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more majesty than the High- earth," must accommodate ourPriest of the law, “ the doctrine selves to the children of the and the truth ;" he ought to world, and “ lose our savour ;". know no one according to the we, who ought to be the censors flesh. He who, by the imposi- of the world, must become its tion of hands, has been set apart panegyrists; we, who ought to to the holy ministry, should be the light of the world," manifest an heroick disposition, must perpetuate its blindness, which elevates him above his by our approbation, or by own weakness,—which infuses our cowardice ; in one word, we, into him noble, great, generous who ought to be instruments in sentiments, and such as are wor- the salvation of the world, must thy his elevated calling, which perish with the world. raises him above fears, hopes, Admitting that, when you first reputation and opprobrium, and go to mingle with worldly scenes, above every thing which influ- you may intend not to be seences the conduct of other men. duced from the path of duty ;

Now, this spirit of courage and admitting that you at first pos.. firmness is very much opposed sess sincerity, firmness, and to the spirit of the world. For courage ; you will soon deviate the spirit of the world is a tem- from them. Those ideas of zeal, porising spirit,-_a spirit of po- and firmness against vice with liteness, complaisance, atten- which you enter into the world, tions, and management. To pass will soon grow weaker; intimawell with the world, a man must cy with the world will soon make have no opinion of his own; he them appear to you unsocial and must think always with the erroneous ; to them will sucgreatest number, or at least with ceed ideas more pleasant, more the most influential ; he must agreeable to man, more accordhave approbation always ready to ing to the common manner of bestow, and wait only for the mo- thinking ; what appeared zeal ment when it will be most agree- and duty, you will regard as exable. It is necessary for him to cessive and imprudent severity ; be able to smile at impiety ; to and what appeared virtue & minaccustom his ears to the most isterial prudence, you will consevere and cruel strokes of slan- sider as unnecessary singularity. der ; to give praise to ambition We enter, by little and little, and and a desire of preferment; and without perceiving it ourselves, to suffer a preference to be given into their prejudices, and adopt to natural above moral and spi- the excuses and vain reasonings ritual talents. In fine, if we to which they have recourse to wish to live in the world, we justify their errors ; by associatmust think, or at least speak ing with them we cease to think like the world ; it will not do to them so culpable ; we even becarry thither an uncompliant, come almost apologists for their harsh spirit ; for this a person effenzinacy, their idleness, their would soon become an object of luxury, their ambition, their pasridicule and contempt, and he sions; we accustom ourselves, himself would soon become dis- like the world, to give to those gusted with it. Thus we, who vices softer names ; and what ought to be “the salt of the confirms us in this new system

of conduct is, that it has the ap- tend to them; I was led to conprobation of men of the world, clude, that the public adminiswho give to our cowardly com- tration of this ordinance, during pliance with their customs, the divine service (which, except in specious names of moderation, cases of necessity, our church ingreatness of mind, acquaintance culcates most decidedly,) would, with the world, a talent to render if generally adopted, be producvirtue amiable; and to the con- tive of most important advanttrary conduct the odious names ages ; and, consequently, I was of littleness, superstition, excess induced to conclude, that the too and severity, calculated only to common custom of baptizing on drive people from virtue, and to other days except the Lord's render piety either odious or Day, or if on the Lord's Day, afcontemptible. Thus, from grat. ter the congregation is sepaitude, we treat those in a friend- rated, was, at least, foregoing ly manner who bestow upon our those advantages. cowardice the honour and homage The Anti-padobaptists do all due to firmness and zeal ; we baptize very publickly, and this believe them more innocent, administration of baptism, acsince they think us more amia- cording to their sentiments, is ble ; we show more indulgence very impressive, and has a great to their vices, since they meta- effect in producing a favourable morphose our vices into virtues. opinion of their mode of baptizFor how uncommon is it for peo- ing, in the minds of those who ple to be severe and troublesome have not maturely weighed the censors of their admirers ? and subject ; besides giving the minhow few are there like Barnabas ister an occasion of addressing and Saul, who, because they the consciences, the judgments, would not relax any thing from the passions, or even the prejuthe truth, were stoned by the dices of the assembly. But the very people who, but a moment retired and concealed way, now before, were ready to offer in- generally adopted by the miniscense to them as to gods de- ters of our Church, (contrary to scended upon earth ?

the rubrick undoubtedly) seems to say to the people, “ It is a mere form ; there is no need to inake it publiek ; no instruction can be grafted on it; it needlessly lengthens the service.”

