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cal idol of the day, and this idol are the men who could insult the has been extolled almost to adora- religious as drivellers and bigots, tion by some preachers in dissent- and set their mouths against the ing pulpits in the metropolis very heavens. lately! we mean Lord Byron,
How instructive is the lesson, than whom, we fear, there is not a that those principles which are the lost spirit, who receives from souls stain of their poetry, were the he has ruined by the fascinations curse of their lives; and how difof genius, more of upbraiding and ferent would have been their lot, bitter reproach. In the world of had their genius been hallowed by hopeless woe, misery will be en- devotion ; and how blest their hanced by the criminations of memory, had the Rose of Sharon those who ascribe their perdition to been mingled with their laurels.authors, whose writings, after their pp. 200, 201, &c. death, continue to work with poi There is an antiquated puritanic sonous and fatal agency. How custom, which yet lingers with us, many, under sentence of condem- and like the rays of a fine setting nation, fiercely accuse Voltaire as sun, enlivens, cheers, and beautithe cause of their ruin ! The con fies some of our non-conforaling trast to that blessed state, where households, and which, notwithapostles, martyrs, and confessors, standing the sneers and ridicule have, in their converts, a theme of cast upon it, the excellent aujoy and a crown of rejoicing. thor of this work has vindi
But this foe of God and man, cated, recommended, and attemptthis eulogized modern poet, who ed to resuscitate. Should it be ridiculed all that is sacred, and raised again, we may say to the laughed to scorn Revelation and Church,“ Thy dead men shall its believers, with true infidel con- live; together with it shall they sistency, was himself the slave of arise: awake and sing, ye that superstitious feelings and fears. dwell in dust, for thy dew is as This man, who gloried in his con the dew of herbs.” The obsolete tempt of religion, when a boy, was practice here referred to, is the sowarned by a fortune-teller that he ber and reverential method of anshould die in his thirty-seventh year. ticipating the Sabbath-day; in the That idea haunted him unceasing• observance of which will be found ly; and in his last illness, he men the very spring, essence,
and proof tioned the prediction as preclud- of unfeigned piety. ing all hope of his recovery. It
" In reviewing these six questions (on repressed, says his physician, that the Fourth Commandment), I trust we energy of spirit so necessary to feel a stronger desire than ever to halassist nature in struggling with dis- low the Sabbath, and for this purpose, inHe talked of two days as
stead of engrossing the evening of Satur.
day with a more than usual measure of his unlucky days, on which no toil and care, let us redeem a portion of thing could tempt him to com- it for those exercises in which the heart mence any matter of importance, will be prepared to seek God: Such imand alleged, in
excuse for in- pressions of the coming Sabbath, are to
the heart and dwelling what the light of dulging in such fancies, that his dawn, ere the sun rises, is to nature; friend Shelley also had a familiar, even a call to the plants to open their who had admonished him that he leaves to his influence, and to the birds should perish by drowning; and
to lift up their voices in his welcome.
Indulge not in liberties with the Sabbath, such was the fate of that gifted which may be pleaded by others as an but misguided man. Yet these apology for their folly. If you interfere
even in the smallest matter with the sanc of two hundred and three octavo tity of this day, they will think them
pages on the MODE, and eightyselves entitled to seek in it their own pleasure. Plead not the disregard of eight on the SUBJECTS of the orthe Lord's day by your neighbours, as an
dinance. Yet be not alarmed; apology for not keeping it so strictly as for, if the author is to be believed,
Your piety should win it is the last work that will ever be them, instead of their carelessness corrupting you. They may scoff at your
written on the subject.
