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were worthy of very great regard, esteem and love; but what then? Their goodness can never atone for their faults, nor their correct sentiments counteract the pernicious influence of their false doctrines. The influence of a good man's example, on the side of error, is a thousand times more dangerous than that of a wicked man. The influence of the apostle Peter, when Paul withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed," was far more dangerous, than would have been that of an or dinary preacher of the gospel, and more especially of one, who was known to be, at heart, opposed to the fundamental principles of divine truth. The character of good men, therefore, should not shield them from an exposure of their dangerous er rors; and so far as these errors have influence, or are likely to prevail, these same good men, should be designated, while others are v arned against the dangerons tendency and pernicious effects of such doctrines. It is no mark of disrespect, to point out the errors of a good man, and to describe them in particular as coming from him. Paul, as we have already said, witstood Peter to the face, because he was to be blamed;' and afterward particularly descibed his error to the Galatians, calling him expressly by name. But, Peter did not consider this as flowing from any want of respect or affection on the part of Paul. On the contrary, when he wrote one of his epistles, he mentioned his beloved brother Paul,' with the utmost tenderness and regard.
We have the authority of the Bible for exposing and resisting false teachers, as well as false doctrines and false systems. The true prophets were always so personal in their preaching and remarks, as acurately to describe the character of false prophets, and to warn the people against their pernicious influence.They did this, not merely in general terms, or by describing various classes of men, but by designating individuals. As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so Moses withstood Jannes and Jambres. Elijah was personal in his remarks, in his conduct, respecting the prophets of Baal. Micaiah was personal in his remarks upon the false prophet Zedekiak and warned Ahab, and the people of Israel against harkening to his voice. The apostle Paul not only described the character of false teachers, but pointed out particular individuals, as an example. He called Hymeneus, Alexander and Demas by name; and warned Timothy, and others against the influence of their example and doctrines. In his epistle to Titus, he not only de scribed such corrupters, but charged him, that their mouths must be stopped.' The apostle John explicitly and personally condemned the conduct of Diotrephes, as well as the doctrines and example of others, who excited opposition to the sound doctrines of the gospel. But a greater than Paul, or John, or any of the apostles or prophets, the Lord Jesus Christ, was not ony very pointed, but very personal in almost all his preaching and instructions. He described characters, as well as doctrines, 30 that his disciples might know whom, as well as what he meant.
When he warned them against the leaven of the Pharisees and Saducees; they knew not only the sects, but the individuals of whom he spake. This was true also, when he commanded them 'to do not after the works of the scribes and Pharisees,' though they sat in Moses' seat. We have, then, the highest possible authority for opposing and resisting the influence of those who propagate error, as well as for describing and resisting the influence of false doctrines, nor can we do one, with any effect, without doing the other. The maxim, therefore, which we op-. pose, that those who propagate error must be let alone, is as false as it is ridiculous; and it is as contrary to the authority of the Bible, as it is to the dictates of common sense.
DUNBARTON, N. H.
This town is situated southwesterly, ten miles from Concord. It is rather elevated, composed of good land, cultivated generally by good husbands.
This place has been highly favorded by the Lord; having repeatedly enjoyed the special influences of the Divine spirit in revivals of religion. More than forty years ago, a Church was formed upon a strictly evangelical and orthodox Confession of Faith and Covenant, and the Rev. Walter Harris, D. D. (a pupil in theology of Rev. N. Emmons, D. D. of Franklin, Mass.) was ordained over the church. Doctor Harris has been universally known as one of the most uniform, clear, plain, strictly orthodox preachers in this region. At, or near the time of his ordination, God blessed his own word, a revival of religion commenced, and extended much beyond any thing usually enjoyed in a town of that number of inhabitants. Much the greater part of the principal men in the town, became hopeful converts, and united with the church. They having a pastor perfectly competent to lead them in the right way, and the church being united in a Covenant and Confession of Faith purely Congregational, they now commenced their christian course of conversation and conduct upon gospel principles. Their discipline has been in all cases strictly according to Christ's directions in Matthew 18; 15, 16, 17. This divine command, and only correct principle of discipline they have followed uniformly in all instances, where discipline was necessary in the church, to the present time. For more than forty years, this church and people have been favored with sound orthodox preaching. Dr. Harris has never shunned to declare all the counsel of God, whether sinners would hear or forbear. He has not barely said that the Gospel scheme embraced the doctrines of total depravity, regeneration by the special influences of the Holy Spirit, perseverence of saints, election, reprobation and divine decrees, and many other important doctrines of revelation; but they have been preached, explained, enforced and repeated, plainly and fully, till they were understood, not only
by the church, but speculatively, by the whole society. The happy consequences have been these; there have been five or six revivals of religion; and in no instance, we believe, has there been any difficulty among the young converts in deciding what doctrines were essential to the gospel scheme. As soon as they had experienced a change of heart, they were so well indoctrinated, that they were immediately ready, on making a profession of religion, to unite all their influence with the church in supporting the doctrines and discipline of the gospel. Here is the advantage of orthodox and doctrinal preaching; they are the means which God blesses for the conversien of sinners, and as soon as they are converted, they immediately commence that growth in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, which prepares them to be the lights in the church here below, and to shine as stars of magnitude in heaven. It is not with them as it is with professed converts in many other places, who are not able to determine for three, six or twelve months whether the heart is totally sinful or not, or whether regeneration is the special work of the Holy Spirit or not, or whether the doctrine of election is taught in the Bible, or is the invention of man. No; they have always speculatively believed these doctrines, and now they love and grow upon them.
