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zand had been worse than he; that tione are stated ; and he entered
in which the doctrines of He had been very charitable,' &c.'; grace ? but," he continued, 'I know I ain into the meaning of them with a a vile ginner ; and that what I have very collected mind, declaring that done is not deserving of any thing he perceived they were sufficient to good at the hand of God."
support the inportant sentiments On the Friday before his death deduced from them. he was quite collected, though in After this, though at times conmuch pain. He lamented much his victions were distressiogly, strong, sin in rejecting the Bible, and said he appeared to experieace a dawa 'he feared it was too late for hiin; of hope, which he expressed in eners for,' said he, 'I have sinned away getic terms. He said, 'I feel hope ! the day of grace! 'I have trampled Bless the Lord, O joy soul! and under foot the son of God, and praise his holy name? God's will cauated his blood an unholy thing: be done in every thing; if I am indeed, I have not thought it worth saved! God's will be donie, if I am twopence.' The last expression he not saved! The blood and righa delivered with a most significant and teousness of Jesus Christ are sufdesponding emphasis. He said he ficient for me! Whatever my state believed the Bible and the gospel, may be hereafter, I shall pover utter meaning the Old and New Tosta- a inurinur, much less an imprcincats ; but was stili distressed with cation !' and then he said, 0, God! dreadful Atheistical thoughts, which support me through the passage he much deplored. lle als deeply into eternity!' lameoted the books he had read; Early on Sabbath morning, Mr, exclaiming, :0! these Atheistical G-sent for his friend, expressing Bjoks! O! those books!' The an earnest desire to see hun. On in fidel books he reterred to, he his coming, Mr. G- appeared ordered to be all brougat and much pleased; and there was an air burned before him, like the con- of satisfaction on his countenance verts mentioned in Acis xix. 19. which had not been perceived be. He, at the same time, very paiheti- fore. He said, “was desirous to cally regretted bis having been ac- tell you that I fuily believe the goscessary to the injury of a friend of pel, and rely on itte atoning biood his, wow, had imbibed bis principles. of Christ alone; but I wish to have He expressed an earnest wisi that thosc Scriptures pointed out exall Atheists and Deists were present, pressly where the doctrine of atoneto witness such a dying bed as his. inunt is inentioned, that I may luru
On Saturday evening, his mind them into prayer, and rest iny soul was much engaged on the subject on them.” He also requested to of acceptance with God. When the ' have the passages marked in the gospel-plan of salvation, through Bible, thai they might be read to faitā in the atonement of Christ, him through the day, over which he was again stated to him, he said, scarcely expected to live. Such
I strive to believe and repeut; but Scriptures as that,' said he, where i feel myself unabie. As to my it is said, “The blood of Jesus repentance, if it may be called Christ, bis Son, cleanseth us from all repentance, I fear lest it should oaly sin.” This Scripture he frequently arise from the dread of Hell.' The turned into prayer. Que reason för simplicity and freeness of the method wishing to have the places marked of salvation seemed to puzzie nim, where these passages occur was, as he had supposed that faith and that he might believe them as the repentance were to be considered as word of God. meritorious conditions, for inc per- He expressed repeatedly, this formance of which he must expect niorning and the preceding day, his favour with God; yct, he declared jealousy over himself lest he should he felt that free saivation through be insincere in the great concerns Christ Jesus was the only plan of which now wholly occupied his relief which could reach hs case. mind. At one time, expressing the The principal Scriplures were men., sense be bad of his own sinfuluess, he said, 'I am a Devil! Well, it delusions. Let no proud contempt will be cough for mye if I escape of vulgar miods,-no desire to shine from Hell ! The lowest place in in conversation, or to govern in Heaven will be far too good for debate, lead you for a moment be me!'
He frequently interrupted forget that it is the meek whom God the conversation by breaking out will guide in judgment; - only the into fervent supplications, turning meek that he will teach his way! the Scriptures which occurred into
From the convictions, confessions, matter of prayer, and earnestly and bopes which mark the expres. pleading the declarations and pro- sions here detailed, let Christians mises of divine mercy. At the close learn more fully to appreciate, and of the interview, he appeared com- resolutely to hold fast the distia posed and very thankful.
guishing doctrines of the ever-blessIn the evening, he was much
ed gospel. Ja such instances as the changed; the hand of Death was
present, you see your principles evidently upon him.
