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BEING BY NATURE BORN IN SIN AND THE

others. Then there is the whole body name of Christ, depart from iniquity * ; of the Psalms, of which we yet want and, let every one that bears a Christian a familiar exposition, for the use of name, beware of doing or saying any thing the lower

orders; and how well quali- which would be unworthy of the Christian fied Mr. Berens is to give us this, the dishonour on the name of Christian.

profession, any thing that would reflect present Lectures on the Penitential “ You will observe that Baptism is reportions abundantly testify. We are presented as placing us in a new state. The far from presuming to dictate to a assertion that in Baptism, each of us 'WAS writer, whose pen is clearly never MADE A MEMBER OF CHRIST, THE CHILD idle, and who knows much better OF Gon, AND AN INHERITOR OF THE than we do what should be done: fore Baptism we were in a less favourable

KINGDOM OP HEAVEN,' implies that bebut it has often been a source of condition. Before Baptism we were in much pain to us to reflect how la- our natural state, that state which in Scripmentably ignorant the majority of ture is called the flesh, and the old man; congregations are of those noble and St. Paul assures ns, that they that are compositions which form so large in the flesh cannot please Godt," that they and prominent a part of our Church that live after the flesh shall die 1. This

sinful and mortal nature we inherit from service, and contain so many striking

our first parents, who by transgressing the prophecies confirmatory of the Chris- command of God

brought sin and death tian faith, so much consolation in into the world. By one man sin entered the hour of trouble, so much prac- into the world, and death by sin ; and so tical admonition, and so many per- death passed upon all men, for that all fect models of devout praise, thanks. have sinned $. It is in compliance with giving, and prayer.

these and other passages of Scripture, that

the Catechism speaks of men in general as But we have too long kept our readers from the Lectures before us:

CHILDREN OF WRATH. To deliver us from and we must still beg to confine our

this state, the Son of God, who was with present remarks to those on the the Father before the creation of the Catechism, reserving the others for world, became man, and died upon the a future consideration,

cross; and he appointed Baptism to be the Those on the Catechism are six in regular means of admission into the felnumber : their titles are, 1. Bap- tion in the benefits which his death was de

lowship of his religion, and to participatismal Vow; 2. Creed ; 3. Duty to- signed to purchase. In his conference wards God ; 4. Duty towards our with Nicodemus, Christ said, Except a Neighbour; 5. Lord's Prayer; 6. man be born again-born of water and Lord's Supper. Where all are so of the Spirit-he cannot enter into the good, we know not what portion to kingdom of God. And his last charge select; and selection is less neces

to the Apostles was, “Go ye, and teach' sary, as the public are not now to tizing them in the name of the Father,

-or make disciples of all nations, bapjudge for the first time of the style and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost . of the author. There are passagesTo which is added in the parallel passage however, as 'we read them, which in St. Mark, He that believeth and is bapstruck us as peculiarly happy, and tized shall be saved; but he that believeth in Mr. Berens' best manner : we

not shall be damned**. As Baptism, therewould particularize the following:

fore, is the appointed njeans of admission

into the fellowship of Christ's religion, we « The mention of the Christian name at are therein MADE MEMBERS OF CHRIST, the begioning of the Catechism, naturally CHILDREN OF GOD, AND INHERITORS OF leads to the occasion on which that uame THE KINGDOM, P. 2. was given; and, I would remark, that “ But though admitted to this glorious the circumstance of our bearing a Chris- inheritance, though placed in a capacity of tian name, ought constantly to remind us, both of the privileges which were then con- 2 Tim. ii. 19. + Rom. viii, 8. ferred upon us, and of the engagements 1 Rom. viii. 13. § Rom, v. 12. into which we then entered. Let every ll John iii. 3, 5. | Matt. xxviii, 19. one, says the Apostle, that nameth the

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peared to have experienced no intermis- trembling. For four long years this sion of these joyful feelings ; and he an- unhappy man was left by his overswered, “For some months past never, confident or fanatical companion, and never the smallest rising of any thing in all the darkness of scepticism, like impatience or complaiot.””

