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• found in Christ; not having our own less than that the people should altend, and righteousness, which is of the Law, but the give ear to his preaching. He is not only to righteousness which is of God by faith * tell them what they knew pothing of before,
** Lastly, the faithful minister of Christ, but he is also to stir up their minds,' and equally removed, in his deportwent and put them in remembrance.' They, who conversation, from the moroseness of the boast of their knowledge, to excuse their cynic, and the levity of the thoughtless, attendance upon the word preached, have will endeavour to render himself, and his as much need as any to be taught; and do ministrations, acceptable to the people of not sufficiently consider preaching as the his charge, by his affability and condescen- ordinance of God, instituted to 'minister sion, by being 'gentle to all men, apt to grace unto the hearers;' and they who teach, patient, in meekness instructing those wander about after preachers, who have no that oppose themselves t;' by shunning no legitimate commission in the Church of intercourse that is innocent, and tends to Christ, are unmindful of the true character cultivate harmony; by endeavouring, as far of the Christian Ministry, and are foment. as may be, to make such intercourse turn to ing divisions in that body, which ought to edifications and by doing all the good in be one and compact. his power: to which, we should subjoin, that “ Another duty inclimbent on Christian he will be particularly happy to prescribe, Believers, is, to afford a competent mainteat the bed of languishing, the healing medis nance to the Ministers of Christ. 'do ye cines of the Gospel, for the awakening of not know, that' among the Jews, 'they who the sinner, and the consolation of the ministered about holy things, lived of the saint." P. 14.
things of the Temple ? And they wbo waited
at the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained, The third head applies to the that they who preach the Gospel, should people, and points out their duty live of the Gospel *.'—In places where the to the Minister.
wisdom and piety of the Legislature have
secured a legal maintenance to the Clergy, « It must be obvious to every unbiassed individual Christians have ouly to • set apart mind, that the sacred character of a their tythes with gladness,' and cheerfully to Minister of Christ,' challengrs respect from pay the allotments legally demandable of those who profess themselves to be Christ's them. disciples. Upon this subject I bave already The last duty I shall mention, is that of touched; and it is not necessary, at present, prayer for the Ministers of Christ.' St. to add much to what has before been ad- Paul said to his Thessalonian converts, vanced. • We beseech you, brethren,' says • Finally, Brethren, pray for us t.' The St. Paul to the Thessalonians, ' to know ministry we have received is a treasure, them which labour among you, and are over which we have in carthen vessels.' Our you in the Lord, and admonish you ; and church is a weighty onemour steps are narto esteem them very highly in love, for their rowly watched, and our haltings noticedworks' saket. Unless men have some temptations that
to man, antecedent respect to the character of him assault us; and we liave, therefore, especial that speaks, they will hardly pay a proper need of the good wishes and prayers of the attention, or entertain a suitable regard, to faithful, not only that we may save our own what lie says. It is, therefore, of the ut. souls, but also that we may be more effec. most consequence, that the office and cha- tually instrumental in forwarding the salva. racter of a Christian Pastor be looked up to tion of those committed to our care." P. 18 with veneration, and that no prejudice against him be easily taken up.
We have thus presented our " The next circumstance of duty, on the readers with the greater portion of part of the people, is attendance upon their ministrations. It is from the stewards of this Discourse, which is at once Christ's mysteries alone, that his Sacraments characterized by that freedom of adare to be had; and it is only in communion monition which is the privilege, that with them, that Christians can publicly, and experience which is the fruit, and socially, observe the other ordinances of the Gospel. The priests' lips should keep that piety which is the glory of old knowledge, and the people should seek age. the law at his mouth s.' The minister of It must be indeed a comfort to Christ is the messenger of the Lord of this venerable Minister of Christ, to Hosts;' and he is ordained purposely to “preach the word;' which can imply no
look back on his long and useful life-a
a life spent in the service of
• Phil. iii. 9. + 2 Tim. ii. 24. * 1 Thess. v. 12. Mal, ii. 7. REMEMBRANCER, No. 63.
