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Connecticut Evangelical Magazine.

[PUBLISHED According to Act of con GREss.]

Vol. V.]

AUGUST, 1804.

[No. 2.

.A Missionary Sermon, delivered

at Hartford on the Evening of |

the Election Day, May 10, 1804, by the Rev. AMos BASSET, of Hebron. [Contin. from page 8.] John VIII. 56.

Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see my day ; and he saw it and was glad.

HROUGH the mercy of God, the same gospel that was preached to Abraham is broughtnigh to us with increased brightness. “The light of the sun has become seven sold.” Now, in the time of our probation, is to be tried our love to Jehovah our Saviour. It is to be ascertained by the faith to which it gives operation—by a tender regard for the divine honor—by a delight in the promotion of religion—and by a prompt and persevering obedience to every plain intimation of the will of God. 1. If men have not faith in God, they neither love him nor please him. It is his fixed constitution also, that this faith must Öe firoved by its fruits.

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cordingly gives his professed friends in every age opportunities for the proof of their faith— promises to be believed, and excellent objects to be pursued.— When a true believer hears the promise, that “all nations shall bow down before Jesus,” he is animated like one who hears the distant shouts of victory. A strong faith, like that of Abraham, need not lean upon sight; but, in a manner the most honorable to God, relies upon his faithfulness, when “he calleth things that be not as tho’ they were.” Rom. iv. 17. 2. The sincerity of professed love to God, must be manifested by a tender regard to the divine honor and a delight in the promotion of religion. By a total

indifference to these, men betray a want of “the spirit of adoption.” Let every one therefore “prove ois own self. Let the eye be toiled to whole nations, not far distânt, sunk in the darkness of heathenism and idolatry, ignorant and regardless of the God who made them, and trams pling the divine honor in the

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Ignorance of the feelings of God in relation to idolatry cannot be plead. It is the abominable thing which his soul abhoreth. Where then is our regard for the honor of Jehovah : Destitute of such a regard shall we presume to address him by the endearing title of “Our Father who art in Heaven?” Well may he reply to us, as he did to hypocrites in former times, “If I be a father where is mine honor * Mal, i. 6.

Have any professors of religion been inattentive to the state of the heathen : Let such read a description of it in the first chapter to the Romans. Read also in the 3d chapter, from ver. 9th to ver. 19th. Read Gal. v. 19–21, and Eph. ii. 1; 11, 12– The descriptions in these passages do at least include their state. Accordingly, the command is expressly given, “Go teach all nations.” In opposition to all this light, will any attempt to maintain that the heathen stand in no need of the gospel—that they stand as good a chance for salvation without the gospel as with it—impeaching the wisdom of God, and endeavoring to persuade us that no exertions ought to be made to send them the gospel ? “This persuasion” brethren “cometh not of him who calleth us.”— The carnal Jews were grieved, but Abraham rejoiced, that the benefits of the Messiah’s kingdom might and should be extended to all nations...,

That in particular situations, and under certain circumstances there may be reasons for sending religious instruction to others rather than to the heathen, will not be denied. But, among these reasons, the one just re

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ferred to ought never to have a place. In addition to the heathen, there are many others within our knowledge, particularly our brethren in the new settlements, whose situation claims from the friends of Chirst a compassion like that which he felt, when he “beheld the multitudes as sheep without a shepherd.” How many are there, of whom it may truly be said, that they are “without God in the world;” living in a total neglect of their maker and his reasonable service. God is continually dishonored, and they are walking in the road to death. Professors of the gospel cannot surely be ignorant of the appropriate and only means of remedying these evils. Philosophers, both atheists and idolaters, have attempted in vain for

hundreds of years to reform

mankind. The cross of Christ, made known in the gospel, is the only mean of “pulling down strong holds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.” The honor of God is inseparably connected with the prevalence of the gospel. God has “magniabove all his name” Psalm czxxviii. 2. In proportion as the gospel spreads and prevails God is honored, his character is displayed, his persections are brought forth to view, and “in the day of his power,” men are brought to “know, love and serve him.” Then “one shall say I am the LoRD’s ; another shall call himself by the name of Jacob ; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD. All that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed

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