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recent legislative measures to the by the word of God, which he professor of Romanism, has induced considered as synonymous with the many to come out boldly, who spirit of his mouth, and by the once walked in silence and obscu- extension of the redeemer's kingrity. Nor can
dom in these latter days, which he ground for that general apostacy considered the brightness of his which is so commonly assumed. coming : he said the man of sin was St. Paul speaks in his Second wounded, when Luther stumbled on Epistle to the Thessalonians (ii. the bible in his Augustinian mon3-10.) of "a falling away," and astery, that he was further injured a revelation of “ the man of sin,” at the Reformation, at the estabwhich should take place prior to lishment of Bible Societies, and the day of Christ; but it seems to
especially, the introduction of me that the apostacy of which the scriptural education into Ireland, Apostle speaks has already taken and he thence drew motives of conplace; and if my view be correct, solation to those who are alarmed I see no reason which can be given at the dark and discouraging apwhy we are to expect a SECOND
pearance of the times. falling away.
Perhaps, Sir, you will allow this I
am the more emboldened to inquiry to appear, and afford a institute an inquiry on this subject, little space in some future number, because I lately heard a preacher to those who may entertain a diffemaintain, that the falling away rent view on the subject, than that spoken of by the apostle, com- which I have been led to adopt. menced with the Christian Empire
Believe me to be your's truly, of Rome, that the man of sin was now in the progress of destruction
EVENING REFLECTIONS AMONG THE TOMBS.
No sight of human form here meets my eye,
Nor sound of kindly greeting strikes my ear,
And yet, these sleeping tenants tarried here,
Worldlings would call this place a spot of gloom,
But Christian pilgrims love to linger where
They hope to find a rest from ev'ry care,
For ever precious, in thy holy sight,
Dear Lord, are those who in thee sweetly sleep :
Thou wilt their slumbering dust in safety keep,
Then, when the trump shall sound, from shore to shore,
And God's almighty wrath destroy the land,
The soul of man, amidst the wreck shall stand,
And those who sleep in Jesus, first shall come,
But trembling sinners too, must meet their doom;
And when alas ! they are consign’d to gloom,
ON THE LAWFULNESS OF EXCHANGING A LIVING.
Sir, I presume it is generally legality, would serve to prove your allowed, that a clergyman is not meditated exchange lawful. The bound to remain attached to any views of
your successor would not particular parish, where he may exactly accord with yours in some have been appointed to a cure of doctrinal points, confessedly of souls. The general lawfulness of importance. But are his views so changing his situation, when his
contrary to yours, that he would motives are legitimate, must be ad- teach erroneous doctrines ; so that mitted. In your case, pecuniary his instructions would tend to nismotives, and as far as now appears,
lead, rather than to benefit his all secular motives are out of the hearers ? If so, the point is question; the question is conse- decided : but your statement does quently reduced to two points, not authorize me to impute this to whether want of success may be a him. I would by no means lessen lawful motive for desiring a change; the importance of doctrinal purity and whether you may relinquish in a teacher; yet, where, in the your church to a clergyman whose main, he holds the truth, I am not instructions will not be quite agree- sure that we ought to regard it as able to your own sentiments. an essential article, that he should
I do not think that want of express himself precisely in our success is a satisfactory ground for language. Perhaps this gentleman quitting our station. We are respon- may be better suited to edify the sible for the nature of the exertions people of B- in his way, than which we may use in executing our you may with a more correct view duty; but the attainment of the of evangelical truth. I confess, no end is not in our hands. A pros- good reason for confining your pect of being more useful is not a ministry to B- presents itself to valid reason for change ; since this my mind, and I see nothing unlawmaxim, urged to its full extent, ful, or improper in the exchange. would subvert the whole order of I would beg leave to add a few civil and ecclesiastical establish- words connected with the subject. ments. Want of success nay,
In making any great and important however, furnish a subordinate change, it is desirable for our cominducement to relinquish our situ- fort, though perhaps not essential ation, where no evident moral for our direction, to see something obligation opposes it. I confess, like the guidance of divine provithat thus far, I see nothing that dence in the course of our pilgrimbinds you to the unfruitful soil of age. Something of our own will B--. The character of your must have place in all our detersuccessor forms the next object of minations ; but when that bows consideration. Let me here pro- down meekly before the will of pose a question. If a living of our heavenly Father, where there considerable value, in a large and is no eagerness nor earnest desire populous district were offered to to attain the possession of a specific you, would you accept it? In object; but an honest dereliction case of your acceptance, your pre- of our own wishes and interests, sent living would revert to the pa- we may reasonably hope that we tron, and you could have no influence shall be preserved from any danin the appointment of a successor. gerous mistake; or be pardoned If this would be lawful, and few and blessed, if our mistake were would deem it unlawful, the same involuntary, or through defect of reasoning which would prove its competent instruction. J. P.
