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Next to our exertions to pre- ciated with pity, there is great vent intemperance should be our danger, that we shall be driven efforts to remedy the evil, where to language, which, instead of it exists.
being adapted to the reformation This, it must be acknow- of the offender, will provoke his ledged, is a difficult, but, blessed resentment, discourage bis cf. be God, it is not an impractica. Corts, or harden his heart. Such ble task. A few precious in- a mode of treatment cannot be stances of reformation from this judicious. vice must be within the recol- Let us rather convince such a lection of every observing per- one, that we feel tenderly alive
to his reputation, that we take The language often employ- a deep interest in his welfare, ed upon this subject is either too and that the methods we employ presumptuous, or too despondent. for his recovery are dictated not It is too presumptuous, when so much by anger or contempt, recovery from intemperance is as by a real regard to his best represented to be so easy, as to good. Let some prudent friend, relax the efforts, which are in- who shares his full confidence, dispensable to the accomplish- and bas access to his heart, be ment of the object. It is too chosen to remonstrate with him, despondent, when amendment is in a spirit of love, on the part considered as entirely hopeless, which he is acting, on the grief, and no encouragement is there- which his conduct is occasioning fore given to the attempt. his dearest friends, on the injury
Against each of these ex- which he is bringing on his retremes, it becomes us with equal putation, on the inevitable ruin, caution to guard.
which threatens his worldly afA severity of remark and re- fairs, and on the awful retribuproof in relation to this vice, is tions of eternity, which await in like manner, often used, which the incorrigibly impenitent.is equally unfavourable to the Let him endeavour to impress hope of its cure.
his mind with the conviction, A confirmed sot is indeed one that reformation, to be effectual, of the most nauseous and repul- must be speedy; and that, if it sive ohjects, which can be pre- be not immediately undertaken, sented to the imagination. It is it is hopeless. Let him not leave impossible to contemplate such a the unhappy person, till he has character without mingled emo- obtained from him a most sotions of disgust and irritation.- lemn promise, in writing, that by But if these feelings be not asso- the grace of God, he will, from
this moment, take no liquor ca- Great numbers have failed to pable of producing inebriation. effect an entire reformation by
This is one method of refor- binding themselves to abstain mation, which has, in some in- from intoxicating liquors only for stances, been blessed. It is not a limited time. A striking fact pretended, that this precise mode to represent the inexpedience of would be judicious in all cases. such a resolution, occurs in an Let the nature of the remedy be address* before the Massachuwisely adapted to the circum- setts Society for suppressing instances of the person to be re- temperance. “ A miller, in a formed.
paroxism of intemperance, fell One reflection must for ever be into the stream, and with diffiborne in mind, that there is no culty was recovered. The first such thing, for any length of moment of sanity he improved in time, as a partial reformation pertinent reflection upon his danfrom this vice. It must be im- ger and deliverance, and in a mediate and total, or it will be solemn oath not to taste of spirit futile.
for forty years. The oath was In proof of this, the appeal sacredly kept. It is painful to might be safely made to every add, that he relapsed, on the day one's observation. In confir- of his jubilee, and died a sot be mation of this remark, the ce- tween eighty and ninety years lebrated Dr. Trotter of Great of age. Had the resolution been Britain, who has published per- for life, he might have been haps the best treatise, which saved." has ever appeared on the ubject It is equally absurd to fix upof intemperance, has made the on some future period, as, for declaration, which cannot be example, the beginning of anotoooften repeated, nor too deeply ther year, to commence reformaimpressed, “With drunkards, my tion. This is a mere temporary opinion is, and confirmed by delusion, which the mind prac-, much experience, that spirits IN tises upon itself, and which fails EVERY FORM ought at once to be not to be made manifest, when taken from them. WHEREVER I the time of trial arrives. have known the drunkard effec- There can further be no hope tually reformed, he has AT ONCE of a remedy, while those, who abandoned bis potation.”
are addicted to a free use of Let not the opinion then be spirituous liquors, continue to for a moment indulged, that re- visit places, where their habit formation from the inordinate was formed, or has been indulg. love of strong drink can be par- ed; and, especially, while they tial. Such a delusive expectaassociate with those, who have tion has occasioned more abor- been their partners in indulgence, tive projects of amendment, than who will not fail to ridicule their all other arguments united. purposes of amendment, and who
* By the Rev. Abiel Abbot of Beverly, June 2, 1815.
will try every possible method to wicked, and go not in the way overcome their scrupulous reso- of evil men.
Avoid it; pass lutions. How important then is not by it; turn from it; and pass the caution of the wise man. away.” “ Enter not into the path of the
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CHRISTIAN DI SCI PLE.
A CONSTANT READER.