I Cor. ix. 13, 14. + 2 Thess. iii. 1. Y
God, and for the good of man. He maintenance of our Saviour's kingwants no praise that we can give, or dom upon earth. we would offer it gladly : but, we The Discourses now before us know, he will not refuse our prayers, were prepared for the instruction of that God may yet grant him many the British residents at Seroor, in years to enjoy that honourable inde- the presidency of Bombay. They pendence which bas been so ho- have much to recommend them to nourably conferred upon him, until our attention ; and they derive no in his own good time be shall be mean sanction from baving been pleased to call him to himself, and dedicated to that illustrious man, to the reward that awaits the Chris, whose name must ever excite the tian through his Redeemer.
veneration of a Christian mind-the late lamented Bishop of Calcutta. The object of the preacher is to present a succinct view of the eviden
ces of Christianity; and his materials Discourses on the Evidences of (as he candidly avows,) are chiefly
Christianity. By Thomas Ro- selected from the writings of Lardbinson, M.A. of Trinity College, ner, Paley, and Michaelis. We will Cambridge, and Chaplain on the lay before our readers the comBombay Establishment. 8vo. mencement of the first Discourse, Pp. 100.
which will enable them to judge fairly At a time when the propagation of both of the style and intention of Christianity is regarded with un
the Author. usual interest by the whole com- 26 The general design of my public admunity, we are glad to perceive that dresses has always been to bring before some attention is also paid to those your view the prominent features of Chrisprofessors of the Gospel who reside tianity, and to press upon your hearts and in heathen countries. This, indeed, consciences, rather than your understandis quite as essential to the real dif- ings, the great topics of Christian exhor. fusion of religious truth, as the 'ardent wish to lead your minds to the con
tation. It has ever been my first and most conversion of Mohammedans and templation of the spirit and temper of oar Hindoos. The natives of our In. religion itself; to urge you, by the condian empire possess a considerable straining motive of the love of Christ, to share of acuteness and intelligence. seek first the kingdom of God and his They are by no means incapable of righteousness. It may, however, he highly making observation, or of reasoning the foundation on which our hopes are
useful to examine with care and attention for themselves. If they see that laid, and to state, with plaipness and preprofessed Christians are loose in cision, the evidences of the anthenticity sentiment, and profligate in morals; and divine authority of the religion we --that they are ignorant of the evi- profess. At all times and in all countries dences of their faith, and regardless this examination would be followed by of its honour; they will not only great advantages; because it is always sabe confirmed in their ancient preju- tisfactory to feel the ground upon which
we stand, and to be well assured of the dices, but will actually learn to
truth of those things in which we have despise the Gospel, and to cling been ivstructed. We believe indeed, that with fonder attachment to their own very few have ever thought seriously about degrading superstitions. Every ef. - religion, who have not been often interfort, therefore, which is made to rupted in their progress by doubts and correct this enormous evil, deserves uncertainties and fears, lest after all; they encouragement and applause, and should have followed a fable, only more
cunningly devised than the other super. may be considered as tending di- stitions of the world. How painful and rectly to the extension as well as perplexing such surmises are, can best be told by those who have felt the fabric of that exclusive reverence we once felt for their eternal hopes tremble at the slighest the religion of the Cross, and to guard breath. Besides, these outworks of Chris- against that spurious charity, so prevalent tianity are exposed to perpetual assaults; in the last age, that would look upon the and we are therefore pledged, as soldiers worshipper of Veeslinoo, or the follower of Christ, to ascertain and vindicate their of Monummud, as but little inferior to the safety. We may often be called upon, disciple of Jesus, in the comparative value especially in the present state of society and authority of their respective creeds. in Europe, to meet the objections of “ The impression of which I speak is subtle and crafty men, and we onght to be very far from any deliberate purpose ou ready to give to them also, as well as to persuasion of the nijud; it is the insensible ourselves, a reason of the hope that is progress of human feeling towards apathy in us.
