OCR Interpretation


Vermont telegraph. [volume] (Brandon [Vt.]) 1828-1843, January 14, 1836, Image 1

Image and text provided by University of Vermont

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025661/1836-01-14/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for

n
...
iGRAP
.Of.
tftstfj bJi 9' "
J '
5. M
?1
"I AM SET FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE GOSPEL."
EPHRAIM MAXHAM, PRINTER.
it en in- 1
BRANDON, THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1836.
N U M B E R 16.
u TP X TV Tirm
1 iiiJLi in
ti ' t I
TERMS OF THE TELEGRAPH. . ANTI-ULTRA-!? DIG AL RE VO-
These are now the watchwords of a certain
class of religious teachers and writers of pe
riodicals esteciallr presidents of colleges,
professors in theological seminaries, and city i
The VEmMOHT TK.roAiH w. published
weekly it 82 y ear, payable! within four monthe,
ot $2,89 at lh end of the year.
Tofttbecriberi'1 out of the Slate, residing
more than , 100 mile (torn thU office, the paper
willbeitotforSl,75. , . ,
VoeompanieW at whatever distance, who re
ceive 12 or more copiee in one bundle, and pay
is tdTance," $1,50 each. i ' :
. AjrenU, hb proenre and pay foY x ubscriben,
ere entitled to tne aevenm copy jrmu.
clergymen. One of them has published a
whole Yolume of sermons against Anti-ism :
two have published sermons and another a
letter against. Ultraism ; another a labored
series or articles in a quarterly against Rad
icalism, and we khow not how many have
expressed their horror of such Revolutiona
ry movements as the abolition of slavery or
and
; - - . nA .ubMrihert T movements as the abolition oi slavery or
SSSSSL will TbTpSaHn j dissolving the union of church and state, and
i2rl.lTumc$ot Vibwriber., especially the hereditary peerage of Great
Britain. We might smile at these anile
rs nAmMt and retiilence$
and the amount to be credited to each.
All Baptist ministers, in Rood "tending io the
eiurchea throughout the United Slates, are. au
ihorized to act as tjent for this paper.
tru 4U communications must be post paid, t
cpt jcb M add to our list of aubscribers one or
more jamet., n . ; ,
'Papers will not be discontinued until all arreav
ie ere paid, except at the discretion of the
publisber. ; ,-: -.'
7T t
From Abbotts' Magazine.
A SCENE "IN A FAMILY sundav
, MORN IN O AFTER BREAKFAST.
? fcThe family in which I have long lived
are considered - good moral people, and
the head of it is a pious man. His wife
generally agrees with him upon religious
topics, but if ! in any way irritated, she
fears, and at the ludicrous position in which
Americans, and especially followers of the
Puritans, of Roger Williams, and of John
Knox, present themselves while striving to
shield ancient abuses from the searching op
erations of truth and a reforming age: but
we arrmore disposed to weep when we con
sider that these well-disposed but timid per
sons are unwittingly sharpening arrows a
gainst Christianity itself, the great exemplar
of all these dreaded principles.
1. Anti-ism. Jesus Christ came into the
world to establish a universal Anti-ism a
gainst sin and the father of it. The Church
useii is an Anu-sin society, canea upon io
As, in Christian lands, men of the world
judg'e of Christianity more by the conduct
of ch ristians than by the word of God, so
the heathen read the Gospel in the history
ana example oi nnstian nations, rather
than in the Bible. The natives of India
have seen the Portuguese, the Dutch, the
French and the English, bearing the stan
dard of the cross, arrive on their shores,
and, after having spread their conquests
by fire and sword, turn on each other their
deadly weapons, while contending for the
spoils. " If this be Christianity," say they,
"we want no such bloody religion."
The emperor of China refused the admit
tance of the Christian religion into his vast
empire, because, said he, "wherever
Christians go, they whrten the soil with
human bones."
O, I could write page after page to
show, by historical facts, that war has
been the greatest of all obstacles to the
spread of the Gospel among heathen na
tions, and generation after generation have
gone down to hell, without the knowledge
FINNEY'S LECTURES.
