works, and yet they do not per- affected by local associationsfectly understand either, nor is it those associations of thought, likely they ever will, because they, which connect important events are only finite, while he is infinite. with the places where they ocBut do they therefore question his curred. The sanctified direction existence, as an uncaused and in- of this principle is one of the most dependent Being? or do they there- interesting sources of religious fore doubt the wisdom and equity emotion. Who could revisit the of his designs ? or impeach the jus- scenes once hallowed by the pretice and benevolence of his con- sence of the incarnate Redeemer, duct? Certainly not. What they or consecrated by the labours and cannot fathom, they admire and sufferings of his immediate dis, adore. This we inter from the ciples, and not be conscious of fact, that they are represented by unutterable feelings ? Could we the sacred writers as especially behold, unmoved, the sea of Ti. engaged in the work of praise; and berias, the mount of Tabor, the. it will be freely acknowledged village of Bethany, or the hill of that praise, when offered with sin- Calvary? And what invests these. cerity, as they offer it, must be places with their sacred attraction? expressive not only of profound It is not the result of any merely. reverence, but of complete satis- picturesque effect, however lovely, faction and unmingled joy

or romantic, or sublime might be Their conduct is worthy of our their natural scenery; but it is imitation. It would be extremely because they were spots once unwise, and even preposterous in visited by the SAVIOUR, and us, with such an example before where he exhibited his power, his us, to reject as untrue any of grace, and his glory. those inexplicable representations In the remembrance of every of the purposes and proceed-. true disciple of the Redeemer, ings of the Almighty, which are there are particular localities thús found in the Bible ; more particu- associated with the best feelings. larly, as the authenticity and in-, and affections of the heart; where spiration of that sacred book have devotion has glowed with a purer been so often and so abundantly flame, and communion with an proved. Let us rather, when re- unseen world has elevated the flecting on them, cherish the feel- spirit above “this low dïurnal ings which prevailed in the breast sphere.” The scene, hallowed by of Paul, while engaged in the such remembrances, may be solisame exercise; that, instead of tary, as the desart, or humble as. perplexing ourselves with what we the dwelling of the peasant; but can never unravel, at least on this it is in the Christian's estimation, side the grave, we may be ever a Bethel," the house of God, ready to exclaim, How unsearch- and the gate of heaven!” able are his judgments, and his ways These recollections acquire adpast finding out !

ditional force, in reference to

J.J. places eminently honoured by the ммммм

visitations of divine mercy; where

there is a special and exclusive REFLECTIONS ON THE OPENING OF A NEW PLACE OF WORSHIP.

appropriation to the sacred en

gagements of religion; and social (Extracted from a Sermon preached on

devotion, and public worship, are such an occasion.)

the.objects to which they are conSuch is the constitution of human secrated. We believe not, indeed, nature, that we are powerfully in the sanctity of places, as it was NEW SERIES, No. 18.

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formerly understood, under the God"-and such will be the feeldispensation of types and shadows. ings of thousands, it is to be deWe should deem it unwarrantable voutly hoped, respecting the place to apply to any spot on earth, the now, for the first time, occupied in full import of the terms once ap- the worship of the Almighty. plied to " the place where the We are not assembled to consecrate honour of Jehovah dwelt;” be- the place, but to implore the truly cause such local sanctity was consecrating presence, and conderived principally, if not exclu- tinued blessing of the “ great sively, from its typical reference to Head of the Church”-“the ShepHIM, whose humanity was to be herd and Bishop of our souls.” the mysterious temple in which Let us cherish the delightful hope the Deity was to be enshrined, that here, many of the disciples and who has appointed no place of the Saviour will be edified and on earth to be the scene of his refreshed-that many a pilgrim, on manifestations, or the symbol of his journey to our Father's house, his glory. Since he ascended on “ will drink of the brook by the high, “neither at Jerusalem,” on way;"—that many an anxious inMount Zion, or " on any other quirer will be directed to the Lamb mountain,” is the Father to be of God;—that many a penitent worshipped, as before that memo- will approach the cross of the rable period. The Redeemer Redeemer-and ministering angels has entered into - the most holy rejoice over sinners brought to place:” and now, " wherever two repentance within these walls ! or three are gathered together in Those holy beings pass by the his name,” he has said, “ I am in scenes of architectural magnifithe midst of them.” Still, on prin cence, and earthly splendour, if

ciples warranted by scriptural there be no connexion with the · analogy, and supported by the interests of that “ kingdom which most powerful considerations, we is not of this world; while the cannot think of the places where humblest sanctuary, where the Christians assemble from time to simple and spiritual principles of time, as we should of merely the Gospel are proclaimed, fursecular or ordinary scenes. There. nishes materials for their grateful matters of the highest importance praises, in the triumphs of the are to be transacted; there, the Cross of Christ. May such angreat business of actual recon- ticipations be amply realized in ciliation with God is carried on: reference to this place! Here there. « the truth, as it is in Jesus.” may the truth, in all its purity, and in all its rich and interesting com- the ordinances of Christ, in all binations, is exhibited; there, holy their simplicity, long continue to ordinances are administered; there, be administered by “ holy men," the fellowship of the saints, and in successive generations! May communion with God are enjoyed, no“ root of bitterness” spring up “ of this and that man, it is said, to trouble or defile this “ garden • he was born there;"" and there, of the Lord;” but the selectest inmaterials are provided for increas. fuences of heaven descend on this ing the joys of the heavenly world, sacred enclosure, and the “ fruits and preparation is made in time, of righteousness” on earth, afford for the services and felicities of the happy pledge of a transeternity!

