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But God is so merciful and long- then will he take away all our des suffering, that he does not execute fence, and suffer all mavner of evik his wrath suddenly upon us; but, to light upon us. And if these when we begin to decline from his judgments produce no effect, thens word and ways, he sends his mest will he let us lie waste, he will give sengers, the true preachers, of his, us, over, and turn away from us: word, lo admonish us, of our duty; he will dig no more about us, but that as he, for the great love he suffer us to bring forth such , fruit bore to his, gave his own Son to as we will, brambles, briers, and, die, that we might be delivered thorns (all vice and wickedness) from death and restored to life, and until they shall entirely overgrow might dwell with him for eyer, andand destroy us. I tolon be partakers of his glory; so we But worldly and carnal men are should lead a godly life, as becomes not sensible of the great wrath, of his children, Apd if we shall still God in being thus left to thenia continue disobedient to bis word selves. y. On the contrary, they re-i and will, not knowing, loving, nor gard it as a great privilege,aagd fearing God, nor placing our re- they live as if their carnal Jiberty liance on him, and being guilty of were the liberty of the Gospel all manner of șiņs 10 our neigh-. But God forbid that we should bour, then he threalens us with desire, such liberty! Foro show. terrible threatenings, swearing in ever. God njay suffer the wicked to his wrath that we shall never, enter have their pleasure in this world, into his rest,--that is, the kingdon yet the end of an, ungodly life is of heaven. ! In il a everlasting destruction. The murs
Now, if neither these gracious muring Israelites had to what they warnings nor these awful threaten longed, fors they had quails till ings have their due effect upon us, they were weary of them, but evene then will God, pour out his anger while the meat was yet in their upon us, and take from us his aid mouths, the wrath of the Lord was and protection. Thus, as the Evan. kindled, and he smote them with a gelical Prophel teaches us, did God great plague. So, if we, live, ugs deal with his chosen people. He godly, and God suffers us to follow had placed ihem as a vineyard in a our own will and our own delight, fruitful tield, which he fenced, and without correction, it is because he planted, with the choicest vine, is utterly displeased with us: tand building a tower and a wine-press although it may be long ere be. in the midst of it; and when die strike, yet when he once strikes, looked that it should bring forth it may be forever. So that when grapes, it brought forth wild grapes. he does not correct and chasten us, "And now I will tell you,” saith but suffers us to run headlong into God,si" what I will do to my viner all ungodliness, and worldly plear yard. I will take away the hedge şure, it is a dreadful token that he thereof, ayd it shall be eaten up: no longer loves or cares for us, but and break down the wall, thereof, bạth given us over to ourselves. sez and it shall be trodden down; and If a man prunes bis viues, dligs
will lay it waste : it shall not be about them, and manures them, it pryned, nor digged, but there shall is a proof, he sees in them some come up briers and thorns upon it: signs of fruitfulness; but when he I will also command the clouds that çeases, to bestow.rcost and labour they rginjno rain upon it. Thus upon them, it is a sign that he are wd, taughits that if we, who are expects no good from them. The now the chosen, vineyard of God, father, also, who loves his child, bpring not forth good grapes (good corrects him wben he does amissi works, pleasant in his sight), hut but if he leaves the child to his own rather sour grapes (evil works), waywardness, it is a sign that de
intends to disinherit him, and cast the word of God, by which we obhim off. Nothing, therefore, should tain and retain true faith in God, so afflict and alarm us, when we we'be at length cast off so as to know that we have grievously become the children of unbelief. offended God and are living in Of these there are two descriptions, sin, as to perceive that God smites very opposite to each other, yet vis not, but quietly suffers us to both very far from returning to remain in the course of sin in God." One description, comparing which we delight. Then it is high their own sinful lives with the time to cry out, « Cast me not righteousness of God's law, cannot away from thy presenced Take be persuaded in their hearts that not thy Holy Spirit from me-Hide God can or will take them again not thy face from me, lest I be like into his favour. The other, hearing unto them that go down into the the large promises of God's mercy, pit. Let us, then, be stirred up, and viewing them not aright, 'make by a view of their danger from them larger than God i jotended whom God turns his face, to cry them to be :'they trust, that, though unto God with our whole heart, they should continue to live in sin, that we may not be brought into yet that God, at the end of life, will that state-La state of inexpressible shew them bis niercy and cause and inconceivable misery; in which them to return to him. Now though we lie under the wrath of God; both these "sorts of men are in a are forsaken of bim; deprived of state of condemnation, il vet God, the grace of his Holy Spirit, the who willeth vot the death of the source of all goodness; and fit only wicked, bath shewn how both, if for the condemnation of hell. they take heed in time, můy yet
