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and the whole church was incessant Mrs. Richmond was reading the 23d in prayer for her recovery. The Psalm in Bishop Horne. When she means were blessed, the disorder took read the words, “ Tho' I walk thro' a favourable turn, and she was pro- the valley of the shadow of Death,” nounced out of danger. As soon as &c. - he said, ' That is a comfort she was able, she sent for all the indeed to me!' – his head turned workmen, one by one, exhorting giddy, he sunk down on a sopha, on them, when they went home, to pray which Mrs. Richmond sat, and exfervently for themselves, for their pired in her arms. families, and then for her. She continued thus about a week; and when On the 18th
On the 18th of November died, all her friends were rejoicing, she aged 75, the Rev. John Kingdon, was suddenly taken ill" on Friday, who was 43 years pastor of the BapJune 6. She was much worse on tist Church, Frome. He was interred Saturday. In the evening of that the following Lord's Day morning in day the physicians pronounced her the meeting - house. Dr. Rylanı! dangerous. On Sabbath morning, preached the funeral - sermon from about four o'clock, a medical friend Rom. v. 8, 9; and Mr. Sibree, an inwho sat up with her, told her she dependent minister, of Fromne, prowould this day begin her eternal Sab. nounced the funeral oration. The pall bath; - she replied, “ Do you thiek was supported by two Baptist, two In80? — then I must make the best of dependent, and two Methodist minismy time,” She first solemnly ad- ters. His life was honourable, and dressed those in the room ; and then his death was comfortable. But as called for her husband and children, we have received a Memoir of Mr. delivering to each a suitable and an Kingdon, which we shall insert as affecting address. She afterwards soon as possible, we think it unnecessent for several young people who sary to enlarge. attended the meeting. To see the Died, Dec. 2, the Rev. T. Towle, dear woman take each by the hand, B. D. in the eighty - third year of his
to see the grief and solemnity age. He was the oldest Minister of. which sat on each countenance, was the Independent Denomination in affecting beyond all description ! - London. 'He had been pas or of the and while Death and Heaven stood church which formerly assembled in in view, to hear the dying advice, di- Ropc-makers' Alley, Moorfields; and rections, warnings, and encourage- since, at Alderinanbury Postern, for ments, which flowed from her fer
59 years. For 20 years pas: he sufvent heart and pale tips, was awfully fered much from the distressiog paius sublime; and when her speech began of the stone; and for the last 91 to falter, she lifted up her feeble months of his life, was confined voice and prayed, “Oh, God grant wholly to this bed, as in that situation me the use of my speech a little lon- he endered less torture, which was ger!” which was granted ; and having
incessani, than in any other position. addressed every one present, she' said,
What his agonies al ties must have “ This is what I long wished for!
been, may be better imagined than now my work is done, and I am described: for atter his death a stone ready to go!” She continued to was extracted from his body three breathe easily about half an bour inches in length and one inch and a longer, when she fell asleep in Jesus' half in diameter, weighing wree June 8. It is expected that her Let
ounces and one dram. To he was ters, and pari of her Diary, will be enabled to hear all with firmness and published.
patience ; sayiug, he was not only resigned to, but satisfied with the will
of God. - The Rev. Mr. Kello deRECENT DEATHS. livered the oration at the grave in Oct. 4. Died suddenly, at Stock- Bunhill Fields 'The funeral-sermon port, Cheshire, Dr. H. Richmond (son was preached on Lord's Day afterof the late Rev. Leigh Richmond) noon, Dec. 14, by the Rev. Mr. many years a resident physician at Kingsbury, of Southampioa. The Bath. At the moment of his death discourse we hear will be printed.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
On the Duly of Christians to discountenance Publications of a sceptical and
I was much struck with the following paragraph, in the Preface to the second volume of the Eclectic Review, given in the Number for the present month :
“ If the conductors of the Eclectic Review may be allowed to glance at the obligations of others, while they recognize their own, they would observe that this is not a time for su pineness and indifference. The enemies of sound principles will be active, if their friends are not. The field of public sentiment cannot be left waste : if good seed be not sowo, tares certainly will. It is therefore a necessary and incumbent duty of all who rank themselves on the side of pure'Christianity and its attendant moral virtues, cautiously to estimate the tendency of those literary productions which they countenance and support. Such a discrimipation, conscientiously exercised by each individual who feels its importance, would do more to dismay error, and give the ascendency to truth, than a myriad of learned disquisitions and moral haraugies.”