plantation to that purer regionSuch are the feelings naturally that more genial clime, awakened in a reflecting mind, “Where joy, like morning dew, distils, when thinking of “ the house of And all the air is love !"

S. F.J.

REMARKS ON THE REMOVALS OF charge before they have given a

MINISTERS. • . place a sufficient trial; forgetting It has been considered honourable that it is by patient continuance to the character of a minister to in well doing we shall reap, if we continue with his people till death. faint not. There are some veneIn reading the “Statistical View rable pastors of Independent and of Dissenters,” in the Congrega- Baptist Churches in the country, tional Magazine, I have been who relate what small beginnings struck with the frequency of the they had in reference to the num. removals of many of the modern ber of their hearers, and church pastors of churches, compared with members; but they have attained the rarity of such occurrences to very general respect in their among their antient predecessors. connexions, and lived to see their in office. Four causes may be spiritual families increased like a assigned for this difference: Dis- flock. If “ days should speak, sentions in congregations--Fickle- and multitude of years should ness of ministers-Want of sa- teach wisdom,” they would prolary adequate to the increasing bably recommend their junior demands of their families--And brethren, in most cases, to abide the desire of extending their use- at their posts, rather than comfulness.

• mence a doubtful warfare in other In reference to the first cause, parts, or seek ideal pleasures in a antinomian sentiments, the domi- wilderness, every where infested nation of leading persons in a con- with briars and thorns, till their gregation, family, quarrels, or the strength and spirits are worn out, imprudent conduct of the minister by unhappy wanderings from himself, may occasion such dis- place to place. content as to lead to a dissolu- A third cause of removal is tion of the pastoral relation; but to be sought in the difficulty which some separations might be pre- a good minister of Christ may find vented, were the servants of the to provide “things honest in the Lord not to strive, but be gentle sight of all men.” When young toward all men. Few ministers have men set out in the ministry, they been long in office, without being have seldom correct views of the tried by occurrences, which re- expenses of a domestic establishquire the wisdom of the serpent, ment; hence, before they are and the harmlessness of the dove; aware, they are exercised about and if they should attend to the affairs of this life. Reflecanimum rege, so much, and so tions are sometimes cast on minislong, as to live down all oppo- ters so circumstanced, for acceptsitions, they would gather the ing invitations to more opulent spoils of a holy victory, in the congregations; but then it cannot testimony of their own conscience, be denied, that people will often and the interpositions of Dirine give a favourite preacher twice Providence, which might be suc- the salary of his predecessor, who ceeded with such congregational had a greater claim to their libeprosperity, and tranquil termina- rality. Were the writer's opinion tion of their labours, as they little asked upon these subjects, he expected in the gloomy seasons would say to the Deacons of Disof adversity.

senting Churches, Devise liberal In contemplating the second things when you see your pastor cause of the Removal of Minis faithfully serving the Redeemer's ters, it is to be lamented that some cause, and let him not be a loser worthy men should yield to the for his disinterestedness; and, on inducements to relinquish their the other hand, he would advise the minister to leave himself in bour. When a minister, occuthe hands of his gracious Master, pying a retired situation, has been who will see his wages duly paid, useful to a few persons, who love either by offerings presented him with a pure heart fervently, through the voluntary subjection the separating stroke will be seof his people to the Gospel of verely felt by both parties; and Christ, or from other sources of though the pastor may generally supply, at present unknown to calculate, that the happiest period himself. When the late Dr. Faw- of bis labours has been now spent, cett, in the early part of his life, yet subsequent events may prove, was wavering in his mind whether that in accepting an invitation to he should remove to a situation another congregation, he has obeymore adapted to the wants of his ed the voice of Providence. În family, he intimated to his people, Morris's “ Memoirs of the Life and that £40. a year would be the Writings of the Rev. Andrew Ful. extent of his wishes, but though ler," there is a touching.account of they hesitated, and even declined his conflict in tearing himself entering into any engagement from the arms of his beloved to raise that sum annually, his charge at Soham, to be pastor of attachment to them was so deeply the Baptist church at Kettering. fixed, that he concluded at once, On this occasion, the church at to cast himself upon Providence, Soham wept much, but said, and live and die with them. His " The will of the Lord be done." excellent biographer. . observes, Several ministers of the present “ such a line of conduct as this day are now filling important may not be proper as a general stations in the church, who comprecedent; yet it exhibits many menced their pastoral relation in traits of character which are en country villages;. nor does there dearing in the man, the Christian, seem any thing incongruous in and the minister. It shows a de. such a transition; towns in which licate and solemn sense of the there are the most inhabitants, and duties of the pastoral office, not the largest circle of intelligent to be deserted, except for the most persons, ought to be supplied with urgent and satisfactory reasons; ministers of the best talents and steadiness of attachment, compas- information. Still the probable sionate regard, and disinterested advantages to the general cause of love, where that love, perhaps, has religion, may be sometimes a little seldom met with suitable returns. over-rated; for if the preaching This event was, in some sort, the gift, unremitted labour, weight of crisis which gave a new impulse character, and fervent piety, had to his mind and views, and it was continued to operate in places a resolution of which he never which have been deprived of afterwards saw reason to re- ministers who possessed these pent."