And the unchristiun custom of (From the Christian Observer). making baptisms an occasion of

Having observed the impres- a sensual dissipated feast, which sion made on a full congrega- is too generally connived at gives tion by the baptism of a child countenance to this conclusion, during the service, and by a se- and advantage to those who adrious address in the sermon to minister this sacrament in anoparents, sponsors, and all baptiz- ther manner, less scriptural, I ed persons, concerning their ob- apprehend, in other respects, but Jigations and duties, and their more scriptural in that it is made criminality, if they did not at- a publick, serious and religious

ON THE ADVANTAGES

OF PUB

LICKLY ADMINISTERING THE

RITE OF BAPTISM.

service. Indeed I am fully con- pear to my mind of the greatest vinced, that the public adminis- importance. I have long comtration of infant baptism, with ap- plied with the general custom, posite instructions

to all concerns and have never, for at least twened, would do more to establish its ty-five years, baptized a child scriptural authority than all the during divine service: controversial publications which must allow that, having once have appeared on the subject. been present where a child was

But this is by far the least part thus baptized, the ceremony beof what I would wish to pointing followed by an appropriate out. A great deal has been said address, I was then convinced, of baptismal regeneration. If we that by private baptism, (in which say that this always, and of I include baptizing in the church, course takes place, however the except during divine service on sacrament is administered, not the Lord's Day, or on some pubto adduce other objections, it is lick occasion) many advantages plain that we return to the opus of exhorting and establishing our operatum of the Papists. Yet far congregations were lost ; and be it from me to deny, that re- many advantages given to those generation may accompany bap- who endeavour to draw our peotism, and that it frequently does ple from us. when properly administered.

IGNOTUS. Now I was peculiarly impressed on seeing baptism adminis. tered during the service, with the

FRAGMENT. idea, that a considerable number

(From the Christian Observer.) of true Christians were, all over

IMPORTANT CONCESSIONS of SOLthe congregation, uniting in prayer, that the child might be “ No religion,” said that deistibaptized by the Holy Spirit, and cal nobleman,“ ever appeared in made an heir of eternal life. the world, whose natural tendenSurely, thought I, this way of cy was so much directed to proadministering the sacred ordi- mote the peace and happiness of nance gives the most scriptural mankind, as Christianity.

No ground to hope that the inward system can be more simple and and spiritual grace shall accom- plain than that of natural religpany the outward and visible ion, as it stands in the gospel. sign : and I cannot conceive The system of religion which that the private mode of baptiz- Christ published, and his evangeling can afford a ground of confi- ists recorded, is a complete sysdence which, either on scriptural tem to all the purposes of religor rational grounds, can be put ion, natural and revealed. Chrisin competition with it.

tianity, as it stands in the gospel, But, above all, the opportuni- contains not only a complete, ties that the publick administra- but a very plain system of retion of baptism gives to the min. ligion. The gospel is, in all ister of addressing all descrip- cases, one continued lesson of tions of persons in his congre- the strictest morality, of justice, gation on their respective duties, of benevolence, and of univerand their failures in them, ap- sal charity."

Vol. I. No. 6. LL

INGBROKE.

Review of new publications.

a

T'he beneficial Influence of the Gos- higher standard of morals was intro

pel. A Sermon preached before duced; and crimes, which formerly the Society in Scotland for pro- from the view of men, and took refuge

stalked abroad without a blush, fed hagating Christian. Knowledge in the shades of night. In every in the Higklonds and Islands, country where Christianity prevailed, at their Anniversary Meeting it meliorated the condition, and exaltin the High Church of Edin. ed the character of man. It encou. burgh, June 14, 1804, by the the calamities of war, gave protec

raged the arts of peace, mitigated Rev. WALTER BUCHANAN, tion and consequence to the lowerranks A. M. one of the Ministers of of society, and rescued the female Capongate, Edinburgh.

sex from that degraded and servile This is an excellent sermon.

