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invulnerable air; but it has pierced his beart, his understanding, his conscience'; and in each it has left a wound that cannot be healed, the anguish of which is only inflamed by vain arts to assuage it; for the more he sbuns the recollection of the things that alarmed brin, the closer they haunt him; and the very attempt to forget the words, indelibly fixes them in his remembrance. In bis distress, he seeks pleasure where formerly he found it, but he finds it no more; he seeks rest in unbelief and obduracy, but rest is no more there :his peace is slain; the world can never again be to him what it has, been ;-happiness and repose he must possess in Religion, or renounce all prospects of either for ever.
Toen, and not till then, when every refuge of lies has failed him, he lays hold of the hope set before him in the Gospel, and in bitterness of soul exclaims, “ What shall I do to be saved ?"_The answer is nigh unto him; he finds it in the very page that condemned bin ;-"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Thus the man who hut a short time ago was a slave to the god of this world, is the Lord's free man.”_" If the Son make then shall ye be free indeed.” When religion takes bold of a man's heart, he becomes a new creature ; old things are passed away, behold, all tbings become new : :-he will
with Joshua, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord;" and with David, " as long as I live, will I praise my God.”
Family prayer will be attended to, the Bible will be read with diligence, and with prayer. Instead of spending his evenings at the ale-louse, as perhaps be once did, he comes home when his daily calling is over, rejoicing in the goodness of God in preserving him and his fainily through the day, his children will be trained up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord: so that by means of these sınall Religious Tracts a radical change is effected; and this change proves beneficial to the family and to all around. The Lord blesses them; they live in peace and harmony; for godliness hath the promise of this life, and of that which is to come. Their earnings, which were before very inadequate to supply the wants of the family, are now enough and to spare; so that they experience what the wise man says:—"Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her parks are paths of peace.”
The Committee, 'in sending forth this brief address, encourage themselves in the hope of seeing many Societies of this kind formed. They earnestly recommend to their brethren of other manufactories to take into consideration the importance, utility, and advantages of such societies : and would rejoice to see every factory or work-shop have a Religious Tract Society established in it; for, unquestionably, the good order of a shop, where there are employed perhaps from ten to two hundred men, greatly depends upon the religious and moral character of those men; and if such societies as these were adopted in every town, city, or village, our country would be universally benefited; and instead of beholding, as we now do, shops open on the Sabbath-day, and the proprietors going
on with their business as on other days; public houses filled with persons who ought to be at home with their families; goods exposed for sale in the streets to the annoyance of every reflecting passenger; and all in defiance of our excellent laws; we should find that every article necessary for the use of their families would be purchased on the Saturday, that the sacred day might not be profaned, and those persons with their families might then go to the House of God.
Masters, feeling the importance of these truths, would pay their men as early on Saturday evening as convenient, and that not at a public house ; for by the former the industrious wise would have an opportunity of regulating her weekly concerns in time, so likewise by the latter the busband would be exempt from paying out of his earnings, every Saturday night, a certain sum for beer, which is a most baneful practice, and injurious to the whole family; for it is well known, that men have frequently spent a considerable part of their earnings before they have left the tap; which sufficiently evinces the impropriety of such a practice. The committee therefore trust that, under the blessing of the Lord, this humble attempt to do good to their fellow-creatures will not be in vain ; but thaț, like a great river, it may run through the whole land, fertilizing the soil; that the inhabitants of the earth may learn righteousness.
PARENTAL FAITHFULNESS REWARDED. [We have solicited permission to publish the following letter received by a Clergyman in a neighbouring state, from his own daughter, as it exhibits at once the efficacy of Divine grace in subduing the enmity of the natural beart, and a most gratifying instance of the reward which frequently attends parental faithfulness and persevering prayer.]--Boston Recorder.
October 26, 1918. I hope, my dear father, you will pardon the manner 1 now take of communicating a desire which presses with much weight upon my mind. Though fully sensible of iny own unworthiness of such a privilege, yet it is my most ardent desire to prosess my faith in that Redeemer, who, I humbly trust, has permitted me to hope in his boundless mercy. I have been waiting in silence, hoping that you or some one would introduce the conversation ; but thus far have waited in vain, and considering it criminal any longer to conceal from you my real feelings, have resorted to pen and paper as the easiest method of conveying my ideas on the subject. So evidently does it appear to be my duty that, with your approbation, I wish next Sabbath publicly to devote myself to the service of that God whose I am and whom I will serve. You will probably wish to know when my mind was first seriously impressed. Living, as I have, in this highly favoured land of gospel instruction, I can never remember the period when I have been destitute of some serious reflections; the thoughts of death and judgment ever alarmed me, and though I endeavoured to avoid such glooiny ideas, yet amidst the gayest hours of my life, they would point like daggers at my peace. Oh, sir! I have frequently exhibited a “face of pleasure with a heart of pain." The deaths of my dear brothers I considered as warnings of the uncertainty of life, yet bad no heart to improve the solemn admonition. I knew, yet never felt that I was a sinner. I knew not that I possessed such a heart of opposition to God and the friends of God, as experience has convinced me I did. Nor was I ever sensible of feeling opposed to Christians, because they were such, until the last awakening. During the awakening I was absent, yet aster I returned home a number were admitted into the church, and then I felt distressed. The last winter I passed in B., after ny cousins M. and S. experienced religion, I found it very difficult to conceal my contempt for the part they had acted, and my opposition to every thing of a religious nature. Respect for my parents and friends operated as a restraint upon my mind, for I was ashamed to expose myself.