qualifications, it might have been A fourth cause of removal, expected, through the blessing of originates in a desire of more ex- God, that they too would have, tensiye usefulness. A person may risen, in the course of years, to be preaching in a place where the some eminence in the scale of population is so small, or so ob- congregational prosperity; a constinately opposed to the Gospel, sideration which suggests the prothat considering himself bound to priety of a sober calculation being attempt the greatest possible good made, not only how much service to mankind, he may serioụsly the removal of an acceptable think it is a duty to remove to minister would be to the inviting a more promising sphere of la-. congregation, but how much dis

service it would be to the bereaved the various rockes thatt lie hidden congregation.

i benethe the surface off the oceane Perhaps the writer cannot con- hee will have to plowe. I shalle clude this paper better than in the attempte to shewe, firstlie, the pewords of the late Dr. Buchanan, culiarr dangeres of those whoe. “ Blessed, indeed, are they, who, have bene educatede inn the feare whether they go to foreign lands, off God, and beinge mercifulle or fulfil their ministry at home, preservedde fromm heenous sinns, are animated by the spirit of Christ, have inn there youthe joyned who devote themselves with a themselves too his people in sosingle eye to his glory; who seek lemne covenante: theese when not the world, and yet demean younge shewe greate zeele forr themselves toward the world with God, and theirfore Satann markes charity and courtesy; who court them oute for hiss moste cruelle an humble situation in life, as temptationes, thatt he maye lede knowing it hath fewest dangers to them astraie. . He does nott at the soul, but can be humble in a firste thwartt there zeele, butt letts high situation; who, in short, study itt have itts fulle playe; and then, to maintain a pure conscience, and whenn the firste hete is 'overr, he possess, generally, a peace of perswades them that there is noe mind which passes the understand- neede for theire helpe, and they ing of worldly men.” JACOBUS. maie take there reste. Havinge

cooled theire zeele, hee nowe

strives to lede them intoe lesser PARTE OFF A TREATISE ON BACK

sinnes. He urges them to the SLYDYNGE

habitt off anger and ille tempere,

in theire famylies and householdes, The churche of Christe hath ever and telles them they maie bee ansufferede more from ennemies with gry and sinn nott, (for Satann in, then foes withoute, and the cann quote Scripture to perverte moste hurtefulle off these have al- its meaninge.) Hee then induces waies bene inconsistente and un- them to indulge inn secrett sinnes, goddly professers. Nevver sure to riott inn alle the drunkennesse lie was thiss made moore mani- off the hearte, and make the chamfeste, then in these oure daies, bers off imagerie cages off unclene when the olde fox, puttinge on the birdes. This, he welle knowes, apparence off the lambe, is ever wille lede them to neglecte theire stryvinge to enterr the folde un secrett prayeres, and prevente suspectede. I shalle theirfore en- theire beinge proffittable, forr noe deavoure to propounde some causes impure spiritt, while itt loves itts of spirituall declensione forr the impuritie, cann enjoye the worguidance and warninge of all sin- shippe off a pure and holie God; ceere Christianes; that as a skill- and iff conscience arise upp full pilott, haveing knowleddge off againste themm, he putts intoe the differente rockes and sande there mindes that they muste bee bankes thatt lie in the tracke he safe, for theye are memberrs of has to navigate, avoides themm as God's churche, and unitedd withe farr as he may, and thuss preserves God's people, as iff, forsoothe, hiss vessell from manie imminente thiss woulde save themm instedd dangers, iff nott from utter de- of increasinge there condemnastructionn, soe I am ledd to tione, and soe they falle, if God hope that som younge Christiane doe not mercifulle arouse themm may by these humbell hintes be fromm there dan gerr by afflictione, ledd to avoide som dangerr, and or by some specialle providence, bee preservede from splittinge on and thenn ledes themm to cry oute

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