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i I. I cannot perceive that it is members of that society should be
consistent with scripture, that per- cordial friends to its object. Then sons who profess no cordial friend- all would be friends of the same ship for religion, should have a voice cause, and their efficiency would in settling and supporting a minister be concentrated. It is true there of the gospel. That part of the may be some, who though not cordial New Testament which relates to friends to the object of a society,
the Christian dispensation, no where yet from selfish motives might eni mentions that the wicked were in- gage in promoting the object of the
vited to assist the Christians in society. But there is no dependence managing their funds, or any other to be placed upon such persons. If of their religious concerns. Hence offended with the other members of we can get no evidence from scrip- the society, they may turn against ture that sinners should have any them, and injure the cause of the thing to do with the management society. Hence from the nature of funds, devoted to religious pur- of the case, it is evident, that none : poses, nor any voice in settling or but cordial friends of religion, should supporting a minister of the gos- be members of a religious society. pel.
2. It is evident that none but II. I think it may be abundant- cordial friends of religion ought to ly proved froin reason, that persons be members of a society for supwho have no cordial friendship for porting the gospel, from the bad efreligion, ought not to be admitted fects which the opposite course has members of a society, the object of upon the cause of religion. When which is, to settle and support a people that have no religion, are enminister of the gospel, and to man- gaged in supporting it, they are age such funds as may be intrusted easily led to think they have beto it, for religious purposes. This come real friends to religion.is evident,
They are engaged with the true 1. From the nature of the case. friends of religion, in supporting It is inconsistent with sound polia the gospel, and they will be incy to admit a person member of a duced to believe they love religsociety, who has no cordial friend- ion. And when people have such ship for the object of the society. a belief, it is almost impossible to For, in that case, all his influence rouse them to a sense of their canwould be exerted to oppose the ger. They have become self-rightobject intended to be promoted. eous, and it is extremely difficult to Catil a man has religion in his heart convince selt-righteous persons that be is opposed to it, and we ought to they are sinners.
If these persons suppose every man opposed to re had not been admitted into a religligion, at least, until he professes to ious society, but had always been love it. But in forming a society regarded by the people of God, as for any purpose except religion, it unfit to engage in religious conis not customary to admit persons cerns, they might not have become who are opposed to it. Their influ- self-righteous. They might have ence would be negative influence, been awakened to a sense of their
and would counteract the object danger, and become true friends to to of the society. Reason teaches religion. Hence it is believed that
us, in forming a society to ac- the cause of religion would be more complish any object, that all the flourishing, if no persons were ad
mitted members of a religious soci- as the divine motive, in this matter, ety, who do not profess to be cor was solely the public benefit; and dial friends of religion.
as the sinner's misery was solely 3. It is evident that the practice to answer a public and govermentof admitting persons members of a al end, God might accept as a sub-? society for supporting the gospel, stitute, whatever would answer the who do not profess to be cordial same purposes in government, and friends to religion, is wrong, from equally conduce to the blessedness the consequences that are often pro- of the universe. Whatever would duced. Not unfrequently there make an equal display of the same have been a majority of persons in truths, might be accepted in the such a society, who are not cordial stead of the sinner's eternal misery. friends of religion, and when of- The sufferings of Christ, who was fended with the preaching, or with both God and man, would in a limthe church, have turned the minis- ited time make this display in a ter away and took possession of the higher degree than the eternal suf- " IN meeting-house and funds, and set- ferings of the whole universe; and ina tled another minister, who, like therefore his sufferings might be 39 themselves, had no cordial friend- accepted by God in justice to his ship for religion. If the true friends government, in the stead of so many ** of religion had not admitted their sinners, as infinite wisdom saw it and enemies into their society, they would be best to sanctify and for LE would not have experienced such give. By the sufferings of Christ, shs painful consequences. Hence it is all those truths which relate to the rail the believed that the practice of admit- divine character, the support of hisikest ting persons members of a society, government, and the unchangeable scan la formed for the purpose of support. obligation of the law, are seen in 1 ing that religion, for which they a brighter manner, than they could matur profess no cordial friendship, is in- be by any suffering of the sinner skind consistent both with reason and under the law. It is thus that the kind scripture.
gospel opens a greater view of God wil da and the holy system, and prepares beau the way for higher happiness.
