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the second exhortation, addressed to those who are negligent to come to the Bily communion;' the use of which I am afraid " (his fears, alas! are but too well founded)” the state of most congregations in this country will fully warrant. And if always, after using either of these exhortations, the kind and affectionate pastor would, in the course of his sermon, pathetically and earnestly entreat his congregation to attend the 'ensuing facrament, to which they have just been invited, as they value their soul's health, I am confident the happieft eflects would fiequently foliow.
The necessity of luch exhortations and entreaties must be obvious to every one who is in the habit of rec iving the facr. ment. The mode in which the a thor combats the scruples of the young friend whom he addresses, is parti ularly happy, a d the effect of it, we should suppose, most successful. 5. Still I hear you perfift in expressing your sears, left, after having received this blessed food, you should relarre into fu. Probably you may; and so have the best of men that have lived before you. But I am con inced of this suppoling you not to be an habitual finner), that the oftener you attend this holy facrament, purposing to amend your life, and to walk from thenceforth in God's holy ways, though you thould still occasionally fall, the less and less fregunt will there relapses be, till they altogetber cease : and be affered, that he who, with pious di Hidence, forces himself, as it were, to approach that table, in obedience to God's will, and because he finds that, witbout it, he is unable to cleanse his way, is better prepared tha: he is aware of. Come unto me all ye that travel, and are beavy laden, (with the burden f your fins) and I will give you reft, is Christ's gracious invitation and promise unto finners. And if you desire to be relieved from such occasional relap'es, you ought, undoubtedly, to obey this merciful call; for the denunciations against the unworthy reception of this sacrament apply only to those, who, at the moment of reception, not only have not fo taken their sins, but are continuing in the w.lful and babitual commission of known Gus."
We believe the dread, here so ably combated, operates more generally than is imagined, to deter men from obeying the call of their Saviour. Not only the duty of obedience, in this respect, is most strongly enforced, but the dangers and p:nishment of disobedience are clearly unfolded to view. The author closes his reflections with an admirable passage from a fermon, preached at the Magdalen, by one whom he justly terms “as bright a luminary of our venerable Church this day," as Bishop Jeremy Taylor was in the seventeenth century. This well timed (ulogy reflects equal honour on the person by whom it is bestowed, and on him who bestows it.
Sacred Hours; or Extračts for private Devotion and Meditation : comprebenda
ing the Psalms arronged and clalled under various Heads : together with Prayers, Thanksgivings, Hymns, Sc. &c. principally selečted from Scriptare; the wbole intended a n Compendium of Divine Auibarily, and a Com an:on for tbe Hour of Solitude and Retirement: 12mo. PP. 688. 10s. 6d. Ginger. 1804.
SUCH of these selections as are not taken from scripture are extrated from authors of approved piety and orthodoxy; and the whole frms an useful and instructive companion for the serious and devout Chriftiani
A Word to the life and a Hint to the Unthinking. 2-4mo. Pp. 11. 2d. or
1s. 6d. per dozen. Hatchard. 1304. HE will not be a wise man who can treat such a word as this with contempt; and he must be worse than un:binking who will not take this bint. This little book contains a salutary admonition to follow only the lawfu ly appointed minifters of God's church, and to avoid the sin of Ichifin. Never was admonition more necessary; for strange teachers spring up like muih. rooms, and schismatics daily increase and multiply.
The most important Truths and Duties of Christianity stated. Designed chiefly
for Persons in the lower Stations of L fe. 24mo. Pp. 20. Hatchard. 1804. MUCH good instruction comprized within a small compass, and therefore very well adapted to the purpose which it is designed to answer.
An Antidote to the Alarm of Invasion; a Discourse delivered at the Meeting
House in the Old Jewry, on Wednesday, OEtober 19, 1803, being the Day ; appe nted for a General Fajt. By Abraham Rees, D. D. F.R. S. 8vo.
