants are not Hackney, October, 1824,
to be baptized, inasmuch as they are We are of opinion that it is never incompetent to receive instruetion, or safe to consider Old Testament his. to believe, or to enter into a covenant, tories as types of Christ and the or to promise or answer for themselves, church ; excepting the pen of inspira- or even to hear the word.” P. 431. tion in the New Testament has made
“ Sn, also, when an individual that application of them, as in the case unites himself to a particular church, of David and his afflictions; or of Sa- it is requisite he should enter into a so: rah and Hagar, apd their contentions.
lemn covenant with God and his church, Edit,
to conduct himself in all respects, both towards the one and the other, so as to
promote his own edification and that of Sentiments of MILTON respecting his brethren. This covenant ought pra Baptism and Communion. perly to take place in baptism, as being
the rite appointed for the admission of EXTRACTs from a work poblished by all persons, (that is of all adults,) iuto command of his present Majesty, enti- the church." P. 498.
Obituary and Recent Deaths.
MR. JEREMIAH MUMFORD. the scriptures, to pray in earnest, and
to forsake bis former companions. But
these impressions were fluctuating, and Dien, on Lord's-day morning, Dec. soon passed away like the moruiny 26, 1824, at Towcester, Northampton- cloud' and the early dew. Somcshire, Mr. Jeremiah Mumford, after a time after this, be very narrowly escaped long apliction, under which he was en- being crushed to death between a abled to exercise an bomble submission waggon and a wall. This circumstance to the disposal of divine providence. renewed his convictions, and be not He was born in the year 1750; and only blest God, who had not duomed when about the age of fifteen, he was bim to eternal misery, bat was now dem alarmed by two terrific dreams, which sirvus to be found in the use of the awakened bis attention to bis condition means. During this period, his conas a siuner, and excited him to begin victions do not appear to have been to live a new life. He began to scarcli abiding; there were none of those
rooted habits of piety and godliness, by his spirit and conduct might accord which he was afterwards so eminently with bis profession; and others could distinguished.
not bat acknowledge, that be adorned In 1775, he entered upon the busi- the doctrine of God the Saviour. Har ness of life ; and now, for seven or eight ing attended the Baptist meeting, Colyears, it appears that bis worldly con- lege-lane, for some length of time, cerns occupied all his mind, and all his and being brought to see that baptism time; so that he lost all concern for by immersion was scriptural; and bis soul ; he could live without prayer, bearing Dr. Ryland preach from these and was at case in a state of awful disc words, “ Come in, thou blessed of the tance from God. At length he was Lord, wherefore standest thou witharoused from this indifference, and felt out?" he was baptized and united with a concern to hear the gospel. He now the church in 1798. This day, be obbegan to attend the ministry of an serves, was a happy one to my soul. eminent and useful servant of God, in But his enjoyments were soon interthe establishment. Here, he observes, rupted by an allotment in Providence " I became gradually enlightened, and he did not expect to witness. Being felt something of the sweets of religion. a Dissenter, he was turned out of his I began now to hear to purpose. Hav- farm, and was obliged to seek an haing a brother residing in the same vil- bitation at another village. In this Jage with myself, who felt the importo place the gospel bad not been introance of religion, we established a duced. Here, feeling for poor perishprayer-meeting, and had the gospel ing sinners around him, and being inoccasionally introduced into the place. fuenced by tbat benevolence the gosFeeling the importance of the gospel pel inspires, he had bis house licenced, myself, I now longed for the salvation and on the evening of the Sabbaths be of others; and my wishes were in some used to speak from a portion of scriprespects realized."
ture, and had the happiness to find His family increasing, he found it many attend. more convenient to attend at North After some length of time, he obampton. And now he felt, to use his tained another farm at Woodford. The own words, a deeper interest in divine nearest Baptist interest being Westonthings than before. “I felt now a con- by-Weedon, he was dismissed from the cern to keep holy the Sabbath-day, and church, College-lane, Northampton, to attend to no worldly concerns that to that under the pastoral care of the could possibly be avoided; sin became Rev. R. Clarke, at Weston. But after encreasingly burdensome; and it was a few years had clapsed, increasing my concern to acknowledge the Lord bodily infirmities rendered him incapain all my ways, and entreat him to ble of business, and this occasioned his direct my paths. My lamentation was, removal to Towcester. And in Octothat I had so departed from the Lord, ber, 1819, he became a member of the that I had prayed so little, and done Baptist church in this place. Being so little for him."
