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ADVICE TO YOUNG MINISTERS.
“Suffer not the pressure of public engagements to contract un. duly the exercises of private devotion.
"A man can receive nothing except it be given him of God.” What succes, then, can the Christian minister be warranted to expect, either in his studies or in his visits, or in his public discourses, unless he devoutly and earnestly seek the blessing of Him on whom all depends ? How mistaken, then, and short-sighted are the views which would lead him to depend much on his intellectual efforts, and little on his devotional exercises—which would induce him to prolong the former by unduly curtailing the latter. Although we are not to be heard by the father of Mercies by virtue of vain repetitions, yet it is to fervent, persevering, and importunate prayer that spiritual blessings are promised. Might not our prayers be much more frequent were our minds and hearts yielded more vigorously, and for a more ample portion of our time, to the devotional reading of the word of God, to the musings and meditations which the Scriptures are calculated to suggest, and to the direct efforts of the heart to enjoy intimate communion with our God? Ought we not to feel the excitement and encouragement arising from the numerous promises which the scriptures contain, of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Are we not greatly wanting in wisdom when we do not plead these promises with the utmost ardour of soul, and the most lively confidence of faith? What was it that gave to the apostles of the Saviour, and the primitive propagators of the Gospel, their peculiar elevation of spirit and sanctity of character, and success in exertion? and what was it which has produced the eminent piety and extensive usefulness of inspired ministers of more recent periods, and of our own day, but the copious effusion of divine influences--the unction of the Holy Spirit ? Let then the minister of the sanctuary daily and earnestly ask it, and he shall receive it; let him perseveringly seek it, and he shall obtain the heavenly gift ; for if we, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, much more will our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. Let the young minister reflect much on the habits of communion with God, which distinguished David, Daniel, and Paul. ' Let him consult the biography of the most eminent Christians and the most useful ministers. Let him trace the admirable alliance and intimate affinity of intellectual effort and devotional dependance. Let him remember that at one period of his life, the ever-active Luther devoted three hours in the day to the duty and delights of prayer. Let him think of such men as Dr. Cotton Mather, who in the midst of his multifarious and arduous engagements as a pastor and as an author, retired six times every day for the purpose of communion with God; and although he may not feel the necessity of strictly imitating their example, let him at least endeavor to imbibe their devotional spirit.
H. F. BURDER.
The Bible our rule of faith !-The right of private judgment our privilege.'
How awfully important, are the present times. The spirit of inidelity, superstition and error, is abroad in our land, and operating to a considerable extent. Since the blessed Reformation, the times have not been more important, nor called louder upon the true for: lowers of Jesus to “be up and a doing? than at present. In making this assertion, we are not influenced by imagination merely, but by stubborn facts, which cannot but be appalling, to every one, enlightened by the Holy Ghost, and who is the friend of religious and civil liberty.
No nation can be prosperous—no people can continue to be happy and free, if true and vital religion is not promoted, for as it diminishes, Satan the arch enemy of mankind, succeeds in his operations --blinds our wise men, and enslaves the minds of men; and can a single instance be produced, that where the mind was thus shacked, civil liberty and national glory continued to dwell ? Does not history place it beyond doubt, that, when a people forsake God and shrink from the contest with the Prince of darkness and his emissaries, the blessing of God is withdrawn? Were not Rome, and Greece free, free as we are in the United States, and get cast into the lowest state of degradation, in a civil point of view? Is it not then very afflicting, to hear among our citizens, language, as if it were impossible that our liberties could be subverted, and the “lamp of our feet" taken away?
The times are such, that periodical publications are sustained,, which are devoted to the cause of infidelity and openly avow it, , Vol. V. No.5.
whilst others, under a more specious garb, seek to infuse the “deadly poison” into the souls of the youth.
The times are such, that whilst Russia and France, have been compelled to prohibit Jesuits from superintending the education of the rising generation, the door is opened to them wide, by “so called Protestants," in the United States.
The times are such, that some Ministers and Laymen, love their ease, and not only refuse to aid the Sentinels of the Lord in watching the various manoeuvres, of the enemy, but actually feel disposed to take from them, the "alarm trumpet.” Like some, when England was encroaching upon the rights of North America, declared their readiness to yield again and again, rather than to engage in a rupture with the Monarch, preferring slavery with all its associates, sluggishness to liberty and action, thus many, external members of the Protestant Church, appear inclined to yield to infidelity and superstition, yea to the enemy in any form, rather than to contribute according to their ability, in defending the cause of Christ, and exposing the enemy in his real character to the eyes of the world.