to nos A FATHER'S MEDITATION ON THE SEVENTH ANNI. VERSARY OF THE DEATH OF A BELOVED CHILD. V
71in sitt bouw THINE image, my darling child, tion, she will shine gloriously in still
appears in vivid colours before the glory of her Lord and Saviour. my mind, and carries me back to O that I may now be privileged to scenes which, although painful to see through the surrouvding gloom, flesh and blood, yet exhibited the and daily indulge the blessed hope rich grace of a covenant God, in of meeting thee where trouble is the bright illumination of thy deli- unknown - where bliss is ever on cate mind-in thy patient endur- the increase--where unutterable ance of long and severe affliction joy swells the soul, and where the in thy tender, unceasing anxiety tongue ceases not even for a moto make all around thee happy- ment to ascribe "salvation, and in the serenity and composedness
honour, and praise, and power of thy soul amidst the grief of unto him that sitteth upon the those who surrounded thee in thy throne, and unto the Lamb for ever last moments—and in the victory
and ever.” If there be conflict which thou didst obtain over death here, there will be victory here: itself. In thee has been illustrated after. If there be uneasiness here, the meaning of the words, “out there will be rest hereafter. If of the mouths of babes and suck- there be a blasting of hope here, lings thou hast perfected praise.” there will be a soul reviving fruiIn thee a proof has been given,
tion of it hereafter. If there be that the word of God - maketh here a mixture of good and evil in wise the simple.” To thee were the true believer and in every thing revealed the things that are
with which he has to do--there den from the wise and prudent." will be the absence of all evil and Thy short life was one continued the perfection of all good hereafter. exhibition of the holy--subduing If soeiety here tends to lower the -peaceful influence of genuine standard of Christian love----the godliness. It was impossible to society of heaven will cement and know thee without loving thee, strengthen, and extend it. · If and being led to bless God for the separation from those we love, and great things which he had done to whom we are united in the for thee. Regret for the removal bonds of Christian fellowship be a of such a child is natural--but the source of regret while we are here word of eternal truth declares that in the body-that will cease when all is right, and just as it should all the redeemed of the Lord, be; while faith laying hold upon obedient to the sound of the last the promises, enables the soul to trump will rise incorruptible, and acquiesce in the wise ordering of partake of the glory prepared for providence, and submissively to them before the world was. Enough ask, “ Shall not the Judge of all is written respecting this glory to the earth do right?”
excite the attention of the thoughtreceive good at the hand of the less, and to encourage the heirs of Lord, and shall we not also receive salvation to quicken their pace evil ??? . , Faith whispers in accents while travelling along the heathat cannot be mistaken, “thy venly road-to give increasing daughter is not dead, but sleepeth diligence to make their calling and --thy separation from her will be election sure--and in pressing to but short, there is so a resurrection the things which are before, to of the just”-and in that resurrec- forget those which are behind, and
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in the midst of the opposition of bers to "run with patience the enemies, and the defection of false
to the prize in need be, enter with a fearless mind view. Great is the cloud of wit- upon every fight of affliction to nesses with which the militant which they may be called. Oh! church is encompassed while on that I may, after the example of this theatre of her conflict-and my much-loved child, follow in this consideration is employed by lowliness and meekness my adorthe apostle to encourage her mem- able Redeemer.
A CALL TO THE MINISTRY.
Am I called to the ministry ? is a I CALLED?'-admits of several question which has frequently answers. The first is, That no peroccasioned much anxiety and per- son who is without piety need give plexity in the minds of serious and the matter his attention. The first devoted characters; it may not thing for him to do, is, to “ think therefore be inexpedient to repub- his
and turn his feet to lish on this side the Atlantic some God's testimonies;”
“ to repent observations on the subject which and believe the Gospel.” Again have appeared in a respectable No female is bound to study this American Journal. Circumstances subject for personal decision and indeed in America differ very
- I suffer not a woman to widely from those in this country, teach.” 1 Tim. ii. 12. Lastly, it and therefore several remarks in- may be a safe rule for every male sertéd in the original, are here member of the church to inquire, omitted.