Last season at F. I. I bad many, very many solemn reflections, circumstances tending to produce them; and, finally, to quiet my conscience, I resolved, if ever I returned home, to attend immediately to religion. But alas! I had still to learn by sad experience the deceitfulness of my wicked heart. My resolution disturbed me at times after my return, but as I felt no inclination to attend then, still deferred it. At the time the awakening commenced at W., it aroused me from my lethargic state, and the death of my friend S. L., about that time, I conceived to be a warning to me" to be also ready." Here too the sovereignty of God excited my opposition—brother G. was taken, and I felt myself neglected, for I thought myself equally deserying of the Divine favour. The visit at W. served to increase my hatred for every thing of a religious nature; for my own credit I dared not act out all the feelings of my sinful heart. I shudder while adding that some of the persons who there addressed us in meetings were objects of my derision; though conscious they were right, and in my heart I envied them their
happiness. My visit in B., though it served to divert my mind, afforded me no pleasure. And when at my return I found sickness had arrested one I esteemed, an additional weight seemed to oppress my mind. But what I then riewed as an affliction has since appeared an infinite mercy. Oh yes, sir, I now find that “ of all my mercies this stands the highest that my heart has bled." My heart has been so awfully hardened that neither judgment nor mercies could heretofore make any impression; and can I call that an affliction which in mercy was intended to show me the vanity of terrestrial happiness, and break those ties which fastened me to earth, that henceforth they might be fixed on heaven? For by this affliction I was led to see the necessity of an interest in Christ, of equal importance for him and for myself
. Though at times, through the summer, I could appear inattentive to the concerns of eternity, and resisted the strivings of the Holy Spirit, and disregarded the invitations of a dying Saviour, yet every sermon I have heard has been as a dagger at my heart. Yet still I was unwilling to accept of salvation on the terms of the gospel. Never was I so sensible of my enmity to God as the Sabbath you preached from these words, “They hated me without a cause." I felt that I did hate God, and was left without excuse; I knew I had violated his law, and must suffer the punishment of my sins, without accusing any one but myself. I knew, I felt, that God would be perfectly just in making me for ever miserable, and I could not feel willing to surrender myself into his hands. Nor did I, until the following Friday evening, when I trust I was made willing to renounce my own righteousness, to surrender inyself unreservedly into his hands, to be disposed of at his pleasure, for time and eternity. The only hope I could expect would flow from the cross of a dying Saviour, and at the foot of that cross I resolved to perish, interceding for mercy. Then I think I first felt peače, and was willing, yea happy to cast all my cares upon God, and leave my friend with him, knowing that “ He was able and willing to save," and in view of every anticipated scene of affliction, to know no will but the will of heaven. Here I have looked, here I trust I have found support through the most trying scene of my life. I have now done with happiness below, and all I wish is to perform my duty with conscientiousness, to rely on Christ as my Almigbty friend, and be in continual preparation for that happy hour which shall release from earth and transmit to a better, brighter world, your truly affectionate daughter,
ORDINATION. On Tuesday, the 23d of February, Mr. John E. Miller was ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry, and installed as Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Chester, N. Jersey, by the Presbytery of Jersey-Sermon by the Rev. John Ford, of Parsippany, from Romans x. 17. The Rev. Cyrus Gildersleeve, of Bloomfield, presided, and gave the Presbyterial Charge to the minister. The charge to the people was delivered by the Rev. Barnabas King, of Rockaway, The concourse of people on this occasion was unusually great, and the exercises peculiarly solemn and interesting.
ON THE UNREASONABLENESS OF INFIDELITY. To reject the Gospel because bad men pervert it, and weak men deform it, and quarrel about it, and bigotted men look sour on others, and curse them because they do not agree in every titte with themselves, displays the same folly as if a person should cụt down a tree, bearing abundance of delicious fruit, and furnishing a refreshing shade, because caterpillars disfigured the leaves, and spiders made their webs among the branches !
THE PROFANE SWEARER REPROVED. A lady, on her way from Edinburgh to Glasgow, in the stage coach, was very much annoyed by a young military officer, whose conversation was interspersed with oaths. The lady sat very uneasy, till she could no longer keep silence. "Sir," said she, to the officer, can you talk in the Galic* tongue?” To this he replied in the affirmative, seemingly with great pleasure, expecting to have soine conversation with the lady in that dialect. The lady then politely desired him, if he wished to swear any more, that it might be in that language, as the practice of swearing was very offensive to herself and the rest of the company. The officer was quite confounded at this smart reproof, and no more paths were heard from hiin during the remainder of the journey.
NOTICE OF THE EDITOR.
To the Subscribers of the Christian Herald. The Editor of this publication having been prevented by sick ness from completing the present number of this volume sooner, he hopes bis subscribers will exercise due indulgence towards him for this delay, as well as for that of the subsequent number, which will complete the 5th volume, should his continued sickness retard the issuing of that for a few days. He takes this opportunity of announcing to his subscribers, that he will cease to edite the Christian Herald after the termination of the present volume, and that he has found an intelligent printer of this city, who bas promised to continue it on the same plan, principles, and terms on which it was formerly conducted, and whom he affectionately recommends to the present subscribers of the work, as a person worthy of Christian patronage. Various reasons have prevented the Editor from announcing his intention sooner to the subscribers, and his present weak state will not permit him to do it more fully at present; but no disadvantage can possibly result to the subscribers, who may have known in time this arrangement; and to the few, especially to those few at a distance, who may have paid in advance, they will be entitled to have their money returned, or have it paid over to the Editor of the next volume.
The above was dictated by the Editor on the Sth of the month: on the 3th, in the morning, he departed this life,
The last number of the volume, as above promised, will be prepared and furnished to subscribers,
* The language used in the north of Scotland.