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a trifle and the soul inestimable--as take place in the feelings of persons, though the world was fleeting and emp- and especially of opposers, in respect to ty, and the religion of Jesus was all them. In seasons of excitement on in all ; and how could they pass away other subjects, there are usually diffetheir lives in a manner more truly rent parties ; and party lines, once reasonable or laudable ?

drawn, in most instances remained unWhen persons look back upon their altered. Or if there are changes in refeelings and conduct, in seasons of high spect to a few individuals, these changand strong excitement on other subjects es are brought about gradually, and are besides that of religion, they common- easily assignable to natural causes. ly think of them with pain and re- But in revivals of religion, the case is gret ; and it is their sincere desire that often very different. Here indeed there they may never be left to feel so again. are commonly parties—there are opBut do those, who have passed through posers of the work—there are those a genuine revival of religion, and been who do every thing in their power to themselves the happy cubjects of it, put a stop to it, and bring it into disdo they ever look back with sorrow credit and comtempt. And it not upand pain upon the course of conversa. frequently happens, that these very tion and conduct which they then persons are arrested in the height and pursued. Do they ever afterwards violence of their opposition, and in the regret their feelings at such a time ; course of a few days, or hours, their or desire, or pray that they may feel feelings undergo a total change. Inso no more ? On the contrary, do they stead of opposing the work, they benot, in all subsequent life, remember come entirely favorable to it, and deeptheir feelings and conduct during the ly interested and warmly engaged for revival with great satisfaction? Do its continuance and support. They are they not consider the loss of such feel- made to feel that it is a reality, and ings as a heavy loss ; and the declin- begin with others, to weep and to beg ing from such a course of conversation for mercy. Their pride is humbled, and and practice as a most unreasonable de- their enmity slain. Their hard hearts clension ? And is it not their desire are broken at a stroke, and their reand prayer that they may be revived proachful lips begin to speak forth the again and again experience the blessed. praises of the living God. Thus it was ness they enjoyed in the day of their es- with Saul of Tarsus ; and thus it has pousals ? This shews, that the feelings been with hundreds and thousands of persons, in a season of revival, will since.

God manifests in this way that bear looking al, when the excite- the work is his own, and that there is ment is past—that they are highly no such thing as effectually interruptreasonable in themselves—and that ing it, in opposition to his pleasure and they prompt to a most reasonable and power. proper course of conversation and con- 5. It may be added, that revivals of duct. In this respect, therefore, which religion are distinguished from all other is a cardinal one, revivals of religion cases of prevalent excitement, hy the are widely distinguished from all other permenancy of those impressions which cases of strong and prevalent excite- they leave on the mind, and the unment.

alterable change which they produce in 4. They are also distinguished from the character. Other cases of exciteother cases of this kind, by the sudden ment do not leave such impressions, or and surprizing changes which often produce such a change. Events may occur, in Providence, which rouso up once loved, and delighted in, he now the minds of people to a strong and detests. And this new character, general excitement. Something may which he assumes, he never loses. It take place, for instance, which calls continnes-it may be with some interforth a general burst of indignation. ruptions—but on the whole with inBut, in this case, persons do not re- creasing evidence, till be dies; and main indignaut forever. he storm then it continues forever. Here then passes over, and all is again calm. Or we have a decisive characteristic of something may take place, which ex. religious revivals, and one by which cites an universal feeling of joy. But, they are widely and gloriously disin this case, the tide of joy quickly tinguished from all other cases of exebbs, and things revert to their former citement whatever. They leave perstate. Or something may take place, manent impressions on the mind, and which becomes the common topic of in- produce a great, and happy, and end. terest and of conversation. But neith- less change in the character. It is this er respecting this, whatever it may especially, which stamps revivals of be, do persons think or talk forever. religion, as the work of God. It soon grows stale, is dropped, and In view of the remarks here submitforgotten. And in none of these cases ted the readers of this paper will know of excitement, are the characters of the how to estimate the opinions of those, persons affected essentially altered. If who would place revivals of religion they were saints before, they are in the same class with cases of strong saints afterwards; and if they were and prevalent excitement co other subsinners before, they are sinners still. jects. They will be satisfied, I think, But in a genuine revival of religion, that they cannot thus be classed, nor persons receive impressions which they can they be accounted for in the same never lose. A change is produced in way. They are attended by several their characters which is radical and manifest and important traits, which eternal. They are suddenly arrested render them as distinct from most other in their career of vice, of vanity, or of cases of prevalent excitement, as wisworldly pursuit; their thoughts are dom is from folly, or religion from sin, turned almost wholly to new subjects; which indeed elevate them as far atheir feelings receive a new direction; bove those other excitements, as the a new aspect is given to their whole heavens are above the earth. Such characters, and this is perpetual. It are the appearances which accompaexists, not for a day, a week, a month, ny them, that they can in no way