It is the latter part, as you will conclude, that I refer to ; and I do it for this reason, That it gives a just statement of a duty incumbent on every Christian, but which, too generally, is practically disregarded. To judge from fact, it seems to he considered by very few as an obligation resulting from the profession of the " faith delivered to the saints,” to weigh with caution the influence produced upon religious and moral principle hy the literary publications, in the support of which they are applying the precious talent of property. Surely, it is not an unreasonable and unjust demand of the law of Christian allegiance, that the disciples of Christ should so far be faithful to their Lord and true to their own cause as not to contribute to the maintenance and encouragement of agents, confessedly employed in opposition to the establishment of his gospel among men. Such an agent, undoubtedly, is every literary production which, either ignorantly or wilfully, disseminates sentiments conírary to the simplicity or purity of evangelical truth :and, in our days, are these either few or unsuccessful ? Unhappily, very far from it. From the statements recently published of the extent of sale possessed by existing periodical publications, to which I now chietiy refer, it is evident that some of those very works are the most encouraged, which every considerate Christian would wish to be consigned to oblivion. How much of the dedicated treasures of the sanctuary, I mean the property possessed by Christians, goes to swell this tide of success, it is impossible to say; but I suspect, that were it faithfuly withdrawn, as conscience requires it to be, the stream would be confined to a much narrower channel.
It seeing difficult to account for the blindness and unconcern with which Be. lievers have thus put weapons into the hands of the Infidel and the Deceiver. They would, doubtless, think it wrong to purchase quarto or octavo volumes, filled with anti-Christian or imioral sentiments ; but they hesitate not to bring into their houses Magazines and Reviews, which are the knowu advocates of Error, both in doctrive and practice. Let them, however, be assured, that it is by this minor class of publications that, in the present day, both truth and false. hood are chiefly disseminated. If good men are not aware of this fact, bad mer are; and it is the more requisite that it should be attended to, in order both to discourage existing noxious productions, and to prevent the rise of fresh ones.
I hope, Mir. Editor, that I have not violated the bounds either of truth or propriety; but I confess I feel strongly on the subject. Convinced of its great importance, I avow an honest concern that it should receive the attentive consideration of every genuine friend of the gospel in the kingdom. Much might be added to give weight to the recommendation, but I trust that the conviction of every Christian's mind will supply the place of any arguments that I could adduce. If I mistake not, it is from the soler-minded part of the public (which I now wish to address) that the publications chiefly referred to derive a great part of their encouragement. Let it once be understood and felt by their Proprietors and Conrluctors, ilqat the tinsel of a little literary and scientific ingenuity, shall not screen the religious and moral delinquencies of their productions from pointed reprobation, and wer audacity will quickly feel itself confounded. We are now
arrived at the season when readers usually make their arrangements for the year; and I flatter myself, that many will thank you, Sir, for bringing to their remembrance a duty which they may have inadvertently disregarded. Wishing your excellent Magazine every possible encouragement, I am, Sir,
your constant reader, SCRUTATOR.
Sermons, chiefly designed to elucidate them, generally, “ that Christ is all
and in all.' some of the Leading Doctrines of the an Gospel. By the Rev. E. Cooper,
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ently exalted by the vicarious sufferAMONG the beneficial effects result- ings and atonement of his own coing from the extensive circulation of equal and incarnate Son, with an applithe Evangelical Magazine, one, and by cation of the subject to the conscience, no means the least, is to make known forcible and pathetic. more generally to the religious public The second demonstrates the great works which bear the stamp of pecu- and important doctrine of the singer's liar excellence, and whose tendency is justification by faith without works : to diffuse the genuine doctrines of the in which the righteousness of God is grace which bringeth salvation, and manifested through the redemption shew their infinence on the conscience which is in Jesus Christ. This subject in the necessary and powerful produc- he treats in a tone so decisive and truly tion of righteousness and true holiness. evangelical, as cannot but excite the As such, may we confidently announce wrath of Anti- Evangelical Reviewers, the two volumes of Mr. C.'s Sermons, with all the horde of dignified or dimiwhich no real Christian can read with nutive oppugners of the grace of God in out becoming more so ; and no man, who truth; but their invenomed hath yet been a stranger to the power impotent on his shield of faith : imof vital religion, can peruse without be belle telum sine ictu. ing left inexcuseable for having heard The third vindicates the doctrine of and neglected so great a salvation. the preceding discourse from the charge
The style in general is plain and un- of licentiousness, the cry of the ignoradorped, but forcible, and highly ant, unawakened, and self-righteous. mited to the communication of the from the apostle's day to the present. truths which the author avowedly de- He demonstrates the powerful efficacy sires to inculcate ; and they are those of faith working by love to produce of the last importance to the souls of righteousness and true holiness, - to med, and truly, as the title intimates, engage the heart of a sinner to a parthe leading Doctrines of the Gospel. doning God with such constraining inHe expects, and no doubt meets the fluence, as whilst it pours contempt on frowns of his fellows and of a gainsay- the grovelling morality of rational and ing world, which our approbation will pbarisaical religion, and cannot but rather tend to increase than diminish; mortify the pride and goad the enmity but such honour have all his saints of those who have never tasted the
Our limits admit not a very exten- grace of God in truth, engages, ensive review, but we will present from forces, and n'cessarily secures that the sermons such cimens as we per- spirituality of temper, that real and suade vurselves, whilst they will highly universal devotedness to God and deadgratify the bulk of our readers, will en ness to the world, that peculiarity of gage them to gain a fuller acquaintance conduct of the 'redeemed from the with the works of this highly respect- earth, which makes them constantly able, though to us personally unknown, exposed to the inconsistent charges of author.
