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us, that has not in some of its branches, experienced effects E from this source, which caused the heart to bleed? If then there is any sense of moral obligation; if there is here any heart filled with the love of country; if there be any sense of the worth of the immortal soul, let us unite to aid this sacred cause. God has smiled upon it. It is on its way to success. It wants our resolution alone. All other evils grow by neglect. This will decline and die if we neglet IT. Let us inscribe on our breast this-the dictate of inspiration-" Touch not, taste not, handle not," and the work will be done-and deliverance accomplished.
From the Christian Mirror.
A QUESTIONABLE DOCTRINE.
A writer in the New York Evangelist for April 14, has this declaration: "Christ did not put forth his omnipotence to establish and extend his kingdom. It was to be built up by moral means."
That Christ's kingdom is built up by the instrumentality of moral means, is undoubtedly true. But is not the omnipotence of Christ displayed in giving efficacy to these means? And would they ever become effectual, unless they were accompanied by Almighty power? Is it not written, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power?" If this declaration is true, is not the omnipotence of Christ displayed in the conversion of sinners? And what saith the Apostle? "Who then is Paul, or who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered, but GOD GAVE THE INCREASE. ""But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the EXCELLENCY OF THE POWER may be of God and not of men."-"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the Saints, and what is THE EXCEEDING GREATNESS OF HIS POWER to us-ward that believe, according to the WORKING OF HIS MIGHTY POWER which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead." What are we to understand by these inspired declarations, if omnipotence is not displayed in building up the kingdom of Christ?
AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. Sixteenth Anniversary.-Thirty two new auxiliaries have beeen received, making the whole number 888. Bibles printed, 78,000, Testaments do. 78,500-156,000, in English, Spanish and French.
Books distributed 115,802, in eleven different tongues. Whole num ber issued by the society since its organization, 1,442,500. Receipt $107,059.
The boare are not able to report on this occasion, that every family in the United States has been furnished with a bible; nor is it probable they will ever be able to make such a report owing to the changing nature of our population.
The managers express on this subject great solicitude. Instances have occurred, where districts which were supplied four and five years since, have recently been found to contain from four to nine hundred households without the bible. Let it be remembered that wherever the members of a family can live without a bible, they are probably neglecting all other means of grace and fast hastening to destruction.
AMERICAN EDUCATION SOCIETY. Abstract of the sixteenth Annual Report. This society, including the Presbyterian Education Society has assisted the past year, 150 young men in 11 Theological Seminaries, 279 do. in 25 Colleges, 228 do. in 77 Academies, 15 do. under private instruction: Total, 673 young men in 113 institutions. Sixty seven are in 14 institutions in the valley of the Mississippi. The new applicants received the past year are 222; about 60 of the beneficiaries will be licensed to preach. Not far from the same number expect to engage in foreign missions. Amount refunded $1,312 77, making nearly $7,000 refunded in six years. Receipts for the year $41,927 15, of which $4,825 05 was on account of scholarships, and $37,606 10 for current uses. Expenditures $41,362 56, leaving a debt upon the society of $3,588 05. The amount earned the past year by the beneficiaries, in various ways, was $15,568. 56 men in seven theological seminaries, earned $3,282, averaging $58 each; 149 in 18 colleges earned $9,270, or $62 each; and 116 in 47 academies, earned $5,016, or $26 each. In 1827, the earnings amounted to only $6,000. The obligations of 24 individuals have been cancelled at their request. Of these, 19 are missionaries, 4 foreign and 15 domestic.
General Results.-Since the establishment of the society fourteen hundred and twenty-six individuals have been aided, They may be distributed as follows:-Foreign Missionaries, 26; Licensed to preach the gospel, now in this country, 460; Now under patronage, exclusive of licentiates, 620; Temporary employed as teachers, 70; Permanently employed as instructers, 30; The number who have died, is 46; Failed for want of health, 30; Unqualified persons, most of whom after trial were dropped, 50; Number entered other professions for various reasons, 25; Number about whom we have no recent information, 65.
Religious Denoninations in Canada.-People connected with the Church of England, 34,620; the Church of Scotland, 15,096; the Church of Rome, 403,472; the Methodists, 7,019; the Presbyterians, 7,811; Jews, 107; other denominations, 5,577.
Prize Treatise on Native Depravity.-A friend of evangelical truth has committed to my care $150, designed as a premium for the best original Treatise on Native Depravity. His object is, not so much to obtain a popular discussion of the subject, as one that is augmentative, and thoroughly scriptural, adapted to the use of ministers, theological students, and readers of the more intelligent class. Though the writers will not be restricted to any prescribed length, it is deemed desirable that the Treatise should be over, rather than under 100 pages, 8vo. The manuscripts must be presented for examination before the
first day of May, 1833; each being accompanied with the author's name in a sealed envelope, which will not be broken, except in the case of the successful candidate.