Had not a Washington been roused, and the signers of our excellent constitution, with other associates, determined to disregard the Monarchy, and the more dangerous, secret and deceitful enemies, the tories, we should not at this period, enjoy the blessing of a republican form of government, which protects Bible religion. But, if our citizens do not in their majesty, rise, promote and sustain the cause of the Holy Bible-if they do not watch the operations of the spirit of infidelity and superstition, and by prayer, advancing in godliness, and with a firm, unwavering adherence to the truths of the Gospel, resist the enemy, our liberties must inevitably be lost. However much we may boast of the statesman Adams, the orator and statesman Clay, and the intrepid and brave Jackson, neither they nor a host of others equally eminent, will be able to prevent the enemy from robbing us and our children of our religious and civil liberties, and then to sink us, into abject slavery and awful wretchedness.
MASONS AND ANTI-MASONS. It is true, we have not expressed ourselves upon the subject of Masonry, but in this we have not been singular. Many Editors of
religious journals have been silent, upon the subject, and we suppose, they were influenced as we have been, by the fact, that the subject was taken up by politicians. The insinuation, that Ministers generally, belong to the Fraternity, is unkind and unfounded. We know, that but few are found who are Masons, in several denominations. We ourselves have never felt it our duty, nor our privilege to join a Lodge, and we know, that a considerable majority of the Ministers of the Lutheran church never have been, and never will, become members of the Masonic association.
That Masonry does not make a good man better, is undeniable, and hence it is not a religious institution, but that men who are truly pious, friends of the Bible, religious and civil liberty, are found among Masons, is equally true. That Masonry extends charity to the widow and orphan, and frequently without informing the world of it, must be admitted; but the religion of the Bible imposes this duty upon all its votaries, so that if men are duly influenced by the Truth of the Bible, they will faithfully and rigidly discharge all social duties. We cannot see any reason then, why we should join a society, which admits as members, men, who are believers or unbelievers, Turks or Christians.
That the abduction and murder of Morgan, is condemned, by all Masons, with whom we have conversed, is certain, whether it occurred through the wickedness of individuals unauthorized or authorized by any lodge. But, as in a Republic, secret societies are obnoxious, and as Masonry has now become extremely unpopular and certainly is not needed in this country, we do think it the duty of Patriots and Christians to use their influence as members of the Fraternity, to dissolve the institution. This course pursued, and a great ferment now increasing in the United States, will be speedily allayed.
These remarks we trust will be satisfactory, to those who look for dissertations upon the subject of Masonry, in the Intelligencer. We leave it to the political Editors, to discuss it, and to fill their columns with such matter; we shall say no more.-Editor.
It appears that there are 217 liberal journals in France, and 27 royalists. To the former there are 283,000 subscribers; and only 34,000 to the royalists. The latter have less than half a million of readers, while the liberal journals have three millions. The royalist papers have an income of less than half a million of francs, while the liberal prints enjoy an income of nearly two millions.
DOWAY NEW TESTAMENT.
In our last number, page 106, we gave some extracts, from the Doway New Testament, as received by the Romans. We continue by adding a few more.
1st. Timothy iv, 3. The Romish translation runs thus “Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by the faithful, and by them that have known the truth.” To this, is added the following note, which of course is received by Papists, as the true sense of the passage. “Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats, &c.” He speaks of the Gnostics, the Marcionites, the Encratites, the Manicheans, and other ancient heretics, who absolutely condemned marriage, and the use of all kind of meat, bəcause they pretended that all flesh was from an evil principle. Whereas the church of God, so far from condemning marriage holds it a holy sacrament; and forbids it to none brit such as by vow, have chosen the better part ; and prohibits not the use of any meats whatsoever in proper times and seasons ; though she does not judge all kind of diet proper for days of fasting and penance."
2d. Timothy iii, 16. To understand this passage, the Romanists must receive this elucidation “Every part of divine Scripture is certainly profitable for all these ends. But if we would have the whole rule of christian faith and practice, we must not be content with those Scriptures, which Timothy knew from his infancy, that is, with the Old Testament alone ; nor yet with the New Testament, without taking along with it, the traditions of the apostles, and the interpretation of the church, to which the apostles delivered both the book, and the true meaning of it.
Matthew xxvi, 27. The awkward manner, of justifying the error of robbing the Laity of the cup, will appear from the following note viz. “This was spoken to the twelve Apostles, who were then present, and they all drank of it, says St. Mark xiv, 23. But, it no ways follows from these words spoken to the Apostles, that all the faithful are here commanded to drink of the chalice, any more than that all the faithful are commanded to consecrate, offer and administer this sacrament; because Christ upon this same occasion, and at the same time, bid the Apostles do so; in these words, St. Luke xxi, 19. Do this in commemoration of me..