And cersecluding yourselves from the gaieties in tainly, if rashness of hypothesis, which they indulge, but there are afflic. confidence of assertion, pride of tions which will come into their families, achievement, and contempt of under which they will feel the want of that piety, in its spirit and consolations, opponents, are likely to have any which they now scorn, and may turn to weight with thee, it
be taken the Lord with weeping and mourning.” for granted, that, if there be the
One quotation more and we have material and an administrator at done.
hand, not many hours will have “Let us seek for the casting down of elapsed after thou hast perused every system or practice that invades these pages ere thou shalt have Christ's kingly prerogative. How auda
submitted to“ modern immersion,” ciously has this been done by Antichrist, which, however, the last writer on who exalteth himself above all that is called God; who, as an old writer says the subject, whom we have revery strikingly, came in like a fox, reigns viewed, has proved not to be like a dragon, and shall die like a dog. Scriptural baptism at all. If what the rights of conscience are invaded, Mr. Carson terms axioms are inwhen his ordinances are prostituted to se
deed such, the matter is for ever cular purposes, when to wealth and power
wealth and power set at rest; and except prejudice, , is committed the appointment of the minis
or an obstinate determination to ters of religion, and when its teachers are made slaves to popular caprice or
reject the obvious dictates of the dictation. Arise, o God, and plead thine Spirit, continues to operate, the own cause.”-p. 117.
whole Christian world must forthShould this book be read and
with embrace the principles of studied as it deserves, with dili- Anti-pædobaptism. gence and
From what we discovered of prayer, we may hope to see our Flavels, our Doolittles,
the spirit and manner of the author our Owens, our Caryls,
in his work on Inspiration, one of Howes,our Bateses, again amongst
the most crude, uncritical, and unThese were giants in their satisfactory books that ever apdays, and they shall go before peared on that subject, we were Him in the spirit and power of quite prepared to expect that he Elias, to turn the hearts of the would not be wanting in assumpfathers to the children, and the tion, arrogance, and dunning andisobedient to the wisdom of the
nouncements of the greatness of his just, to make ready a people pre- victories; but really, in the pre
doings, and the efficiency of his pared for the Lord.
sent publication, he out-herods
Herod himself. " I have, from Baptism in its Mode and Subjects con
first to last, proceeded as if I were sidered ; and the arguments of Mr. Ewing and Dr. Wardlaw refuted. By
on oath. If I have not settled Alexander Carson, A.M. Minister of the that controversy (the import of Gospel. Edinburgh. 8vo. 1831.
the word Battiğw) there is not truth What! another book on Bap- in axioms." “ They (lexicogratism? Yes, gentle reader, ano. phers, critics, and commentators,) ther book on Baptism, consisting have universally, so far as I know,
taken, as a first principle, that pied with criticisms on the word; which is a mere figment.” Speak- and so thoroughly determined is ing of the argument deduced from he to finish the dispute about dipthe representations of Scripture, ping, that he asserts the words of respecting the pouring out of the the Septuagint respecting the body spirit, Mr. C. declares: “ If I do of Nebuchadnezzar, ano ans Opocov not blow it out of the seas, I will του ουρανού το σωμα αυτον εβαφη consent to be broiled on Cobbett's cannot by any possibility be rengrid-iron.” “ Nay, had I no more dered otherwise than “his body conscience than Satan himself, I was immersed in the dew of heacould not, as a scholar, atiempt to ven!” But how did the action of expel immersion from this account.” immersion take place ? Oh, not (Acts viii. 36) “I would gainsay at all! “ The Holy Spirit, by an angel from heaven, who would Daniel, used the word signifying say that this (Christ's) commission to immerse, when speaking of the may extend to the baptism of any wetting of Nebuchadnezzar by but believers. Here then I stand the dew, to enliven the style.” entrenched, and I defy the in- Lamented Greenfield! what an genuity of earth and hell to drive addition would have been made to me from my position.” But we will thy Neologian sins, hadst thou innot multiply citations. These are dulged in such a criticism as this ! sufficient to show our readers, that The second part of the book is for dictatorial infallibility, Mr. made up of quibbles on such parts Carson surpasses any of the popes of the writings of Ewing and that have occupied the chair of St. Wardlaw, as treat of the subjects Peter.
of Baptism, which, after all, is the The book itself is incapable of more important part of the controanalysis, or any thing in the shape versy: We sincerely wish such of of a regular review. Though the our readers as may expend seven author admits that Battw is shillings on the volume, health, panever used to denote the ordi- tience, and good temper to read it nance of baptism, yet the greater through. We entertain no doubt part of his dissertation of more concerning the result. than two hundred pages is occul
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