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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
Sound Doctrine. Extracted from the Writings of the most Eminent Reformed
Divines. Translated from the French. Hazard, Bath. Mawman,
London, 12mu. Pp. 310. Price 38. 6d. IN
everlasting gospel, we remark, with particular pleasure, the various publications tending to impress the conscience with a deeper sense of the truths once most furely believed among us. The prefent extracts, from the most respected sources of the French Protestant church, and her most distinguished divines, will shew that, whatever darkness bigotted fuperftition, or proud philofophy may have cast over that once illuminated region, we may still hope that a like fpirit may be again stirred up, as glowed in the bolom of those venerable men, whose names grace the pages here produced, and speak the found doctrine which they taught, and their congregations held
It is a strong encouragement to attempt anėw the introduction of these evangelical tru!hs into France, that it is a foil in which they once had taken deep root; and probably many individuals might yet be found, among the too general apostacy, holding fast the faithful word, and reading the book of God, and the works of these found divines, in which, though dead, they yet speak; and speak a uniform language, testifying to the glory of their Divine Master, and thewing forth the riches of his grace in all its divine fulness. May the Spirit of God more abundantly diffuse the sweet favour of this grace in every land !
The Confessions of Faith of the Walloon and Reformed in France, are in unifon with our own; and the testimony of Daille, Despagne, De Bosc, Du Moulin, Durand, Eustache, Farel, Guelter, Heidegger, Leger, Mestrezat, Ofterwald, Pietet, Spanheim, Superville, Turretin, Wesenfels, Calvin, and others, with the Heidelberg Catechism, all speak one language, teach one faith, and one Lord.
The collector of this precious assemblage of testimonies from this bright host of confessors, has furnilhed a rich treat on the various subjects of his works; which might, indeed, be all reduced to this one point, That" Jesus Christ crucified is the foundation, the centre, the substance, the all in all of religion.”
This collection was first published in French at Basil, in 1769, with the approbation of the Dean of the Theological Facuity. We understand the author was a Swiss minister, whose life was spent in the zealous labours of the ministry, and whom Gud greatly blessed and owned. It will be found, we trust, amidst the too general and awful departure from the gospel in Switzerland and Geneva, as well as France, that a " few names yet remain even in Sardis, who have not defiled their garments, and shall walk with their divine Saviour in white, för they are worthy." The Lord're. vive his work in the midst of the years, and increale their number univerfally ! Perhaps the new order of things now arising, with whatever inaufpicious commencements respecting the gospel of Christ it may have been begun, may be so ordered and settled by Hiin who rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm, as to issue in his more abundant glory, and the triumphs of the truth as it is in Jesus.
An Attenipt to exhibit the Meaning and Connexion of Romans v. 12, &c.
particularly Shewing how they apply to the certain Salvation of all Infants.
Pp: 30. Price is. Faulder. 1800. THE fcriptures are express
and full respecting the everlasting condition of those persons to whom they are addressed : “He who believeth, shall be saved; he who believeth not, shall be damned.” Abcur the ftate of angels, heathens, or any who die in infancy, little is said; divine revelation being adapted to promote our own salvation, not to gratify our curiosity concerning others. The future state of infants is, however, a subject highly interesting to human feelings, and peculiarly to those of pa
Several good and great men have laboured to establish, upon scriptural ground, the certainty that all infants are faved; while they have differed considerably in the arg ments adopted by them for the pur. pose. The writer of this small pamphlet observes, that Dr. John Tayo lor, President Edwards, and Dr. Chauncy, have detected the errors of predecessors, but have substituted others of their own.
He rests his argument chiefly upon the 15th verse of the fifth chapter to the Romans; apprehending, that by the “ many who are dead,” are meant infants, " that
had not finned after the fimilitude of Adam's transgression ;” and that much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abandoned to the fame many;" inferring thence," that the benefit to the infant posterity of Adam universally extends, beyond their deliverance from death, to positive future felicity.” The next two verses he understands of Adam's adult pofterity.
The author limits the effects of Adam's fin upon his infant posterity to temporal death, conlidering future misery as annexed only to actual transgression. Accordingly, he paraphrases v. 19, in these words : " As in confequence of the one disobedient, many will, by becoming finners, and 'continuing in fin, receive the wages of fin, which is the second death ; so 'many will, notwithstanding they are finners, by the obedience of Christ, be treated as righteous, and partake of eternal life.” P. 22. It seems improbable that rädsnus, which signifies to constitute, and is here twice translated “made,” should be used in senses so different as those exprell. ed in this paraphrase.
The information, candour, and benevolence, discovered in this attempt, recommend it to acceptance; and the arguments form a desireable fupplement to those which others have advanced upon this interesting topic, particularly in an Essay intitled, Infant Salvation, respectfully quoted by the Author, and printed for Button in 1793.
