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If any messenger from the in- would even mock and deride any visible world could effect the re- person, who should come from formation and salvation of sin- the dead to preach to them. And ners, who so likely to do this as had an account of the invisible the Lord Jesus Christ, since he world been published from the hath come both from heaven, mouth of Lazarus, or any other and from the dead? And not on person, who had been restored ly so, but his divine mission was to life, it would have availed no. attended with many infallible thing, with such as refuse to proofs. Never could a finite hear Moses and the prophets, Jeperson be sent from heaven or sus Christ and the apostles. from the dead, with equal au- Some inferences may be made thority, to that of the Son of God. from what hath been said upon And no one can possibly repre- this subject. sent the solemn realities of eter- 1. We may infer that no pernity, more clearly and affecting- son is warranted from the word ly than Christ hath done. And of God, to publish to the world yet it hath been found by eight- the discoveries of heaven or hell een hundred years' experience, which he supposes he has had that no sinner will ever believe in a dream, or trance, or vision. and embrace the gospel of Christ Were any thing of this kind to until God operate effectually up- be made known to men, we may on his heart by his Holy Spirit
. be assured it would have been Not only thousands of the Jews done by the apostles, when they who heard his preaching and were penning the gospel history. saw his miracles, continued un- Have persons remarkable views converted ; but many millions, of the invisible world, in dreams from generation to generation, or visions, let them like Mary, have lived and died uninfluenced keep all these things, and ponder by the solemn truths taught by them in their heart. And let this faithful and true witness. them improve all their thoughts
And if an account of the tor- and views of God and divine ments of the wicked in hell, giv- things, which they may have, en by one who had suffered them whether waking or sleeping, for for a season, would lead sinners their own spiritual profit ; but to repentance ; why did not the never make them known to any extreme agonies of the innocent one, as some new revelation from Lamb of God produce this ef- heaven. fect, when he suffered for sin- By publishing their dreams ners, in the view of many thou- or visions, many persons have sand spectators? What small imposed upon the credulity of relentings were there among the the ignorant. And however sinnumerous throng which beheld cere and well meaning some the Saviour when he hung bleed- have been in such publications, ing upon the cross, and endur. they have opened a wide door ing the keenest anguish of soul for the impositions of crafly and and body imaginable ? But on designing men who lie in wait to the contrary, they poured forth deceive. the most bitter revilings and ex- It was by pretended visions ecrations ! And we may con- that Mahomet gained credit to clude that hardened sinners This Alcoran, hy which this grani!
impostor hath drawn many thou- ' and will conduct them to mount sand people into that fatal vor- Zion, the city of the living God, tex of error and delusion, which the heavenly Jerusalem ; and to has paved the way for their ev- an innumerable company of anerlasting ruin ! And many false gels; to the general assembly of religions and fatal errors have the church of the first born, which been established in the same de- are written in heaven ; and to lusive way. The following words God the Judge of all; and to the of the prophet Jeremiah, ought spirits of just men made perfect; to have peculiar weight upon and to Jesus the Mediator of the the minds of all visionary per- new covenant ; and to the blood sons. “ The prophet that hath of sprinkling that speaketh better a dream, let him tell a dream, * things than that of Abel. and he that hath my word let
AMATUS, him speak my word faithfully; what is the chaff to the wheat ? saith the Lord.”+
2. We may infer that for per- The Rev. Mr. Kicherer's Narrasons to desire to know more con- tive of his Mission to the Hot, cerning a future state, than God
tentots. hath revealed in his word, dis
(Continued from p. 315.) covers a vain curiosity, which ought to be immediately sup- HEN we first entered pressed. Nay, it is a high re.
upon our work, we labor. flection upon the word of God, ed to convince our hearers by for any to desire to be wise a- arguments addressed to their bove what is written. It is treat, understandings, but our endeave ing it as greatly defective; and ors in this way had little success. involves an impeachment of the They continually raised objecwisdom and goodness of God, tions and difficulties. We then in not revealing every thing to resorted to another method; we men, which they wish to know, insisted chiefly on the dying love about invisible things.
