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to decline the charge of singularity, "Where two or three are gathered todid it really fall upon us for acting up gether in my name, there am I in the to the dictates of plain duty, were the midst of them.' He seizes with avidity part only of cowardice, and of a double the sacred opportunity of family wor. mind. But I must deny that it is sin- ship, for fixing, both in himself and in gular at all amongst those whose exam. all belonging to bim, those kindred disple, or whose opinion on subjects of positions towards God wbich are our religious practice, are of any weight. best incentive and guide to love and So far from this, I would boldly say, harmony amongst each other. He values that amongst persons duly aware of the at once the duty itself, and the bappy importance of practical religion, and effects attending its performance." pp. feeling for the souls of their relatives 58-61. and inmates as for their own, the nego lect of family prayer were indeed the This entire sermon is so excellent highest and niost unwarrantable singu. that we are at a loss whence to larity. The great Archbishop Tillotson make any further selection: our has strongly remarked; “The setting up of the constant worship of God in our readers, 10 do justice to it, must families is so necessary to the keeping read the whole. We limit ourselves ap of religion, that where it is neglected to the author's picture of a family, I do not see how any family can in rea- distinguished by the favour, and son be esteemed a family of Christians, earthly presence, of the Saviour. or indeed to have any religion at all.' And one greater than any uninspired “ And may I not remark, my brethteacher bas commanded us; Thou shalt ren, in drawing my observations to a teach' these things diligently to thy close, what would be the comfort of children, aud 'shalt talk of them, when families, what would be the strength of thou sittest in thine house, and when the domestic tie, ard the sweetness of thou walkest by the way, and when domestic happiness,' that only bliss thou liest down, and when thou risest of Paradise, which has survived the fall,' up. And thou shalt write them upon
if this delineation of Christian duties the posts of thy house, and upon thy might form even in a remote degree a gates.'
just picture of our own households ?“The true Christian will, I am per. See the faithful Abraham. While he suaded, be fouud in the practice of commands his children, and his house. that which has had the concurrence of hold after him to keep the way of the the wise and good in every age of the Lord,' he is blessed with a son, who church; nay, which the very example shews a pattern of obedience to all sucof ancient heathens might be adduced ceeding generations; and who is ready to confirm. He will devoutly acknow. to yield even his life at his father's will. ledge the God of his fathers in family See him further blessed with the conju. worship. He will see no reason what. gal affection of his obedient' partner ever for expecting from God a continu. in life; whose daughters they are, who ance of his domestic blessings, without to the latest posterity shew forth the the stated domestic returns of praise same chaste and enduring qualities, and prayer. As in private he would ex. and walk in the steps of the devout press his private wants; and his public Sarah. In the same family was the ones, in public; so in the family he will trusty Eliezer, Abraham's steward; supplicate for family favours. Do child whose recorded prayer, on an interestren desire the safety and preservation of ing occasion, well displayed the lessons their parents; or parents, the health and he bad learned at home; “O Lord God welfare of their children? Are the mem of my master Abraham, I pray thee, bers of a household mutually interested, send me good speed this day, and shew that each in the morning should go forth kiudness unto my master Abrahain.' in strength to his respective labours, Instances of a like nature might very that they should meet in peace after readily be multiplied : nor, in perusing the toils of the day, and repose at night the history of the good Centurion of in a blessed security from the perils of the text, though contained within nardarkness? The Christian openly avows row limits, could we err in imagining to the obligation, to ask of God, iv presence ourselves the , calm cheerfulness, the of each other, these common blessings voice of joy and health in the dwelling He relies on the promise of his Saviour of Cornelius, encompassed by his devout household, and gathering around him, different religious persuasion might, in pious converse, "his kinsmen and mutatis mutandis, apply to his own pear friends.'