now freed from the concerns of time, About this time, he heard the late he enjoyed much, was crucified to the venerable Fuller, from Psalm iv. 3. world; and on every occasion, his lanof this subject he often spoke, as giving guage was, Jesus is precious. him a clear view of the way to hcaven, “ None but Christ to me be given, as a holy way. Now, he was led, from
None but Christ, in earth or heaven." Joshua's resolution, (xxiv. 15) to commence family worship; he could
Having repeated attacks of para: no longer neglect so important a duty. lysis, he became incapable of attending And though he met with opposition at the house of God for more than two from within and without, he could years before his decease; but be still adopt the language of the poet, and discovered the same spirituality of say,
mind, till at length, he lost all mental “ Fresh strength I gain to run the race, any religious exercise. But as the
energy, and became disqualified for By waiting at a throne of grace." scriptures do not make the circum
It was now he began to appear an stances attendiog our dccease, proofs cmincat saiut. His concern was, that of moral character, but tcach us to
look for these in the life; there was was an example of diligence. Although
abandant evidence, that though be bad employed in agricultural pursuits, profession site
not living comforts in dying moments, which, at all times, require early rising; skarplats its he was safe in death. As a believer, yet he was accustomed to rise so early ve of God the war he was freed from the curse, was thé as always to secure a portion of his ed the Bapestra subject of that work which cannot be time for devotional exercises, before for some best destroyed; and, therefore, unless the he entered on the labours of the brought as purposes of God can fail, he has passed day. But he was most distinguished 398, was era ike Jordan of death in safety: and now for his constant acknowledgment of : Rylan pot the immortal spirit
, unfettered by budily the hand of God in every circumstance, Come il, ben de infirmities, is uniting with the mulli- so that it was bis nsual practice, even refore standes un tade that cry, Worthy is the Lamb before going to market, to supplicate a as bapteri ee that was slain, &c.
throne of grace, that he might be proHis death was improved from Acts tected from evil, and that the Lord a happy at xi. 24. “He was a good man, and would prosper him in the business he opments for fall of the Holy Ghost, and of faith." had in hand; and when he returned i albatorent at He was not distinguished for any rare home, he would retire to give thanks expect to wai talent, but he was remarkable for his to God, before be partook of any rehe was tant të devotional spirit, his great heaveuly freshment. Such was the character of tas nobliged see mindedness, and deadness to the world, the deceased, and while the name of another fact so that all who were acquainted with the wicked shall rot, his name will long uspel bad wat him, were charmed with lis piety. He be had in remembrance. J, B. T.
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Review, k from apro
addressed to the Teachers connected shortness of the time that is allotted to
schools, and the “ lengthened intervals
between This is a very sensible, pious ser
may much discourage."mon, and peculiarly adapted for use- 4thly: “ Too often the disorders and fulness. No one engaged in the im. ill influences of the bomes, to whichi” portant, but often oppressive toil of the children must be dismissed, dethe Sabbath-school, and who is often stroy hope.-51bly. “ Amidst these called to bear up under disappoint- obvious difficulties," a view of the saments peculiarly afflictive, should be
crifices which the teachers make may witbont this very appropriate discourse. be so taken, as greatly to discourage The text is in the 49th chapter of future effort.-6thly. " The nature of Isaiah, and at the 4th verse; and the the object proposed, the conversion of preacher takes occasion to introduce the soul to God, may depress the miods
first, some of the circumstances of those who labour for its attainment. which, in the judgment of sense, may
–7thly. " A sense or a suspicion of lend to depress" the ardour of teachers their" inability to instruct in spiritual in Sabbath-schools. And, secondly, things, may frequently much disconsome considerations which, under the rage."-81bly. “ The ingratitude of influence of faith, may
children and of parents must be num"them to perseverance."