LECTURE VI.
Spirit of Prayer.
Tfxt. Likewise the Spirit also helpelk our
infirmities ; for we know not what we should
pray for as we ought ; but the Spirit itself mak
eth intercession for us with groanings which
cannut be uttered. And he that searcheth the
hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints,
according to the will of God. Romans viii.
26, 27.
I propose to show,
I. What Spirit is here spoken of, "The
Spirit also helpeth our infirmities."
II. What that Spirit'does for us.
III. Why he doeswhat the text de
clares him to do.
IV. How he accomplishes it.
V. The degree in which he influences
the minds of those who are under his in
fluence. VI. How his influences are to be dis
tinguished from the influences of evil
of a Redeemer, on account of this horrible spirits, or from the suggestions of our own
custom among his professed followers. ' minds.
How can the church clear the skins of! VTT Hnw we aro to ohtnin this no-m-
j her garments from the blood of these poor ' cy 0 te Holy Spirit.
t
louits, uui jj in any it iuiwhu, ou. , i . r .,1 .1
fn k.. r-m mMtmif I bac,c t0 that state, so delectable in th
will oppose him, by staying from meeting, of indolence and orldliness wheD it
or absenting herself from family prayers. tained nJ warfare & attempd no enc
strong holds, to fight a good fight, to be bold, ben ghted heathen, while it tolerates a
to ensure hardness as good soldiers, to de-1 custom which has barred them out of heav
strovthe works of the devil. &c. When An-! en ? ' But I believe the detail is unneces-
ti-ism is put down", the church will be bro't! sary. Every one acknowledges the ab-1 jn tne text.
the view stract truth, and most Christians are con-
Ghost, applied passao-es of the Old Testa
yi Pnt t r rrr Jno I timoc Vine- rrf Iwmn omorf
T 1 -i 1 111 sL, v i ; v. i UUC IIUl 11 U lll(lj ZKx
III V l-i f- t-iOTrt - nrrh r irvAt 1 r . 1
"" . Ji"v . 1'fc:,lt l" Ai'"1 r at the richness of meaning which they
en,oy his influences in this matter-or for found in lhe Scriptures ? So it has been
uuom me opiru uoeb uie uiiiigs &PuKen oi , -tj Christian : while HPPnlvPn.
7 . . . .v. ,
to exerc.se a single feeling or put forth an in Swearing at a desperate rate, whenever
effort to save them. And why Be- theTe vvere Christians within hearing-, on
cause they are so blind to what hell is, so ; purpose to hurt their feeinffs He was
unbelieving about the Bible so ignorant s0 bad that one man said he believed he
of the precious promises which God has ; should have to sell his place, or give it
made to faithful parents They grieve a1vav and move out of town for he5C0uld
the Spirit of God away, and it is m yam to . not five near a man that swore gQ This
trv to make them pray for their children, good man? that j was Speaking of was
while the Spmt of God is away from them .passir)g through the town, and heard cf
3. He leads Christians to understand !the case, and was very much grieved and
and apply the promises of Scripture. It distressed for the individual He took
is wonderful that in no age have Chns-, him on his pravinr list- The case weih
tians been able fully to apply the promises ( ed on his mind ,fhen he WQS as nd
of Scripture to the. events of life as they , when he mj a wake He k thilfkinfr
go along. This is not because the prom- j about himi and for h for
ises themselves are obscure. The prom- ( And the firt we klJew of h this unr0Jlv
ises themselves are plain enough. But j man came into a meeting, and gotun an"d
there has always been a wonderful dispo-1 confessed, his sins, and poured out his soul
sition to overlook the Scriptures, as a j His bar-room immediately became the
source of light respecting .thQassingjpacP where they held prayer meetings.
events of life Ho w astonished the apos-j Tnthis manner the Spirit of God leads in
tles were at Christ s application of so ma- j dividual Christians to pray for things
ny prophecies to himself! They seemed . which they would not pray for, unless they
to be continually ready to exclaim, As- i were ed by the Spirit. And thus they
tonisnmg Can it be so We never ( pray for thin?s according to the-will 6f
UI1UIISIUUU iL UCiUlC. I 1JU, UlUl mis
witnessed the manner in which the apos
tles, influenced and inspired by the Holy
God.
