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lous and even heretical apophthegm, tion which ought to be answered of his master, Erasmus:
ir ubicun- “ What is the ground for the loud que pura mens est, ibi Deus est;" and frequent accusations brough
the high corumendation be- against me as a preacher not evangestowed, at p. 119, on a quotation in lical?"" Had we been told by whom which Erasmus contends for the di. these "loud and frequent accusations” vine inspiration of some of the clas- were brought, we could better have sical writings, “ cum illa scriberent replied to the query. It is possible, numen aliquod bonum agitaverit;" for instance, that the antigonian -as well as a note extracted from followers of Mr. Huntington might that distinguished writer, Jeremy use this language to all who would Yaylor (whose quiver, we regret to insist on the regulation of the heart say, occasionally furnishes aw arrow and life by the precepts of Scripture. 10 a bad cause), in defence of dice, Real churchmanship, ia like manner, &c. horse-racing, cock-fighting, the might possibly bring down the trefight of quails and partridges, bull- upendous imputation of " not evangebaiting, &c.- op ali which we had lica!” from some classes of bigoted dis. projected some remarks. After the senters. “ Not evangelical” also may quotation from Bishop Taylor; to be the title by which a good stitf papist which we have alluded, we entirely might designate a sound protestant. lose sight of Dr. Butler ; for, leaping But if the author desires to know into a sort of classical car, constructs why we should a little question his ed of an infinity of hard names, pretensions to it, we shall endeavour, Greek and Latin, cut short, for the very faithfully, to give the reasons. confusion of us unlettered readers, The author refers to his owo sermons he disappears in a cloud, with Ca- as evidence of the fairness of his saubon. Animadv. in Athenæum, and claim to this title; and as that beValcken. ad Theocr. Idy 11."(p.129.) fore us evidently contains a pretty We trust that he was found, or full developement of his principles, picked up, after his flight, at Shrews- and probably not an unfavourable bury.
specimen of his manner, we shall There is, however, one passage in satisfy ourselves with the induction this publication which we have of particulars which it supplies. Our thought it right to reserve for a more readers, we trust, will excuse our extended comment. It occurs at p. touching briefly on some points to 92, and is as follows :
which we have before adverted. " In the sermons which I myself preach,
In the first place, then, we should and read, and hear, there is always an ex complain that this sermon displayed press mention of the name of our Holy Re- a very inaccurate statement of some deemer, or a reference to bis Gospel, for the of the fundamental doctrines of Chrispurpose of illustrating soine doctrine, or en- tianity. Wher be speaks of the forcing some practical duty, or confirming fall, for instance, merely as producthe deduction of reason from the attributes tive of " death and multiplied sorand works of God. When therefore, the rosts,” we should say that the catalast appeal is thus made directly or indi rectly to the authority of Holy Writ, by the Jogue of consequences was deficient preachers of the Established Church, when by the almost endless list of morat questions purely scriptural are often discussed evils by which society is scourged. by them, when every discourse is preceded The “ death” spoken of in Scripture, by a supplication, in which the game of as the general lot of man, is not Jesus is reverentially introduced, and by that merely the death of the body; for, very form of prayer which be lias himself says the apostle to living men, “You commanded and taught us to employ, what, hath he quickened who were dead in I would ask, is the ground for the loud and trespasses and sins.” Nor was bodily frequent accusations brought against us as sorrow the only evil engendered by preachers not evangelical?"
the fall; 'for, says the same inspired The author here puts a ques. writer, “ lo us, that is, in our flesh,
dwelleth no good thing." In like awaits the Christian, to which those manner, we should complain that the divinely inspired” Greek and Rostatement of the author is no less de- man sages were not exposed. fective upon the doctrine of the But to speak more seriously, we Divine Agency. But on this point, think well of Dr. Butler's solicitude as well as the former, we have ale to obtain the name of evangelical. ready sufficiently enlarged. Now It is, we conceive, an honourable the creed of the author thus either title; and we shall be sincerely glad opposing or falling short of Scrip- to attend him to this font, and to see ture, upon two points of paramount him baptized with this baptism. If, importance, could it be a matter of therefore, he will do us the favour of surprise if persons who profess to listening to us for a few moments, we adhere closely to the Bible, should will tell him the measures by which refuse to associate the epithet of he may infallibly obtain the name. “ evangelical" with the name of Let him begin by giving his most Dr. Butler
serious attention to the whole of the If we proceed from the investiga. New Testament; not only to the GoLion of his creed to that of his scale spels, but to those of the Epistles of religious and moral practice, as of the companions and followers of exhibited in this sertion, we think Christ which he appears so completely that we should still be equally justi- to have overlooked in his discussion fied in refusing him the title of of the Christian character. Let him, evangelical. That cannot be an with earnest prayer to God, study, evangelical standard of practice in these several works, the Christian which differs from the model exbi- creed and practice. Let him endeabited to us in the conduct of Christ pour to seize upon the prominent himself, or from the rules which he ideas exbibited by our Saviour and laid down for the conduct of others. his apostles; upon the master feelings But such is the staudard of the which employed the affections and author. He neither inculcates the prompted the conduct of the early devotion by which our Lord was so Christians. Let hina' satisfy himself, strikingly characterized, nor as the serious inquirer will, we think, tolerates the self-denial which Christ always do, that the leading topics so continually enjoins. Dr. Butler's there are the redemption of a lost Christian, for what we can see, world by the blood of Christ, and the might be sensual, self-indulgent, sanctification of a corrupt nature by worldly, a “ lover of pleasure ;" his Holy Spirit; that every thing else whilst the evangelical Christian must serves as a sort of scaffolding for these, be spiritual, must“ take up his is framed and fitted so as to display cross,” must “ not be conformed to them in their proper symmetry, and this world,” must be a “ lover of in their strongest point of vision, God.” What, then, becomes of the Having satisfied himself of the paDoctor's complaints at any negation ramount importance of these docof his title? 