The Spassages of Scripture al- escape. . .11 10.17 ready quoted sufficiently shew, The first class are so far right in that God will forsake his unfruitful dreading the justice of God in vineyard, and punish its unfruitful. punishing sinners, and in despairing ness. He will not cultivate it, and as to any hope in themselves. But, he will command the clouds that then, they ought to know and be they shall not rain upon it. To lieve, that the nerey of God is the use an expression of St. Paul, he appointed remedy for such despair, will neither plant it nor water it. not only in their case, but in that That is, he will take away his holy of all who are truly penitent, and word from such as be faithless and who lay hold on that merey, Such disobedient, so that they shall no shall doubtless obtain mercy and Tonger be of his kingdom : they salvation of the Lord, whatever shall be no longer governed by his may bave been their sins in time Holy Spirit: they shall be depriv. past. "If the wicked/turn from ed of the grace and benefits they his sin; and do that whieh is lawful enjoyed, and might have continued and right, none of his sins shall be to enjoy, through Christ they mentioned unto bim; he shall sure shall be deprived also of the hea lý live, he shall nor diel" ist in venly life and light which they had ). The second class should be as in Christ, whilst they abode in him ready to believe the Law as the they shall be, as they once were, Gospel, the threatenings as the as men without God in this world, promises of God; as well that for in a state still worse than before there is a hell and everlasting fire, they sliall be given into the power as a heaven and everlasting joy's of the devil, who bearethit role in as well that dainnation is threatened all those who are rejected of God, to evil4doers, 9as salvation to the in all the children of disobedience faithful-iu 'word andil deedo. They and unbelief. ad avs9l olid should believe that God is true in Let us then beware, lest, rejecting the corte as well as in the other. Those who continue in sin ought to death uncertain, for this purpose, retlect, that the promises of the that he might not place his hope Gospel belong not to them while in on a death-bed repentance, and in that state, but only the Law, and the mean time continue daringly to those passages of Scripture which insult God by an ungodly life ? contain the wrath and indignation Let us then follow the counsel of and threatenings of God. These the Wise Man: let usimake no de should convince then, that as they lay in turning to the Lord, no, not continue lo presume on the inerey even for a day; for suddenly shall of God, and to live wickedly, so his wrath descend, and in the time wilt God more and more withdraw of vengeance he will destroy the his mercy from them, and that he wicked. Let us, therefore, turn may at length : be so provoked as to God betimes, praying bim to to destroy them suddenly. While forgive us our sins and receive us they are saying, “ Peace and safety, graciously. And if we turn to hin then sudden destructiou cometh with a truly humble and penitent mpon them, and they shall not heart, he will receive us to his fat esenpe.".'ll rudi, ; . . ! vourand grace, for his holy Name's · Let us, then, beware of such im- sake, for his promise sake, for his pious boldness in sin. : For God, truth and mercy's sake, promised who promises merey, even at the to all the faithful followers of Jesus eleventh hour, to the truly penitent, Christ: to whom, the only Saviour hath not promised to the presump- of the world, with the Father and tuous sinner, either that he shall the Holy Ghost, be all honoun have long life, or that be shall have glory, and power, world without true repeptance at the last. And end. Anen. i 100 timp he has made the hour of every man's f
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To the Editor of the Christian Observer. quanned complaint, I may now ad
dress you, in terms at least savoir I AM ibat neglected feipale, who ing of those of congratulation and some time since* applied to you with bope. 9. Nor, iudeed, should it exsuccess to make my complaint cite any surprise, that, as one part known to the public, You know of our family is brought into notice sir, that patience is one of those and challenges regard, every other characteristic graces by which our member of it should receive a profamily is distinguished; and I am portionate tribute of esteem : as my happy in informing you, that that grandfather, the Bible, becomes patience has long been supported by daily more known, it is but reasonthe cocouraging assurance that my able to couelude that our mother, complaint, already made, has not the Church of England, should be been made in vain.
