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death. “ There, they would On a certain day Louis XIV. say, is the wooden chair in attended church and was much which our good Archbishop astonished to find only one of used to sit amongst ús;" and his court present. He demandweeping they would add “Ah ! ed the reason of the major of we shall never see him more!" the guards. “Sire, replied the
Fenelon wrote against the officer, I had given it out Jansenists, believing that their that your majesty would not doctrine was dishonorary to
attend divine service this God and injurious to man.
morning I was happy in “What a terrible Being, said your having an opportunity of he, do they make of God! For knowing for yourself, those who my part I consider him as come hither to pay their devogood Being : And I can never
tions to God, and those who consent to regard him as a ty
only come to pay their court to rant, who having fettered us, your majesty." commands us to walk and then LORD chancellor King, in a punishes us because we cannot conversation with Mr. Whiston, obey him.”
vindicated the practice of some Still however Fenelon was of the English clergy, in subaversc to every mode of perse- scribing articles of faith which cution. “ Let us be,” said he, they do not believe—“because, " with respect to them, what said he, we must not lose our they will not permit the Divine usefulness for scruples" WhisBeing to be with regard to ton asked his lordship “wheth. mankind, full of mercy and in- er in his court they allowed of dulgence." He was told that
He was told that such prevarication ?" The the Jansenists were his avowed chancellor answered, “ We do enemies and omitted no op- not." Whiston replied, supportunity of decrying him and pose God Almighty should be his doctrine ;-“a more forci- as just in the next world as my ble reason still, said he, to for- lord chancellor is in this, where bear and forgive them.”-Fen- are we then !" elon had learned of him who was meek and lowly of heart.
CANDID REFLECTIONS BY AN ORTHODOX CONTROVERSIAL
WRITER. “Ox complicated questions Since unhappily there are men will always differ in opin- still so many subjects of debate ion but conscious each of the among those who name the weakness of his own under- name of Christ, it is doubtless standing and sensible of the bi- every man's duty, after divestas which the strongest minds ing himself as much as possiare apt to receive from think- ble of prejudice, to investigate ing long in the same track they these subjects with accuracy ought to differ with charity and and to adhere to that side of meekness.
each disputed question which
Ifter such investigation appears may view the matter in a difto him to be the truth ; but he ferent light, and by his want of transgresses the favourite pre- charity does more harm to the cept of his divine Master when religion of the Prince of Peace, he casts injurious reflections than he would do good were he or denounces anathemas upon able to convert all mankind to those who with equal sincerity his own orthodox opinions."
From the Ni Y, Christian Herald: with equal concern. It was conceivRELIGIOUS CONVENTION OF CHRIS- ed that in all countries, and particuTIAN DENOMINATIONS.
larly in this, where the harvest is At a meeting of Ministers of the great and the labourers few, there Gospel and Christian brethren of dif- there should be as strong a bond of ferent denominations, convened on union among the different denominathe 18th of December, 1817, at Clear tions of Christians as possible. As Creek Church, near Washington, in the grand object is one, so their efthe State of Missisippi, pursuant to forts to obtain it should not be weakinformation publicly given, for the eded by unnecessary divisions. It purpose of mutually reciprocating the had long been a desideratum amon", expressions of Christian friendship, the good, that practical demonstraand endeavouring unitedly to pro- tion should be given to the unbelieving mote the common interests of the and the ungodly, that however much Redeemer's Kingdom ; the follow- the followers of Christ might differ ing ministers were present ;-Rev. upon subjects of smaller moment, David Cooper, Rev. William Mont- they have in fact, a common interest gomery, Rev. James A. Ranaldson, -a common cause the cause of virRev. Daniel Smith, Rev. Lawrence tue and of God. With the view of Scarborough, Rev.John M. Menefee, unitedly and effectually promoting Rev. Benjamin Davis, and Rev. Eli- this cause the present meeting had as Cornelius, Missionary, Rev. Wm. been called ; and it was hoped by M'Mahon.
the help of God it would soon apThe Rev. David Cooper was cho- pear that it had not been called in sen Moderator, and Rev. E. Corneli- vain. us, Secretary.
These sentiments were followed by The Meeting having been opened the most cordial and animated exwith divine worship, it was moved pressions of mutual approbation by and seconded, that all officers of any the brethren present, who all seemed Christian Church who night be pre- to partake of the same spirit of love, cent, be considered as forming a part and to be governed by the same purof this Religious Convention : when pose of united efforts for the promoit appeared that the following officers tion of true piety and Christian mou of churches were present:--Messrs. rality. John Henderson, Abraham (altney, The Rev. Mr. Bullen having arJoel Pate, Wm. Foster, W'm. Snod- rived, united in expressing his congrass.
gratulations on the occasion of the At request, the Rev. Mr. Mont- meeting, and explained still further the gomery rose to explain the objects of subjects originally contemplated for the meeting as originally contempla- discussion, particularly the expediented by the Rev. Joseph Bullen and cy, of an annual meeting of The difother ministers of the gospel, at whose ferent denominations of Christians in request the appointment had been this country for the purpose of i... made. These objects it appeared creasing and perpetuating those hapwsre in a high degree benevolent, and py results, which he believed could such as every real friend of Christ, of not fail to be produced by such an whatever name, could not but regard extensive concentration of ChrisVol. VI.-N0. 4.
tian influence and Christian aca.
