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Transform your husbands into passive drones,
In the conclusion, I commend the BIBLE to the higher and more devout estimate of every reader. To the worldly or fanatical neglecter of the word of God,” I would say,
Retire, and read thy Bible, to be gay.
'Tis easy ; it invites thee ; it descends
“ He said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to en
ter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL THINGS MUST BE FULFILLED which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding that they might understand the scriptures." Luke, 24 : 25-27, 44, 45. Thus, the illumination of Christ is always in subserviency to our knowledge of the scriptures. It is so now, as it was and will be. He illumines our minds not without his written word, nor in opposition to it, nor as if the illumination itself were a rule-since it is only bringing mind to take purely the sense of scripture and to act accordingly in honor of that supreme rule, with affectionate faith in the eternal testimony of God.
To all professing christians, members of the church visible of the Redeemer, I would say—think of your high duty, to this charter of your hopes, this mirror of the divine glory, this development of infinite grace! and hold it, not only,—but "hold it fast :-contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints ;-striving together for the faith of the gospel.” In one short epistle, Paul thrice enjoins it on the church, to maintain the truth of scriptural revelation even against any members of their own body, baptized and regular professors, who should in any way occasionally dishonor it. He says, “ Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epis
tle.” The “traditions ” of inspired men, the apostles of the Lamb, it is orthodoxy itself to maintain ; as well as to resist all other traditions, as those of human invention and authority. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” We are here solemnly required to "withdraw” fellowship from such ! “ And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.” Is it then a lower rule than something in him? All these passages occur in 2 Thes. 2:15, and 3:6, 14. It is the pervading exhortation, and the most solemn injunction of the whole word of God. Experience, reason, history, and the nature of the case, concur with all other sources of right influence known to us, to urge the momentous duty of GUARDING, in this hostile world, the invaluable deposit of the oracles of God !—for ourselves, for our cotemporaries, for our children, for our posterity, for eternity, and for the glory of their adorable Author ! guarding them in their unrivaled excellency ; in their celestial fulness of grace and truth ; in their wonderful adaptation to the states and wants of fallen probationary man ; in their absolute supremacy, on the principle that THE WORD OF GOD is the highest law in the universe, equally for saints and angels, in this world and that which is to come-and that the mere circumstance or incidental fact that his word to us is written, printed, contained identically in "the
holy scriptures,” only defines more steadfastly our duty, while it also facilitates its performance. “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
1. Dr. Alexander's inaugural discourse.
2, 3. Parents of the present Professor Douglass of the University of the city of New-York.
My father died at thirty-four years of age, in the city of Philadelphia; from which he had a few years before removed, and where he had recently arrived on business. I may be excused for transcribing in this place—for special reasons—an OBITUARY that appeared in Poulson's Daily Advertiser. It proceeded (I judge) from the pen of an honorable citizen of that metropolis, who well knew him, who is still alive, and whom his cotemporaries universally and justly esteem.
“ Died, 1st month, 4th, 1801, of an inflammation of the heart, James Cox, of Rahway, East New-Jersey. He left home about three weeks since, apparently in the enjoyment of vigorous health ; having possessed an excellent constitution, and lived in the habits of strict temperance. He seemed to have a peculiar claim to the attainment of old age : his prospects were bright and his conscience unsullied. He was in the prime of life ; and blessed with a lovely wife and live small children, who, by his early and unexpected exit, are bereaved of an excellent husband and father. His mind was uncommonly energetic, his heart warm and affectionate, and his principles sound and correct. His life was marked with valuable and manly traits of character, and his last moments were gilded with the serene hope and confidence of the CHRISTIAN."
5. As whose colleague the venerable Ashbel Green, D. D. LL. D. now in his seventy-first year, was ordained in April, 1787.
6. The opposers of a female ministry, as all enlightened christians are, in obedience to the plainly revealed will of God, are very far from denying either that they are sisters in Christ Jesus, or that they are endowed with very valuable gifts to be exercised in his service, or that there are appropriate spheres in which their talents and their virtues may shine together, with his reflected light and to his purest praise. If a christian lady has the talents of a Miriam, she need not have her usurpation too, Numb. 12, or incur her terrible rebuke, in arriving at distinguished usefulness. She need not become amazonian in order to be christian. In fact every private christian, of either sex, may wisely occupy a place or improve an occasion, always to be found, of service to souls and of honor to God. “And a wise man's heart discerneth both time and