of Christ, in the most simple and “ The secret things belong affectionate manner; we repre. unto God, but those that are re- sented him as the all-sufficient vealed belong unto us and to friend of lost and helpless sin, our children for ever.” Let it ners; tenderly inviting them to therefore be the great concern come to him that they might be of all, to study the word of God saved; and intreating them to diligently and faithfully, and to give the fair trial of experience make this the man of their coun- to our doctrine, by praying to sel at all times. Let them be Jesus. Since we adopted this suitably influenced, by the inter- method, the Lord has been pleasesting truths it contains, anded to make the word effectual to they may be assured these will many souls. From time to time guide them in the strait and nar- our hearers, who were before imrow path of holiness and peace, penetrable, came to us, and with
tears in their eyes, declared that * Let him tell a dream, i.e. let they perceived, more and more, him tell it as a dream not as truth. the truth and excellency of the * Jere. xxiii. 28.
gospel which we preached, fin
ding it to be the power of God to though slowly; our company their salvation. This was partic- both old and young, being obliularly the case of the tame Hot-ged to walk all the way. When tentots who occasionally heard we stopped at night, near a foun
About Christmas; 1799, tain in the desert, we enjoyed several Farmers from a distance, sweet opportunities in singing came to partake wtih us, accor- and prayer; and when we entered ding to the Dutch custom, of the the inhabited parts called Middle Lords's Supper. Some of them Roggefield (or Rockfield) the had been awakened under the Farmers collected the people preaching of the Rev. Mr. Voss, from the adjacent country, who at Rodezand, but now came to were glad of an opportunity to our settlement, because it was spend the Lord's day with us in nearer. The provisions they public worship. brought us were very seasonable On our journey we met a Hotand we spent several days with tentot servant with some saddle them in the most agreeable man oxen laden with flour for our
settlement; this was the present My garden now began to as- of a well disposed Farmer, and sume a flourishing aspect, and must have proved highly acceptpromised soon to enable me to able to Brother Kramer, whom supply at least twenty guests with I had been much concerned to its produce, besides occasional leave at home almost without food for the Boschemen, who, by bread. the way, are no great admirers of After about a month's travelvegetables. Indeed they would ling, we reached Cape Town, scarcely eat them at all, if I did having preached the gospel of not save them the trouble of cook- Chrish every Sabbath-day as ing them, and take them to their we passed through the country, huts ready for use.
In January, 1800, I found it tained of the missionaries at first, necessary to take a journey to (wicked men having told them that the Cape Town, for the purpose they would be insnared and killed) of procuring the necessary sup- that they would not venture to eat
with him. plies for
On a certain occasion, my people, particularly Clothes. I was forwarded by a invited a number of them to partake
Mr. K. wishing to gain their affections friendly Farmer, who furnished of a refreshment which he had preus with a waggon and oxen. A pared for them. Having cut a large number of Boschemen also, who cake, he presented a slice to each of had never been at the Cape, of them. Not one of them dared to eat fered to accompany me.
Mr. K. preceiving this,
and guessing at the reason, took a afforded me great satisfaction, as
piece himself, and ate it before them. it was a certain proofthat the sus
He then told them that he had called picions they had entertained of them together, to assure them of his us were declining, and that they friendship, and to inform them that felt an increasing confidence in as they were all invited to eat of that as*. We travelled agreeably, bread of life, for Hottentots as welf
one cake, so thcre was one Saviour, the
as others, of whom they might freely * Mr. Kicherer, when in London, partake, and live for ever. This satmentioned to a friend that such were isfied them, and they all received this the suspicions the Boschmen enter token of his love with pleasure.
This a morsel.
and have reason to be thankful who had come among themi that it was rendered a blessing merely to obtain a livelihood. I both to Christians and Heathens. embraced every proper opporWhen approaching the Cape, tunity of introducing them into my feelings differed widely from Christian company, and religious those of my poor Boschemen. I meetings. They seemed to reanticipated with delight, the ceive benefit upon all these ocpleasing scenes before me, but casions, being thereby convincthey were struck with dread and fed of two things, namely, that dismay. Some of the first ob- the doctrine I had preached was jects which presented themselves agreeable to the common creed to their affrighted view were of Christians, and also, that several men hung in chains for Christians in general were far atrocious crimes, and many of happier than Boschemen. I the Boschemen were conscious grant that these convictions do of having deserved the same not constitute saving faith in the punishment. Their terror was gospel ; yet, in this instance, soon increased by beholding in they prepared/ the way for it. a few days the public execution We waited on severalof the chief of another malefactor. I took magistrates, particularly Mr. this opportunity of explaining to Renefield, the Fiscal, by whom them the nature and excellence we were kindly received, and of European Justice, as an ordi- presented with abundance of nance of God, who had appoint- useful articles, chiefly consisted civil Governors for the pun- ing of waring apparel for my ishment of bad men, and the re- poor people. The Boschemen, ward of the good. This pacified clad in their filthy Karosses (or them : they allowed the propri- sheep skins) sitting in a drawing ety of it, and said it would be room on silk covered chairs, or happy for our settlement in the parading before large pier glaswilderness, if a similar order of ses, were the objects of much things could be established good natured mirth, as well as there.