circumstances. As an illustration " In the history of our blessed Lord of this remark, we refer to the folHimself, amongst many sad and sicken
lowing passage. ing tales of His unworthy reception, we read of one family in which He was a welcome guest. • Jesus,' we are told, betray harshness and pride towards any
“ He (that is, the Christian) will not loved Martha, and her sister, and who differ, in whatever shades, from Lazarus. He was often with them, and
his own profession. He will not refuse joined their social meal. What must
the land of Christian fellowship, far and have been, we justly think, their peace wide, in plans of general benefit. He at home; what their heavenly con
will be too strongly, though humbly, converse, their warmth of heart, and glow fident of his own stability and that of of sympathy and love in such society! his church, to fall into mean suspicions, And yet, is it not possible for us to have and needless jealonsies. He will be gethe same spiritual blessing on our own houses? May we not call down the pre- spect. His will be a' charity,' which
nerously watchful, and openly circumsence of the same Jesus? Has he not in at once rejoiceth in the truth,' and yet most condescending terms assured us, thinketh no evil.' Above all things, he • If a man love me, he will keep, my will desire a return, or must I rather sayings ; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make say an approach, to that state of things,
which not even Apostolical times could our abode with him? How much do we in letting go such a friend, such an in the same thing, and there shall be no lose in neglecting his gracious offers, fully exemplify, when, in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ, we shall all speak mate, from our hearts and our dwellings!
divisions amongst us; but we shall be what tender mutual regards, what joy, perfectly joined together in the same what peace do we lose, what an anticipation even of heaven itself-of which, union, most heavenly concord; when
mind, and the same judgment.' Blessed when Jesus could give no higher de
shall its reign commence amongst Chrisscription to his disciples, he called it
tians? Even so, come, Lord Jesus! his Father's house, painted as it were
come quickly.'” pp. 86, 87. its domestic joys, and said, ' In my Father's house are many mansions: I But what most pleases us in the go to prepare a place for you.”” pp. 64 discussion of this subject is, that --66.
the author does not represent the The next Sermon presents us religion of the Church of England with “ the Christian in his church," as consisting of a certain set of abor, as the author explains it, « in stract principles distinct from the the exercise of those virtues which realities of life. It might have been become him as a churchman." And suitable enough, in a « concio ad here, whilst Mr. Hoare has evinced. clerum,” to dilate upon our Articles an honest preference towards his of faith, their fulness and consistown communion, and does not ency, and their agreement with the scruple to avow that in his opinion letter and spirit of the Scriptures; the Church of England “ exbibits but in writing for ordinary Chris to the world a code of ceremonies tians, such a line of discussion was no less remarkable for the simpli- less called for. Here then we have city of their structure, than the truth divested of its abstract and dignity of their origin,” or boldly didactic form, and are enabled at to ask where can we find error avoid- once to see our own conformity or ed, and excellence retained, better contrariety to its dictates. Here than in our own sacred institutions ? we bave principle carried into acbe still maintains and inculcates an tion, and action supported by prinenlarged charity towards those who ciple. Here we have an exbibition differ from him, and, avoiding all which the mind can realizė, which controversial views of the subject, connects immortal hopes with virhas said much that a person of tuous energies, and the gift of salvation with the work of faith and length; and, though they may not the labour of love. It is worthy, be among the best specimens in the however, of remark, that on the volume, yet we should pity that inan sacred record exclusively the author who could rise from the perusal rests the claims of our church to of them uninterested or unedified. the veneration of her members. The author has a right to be heard, This may be clearly seen in the fole were it only for the moderation of lowing admirable extract.
hix sentiments. As little the advo" It would be impossible shortly to
cate of the austerities and retirestate the wild confusion which has ever ment of a cloister, as of indiscriensned from the proposal of any other minate intercourse with the world ; infallible standard, (ihan that of boly as much the friend of the innocent Scripture); or from vainig resting human endearments of life, as an enemy to opinions on the authority of supposed its worthless amusements, its unapostolical traditions. We know but of hallowed pleasures, aud its anxious one apostolical tradition; and that is, overweening cares; he speaks with the sacred record of the inspired word of God; in which holy með of old,'
the authority of one who has seen and Evangelists in later days, spake a's and mastered the difficulties of a they were moved by the Holy Ghost' question which has led so many In appealing to that, and that alone, persons into opposite extremes. we are safe. And our own venerable Treating the subject on general church, while she appeals to the holy principles, and understanding by Scriptures alone, ‘as furnishing the is the world” “ those prevalent proground and test of every doctrine she pensities, maxims, and practices, maintains, every rite she practises, to which our natural corruption too every form of sound words she devout.
