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by himself, distinct from all other per.
POLTRY. sony mentioned in the bible. lle met For the Hopkinsian Magazine. Abraha'n op his return from the slaugh
THE SLANDERER. ter of the kings. The account given of
Almighty God! how faisc and foul him is as follows: 66 And Melchisedec
is man ! king of Salem brought forth bread and How full of scandal, mischief and dewine ; and he was the priest of the
ceit! moet high Gol. And be blessed hiin, How he presumes thy holy name to and said, Blessed be Abraham of the
scan, most high God, possessor of heaven &
With solemn speech; but loves the carth ; and blessed be the most high
gwearers seat! Gorl, which hath delivered thine ene.
With vile abuse he treats his brother's mies into thy hand. And he gave him
pame: titles of all. This was all that Mo- He sits, and slanders his own mother's ses was inspired to write about him.
son ;' 3. From this account of Melchisedec, He strives to blast the meek with end. we bave no evidence, that he inherited
less shane ; the priesthood from either father or
He deals in lies, in fraud his foot-steps mother, But he appears to have been
run. constituted a priest by God. And it is still be pretends to loil, and weer, and certain, that the priesthood did not
pray, descend in his line : for it descended
For truth, and peace, with heavenly in the line of Abraham. Hence, as a
holy zeal ; priest, he stands alone. He is therefore
To seek the cause of Christ, and love as one,
* Without father, without mother, without descent," and as one
That leads from strife, and shows the tha: “abideih a priest coplivually."
balm to heal. Hence,
Po tears his checks bedew? those tears 4. Melchisedec is an eminent type of
are base ; Christ. In the 110th Psaim, it is said, Or heaves his breast a sigh; he sighs * The Lord hath sworn and will not
for bate; repent. Thou art
priest forever after Could Satan weep, such tears would the order of Melchi3. dec." The apostle
deck his face ; Paul, in his epistle to the Hebrew, Thus ajan sigh’d, when plong'd from shows that Christ was the persou allud.
heavenly state, ed to in :his passare, who was to be a
Down to the regions of malign depriest forever, afier ihe order of Vela
spair : chiedlec. The de rendants of Levi When God Almighty harld him from inherited the priesthood.
his throne, did not descend froin the tribe of Levi, To hell's dire gulph, to dwell for ever but from the tribe of Juda, "of which
there ; tribe," says Paul,
" Vinges spake For ever, ever, ever, there to groan. nothing concerning the priesthood."
O wicked man ! when will thy slanHepce Christ did not inherit bis
ders cease : priesthood, any
How long thy brother still wilt thou chisedec did ; nor did any one inherit
devour ; the priesthood from Christ. llence
How long wilt thou destroy the boon there is no priesthood of a finite person, that so completrly represents the
Like Satan, when he entered Eden's eternal priesthood of Christ, as the
hower ; priesthood of Melchisedec. They both Thus saith 'the Lord, Thy ways stand alone ; both were constituted
will reprove ; priests by God,
Thy sins, in order, set before thine
My grace for ever from thy soul reErralum.- Volume 1. p. 557, first column, l. 16 for afflictions pain read And no deliverer, then shall dare to affections pass.
them, they let them go, finding
nothing how they might punish Acts iv. 23.— And being let go, them, because of the people: for they went to their oron company.
all men glorified God for that which
was done. For the man was above It is a common, but just obser- forty years old, on whom this miraration, that "a man is known by cle of healing was shewed. And the company he keeps." We are being let go, they went to their own always predisposed to judge of a company, and reported all that the man's character by his usual asso- chief priests and elders had said ciates. If he associates with good unto them.” The company, to men; we suppose him to be sober, which the apostles so soon resorthonest and discreet : but if he as- ed, after being dismissed by the sociates with men of corrupt minds counsel of examination, consisted and dissolute morals; we, at once, of persons of their own character. suppose that he sustains the same These were the other disciples of character. Hence it is, that Christ- Christ, and, like Peter and John, ians manifest the peculiar traits of were zealous preachers of the gostheir character, by associating to- pel. In view of this conduct of gether as the disciples of the meek the two apostles, then, we must and lowly Jesus. This is striking- readily draw the following concluly exemplified in the conduct of sion: Peter and John, who were appre
Mankind choose to associate with hended for healing the impotent those of their own character. In man, at the beautiful gate of the pursuing the subject, I shall, first, temple. The rulers not being able attempt to prove the doctrine; and, to find any thing, in the apostles, secondly, shew why mankind choose worthy of blame, or punishment, to associate with those of their own were constrained to threaten, and character. then dismiss them. Accordingly, I. I am to prove that mankind they peremptorily commanded them choose to associate with those of not to speak in the name of Jesus. their own character. This is eviBut Peter and John answered, dent, with boldness, that they "ought to 1. From general observation. obey God rather than man.” “So, We see mankind, of different rewhen they had further threatened lations, stations and professions, uniformly seeking the society of society of drunkards, better than their several classes, as time and any other; the yarnbler associates opportunity will admit. The rich with persons of his own stamp; the do not seek to associate with the profane sweirer is best pleased poor, nor the poor with the rich ; with companions of the same lawbut each desires the company of less tongues and malignant hearts. those, whom he considers in near- So of the sabbath-breaker, the dely equal standing with himself. bauchee, and the licentious of evThough this distinction is not so ery description.