year; but in every case of be accounted for, but by attributing genuine religious excitement, it is per them to the special power of God.petual. The person affected becomes, to the special influence and agency in the strong language of scripture, of the Holy Spirit. These are the best new creature." "Old things have pass- reasons, therefore, why all Christians ed away with him, and all things should desire them, and rejoice in them have become new." He contemplates —why they should pray for them, and almost every object around him, with labor to promote them--and why they new eyes. He has new thoughts, new should think and speak of the frequent feelings, new motives, connexions, and revivals, which are distinguishing and attachments, new hopes and fears, blessing the present age with the sorrows and joys. What he once liveliest gratitude, and the sincerest kated, he now loves: and what he praise.





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To the Editors of the Utica Repository. 2. Let feeble congregations be

REMEDY FOP. " A SERIOUS EVIL. aided by such as are able. I do not Gentlemen :

believe, gentlemen, that the evil, Through the medium of the Bos- of which “ Observer” very justly ton Recorder, I have seen some complains, is altogether with minstatements respecting a serious isters. I believe that our Presbyevil” in the Presbyterian Church. teries and able congregations must Whether the evil is confined to bear a part. It was an ancient that church is not the question.— rule, that “ the strong should bear That it exists there, I do not doubt. the infirmities of the weak ;'' and That a remedy is needful will be Paul says to the Corinthians, - I admitted. Whether I can point would not that other men be easout a remedy, or apply it, in any ed, and you burdened, but that measure, I do not certainly know; there should be equality.” but I will do the best I can. Per- minister should be willing to mit me, however, to say, that, be- preach the gospel to the poor, to ing myself comfortably settled, not ride in the woods, to settle any waiting for the death of Dr. where, and do all the good he or the removal of Mr. I can; so should his brethren in the have no personal interest, or con- cities, and villages, and able concern, in the business. All I wish gregations, sympathize with him ; is to see ministers as useful as put out something of their abunthey can be, and congregations dance to aid and encourage bim, freely and ably supplied. As a and also excite the rich and the remedy for the evil I would say, liberal, and the pious members of

1. Let every minister or licen- their congregations, to aid the tiate be constantly employed. To patient and laborious minister this all agree. But how can it be among the poor. This is the effected ? It is the easiest thing genuine spirit of domestic missions. in the world. Never go to I see no reason, gentlemen, why place without being invited. - my brother should go and spend But what if I am invited to none ? all his time and talents and strength Then take your axe, or your flail; among the poor ratherthan myself, as fully satisfied that you have mis- unless it be this, that he is better taken your calling. For if you qualified for that work, and I for are truly called by your master another. This is a good reason.-to preach the gospel, he will find If it be so, I see no reason why he a place for you, without your should bear the burden alone, transgressing a single rule of de- when I am able to help him. Is

Go to the first place you there any ? Should love to Christ are invited to, and continue in and to the church, and to the souls that place doing all you can for of men, move him to this service ? Christ, for the church, and for Why shonld not the same love the souls of men, till you are fuls move me? Should he be willing ly satisfied it is your duty to go to to preach the gospel to the poor, another place. But at any rate, because of this love shed abroad be always employed, whether you in his heart by the Holy Ghost? receive any compensation or not. Why should not a hundred chrisFor just as certaioly as you are tians, who are able, be made accalled to preach the gospel, you quainted with his love and zeal, may find a place to preach it, and and aid him too? Where is the support while you are preaching it. principle of reason, or of equity ;





of equality, or of law; of the gos- hypocrisy,) begins to rise, and I pel, or implied in the example of leave the subject at your disposal Paul, or even of Christ, which

