« AnteriorContinuar »
ence to Jesus Christ, and to the any of his promises fail. O, earnest. brethren, and to the Holy Bible. A ly pray that the Lord would make few there are that inquire for truth, me, and all Christians more fervent and come often to the prayer meeting in prayer, and more diligent in the on Friday evening. There are like- use of means, and graciously crown wise two other converted Jews here, our endeavours with success, that Iswho are already members of church. rael may be saved with an everlasting cs.
I also correspond with three salvation. Amen! I conclude, my other converted Jews in this kingdom. dear brother, wishing you all the asA few weeks ago, we received a sistance necessary for your studies, very pleasing account of the conver- and much of the life of God in your sion of a Jewish family in Holland. soul. Please to remember at the A father, mother and 13 children. throne of grace, dear brother, your Bless the Lord, O my soul, the Lord affectionate brother in Christ, hath not forgotten Israel, nor shall
C. F. FREY.
On the 5th inst. were ordained at as Missionaries, to be employed by Westfield (Mass.) Messrs. Royal the Hampshire Missionary Society, in PHELPS and NATHANIEL DUTTON, the new settlements at the westward.
lege, where he is understood to have This worthy servant of Christ continued more than three years. He departed this life at Ipswich, on finished his collegiate studies the 25th of February, and on the Dartmouth, and was there graduated 28th his remains were interred with in 1772. In 1775 he was ordained, abundant evidences of unfeigned re- and commenced his missionary career. spect and Sorrow. A funeral dis. He continued it while any thing could course was delivered by the Rev. be done. He went to the southward, A sahel Huntington, in which the in- and afterwards into Canada. But the teresting character of the deceased convulsed state of the continent at was justly delineated, and with a sensi. that period, obstructed his progress, bility, which well agreed with the oc. and left him at liberty to settle where casion. The bereaved flock “ did him Providence should open a door. In honour at his death,” by every decent 1775 he came to Ipswich; and on preparation and arrangement for the the 7th of Feb. 1776, succeeded the funeral, and by their liberality to the venerable Nathaniel Rogers, in the mourning family. He has left a sor- pastoral care of the first church and rorful witlov, two daughters, and a congregation in that town. Great son, now Tutor of Harvard College. harmony attended his settlement, and
Mr. Frisbie was born at Branford, has continued, generally, ever since, in Connecticut, April, 1748 ; and at much to the honour both of pastor and the age of 16 or 17 years, being con. people. They are witnesses that he sidered as a pious youth, and of approved himself, for thirty years, an promising talents, was taken under unexceptionable evangelical preachthe patronage of the Rev. Eleazer er. They will remember the many Wbeelock, with a special view to the important messages he has brought missionary service. To this he wil. them; and that seriousness of manlingly devoted himself. His studies, ner, accompanied with a lively coneven at school, were directed to this ception, and an easy natural expres-, work partly at Lebanon, which was sion, which rendered him entertain. then the residence of his patron, and ing as well as profitable. His prayers partly at Bethlehem, with Dr. Bella- were not less edifying than his preaching. He gave himself to the minig. For tenderness' to the character of ty; went to it with prayerful de- ' others, he was remarkable. pendence on divine help; read much, In his friendsinips, he was sincere thought much, conversed much ; so and faithful ; much endeared in his that his profiting was more and more domestic relations ; upright in all bis visible. God in great mercy has, at transactions. He had a tenderness different periods, blessed his labours; of conscience, which often made him more especially between the years diffident of himself, but gave confi1798 and 1801, when numbers were dence to others. added to his communion. In the The loss of his family and flock is church he presided with gravity and great. The vicinity are greatly be. humility. In his catechisings and vis. reaved. His next neighbouring brother its to the sick, he was tender and af. mourns deeply the loss of such a friend fectionate. He wept with them that and companion. His brethren lament wept. At large, among his people, him. The Society for Propagating be displayed the heart of a friend. the Gospel have in him lost a worthy And as be was easy of access to all, member. Zion at large will mourn. so he had a facility in gaining access But to him, it is believed, that death to all, and adapting himself even to is a blessed release ; distressing afchildren. His conversation, beside friction having attended him for six being instructive in religious things, months past. Thanks to free grace conveyed much general information. through a Redeemer, “there re. He waspleasantly sociable, and he was maineth a rest for the people of guaried. In the moments of great God;" a crown for the faithful serest relaxation uncommonly innocent.vant.