and indifference in the absence of all visi" The Church of Christ, however, in this ble objects to revive and quicken it. If country is placed in somewhat peculiar the children of Israel, whose march from circumstances, which, if I mistake not, Egypt had been one continue demonrender tbe discussion of this argument still stration of the divine power, could forget more seasonable and necessary. They God on the very borders of that sea, whose whole lives are passed in the bosom which was the theatre of his last and most of a Christian land, where the tirst im. splendid miracle; wliat wonder that Chris pressions of their public life are blended tians in the midst of an heathen country, with the more solemn ordinances of their should be apt to lose sight of those religion; where the prejudices of their miracles which were wrought for the eseducation are strengthened and matured tablishment of their religion at the disby all they see and feel around them; tance of eighteen centuries? If St. John, where the external profession of faith at in addressing those who had been eye least is necessary to their political ex- witnesses of the wonderful works of istence; where all that is dear to them in Christ and his Apostles, thought it nedomestic life or civil glory, stands on the cessary to warm them with such tender presumed authority of the Christian reve. importunity- Little children keep yourlation, and where to loosen the foundation selves from Idols ;-—it is strange that we, of the one would be to sbake the very in these latter ages, and cut off from the frame and fabric of the other; there indeed intercourse of Christian Churches, should -- the moral atmosphere thus purified and need to be reminded of that high pre. preserved—the doubts of scepticism are eminence which a revelation from God almost necessarily confined to the retire- must ever hold above the palpable invenments of speculative and studious men; tions of human artifice ?" P. 1. and they who are engaged in active life are happily exempt from the danger of In the second discourse the au. sach a couflict. Far different is our si- thenticity of the historical books of tuation in these distant provinces of our the New Testament is considered. empire. Removed from those associa; This, indeed, is an important questions of Christian feeling, at a period when the impressions of youth have not tion, but not well adapted for the been inatored by the judgment of a riper pulpit. Mr. Robinson, however, age; often banished by the necessities has upon the whole managed it of the service for years together from the with discretion. He is not, perhaps, stated ordinances of Christian worship ;- quite master of this part of his subI appeal to your own experience, my ject. The various readings in the brethren, whether the most nataral ten- manuscripts of the Greek Testadency of these circumstances be not to lessen that habitual regard for our reli- ment, do not always mark, so disgion, which in the generality of us is tinctly as be seems to imagine, cherished and kept alive by a constant
" the edition of the original to familiarity with its external fornis. When which they respectively belong." we consider also, that we are not only This is a point of some difficulty, removed from the temples of our own involving much critical discussion, faith, but are surrounded every where by, but it does not effect the general the absurd and monstrous ceremonies of an ignorant superstition ; we must confess validity of Mr. Robinson's argusurely that it requires more than ordi- ment in the slightest degree. pary vigilance to preserve in our minds The third Discourse is devoted
to the credibility of the Gospel God is proclaimed to us; but it is that History: the fourth, to the argu- we may be made wise unto salvation. ment from Miracles; and the fifth, We are told of the humiliation and the to that from Prophecy.
In the sufferings of Christ, not to excite our
wonder and sympathy, but that whosixth there is a passage
soever believeth on him might here flects great credit on the preacher; eternal life.” P.79. and may be read with as much ad. vantage by our countrymen at home,
To these sentiments we cordially as by those in India.
subscribe. If the Gospel is thus
faithfully preached to the British “ I have endeavoured to set before you residents in India, the work of conwith all plainness and fidelity, the most version among the Hindoos will striking and direct evidences of the di- be more easily and effectually vine origin of onr holy religion. It is my performed. The practical influ. duty now to remind you, that if it be divine, it is to all who hear it of supreme will be more apparent; and a
ence of Christianity, we may hope, authority and universal obligation. We have seen that this Gospel at the first be visible improvement in the habits gan to be spoken by the Lord, anul uus
and sentiments of Europeans, will confirmed unto us bij them that heard him; operate upon the native mind as Gol also himself bearing them witness the strongest recommendation to both with signs and wonders, and with our religion. divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.* Unto you is the word of this salvation sent. Let it not seem strange to you that we, the ambassadors of Christ, should be anxions The Universal Diffusion of the for the success of our embassy; and that, Christian Faith considered, in a not content with delivering our message
Sermon, preached in the Parish and establishing its authenticity, we should charge and exhort every man, that we
Church of St. Martin, Leicester,
on Friday, November, 24, 1823; may present every man perfect before God.'