As soon as brought to the test, and proving bis friend entered the room, he sig. themselves to be of God by their wified his desire to have prayer. application to the exigencies of man, During the exercise, he was ear. Error, like the haughty, unfeeling Bestly engaged wilh God, having Priest and Levite, passes by on the bis hands closed and lifted up. Wben other side, and leaves the bleeding, asked if he continued to look to Christ, and to rely upon him alone unreliered!
perishing sinner to die unpitied and
while Evangelical for salvation, he signified that he Hope, like the good Samaritan, did. His sekses were quite correct extends her healing hand, pouring for some time ; but he was struga in oil and wine into those woun gling for life. He was seldoin sen
which sin has inflicted, and which sible through the night, and suffered none but Jesus Christ can cure. much till iwo hours before his de.
FIGLINUS parture, which took place on Monday morning. The foregoing affecting case fur
MRS. COOPER Bishes an admonitory word to such Died at Ipswich, April 27, 1809, young men as bave enjoyed the in the 90th year of her age. In a advantages of a religious and liberal visit to London, many years ago, education, that they tamper Bot the ministry of that eminent mau with specious and dangerous error. of God, the Rev. George Whitfield, Beware, favoured youths, of those was greatly blessed to her soul; so books in which the blandishments that she became earnestly desirof style, and the plausibilities of ous of enjoying it permanently, sophistry, are made the vehicles of the providence of God so ordered that poison of error and sensuality it, that her family removed to town, of passion, that find too ready a where she sat under the word with reception in the heart unestablished great delight. Sometime afterin gospel-truth, unrenewed by re- wards, she joined the Baptist church generating grace! Presume not on under the care of the late Rev. W. the sufficiency of your powers of Clarke. She made a profession of discrimination, where elernal in- religion about 50 years, during terests are involved, and where mig. which long period she adorned the takes are
80 common and fatal! doctrine of the Holy Jesus. During If you disbelieve your own weak- her illness, she was generally calm Aess, you will negleet to seek direcs and comfortable; and, instead of tion from the Faiher of Lights, who being afraid of death, often ex. has said, 'If any man lack wisdom, pressed her desire for its approach, let him ask it of Gud.'. If you saying, • Come, Lord Jesus, come neglect to pray, you will incur lhe quickly!' Thus « she came to her charge alleged against the 'man grave in a full age, like as a shock who leans lo his own understand- of corn cometh in his season." Her ing; and, in consequence of this funeral discourse was preached by fully, become tbe dupe of strung Mr. Cowell, from Rev. xxii. 20.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS, &c. A Sermon, preached at Scarborough, solemn an oocasion too, a
*t the Primary Visitation of the of straw, dressed up in the lattered Most Rev. Edward Lord Arch- rags of a manichean, and to label it bishop of York, July 28, 1809.' John Calvin, excites our wunder By the_Rev. Francis Wrangham, and astonishment ! - But we intro M. A. F. R. S. of Trinity College, duce it to our readers :Cambridge. 38. 6d.