1. Resolved unanimously, That a With the design of carrying into spirit of Christian affection and unaexecution the important objects of nimity be recommended and encourthe meeting, it was moved and se- aged among all Christian denominaconded, that a committee of four tions. persons be appointed, to draw up a 2. Resolved, That it be recomnumber of resolutions expressive of mended to christians of different dethe views and feelings of this meet nominations, to observe the first ing, with an address to the disciples Monday in every month as a season of Christ of every denomination ; and of united prayer, social or private, that they report to-morrow morning for the revival of religion in our land, at 11 o'clock.
for the success of the gospel among Messrs. Montgomery, Ranaldson, the heathen, and for the establishSmith, and Cornelius, were appoint- ment of the Redeemer's Kingdom-aed the committee,
mong all nations. Moved and seconded, that divine 3. Resolved, That the necessity of worship be opened in this place and vital godliness, and of personal and a sermon delivered to-morrow at family religion, be generally inculcatwelve o'clock.
ted and strongly enforced. After prayer adjourned.
4. Resolved, That spceial care and
attention should be paid to the proFriday, Dec. 19th.--Met according to adjournment. Opened the
motion of the religious education of meeting with divine worship.
the rising generation ; and that the The committee appointed to pre
utmost vigilance be recommended to pare a number of resolutions expres
prevent the diffusion of infidel princisive of the views and feelings of this ples in the instruction of youth. meeting, with an address to Chris- 5. Resolved, That united and tian professors of every name, report for the melioration of the morals of
vigorous exertions be recommended ed the following, which were unani. mously approved and adopted.
society; especially as relates to inAfter hearing the report of the com
temperance, gambling, profanity, and mittee, public worship was opened the abuse of the Sabbath day. and a sermon delivered by Rev. Eli
6. Resolved, That general exeras Cornelius, from Joel iii. first clause
tions be encouraged for the promoof the 13th verse.
tion of Bible Societies, and the disAfter divine worship the business of tribution of the sacred Scriptures. the meeting was again resumed.-
ADDRESS, The expediency of an annual meet- To all who love the Lord Jesus in ing similar to the present, wàs dis
sincerity and truth. cussed: whereupon, it was resolved, DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN, unanimously, that a meeting be hol- We are assembled at the present den the third Thursday in November, time, as the disciples of one Divine 1818, at Washington, to be entitled Master. We have laid aside (for the
The Religious Convention of Chris. moment, and we trust for ever) all tian Denominations ;" to be com- narrow sectarian views and feelings. posed of ministers of the gospel in Our prayers and praises have ascendgood standing, and officers or other ed together to the throne of God. official representatives of any Chris- Our hearts have glowed with ferrent tian church.
affection for each other, for our ChrisRev. Daniel Smith, Rev. John M. tian brethren of whatever name, and Menefee, and Mr. William Snod- for our common Lord. Our counsels grass, were appointed a committee have been combined for the promoto superintend the printing and dis- tion of the Redeemer's kingdom. tribution of five hundred copies of the And hitherto we have been of one minutes, resolutions, and address of heart and soul. Blessed be the Lord this meeting.
for what our eyes this day witness, Concluded with prayer.
and what our hearts this day feel. D. COOPER. And now, dear brethren in Cürist, we wish to make you all partakers of the inherent temper and natural our joys, of our counsels, and of our breathing of our hearts, and is the onexertions. Therefofe we have pre- ly effectual bond of union. sented you with the foregoing resolu- Disciples of Jesus, we call upon tions. And if we mistake not, every you in the spirit of holy affection, to heart, warm with the love of Jesus rally round the standard of the cross, and with zeal for his cause, will give Different denominations of Christians to each of them its explicit and cor- are but different phalanxes of the ardial Amen. And we might perhaps my of Jehovah of hosts. We call with propriety content ourselves upon you therefore not only to dewith simply saying, Ponder these re- sist from unnatural and doubly dessolves in the fear of God; drink in tructive warfare among yourselves, their spirit, so far as it is the spirit of but also with holy and united vioChrist and let the fruits of that spir. lence to assail the empire of darkness, it appear in your lives. But, breth- and with fervent effectual prayer to ren, our feelings will not stop here. take the kingdom of heaven by force. We should struggle in vain to repress United exertion is efficacious exerthem. Permit us then to pour into tion. The faithful and true witness your sympathetic bosoms our whole has said, 6 Where 'two or three of heart and soul
