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grace of God which he purchased on the cross; that in affliction he was still before the Lord, adoring the corrections of a Father's hand, that he was anxious to fill up his life with use. fulness; and that in his extreme old age, he was enabled to adopt the

words of the apostle, “I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day.”

TO CORRESPONDENTS. Several valuable communications are on hand, and shall be seasonably introduced. --A Biograpbicat Sketch, promised this month, is unavoidably deferred for a future Number.

ADDRESS OF THE EDITORS. Ar the close of the second volume ence to what have been called the of the Panoplist, the Editors beg doctrines of the Reformation, or the leave respectfully, to address the doctrines of grace. These doctrines, Christian community. Nothing but which constituted the religious faith 9 full persuasion of the increasing of our venerable forefathers, the Ediimportance of this publication, and a tors embrace, as the truths of God, humble, though animating hope of its and will endeavour to use the whole increasing utility, could induce them Christian armour in their defence. In again to solicit public patronage. Al. this undertaking they hope for the though there is no reason to doubt countenance of Christians. If pubthe promptitude of a large number to Kications intended merely to refine continue the encouragement they have literary taste, to gratify curiosity, already given the Panoplist, and no and to entertain a vacant hour, obtain occasion, perhaps, for particular ar- support from men of the world ; may guments to persuade others to co-op- not a publication, which aims to ada érate with them, still it appears a vance undefiled religion, and to quali. service which the Editors owe to the fy men for celestial enjoyment, ex. community and to themselves, to un- pect the patronage of those, who se. fold the considerations which elevate riously feel the importance of Chris. their hopes, and stimulate them to tianity ? unremitting exertions.

The Editors derive another rotive The Editors derive their most from the alarming events, which are powerful motive from the

importance taking place, both in Eurcpe and Amer of the Christian cause.

That cause ica. The enemies of our holy religinvolves the interests of truth and ion wish 13 to believe, that there is virtue, and all the spiritual concerns no danger. They cry, peace and of mankind, besides having an insep. safety, while they are coming in like arable connexion with their temporal a flood upon us, intending, from our enjoyments. That cause the word security, to obtain the greater adran. of God requires all men to defend tage against us. Are our apprehenand propagate. The Editors feel the sions of danger groundless? What obligation. And as divine Providence shall be said of that licentious spirit, has, through the medium of the Pan. which hates the purity, and casts oft* oplist, given them access to the pub. the restraints of the gospel, or of that lic; they resolve, though at the es- proud philosophy, which will not bow pense of much time, labour, and to its mysteries? What shall be said. personal convenience, to use that ad- of that bold, enterprizing spirit of vantage for the Redeemer's glory, impiety, which openly renounces and the prosperity of his church. It moral and religious obligation, proswas and is their fixed resolution to trates every venerable and sacred incontend earnestly for the faith once de- stitution, and gives unbridled liberty livered to the saints. That the public to depraved passion ? What shall be might entertain no doubts concerning said of that boasted liberality, which their views of that faith, they have denies the plain, obvious sense of explicitly avowed their firm 'adher. Scripture, and instead of the divine

excellencies of revelation, substitutes ny instances, been more deeply im. the cold maxims of unsanctified hea. pressed, than ever before, with the then morality? How numerous and dangers of the times, and excited to how multiform are the errors of the the important duty of strengthening the elay! How many labour by preach things which remain, which are ready ing and writing, by conversation and to die.

The constantly increasing example, to reduce Christianity to circulation of the Panoplist affords the standard of proud reason and cor- proof of its general acceptance. And rupt inclination! How many nominal the Editors cannot but be animated Christians embrace a religion, whichi by the explicit, decided approbation is destitute of gospel sanctity, and of their most respectable corresponaims to combine the service of God dents in England and Scotland, as and of Mammon! How extensive, well as in America, and by the ad. and almost universal is the influence vice and solicitation of some, who are of antichristian error and licentious- not only pillars of the church, but the ness! In consequence of this, how boast of science, and ornaments to many corruptions and disorders are their country, that the Panoplist may found in our churches, and how be continued. dreadfully has the infection of irre.

Two years ago, it was the full con. ligion spread among all ranks of peo viction of the Editors, that the cirs ple. These are not creatures of im- cumstances of the times loudly call. agination. They are realities, seen ed for such a publication. Nothing elearly, and with the greatest solici- but that conviction could have in. tudc by all enlightened Christians. duced them, in the midst of their The constant progress of these evils other employments, to undertake has, for many years, been attentively such a laborious and arduous work. observed. Is it not time to be alarm. And nothing but a conviction that the ed? Do not the appearances of the same providential call is continued, present day plainly indicate, that it could persuade them to proceed. To is the duty of ministers, and all be. drop the publication in these circum. lievers to make extraordinary efforts ? stances would doubtless be pleasing

The Panoplist rises to countoract to the enemies of truth ; but it would prevailing evils, and to prevent their be as painful to its friends. In short, increase ; to stem the torrent of vice; , all the considerations which influa to point out the disorders and dan enced the Editors at the beginning, gers of the times; and carnestly to and many new ones, arising from the call men to withdraw their affections progress and success of the work, from the uncertain, changing inter from the promised aid of numerous ests of this world, and set them on correspondents, and from various that kingdom, which can never be other advantages they have secured, moved. Its aim is, to detect the combine to warm their zeal, and corruptions of modern literature, to prompt them to perseverance. unfold the subtleties and absurdities The Editors are not insensible of of what is called rational Christianity, the delicacy, arduousness, and re. to strip learned pride and impiety of sponsibility of their undertaking. every fair disguise, and to promote But believing that the cause, in which the theoretic knowledge and practical they are engaged, is the cause of influence of sound divinity.

truth, and humbly depending on the The Editors consider, as another assistance and blessing of God, they animating motive to persevering ex- are unappalled by the greatest diffiertion, the useful effects which the culties. Panoplist has already produced, and the Let the friends of the gospel reextensive approbation of devout and member that, by subscribing for the learned men which it has received. In. Panoplist, they have opportunity not formation from numerous correspon. only to entertain and profit them. dents warrants the belief, that the selves and their particular connexpublication has, by the blessing of ions, but to encourage a work, which 'God, actually conduced to the great is designed extensively to promote ends which have been sought. the glorious end, for which the Sa. Churches and ministers bave, in ma- viour lived, and suffered, and died.


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