Captivity without Dominion, experimentally confulered: in a Sermon preach.
ed at Waltham Abbey, on Romans vii. 23, by W. Brackcit. Sudbury, printed : Button, London. p. 36. Price 6d. THAT being brought into captivity to sin, and being under its dominion,
are not only distinct circumstances, but incompatible with each other, is the position which the author aims to establish in this discourse. He ap
pears to be aware of the difficulty of his subject. To enter fully upon all che different distinctions of the law in the members, and the law of the - mind, he thinks, “is not to be expected in the present state.” He confiders the “ law of the mind” as disposing the will; but that " what may be denominated affe Etion, being thought with approbation, liking, or desire, fcerns to be a medium of exercise both to a principle of grace, as the law
of the mind, and indwelling fin, as the law in the members.” We doubt whether practical christians, in general, will be able to avail themselves of this distinction, under the prevalence of temptation, as it will certainly not be easy to discern the difference of " thought with approbation, liking, or defire,” from the operation of the will.” They may, however, derive benefit from the perusal of this discourse, as it is written in a sensible and profitable manner. In recommending its general tenor, we think it need. ful to suggest some caution, relative to a passage in p: 5, and another in p: 13; in which we think the author has been carried by his system beyond fcriptural ground. In the first, he says, believers “ never were liable (in the proper sense of the word) to the wrath or displeasure of God,” &c. If they were not, we cannot see it necessary that Christ should suffer in their stead, or should inake intercellion for them. In the latter, he uses expressions equally unguarded : “If many persons will harangue and infift much on the duty of all men to love God, I presume they cannot mean the exercise of an affection peculiar to the influence of a divine principle, as the law of the mind.” We, on the other hand, presume that the terms in which the first great command is given, cannot be understood otherwise ; and that it is the command of God which alone constitutes dury. The Close of the Eighteenth Century improved. A Sermon, preached a:
Princes Street Chapel, Dec. 28, 1800. By CH. Buck. Published by
requeft. 8vo. p. 48. Price is. Chapman, &c. London. ΤΗΣ HIS is a good sermon, and contains much information. It compre
hends a summary of what has been done among us in the last century to promote the interests of religion, and the various institutions which have been established for that purpose. The names of some of the most distinguished instruments in effe£ting the late revival of religion are mentioned ; and, froin the consideration of the divine bencdiction upon their efforts, the preacher earnestly addresses his hearers, and exhorts them to redouble their diligence in the service of the Lord. Eight Village Dialogues, between Farmer Littleworth and Thomas Newman,
Rev. Mr. Lovegood, Parfon Dolittle, and others. By Row. Hill, A. M. 12mo. pp. 126. 15. sewed. Is. 6d. bound. Williams,
OUR opinion of the excellency of these dialogues is sufficiently evident from our inserting them in the body of the work ; and the same circum(tance makes it unnecessary to give extracts. We have no doubt but the public opinion will coincide with our own, and give them an extent of circulation proportionate to their merito Beside their religious tendency, they discover traits of real genius and originality. All the chara&ters are so accurately drawn, and every incident so naturally in: troduced, that, unless we are deceived by the partiality of friendship, they will rank with the most popular productions of the age ; and we sincerely hope, they will be as useful as they are inftructive and entertaining.
NEW PUBLICATIONS. . Four Sermons before the Missionary Society, May 1801, by the Rev. }. Mends, W. Roby, J. Cooke, and 'W, Tyler; to which is prefixed the Annual Report, &c. 2s. 6d. Chapman,
Divine Authority of the Bible; or, Revelation and Reason opposed po Sophistry and Ridicule ; being a Refutation of Paine's Age of Reason. Part i and 2. By R. Thompson. 12mo. 2s. Higham.
Poverty, and other Poems, Religious and Moral. By Charles A, Allnatt. 12mo, 25, Matthews. Vol. IX.
Poçtical Version of certain Psalms. By R. Cumberland, Esq. 29 Rivingtons.
Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, with Original Notes, Preface, and the Life of the Author. By T. Scott, Chaplain to the Lock. No. 1, 2, and 3, (to be completed in 9 monthly Nos.) 8vo, with Engravings is. each. Seeley.
The Evangelical Clergyman; or a Vindication of the Religious Principles and Conduct of a Minister of the Gospel. By G. Hodson. Svo. is.
Williams. The Nonconformist's Memorial, No. 1 and 2, with elegant portraits New Edition improved. (To make 3 volumes when complete.) Price each No. 1s. Button and Son.
A Charge to the Clergy of Bedford. By R. Shepherd, D.D. Mawman,
Advice to a Minister of the Church of England, &c. By J. Naple. ton, D. D. 25. 60. Sael and Co.
The Revelation of St. John compared with itfelf and other parts of Scripture. 25. Hurst,
A new and large Collection of Hymns and Pfalms. By the Rev. Jo Deacon, Symonds.