you shall agree as touching any thing Too long have the professed disci- that ye shall ask, it shall be done unples of Jesus of different denomina- to you.” Under the sanction of this tions, stood at an awful distance from high authority we recommend a geneach other. Cruel jealousies and sus- eral attendance on the Monthly Conpicions bave rankled in too many of cert of Prayer, established and obtheir bosoms. Bickerings and strifes served in every quarter of the globe. have marred too much of their social On the first Monday of every month, intercourse. And even the sacred as the orb of day rolls round the desk (tears and blushes should cover world, he sees the men of God in our faces at the confession) even the Asia and their heathen converts sendsacred desk haş sounded forth the ing up the voice of supplication to voice of unchristian recrimination and the throne of heaven, in behalf of a rebuke.-These things ought not so fallen world. Passing towards the to be. “Behold how good and how west, he witnesses the once degradpleasant it is for brethren to dwell to- ed Hottentot, in the deserts of Afrigether in unity.”—Think of the op- ca, lifting up his voice and heart to probrium infidels have cast upon the heaven. Theu he beholds a volume gospel, on account of the shameful of incense and the voice of thousands contentions of its professors. Re. ascending from Christianized Europe. member the declaration of Him we all Lastly, he hears the fervent prayers so dearly love" Hereby shall all of our Atlantic brethren of every men know that ye are my disciples, name. And as he descends beyond if ye have love one to another.” Call the western wilderness, he calls on us to mind the testimony obtained by to add our Amen, however feeble, to, the primitive disciples even from en- this grand Concert of Prayer, vious heathen, “ Behold how these And our prayers, brethren, must Christians love one another."'-Lise be accompanied by our exertions. ten to still stronger and more endear. Worldliness and vice prevail in our ing motivęs. Are we not all children land to a fearful extent. The god of of the same heavenly Father, begotten this world leads thousands captive. by the samne Divine Spirit? thus made Intemperance first brutalizes, and partakers of the same holy nature, then destroys its innumerable victims. and by faith united to the same glo- -The gambler's nefarious arte hurrious Redeemer. One spirit animates Ty thousands into the depths of povour bosoms, one exalted hope ele- erty, and the bottomless abysses or vatas our affections, and one como vice.-Profanity wages war upon the mon cause demands our united exer- attributes and glory of Jehovah, and tions. Love to the brethren, there draws down the judgements of God fore, if we are Christians, is at once vpon the land. While the Sabbath of
the Lord, dear to every pious heart, is Under so baleful an influenee, the wantonly and impiously profaned. fairest flowers of virtue will wither, Who then is on the Lord's side? Let droop, and die. him gird his sword upon his thigh, and Above all, see that the flame of stand forth against these sons of Belial. holy affection and heavenly devotion Let us be united, energetic, and per- 'is kept always burning pure and severing, and the victory shall be bright in your own bosoms. Let the
The war we wage is a war of same mind be in you which was in extermination. Let us therefore nev- Christ Jesus. And by the meekness er return the sword to its scabbard of wisdom, the patience of hope, and until these heaven-daring vices are the labour of love, you shall yet obtain driven from this land, to their native a glorious victory over your own reabode in the infernal pit.
maining corruptions, over the rulers Our grand weapon, both of offence of the darkness of this world, and and defence, in these “ wars of the over the consciences and hearts of Lord,” is the volume of Divine Truth. thousands af your fellow men. By The sword of the Spirit is the word these means you shall send up a rich of God. Permit us then, Christian revenue of glory to the throne of God brethren, to urge upon your attention and of the Lamb. the distribution of the sacred Scrip- Br-thren, our minds and hearts are tures. Is there one family in this full ; so that we know not where to Christian land (and there are thouse stop. But we say all in one word ands) destitute of a Bible ? o tell it the word of the Apostle ? “ If there not in Gath! There are institutions be any consolation in Christ, if any for the supply of the destituțe ; but comfort of love, if any fellowship of they languish for want of patronage the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, and support. There are Bibles in our fulfil ye our joy, that ye be like depositories ; but they remain there minded, having the same love, being from year to year for want of some of one accord, of one mind." one to convey them to the houses of And hence it is that our
EXTRACTS eyes are pained, with the sight of whole families, ignorant almost as the From the Firsi Report of the Ameriheathen of the great salvation of the can Society for colonizing the Free gospel.
People of colour. Beloved brethren, we address you " The Managers of the American only on one topic more--a topic of the Society for coloniziug the free people tenderest interest and of vital import- of colour of the United States, in subance : 'Tis the reļigious education of mitting to the Society their first rechildren. Our youth are the rising port, are encouraged to persevere in hope of our churches and of our their efforts from an increased conticountry. Shall we urge you to read dence as well in its practicability as the word of God to your children, in its importance. In a plan of such and pray with and for them? You do magnitude, involving the happiness this already, or you have no valid of many millions ; and the success of claim to the Christian character. which, while it cannot fail to create More must be done. The sacred a general interest, might conflict with principles of the gospel must be as- established prejudice, circumspection siduously instilled into their minds, and delicacy become essential to its both by precept and example. They progress. The first step of the Board must be prudently restrained from of Managers was to present a memofrequenting the haunts of frivolous rial to Congress at their last session, ainusement and dissipation. They which, with the report of the commitmust be led to the house of God, and tee to whom it. was referred, is now laught to reverence the worship and laid before this society. The nature ordinances of the Most High, and and novelty of the subject, not less above all you must beware how you than the mass of business which enintrust their education to men of gage the deliberations of that body, vicious habits and of infidel principles. did not permit them to pursue the re,