Two or three years since, in consequence of ill health, Dr. Harris asked a dismission, and Rev. John M. Putnam has been installed over the church, who has been blessed with special attentions to religion that have brought between 50 and 60 into the church, which now consists of more than 200. The church is now well informed in doctrine and discipline, making constant progress in the divine life; truly a light set upon a hill worthy to be observed by all around them.-N. H. Observer.
DRESS IN A DYING HOUR.
A young lady about twenty had been born to a rich inheritance, and was the only child of parents, who were doatingly fond of her. In a fashionable education, nothing was spared to make it complete; but dress was the idol of the mother's heart. The daughter was gay, and answered all the mother's hopes, in making a display in the fashionable world. But the hour of sickness came-it was a dreadful hour, for it was a fatal one-it was the consummation of all earthly hopes. The minister was called in. He talked of death, judgment and eternity. She had never heard such language applied to her, and she trembled, but her reproaches she turned upon her mother. In the dying hour, she called her to her bed, and asked for her garments. When they were brought, she looked upon her mother, and emphatically said, With these you have ruined me. You never once told me I must die, but taught me that my errand into this world, was, to be gay, dressy, and enjoy the vanities of life, What did you-what could you mean?
go to church, but
You knew I must die, and go to judgment. You never told
POPERY. Decline of Papal Power.-For some years a remarkable opposition has been manifested in Germany, to the doctrine and authority of the Romish Church, and a preparation seems to have been made for another reformation in this You have doubtless heard that cradle of the Protestant faith. the Catholic Priests Grocer Lindi, and others, have publicly renounced Popery, and embraced the pure and true gospel. In Austria, whole parishes have thrown off the yoke of the Romish Church, in Prussia, and in other countries of Germany, the tendency towards a reform is daily becoming more apparent, and in the Dutchies of Baden and Nassau, several hundred priests have presented petitions for the abolition of the celibacy of the Romish Church. In all these cases, it is worthy of particular notice, that the Bible has been at the foundation of the movements, the study of this having prompted to the measures which have been pursued.
To the cheering facts referred to above, we may now add that in the kingdom of Bavaria, nearly the whole population of a large village have recently separated themselves from the See of Rome under the guidance of their spiritual pastor. This event has produced some sensations in Germany.
It is probable that this is only the beginning, and that the new reformation will extend more, not only in the province of Bavaria, but in different countries of Germany. The power of the pope is undermined every where even in his own states. The people even there have revolted against him. The sovereign pontiff, Gregory XVI. has published a fulminating bull in which he excommunicates several thousand persons in the Territory of St. Peter.
N. Y. Obs. Corres.
Temperance Meeting.-The N. Y. State Temperance Society have recommenned the twenty-sixth of February next, as the day for a simultaneous meeting of the Temperance Societies and friends of Temperance, in all the cities, towns, and villages, throughout the United States. We hope the day will be universally observed.
old Old People.-There were found in the United Siates during the late census, 2954 persons who were one hundred years and upwards.
ORDINATION. On the 26th inst., ordained as Pastor of the Congregational Church at Hebronville in Attleboro' and Seekonk, Rev. CHARLES SIMMONS. Rev. Otis Thompson offered the Introductory Prayer, and read a portion of Scripture. Rev. Alvan Cobb preached the Sermon. Rev. Jacob Ide made the Ordaining Prayer. The Charge was given by Rev. Thomas Williams. Rev. Moses Thatcher presented the Right_Hand. And Rev. Thomas T. Waterman offered the Concluding Prayer.
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