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UPWARD of fifty Clergymen, of five Christian denominations and belonging to sixteen different States, most of whom are wel known to the public as Authors, have furnished, or encouraged the Editor to expect from them, Sermons for this Work; among whom are the following:
Rev. Dr. Richards, Professor in the Theological Seminary at Auburn, Rev. Dr. Proudfit, Salem, and Rev. Mr. Beman, Troy ; Rev. Drs. Mason, Milnor, Mathews, Spring, Woodbridge, and De Witt, New-York City; Rev. Dr. MDowell, Elizabethtown, N. J.; Rev. Drs. Alexander and Miller, Professors in Princeton Theological Seminary; Reo. Professor M Clelland, Rut gers College, New-Jersey ; Rev. Drs. Green, Skinner, and Bedell, Philadelphia ; Rev. Dr. Taylor, Professor in New Haven Theological Seminary Rev. Dr. Fitch, Professor of Divinity, Yale College; Rev. Asahe Netleton, Killing worth, Con.; Rev. Dr. Wayland, President of Brown University ; Ri. Rev. Bp. Griswold, Salem, Ms.; Rev. Dr. Griffin, President of Williams College; Rev. Dr. Humphrey, President of Amherst College, Ms.; Rev. Dr. Beecher, Boston; Rev. Frofessors Porter, Woods, and Stuart, of Andorer Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Fisk, President of the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.; Rev. Daniel 1. Clark, Bennington, Vt.; Rev. Dr. Bates, President of Middlebury College; Rev. Dr. Matthews, Hanover Theological Seminary, Indiana ; Rev. Dr. Rice, Union Theo, Sem., Virg.; Rev. Dr. Tyler and Rev. Dr. Payson, Portland, Me.; Rev. Dr. Lord, President of Dartmouth College ; Rev. Dr. Church, Pelham, N. R. ; Rev. Dr. Leland, Charleston, S.C.; Rev. Dr. Coffin, President of E. Tennessee College; Rev. Profe Halsey, Western Theo. Seminary.
TEMPERANCE AND RELIGION.
The subscriber has been informed, by different persons in various parts of our land, that there has been an obvious and a striking connection between the temperance movement and the extraordinary success of the Gospel, with which many of the American churches are now blessed. One person states, that a revival of religion commenced at a temperance meeting, which resulted in the hopeful conversion of more than a hundred souls. Another states, that a special attention to religion has followed the temperance reformation from town to town, through nearly a whole county. And another states, that the great and good work of the Lord is going al in the town in which he lives with great power; and the temperance movement
, he says, like the preaching of John the Baptist, prepares the way of the Lord. And one may go in the wake of this movement, and say, “ the kingdom of heaven is at band."
Such facts are highly important; and the more extensively they are known the better. All persons, therefore, who have witnessed any special connection between temperance and the success of the Gospel in the salvation of men, are requested communicate ihe facts, by mail, to the subscriber, in Andover, Mass. ; that suel use may be made of them as is adapted to promote the highest good of men through out our country and throughout the world.
J. EDWARDS, Gen. Ag. of the Am. T. Sa
JAMEs, iv. 17.-To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him
it is sin. Acts, xvii. 30.—The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now
commandeth all men every where to repent. LUKE, xxii. 32.—When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. MALACHI, iii. 11.–And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he
shall not destroy the fruits of your ground.
In professing the religion of the Bible, we covenant with God to make his word our rule of life. This requires us, to“ present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God;" to " purify ourselves, even as he is pure ;" to "give none occasion of stumbling to any brother ;" to“ give none offence to the church of God;" to “love our neighbor as ourselves;” to “ do good to all as we have opportunity;" to " abstain from all appearance of evil;" to " use the world as not abusing it;" and, “ whether we eat or drink, or whatsoever we do, to do all to the glory of God.”
If any think these precepts too strict for frail men, be it remembered, God is too benevolent to prescribe rules of action less holy. He has given them, and they are “ the same that shall judge us in the last day.” Any indulgence, therefore, not consistent with these divine precepts, is actually sinful, is inconsistent with a holy profession, and must disqualify us for “ standing in the judgment."
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Such a sin, very obviously, is the habit, which some professing Christians still indulge, of drinking and tempting others to drink distilled liquor, in this day of meridian light. To those who admit the binding authority of God's precepts, and whose minds are not clouded by “ sipping a little," this sin must, on examination, be perfectly manifest.
1. The use of such liquor, instead of enabling us to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable,” actually degrades, impairs, and prematurely destroys both body and mind. The most eminent physicians uniformly tell us it is poison. Dr. Rush, after enumerating various loathsome diseases of mind and body, adds, that these are “ the usual, natural, and legitimate consequences of its use.” Another eminent physician says, “ The observation of twenty years has convinced me, that were ten young men, on their twentyfirst birth day, to begin to drink one glass of ardent spirit, and were they to drink this supposed moderate quantity daily, the lives of eight out of the ten would be abridged by twelve or fifteen years." When taken freely, its corrupting influences are strikingly manifest. And even when taken moderately, very few now pretend to doubt that it operates as a slow, insidious poison, and inevitably shortens life. But nothing can be clearer than that he, who, by any sensual indulgence, wilfully cuts short his probation, five, ten, or twenty years, is as truly a suicide, as if he slew himself violently. Or, if he knowingly encourage his neighbor to do this, he is equally guilty. He is, by the law of God, “ a murderer.” And perhaps worse than the common murderer, as his course of guilt, instead of appalling, insidiously leads multitudes to the same crime. And can this character be consistent with that religion which teaches, that no murderer shall inherit eternal life?
But besides impairing and prematurely destroying the body, distilled liquor stupifies and debases the immortal mind; and thus destroys its capacity for usefulness, and for the clear perception of truth. To illustrate the blinding and perverting influence of a small quantity of such liquor on the mind, let a strictly temperate man spend an evening, or an hour, with a dozen others, indulging themselves “ moderately;" they will be sure to say things and do things, which to him will appear silly, if not wicked; and which will appear so to themselves, on reflection; though at the time they may