. more truly valued : and I am well I concluded my former address convinced, sir, that as our mother is with an intimation, shal at some esteelded, a due proportion of te subsequent period I would specify gard will be paid to us, who are her piy particular grievances: but it daughters, the Liturgy, the Articles, affords me no smalt gratificalion, and the Homilies. that, instead of the language of un- : As many of the objections made 20.2 23 :29:
to iny resuming my former impor Christian Observer, Vol. xi. zi. “ tance in my mother's family bave
since my last address quite worn and if their sentiments are not themselves out, I shall only specify avowedly obsolete, why then should two or three heads of complaint, mine be so, since inine are the same and pass on to those more animat- as theirs? How many are deceived ing topics I have already alluded by a vain confidence in a name! to.. is, is o n
How many profess to believe the . It was first objected to my re-ap: Bible, who know nothing of its pearance, that I was unfit for mor doctrines, and pay no regard to its dern society, on account of the old- precepts! How many repeat the Lifashioned character of wy language; turgy, without understanding or rethat it was so antiquated and obso: lishing its heavenly petitions! How lele, as to be unintelligible to the many subscribe the Articles, who at poor. But do not all our family least do not understand the docspeak the same language?: What trines they set forth! And can it be difference is there between my wondered at, that such should esgrandfather's language and mine? teemme to be obsolete? And in Do not my two sisters prove that such cases it is too much to be feared the same mother was the common that real piety is obsolete also, and parent of us all, by the striking every branch of my family is suffersimilarity of our sentiments and ing under the pressure of blind atconversation? Indeed, the same lips tachment or unmeaning prejudice. taught usi one speech. And is it Another objection to my re-adnot something singular, that the mission to popular regard is, that my same objections should not be sentiments are " methodistical *.* made to the rest of our family? You may well suppose, sir, that I But it is notorious, that every ex- cannot have occupied every station, cess of encomium is lavished on from the archiepiscopal library to the beauty and simplicity of their the second-hand book stall, for so language; and that whosoever many years, without having heard should drop the least hint of alter the word " Methodism." in all its ing their phraseology, would be diversity of signification. I could considered as my mother's decided unfold many a tale of wbich you foe. And may I also plead the have little idea, concerning scenes fact, that, since I have been again that have passed while I have stood recommended to public notice, I undusted and unobserved in the have been peculiarly acceptable to library, either among the obsolete the poor; and that, not only on ac- folios on the lower, or the equally count of the heavenly subjects of obsolete duodecimos on the upper my conversation, but also of the shelf; of fears, alarms, and appresimple and intelligible language in hensions, at the increase of Methowhich these subjects have been dism, and of schemes to resist or expressed ?*, Ruotatio ad subdue it: or of what I have heard
It is also objected to me, that from many a casual passenger, who my re-appearance is unnecessary, has observed me on the book-stall for that my sentiments are become and again almost instantly disreobsolete as well as my language, garded ine, exclaiming, "Homilies! But is it not declared that I preach ah! Methodism, I suppose." But, to "a godly and wholesome doctrine?" return from this digression: where, Surely, sir, the doctrines of the I would ask, is the consistency of Bible, the Liturgy, and Articles, these objectors, in commending have not changed with the times those who gave me birth for the
See the instances in which the poor **This objection to the re-production have expressed this sentiment in the of the Homilies, has been made more two Reports of the Prayer-Book and than once in the express terms quoted Homily Society.
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excellency of their lives and prin- on account of my Methodism, sericiples, and in objecting to me on ously reflect how high an encomium account of my disseminating those they pay, unwittingly indeed, to very principles for which they are those principles they would concommended, and which they taught demn. Alas! is it not real piety to me to express ? Suffer me, sir, to which they object, when an equal appeal to one or two of those dear brand of ignominy is attached to friends the fostering guardians of Homilies, Methodism, Calvinism. my early youth, for testimonies in and Enthusiasm ? my favour. Ridley, in his last But I love not the language of “ Farewell,” before he sealed those complaint. Let me rather felicidoctrines with his blood which he tate both you and myself, sir, on taught me to speak, says, alluding the following subjects of congratu. to the blessings then experienced by lation and hope. my mother in the various branches And, first, I have had a compliof her family: "It had also holy ment paid to me in these days which and wholesome Homilies in com. scarcely distinguished those of my mendation of the principal virtues youth: a body of men have arisen, which are commended in Scripture, who have associated my name with and likewise other Homilies against that of my two sisters, and have the most pernicious and capital expressly designated themselves by vices which use, alas! to reign in our joint names as the title by this realm of England." Latimer which they are known. This is an also, while encouraging KingEdward honour which my sisters have long to read the Bible, expresses his thought due to me; and which, I can disapprobation of those who did assure you, sir, they rejoice not a not shew me due respect. * But little in seeing conferred on me, as how shall he read this Book? as the well for their own sakeş, as for Homilies are read ? Some call them mine : for my eldest sister says, homelies; and indeed so they may that since I have been suffered to be well called, for they are homely speak, her petitions have been bet. handled: for though the Priest ter understood; and my second read them never so well, yet if the sister confesses with joy, that my parish like them not, there is such voice is so much in unison with her talking and babbling in the church, own, that her definitions of our that nothing can be heard : and if Grandfather's will are much less the parish be good and the priest questioned than they used to be. naught, he will so hack and chop How can I be sufficiently thank. it, that it were as good for them to ful for the various modes which be without it for any word that shall these good friends have adopted of be understood and yet the more again recommending me to general pity, that is suffered of your Grace's notice! I told you, sir, in my Bisliops in their dioceses unpu- former address, that my size was nished." You see, sir, I was dear much against me, and frequently exto those excellent men and how cluded me from scenes into which can it be, that they should be com- my two elder sisters found easy ad. mended who commended me, and mission on account of their more that I should be rejected by the slim and agreeable persons. But, very persons who commend them? would you believe it, sir? these Have we ceased then, sir, to speak kind friends, by a new process, have the same language? Or, pray inform tendered me admissible into places me, were those good, men Metho froin which before I had been dists?
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