By some, this may be said to be a reve
lation from God. I do not doubt that
great evil has been done by saying that
this kind of influence amounts to a new
revelation. And mnny people will be
afraid ol it if they hear it called a new
The cause of her opposition may arise in
the first place, from not according altogeth
er with Lis wishes in some trifling affair.
A'dlspute arises, the father, who is nat
urally of a bilious temperament, instead of
curbing his passions, lets them loose, cre
ating a spirit of malevolence between hus
band and wife. This is at the family
board ; the wife leaves, the table. Imme
diately after breakfa3t the family are call
led to prayers. ' The wife refuses to come,
perhaps saying that prayer and anger are
incxmsisfent, therefore she does not wish
to hear her husband pray. The children
see and follow the examples of their pa
rents. . .The father tells them of the sin of
(juarrelltng, threatens and perhaps pun
ishes them. . Many a time have the chil
dren resolved and re-resolved ta be kind
and affectionate but still they go on, and
have been coin or 'on in the path of discord
these twelve years. The elder children
have often -spoken of the bad government
of the parents of the examples they have
set, ani of the unhappiness brought on the
familyby the father's giving way to his
temper.' Perhaps they are then censured
1 -
main-1 tent to stop tnere. : n tV,0 tcvt 7
uempiea no encroacn- One recent event, however, 1 must no- s
ments upon Satan's dominions, and was at
geace. Ah I that treacherous peace ! The
Ion of Man came not to send peace but a
sword to kindle a fire on the earth "and
what will I if it be already kindled?"
2. Ultraism. Jesus Christ was so far from
indulging this continual fretfulness and fear
about carrying -religious principles too far.
that he himself drovex them at once to the
ne PLCs ultra so far that there is nothing
beyond. His rules of forgiveness, of liberal
ity, of self-denial, of brotherly love, of holi
ness in all its branches, are of the extremest
character, and do not admit of being carried
any farther. And when Ultraism shall' be
put down, Christianity will be despoiled of
the moral power which she has from the in
junction, Be ye PERFECT.
3. Radicalism. When the forerunner of
the Saviour made his appearance, one of the
most impressive of his announcements was,
"Now, also,-the axe is laid to the ROOT
of the tree." And Jesus Christ, in all his
instructions, " maintained the same radical
character. He aimed at the root of the evil
in the world. He undertook to make a rad
ical change in the affairs of men, by effecting
a radical renovation in their character. The
true spirit in his church is like that of her
Master. And when her ministers busy them-
loppins
revplntinn. n thnf thpxr will nnt ttnn fn
. . . - , ... ........ .. ..... ...Lv , til ..v. .. . . IU
1 WhatSniritis it, that is snoken of ! pr V 1 17 inquire wnat it mean?, or whether the
i. v nai piru is, ii, uidi j& VOKL" ux of Scrinture are annronnate whirh hp p..;- :. I u
1 , . r r r ' - - OLUiiiuics itac :n n ui UUL. 1 I1PV SUDTjOSe
never thought ot before, as having any ; fn hn n mmnlptP sn,vpr to tUa;ti
ome have supposed that the Spirit j sucn application,
ken of in the text means our own spir- t nr.o ir.Qr r,,
uV" -VJ : , r ?PKen 01 m cn? eans,ou own sP,r1 I once knew an individual who was in
XlwX; TpH ai E i 1 ,0,'r Wn , Kut.a'Utl? atttnUon i great spiritual darkness. He had retired
f J l embra- t0 the text wil show plainly that this j for prayer, resolved that he would not de
"1, AlE?1' h"bhngr not the meani . ,Th Spirit helpeth sistPtiUJhe'found the Lord. He kneeled
nuuis iuuiv nuiu uu uitrii iceiius. i ney j our mhrmities," would then read, " Uur
were converted to Christianity. They j own spjrjt helpeth the infirmities of our
read the Gospel; they saw clearly that it ' own spirit," and "Our own spirit like-
prohibited war. 1 hey did not beat their ' M ise maketh intercession for our own snir-
e.. T ' uai- n!.rrnt r?t orxrpr selves with pullinjr at the twigs