The Editors give their subscribers with this number, by way of Appendix, a part of a late Treatise, entitled “ Thoughts on the Trinity,” by the Bishop of Gloucester. The remainder will be given with the next number; and the parts may be separated and put in a pamphlet, or preserved and bound with the numbers of the Panoplist, as an appendix to the volume, at the pleasure of the purchaser,
The Editors are induced to add this scarce and valuable tract to the Panoplist, gratis, for the double purpose of manifesting their gratitude to their subscribers, for their liberal patronage, and of furnishing them with light on a subject peculiarly interesting at the present time, from the pen of a distinguished scholar and divine. We earnestly invite the serious attention, both of our learned and unlearned readers to these seasonable and weighty “ Thoughts."
We are obliged to the Correspondent, who forwarded us an interesting sketch of the Life of Mrs.Sarah Porterfield. We wish, as he was long person. ally acquainted with this eminent and tried saint, that he had annexed a brief account of her death. We request him still to do it, and when it is received, the sketch shall be published, either in the Panoplist, or in a separate tract.
B. T. on “ the Divinity of Christ the ground of the Christian's hope," also T's Extracts, shewing the sentiments of Dr. Doddridge on the subject of Christ's Divinity, shall appear in our next Number.
With pleasure we shall gratify the wishes of A Friend in republishing in the Panoplist the life of that humble and excellent Christian, Mrs. A. Hodge, late of Philadelphia.
The Correspondent, who sent us the lines on the Death of Mr. Whitefield, bas our thanks, and shall be gratificd.
On the 6th of March, 1519, cline him to this compliance. If, Luther wrote his letter of sub- after all, his conduct cannot be mission to the Pope. The style justified, the utmost that can be is so humble, and even so abject said is, that, in this instance, he in some instances, as to subject has left a monument of human him to the charge of timid in- weakness, which should teach us consistency, and over-stretched the danger of listening to the accommodation. He would be blandishments of favour, or of indeed inexcusable, had his being awed by the menaces of knowledge of the characters of power. Had not Rome been the papacy been as extensive and more imprudent in rejecting, impressive as it afterward was : than Luther was in writing this but though he saw that the su- submission, the Reformation, if premacy which the Pontiff's arro- not nipped in the bud, would, at gated to themselves, was not least, have been checked in its founded in scripture, he still re- growth, and never, perhaps, have garded with fond affection, and waved with such luxuriance, or superstitious veneration, the au- extended its salutary shade over thority of the decrees of coun- so many regions of the earth.* cils and the canons of the church. But while Leo shut the door of Besides, the influence of the caresses which he had received, * Si Moguntinus, a principio, cum the solicitations of Miltitz, the
a me admoneretur ; denique, si papa, remonstrances of the Elector, et bullis suis sæviret, hoc cepisset
antiquam me non auditum damnaret, the fear of schism, and the hope concilium, quod Carolus Miltitius of terminating a portentous cepit, et statim compescuisset Tet. struggle in the bosom of the zelianum furorem, non evenissit res church, could scarcely fail to in- in tantum tumultum. Luth. Oper. Lat.
in Præf. tom. 1. Vol. I. No. 11.