Reverend and Dear Sir,
barrassment, and ruin threaten The people of Lancaster, in 'us, if his presence and blessing, the county of Worcester, have go not with us, to the work! begun the erection of a large and Why are ye cast down, 0 ye elegant brick Meeting House.- desponding christians, and why
believing that the religious pub- is your soul disquieted within lick will find satisfaction and en- you
!” tertainment in the perusal of the
Review the Jewish history.-address, made to a numerous col- of one temple only is the record lection of citizens, on laying the transmitted to us, that it failed corner stone. I have received in the execution. The erection from the Reverend gentleman, of this was permitted by the who delivered it, a copy, which apostate Julian, under the mask I transmit for publication in your of moderation, and in the exervaluable work.
cise of a spirit, hostile to the
christian interest. The unders July, 1816.
takers were an unbelieving race, Address of the Rev. Mr. Thayer, their progenitors, in crucifying
who approved the madness of to an assembly, convened to wit
the Lord of glory. As a just ness the laying of the corner frown of divine providence upstone of a house for worship,
on the motives which projected now building in Lancaster.
this enterprise, and upon the My Christian brethren and friends,
unbelief of those who were emA variety of interesting ployed in the execution of it. thoughts, crowds upon the mind “ while they were removing the of a christian community when rubbish, formidable balls of fire, entering on the work of build- issuing out of the ground with a ing a temple for religious wor- dreadful noise, dispersed both ship. The individuals are in the works and the workmen, and danger of being oppressed and repeated earthquakes, filled the borne down by a consideration spectators of this astonishing of its magnitude. They read, phenomenon, with terroui and
except the Lord build the dismay." house, they labour in vain that Cast your eye over Christenbuild it.” What disgrace, em- dom. Where will you find the
people, who in the spirit of love houses, if the house of the Lord and from respect to the Redeemer lie waste,” and in ruins, it is "began to build, and were not proof of the universal correctable to finish ?” The truth is, ness of moral sentiment, that it is an ordinance of heaven, that there will be but one report reevery thing connected with re- specting them. It will be a comligion gathers strength and in- mon observation, and it is as just sures prosperity by prosecution. as it is common, that their moral See it in whatever relates to the taste is debased, and that they christian spirit and character. have a lukewarmness and supineWhere is the individual disciple, ness in religion, which forebode who began a spiritual edifice on a general spiritual decay. On the foundation, besides which the other hand, by due solicitude
can lay, even Jesus for the temple of God, so far as Christ, and was not prospered in the favourable opinion of the rearing it in all its comely pro- world is to be prized, the worportions, elegance and beauty! shippers will have a ground of See it in the erection of houses confidence, that their publick for divine worship. Where is spirit, their moral and christian the people however poor, or small character, will be in high estimain number, who engaged in ear- tion. nest in this business, and did not It may also be noticed as one find their courage and ability argument, that the building of make equal progress with their such a temple, as the inquirer work ? I say not these things, contemplates, will have a favourbecause extraordinary symptoms able operation on the secular inof depression are manifested by terest of a people. The towns you. 1 say them to invite your in this immediate vicinity, in continued trust in the protection which union prevailed in their and blessing of heaven; to es. previous measures, are interesttablish you in the belief that the ing examples of the success of work is the work of God, and the experiment. Their neighthat if you are faithful, he will bours perceive and do them the make it to prosper.
justice and honour, to proclaim; Limited knowledge may put the candid and judicious amongst some on the inquiries : what in themselves are forward to acjury will accrue to a town, from knowledge, that the projection indifference to its house of wor- of, and entrance upon this work, ship ? What advantage may be gave animation and vigour to a expected from building a sanctu- spirit of diligence and enterprise, ary, which shall unite elegance It is equally apparent, that there with simplicity? I am prepared has been a gradual and continual to meet and to answer these ques- growth of their reputation and tions.
wealth. The reputation of the town is There is a still more solid ardeeply interested.
While the gument. The dependence of inhabitants “ live in their cieled reasonable beings, on sensible
objects for intellectual and moral extravagant, no sacrifice unreaprogress, is matter of general be- sonable, by which these great lief. We may then infer the in- objects may be secured. You calculable benefit, in a religious may with safety be told, that view to all classes, particularly while with proper motives you to the rising generation, which are employed in erecting “a may be expected to result from a habitation for the Most High,” decent attention to houses of you are building up a character; worship.
you are advancing your tempoThese are motives which are ral interest; you are preparing worthy of being called to your yourselves, and you are assistremembrance. Set a christian ing your children in their prepavalue on the recompense of re- ration for “a building of God, a ward which is held out to en- house not made with hands, etercourage you. No labour will be nal in the heavens.” too assiduous, no expense too
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR, WITH EXTRACTS, FROM THE CHRISTIAN
tain class of christians. These Being a regular reader of your are, an excessive fondness for useful magazine, and fully ap- high and mysterious doctrines; proving its laudable design, in an almost exclusive regard to the promoting a spirit of brotherly doctrine of the imputed righlove among christians, I feel a teousness of Christ; an intemgratification in presenting to you perate eagerness after comfort in some extracts from a recent num- religious ordinances ; an averber of the Christian Observer, sion to distinct statements of which, as most of your readers Christian duties; a great desire know, is a valuable English pub- to be told of perseverance; a lication of what are usually de- love of fanciful and ingenious nominated orthodox sentiments. interpretations of scripture ; an These are liberal and enlighten- estimate of the piety of others by ed remarks, and in perfect uni- a comparison of it with their own son, I bilieve, with the princi- as a standard; and a desire to ples of the Christian Disciple. infuse their own sentiments into The extracts are from an essay the minds of others, instead of “ on certain practical errours referring them to the word of among professing christians." God. Yours &c. S. A. “ Are the deep things of Cod'
to be discussed in every sermon ? “ Let me be allowed, then, to Is one office of Christ to be repoint out what appears to me to garded, to the exclusion of other be the prevailing errours of a cer- offices ? Are happy feelings the