Selections on the Alonement. En la sa The atoning sufferings of Christ, were necessary in the gospelscheme, for the same reason, as the eternal
THE DIVINE PLAN OF OPERATION. misery of the sinner was under the It is matter of the greatest joy, law; to make a display of God's mor- that all the affairs of the universe al character--of his righteousness as are conducted by infinite wisdom. King of the universe-of his sense It is an honour that belongs to God, of the turpitude of the sinner's prin- to govern the world which he has ciples and practice—and also the made ; to govern his own world ; nature of benevolence, in its high to lay out and order the affairs of and infinite source, Godhead him- his own family. We think we have self. If God had been governed a right to lay out schemes for our by revenge or personal resentment own families, and should take it ill against the sinner, there would have if our children or servants should been no possibility of a gospel ; and dispute our right. Sovereign monthe transgressor must have borne archs, in time of war, think they the necessary misery himself. But have a right to lay out a plan of
NECESSITY OF THE ATONEMENT.
operation for an ensuing cam- Nothing, but to attend upon the paign, and would take it ill if their business he has marked out for night should be disputed by a pri- you ; like a faithful soldier in an vate soldier. Much more has God army, who trusts in his general to a right to lay out an universal plan, conduct affairs, while he devotes for the conduct of all things, in a himself to the business he is set world to which he has an original, about; and the more he rejoices underived, absolute right; nor can in the wisdom of his general, the he look upon the worm that dares more alert will he be in dischargdispute his right, but with infinite ing the duties of a soldier. Wherecontempt and detestation. And, fore rejoice in the Lord always.O what matter of infinite joy it is, Again I say, rejoice. Let this be that he has taken this work upon your first maxim, The Lord reignhimself! not lest things to the deve eth ; and this your practice, Let il's control ; nor to be decided by the earth rejoice. Dr. Bellamy, the lusts of an apostate world ; nor left all things to mere chance ; but For the Hopkinsian Magazine. himself, in infinite wisdom, has laid
CONVERSATION. out an universal plan ; a plan per Being not long since in company fect in glory and beauty. No more with a religious lady in one of our tal, that loves his plan, will think southern States, the conversation of disputing his right to lay it.— turned on the Rev. Mr. H. And no mortal, that loves God him- who had come from New-England self; that loves his law, and loves to the South, to solicit subscriptions his gospel, can be an enemy to his for building a meeting-house for his universal plan ; for they all partake church and congregation. I obof the same nature, and shine forth served to her that I was very well in the same kind of beauty ; holy, pleased with Mr. H. as a preacher, just, and good.
but I was sorry he had come to the O ye seed of Jacob! Joseph is South, on such business.' safe, and Benjamin is safe ; the Why,” said she. honour of God is safe, and the good " Because," said I, “In Newof the system is safe; all is in good England we have a greater number hands, and under the conduct of of meeting-houses, in proportion to infinite wisdom. For the counsel of the inhabitants than you have here. the Lord shall stand, and he will do In travelling through the country all his pleasure. (Isai. xlvi. 10.) you may often see in many direcWherefore set your hearts at rest. tions the tops of the village spires. For let the state of the world and But in this State you may someof the church look ever so dark, times travel forty or fifty miles, you may safely trust in the Lord, without seeing a meeting-house. and stay yourselves upon your God, Now, I think it is a disgrace to who is engaged in honour to con- New-England, that one of her citiduct all well: and for his GREAT zens should come to the South, NAME'S SAKE, he will not fail to do to solicit money to build a meetingit. (See Ezek. xx.) You there- house.” fore, may,
with the utmost serenity, "Perhaps," says she, “it is leave the government of the world pride." with him, and put an implicit faith On reflection, I believe there was in his wisdom and fidelity, and have some truth in this observation, but nothing to do but your duty.- at that time, I replied,
“I do not think it is. I think it dispute, in the minds of all who do will injure the cause of religion in have informed themselves on the this State. The enemies of relig- subject, who are free from preju- 2 ion in the South make a handle of dice, and decide in the fear of God. this subject. Talk to them about 1. The Great Head of the church religion, and they will point to the has niade no difference, as to privi- ja Christians of the North, who are leges, between the private members traversing the country from one end of a church. to the other, and tell us, their re In this respect, the aged, the ligion is only a pretence to get middle-aged, and the youth, are all money.