of sincere compassion. The FisSoon after our arrival at Cape cal did us the honor of presentTown, I was called to preach at ing us to the Governor, who was the Calvinist Church, a very ca- pleased to shew us great kindpacious building, then overflow-ness. The Boschemen thanked ing with a very genteel auditory. him, in their way, for permitting My Boschemen, accompanying Missionaries to come and teach me, were greatly struck with the them, no man before having large number of well-dressed cared for their souls. people, whom, in their simplici It was now necessary to return ty, they compared to a nest of to our settlement, but our jourants ; and the sound of the or- ney proved very uncomfortable, gan was at first mistaken by the country being inundated by them for the noise of a swarm- the copious rains which had lateing bee-hive. From that time ly fallen. At length, however, they entertained a higher opinion in the month of March, we reof their minister ; for, before gained our place, Happy Pros. they had been tempted to con- pect Fountain, where we found sider me as a beggarly fellow, lonr friends in good health and
spirits, for which we returned f er with a Farmer and servants, our humble and heartfelt thanks whose timely arrival produced to the Lord our Shepherd.* the happy effect of driving this
I cannot proceed without men- infuriated chief from our neightioning a peculiar event which borhood. On this occasion we took place during my absence. witnessed the friendly disposiThe Captain of the Boschemen, tion of some of the Boschemen named Vigilant, had come to our towards us, for while our lives settlement to seize a sheep as were threatened, many of them his due. Brother Kramer op- kept watch around our habitaposing him, Vigilant stabbed the tion. sheep, and then aimed a second Soon after this, Brother Krathrust at our Brother, whose mer left us in order to go to Hex life was, however, providentially River, and Brother Edwards depreserved by the interposition of parted to the Cape. I then rea girl ;, who warded off the blow moved, accompanied by Brother with her Kaross. Vigilant, being Scholtz, to Zak River, where seized by Brother Kramer, we sat down the latter end of whom the Lord, on this occasion, March, 1800, all our Boschemen endowed with unusual strength following us. and intrepidity, was conveyed to At this place numbers of tame the next farmer, Florus Fischer, Hottentots came to join us.who confined him with a view of These people have a little propsending him for trial to Cape erty consisting of sheep and Town. Escaping from his keep-oxen; the Boschemen, on the ers, he returned soon after I contrary, subsist entirely on the reached home, to our place of produce of the chace, such as abode, foaming with rage, and Tigers, Jackalls, &c. &c. or calling upon his numerous horde when these cannot be procured, to assist him in revenging the on wretched reptiles or wild affront. Our situation was now roots, and too often by the plunextremely critical, but we looked der of their neighbors. Though up to the Lord, who observed we thus increased in numbers, I our trouble, and in his great mer- cannot say we increased also in cy sent us that very night my grace, for as yet, I frequently dear friend and brother, Mr. had cause to fear that no abiding Scholtz,f from the Cape, togeth- impression had been made on
these fickle souls, and I was in * In a former letter Mr. K. refer- great heaviness on this account. ring to this jouney, says,
Just then I received an invita“ travels of eight weeks I had daily tion to be Minister at the Pearl, a “ to provide thirteen people with “ victuals. I went out without any " thing, and brought back with me returned with him to Europe, and is
one hundred and thirty-six sheep, now about to prosecute his studies at " and four cows, which the Chris- one of the Dutch Universities, with a “ tians did give us with a thankful view to the ministry of the gospel, “ heart."
we trust, among the Heathen. The + Mr. Scholtz continued with Mr. Society is under great obligations to' Kicherer for about three years, and Mr. S. for his disinterested labors, proved highly serviceable to him as and the advantages which the settlehis companion and assistant, particu- ment derived from his respectable larly in teaching the children. He I connections at the Cape. Vol. V. No. 9.
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