w .cp.u. 8 L! "17?. ;;.: "C-j off the branches of evil-in other words,
or els2 the fathcr-savs the wife acts so bad,
and he . is fo troubled with sickness, that
it is impossible to restrain his anger, but
if he : does wrong they should not follow
his' example''"
Now I would make a few interrogato
ries'. Cannot a man in a great measure,
if not wholly,? restrain his bad passions, no
matte? how,severe his trials! If o, is not
this parent mistaken, and ought he not to
be informed f it) Is. it not wrong for a
Christian parent to correct his ehildren in
when they abandon the ground of CHRIS-
spears into pruning-hooks, for happily
they had no vineyards', but they converted
the points of them into instruments of hus
bandry, and took the shaf s to make rail
ings lor the pulpit stairs. War was ban
ished from among them, to the astonish
ment of the missionaries, who, it seems,
were not prepared for such results from
the preaching of the Gospel, and it led
them to consider whether the Gospel al
lowed of war, and they were converted to
the principles of peace by their own disci
ples. This we gather from the declara
tion of Rev. Mr Ellis, who adds, "The
last pulpit stairs I ascended in Rurutu
were railed with warriors' spears." But
mark the change, since the natives have
seen more of Christians, so called. They
find that Christians bite and devour one
another, and they have left the precepts of
Christ to follow the practice of his pro-
TIAN RADICALISM, they may gain the fessed disciples. Now let us see the con
1 11 1 11 . -11 .
love of the world and be called of men Rab
bi, but sin laughs at their feeble efforts.
What progress was made in the removal of
intemperance, until the blow was aimed at
the root moderate drinking ? How long did
British slavery stand, yea, and strengthen
itself, until Christian heroism went to work
radically, by proclaiming jbe glorious doc
trine of Immediate Emancipation?
4. Revolutionism. Our thoushts were
specially directed to this by seeing in our re-
it. You see you can make no sense oi
it on that supposition. It is evident from
the manner in which the text is introdu
ced, that the Spirit referred to is the Holy
Ghost. "For if ye live after the flesh,
ye shall die ; but if ye through the Spirit
do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall
live. For as many as are led by the-Spirit
of Gou, they are the sons of God. For
ye have not received the spirit of bondage
again to fear ; but ye have received the
spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children
of God." And the text is plainly speak
ing of the same Spirit.
11. W hat the Spirit docs
down and tried to pray. All was dark,
and he could not pray. He rose from his
knees, and stood a while, but he could not
give it up, for he had promised that he
wculd not let the sun go down before he
had given himself to God. He knelt
again, but it was all dark, and his heart
was hard as before. He was nearly in de
spair, and said in agony, " I have grieved
the Spirit of God away, and there is no
promise for me. I am shut out from the
presence cf God." But his resolution
was formed not to give over, and again he
knelt down. He had said but a few words
when this passage came into his mind as
fresh as if he had just read it. It seemed
as if he had just been reading the words,
" Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye
shall search for me with all your heart."
Jer. xxix. 13. He saw that thouoh this
promise was in the Old Testament, and
Answer He intercedes for the saints j was addressed to the Jcnvs it was still as
He maketh intercession for us,' and a ppicable to him as them. And it broke
wtath?- When parents quarrel, can it be hgious quarterlies so great solicitude to nre-
exjiected otherwise of their children, and i serve the British church-and-state union
if that parent wishes to live in peace, from revolution, and by reading other recent
should he not begin to live so himself? Is lameniaiiuns over me revolutionary
it propefTor, children to tell their parents
whenhey do wrong, if theydo so in an
affectionate manner?