bered among occasions of depression," And, under this first division of the 9tbly. “The blight of some of” the subject, the following causes of depres
“ dearest hopes" will powerfully afflict. sion are noticed :-ist. The teachers - Jothly. “The number of youthful of inspired doctrines have" to encoun
crimes and youthful miscreants, after ter the natural disinclination of the all" that Sabbath-schools “can do, may Sons of Adam towards the things of sometimes induce the language of the God.”—2dly. “They have to labour on text."--1thly. “ The perverseorss of a waste, peculiarly rough and unfitted those who are untriendly to" tho
is that, by
in the ea
" object" proposed, may seize occasion quently invited to consider the devont se te ca from this circumstance, to “ censure" reHectious which its contemplation
tweinale the " endeavours" that are made to in- must sngycst to minds habitually ocstruct the rising generation.—121bly. cupied in spiritual exercises, than that, Discouragement may have been felt such a divine formulary should have so
ta they from “ the inattention of professed often become the theme of the Chris friends." Under the second dirision of tian tcacber in the progress of bis mi.
u Miliere the sermon, we have the best reasons nisterial exercises. And, we doubt der whic for perseverance in the good work of not, but future visitants to this part of Sabbath-school teaching. To those our Redeemer's invaluable instructions
, ut oppres employed in it, the preacher thus ad- like the worthy author of the present walls dresses himself. Ist. Your work is in discourses, being cheered and refresti- fide three direct subservience to, and indeed a cd themselves, by the pure stream of fuel ta for constituent part of, “ ihe Redeemer's. divine truth, will be, also, constrained - 20ly. As it takes its origin from him, to give enlarged ullerance to their en. so it is conducted under him ; so that lightened views and devotional fect to
lain, because your appeal is at all times, from the ings. bar of man to bis decision."-3dly. The volume before us contains ten vih, or beca “As your work is with himn, so it com- discourses-the ninth, however, is dibines with it bis power and grace.” vided into two, making, in fact, eleven 4ibly. “ As your work is with the in the whole. These are sermons of Lord, and your judgment with your no ordinary merit: they have been elaGod, so he gives you many encon- borated with much care, and though, raging foretastes of that judgment. in some paragraphs, they may be soineBut, finally, whatever may be its effect what declamatory, they display consiamongst your scholars, let this be your derable ability. The sentiments are great support, you yourselves shall not always important, the imagery is frelose your reward."
quently striking, and the style oflen Such are the points that are well il- dignified. Aided by the preacher's Justrated, and the truths that are distinct and energclic enunciation, powerfully enforced, in this admirable many passages must have been exceedsermon; and while there is very much ingly impressive in their delivery. Iu in it which those immediately address- bis immediate circle these will be reed should never forget, all who are cognized, and perused witb peculiar engaged in boly and useful endeavours satisfaction ; while, by pions readers in the Christin to effect good, may peruse it with the general, this work will be considered greatest advantage.
as highly respectable, and esteemed as
ting helps to spiritual improvement. Discourses on the Lord's Prayer, in a
We sincerely wish our limits would Series of Lectures; by Samuel Sauce permit is to do more ample justice to ders. Pp. 439. Holdsworth. Price
our author and oursclves, by quoting
largely from these discourses; but we 10s. 60.
can only make room for the following This beautiful epitome of devotion, extract, taken from the sixth. on which Mr. Saunders has founded his instructing lectures, is every now
“ My brethren, it is in this season of and then brought afresh under review penitential agony, that forgiveness apby the labours of some pious expositor pears of all blessings the most desirable
, or commentator. And, we regard every and that the contrite heart, with sincerity well-directed effort to explain its petic and surpassing earnestness, adopts and tions, to illustrate its principles, and to urges the prayer of our text. Are there commend its spirit, as an accession to any persons in this assembly, who, at the the means of piety, and the persuasives review of their offences, are affected in a to devotion.
similar manner? Are you troubled for The attractive simplicity and admi- your sins? Are you bowed down greatly ?
