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THE UNREASONABLENESS OF RELYING ON A DEATH-BED REPENTANCE.
Tae celebrated Dr. Jeremy “Certainly nothing hath made Taylor, who was one of the most more ample harvests for the depious and eminent writers of his vil, than the deferring of retime, has two Sermons on the pentance upon vain confidences;
Invalidity of a late, or Death- while we imagine that a few bed Repentance,” which exhibit tears and scatterings of devothe subject in a light that is truly tion, are enough to expiate the awful and alarming. A few short baseness of a fifty or three score extracts, we hope, will be useful years of impiety. to some of our readers.
6 The rewards of Heaven are He thus paints the conduct of so great and glorious, and Christ's those who rely on a death-bed burden so light and easy, that it repentance : Sacrificing their is a shameless impudence to exchildhood to vanity; their youth pect so great glories at a lower to lust and to intemperance; rate than a holy life.” their manhood to vanity, ambi- “ But will not the merits of tion and rage, pride and revenge, Jesus Christ save such a man? secular desires, and unholy ac. For that we must be tried by the tions; and yet still farther, giv- word of God, in which we have ing their old age to covetous- no contract at all made with a ness, the world, and to the devil: dying person, that hath lived, in and, after all this, what remains name a Christian, in practice a for God and religion ? Oh, for heathen; and we shall dishonour this they will do well enough! the sufferings and redemption of Upon their death-bed they will our blessed Saviour, if we make think a few godly thoughts; they them an umbrella, to shelter our will send for a priest to minister impious and ungodly living. comfort to them; they will pray Observe but two places of Scripand ask God forgiveness ; and ture— Our Saviour Jesus Christ, leave their goods behind them, who gave himself for us.'-What disposing them to their friends to do? that we might live as we and relatives; and some dole, list, and hope to be saved by his
, and issues of their alms-basket, merits ?-No; but that he might to the poor. And if, after all redeem us from all iniquity, and this, they die quietly, and like a purify unto himself a peculiar lami, and be canonized by a people, sealous of good works.'bribed flaiterer in a funeral ser
Christ bare our sins in his own mon, they make no doubt but body on the tree.'-To what they are the children of the king- end? • That we, being dead unto dom; and perceive not their fol- sin, should live unto righteously, till, without hope, they roar,
ness. Since, therefore, our livin their expectations of a certain ing a holy life was the end of but horrid eternity of pains. Christ's dying for us, he that trusts on it to evil purposes, and more adapted to rouse him from to excuse his vicious life, does, his guilty slumbers, than such as much as lies in him, make views of " the invalidity of a void the very design of Christ's late, or death-bed repentance ?" passion, and dishonours the blood And is there not reason to fear, of the everlasting covenant.” that millions have been ruined,
What ideas could be suggested by a delusive reliance on an opto the miud of a delaying sinner, posite doctrine ?
6 MR. LORING D. DEWEY has that they cannot be tolerated in published a discourse, delivered the Seminary under our care. before a private society of the It shall not here be so much as students of the Theological Se- questioned, no, not for an hour, minary, in New-York, of which whether attacks upon the essenhe was a member. It is the tial parts of our Redeemer's work, principal object of this discourse are to be permitted in any shape, to show, that being justified, in or upon any pretence whatever. the language of the New-Testa- “We are, therefore, under the ment, means being pardoned. afflicting necessity of informing This heinous proceeding of the you, that your connexion with young gentleman, was the occa- our Seminary ceases from this sion of the following letter. day. You will consider the pre
sent decision as peremptory, and “ New-York, 12th March, 1816, not to be altered, unless it shall " To Mr. Loring D. Dewey.
please God to give you a sounder " Sir-It is matter of grief to mind, and enable you to recover
of our pupils, whom yourself out of the snare of the we have been endeavouring to devil. That such may be your lead into the knowledge of the happiness, is our heart's desire truth as it is in Jesus, should and prayer for you. turn away from the holy com- J. M. MASON, Principal Th. Sem.
A. R. C. New York. mandment delivered unto him.
J. M. MATTHEWS, Ass't Professor This, misguided youth, is your Th. Sem. A. R. C. Nenu. York."
The doctrines which you have avowed in your dis- The above article has been course submitted to us, and in taken from the North American your conversation with us rela- Review. As we have not been tive thereto, are so deeply erro- able to obtain a copy of the neous, so radically subversive of “ discourse” which has been so the whole Gospel scheme, and severely censured, no opinion so ruinous to the souls of men, will now be given of its correct,
ness, or incorrectness. It may, to Jerusalem, and suffer many however, le of some use, to call things of the elders, and chief the attention of our readers to priests, and scribes; and be killthe contrast between the spirit ed, and be raised again the third and conduct of the “ Principal day. Then Peter took him, and of the Theological Seminary, began to rebuke him, saying, Be A. R. C. New-York," and the it far from tbee, Lord: this shall Principal of a Theological Se- not be unto thee.” minary which once existed in Was not Peter as rash, as erPalestine. From the letter of roneous, as self-confident, at that exclusion, it is pretty evident time, as L. D. Dewey was in writthat Mr. Dewey was censured ing his discourse? Did Dewey for some opivion which he ex- make “ attacks upon essential pressed on what was deemed, by parts of the Redeemer's work," his instructors, “ essential parts in a more daring or direct form of the Redeemer's work.”
