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the change of circumstances, rejoins, “ Would it not then have been wise in St. Paul not to have written concerning such questionable gifts ?” with much more to shew that he considers the doctrine as a subject to be strongly insisted upon, and that Christians ought to be earnestly seeking and praying for the gift of tongues, the spirit of prophecy, the miraculous healing of the sick, and other extraordinary manifestations which, he maintains, are as truly a part of the Christian dispensation now as ever they were, and are only not common because faith is so rare and cold. We have not any reason to suppose that Mr. M Neile approves of the recent excesses to which E. alludes; we may have heard to the contrary : but our business is with document, and not rumour; and an unauthorised report of a sermon is not
a document which we can properly notice. We transcribe for the information of A. B., the title of a scarce folio volume,
published by Bishop Williams in 1660. It may shew our correspondent that there is some danger of mistake in political applications of prophecy.
“ The great Antichrist revealed (before this time never discovered), and proved to be neither Pope nor Turk, but a collected pack or multitude of hypocritical, heretical, blas. phemous, and most scandalous wicked men, termed of late the Rump Parliament, who killed the two witnesses of Jesus Christ, Charles I. and Archbishop Laud.” This was written a hundred and seventy-one years ago : will our posterity a hundred and seventy-one years hence think some of the temporary applications of the last twenty years one degree more satisfactory than our correspondent himself must think the above ?
SUPPLEMENT TO RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. We have read with much satisfaction the society's resolution respecting the gratuitous
loan of Bibles at the present season of expected pestilence and mortality, when, by the mercy of God, many hearts may, perhaps, be opened to receive its blessed admonitions and consolations. We would respectfully suggest to our readers whether in the anticipation of this large expense on the society's funds, as well as with a view to shew at this moment their unaltered and increased attachment to this invaluable institution, it is not a duty, at least for one year, for every subscriber who has it in his power, to double his subscription or to present a special donation, and to enlist new friends in behalf of its great and glorious object of making known to the whole world that Gospel which is able to make men wise unto salvation, through faith that is in Christ?
ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. This Number of the Reporter contains facts, candidly and mildly stated, which deserve the serious consideration of all our church societies, some of which are in a false position in regard to the West Indies, which the sooner they quit the better for all parties. We pass by the subject at present only with a view of recurring to it more fully hereafter. We strongly second the recommendation of Mr. Jeremie's most valuable and seasonable publication.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY. The society has chosen an excellent motto, “ Education intellectual and decidedly
scriptural.” May this be diffused throughout the world.
ERRATUM. P. 739, col. 2, line 14, after the word “omitting,"add, “ in the re-statement." It appears
to have escapedthe learned prelate till after the passage was printed, that Dr. Brewster had elsewhere noticed the circumstance.
Christian Observer for 1831.
DOCUMENTS OF RELIGIOUS AND CHARITABLE SOCIETIES,
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CHRISTIAN OBSERVER FOR 1831,
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RELIGIOUS & MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNICATIONS.
QUESTIONS DISCUSSED BY A CLERICAL
Is there any Scriptural ground for the distinction between the co
venant of redemption and the cove(Concluded from p. 720.)
nant of grace ? WHAT are the most important What efficacy may be expected
parts of the ministerial duty ? to attend baptism, and whereon does What is to be understood by the it depend? sealing of the Spirit ?
How far may the sacred language In what consists the sin against be considered as a proper model for the Holy Ghost ?
the phraseology of Christian minisThe nature and extent of filial ters? duty.
The duty and importance of puncWhat is the best method of ren• tuality in all our engagements. dering social intercourse profitable to What is meant by our Lord's deourselves and our friends ?
scending into hell? What are the present signs of The causes and cure of indecency the times with regard to this nation ? and irreverence in public worship. (1805.)
How far is it the duty of ChrisThe measure and means of human tians to associate with worldly people, happiness.
to promote their spiritual profit? What is the specific difference The nature and specific effect of between the faith of a nominal union with Christ. Christian and a real believer ?
In what way may we best ascerHas the offence of the Cross tain the motives of our conduct ? been increased by Evangelical and the uses which ought to be preachers ?
made of the discovery. How far can we infer future Whether the true fervour of devoevents in this life, respecting indi- tion be not necessarily in proportion viduals, from their moral conduct? to the true light in the understand
The nature and obligation of a ing. promise.
What are the peculiar obligations In what respects is the present of Christian parents, and especially state of the world adapted to our of ministers, in bringing up their moral improvement ?
children ? and what are the conseDoes Divine teaching lead men to quent privileges and obligations of the discovery of internal grace, or their children ? internal depravity ?
What are the causes of the preCHRIST. Observ, App.
vailing bodily infirmities of many What management should Chrisministers of the present day, and tians adopt towards persons who how may they best be prevented ? plead the weakness of their nerves in
Does the Spirit of God by the relaxation of Christian tempers and Gospel operate on the minds of men duties; and how far is such a plea to in producing moral effects short of be admitted ? sound conversion ?
How shall ministers best excite How far is it expedient for minis- and direct the active services of their ters to encourage private meetings respective congregations ? for religious exercises ?
How far may an unregenerate man What may we infer of the designs be said to see spiritual objects ? of God in the dispensations of his What is the ground of that dissaProvidence ?
tisfaction which so universally preHow far is the success of any vails among mankind ? ministry a criterion of its authority, What are the best means of bringthe truth of the doctrine, and the ing a congregation acquainted with Divine approbation ?
the Scriptures? Can political reasons justify the How may a minister ascertain the laying any general restraint on mar- path of duty with respect to calls to riage ?
occasional services ? What effect should the present What instruction may be derived posture of public affairs have on us from the supposed sensible interpoas Christians and ministers? (1806.) sition of spiritual agents ?
When a minister seems to himself What are the chief duties of Christo have exhausted all the subjects of tian ministers with respect to one the Christian ministry, what conclu- another ? sions ought he to draw from such a How far is it true that the Chrisstate of mind; and how ought he to tian life consists rather in desires proceed under it?
and aims than in actual attainments? The expediency of making parti- How should a Christian act to cular duties the basis of single ser- induce his friends and connexions to mons.
the practice of vital Christianity? What do the Scriptures reveal What is that line of conduct which concerning the future restoration of the present irritated state of many the Jews ?
of the India proprietors renders proWhat are the best bounds of ty- per to be followed by pious minispical interpretations of the Scripture? ters in the East Indies (whether
What are the temptations peculiar chaplains or missionaries) in relation to ministers, and the best way of re- to the diffusion of the Scriptures, sisting them?
or the exercise of their ministry? By what means may pious women (1808.) best subserve the interests of religion? What means can, and ought, an
May emulation be employed as unregenerate man to use in order to a stimulus in the education of chil- spiritual life? dren ?
What are the prominent errors By what means may individuals of the day, and the best means of promote the observation of the Chris- counteracting them ? tian Sabbath?
How far is the cause just to which What are the best evidences of Crantz attributes the success of the Scriptural attachment to a Christian Greenland missionaries ?-namely, minister ?
the simple declaration of the love of Is ingratitude a characteristic of God in sending his Son (afterpreachthe poor?
ing in vain, concerning the general How far is it the duty of Chris- attributes of God, and the doctrines tians in general to study the pro- of natural religion);—and how far is phecies?
it applicable to other missionaries,