Dialogue between a Churchman and a Methodist. is. Rivington. Real Religion, exemplified in the Experience of Mrs. Agnes Beaumont. Written by herself. Revised, &c. by S. Burder. 12mo. 2d. Button and Son.
Letters to Dr. Ryland, on his “ First Lie refuted.” By J. Rowe. 6d. Do.
The Partiality, &c. of Socipian Zeal, in Reply to the above. By J. Ryland, D. D. is. 6d. Button and Son.
The Example of Christ a Motive to Benevolence. By. G. R. Ward, IS Hurft.
Dr. Gill's Reasons for Separating, &c. calmly confidered by R. Hart; M. A. Is. Rivington.
The Important Question at Issue, &c. in a Letter to the Editors of Zion's Trumpet. By J. Hey. 8vo. 15. 6d. Button and Son.
Reply to Ditto. By T. Biddulph. 6d. Rivingtons.
Oriental Dialogues on the Spirit and Beauties of the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews. 8vo. Cadell and Davies.
Poems translated from the French of Madam Guion. By the late W. Cooper, Esq. To which are added fome Original Poems not in hiş Works. 18mo. 35. Williams,
MRS. HEMMING. MAY 7th, 1800, died Mrs. H. wife of Mr. H. needlemaker, Atwood,
near Alcester. Born of pious parents, it was her privilege to be called regularly to the duties of divine worship, both public and domestic ; and on these duties, from very early life, the discovered a readiness to attend; yet was there perceived no clear mark of inward piety until The drew towards the age of twenty, when, being afflicted with a fever, the conversation of Ministers and other Chrittian friends was rendered useful to her fout. The work, which appears to have been at this period begun, advanced rather in a gradual way for several succeeding years ; and, in Jaruary 1793, the joined the Baptist Church at Alcefter, where the continued much-respected member to the end of her days.
The diforder, which terminated in her death, commenced February 1799, and was pronounced by the faculty hydro-thorax, or an accumulaRica of water in her cheft. During the last three or four weeks, her den
parture was almost daily expected by all who faw her ; nor were the fymptoms of approaching diffolution concealed from her own apprehens, Fions. That religion, however, which she had professed and adorned in life, presented her with the prospect of a triumph over death, and of a joyful entrance into immortality. Let it be noticed, to the honour of Chrift's gospel, and for the encouragement of all his followers who may peruse this narrative, that Mrs. H. though not possefled of great natural fortitude, felt herself on folid ground, while resting her eternal falvation on the promife of undeferved mercy. Although the uprightness of her deportment was excelled by few, yet no one could be less desirous of claiming heaven on the foundation of personal merit ; no one more sensible
of her defert as a miserable finner. Often did she say, with eternity before her, “ I should be miserable now, if I had no Saviour to trust in ; nothing will do for a dying finner but the religion of Christ.” With the greateft apparent satisfaction and pleasure the adopted the Apoftle's words, “ Complete in him !” Sometimes the would say, " I hope I fhall not deceive myself at last : this would be an awful thing.” But, that God would deceive her she had never any fear; and, in a general way, when asked concerning the state of her mind, she was enabled to say, “I know that God is faithful, and I feel no doubt but all will be well.”
These hopes produced great resignation to the Divine Will during her long and painful affliction. Those who were most with her, cannot recollect ever to have heard her utter a repining word. On some accounts The beheld death as a gloomy object; * but,” said she, “ he is a conquered enemy,” One day, as a friend was about to pray with her, she faid she did not wish any person should pray for her life; but would rather, if it were'the will of God, that the hour of deliverance was arrived. On another occafion, being asked whether the should like to live, the replied, “ If I were sure to enjoy my health and all my friends again, I would not come back into life.” And, under these feelings, she often repeated the words of Dr. Doddridge,
“ Come, ye angelic envoys, come,
“ Source of my joy and of your own." And frequently, while endeavouring to lift herself up in bed, she ade dressed her Heavenly Father in these lines,
« Oh ! ftill this feeble frame support,
" Which thine own hand has rear'd, « Till I an heav'nly house may claim,
“ By sovereign grace prepar’d.” That religion, whose bleffed influence sustained her own foul, the eare neftly recommended to those who came to see her. Moft tenderly did the intreat a relative to forsake his ungodly companions, and seriously to seek the Lord ; begging him, at the same time, to regard the words of a dying filter. May the tears which flowed on these occasions be followed by rears of unfeigned repentance towards God, and of cordial affection towards our Lord Jesus Christ. Another, who had manifested some concern for his salvation, she encouraged to persevere, bidding him not mind what the world might say of him, but “ Folloiv on to know the Lord.” Several young people, also, received her dying admonitions, and heard her ««ll them how they might be happy for ever.