But to' relate .'what transpired the last
Sundiymorning that I breakfasted at
their house. "" One of those usual disputes
ar0Se arid a like result happened. The
wife left the tabic, the family were called
to prayers ; she refused to come. After
prayers .were over, the youngest boy goes
into the kitchen and, finds the servant read-
f . ". t i
in? a look wnicn Deiongs to nimseu, as us
him for it, but is Tcfused. The child then
tells the father but the father says, "let
hinrread it,? .The child then tells him
that "it Is o book improper to read on the
Sabbath." The father then savs, "but if
he is not reading that, he will be doing
something worse.'. One' of the elder cVil-
dreri then inter feres' and says, "I should
think' the 'servant better have some other
boot to-day; as that is unfit for to-day"
at which the father gets hngry and says,
you , rairid your o wn business." The
child, tenacious of hcrt opinion, keeps on
tallingand endeavors fo bring in argu
ment to support what, she has said and
lmmcaiateiy you -near worusmai 111 De
come a father and ' child Now are not
these thinsrs wrong?; Is; it not wrong to
let our children; or those under our care,
commit small sins, in order that they may
keep outiof greater ones? ,' The children
also do wrong,' and I could say things
equally derogatory about them ; but my
design has bven bnly to speak here of the
fountain head. ' If this should meet the
Ceyea Of tjiosa parents, I hope they will see
ther error of their way, and know that this
is Trora a .true friend. ( M.
spirit of the times. We cannot enlarge on
this point, but only suggest that the Chris
tian religion is the grand engine of revolu
tions in the world, and will continue to be
so to the millenium ; and we shall see whose
word will stand, that of the Doctors depre
cating revolutions, or that of the Almighty
decreeing them : -'I will overturn, overturn,
overturn it : and it shall be no more, until
he come whose right it is ; and I will give
it him." New- York Evangelist.
A SOLEMN APPEAL
in'deiialf of the cause of peace.
Sec. 10. Christians ought to labor and
1 n
.,1 new Benefit of. the,. Temperance Re-
ornaion. Says a reformed, drunkard
"Drunkards always have bad wives.
I have often been with more than a dozen
fellow inebriates, ' and when 7 conversing;
about our Wires,' it was invariably; found
we all had bad wives. I would say to
inebriates, since I ha ve become a sober man
I find I have a$ good a wife as any man
can have. "From the bottom of my heart
J will sav to you.TaV the "magic temper
ance pledge, and I have no doubtyou will
experience th Bame happy result,'0
pray for the abolition of war, because
it is the greatest of all obslades to the
spread of the Gospel both at home and
abroad.
I have, in the preceding pages, noticed
some particular modes in which the cus
tom of war promotes sin and vice, and op
poses piety and virtue ; but I have not
named all the vices and sins which follow
in its train. Besides murder, robbery,
theft, falsehood, intemperance, lascivious
ness and sabbath brealcing, duelling, &c,
I might mention other sinful practices
which follow in the wake of war; for
there is, perhaps, not a single vice, of which
this fallen world is guilty, which war does
not draw after it. Vices have a moral
affinity to each other. They seldom ap
pear alone, but come in clusters. Such
are the bitter fruits of war, and "a tree is
known by its fruit."
' If the moral evils of war, by which it
sinks millions of precious souls into end
less perdition, were confined to the Chris
tian nations that carry it op, there would
surely be sufficient cause forthe most ac
tive opposition to it, and for humble and
fervent prayer to God for its cessation ;
but the exceeding sinfulness of war does
not end here. It is "evil, only evil, and
that continually:.' , and sheds its blighting
innuence on neatnen nations, ana is me
greatest of all obstacles to their conversion.
Christians not onlv have destroyed one
another during the past century more than f ed in the former.
pagans or juanometans, out tne nistoryoi
their settlements in heathen lands is writ
ten in letters of blood. -The sword his
preceded the Gospel, and extermination
has followed it. No wonder it is so diffi-
. ' cult to convert the heathen to Christianity.
sequences. In the JVJissionary Herald ol
March, 1834, the effect of war and in
temperance is thus described by the Rev
Mr Orsmond, an English missionary in
the Society Islands. "The insubordina
tion, confusion and disregard to the ordin
ary restraints, which the occurrence of ac
tual war produced, appears, as was to be
apprehended, to have increased these evils,'
viz. the evils of intemperance. In refer
ence to the effect of waxon many of the
people, the same writer', after speaking of
their intemperance, observes, " 1 have seen
more wickedness within the last two weeks
than in sixteen years before. The ordi
nances of the church were discontinued,
and these once peaceful nations have sunk
back to nearly their original state. The
Rev. Mr Simpson, missionary at Eimeo.
says, " Our people returned from Tahiti
dreadfully chagrined, they had been de
feated and in their anger, for a time, de
termined to abandon both law and gospel.