generally leads, and which gather ly utters, may be justly considered, as • built upon the foundation of Apostles strengils from the universal example and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself be. we see around us," -he at the same ing the chief corner-stone.' Let us well time admils, that there is a conappreciate, my brethren, the value of siderable difference between the a church founded upon her calm, and world as it now is, and as it was rational, and stable principles. Let us in the early times of Christianity, view at once, her scriptural foundatiou, yet not such a difference as can at her pions and primitive saperstructure. all weaken the obligation to rise Then we shall be at no loss to discern above both its spirit and its practhe communion to which the enlighten- tice ; since sin, ihough less openly ed Christian will be satisfied in attaching himself; or in whose services he will patronized, and more restrained rejoice to receive the words of eternal than in the days of heatheuism, has life.” pp. 79, 80.
still the ascendency over the great The three Sermons which fol- the present day is less apparent:
mass of mankind. The danger in low next in order, are entitled, The and therefore, like a sunken rock, Christian in the World; upon which is the more to be guarded against. topic the author has bestowed so This last position is well illustrated large a share of attention, from the in the following passage. consideration that the greater portion of our life must be spent in “ We have already remarked, that discharging the duties of our daily the circumstances under which the calling. He has divided ibe subject Apostle addressed his Roman converts into three separate branches, namely, differed from those of our own day. non-conformity to the world; the The Christian Church was then separatunion of devotion with activity in
ed from the world by a line of demarbusiness; and the maintenance of cation broad and deep, as that which a peaceful spirit becoming the sub- darkest shades of ignorance and error.
separates the purest faith from the jeels of “ ihe Prince of Peace.” Miraculous gifts farther marked the Each of these be has treated at character of the rising church. It was, in fact, a more distinct, spirited, and mischievous currency; constituting a priestly community, ` an holy priest- temptation to worldliness adapted to bood;' of which the several members each particnlar state of society; as, were called to a wider separation from amongst the Jews, the potion of a formal their fellow-men, and to a more intimate and pharisaical righteousness-amongst communion amongst themselves, than the Gentiles, the practice of idolatry, present circumstances allow. Now the with every tenet of a carnal and debasbad and the good are less discernible ing superstition-amongst ourselves, too from each other. And, if the Christian ofteu, a proud reliance on the suffici. more cantiously on this very account ency of human reason; the boast of a abstains from a world by which he may sceptical philosophy on one side, or of be easily deceived, still he does it in a a prond and supercilious bigotry on anspirit of the purest candor. He would other. Hence those contagious vices, desire to view all as brethren in Christ which belong respectively to youth, Jesus, the subjects of Divine care and manhood, and okl age-to youth, the heavenly instruction. He flies not the sins of vanity, and fleshly pleasure-to presence of his neighbour : but he will manhood, those of self-interest, a cal. avoid his vices and his vanities, in a culating covetousness, or a headstrong spirit caught from the great Saviour ambition-to old age, that of a still livof all--a humility that despises none, gering attachment to the passing objects å charity that embraces all.” pp. 115, of time and sense. In a high station 116.
are found luxury and display; amongst
the lower ranks, discontent, intemperNor is the view which the author ance, dishonesty.--Who, my brethred, takes of the sin of worldliness less in passing through the various scenés important; and the manner in which and states of life, has not experienced ibe charge of guilt on this head is the temptations of the world, and deepbrought home to all, is at once
ly participated in a worldly spirit? To simple and convincing. Without whom has not the siu of the multitude, entering into an elaborate state- ed the incitement at ovce of an evil
appropriate to his own condition, offers ment to prove that the world is that nature, and of corrupt example?" pp. great idol at whose abrine we all 105, 106. are disposed to pay a sacrilegious homage, he plainly and emphati
In the last sermon on this subcally says of it, that, “ coinposed ject the author skilfully contrasts of sinful individuals—for all have an ostentatious display of religion sinned, and come short of the glory with the too common error of being of God,"—the world is in this re- ashamed openly to avow it. And spect pronounced by our church, whilst he does not scruple to trace a“ wicked world," and is even de the first of these evils to great scribed by the Apostle « as lying obliquity of judgment, if not great in wickedness." After subjoining
dishonesty of beart, he gives the a remark on the too visible propen
following able exposure of the sity of all men to be absorbed in opposite one. temporal and worldly objects, and “ Others we see, and those much more shewing how these evil inclinations frequently, carrying the appearance of are encouraged and confirmed by being ashamed of their principles.-It almost universal example, he makes would seem that certain, under a spethe following legitimate deduction. cious pretence of avoiding an impru
dent or affected profession of religion, “ Hence arises, in all its overwhelm will in secret consult their fear or love ing force, that universal sin of worldlic of the world, at the expense both of the ness, which takes so many various and fear and the love of God. Base and alarming shapes. Hence, a predomi. dangerous extreme! that of daring to yant preference of things temporal, and act against the dictates of conscience, in visible, and earthly; with a correspond. order to escape the slew of being more ing disbelief, or forgetfulness, of things righteous than their neighbour; and, future, invisible, and eternal. Hence by a species of unnatural hypocrisy, to those prevalent opinions, which in dif. pretend the wickedness at which they ferent periods have severally gained a secretly shudder, and disclaim, or at CHRIST, OBSERV, No. 244.