AM I CALLED ?'
In a great It may not be amiss,' says the majority of cases, even an hour's writer,' to make a few general reflection may show clearly that a statements before we enter into negative answer should be given. particulars.
• But let us proceed to consider The first is, that the subject, the nature of a call. although plain in theory, is yet of A call, then, is either extraexceedingly difficult application. ordinary or ordinary. An extraorModest, humble, pious men are dinary call to the ministry is one very apt to be deterred from all given under such circumstances as, thoughts of entering the ministry, in a marvellous and clear manner, by many considerations, which show the will of God. Thus the naturally present themselves; while call of the four fishermen was exothers of doubtful piety, having in traordinary, not merely because it their compositions a degree of self- was given by Christ, the head of conceit, and forwardness, frequently the church, (for all genuine calls derive encouragement from such proceed from him) but because it things as have in truth no applica- was given by him in person, and in tion to their cases. Most men must terms so unequivocal and so plain have witnessed such occurrences. as to remove all ground of doubt. Notwithstanding this difficulty, it So also the calling of Barnabas and is our duty to state scriptural Saul would seem to have been principles with all possible plain- extraordinary. “ As they minisness, and endeavour in practice to tered to the Lord and fasted, the guard carefully against the abuse Holy Ghost" said, separate me of them. The inquiry, Who Barnabas and Paul for the work ought to study the question+ AM whereunto I have called them."
Acts xiii. 2. An extraordinary instruct us in the rudiments of a call, in its very nature, is confined suitable education : to the days of miracles.
• Or if we already possess the . An ordinary call differs from
means, perhaps God's will is inan extraordinary in this, that in dicated by defeating our worldly ascertaining its reality and genuine- plans; by sending afflictions upon ness, we pursue the usual course by us ; or by making us acquainted which duty becomes known, with- with the history, written or oral, out any supernatural or marvellous of some one who has felt and acted indications of the will of God. very much like ourselves. In
many Such are all calls given since the ways, may God indicate his will days of miracles. An ordinary call by his providence. Now, acts of may
be clear as an extraordinary; providence, rightly interpreted, are yet it must require more patience of vast importance in directing the and longer time to ascertain it. An humble in all the affairs of life; ordinary call is distinguishable into and why should not their guidance a general and a special call. be especially looked for in this
A special call to the work of great matter ? the ministry is such a concurrence
• A few words of caution and of qualities and events on an in- warning belong to this subject. It dividual as, if explained by the is not given to every man to see principles of the Bible and of com- clearly far before him, though many mon sense, will make it manifest think they do. “ The pillar of that the will of God is that he, on cloud and of fire,” (a striking emwhom the concurrence is, should blem of God's providence,) gave enter the ministry. This is the not, on one day, any pledge as to call which every man must have, the course to be pursued the next if he would enter the ministry an day. The question to be decided acceptable manner. In determin- is this, Can I lawfully take a ing whether we be thus specially step towards the holy ministry?' called, we are to give good heed. If you can, and if it be God's will, to the word and providence of God, that you should succeed, the way as they separately shed light on will, in due time, be opened for each other, and unitedly, on this you to proceed further and further, subject; and we are not to give until
you shall find yourself in that any heed to strange fancies, and office, at which you had been unaccountable impulses, and sup- grasping with pious eagerness for posed visions.
so long a time. • The leadings of providence are Again, judge nothing before the as various and as remarkable, as time.
The acts of Divine Provithe striking diversity of occasions dence, until finished, are holy requires. In general, however, enigmas; and some of them remain they relate to the things following, such through our whole lives. If, namely,
therefore, God seem for a while • The disentangling of an indi- to frown on your purposes, be not vidual from such engagements or hasty in inferring that he is about pursuits, as would interfere with to defeat your plans; but wait, the duties of a minister, or with due and learn the end of the matter. preparation for the holy office :- And if he shall so hedge up your
• The furnishing of the means of way, as that for a time you cannot acquiring the necessary knowledge, proceed, wait and learn whether he and discipline, by raising up liberal, will not open it again. When the and perhaps unexpected friends hosts of Israel, had the Red Sea by giving success in lawful busi, before them and the Egyptians beness; or by disposing some one to hind them, the unbelieving wished