• That God having decreed to We are always happy to find make man in his own image, and genius and learning combined with pre-ordained his fall and subsequent solid piely and genuine Christian depravation, converting the whole candour. Ťhys united, if they do not of his posterity into a mass of corform the stamina, they embellish, ruption and perdition, arbitrarily, at least, and perhaps extend the and (if it may be uttered without usefulness of the most estimable irreverence) capriciously deter characters, We have been accus- mined to bring a portion of that tomed to view the author of this posterily lo lise eternal, and to consermon as rising into this class. sign the renainder to everlasting Mr. W. has distinguished himself by punishment: thus immutably fixadvocating the cause of Piely in ing the fate of individuals before sermons, which are now before the their birth, for ever and ever.' public, founded upon Doddridge's • That, in unavoidable conformity Rise and Progress of Religion in to this pre-ordinance, Adam fell, and the Soul; and of Christian zeal in became in consequence, with all his ils operations at home, in recom. progeny, not only deserving of, mending the establishment of na- but actually doomed to, Hell, with tional schools ; and abroad, by urg- the exception of the favoured few ing the translating of the sacred whom Deily has been conoracles into the oriental languages. stantly taking to bimself, abandonFrom these things we were disposed in; those whom he passes by to the to hope well; - nor will we suffer yengeance of eternal fire, with. all our expectations to be merged, out any regard to superior inerit ja even by the perforinance now bei the Elect, or demerit in the Reprofore us. It has two sides ;
bate, present or fulure, and solely dark and the other light. The se- to display in the oue his goudness cond part is tolerably candi:), with and mercy; in the other his power regard to the means which authorized and glory. The first, however teachers of Christianity should use they may act in this life, being in the discharge of their duty; (under the protection of Christ) in. though it is by no means free from capable of forfeiting final felicily ; clerical hauleur. But ihe first part, and the latter, hindered and rein which Mr. Wrangham has given pelied by God, being equally inhis picture of Calvinism, we must capable, in spite of all iheir exeresteem as the blackness of darkness, tion, of attaining il, as neither either of prejudice or ignorance. of their fates, throughout their reHad a bigotted Socinian, or a ma. spective lives, are at any moment lignant intidel, offered his pencil on in any degree doubtful. the subject, with equal talents as to “That the best purposes, adtempts, the disposition of his colouring, we and acts of the Elect, are at might have expected something like time even preparatory to their salwhat we see before us; but for a vation, that being exclusively the writer who ranks in a very different work of the Almighty, who himself class, and who himself professes to fils them for Heaven by the preachdisclaim the Pagan Erick of cloth- ing of his word and the communia ing an opponent in the skin of a cations of his Spirit, forming in wild beast, for the purpose.of de- them a new understanding and a vouring him ; - to produce, on so new will; giving them every good
propensity, inspiring them in every creature, and consequently of alt good endeavour, and beginning, true virtue ; and yet capable of continuing, and finishing in them adding iniquity to iniquity. - Mo every good work, wot hy his assisting dern Calvinists think this reprébut by his single operation, his sentation is established by experigrace, though it may for a time he ence, by observation, by history, resisted, being ullimately invincible: and hy scripture-testimony: at that he fits the reprobale in like 2. That this fallen depraved conmanner for Hell, by blinding their dition of mankind can be counterminds, hardening their hearis, de acted only by the interpesition of priving them of the knowledge of sovereign grace in Christ Jesus. his word, withholding from thêm They view his death as a most per: the influences of his Spirit, and feci sacrifice and satisfaction for sill, finally delivering them over to the - of infinite value, and abundantly Devil.
sufficient to expiate the sins of the Lastly, lo close this dismal pro. whole world. That on this ground cession of opinions, that the pun, the gospel is to be preached to all her of the Elect is very small, wbile mankind indiscriminately; that it the reprobate are of course in- is the indispensable daty of all who nurnerable ; YET, THIS Is Cal- hear this gospel to belicre it, to VINISM !'
repent of sin, renounce it for ever, Calvinism must mean, we sup- and devote themselves entirely poge, either, generally, the senti- to the Redecmer as his faithful sube ments of those who distinguish jects; yet, they also believe that it themselves by the term ; or it must was the will of God that Christ, by mean, peculiarly, the sentiments the blood of his Cross, should efficaespoused by that learned Reformer ciously redeem all those, and those himself. We intend, therefore, to only, who were from eternity elected examine Mr. Wi's charge in both io salvation, and given to him by lights.
the Father! They maintain that This sermon, we shall take it for God, who, from all eternity, fore. granted, was preaches), as quoted knew all the impiety and obduracy above, without the matter con- of men, still determined that his tained in the notes, which are now grace should not be frustrated. appended to it. Consequently the la forming, therefore, the great picture given of Calvinism to the pla2 of salvatioc, the Faiher, from audience and to the Clergy, was as eiernity, chose in Christ an innumerwe have nowatated it.