A great falling off in our adult and chil
dren's school followed, and has continued
to a great extent to the present time."
The spears have disappeared from Ruru
tu, and the nations fight, like Christians,
with muskets. That rum has been, in
part, the cause of the deplorable change,
I grant. New-England rum and Old
lit-ip ui uui lnniiiiiues, wnen we
know-not what to pray for as we ought."
He helps. Christians to pray according to
the will of God, or for the things that God
desires them to pray for.
III. Why is the Holy Spirit thus em
ployed ?
Because of our ignorance. Because
we know not what we should pray for as
we ought. We are so ignorant both of i
the will of God, revealed in the Bible, and
of his unrevealed will, that we ought to
learn it from his providence. Mankind are
vastly ignorant both of the promises and
prophecies of the Bible, and blind to the
providence of God. And they are still
more in the dark about those points of
which God has said nothing but by the
leadings of his Spirit. You recollect that
I named these four sources of evidence on
which io ground faith in prayer premis
es, prophecies, providences, and the Holy
Spirit. When all other means fail of lead
ing us to the knowledge of what we ought
to pray for, the Spirit does it.
IV. How does he make intercession for
the saints ? In whrit mode does he ope
rate, so as to help our mhrmities?
his heart, like the hammer of the Lord, in
a moment. And he prayed, and rose up,
happy in God. Thus it often happens
when professors of religion are praying
for their children. Sometimes they pray,
and are in darkness and doubt, feeling as
if there was no foundation forfaith, and no
special promises for the children ofbeliev-
i ers. Lsut wnue tney are pleading, Uoa
has shown them the full meaning of some
promises, and their soul has rested on it as
on the mighty arm of God. I onceheard
of a widow who was greatly exercised
about her children, till this passage was
brought powerfully to her mind : "Leave
thy fatherless children with me, 1 will
preserve them alive." She saw it had an
extended meaning, and she was enabled
to lay hold on it, as it were, with her
hands; and then she prevailed in prayer,
and her children were converted. The
Holy Spirit was sent into the world by
the Savior, to guide his people, and in
struct them, anJ bring things to their
remembrance, as well as to convince the
world of sin.
4. ThcSphit leads Christians to desire
and pray for things of which nothing i
- i i n I'
Not by superseding the use ot our lie- j spccjficanv said in the word of God. Take
ultics. It is not by praying for us, while j tne case of an individual. That God is
we do nothing. He prays for us, by ex- j v, illing- to save is a general truth. So it
citing our own faculties. Not that he. 1m- j j5 a gonerai lruth that he is willing to an
mediately suggests to us words, or guides . s.vpr nrnvPr. nu, how shall 1 know the
our language. But he enlightens ojrwin 0f God respecting that indivi.lua',
i l I A. , L.1111: r
Y- 1-J l.M TT J . 1 n'l . . - . , , , , ,
rngianu musKeis, iiKe nerou ana mate, minds, and makes the truth take hold ol ; v.-hnthnr T rn nrav in faith ncmrdmo- to
have agreed in ciucifying the Prince of, our souls. He leads us to consider the the will of God for the conversion and
Peace afresh. But mark the difference j state of the church, and the condition of! salvation of that individual, or not ? Here
with which they are treated by Christians, sinners around as. The manner in which the agency 0f the Spirit comes m, to lead
Resolves have been passed against rum he brings the truth before the mind, and ! the mind of God's people to pray for
by many a body of Christians, but who j keeps it there till it produces its effect, we i those individuals, and atthose times, 'when
among them all has thought of condemn
ing war ?
