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Christians, around me. Are we and clogged with many infirmiChristians, I exclaim, we, who ties, yet having in them some are so little alive to God, so bur, good thing towards the Lord God dened, oppressed, and sunk into of Israel.* the earth by worldly things? 4. From a similar reference
Let those who are devoted to to the word brethren we are littie sects, to the promotion of taught that Christians should party views, and who appear to unite in defcoding their great take pleasure in division, seri- and common. interests, wherber ously consider and inquire, assailed by open enemies, prewhether they regard all Chris- tended friends, or even those tians as their brethren, whether who stand in the nearest outthey keep the common interest ward relation to them. Memin view, or lose sight of this ele- bers of the same family, unless vated object in a miserable scuf- given over to folly and madness, file for some trifling personal or always unite to preserve the party triumph
property, the rights, and the rep3. A suitable consideration utation belonging to them in that all true Christians are breth common. Even if one of the ren should teach them not to family should so far forget him. contend violently about little self as to disobey the reasonable things, nor to make great differ- and lawful commands of his faences out of those which are in ther, and pursue a course which their own nature small. Such a would ruin himself and tend to course would appear extremely ruin the whole family, doubtless unbecoming in members of the all the other members of the same family, with respect to the family would take care of their management of their temporal common interests by protesting concerns. If the heirs to a great against his misconduct, and do estate, standing in the near rela- ing all in their power to secure tion of brethren to each other themselves from the ill effects an estate so limited as to be al- of it. So Christians should not ways held by them in common, fail to bear public and decided so that the interest of one would testimony, even against those always be the interest of both, who prosess to be of their numif such heirs should begin a
ber, if, notwithstanding their fierce contention about some tri professions, they are in fact hogfling appendage of the estate, all tile to our common Christianity. mankind would pronounce them
It will be said, perhaps, that foolish in the extreme. Much Christians are not authorized to more foolish are Christians,when doubt the sincerity of any wbọ they forget the great interests profess the same holy religion; in the pursuit of which they are not because there are not Talse agred, and spend all their time professors, but because it is imand vigor in magnifying and per. possible for man to distinguish petuating differences which res them. Is it then to be suppospect doubtful and unimportant ed, that men cannot distinguish points. Such Christians there between the friends and the ene. have been in the world; such there are still; misted, indeed,
• 1 Kings xiv, 13.
mies of Christianity, if the latter of kind offices. If, through the only wrap themselves up in a uncertainty of human affairs, one profession? With the Scriptures should become poor and the oth in their hands, and the spirit of er rich, the miseries of poverty Christianity in their hearts, it is will be alleviated by assistance as easy for Christians to distin. afforded by a brother's hand, and guish the enemies of their reli. with a brother's tenderness. The gion, as for members of a family man who should pass by his to distinguish the enemies of brother in poverty, as if he were their common prosperity from a perfect stranger, and should their most approved friends, not even inquire into his brothThe very idea that a religion er's sufferings, would be justly communicated to men for their pronounced hard-hearted and salvation is of so undefined a destitute of natural affection. character, as that its friends can. So Christians should feel tonot be distinguished from its wards each other. They should enemies, is absurd. Let Chris. supply the wants of their fellow tians, then, earnestly seek to un- Christians, both of a temporal derstand the great truths on and spiritual nature. Shall it be which their hopes are built, on
concealed that they too generally which all their great interests fail in this duty? Can it be denidepend, and in which the glory ed, that there are rich professors of the blessed Gospel consists of Christianity, who pass by their to these truths let them adhere, suffering brethren with closed as to the anchor of their safety. hands, careless eyes, and hard These great truths have the hearts? Is it not also true, that most intimate and vital relation many others, who are not utterly to the success and progress of destitute of feeling, are yet much Christianity in the world, not less alive to the wants of their less than to the comfort and sup- fellow Christians than they port of the individual believer. ought to be? Let all professors Let brothers, who are joint heirs of religioh examine themselves to an estate, burn their title in this matter. Let them condeeds, undermine the buildings, sider that all true Christians are pull down the fences, and lay their brethren; and let them ask waste the crops; but let not whether they discharge all the Christians forget, or undervalue duties of which they are remindthe interests which they have ined by this endearing relation. common, and let them beware 6. By the scriptural use of the of all, who, with whatever pre- word brethren Christians are tensions, would deprive them of taught that they should feel a all that is truly valuable. peculiar tenderness towards