state, to which bey were subjected The style of the preacher is ani. While it taught the poor to be con

throughout the whole heathen world. mated and elegant, serious and tented and industrious, it restrained impressive. His opinions are or. the power of the great, checked the thodox ; his information various, arrogance of the rich, and infused

into the breasts of all, who felt its extensive, and particular. He is not one of those, who "mount power tender sympathy for the

woes of others. In the whole range the rostrum with skip, of Pagan antiquity, no traces are to and then skip down again.” be found of any asylum for the indiHis sermon is long, but were it gent or afflicted, the helpless orphan

and destitute widow: but wherever longer, it would not tire the

the gospel extended its influence, inreader. The preacher feels as stitutions were formed, and houses he speaks, and like "a workman" were opened for the relief of almost pleads the cause of God; while every species of human sorrow. In he informs his hearers, he inter- fine, it has contributed more than any,

nar, than all other causes, to humanests their affections ; while he ize the heart and to civilize the manconvinces their understanding, ners of mankind." he persuades their hearts.

The text, which is the foundation of this discourse, is Phile

The moral Tendency of Man's mon ver. 11. Which in time past

Accountablences to God; and was to thee unprofitable, but now

its influince on the happiness of profitable to thee and me,

society. A Sermon preached on A few sentences may give

the duy of the General Election some idea of the sermon. P. 33.

at Hartford, in the Staie of “ As Christians multiplied in the

Connecticut, Nay gih, 1805. world, the happy effects of the gos- By ASAHEL HOOKER, A. M. pel became more and more apparent. Pastor of the Church in Goskon. The knowledge of their principles,

Hartford. Hudson & Goodwin. and the influence of their example, were gradually diffused through the

AFTER A careful perusal, and community, and produced an import re-perusal of this discourse, we ant alteration in the opinions and usa- hesitate not to pronounce it exges of the people at large. Gross cellent. Notwithstanding the idolatry with its train of attendant abominations, vanished before it :

uncandid and injudicious sugmen began to entertain juster con

gestions of certain individuals, ceptions of God, and their duty : & we are bold to say, it is truly and

uncommonly excellent. We say that ordinance under their minthis without any risk of charac- istry. By ISAAC CLINTON, ter. For in this case we already Pastor of a church in Southhare the advantage of knowing wick. Springfield. Henry the publick opinion. The enlight- Brewer. ened Christian publick, as far In the ist. section, the author as it has been acquainted with states the point in controversy. this discourse, has pronounced " On the one side it is maintainit one of the best ever delivered ed, that the infants of believers on such an occasion. But let all have a right to visible memberwho have opportunity read and ship in the church, and are projudge for themselves. We shall per subjects of the seal of the esteem it a happy circumstance, covenant. On the other side the if those remarks which have evi- Baptists uot only deny this docdently been designed to sink the trine, but endeavour to maintain, walue, and circumscribe the in- that baptism, when administered fluence of this sermon, should to the children of believers, is make it more generally known. not valid. On this account they For we doubt not, the more it is deny us coinmunion at the known, the more it will be ap- Lord's table ; and in this respect proved and admired. The preach- make no difference between us er displays, to an uncommon de- and heathen.” gree, the qualifications which his In the second and third sccoffice requires, and which the in- tions, he proves from various teresting occasion particularly passages both in the Old and called for. In every part he New Testament, “ That the cov. shows himself the dignified enant, which God made with Christian orator. There is no Abraham, was the covenant of appearance of lightness, grovel- grace, and that the gospel disling sentiment, adulation, or in- pensation is the fulálment of the decision. He is full of his sub- mercy covenanted to Abraham ; ject, which is very important and and consequently that the same well chosen. His language is at persons, who were subjects of oyce copious and energetic. We the seal when the covenant was make no quotations, as it would first instituted, are subjects of be difficult to treat the discourse the seal now, and that the same with justice, without transcribing qualifications, which were once the whole.

sufficient, are sufficient still. We add the pleasing informa- "That as the infants of believers tion, that the amiable author is, were then the subjects of the with increasing reputation and ancient seal, which was circuminfluence, employed in the im- cision ; such are now subjects of portant work of teaching stu. baptism, the present seal.” dents in divinity.

Is the fourth section he shews,

that “the character of people in A Treatise on Infant Baptism, covenant, and of people out of

proving, from the scriptures, covenant, described in the that infants are propier subjecte same manner and by the same of Baptism, were so considered terms, both under the Abrahamic by the Apostles, and did receive and under the Christian dispen,

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