Ought not Christians to labor -and pray
cannot tell. tSut we can know as much j rjnrl nrpnnred to Mpcs thm. When
as this that he leads us to a deep consid-: we know not wnat to pray for, the Holy
eration ot the state of things ; and the re- Sn;r;t ea(is tne mind to dwell on some ob-
Sa,c,Ustoinso, destructive to religion, suit of this the natural and philosophical jct t0 consider its situation,
both at home and abroad, should be abol- j result, is, deep feeling. When the Spirit . value, and to feel for it, and pi
13UCU '
Tlie New Year.
to realize its
nrav. and trav-
brings the truth up before a man's mind, ai jn birth till the person is converted.
there is only one way in which he cani 1 ort 0f experience I know is less I
Keep iiuui ueep jeeung. i nai is, uy miu-1 common m cities, than it is in some parts
But the plain truth of the matter is, that
the Spirit leads a man to pray. And if
God leads a man to pray for an individu
al, the inference from the Bible is, that
God designs to save that individual. If
we find by comparing our state of mind
with the Bible, that we are led by the
Spirit to pray for an individual, we have
ircod evidence to believe that God is pre
pared to bless him.
6. By giving to Christians a spiritual
discernment respecting the movements and
developernents of Providence. Devoted,
praying Christians often see these things
so clearly, and look so far ahead, as great
ly to stumble others. They sometimes
almost seem to prophecy. No doubt per
sons may be deluded, and sometimes are
so, by leaning to their own understandino
when they think they are led by the Spir
it. But there is no doubt that a Christian
may be made to see and discern clearly
the signs of the times, so as to undeis'and,
by providence, what to expect, and thus to
pray for it in faith. Thus they are often
led to expect a revival, and to pray for it
in faith, when nobody else can see the
least signs of it.
There was a woman in New Jersey, in,
a place where there had been a revival.
She was very positive there was going to
be another. She insisted upon it that they
had had the former rain, and were now
going to have the latter rain. She want
ed to have the conference meetings ap
pointed. But the ministers and elders
saw nothing to encourage it, and wculd
do nothing. She saw Ihey were blind,
and so she went forward and got a car
penter to make seats for her, for she said
she would have meetings in her own
house. There was certainly going to be
a revival. She had scarcely opened her
doors for meetings, before the Spirit of
God came down in great power. All
these sleepy church members found them
selves surrounded all at once with con
victed sinners. And they could only say,
"Surely the Lord was in this place, and'
we knew it not." The reason why such
persons unJerstand the indication of God's
will is not because of the superior wisdom
that is in them, but because the Spirit of
God leads them to see the signs of the
times. AnJ this, not by revelation, but
they are led to see that by converging of
providences to a single point, which pro
duces in them a confident expectation of a
certain result.
V. In what degree are we to expect the
Spirit of God to affect the minds of believ
ers? The text says, "The Spirit mak
eth intercession with croanings that can
not be uttered." The meaning of this I
understand to be, that the Spirit excites de
sires too great to be uttered except by
groans. Something that language can
not utter making the soul to full to utter
its feelings by words, where the person
can only groan them out to God, who un
derstands the language of the heart.
VI. How are we to know whether it
is the Spirit of God that influences our
; minds or not?
1. Not by feeling that some external
. i -.i , . i , i w -J . . n i- i . ur-
n i i i , , incr awav nis tnoncrhts. nnn eaninor nis,r.i i fa nhmtp rmm- muueiiue ur utreucv is aDnnea io us. e
nrauer. now no vrm intend to tnonn p . . o o i ui iijc cuum v. uciausc ui - . i i .
. t ; - , i r .1 i : o ...
.1 . n 1 ... J a.
the year to come? In doing ffood to your mina io mm oi other things, dinners, i ber 0fthings to divert the attention and are no, loexpecno reel our minos. in
J u uuic Swvu y ' ...V. .V, C flJ .L. i iL .. Tl L. J nhrciol Titos- U If tni-h o
i i 1. - wucu ine omriL n in uiuilts inn ir i : . i c?.; , .,t ,rc i nave nan i uuvoiv-u-i uuiai tv ui uuu. Ai u.
ir 111 w I rPHl 11 ' 1 Tl nirtnnp n yrt ra.iin rt I i w r ihvm r .Tin I I ill I ILlv ii
your Creator? As this roly be your lasr bef?re them! must feel: They feel wrong j much opportunity to know how it has
J I : iv II iu ill l". v. ii - - ii. .