licentious doctrine and over-righteous We are happy to see a second edition severity. The last is indeed the most of the first volume, and that it is ac. olfensive, as testifying of the world that companied by a second. It proves an its deeds are evil, and its professional answer to the prayer with which his religion but name and form : et hinc Preface closes; and how acceptable his ille lachry:ne. faithful and perspicuous statement of . The preceding discourses receive the evangelical truth hath been to the men stronger evidence of their truth, front of real religion. May succeeding edin the consideration of the total deprations enlarge the circle of their useful vity and desperate wickedness of the ness!
human heart since the fall; which, ia Each of these volumes contains 'spite of all the pretended dignity of twelve sermons; and we may say of our nature and goodness of heart, is
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS, proved to be evil, and only evil, and our imperfect services, through the that continually, till created anew in merits of our Redeemer, will be acceptChrist Jesus, and born again of the ed for righteousness.” This is indeed Spirit. Nay, any change, the mere ef- the marrow of modern divinity; the fect'of moral suasion, and not from di- sum of the famed “ Christian Theology vine operation, leaves the singer as it and True Guide to the Church ;” but as found him, only " exchanging one ini- he strongly demonstrates, not to the quity for another. Humiliating indeed, church of the first-born, whose names and highly repugnant to our pride and are written in Heaven, among whom sell-complacency, is the picture the they can be never numbered, who die sacred mirror discloses of the radical, with this lie in their right hand. the total, the universal depravity of Ser. 7, is a sequel to the former. The the human heart." The author can burden he describes as those“ peculiar never broach a subject that will draw sufferings, labours, and affiictions to down upon him heavier vials of wrath which Christ's service exposes those than the present. .
who follow it.” These he mentions as The sanctification of the Spirit, ex- arising from the conflict of indwelling perimentally, by the power of the Holy sin, n from the hostile treatment a real Ghost, is as essential to a sinner's sal. Christian experiences from the world, Vition, as his justiication by faith to and from Christ's loving corrections. his acceptance with God. If any man The considerations which make every hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is Christian's burden light follow. Happy none of his. This is to be sought in is he that endureth! These light afthe exercise of diligent prayer, praying flictions, which are but for a moment, in the Holy Ghost, under his teaching work for us a far more exceeding and and influence and in faith, that God will eternal weight of glory, give his Holy Spirit to those who ask The world is the great engine the him.
god of it makes use of to enslave and The sixth sermon displays the danger deceive the souls of men. The great of being corrupted from the simplicity danger of a worldly spirit is beautiwhich is in Christ. The nature of this fully depicted in the History of Lot: simplicity he exhibits in the most strik Sermon 9. The variety of spiritual ing traits of a real Christian's temper observations made are as entertaining and conduct. The application, p. 131, as they are useful. I will mention the demands the most serious attention. - last only for encouragement: “ The The danger arises from the wiles of the Lord never forsakes his people: they Devil, not an imaginary or metapho- shall be saved with an everlasting salrical being, but a restless, subtle, insi- vation !”. dious foe, ' adapting his temptations The institution of the Sabbath with to the peculiarities of each person's the obligations of a due observance of disposition and circumstances.” The it, and the manner of doing so, are wise reasoner and formal professor mayably discussed in Sermon 1o; and most smile or conteinn these suggestions; cordially do we recommend the conbut, without repentance, they will one duct recommended, as suited to that day find them awful realities, when tor holy day. We were, however, a little mented with the Devil and his angels. surprized in the pleasing employments
Christ's easy yoke is next recom- of divine worship not to hear a word meaded to our cheerful bearing. It is mentioned of speaking to each other, a yoke, a necessary one : we are not in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, our own, but the Lord's ; and those who singing and making melody in the faithfully take it up, will prove its heart unto the Lord. A part of divine blessedness amidst all the labours and worship, as powerfully tending to imdifficulties they have to encounter. An press religious truth on the memory, able Address to two sorts of persons as pleasingly to engage the heart to dedeserves serious attention, - to the light itself in the Aninomian perverters of Christian li- The danger and misery of self-decepbery, and to the debasers of morals, tion is exemplified in the case of the