'The very papers and trioes, he will feel that a Chrisijan witnesses by which he endeavours minister must make them the keyto substantiate his claim bear testi- stone of his whole spiritual erection. mony against him. His own sermons, These doctrines he must preach, he like some other men's swords and must make plain to the understandpistols, are the instruments of his ing, he must press upon the conruin. In our critic's eye, we can see science, he must carry home to the bim sit, like another Cato, with the hearts and affections of bis hearers. falal roll before him. But before he At this point he will perhaps think again pronounces the fatal " it must it worth while 10 slop, and to ask himbe so," " I must sign the death-ware self, whether the evangelist, the delerant of my theological reputation by gated herald of these truths, has leipublishing another sermon," let him sure, especially in addition to the remember that an awful felo de se occupation of a school, to be we la
borious editor of a Greek tragedian ? ruined city, and bore them, as such, He may then, perhaps, be tempted from its flaming walls. Imitating 'to substitute Paul for Æschylus, this model (since these must be his and for the “ Prometheus vinctas" models), let him rejoice to lose all, if the deliverance of man. Let bim he may but “ win Christ, and be learn that the Christian minister is found in him." Let him thus act; to “ give himself wholly to these and then, if he do not gain the title things,"—to be “ instant in season, of an evangelical minister, he will, and out of season,"_to preach as a at least, have this satisfaction, that dying man to dying men,—to keep he deserves it. After this transforback no part of the " whole counsel mation, whatever others may do, we of God,”-to“ spend and be spent” at least shall rejoice to hail him in in the service of his crucified Master : his new character, and bind a better -and under this impression let him wreath than that of the Capitol, or preach the plain, practical, awaken- even of the senate-house, around ing truths of the Gospel ; let him in- his brows. stitute schools, visit the poor, with- Before we conclude our review, it draw himself from all occupations may be necessary to apologize for which may divert him from these the severity of the terms in which objects, abandon all amusements we have thought it right to pass our which are calculated to desecrate judgment vpon the sermon before him in the eyes of his hearers, to Considering, however, both its divest him of any of the sanctily matter and its manner, we did not which awes the bad, the serionsness see how we could avoid the plain which convinces the wise, the spiri- dealing we have used. The refinetuality of mind which, like a sort of ment of the age, indeed, has done sacred radiance, at once discovers the much for the manners of controvermessenger of Heaven. Let him carry sialists. Of late the assailants, even down this zeal and sanctity even into of the evangelical body, bave carthe common walks of life; there also ried their attacks under “ warning the unruly, comforting masked battery. They have struck the fr-eble minded, supporting the lif Messrs. Crib and Molineux will, weak.” Let him consider himself without making an acknowledg, as a man pledged, like another Han- ment in their professional manner, nibal, though at a higher altar, and allow us to borrow a metaphor froni by a more poble destination, to fight them) with the gloves on. There the baules of his God. Let him has been something subdued and “ count all things but loss for the measured in the charges ihey have excellency of the knowledge of advanced. But, on a sudden, up Christ Jesus his Lord.” Let him starts the author in one of the most give his classical zeal a spiritual public spots in the nation, throws direction; and if he must imitate away the gloves, and aims, sans the heroes of the heathen world, let ceremonie, iu deal his black eyes him do that for his God which they and bloody noses upon all the misesometimes did for their country.- rable wights who chame to bear the Let him rranoler to the altar of title of evangelical. Where, where Jehovah, some of the fire which was the pipe of ihe Gracchi to have occasionally burned upon the altars tempered the wrath, the tone, the of their superstition. Let him re- language, of this child of the Gracmember that they had gods of the chi? This new. and most unwar“ bearth” and of the “table,” as well. rantable mode of attack, required to as of the lemple; and thus learn, even be met, not indeed with the same from beathens, 10" eat and to drink” weapons, but by a distinct exposure in the name of God, and with a rele- of the real weakness of the asrence to bis glory. Let bim remem- sailant. ber, that one of his own heroes deem- We must further request those ed his gods the best treasure of a who may still be disposed to con.
demn the severity of our censures, largest power in his hand; when to remember, that Dr. Butler has called upon to check the movements been guilty, in the present instance, of dissipation and self-indulgence; ef wasting, or rather abusing, one he only taught his ardent hearers to of the grandest opportunities of do- do that upon principle, which their ing good which could be presented corruption had before impelled to a human being. Placed at the them to do from inclination.' It is fountain bead of religion in the land, our consolation, however, that the where he was called upon, like the late conduct of many of these disprophet, to remove the bitterness of tinguished youths, in ihe erection of the water, to sweeten it of all bin an auxiliary Bible Society at Camgotry and error; he refused the bridge, proves at once their rejecoffice, and cast in herbs additionally tion of this new apostle, and their bitter and pernicious. Placed with determination, in despite of his reahalf the noble youth of the country soning, to “ deny themselves,” in at his feet, in the centre of action, order that they may serve their God and with an instrument of the and benefit the world.
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