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And another thing that I would entreat the zealous friends of this glorious work of God to avoid, is managing the controversy with opposers with too much heat, and appearance of an angry zeal; and particularly insisting very much in public prayer and preaching, on the persecution of opposers. If their persecution were ten times so great as it is, methinks it would not be best to say so much about it. If it becomes Christians to be like lambs, not apt to complain and cry when they are hurt; it becomes them to be dumb and not to open their mouth, after the example of our dear Redeemer; and not to be like swine that are apt to scream aloud when they are touched. We should not be ready presently to think and speak of fire from heaven, when the Samaritans oppose us, and will not receive us into their villages. God's zealous ministers would do well to think of the direction the apostle Paul gave to a zealous minister, 2 Tim. ii. 24-26. 66 And the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves ; if God peradventure will give them repentance, to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."
I would humbly recommend to those that love the Lord Jesus Christ, and would advance his kingdom, a good attendance to that excellent rule of prudence wbich Christ has left us, Matth. ix. 16, 17. “ No man putteth a piece of new cloth into an old garment; for that which is put in to fill it up, taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; else the bottles break and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish. But they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” I am afraid that the wine is now running out in some part of this land, for want of attending to this rule. For though I believe we bave confined ourselves too much to a certain stated method and form in the management of our religious affairs; which has had a tendency to cause all our religion to degenerate into mere formality; yet whatever has the appearance of a great innovation—that tends much to shock and surprise people's minds, and to set them a talking and disputing-tends greatly to hinder the progress of the power of religion. It raises the opposition of some, diverts the minds of others, and perplexes many with doubts and scruples. It causes people to swerve from their great business, and turn aside to vain jangling. Therefore that which is very much beside the common practice, unless it be a thing in its own nature of considerable importance, had better be avoided. Herein we shall follow the example of one who had the greatest success in propagating the power of religion. 1 Cor. ix. 20-23, “ Unto VOL. VIII.
the Jews, I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I miglit gain the weak. I am made all things to all mien, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."
END OF THE EIGHTH VOLUME.
Note-The Roman Numerals refer lo the Volume, and the Figures to the Page.
ment, v. 255.
redemption, v. 42--covenant renewed Arians, their heresy, v. 204.
Aristotle, a remarkable passage from,
Arminianism, its first appearance in Ame-
vital part of a systematic whole, 332. Arminians, wherein they agree with the
tial to the nature of sia, i. 271-his
consistent with motive, i. 306—incon.
Babel, God's disappointing the building
culties which constitute an accountable, tion, v. 39.
Babylon, mystical, remarks on, ii. 519,
to be effected, 239-wherein it will
Baptism, spiritual, what, ii. 325-who
for, 168, 299.
iv. 82-on an evidence of true humi sisted, v. 147.
Belsham, Rev. T. remarks on his notion
character, ii. 17.
ii. 508, 521-remarks on the rise of, v. ficiency, iv. 217.
233—when utterly overthrowo, 244. i. 381.
Blanc, Lewis Le, his remark on divine Causes, different kinds of, i. 163.
Cautions, christian, iv. 379.
Censures, not to be indulged, viii. 589.
occasion of his expulsion from college, Charity, christian, the duty of, *. 397
notion of action, 326.
135--its remarkable circumstances,
iii. 319, 350, 364, 38-at the Forks of which be obeyed, 143-his public mi-
coming, viii. 151-bis deity, 262—bis
fluence by the imagination, iv. 184- Christian, Observer, see Observer.
Egypt, v. 53–Jewish, when in its
of the, 199, 250—its happiness, 250
members of the christian, how united,
Cicero, his definition of virtue, ii. 14-a
Holy Spirit, iv. 174-bis thoughts of God, viii. 187, 194.
tween the will and the understaoding,
notion of divine prescience, 210-bis
358—his opinion respectiog the origio
-an essential principle of moral sci than the doctrine of the Trinity, viii.
1.313—-transient and permanent, ii. 164. dent Edwards and his son, i, 108.
Coleman, Dr. a narrative of conversions Destruction, wicked men useful only in
their, vi. 535.
Difference, on two objects without, i. 367.
exposed, 467—a warning against, 470.
tion of tbe beast, ii. 513-a great revo servient to the work of redemption, v.
181-of volitions, arguments against Divinity, what intended by, v. 377—why
Christians should grow in the know-
Doddridge, Dr. extracts from, i. 381-a
ner of, various, iii. 23-a remarkable 191.
Education, the importance of, viii. 186.
Hopkins, i. 7 - his birth and parentage,
ment to a tutorship in Yale college,
sion, 26-his remarks on God's Sove-
35, 38-his complaints of himself, 39-
his settement at Northampton, and
general deportment, 41-his choice of
intimate friends, 47-his management
it, v. 72-the wonderful preservation preacher, 49--a rigid calvinist, 54-
a common-place book, 88—remarks
on his manuscripts, 89-a sketch of
his character, ii. 81.
kind of, threatened, 206, 213—how the Edwards, Mrs. Sarah, a sketch of her life
and character, i. 93.
human liberty, i. 239--not applicable of his life and character, i. 103—his
preceding his death, 108—his charac-
ter as a writer and preacher, 110-ca-
Edwards, Jonathan Walter, esq. some
Election, the decree of, remarks on, viii.
rified in man's, vi. 435--our great and Elsner, his remark on the word apoyxwris,
makes himself his, 461, 481-ultimate,