Yours, ought to influence such a minister and not myself, and every other

EQUALITY man in the community? Is it right, gentlemen, “ that other men be eased and you burdened ???. Would - Observer” himself think, that a minister who has a family,

ANECDOTE. or who intends to have, ought to sacrifice, out of his own earnings, ED OF THE FAMOUS DR. MANTON. One Hundred Dollars every year, and live as he can, and do as much

“ Being appointed to preach work of the ministry as he

before the Lord Mayor, the court

can, while One Hundred members of of aldermen and the companies of able churches are exempted from the city, the Doctor chose a sub. the payment of one dollar each, ject, in which he had an opportuthough each of them could pay pity of displaying his judgment and One Hundred with as much ease learning. He was heard with ad. as the minister ? Is it the spirit of miration and applause by the the gospel, which can look on and more intelligent part of the audi. see others labor, and make sacri

But as he was returning fices, and deny themselves, and with the Lord Mayor, a poor man suffer for Christ and for souls, followed him, pulled him by the while we can do and suffer noth sleeve of his gown, and asked him ing? It is a very fine subject for if he were the gentleman that charitable talk to many ministers preached before the Lord Mayor. and professors—they can tell how He answered, he was. “Sir,» much the missionary should be says he, “I came with hopes of willing to suffer in this glorious getting some good to my soul, but I cause, and blame him, if he whis. was greatly disappointed, for I per bis complaints--but can there could not understand a great deal be an instance of greater self-ig- of what you said ; you were quite norance? Do these ministers and

The Doctor replied professors remember that they

with tears ; « Friend, if I did not are bought with the blood of give you a sermon, you have Christ, or have they forgotten given me one ; and by the grace their obligations, and do they of God I will never play the fool think themselves at liberty to to preach before my Lord Mayor labor for themselves and their in such a manner again.” families only, while their brethren must take u the cross of christians, and bear the whole weight of it without a groan or a sigh, and without so much as casting a look for aid to the hab

A " Review” from an anonymous itations of such as dwell at ease ? Writer merits attention. W. must

I find, Messrs. Editors, that my be deferred for want of room. indignation against such inconsid F. C. F. Tennet, and Antipes have eration, (I had almost said, been received.


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THE SEALING INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY ise. The circumstance that the

Ephesians are here said to be A seal of an individual upon any sealed after they believed, shews decree or other writing, denotes that by the sealing influence of the that the writing is his, and that Spirit is not meant its restraining, his veracity is pledged that the awakening, or convincing iufluence declaration, contract or order, which is common, in a greater or wbich it contains shall be fulfilled. less degree, to all who are acWhen Jezebel wrote letters to the quainted with the gospel; but that Elders of Israel to procure the influence of the Spirit which is death of Naboth, she sealed them peculiar to saints, and which is with the king Ahab's seal. This promised to them as such, and seal made them the letters of the which is usually called it- sanctifyking, and secured his authority in ing influence. It is probably callthe execution of the orders which ed a seal, because it stamps the they contained. That which ren- moral image of God upon saints, dered the decree of Ahasuerus and shows them to be his, as against the Jews irreversible, was clearly as a seal, with the image the circumstance that it was sealed of the king upon it, shows the dewith the king's seal. A civil con- cree or other writing to which it tract which is sealed by the par. is affixed, to be his. It is also like ties is mutually binding: The seal a seal, a pledge that the work is the token of its being their act, now begun shall be completed, and and of their engagement to fulfil that all the subjects of it shall reit. The influence of the Holyceive the blessings in reserve for Spirit is often, in the writinge of characters of this description.the apostles, spoken of under the This is agreeable to the apostles similitude of a seal. Referring to own explanation of it. After tellChrist, Paul thus addresses the ing the believers at Ephesus, that Ephesians. " In whom, also, af- they were sealed with the Holy ter that ye believed, ye were seal. Spirit of promise,” he subjoins ed with that Holy Spirit of prom- in the very next words, “ Which is

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