TM9 lot if Yd On.! 1 MntAnt
i ti in . . . i a man is a ( vhnsti.in. anrt the Ho vT Snirit : i; 4..l rV moH tn L-ppti a list
inquiry, now snail i spend it tor the pro , . , 7 . ' J . .r , . wun an mumuuai wn- - - f
. . - ; hrincrs n snhiocr mtn -nrm pnntart with hio f 1 h- ennrcrn.
motion oi tne greatest pood? Lose no , 7 " - ."J , y , 7 Jl persons mai ne aS apc-
time in idleness and vice, in thoutrhtless-! nea"' , K l Jus as mpossiDie ne snouiu i ed for . and i have had the opponuuuy lo
ness and folly, but let acts ol iustice and 1 T,'M U 18 . ?n Tl ! know a multitude ot persons ior nuux ue
.i, - . . i-"pi ii irnii nut if into tns nro it rno i 1 -i -tart n-nn wprp immp.
ji it -" 1 niv. oecame mus iuicirsnr-, --
diately converted. I have seen him pray
W nprsons on his list, when he was liter-
allv in an asrony for them; and have
mercy fill up your days, ana your last ! e . 1 P.ut " nrf' "
l 4 -ii i 1 i . J. ? . 4 : Snint nf HnH IpsiHs him In Hvup. nn ihi
nnnra txtiii rx fiieorod nnih k i ...... - -
..... uwiu. V, Afcii 111C Ul U5 1 ICH" ll.i . 1
t ry I calculated to excite warm ana overnower-
. - . . .
insrs
of eternal felicity.
Jur. Ref
ing feelings, and he is not excited by them,
The latter part of a wise man's life, is!" Pv" h?P"n loy lor SPU,ls' n
employed in curing the follies, prejudices """8 01 l?e nnsl' .ana Know
thing can be, we know of no way in which
it can be made sensible. Ave know that
we exercise our minds freely, and that our
thoughts are exercised on something that
excites our feelings. But we are net to
expect a miracle to be wrought, as if we
were led by the hand, sensibly, or like
something whispered in the ear, or any
miraculous manifestation of the will of
...ai m .
God. Individuals otten grieve the Spirit
,i -i ... ....
' sometimes known him call on some other I away, becausemey do not harbor h,m and
neron to help him pray for such a one. j cherish his influences. Sinners often do
and fate onininn,. trhirh hTZXXZZru notnin& atout Christian experience, j i haVe known his mind to fasten thus on i n "!?
t . . . r wMftw . M . . . , . , , ; . j. f ho,j, oktmnnnn iicev wcic uuuci tuiiTiaioii uv me ooiru.
V "ho Um.il mi mi lha i .hi-iMion Ipp 'an inuinuuai ui ajutucu, ouuauuu . - , , , . . .
the valu of souls, and thfi miilr and dan-i character, aud who could not be reached
r ... P . J?.
He who wants good sense is unfortun- o-Pr nf sinners in thir nrpnt condition, in any ordinary way. In
ate in having: learning : for he thereby i Tt nmnTinf. hnxtr Artrr anil Stunid Chris- 1 north part of this state,
MWAV liaia Ul CAIHIKIIIU II I III.NfI 1. I tiAna . Li rrAn I .nriBTiari ITVlVn
i o iiaus uiicii aic auuui mis. 111 1 -
. 1
a town hi
where there was a
individual who
Drinking-water, neither makes a man 1 parents let their children go right down J was a most vi
sick nor in debt nor his wife a widow.' to hell before their eves, and scarcely seem er . He kept
they should have such and such mysteri
ous feelings, a shock would come upon
them, which they could not mistake
Many Christians aTe so ismorant of the
most violent and outrageous oppos- Spirits influences, and havejhought so
a tavern, and used to delignt little about navmg ms assistance m yiy-
v
on

xml | txt