This certainly will be on the same standing. an injury to the cause of religion It will be right and expedient for the here."
us to make a difference, as to privi- untje Perceiving that I was determin- lege, between those who are under ed to maintain my ground, she re- age in a church and the other mem- vpis fused to meet my views with ar- bers,when and only when the Saviour guments, but with an interesting makes such a distinction. As he countenance, observed,
has made none, we have no reason “Well; I am like Mr. I or right to say there is any, nor to love our brethren wherever they disallow minors the use of
the privileges which he has granted Though I believed I was on the to his churches, and teaches them
"car best side of the question, yet I could they may freely use. contend no longer; for I saw in 2. It is taken for granted, that her, or thought I saw, disinterested when any one is admitted to the lovc.
LISTENER. full fellowship of any particular
church, he has a full and perfect in For the Hopkinsian Magazine.
right to all the privileges of that
church. Minors are admitted to THE RIGHT OF MINORS TO VOTE IN the full fellowship of churches.
They have, therefore, a right to The question, "Whether minors speak in such churches, to give who are members of churches, have their opinions, and to act on every a right to vote in the particular subject, great or small, which may churches to which they belong ?” come before them. has of late, considerably occupied By this, we are not to be underthe attention and investigation of stood, as saying, that they ought both ministers and people, in seve- not to regard the advice and counral places. Different persons, of sel of those who are older, or re each class, have formed different ject the light and instruction of opinions on the question.
those who have been longer engag, It is, however, candidly and char- ed in the Christian warfare, and blyds itably believed, that all would be who have passed through numerous united in deciding affirmatively, if seasons of light and darkness, of 45 they founded their decisions upon comfort and trial, of revival and dethe plain and express declarations clension. We design to convey of the scriptures, and not upon the the simple idea, that after their own mere opinions and results of fallible candid and thorough investigation
It is believed, there are cer- of the subject, and after they have tain direct and indirect evidences, obtained all the light thrown upon which must put the question beyond it by their brethren and fathers,
In they may decide according to their churches in which they now are,
own judgment, and express their and which all the other members decision, as do all the other mem- freely use. It must, therefore, bers.
be wholly inconsistent, for such 3. Those who are admitted to churches to dismiss and recommend the full communion, and are, con- such members to sister churches, sequently, entitled to all the privi- as deserving and entitled to all the leges of any particular church, can- privileges of their bodies, while not, by that church, be deprived, they themselves will not allow such while they are in good standing, of persons the right to use certain of any one of such privileges. This these privileges, while they are would be to take upon itself, in among their own number. contradiction to the express decla
MINOR. rations of scripture, to deprive such of the precious privileges which the From the Christian Mirror. Saviour had seen fit and best to The Rev. JONATHAN WARD, jr. grant them, in common with all who died at Biddeford, February 3, others, who sustain to him the same 1826, was born at Alna, in this relation. It would be to take that State, November 30, 1800. Being
from them, of which it had giv- the child of pious parents, who be· en them the full possession. It lieved if they were Christ's, then would be for a church, as individ- were they Abraham's seed, and uals, to take from them, such privi- heirs according to the promise, he } ges for certain (evidently, for no was early dedicated to the God of ti ise or sufficient) reasons, as should Abraham in baptism. He enjoyed they be allowed to use them, would peculiar advantages for religious prore the defeat of the unholy de- instruction. Ilis father, being a signs of some, and the unchristian, devoted ininister of the gospel, and, selbsh, ends of others.
I believe I may say, mighty in the Should such a practice be ap- scriptures, and his mother, who has proved, allowed, and followed, what gone to receive her reward, believa door would it open for intrigue, ing all necessary things will be adpreconcerted schemes, and hypo- ded to those, who seek first the kingcritical influence and oppression ! dom of God, and his righteousness, How many, who are now ornaments united their prayers and instruction, in the church, and its most useful and their precepts and example, and active members, would not be that they might bring up their chilallowed to act, and openly or au- dren in the nurture and admonition thoritatively to express their decis- of the Lord. lon (if they were suffered to speak The subject of this memoir, at and offer their minds at all) on sub- the age of sixteen, entered Phillips jects of the highest importance to Exeter Academy, N. H. with a view the interest, happiness and glory of of fitting for College. In Septemthe churches !
ber 1818, he entered Dartmouth 4. If minors have no right to College, and in August, 1822, at vote in the particular churches to the age oftwenty-two, he graduated. which they belong, they cannot re- He was a close student. His proceive a dismission from them, and gress in the classics was highly comhave a full recommendation to oth- mendable. To say his habits from er churches. They have not a a child were remarkably regular, is right to all the privileges in the saying simply the truth. It was dar