Where will you obvious in our own as in many find the inmoral and profane, seekother lands; yet, the principle, to ing to associate with the truly soa greater or less degree, character: ber and religious ? Or where will ises the whole face of communi- you find the truly sober and relig. ty. Not only so, with respect to ious, seeking to associate with the poverty and riches, but the prin- immoral and profane! Though they ciple is strictly observed, with re- may, sometimes, providentially spect to occupation and profession. meet; yet, being let go, each reThe farmer, the mechanic, the sorts, immediately, to own commerchant, the attorney, the phy- pany. The Christian cannot rest sician, and the divine, each seek contented, till he finds some of the opportunity to associate and con- followers of Jesus, to whom he can verse with those of their own em- unbosom his soul, and with whom ployment or profession. To this, he can hold sweet and heavenly both experience and observation communion. So, the drunkard, abundantly testify. But the truth the profane swearer, the gambler, of the sentiment is still more strik- the licentious of every description, ingly. exemplified in moral charac- cannot rest easy, till each finds ter, to which our subject is intended persons, as bad, or worse than himchiefly to apply. True religion self, with whom he can waste his tends to destroy the petty distinc- precious time, and run in the ways tions of occupation and profession, of destruction. Is it not for this and to unite all who embrace it, purpose, that persons may find and in the pursuit of one grand and associate with those of their own glorious object. Christians will vicious and profligate characters, seek the society of Christians; and, that so many idle away their precunited in this, they will banish er- lous time in houses of public resort ery thing, both in profession and and entertainment? Is it not for external circumstances, which tend- this purpose, that so many frequent ed to divide their affections, or de- the crowds of the profane and listroy their peace. Though they centious ? that so many flock to may, occasionally, be obliged to the alley and gaming table ? that meet with those who sustain dif- so many “sit in the seat of the ferent moral characters, while call- scornful," and walk in the way of ed, by Divine Providence, to pur- the ungodly? Would persons go to sue the avocations of this life; yet, those places, if they could find like the disciples of old, as soon as none of their own character, with they are let go, they will resort" to whom they could associate ? Obtheir own company.” While this is servation, experience and fact, anthe case with Christians, it is also swer in the negative. Mon do not true with respect to the openly vicious go to haunts of vice alone; they and profane. The drunkard loves the always expect, and wish, to meet
their companions in wickedness. Accordingly, God savs of them, The careless and stupid will shun, in the fiftieth Psalm, “When thou and even hide from the presence sawest a thief, then thou consentof the pious and godly; but they edst with him, and hast been parwill associate freely and cheerful- taker with adulterers.” These ly with persons as stupid and care- representations are full of meaning, less as themselves. Universal ob- and clearly teach, that every perservation then testifies, that man- son is best pleased with compankind choose to associate with those ions of his own character, whether of their own character. But, virtuous or vicious. I proceed to
2. The truth of this sentiment show, is evident from the holy scriptures. We are informed, in our text, that
II. Why mankind always choose
to associate with those of their when the apostles were let " they went to their own company.'