least conceal, the piety of which they to the aged or dying. But when owo the obligation.-But, my brethren, the same persons or their friends if we have really a discreet sense of the
are brought into these circumhonour of religion; if we desire to avoid stances, religion is often found 10 the impatation only of an ambitious, be as unwelcome to the dying as to selfislı, and hypocritical profession; then let us adopt a test in which there can be the living; and is as much banished no error, Let us shew forth at least a from the couch of decrepitude, and charity that never faileth; a milduess the bed of pain, as from the scenes under provocation; a meekness of wis- of ease and enjoyment. The padom, – that • wisdom which is froin tient's death must not be acceleabove, and which is first pure, then rated, or bis last moments dispeaceable, gentle, and easy to be en
turbed -no apprehensions of dantreated, full of mercy and good fruits, ger must be exhibited, and no . without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Here there can be no deception; insensibility to his eternal inter
altempt made to remove an entire and if here we still, through passion, or pride, give no proof of a religious soul, ests;—nay, the most winning tenwhat must be the conclusion, but that deroess and wakeful sympally are we shew no religion, because in truth we perhaps employed, however uncon, have none; and that, whilst we are en- sciously, in nothing better than joying the favour of the world, whose smoothing the ruggedness of that spirit we foster, we hope on most falla declivity by which a friend or relacious grounds for the favour of God, live is conducted to the abyss whose Spirit we repel?" pp. 177, 178.
of darkness. Thus, in truth, the We have now arrived at the last world, with a fearful pertinacity sermon in the series, which repre- and consistency, would exclude at sents the Christian in death; and all times, and under all circumif his superiority to the man of stances, the serious consideration the world has been hitherto plainly of eternity, and the all-important marked, here it rises to its greatest duty of making our calling and height-and when all human re- election sure. sources fail, and when darkness In opposition to this common deand dismay bover over the dying lusion, our author has endeavoured bed of others, his lasi moments are 10 introduce a sense of accountacheered by the bright prospects of
bleness 10 God inlo every period, iinmortality. It is an affecting and every circumstance, of life. feature in the character of a large He, however, particularly excels in part of society, that religion, shewing the necessity of religion as
a subject of any interest, a preparation for death, and how is excluded from every age of litile can' be dove in the few or human life, except that of child- the many hours of languor which hood; when a few hymns and the often precede our immediate exit Church Catechism are taught as a from this morial state. Our readmatter of course. But by the lime ers, we are sure, will be gratified the child has become a youth, and with the following extract on this ihe passions are beginning to shew subject. thenselves, the subject is dropped: « Whatever be the life we lead, none, it is feared, perhaps, that so grave I believe, is so lost to reason and humaand gloomy a topic may damp the nity, as not to desire a peaceful close at ardour of youthful energy, and pre- the last hour; as not to wish, at least, pare him as a man to be an enihu- then to look backward without remorse, siast or an ascetic. It is banished and forward without dismay; and to
realize the well known wish of the too from ordinary conversation as an unwelcome intrusion upon the busi
inconsisteni Balaam, “Let me die the ness or pleasures of life; and the end be like his. Fatal, however, and
death of the righteons, and let my last apology is pleaded for its absence, but too common inconsistency! to desire That such subjects are beller suited the end of the righteous, without pre