“ He conversed with the greatest ani- During so long an illness, opportu. mation all the day, and almost all the nities must have occurred to this night, preceding his death, principally on person, of effectually introducing, unthe joys of heaven and the glorious change der the Divine blessing, the subject he was soon to experience; often exclaim of religion. If in such a case of awful ing, · What a happy hour will the hour of responsibility, he had felt his own his mother, Surely you are not in tears ? inability to reason with a man of Mine is a case that calls for rejoicing, and Dr. Bateman's intellectual powers, not for sorrow. Only think what it will get some other friend might have be to drop this poor, frail, perishing body, been called in, or God's own minisand to go to the glories that are set before ter was surely at hand, whose lips Die!'. Finding himself extremely languid, are appointed to "keep knowledge." he took a little milk, and desired that air

If overlooking the manner in which miglit be admitted into the room: and on

God, if only to stimulate man's ex, bemg asked if he felt relieved all, said,

Very little : I can hardly distinguish, in- ertion, is pleased to act by secon. deed, whether this is languor or drowsi- dary causes, he purposely left his ness which has come over me; but it is a friend without human help, waiting very agreeable feeling. Soon after, he God's good time, when he might be said suddenly, 'I surely must be going pleased to act on his heart, we do now, my strength sinks so fast;' and on

not hesitate to denounce this as a my making some observations on the glo- fanatical tempting of God, and a rious prospect before him, lie added, “Oh, yes! I am glad to go, it' it be the Lord's dereliction of that duty which had will.' He shut his eyes and lay quite com

fallen upon him. “ I have planted," posed, and by and bye said, 'Whut glory! says the Apostle ; “ Apollos waihe angels are waiting for me!--then, tered; and God giveth the increase.” after another. short interval of quiet, This person, whoever he may be, added, “ Lord Jesus, receive my soul!' needed to have searched no farther and to those who were about him, “Fare- than these words of the Apostle, to well!' These were the last words be spoke: he gradually and gently sunk have been convinced that it was his away, and in about ten minutes breathed duty to leave no human means unhis last, calmly and without a struggle, at tried of bringing his friend to a nine in the morning of the 9th of April, sense of religion, fervently implorthe very day on which, twelve months being in the meanwhile the Divine fore, bis mind had first been awakened to the hopes and joys of the ever-blessed blessing on his endeavours. But Gospel!" P. 22.

what was the course pursued ? Dr.

Bateman was left solely, as far as Now we would ask

man was concerned, to the workings

of his Christian, whether this was the end

own heart; and for four which a man, under Dr. Bateman's years, during which he might have circumstances, should have been

been taken off by death, he was suf

fered to remain in the undisturbed encouraged to make ?

We say encouraged, for no steps were taken maintenance of his sceptical opi

nions. to impress on his mind the heinous

We do not say that he ness of his past life, or the duty of

would have given up these earlier,

had another line of conduct been that bumility which, with the strongest reliance on the merits of a cru

pursued; but we do say, that it was cified Redeemer, would have yet

the duty of his attendant not to taught him more especially, as it have deprived bim of those ineans does the Christian generally, to

of grace, by which God ordinarily work out his salvation with fear and acts upon men..

And what, humanly speaking,

any sober

might not have been the happy con- ment to the last? In what respect sequence? The four years passed in is it calculated to check the youththe distressing and dangerous dark- ful infidel in his headlong course of ness of infidelity, might have been sin, and inculcate the awful necesspent in the light of the truth. During sity of a patient continuance through this time his powerful pen might bave life in well doing? One instance been employed in publicly retract- of the acceptance of a late repeuting his former errors, and labouring ance is indeed given in the Scripto establish the truth. Every word tures; but it is an instance far too in favour of religion would have particular to be advanced into a come with double weight from bis general rule; it has been graciously mouth. He owed it to the medical recorded to prevent despondency : world, as well to wipe off the stigma it was never intended to encourage which had been cast on the profes, presumption. şion by his scepticism, as to guard In one respect we are ready to adthe youthful student from falling mit that this Memoir may do good; into ibe same errors, and to recover, inasmuch as it adds another proof, if possible, many whom the influ. that wherever the truths of our viost ence of his name might uphappily holy religion are duly considered, and have led into them. It might have the reasonableness and blessedness been mortifying to human pride to of its commands contrasted with the have done this. Dr. Bateman's life, brutality and misery of vice, the forhowever, was not passed in the pri- mer will ever, under the divine blessvacy of a village, but in the very heart ing, prove triumphant. Yet still who of the metropolis ; his opinions had will not deeply regret that a victory been held publicly, and as publicly that might in the present case have should they have been retracted. been made so influential on others, The mischief which he must have was suffered to pass unacknowledgdone to others by his example, and ed by Dr. Bateman himself, during the duty incumbent on him of mak~ his life, and was so tarnished at his ing all the amends in his power death by a train of thought and (and much was in his power,) ap- language, that savours far more of pear never to have entered into his the presumption of the enthusiast, thoughts, and were never suggested than the humble and sober, yet aniby his companion.