own character. They had opportunity to renounce
1. Persons of the same charactheir religion, if they chose, and to ter have similar views and feelings. secure the favour of the Jewish The views and feelings of mankind, rulers. But they chose rather to or their exercises of heart, constisuffer affliction with the people of tute their moral character. It is God, than to enjoy the pleasures of true of every person, that " as he sin, or the favour of the wicked. thinketh in his heart, so is he.”The Bible constantly represents Holy or benevolent views and feelmankind, as, spontaneously resort- ings, constitute the moral characing to company which sustains a ter of the righteous; and unholy, character like themselves. Ac- or selfish views and feelings, concordingly, it is written, “ Blessed is stitute the moral character of the the man that walketh not in the wicked. The views and feelings counsel of the ungodly, nor stand- of persons, who sustain the same eth in the way of sinners, nor sit- moral characters, then, must be, in teth in the seat of the scornful.”— all respects, similar. The rightMoses abandoned the court of eous all have the same views and Pharaoh and went with the people feelings respecting God themselves, O God. David esteemned the and their fellow-creatures. They righteous, as the excellent of the regard the glory of God with suearth, and desired to make them preme affection, and love their his constant companions. This neighbour as themselves. They was one reason, why he declared, all desire to obey the two first " I was glad when they said unto and great commandments. So of me, Let us go into the house of the the wicked. . Though their views Lord.” Hence, in the same con- and feelings are in direct opposinexion, he speaks of Jerusalem, tion to those of God's people; yet "For my brethren and companions they all, essentially, resemble one sakes, I will now say, Peace be another. However different the within thee.” Such is a promi- situations and stations of wicked nent characteristick, given of the men may be, one from another ; righteous in the holy scriptures. — they all, essentially, correspond in On the other hand, the wicked are their unholy exercises, or moral acinvariably represented as cleaving tions. The views and feelings of to associates of their own vile af all drunkards are essentially the fections and accursed practices.-- same.
The views and feelings of
all sabbath-breakers, are essential- own self-interest, or self-gratificaly the same. The views and feel- tion, with all their hearts. No ings of all gamblers, are essentially reason can be assigned, why perthe same. The views and feel- sons, of the same views and feelings of all profane swearers, are es- ings, should not pursue the same sentially the same. The views objects. Accordingly, the rightand feelings of all liars, and thieves, eous are represented, as saying, and extortioners, and revilers, and “Come with us, and we will do covetous, or idolatrous persons, are thee good : for the Lord hath spokessentially the same. Hence, it is en good concerning Israel. o written, “ As face answereth to taste and see that the Lord is good. face in water, so the heart of man But the wicked are represented, as to man," Now, since this is the saying, “Come with us, let us lay case,
of the same char. wait for blood, let us lurk privily acter, have, essentially, the same for the innocent without cause : views and feelings; we need not let us swallow them up alive, as the think it strange, that all,' being let grave; and whole, as those that go, should resort to their own com- go down into the pit: we shall
We need not think it find all precious substance, we strange, that holy men should pre- shall fill our houses with spoil : fer the company of the godly, to cast in thy lot among us; let us all others, and esteem them as the all have one purse." There can most valuable and worthy com- be no doubt, then, that
of panions of their lives.
Nor need the same character, pursue the we think it strange, that the wick- same ultimate objects. But, if ed should choose their associates persons of the same character, purfrom persons of their own charac- sue the same ultimate objects ; ter. We need not think it strange then it is not strange, that they that thieves should choose to asso- should be pleased with each othciate with thieves; nor that liars er's society, and wish to associate. should choose to associate with li- It is not strange, that the righteous ars; nor that drunkards should should desire to associate;, for choose to associate with drunkards; they are all seeking the same glonor that gamblers, or profane rious and heavenly riches. Nor is swearers,
sabbath-breakers, it, by any means surprising, that should cleave to their own com- the wicked, of various descriptions, pany. For these persons have all should desire to associate ; for their essentially the same views and feel- hearts are engaged in the same unings.
hallowed and grovelling pursuits. 2. Persons of the same charac- It is not strange, that worldlings ter, pursue the same objects. As should wish to associate ; for their their desires and affections, which hearts are engaged in the pursuit constitute their moral character, of precisely the same objects. It are the same ; nothing can prevent is not strange, that the profane their pursuing the same ultimate should wish to associate; for they objects. The righteous will seek all pursue the same ungodly and and pursue the glory of God, and shameful course. It is not strange, the highest good of the universe, that drunkards, and gamblers, and with all their hearts; and the cheats, should wish to associate ; wicked will scek and pursue their for their hearts are all engaged in