Do rable comprehensiveness, added to the
you go mourning all the day? Are high authority of what is usually called not, I beseech yon, attempt to repress the
you ashamed and afraid to look up? Do the Lord's Prayer, may rather afford recollections which awaken this auguish. surprise that we are not more fre- Do not try to alleviate your pain, by for
getting its causes. Forgetfulness will experimental acquaintance with the not annihilate them, but rather impart operations and genuine fruits of the to them an additional vigour, and, on a Spirit; and be lias afforded the best future day, will render them more appal. assistance in the work of determining ling than they are at present. Who ima- what is our true character and state gines that, by neglecting a malady he renoves it; or, that by turning his thoughts tions of the insincere be clearly ex
before God. The deceitful expectato an indifferent subject, he shall make a disaster which involves the ruin of his poses--the causes of declension in circumstances, unreal ? The burden piety be honestly states, and is urgent which oppresses you, if you would have in moving the backslider to examine it effectually removed, must be carried anew his spiritual condition, and the to the throne of grace. The wound which subtle nature and evil consequences rankles in your bosom must be laid open of security in such an attention to rebefore the great Physician; otherwise it ligion, as leaves the heart unchanged, were madness to give yoa any hope of re. he powerfully describes. Nor is this lief. To soothe you with assurances of work less valuable as a guide in the pardon, because you have not been more sinful, or because you feel the pangs of way of salvation, and as aiding the guilt so acutely, were to act the part of faithful in the cultivation of holy teman unfaithful adviser. The only way to pers, and the discharge of Christian avoid the destruction that threatens you, duties. The style of this performance to obtain the forgiveness of your sins, is very plain and nervous : it is earnest and the favour of your offended God, is and affectionate. It is just the oppoto confess your transgressions; to ac- site, as it ought to be, of that heartless, knowledge the equity of God, though he indefinite, intolerably wordy, bloated, should sentence you to perdition; to re- barbarous bombast, which persons of nounce all dependence on your own sup- feeble intellect, and no good taste, can posed worthiness, on the depth of your so easily employ; and wbich, in our convictions, on the sincerity of your hearts, time, so many admire. In the volume or on the earnestness of your prayers; before ns, all is easy to be understood, and to rely simply and wholly, for your is powerfully stated, and of the greatest acceptance, on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ." P. 243.
value. This book resembles a tree that has only a natural amount of foliage, but an unusual quantity of the
finest fruit. When this volume first The Christian's great Interests; in two appeared, it was much valued, both
Parts. By the Rev. William Guthrie, at home and abroad, and of its merits late Minister of the Gospel, Fenwick.
we possess the opinion of Dr. Owen. With an Introductory Essay, by “ You have," said he, when addressing Thomas Chalmers, D.D.
a minister of Scotland,“ truly great We think Dr. Chalmers has done spirits in Scotland; there is, for a diwell in recommending, as he powerfully
vine,” he said (taking out of his pocket does, this work to general attention. a litllo gilt copy of Mr. Guthrie's
" that author I take to be The essay he has connected with it
treatise,) represents the great importance of one of the greatest divines that ever
wrote. It is my vade mecum, and I self-examination, accounts for its neglect, and gives some good directions for carry it and the Sedan New Testament
still about me. I have wrote several its successful practice. Besides the in
folios, but there is more divinity in it troductory article we have noticed, there is a memoir of the author of ibis than them all.” The moderation of the valuable work on self-examination
price, and the excellence of the printgiven, that is worth the cost of the ing, as well as the peculiar value of whole volume. Mr. Guthric's book is the sentiments, make it a pleasing divided into two parts, the trial of a
duty to recommend the present volume saving interest in Christ, and how to
to general attention. attain to a saving interest in Christ. The autbor appears to bave been well fitted to write on the subject be has The Saints Everlasting Rest, by the chosen, by his intimate knowledge of Rev. Richard Baxter, abridged by the workings of the human heart, and Benjamin Fawcett, A. M.: with an