5. Children of the same pare each other's reputation. Though ents are usually friendly to each this consideration has been al. other through life. They take luded to already, it is of suffia lively interest in each other's cient inportance to be made a welfare; they befriend each oth- distinct head of inquiry. Chiler in a thousand ways; they as- dren of the same parents, unless sist each other, in short, by ad- monstrously unnatural and de.. vice, and a perpetual interchange praved, never go about defaming
each other. They never stand low Christian, on account of some on the alert to hear, and propa- real or pretended failings, than gate slander against each other. they ever yet discovered to raise They never repeat stories to the sinking cause of religion; each other's disadvantage; es. when they show themselves to pecially old stories which have be actuated by low jealousies, long since been proved false, base envy, contemptible rivaland which are vamped up ancw ries, sinister views, a desire of to destroy the innocent." They personal aggrandizement at the never multiply, magnify, and de- expense of depressing better light in scandals, which dishon men than themselves: and how or their own Aesh and blood, unhappy is the influence of such disquiet their parents, and tor- conduct; especially when minisment their brethren.
ters are engaged in it, and fall member of the family is proved victims to it, or, if not victims, to be guilty of a base and wick- have their influence diminished, ed action, all the other maembers their lives disquieted, and their Jament it, and endeavor to re- vigor impaired. Yet in this claim the wanderer from the er course of conduct many profes. ror of his way. If their endeavors sed Christians systematically enare blessed they are very willing gage; and some real Christians, to let the remembrance of their it is feared, get into it before brother's fault die away. But they are aware. Let them ex. should they,contrary to every dic- tricate themselves without delay, tate of natural affection,moral pro- and repent of their sin and folly. priety, or even external decency, O Christians, let us bewail our strive to make the most of every ns, and strive to live like breth. failing in their brother, to sink
A. B. him utterly for every such failing, and to do all in their power to prevent bis rising again, there
For the Panoplist. would be one universal burst of indignation at their conduct.
OCCASIONED How, then, does the conduct of
THE THIRD CRAPChristians appear, when they act the part of talebearers against cach other; when they hunt up No person is subject to a greater old stories and circulate them variety of emotions, than a minanew; when they lay hold of ister of the Gospel of Jesus charges without evidence, and Christ. When he considers the then endeavor to guess out the object of the great and glorious evidence to support their ground work in which he is engaged, less charges; when they make a which is to reconcile sinners to jest of the failings of their fellow God, to deliver them from chains Christians; when they convert of darkness and give them a the social circle into a retail crown of everlasting and unfadshop of scandal, into a magazine ing glory, his pions and benevoof combustibles and implements lent heart palpitates with joy, of death and torture; when they and is fired with zeal. When discover more zeal to sink a fel- he contemplates the arduousnese
of the undertaking, and the num- teach the doctrines and duties of ber and magnitude of the obsta- the Gospel; and neither shun to cles he must encounter, he als declare the whole coursel of God, most sinks down in despair of nor transgress the commandments success. When he observes the of God by their traditions. To cold indifference of mortals to be enabled to do this, they must their eternal interest; when he make the Scriptures the princisees multitudes living as if they pal object of their studies. They believed there were no God in should neither desert the schools heaven, and no future state of of the prophets, to walk in the retribution, debasing their na groves of Academus; nor quit tures by excess and totally re the cedar in Lebanon, to gather gardless of futurity, his soul is nosegays on Parnassus. writhed with anguish at the fol May rot every minister of the ly and madness of his fellow Gospel adopt the language of creatures. When he considers Paul and say, Woe is unto me if the vast responsibility of his sta- I preach not the Gospel? How tion, that a proper discharge of awfully must the voice of God its duties may save a soul, nay have sounded in the ears of the many souls from everlasting woe, prophet, when it uttered, son of and the neglect, or careless per- man, I have made thee a watchformance of them, may confirm unto the house of Israel: an infidel in unbelief and harden therefore hear the word at my a sinner in iniquity, and perhaps mouth and give them warning involve a succession of genera- from me. When I say unto the tions in perdition, fearfulness wicked, thou shalt surely die; and and trembling seize upon him, thou givest them not warning, and horror overwhelms him. nor speakest to warn the wicked