mated, faith of the Christian*. The Apostle doth indeed say, that “ with the heart man believeth unto righteousness ;” but the writer of this Memoir appears to have for. Károntpov tus loipons, Speculum Gregotten what applies most forcibly to gis ; or, Parochial Minister's Dr. Bateman's case, that “ with

Assistant. By Country Cu. the mouth confession is made unto

rate. Second Edition. 5s. Rivingsalvation."

tons. 1823. Far of course are we from wish. ing or presuming to set limits to the We have been long anxious to nomercy of God through the Lord Je. tice tliis little work: it pretends to sus Christ; but equally far should we be from trifling with a brother's * Since writing the above, we are in. soul, and speaking peace where the formed that this Memoir appeared originScriptures have not spoken it. ally in the Christian Observer, and that it is Where is the scriptural warrant for the production of a Lady. Of neither of

these circumstances were we aware. It that confident assurance assumed

came to our hands as an anonymous pamby Dr. Bateman from the first, and phlet, and we have regarded it on its own continued with scarcely any abate- mnerits.

little, but really may be productive were, a Camera Obscura, reflecting every of much good. No Clergyman can

movement of his surrounding fock, and use it without making himself tho- directing his thoughts to every point

of roughly acquainted with his flock: under the blessing of God, of bis own it is, as it were, a glass, as its title watchfulness-he will there experience imports, in which he may at any time the conscious reward of his own faithfullook, to be reminded of their spiri- ness-and will there exercise the privi- . tual condition the virtues that are lege of offering his private prayers to At to be encouraged—the faults that mighty God in behalf of those wanderers, are to be corrected the vices that who remain perlaps deaf aline to his per

sonal adnionitions, and to liis public ex, are to be exposed, and the wants hortations.” P. 4. that are to be supplied. The plan adopted will best be given in the

A specimen is subjoined in which author's own words :

the columns are duly filled up, and • Supposing the Clergyman to make an

several very good observations inimaginary enumeration of the houses in serted: this is followed by “ Hints his parish; he begins from North to Sonth for the improvement of a Parish, or from East to West, or at snch other which, however, we could have point as the form of the place or other cir- spared, as being, in our opinion, uncumstances may suggest ; le tben obtains necessary where there is a vigilant (by the help of his Clerk or Churchwarden, and active Pastor; impracticable, if Names, Occupation, &c. of his respective where there is not, and farther ob Parishioners, including even the youngest jectionable on other grounds. The members of every family, who will pro• remainder of the book consists of bably become objects of his future care blank columns ruled for use : it is of and attention. The leading columns thus a pocketable size, and neatly bound, filled up, the book is fit for his own pri- and may certainly be used by a young, vate use ;-he directs his parochial visits Clergyman on his first

entrance on accordingly~be adds his notes, marking, his parish with good effect. Whatfor instance, with an S in the proper colamn, such as are Communicants, or with

ever tends to bring the Pastor ac. B or P those who have a Bible or Prayer quainted with his flock deserves to Book--making such observations against be encouraged ; and we therefore each name, as he may deem necessary, join in the hope of the author ; " that either by way of momento of wbat is his humble endeavour will find acneedful to be done on his own part, or of remark on the state of each respective

ceptance with those to whom it is parishioner. With these helps of his own

submitted." constructing, his closet will become, as it

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MONTHLY REGISTER.

Sociely for Promoting Christian notice, on this Society's Sapple. Knowledge.

mental Catalogue. The following works, chiefly in- The History of Animals. tended 5 reward-books for schools,

The History of Columbus. have been admitted, since our last

The History of Prince Le Boo.

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bridge, Somerset ; Patron, Tue Bishop lege, Oxford, to the rectory of Hunts. OF BATH AND WELLS.

půl, Somerset; Patrons, the MASTER Bean, J. P. to be third master of St. Paul's

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