than Peter. had done? This, It may he observed that “the 1 suspect, will not be preRedeemer” himself was once the tended. Principal of a Theological Semi- In what manner, . then, did nary, and had under his tuition Jesus conduct towards his erring twelve pupils, eleven of whom he disciples? Did he domineer over ordained as ministers of the Gos- them, revile them, and drive pel. But, for a long time, these them from the Seminary ?-Not pupils were so he wildered by SO. He indeed reproved them prejudice, that they retained the for their ambition, and pointed most erroneous views of the ob- out to them the way to become ject of their Master's mission, truly great. Peter was, with and some of the “ essential parts some severity, reproved for his of the Redeemer's work.” They impertinent rashness; but we even imagined that he had come hear nothing of a letter of, maleto reign as a temporal monarch, diction, denunciation, or excluand that they were destined to sion. Having reproved, when be ministers of state. With reproof was needed, Jesus still these views, they disputed on treated bis disciples with attecthe question, which of them tion and tenderness; by degrees, should be the greatest, or prime he corrected their errours, remominister. The two sons of Zebe- ved their prejudices, opened undee even petitioned their Lord, to them the Scriptures, prepared that one of them might “ sit on them for the work of the minishis right hand, and the other try, and sent them forth as heon his left," in his kingdom; ralds of salvation. which, in truth, was no less than Now, it may be asked, which to solicit the two highest offices is the most to be admired, the of state next to the king. Not censoriousness and precipitancy long before his crucifixion, “ Je- of Dr. Mason), or the candour sus began to show to his dis- and long-suffering of the. Mes ciples, how that he must go up siah?
Another question may be pro- whole, has often“ happened"
” posed. Might not Mr. Dewey, in Christendom. in the presence of his theologi- Attack an article of faith, or cal instructors, have avowed a a ceremony, which ignorance or belief, that Christians may law- party spirit has made “ essential,” fully make war, and destroy one and you wili assuredly be cenanother? Might he 'not even sured, as unworthy of the name have boasted, that he had acted of a Christian. But you may, at on this belief, and slaughtered the call of a misguided, or a protwenty of his brethren—without fligate ruler, shed rivers of inincurring exclusion from the Se- nocent blood, spread around you minary, or even a reproof from terrour, death, and wo; and its Principal ? How it might be applauded in proportion to have been, in this case, we pre- the crimes you commit, or to sume not to know; but it has the mischief you occasion to been no uncommon thing for others ! those who were most censorious 0! when will theological inin judging others for real or ima- structors learn that they are but ginary errours, which were not at men, as liable to err as others ! all inconsistent with Christian that candour and benignity are love and the most blameless life, essential ingredients of the Christo be themselves advocates for tian character, and infinitely to the principles, the spirit, and the be preferred to censure and expractice of war and violence. clusion, as means of reclaiming Such “blindness in part," or in the erroneous !
SOCIETIES FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE JEWS.
COMPARED with all preceding mon ocean; so the various intimes, the present may be called, stitutions for benevolent oljects, THE AGE OF BENEVOLENT IN- all serve to swell the tide of huSTITUTIONS.
man happiness. The societies known by differ- There is perhaps no better ent names, which fall under the method of healing the unhappy general description of benevolent, divisions among different sects have indeed various and distinct of Christians, than that of divertobjects. But as rivers, which ing their attention from the comrun in different directions, all paratively unimportant points in meet and mingle in one com- which they differ, and fixing it
on objects of general benevo ciety for promoting Christianity lence, in which they can all amongst the Jews. Having lately unite, without any dereliction of heard of your work, entitled, “ Å their distinguishing tenets. The History of the Jews,” which you numerous institutions of a bene- cannot but feel a hope, that you
have published in America, they volent character, which embrace will be interested in receiving an Christians without distinction of account of a society, which has for name, are eminently adapted to its object the temporal and eternal improve the hearts of individu- welfare of that long-neglected and als, to eradicate sectarian preju- persecuted people. They have, dices, to diminish party spirit of their Reports, and such other
therefore, sent you herewith a copy and to unite in the bonds of mu
tracts as they conceive may be tual love and kindness, the pious pleasing to you, of which they beg and good of every denomination. your acceptance. It is thought that With these views of the ten- an edition of your work in England dency of benevolent societies, would certainly sell, and be very we shall ever be happy in de- useful. Should you have no objecvoting the pages of the Christian
tion to it, the Committee of the
London Society would prepare an Disciple, to give publicity to their
edition at their own printing-office. proceedings : with these views, This would probably answer better we sball now present our readers than importing a quantity of copies with an account of an Institution from America; but on this subject of recent date, which has taken we are anxious to hear your opithe name of “ The Female So- nion. The Committee indulge & ciety of Boston and the vicinity, hope, that, when you become acfor promoting Christianity among ceedings of the London Society, and
quainted with the design and prothe Jews.”
with the success with which the As early as 1809, a society God of Abraham has already blesswas formed in London, called, ed their efforts. you will not only “ The London Society, for pro unite with them in giving Him moting Christianity among the praise, but that you will be inJews. This society has now
duced to use your influence in exbecome large and very respect- citing your religious friends in Ameahle, embracing some of the first rica, to assist the cause, both by
their prayers and contributions. characters in Great Britain.
As the accompanying tracts will Having been informed of the give you every necessary informa* History of the Jews,” com- tion upon this important subject, I piled by Miss Hannah Adams, need not farther intrude upon you, the Rev. Mr. Hawtrey, Secre- except to subscribe myself, with tary of the London Society, ad- every good wish, dressed to her the following re
Yours, Dear Madam, spectful letter.
Joint Secretary to the London
Please to direct your replyI address you, by the desire of
Rev. C. Hawtrey,
London Society House, the Comunittee of the London So