able multitude of the fallen race of 1. We apprehend it will be ad. Adam unio holiness and eternal mited by every competent judge, life, of his free grace and love, that Calvinsits are as well a:quaint- without the leasi foresight of faith, ed with their own principles as Mr: good works, or any condition to be W. can possibly be. It, theretore performed by the creature ! They (to use his words) we may be per- do not consider Predestination or initted to know our own sentiments, El ction as affecting the agency or we bey leave to contrast the follows acrountableness of creatures, or as ing acknowledger portraiture of being to them any rule of conduct! Caivinisin with his caricature. On the contrary, they suppose them Modern Calvinisin asserts,
to act as freely, and to be as much Tbat mankind, though created in the proper subjects of calls, warnthe moral image of God, ara upin ings, exhortations, promisos, and versally depravedl, in critsequence of threatenings, as if no decree existed. the fall oi Idam, whose sin, as their The cornection in which the docfederal head!, involve the corrup- trine is generally introduced by ti n of all his poterligg which cor- their preachers and writers is, to ruplion, they believe, is universal, shew the source of salvation to be extending over all the powers of of mere grace, to accounl for one the soul, and tota; i.e. the hu- sinners believing and being saved man heart is, by Daily, Ocally des- rather than ano ner, - to shéw the titute of love to Gori, oi non as his certain success of Christ's under
taking, and as a powerful motive name of Calvinism : anomalies are to personal holiness, as well as a not rules; they are discarred by source of comfort to the consistent modern Calvinists theinseives; Christian.
aad Mr. W. suvely has not yet to 4. They maintain, That all whom learn, that neither seatimenis por God hath predestinated unto lifc, persuas ought to be atiached to any he is pleased, in his appointed time, body of people which they themeffoctually lo cail by his word and Belves distincily and explicitly disSpirit, out of a state of sin and
• We look only to Calvinism death, into that of grace and salva- (io use the words of the late Bistro? tion by Jesus Christ. In the suc- Horsley) such as ine venerable Cala cessive periods of time, the Holy via would himself have owned, not Spirit rationally convinces them of @riched and einbellished with the the amiable glory of Goil, the in- extravagancies of visionaries since finite vileness of sin, and the equut- bis day.' able, fitness of its eternal punish - . Mr. W. doubtless felt himself a ment. He induces them, by the most little awkward in facing the public effectual motives, to accept the from the press, without sotonin: Lord Jesus Christ as their King and down the pictures which he had Saviour;, and to live a life of de- given from the pulpit. And, therependence on his grace, and sincerc fore, he makes some sort of dedication to his boly service. ced in explanation in his notes :
They admit that the Holy Spirit, this we sialt notice in his proper as calling men hy ihemisistry of the place. Here we have to remark, gospel, may be resisted; and that that is tirosa explanations were not when this is the case, the fault is not introduced into ihe body of the in the gospel, nor in Christ otsered sermon, either Mr. W. did not when by the gospiel, nor in God calling by he preached know of the Calvoisin the gospel, but in themselves ; they to which bis totes refer ; or, ibat 11@ contend, however, that where neu did kauw of it. If he did noi know, obey the divine call, and are convert- he was inconpetent to his subject: ed, it is not to be ascribed to thein: if he did know and not adduce it, he selves, as though by their own free was a prejudiced and partial witness. will they made themselves to differ, In his noies, Mr. W. sazn, that but entirely to him wbo quickens his picture does not apply to mio. them when dead in trespasses and dern Calvinisin, it only to the sins.
rigors of Calvin au found in his own Finally, They maintain that those writings: we proceed, therefore, to whom God has effectually called investigate his charge as applied 10 and sanctified by his Spirit, shall that learned and pious
Rcformer. never finaliy fall from a state of
(To be continued.) grace: they admit that believers may fall partially, and would fall totally and finally, but for the
Two Letters to a Barrister. By A mercy and faithfulness of God;
Looker-on. 8vo, Price 93. and they alsy maintain, that he who On perusing this pampilet, we bestows the grace of perseverance;
could not help feeling regret in bestows it by the means of grace; common, probably, with most of its by exhortalions, threaienings, and readers, that it should not have promises ; but, that none of these inade its appearance at an earlier imply the possibility of a believer's period of this controversy. In his falling from a state of justification. Preface; however, the author his
THIS IS CALVINIS.11 *. offered same satisfactory reasons for If there are a few anomalies of an the delay; and as the Barrister has Antinomian kind under the general recently threatened a renewal of
* See Adams's View of Religion (art. Calvinism); Fuller's Esssys and Letters; Rev. Thos. Scott's Sermon on Election and Final Perseverance; Dr. Pye Smith's Letters to Belsham ; Dr. Ebward Williams's Essay on Divine Goveroment and Sovereiguty of Divine Grace; and Overton's True Churchmao.