Pp. 23. 1s. Longman and Rees. 1803. FROM a text chosen, from itsextreme appositeness, by so many preachers' on the same occasion, Nehemiah iv. 14, Dr. Rees enters into a methodical investigation of the nature of the present, contest; the character and views of the enemy; the infinite importance of the objects which we are called upon to defend ; the advantages likely to result from our success; the means of our defence; and, lastly, the justice of our cause, and the consequent grounds of our hope of divine aslistance. The learned preacher expoftulates on these different heads with great ability and animation ; he draws a true picture of the present state of France and her dependencies ; and of the eilects of her Usurper's past conquests, and of his future ambitious views; and, after eloquently exhorting his congregation manfully to stand forth in defence of their country, and of all that is dear and valuable to them in this life, he directs their attention to the Lord as their sheet-anchor, (onjuring them to conciliate his favour by repentance of their past fins, and by an earnest resolution to pay in future the itricteft obedience to his word and commandments. This is one of the best dilcouries which we have read, on the occasion of the late falt..
A Sermon, reached at the Parish Church of Gillinghem, in Kent, on Sunday, July
the 31, 1803, on occasion of the united exertions of his Subjects being called forih by his Majesty, against the threatened Invasion. By William Chafy, M. A. Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and Curate of Gilling. ham. Published by request. 8vo. Pp. 20. 15. 6d. Rivingtons.
1803.' .- HONOUR all inen: love the brotherhool: fear Go!: lionour the King." This is Mr. Chafy's text, and on each of these precepts of the Apostle Peter, he expatiates with equal zeal and judgment, in reference to exiiting circumJänes; Thewing that, by a rigid oblervance of them all, anarchy may be avoided, and order preserved and perpetuated, while, from their violation, rebellion, regicide, and war, with all their concomitant evils, muit neceila‘rily refult.
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By his command to love the brotherhood, says the preacher, the Apostle :. " means to imply, that it is the duty of the good and virtuous, to love and admire, to comfort and succour, those who, in consequence of their adherence to right principles of faith and piety, are often exposed to the Tcorn and derision of the thoughtless, the worldly-minded, and profane. This was the case with the primitive Christians, and melancholy it is to ob'erve, that, even in these days, the iron dart of persecution, envenomed with the poison of malice, ceases not to wound and lacerate those amongst us, who are most eminent for piety and virtue.” There is, unhappily, but too much truth in this observation! The sufferings of France, with ail the hors rors of her revolution, and its miserable effects, most naturally suggested themselves io the preacher's mind as the immediate consequence of a tlagrant violation of the Apostolic precepts; and, of course, afforded him one of the best illustrations of his principle. There he has depicted with becoming in. dignation, and with Christian feeling.
A Sermon adapted to the circumstances of the present interesting Crisis, preached at
"If, in the next place, we direct our inquiry to the vices of intempe. rance, fornication, and adultery, how much greater satisfaction will it afa ford us? Have they attained'a less rank and luxurious growth? Has not their familiarity to the eye rendered it alınost insensible to their deformity? Yes; varnished over with a specious language, which licentioutness hath invented to veil their obliquity, we are accustomed to hear them (poken of without emotion, and to see them praclised without remorle; and the same actions are imputed to the frailty and insirmity of nature by the world, which are stigmatised as damnable fins by tlie law of God; which is thus made of no effect by the traditions of such as yield themselves up to the lusts which , war in their members, that they may enjoy the pleasures of sin for a : H 3
season." It is a lamentable proof of the growing depravity of the age, that the fins here noticed daily increase in frequency and publicity. The most resolute adultresses in the kingdom, supported by the most elevated rank, now openly brave public decency and decorum ; riot in luxury, the means for gratifying which have been procured by their fins; give routs and entertainments, announced, in our bale and protituted prints, in language the most bombastic and ridiculous, and with adulation the moli fullome and profligate; entertainments which are numerously and fashionably alten.lcd, even by women of virtue who have a reputation to lole; and 10 iuch an extent is this abandoned system now carried, that we may loon expert to, see virtue rendered a subject of derision, religion become a butt for the finger of scorn to point at, and vice exulting in her triumph, and glorying in the multitude of her votaries !!!