The greai responsibility of the from his wicked wny, to save his ministerial office, and the awful life; the same wicked man shall consequences of a neglect, or die in his iniquity: but his blood careless performance of its du- will I require at thine hand. ties, should be well weighed by Does not this same solemn warnevery candidate for the ministry, ing ring in the ears of every one, before he enters upon its sacred who has been set apart to the functions, as well as by those Gospel ministry? If he, who who are already in the holy of through carelessness, or neglect fice. What was said to the of duty, has caused the death of prophet is applicable to the another, has sleepless nights and Christian minister. Son of man, days of sorrow, how much more I have set thee a watchman over distressing must be the condithe house of Israel. The minis- tion of that man, by whose false ters of Christ are set as watch- instruction, or careless performmen over the souls of the people ance of ninisterial duty, a soul of their charge. They are to
has been lost. warn the wicked of his danger;
If a minister is cold in reli. to enlighten the ignorait mind; gion, can it be expected that his to cheer the desponding soul; people will be otherwise? It he and lead the humble penitent to neglects the duties of a pastor, the feet of jesus. They must for oiber pursuits, it will be dif
ficult for him to persuade his tions, for the conversion and salpeople, that religion is the one vation of sinners, will find peace thing needful; and, being igno- of conscience on this subject, rant of its value and importance, even though his labors may not they will probably neglect it, till have been crowned with success. it is too late to correct the mis. But how clamorous, how tumultake. The effect of preaching tuous, must his conscience be, depends much, very much, on whose careless life, or want of the manner of it. Unless the ministerial fidelity, has lulled preacher feels what he utters; sinners into a fatal security and he will not make his hearers be- plunged them into everlasting lieve it. The natural effect of a woel Is it possible, that he, who sermon delivered in a cold and has been guilty of such misconcareless manner, is to convince duct, can find peace in his own a doubting mind, that there is no bosom, or look with an eye of reality in religion; or, at least, complacency on the world around that it is of no importance. Is him? can he find rest on his pilit improbable, that much of the low, or relief in the bustle of life? infidelity and indifference to re If he retires to meditate in his ligion, which abound in the closet, the cries and shrieks of world, is to be attributed to want tormented souls pierce his ears. of zeal and fidelity in the dis If he lifts his eyes to heaven, he charge of ministerial duty; not a is appalled with the awful de. zeal to make proselytes to a sect, claration, their blood will I rebut to imitate the example of quire at thinc hand. L.. our divine Master; to inculcate the doctrines he taught, and enforce obedience to his precepts.
To the Editor of the Panoplist, He went about doing good; he SIR, was not afraid to admonish sin
The following thoughts respect ners and reprove vice; nor did
ing the treatment which erthe fear of giving offence pre
communicated persons are to vent his benevolent heart from
receive from Christians, are warning the wicked of the awful
submitted for publicetion, and fatal consequences of his
should it be thought they may wicked way. The fear of man
be useful and instructive. bringelh a snare.
If he, who has been appointed PROFESSORS of religion enter to watch over the souls of men, tain different opinions on this should be restrained by the fear
subject. Some suppose, that of giving pain or provoking re
the laws of Christ do not require sentment, from admonishing in.
that an excommunicated person dividuals of their danger, when should be treated in any different he sees them falling under the manner from that in which he dominion of sin, and walking was before treated, except being heedlessly down the broad road excluded from the Lord's table; to ruin, his tender mercies would and that this solemn act of the be cruelty. That minister, who Church only puts him back where has labored, both by his public he was before he made a publio preaching and private admoni. profession of religion. It is not