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rill at the fountain bead, runs not far before il becomes useful ;-a little farther and it rolls along in a broad and rapid stream, and astonishes the beholder, and makes him unwilling to believe, that such an expanse of water could flow from a small and insignificant source.
(10) ---CAN A MORE PERFECT EXAMPLE BE FOLLOWED THAN THAT O. CHRIST? --
“I came down from heaven, not to do "mine own will, but the will of him that sent " me.”—If Christ was not at liberty to follow · his own inclination and will, in the great work inposed upon him, how can any of his followers be at liberty to do as they like, in the spiritual work they have to perform? If this was the language of Christ, during his whole ministry, "not mine, but thy will be done;" and if his words and actions always corresponded, ought not his followers to endeavour to imitate his perfect example?-It is not in one thing only, but in every thing we are to try to imitate him.-When men know the will of God, they have no longer any choice, they must do it like Christ they must say, “not mine, but thy " will be done;" and not in any careless neglia gent manner, they may choose, but exactly as God has directed.—Like Christ, they are also to endeavour to bring others out of their er: rors and corruptions, to do the will of God;
indifference and apathy belong not to real chris : tians. " Thou sawest a thief, and in not exert. “ing thyself to prevent, his injuring thy neigh,
bour, thou consentedst unto his crime,” was a reproach, that an upright Jew, under the law, detested and avoided. To speak well of the " covetous, whom God abhorreth,” is an offence, and shows how careful christians ought to be, both in what they say, and what they do. But should we poti be guilty of a greater offence thau this, if we were perfectly silent, when we saw around us a multitude of persons, calling themselves christians, continually breaking the second commandment, and perverting the doctrine of Christ? Well then, would not our conduct be crimival in the sight of Heaven, if we shewed these very persons special favours, upon their application, or rather demand, and thus not only cobsented to, but encouraged them in their iniquity : Can any one therefore, justly charge us with oppression and injury, when we take up Christ's words against such persons;-or, condemn us, for imitating his example, in preventing them from entering his temple, and defiling it with images and pictures, as the Jewish apostates polluted the house of God, with the tables of money changers and usurious transactions, forbidden by the law ? Which will be most beneficial to the interest of truth, and of the world, -to describe the character of the false worshipper in the inanner.it deserves, or to make no remarks whatever upon
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It is generally thought, there is at present, more deism, scepticism, and atheistical notions amongst the higher classes of people in Europe, than there were forty years ago. There must be some cause for this.-When men discover they have been deceived, they feel indignant with those, who have imposed upon them.--Io matters of religion the passions are easily enfla med; and imposture detected, leads to angry separation of former friends ;-it also frequently produces other effects:-- from being too creduJous, men are apt to run into the opposite extreme, and believe nothing: -and because they have been deceived, they are inclined to throw off every thing like religion, and to suppose the preachers of it only 'actuated by interest, and a wish to hold the human mind in bondage Rome has practised great impositions in her religious ceremonies, and has much to answer for, as regards the irreligion just mentioned. Since the event took place in France, which
amazed, alarıned, and set all Europ: jr: a flaine, who is unacquainted with the strange religious opinions that have sprung up, and for a time, had their admirers?-If the fall of the tenth part of the great city, produced by the earthquake mentioned by St. John, “ opened the graves of some “witnesses,” by its violent shock, and “ gave them life again," it cannot be denied that other witnesses were rouseil into activity by the tremendous slock, who propagated visionary opinions, and brought rational piety and seriptural seriousness into dišrepute and contempt.-The citizens of the great city, more than others, enrolled theinselves under the banners of these false witnesses, and by their wri tings and actions shewed their mean opinion of their ancient faith, and that they had thrown off the restraints of principle, virtue, and every kind of religion.—.
It has often, and truly been reinarked, that the behaviour of people in trifling occurrences, betrays their real characters; on great occasions they are upon their guard, and wear a mask nicely made, and exactly fitted to the face. It is usual, I believe, each day previous, to the commencement of the business of the state for a minister to read the service of the church of England, in the upper and lower houses of parliament. One of the claims of the Roman catholics is, to be admissible in parliament:-But, how would a catholic reconcile to his conscience, the joining in such a religious
service, not only once, but day after day for several months together? Would a protestant of information and principle, under similar circumstances, covet a seat in a legislative as sembly of Roman catholics? If a catholic should take bis seat in either of the British houses of Parliament, will he not virtually conform to the service of the Church of England? Curiosi: ty may occasionally carry a person into a Sy. nagogue, but that will not make him a Jew": It for some emolument and benefit I find the same person, regularly at the synagogue, I shall consider that he has either changed his religion, or conforms to the Jewish ritual froin inotives of interest, and consequently that he is defici. ent in principle.—And, if catholics are répresentatives of the people, and regularly attend their duty, they must either change their relia gion, or take up the language of the Syrian captive, and say, “when ambition, or worldly "interest carries me into the British senate “house, where the heresy of Protestantism is “ each day promulgated, and I bow myself in “the service of that hateful religion, then 0 “Lord, pardon thy servant in this thing". The prophet replied very properly to Naaman, "go in peace.”—His commission was confined entirely to Israel ;-and therefore, as he had nothing to do with it, he makes no remark upon what be said relative to his future conduct, or upon his false worship.-The Deity had permitted Elisha to cure him of his leprosy, to