The judges selected to examine the pieces and award the premium, are the Rev. Presidents Griffin, Day, and Humphrey. E. PORTER. Theological Seminary, Andover, April, 1832.
P. S. Editors of religious papers, and periodical publications, are respectfully requested to insert this notice.
Remarks.-The subject is very important, but it strikes us as quite a novel expedient for settling theological controversy. Suppose the arbitrators should not agree? Or suppose the public should not agree with them?
Baltimore. There are 47 houses of worship in the city of Baltimore, viz: Roman Catholic 5; Protestant Episcopal 4; Associated Methodists 2; Presbyterian 4; Associated Reformed do. 1; Baptist 4; Methodist Episcopal 8; African do. 3; do. Fish street; German Lutheran 1. Eng. do. 1; Seamen's Bethel 1; Evangelical 1; German Reformed Calvinists 1; Friends 3; Unitarian 1; Dunkards 1; Missionary 1; Scotch Seceders, 1; Branch Tabernacle 1; New Jerusalem 1; Universalist 1. Total 47.
American Lyceum.-The second annual meeting of the American Lyceum, was opened at the City Hall, New York, on Friday the 4th inst. John Griscom, LL. D. in the chair, and W. B. Kinney, Sec'y.
After official reports, and preparatory business had been attended to, Mr. W. C. Woodbridge gave an interesting account of the Massachusetts Lyceum, and was followed by Rev. Mr. Going, on the Worcester Lyceum. A delegate from the Young Men's Society of New York, read an account of the character and objects of that association, containing much valuable matter. Dr. S. H. Pennington read a history of the Newark Mechanic's Institute and Lyceumn, followed by Mr. Hodges on the same subject.
The following gentlemen communicated information to the Lyceum in relation to the subjects mentioned: Dr. Weeks, on the New York State Lyceum; Professor Eaton, on the Rensselaer Institute; Rev. Mr. Baldwin, on the Illinois State Lyceum; Rev. Mr. Penney, on the Rochester Lyceum; Rev. Mr. Brigham, on the Marietta, Ohio, Lyceum; Mr. J. Holbrook, on new Lyceums and prospects in the Western states; and Mr. G. S. Wilson, on the Manual Labor System.
Many other interesting verbal communications were made.
Dr. Griscom and Professor Dewey, read highly valuable communications on subjects assigned to them at the last anniversary; and one was also read by the Secretary from the Hon. Theodore Frelinghuysen. Also one from Mr. Pigarro, of Baltimore, on primary instruction in Spain.
Dr. Keagy, of Philadelphia, read a very valuable essay on infant education; and Dr. Weeks, of Utica, on the inconveniences of the present mode of teaching English orthography. The thanks of the Lyceum were voted to the authors of all the above communications.
We have given, of course, a mere abstract of the proceedings. The meeting was conducted with an unusual degree of harmony and interest, and adjourned on Monday, having been in session three days. John Griscom, LL. D. was chosen President, Wm. B. Kinney, Recording Secretary, and Jonathan D. Steele, Treasurer.
Post Office Improvement.-On Monday, the 7th inst., a daily after noon mail was established, to run between Providence and T ton as follows:-Leave Providence for Taunton every day at 4 o'cl P. M., via Pawtucket, Seekonk Centre, and Rehoboth Village. Les Taunton for Providence every day (except Sunday) at 7, A. M. Rehoboth Village, Seekonk Centre, and Pawtucket.
The Salem Gazette states that Chief Justice Shaw has delivered the opinion of the S. J. Court, in session at Ipswich, in the case of Dr Murdock vs. the Trustees of Andover Theological Seminary, for a salary in favor of the Doctor, on the ground of illegality in the Trus tees' procedings in removing him.
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[Concluded from page 389.]
Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.—MATTHEW xi. 28.
Ir was proposed to consider,
I. What is implied in sinners' being weary and heavy laden.
II. What is implied in their coming to Christ. III. What is implied in the rest they find by coming to him.
Having considered, at some length, what is implied in sinners' being weary and heavy laden; I now come to consider,
II. What is implied in their coming to Christ.
There is a difference between their being weary and heavy laden, and their coming to Christ. This indeed is absolutely necessary in order to coming to Christ; but it is not coming, and finding rest. it may be asked, whether a sense of guilt, and of the divine displeasure, together with a cordial submission to the sovereignty of God, be not the same thing as coming to Christ, or accepting the terms of salvation? To this I answer, No. Coming to Christ implies something more than all this. And in particular,
1. It implies a just view of Christ in his mediatorial Character. As a divine person Christ bears the exact image of God the Father, and is really God. But as God he is not Mediator. The weary and heavy laden sinner sees no ground of hope in a holy and righteous sovereign. It is only through a mediator, that the penitent and submissive sinner can