reconciliation, by refusing to mere circumstance of extensive sanction the labours of Miltitz,' or rapid propagation is in itself and sought the counsel of his no proof of the truth of any docbigoted dependants, and ghostly trine, the celerity with which parasites, how to punish the inso- Luther's writings circulated lence of the Saxon monk, several through Germany, France, Itacircumstances concurred to en- ly, England, Hungary, and Polarge the views, to invigorate land; the eagerness with which the courage, and to animate the they were perused by every orhopes of this persecuted Reform- der of the people long blinded by cr. The death of the Emperor monkish legends, and long fetMaxirnilian, by reducing the tered by human authority ; the vicariat of Upper and Lower approbation, which they receive Saxony, under the jurisdiction ed from men of understanding of the Elector', during the in- and virtue, and the opposite terregnum, increased his power, characters of those, who rejectand by the protection which it ed and vilified them, could not afforded Luther, induced many, but confirm his attachment to the who had in secret embraced his cause in which he had engaged sentiments, more openly to de- But the circumstance, which clare themselves his friends. had the most powerful effect, The character for wisdom which was the more attentive examinaFrederic possessed, made them tion of the doctrine of scripture, suspect that Luther deserved to concerning the supposed power be countenanced rather than op- of the Romish See, to which he posed ; and led them to court was led by a publication of Echis acquaintance, as well as to kius in defence of the Cordeexamine his opinions and ad- liers, whose arguments in supmire his courage. Wittem- port of indulgences, Lather had berg was crowded with visistors silenced not only by contrary arfrom the most distant provinces, guments, but by threatening to who united with the inhabitants expose their ignorance and liof the suburbs in giving thanks centiousness, if they persisted in to God, that their city was be- defaming him. To the thirteen come a second Sion, whence the propositions of Eckius, Luther beams of gospel truth were scat- opposed an equal number; the tering on the nations.* He was last of which was the boldest also encouraged by the commen- and most important. Eckius dations of Erasmus, who, though maintained the divine right of cautious, timid, and temporising, the papal supremacy. Luther, was an enemy to the indolence
on the contrary, asserted, that and licentiousness of the Roman this supremacy had no better clergy, expressed his abhorrence foundation than the decrees of of their malice against Luther, the popes themselves ; was oprejoiced in the success of his posed by scripture, by the histodoctrines in England, and ex. ry of eleven centuries, and by horted him to candour and mod- the canons of the first council of eration. Farther, though the Nice. He received an addition
Beausobre, p. 165.
Ibid, p. 178.
al stimulus, by the consequences tions ; but when the clamours of a controversy that was public- of the assembly obliged him to ly agitated at Leipsic, on the lay them aside, Eckius supportsubject of Free-will. Andrew ed his side of the question with Rodenstein, surnamed Carlosta- greater eloquence and plausibilidius, from the place of his nativ- ty than his opponent.* ity, was professor of divinity at After the dispute had continuWittemberg, and had embraced, ed for six days, during which to a certain extent, those views the superior brilliancy and acuteof divine truth, which his col- ness of Eckius dazzled the mulleague and companion was zeal- titude, and seems to have affordously promulgating. Eckius, ed a temporary triumph to the one of the most eminent cham- enenties of the Reformation; pions of the papal cause, had es. flushed with imagined victory, poused sentiments concerning and ambitious of meriting the human liberty, very different favour of Rome, by defeating her from those maintained by Car- most formidable enemy, he challostadt, and proposed that they lenged Luther to enter the lists should have a public disputation of controversy with him. Conon the subject. They met, ac- trary to the advice of his best cordingly, at Leipsic on the 27th friends, who rightly suspected of June, and immediately pro- Eckius of the most insidious deceeded to the trial of their met- signs, Luther, after receiving a aphysical and scholastic skill. safe conduct from the Duke, The subject in dispute was the readily took up the gauntlet, power of the human will in the which Eckius had thrown down. work of conversion. Their The combat began on the 4th of manners and character were as July, and was maintained for ten opposite as their doctrines. The days with uncommon ardour, one was haughty, vehement, im- and without intermission. It patient of contradiction; the turncd on the thirteen proposiother was modest, calm, patient tions already mentioned ; the areven of reproof. Eckius made ticles of purgatory, indulgences, the boldest assertions, and sup- repentance, and the power of ported them by innumerable absolution, were successively agquotations, which an uncom- itated; but the principal part of monly retentive memory enabled the dispute concerned the founhim to command; Carlostadt dation of the supremacy of the advanced nothing without ad- Roman See. This last was, inducing his authors, and did not deed, the point for the discussion admit his adversary's quotations of which Eckius had proposed without the most rigid examina- this conference; hoping either tion,
“ Eckius," says Beauso- to ensnare his adversary by apbre, “ had the advantage over parent concessions, which might Carlostadt in fluency of expres- lead him to a more open avowal sion, and Carlostadt over Eckius of his heretical opinions, or to in candour and solidity.” As force him to take refuge under long as he could make use of sophistical evasions, which would his books he convicted Eckius of rash and unwarranted asser: Beausobre, p. 134-190.