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With my views, however, I cannot honourably and safely do otherwise. I believe, and fear, and tremble at the word of the Most High. Besides, God can do as well without my labours as with them. And if he should think proper, by this step, to cast me quite aside, as a broken vessel no longer of use, I will endeavour to acquiesce in the Divine determination.
"God doth not need
They also serve, who only stand and wait." If the Church of England retains much of the spirit, and some of the superstitions of the Church of Rome,(8) what is a conscientious man to do, and how is he to act, under such a persuasion? Let any person weigh thoroughly the meaning of the following declarations, and then let him say in what manner 1 ought to act:- " And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”(9)
(8) The late lord Chatham, in a speech which he made in the house of lords in favour of the Dissenters, said, " We have a Popish liturgy, a Calvinistic creed, and an Arminian clergy.'
(9) Doddridge observes on this paragraph of Scripture, “When I seriously reflect on this text, and how directly the force of it lies against those, who, contrary to the light of their consciences,
Are not these words enough to make the hair “ stand on end like quills upon the fretful porcupine We all read them, and have read them many times for many years; and yet, from our general conduct, one would suppose no such passage might be found in the Sacred Writings. We protestants are almost universally of opinion, that they apply directly to the members of the church of Rome. The members of that church read them as well as we Protestants, and yet we hardly ever hear of a Catholic becoming a Protestant, any more than of a Jew becoming a Christian. They have eyes, and see not; cars, and hear not ; hearts, and understand not. The Lord, in judgment, hath sent them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. The words are extremely plain, and inexpressibly alarming: but the force of them are always evaded, by applying them to any thing, rather than to their own church. - We Protestants too read them, and make ourselves easy under the awful denunciation, by applying them exclusively to the church of Rome: never dreaming that they are equally appli. cable, not only to the English but to every church establishment in Christendom, which retains any of the marks of the Beast. My judgment has not been biassed by interest, by connections, by inclination, or by any human considerations whatever. I have thought much upon the subject: read on both sides of the question whatever has fallen in my war; conversed with various persons for the sake of information; suf
continue in the communion of the church of Rome, for secular advantage, or to avoid the terror of persecution, it almost makes me tremble; and I heartily wish, that all others, who connive at those things in the discipline and worship of Protestant churches, which they in their consciences think to be sinful remains of Popish superstition and corruption, would seriously attend to this passage, which is one of the most dreadful in the whole book of God, and weigh its awful contents, that they may keep at the greatest possible distance from this horrible curse, which is suticient to make the cars of every one that bears it to tingle."
fered the matter to rest upon my
mind for some years undetermined ; have never made my fears, suspicions, and dissatisfaction known to any man; and now, when I bring near to myself the thought of quitting one of the most commodious churches in the kingdom, erected on purpose for my own ministrations ; leaving interred by it many a precious deposit, who will, I trust, be my joy and crown in the great day of the Lord Jesus, besides a mother, a wife, two children, and a sister; and giving up various kind friends, whom I love as my own soul, together with a large body of people, that, “ if it were possible, would have plucked out their own eyes, and have given them to me.” What shall I say?--All that is affectionate within me recoils. I am torn with conflicting passions; and am ready to say with the apostle, “ I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for
friends and brethren, whom I love in the bowels of Jesus Christ.”
But various passages of Scripture urge me, on the most momentous considerations, to renounce a situation, which I cannot any longer retain with peace of mind. I bewail it exceedingly. I have received no affront; conceived no disgust; formed no plans; made no connections ; consuited. no friends; experience no weariness of the ministerial office; the ways of religion are still pleasant; I have been glad when duty called me to the house of God; his word hath been delightful; the pulpit has been awfully pleasing; the table. of the Lord hath been the joy of my heart; and now that Providence calleth me away, with some degree of reluctance it is that I say, Lord, here I am. Do with me what seemeth thee good. Let me stay where I am.
I gladly stay. Send me where thou wilt. I will endeavour to submit. Only go with me, and thy pleasure shall be mine.
“ I argue not
END OF THE PLEA.
LIFE, DEATH, AND CHARACTER
BIOGRAPHY, more than any other kind of historical information, is generally sought after, and read with avidity.--When an author once engages our attention, we are commonly desirous to be informed of his life and manners; and the most trivial occurrences seem interesting when sanctioned with a great name or superior ability. From these considerations, it has been contemplated to present the friends of the Rev. David Simpson, with some account of his character, seeing he has so universally prepossessed his readers with admiration of his skill and erudition in handling sacred things. But the writer of this, being disappointed in the expected reception of materials for the design, is extremely grieved that a more complete or systematic narrative is not presented, by some abler pen, with ability and leisure to delineate the character of this great man. This, however, not being the case, a chasm in the chain of intelligence will necessarily ensue. Indeed, little is yet known of