The preacher is equally pointed in his animadversions on “ the alarming. decay of religivn, and scandalous profanation of the Sabbath, which fu un. happily characterise the present times,” In a former article, we have noticed the increase of such profanation; but we thould have been truly glad to know what grounds Dr. Horne has for allerting, that it is “ Theltered under the connivance, and, as far as that goes, the lanction of the magila trate: for a forbearance to execute the laws in thole whole office it is to enforce them, feems to be much the same as not to condemn the oifence; at least the difference is so trifling, as hardly to be perceptible.”- If it be neant, that a niagistrate refused to execute the law, when an information was brought before him for å profanation of the Sabbath, and the charge fubftantiated by evidence; the acculation is one of a very serious nature indeed, and, in our view of the subject, involves a charge oi no less magni: tude than that of perjury; for as a magistrate is bound, by his oath, to administer justice according to law, his refusal to execute the law is a violation of his oath. It is not optional with a magistrate to receive or reject informa: tions, when all the legal forms are duły observed; nor to inflict or withhold punishment; nor, in any way, to dispense with the execution of the laws. God forbid any such discretion thould be vested in inayiitrates, or even in judges! The law is alike imperative, on those whole duty it is to execute it, and on those who break it; and, if a magistrate neglect, or resule to perform, any part of his duty, an application to the Court of King's Bench would supply a speedy and effectual remedy for the evil.-" The studied modes by which the Great display their irreligion, by their Sunday routs, concerts, and card-tables, &c. &c." and the excelles and imprecations of the vulgar, on the Lord's day, are Itrongly and jultly stignialized. The growth of schilm, the preacher considers as another ft iking feature in the corruption of the last days; and the shameful abuse of the Toleration Act, by which the lowest of the people are permitted to invade the priel's office, (and wonderful, fure, it is they should be lo permitted) is that fin of Jeroboam, in which God feels his honour peculiarly interetted, and which he therefore never will suffer to escape the leverity of his displeasure. And how can he, when it has so direct and powerful a tendency to link that holy religion into contempt, by which he purposed to save the world.” It is, indeed, molt Itrange, that, in a Christian couniry, a man who shall prelume to exercile in the city of London the meanest of trades, without having served the given number of years to it, and being potlessed, nioreover, of other qualifications, is liable to the leverest penalties; while, if he only venture to exercise the office of an appointed minister of Christ, to become the guar
dian dian of Christian consciences, to instruct men in their religious duties, and to point out to them the way to salvation; if he only do this, without any other qualification whatever ihan such as is derived from the mere act of taking an oath, he is subject to no penalty, but is protected, and even encorraged, by the law! It is surely high tiine to eradicate to fcandalous an abuie.
Having pointed out the prevailing lins of the age, the preacher concludes by shewing the indispensable necessity of a speedy and radical reform, as : well for our political as for our eternal salvation. .
The Fear of God a sure ground of Confidence and Hope. Two Sermons preachell October 19, 1803. By the Rev. Sir Adam Gordon, Bart. M. A. Rector of West Tilbury, Ellex, and Prebendary of Bristol. 8vo.
THE text, Luke xii. 4. 5. Two plain and animated discourses, well suited to the solemn occasion. We shall make an important extract as a specimen, which justly condemns a practise which we are certain that some who practised it, now as cordially condemn it, as does the reverend Baronet.
“ Instead of taking warning by the fore chastisements of the still wretched nation, which labours under the most oppressive tyranny that people ever felt; the unrelenting scourge of a STRANGER, who can have no feeling for the nalives of the land, and has but one view, the slavery and ruin of millions to gratify his own insatiate rage of power, and which the hopes of conquering this illand would complete; instead I say of profiting by so woeful an example of the anger of the Almighty against the crimes that have reduced them to this state of wretchedness and defertion, we have madly preferred their drelles, their entertainments, and even their mode of fecding; and what is worse than all, a taste for that licentiousness of education to which their modern and infidel philofopliy has artfully and most deftructively paved the way. Nay, so dead have many of our deluded countrymen been to that laudable dignity of manners, that proper contempt of dishonourable, base, and cruel conduct (when found . even in the highest station) and which formerly marked the honest and truly 'noble character of Britons, that they have meanly paid court to a common assallin of the human race; a wretch without a single virtue or liberal accomplishment to recominend him: in short, the occasional instrument of the lell rage of Heaven against the ungodly. Would a genuine Christian hold adulatory converse with an apoftale Judas ? p. 20, 21.
We believe that this will meet the eye of fonie who bowed before the idol of the day, and told him that their reason for travelling some hundreds of miles out of the way was merely for the honour of feeing the grealelt man on the face of the earth. Had all there been detained to feel the greatest of his tyranny, and to languilli in misery and scorn at Valenciennes, we Mhould have but little pity for their fate, and have thought that the English nation could spare them well,