being the Third Anniversary of “ It is possible that the evidences of the District Committees of the Christianity may be acknowledged, where Societies for Promoting Christian Christianity itself is not received. It is
for the Propagapossible that its divine excellence may be
tion of the Gospel in Foreign confessed by many who still resist its claims to their acceptance. It is very
Parts, established in the County possible that the splendour and beauty of
of Leicester. Published at the its revelations may play upon the fancy,
Request of the Members present. but never reach the heart; that many By the Rev. Gilbert Beresford, may mistake the assent of the understand. M.A. Rector of St. Andrew's, ing for the full assurance of faith, and the
Holborn. 8vo. Pp. 28. ls. 6d. transient glow of the affections for the cheerful and upreserved obedience of the
Rivingtons. 1824. heart. The Gospel of Christ is indeed We know not which to admire most the most perfect display of the divine in this Sermon—the elegance of its attributes, the most stupendous exhibition of the power and inercy of God: but we
style, or the soundness and piety of are not unconcerned spectators of the its matter. The introductory rescene : our own individual interests are marks on the character of the Royal deeply involved; we must be either the Psalmist's inspired compositions; the objects of his love, or the monuments of transition from the works of nature his wrath. We are called upon to con- to the works of grace, graciously template and admire the wonderful plan intended by their great Author to of human redemption, but it is that we may believe and obey. The wisdom of be co-extensive with the former ; the
powerful aid, under God, afforded * Heb. ii, 4.
by the religious Societies, connected with the Church of England, to a century fostered in the bosom of our hasten and perfect this extension National Church, and, for the important to the utmost boundaries of the and extensive aid rendered to her sacred earth, and the impressive appeal to brightest ornaments, and her strongest
cause, are justly esteemed among her every true Christian to support to
bulwarks. The characteristic features of the utmost of his power these So- each have been ably drawn by those*, cieties in their labours of love, are who have gone before me on occasions successively made in 80 masterly similar to the present ; and if I should purand feeling a manner, that the effect sue the same track, I could not, in justice on the audience must have been, to the cause I advocate, deviate much what we have reason to know it was,
from the language of accurate representa
tion of the nature of these Institutions, or great and most beneficial. Sermons fron the argumentative and affectionate such as these canyot but be pro- appeals made in their bebalf. These adductive of good; they raise the dresses have assumed a printed form, and character of our Church while they are in the hands of many of my hearers; display at the same time the value and to them may be ascribed, as well as of those Societies that act under her to the countenance of distinguished rank rulers, and in strict accordance with and virtue t, a more numerous and respecher principles. We are satisfied that been witnessed on former anniversaries :
table assembly on the present day than has these Societies only require to be and hence we venture to augur increased known, and popularly and fully prosperity to Institutions, inseparably conplaced before the public, to be sup- nected with the welfare of the country, ported with all that zeal and liberality and the peace of the Church. which are characteristic of this coun
“ It happens that I have frequent optry. We do, therefore, most ear
portunities of observing in detail, the pro
ceedings of the Society for Promoting nestly call the attention of our rea.
Christian Knowledge,' and can bear ample ders to the Sermon before us, not testimony to the efficiency of its opera. only on its own account, as a com. tions. Its general meetings for foreign and position, but as presenting a just domestic purposes, as well as those of its and compendious view of the ob- several committees, are held within the jects and operations of the Societies parish intrusted to my charge, and in the for Promoting Christian Knowledge, immediate vicinity of my own Church. So for the Propagation of the Gospel of a most interesting character, I am natu
that, considering it not only as a neighbour in Foreign Parts, and for the Edu- rally become anxious for its progress and, cation of the Poor in the principles of the Established Church. These Societies, well supported, leave no.
*" I particularly allude to a Sermon,
preached at the Anniversary in 1822, by thiog to desire: by these our Church
the Rev. F. Merewether, Rector of Cole is enabled to train up the young in Orton and Vicar of Whitwick, Leicesterthe nurture and admonition of the sbire. A clergyman, not more distin. Lord: to supply the Scriptures, the guished by the warmth of his unwearied Liturgy, and books of religious and zeal for the prosperity of every institution useful knowledge to the old; and connected with the Church, and for the
religious welfare of every member of his to extend in proportion to the means
important cure, than for the sound discre. and opportunities afforded the bless. tion, unaffected benevolence and solid ings of the Gospel to every nation attainments, which combine to characterize under heaven.
the true English parish priest.” We extract the portion of the
+ “ The true member of the Church will Sermon which chiefly relates to hail with delight every token of increased these.
interest, manifested for our Ecclesiastical
Establishment by the rank and property “ It can hardly be necessary for me to of the country. My belief is, that such dwell at greater length on the origin and aid as they can now render to the Church general designs of the two Religious In- never was more wanted-never could be stitutions, which have been for more than more serviceable.”