a greater number, who talk of a mi young nian, making enquiry of our tigated law, as if Christ had purchased Lord, What he should do to inherit for us easier terms of acceptance', - in eternal life? His too-presuming conconformity to our fallen nalure has re fidence in what he had done, and selflaxed the severity of his demands, - sufficient assurance of his owo ability to has established a milder code of laws, do more, manifest an ignorance of himand will be satisfied with a far less self as great as of the extent and puscrupulous obedience; and if we are rity of the divine law. Among other but sincere, according to our abilities, important inferences from the subject,
the preacher particularly remarks the by whatever name it may be distiabuty of a minister to strip the specious guished, in whatever sector party it covering from the deluded heart. Let may be found, whether it inhabit a paothers prophecy smooth things, lull lace or a cottage, that mind, which was men into false security, and buoy them also in Christ Jesus, will attract your up with fallacious hope. The faithful "esteem, will engage your affections." pastor cannot thus betray his trust, or Did we attempt to produce from lead his hearers to suppose that " all every page, what they would a ford of is well,” whilst he has reason to sus- edifying truth, we must transcribe the pect the contrary. He cannot fiatter work instead of exhibiting specimens them with the delusive notions of their and a brief analysis. The volume hath own sufficiency and merit. He must afforded us high satisfaction: we have 1 labour to undeceive thein : he knows not found a sentiment which does not that until convinced of sin, they will speak to the heart and is purely evannever cordially submit to Christ. - gelical ; and cordially follow with our 46 Bear, brethren, with ministers of this prayers the labours of our brother in the description. Do they strive to correct gospel, that he may see the travail of your erroneous sentiments of the good his soul in many given him to be his ness of your own hearts? Do they joy and crown in the day of the Lord unfold the spiritual import of the law, Jesus Christ! and point out your numerous transgres [ Review of Vol. II. in our next.] sions? Call them not your enemies : they are your real friends; they love A Theological Dictionary. By Chas. your souls,” &c. This is a specimen Buck. Second Edition, Two Vols. of his manner of application. There' 8vo, 21. boards. are others throughout, and everywhere earnest and faithful.
We have formerly given a decided The last discourse exhibits Christ ' judgment in favour of this valuable the beloved and friend of his people. work, which has been followed, we be$« They love him; that is their cha
lieve, with the suffrage of most of the racter: they have Christ for their
periodical journals. In the present friend ; that is their privilege." The
edition, the work has not only been enmotives of their love are described,
larged about fifty pages, but further and Christ's friendship displayed, in
additions have leen malle by the rehis love, power, and unchangeable.
trenchment of some articles, which, in ness. A passage or two from the last
the former edition, were disproportionshall speak for itself:-"A man may
ally long. Some new articles are inbe influenced by caprice in selecting the
serted, and mistakes rectified ; so that, objects of his favour, or by injurious
upon the whole, the work is rendered misrepresentations, he may be per
still more deserving the patronage it suaded to abandon those whose cause
has received; and certainly contains an he has espoused, &c. but none of these
extensive fund of theological informacauses can operate to impair the love of ton. Christ for his people. With him is no variableness or shadow of turning; An Essay on Marriage, or the Duty of " he is the same yesterday, to-duy, and Christians to marry religiously; with for ever!” The world may mistake or @fero Reflections on Imprudent Marcalumniate the character of his people, riages. By W. Jay. Evo, Is. 6d. but Christ knoweth them that are his,
To this Essay is prefixed the follow&c. . " Who shall lay any thing to the lowing request; -- " We, the ministers charge of God's elect? I have re
of the Wiltshire Association, assemdeemed them, --- they are mine! For bled together at Melkshamn this day, them I shed my blood!, - for them I Oct. 22, 1866, deploring the little refulfilled all righteousness! They are gard of late years paid by too many my friends, the people of my hand, the
professors of religion to the Christian sleep of my pasture !"
· rule of marriage, and deeining it de: In the trial of a believer's love, he
sirable that the atiention of the public lays down the following criterion of
in general, and our own churches in judgment: 1. If you love his causé, -
párticular, should be called to this sub. The success of it in the world will lie ject, do unanimously request the Rev. near your hearts; that his kingdom
W.Jay to publish some striciures upon inay come, is your prayer; that it will it; and the more so, as he has already come is your joy.” — 2. If you love his sent forth a serinon on the Dutics of people," His image, wlierever disco- Husbands and Wives, which has met vered, will be the object of your love, with great acceptance.