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   Charlottesville Christian Intelligencer (Newspaper) - July 14, 1845, Charlottesville, Virginia                                 «He; that answereth a matter before he heàretb it, it is folly and shame tmto idin*”--SoLOMON.  CMAKI-«XTESVII.I>Éj ALBElflARl.£ COUNTY, VIR«iimiA, lWO!V»AT, ici-lT • 14^■ IsW  NO. I4<  Moby JIMESW; GOSS.  ' " Ù ' ' ' ■ ' ■  The CnkihTiA« Îmteu ioescer is lAaed ¿BHWiIoplblj, i!l T W O DOLLARS ; é«r>htiate;M*MeIH atf    The Toluine wlM  <i08iljrtw:t#«Mÿ»r«ur puróbo«,  t,‘4Ìììad«èi»n4 feTaogcltstsk  tha ÌÌd)to> hi4«o*W others friendly lo tlie ' #d)rk, (o forwfàrd tUe flaniesof subscribers, anii  $. Jkìl e«m«unleatioa» must b» pojt-p<^di, to re-«iw    ,  A. Ìió j>«(>er    escJjpt at tho option of  ^ ihtt Bditbr, tiil'alt arrcaragea are pahS ap.  MMMrs are aìittiorised to f<»r»i'ttrd the nioM^.of «tt1iscriti‘ert,’and remit d^e$^ free of  léÿ' AotfpfrMI«»«»«'* inserted at the usual rates. W«i«kilL^ <(tteniiôn pf pewbns having lands for ’tólè, *tid Jértoi» wishing to tfdvenllse Schools M<^rlfeii(itrÆ'l5>tt>à feçUllié», which this paper <    W »»bîffeliîa*là»4o Virginia, U geaeral^  - .................................  '8:E'i.;;£C:T lO NS/ ■ ■  \Frbm the *Ch. Jouriaal.  LETFS^S TO ELDEa J. T. JOHNSON. pivÌM autH\trUjil of *Σûman ï/istitulions.‘  tìitAn Bitorucit :  'l’itero ;«fe arIçast two w in which a be 8riid rto have the tlivine «ànlQlbjili'tÌTst, Avhctt it is esftrpsiily enjuin-«f ¡Buthorjaed by a lawt'ul example in-Yojtihg'priitci}^«» of action which cover the wbo^.^graujndl a$8umR(l lor the pr*j»«»8ed latsftsu^« ; jft'ud |ecoiid}y, when it »»rfiiuired >by abso!uteiit(t^ral necfssity. And tuihcae Tttajr^iie 6dded a third.; when n iiieudtire i» fsxpadtent and prumotivo of good, tmd ta-aitly «(iktiowledged and apprnvi'd by tlio l%«ine'IK»ilctg alter it;ia àduptt'd, •»r, \vheii i»oleÜriy «mbraced io «oni« genera I. pre-■e«{>| a)lé<idt|' given, losuiices under c-uch~  . el"tbei^‘hè^«‘ tvjii b&given iii dnc lime, «» pwrposti may rtquiire. If ihe iotegim^  ; -rulAS 4}re «orreci, then, for a rea»un<abte •man, aby meytttirewhiuh may be authurised the clear'application of eiiher. one of thsm; would be deemed tó huve siiflicieni 'warrant It» claim the approbmioa ut the " wise and good. Dut u:t trtraitg;c ns a may ' kpiiçàr to 8(>mo, 1 wiii; I think, clonrJy siimv that \»hnt soiuc chuo^e to sti/tn«tii<e «0 *' Iwinao iirMiiiiti<in»,'' that is, mnasnres uri-gtiiattng ill I conuiion human jiidanietii, ■ s -under lh4 fìtrcuinHtiUiccH must reiissotiMble and e:t}»4?dient ili luril>erunce ul the groat dcaigi).« bi'tihe gojsppl, are m<>si fully auJho-ria«d by. each ui' the- abaVc sources of dtyinf autbortty !    /  Lent I s&auld b$ miaunderstootl, 1 wijì htfré rentafll, titHl the phrase, *• human iti* jiîitutjon»,’'; is ii«it of my own chnusi»^.' It hits beconx) a sort «if cant in the mouths of •hi'» timis JïhwuUÎ have dr'twct-: <!.l the aophi«(n tliay practice upnn them-«elvis*, ' It if i« a name'by which they de-tiQiïtJt;® ansi cry down in^a «ort of whole-‘•aleïway/any and eveiy thing, good or bad, fw which tbtsy cannot ;scu whut ihey call “a tbtis «aith -tu» Lord. * This ejcprci-si«>n, •* human ilistHutioti.V seem» to be n qm»-UtiaM ili'part of Jl/uh »V. 9, atid Murk yii. 7; ** Ili vain dp they worship n»e, teaching doctrines the comninndmeuts of  institution» merely rhiaiwiBn.'V' if it ia not a quototion of this •iriptuf*4n tb« application they nmke of it, ’ttosh it is' but '• human” a;ithority at la.st, ftnd the more' i«» be scorned for it» dogma-/tiain« If it t>i an inlewded quoiiitioi) ol 'thocff «Cfipiures, I afürm that Iht'to ii< •Ucarcftly a more glaring perversion of the «îicred »«cord to be found. It is preciicly  -    Kuch H twfkt as is given by every ^ccli.rian •textttiiry; to ;thc word of God, each one to *attp^brt 1»8 oWn favorite aysiem, thus using ■one'’fiari oir the word of truth to_coiitn»dicf Another pari. That solemn annnounce*  Wieint èaa liitéred by the S«vioùr in rebuke of #6tibes an(l Pharisees who had firsily,  ”* 8ét?4sidò the laNŸ of God to make room ffirj^éir tradition«.’ kné ii^ecoiidly. bad in-"v«oiie<j| and added to the law a multitude of mere certsmonial observances, vainly es-'fiftctiag that by th(!>{iunotUiouisi performance ‘«»I tW8H»‘^hejtW‘iuld be the more aiccept.ibh; to God. i"Btit our blessed Redeemer who ftffirtnâd by precept and »bowed by his practice, that it was • lawful to Do'oooD even on the Sabbath doy, notwiihstandiug what the letter of ihe iaw miglit say to the contrary,-■nutéé irttended it io bo used to cry down a-ny Vprude^t 0/ necessary £icpedicnt for the ^._acçOBapl¡sht^te^t of the purposes of benevo-‘ls«M^ittd huiaianity. I titen use the phrase -'‘‘Httinao Insiitu.Üons,'' not as it occur« in ■ tTià^ paaaage«,' but it is applied by cer-’taiii’persons to' measures of huinan wiedom /•aii4'e3ip«4»ency'foc currying,out the greit *iot^nt«m9 of tilìrisiìanity, which 1 have af-  by divine authority. ‘Wèüoth ■ùise the phrase with’ reference m *fhtìmme ih«*gs,; while they dogmatically «deit^ttficè those things as offensive to Hnó ■àijlt<l‘'illîurious to his cause, and I uphold 'tóéin, as not oiily auihorjse«! and ordained of God, blit as forming the chief object of Ührtstiau {abor^ S5 nmong us, the most im* ‘’|Mjrtant ** works without which our faiih is ‘■diea^iieingalone.” Wtih this «xplonatìon IfìToturn to the examination of scripture ' f^cta fts Ihey reiate to the main point before ’sno.-    ■  ! I«'my ¡nstl aildùced the •case of Jethro advfii&g ìMótes the inspired law giver and jddg<e oPIsraelj on the expediency ofa tho-^ 'rdu|flrirefoirin iti the judicial department of -the ¡goKerrt trient of that people. I sny M»-«« j|:av6 hfied to this suggestion of coutmon  -    «enite an«l| Imman pnidence, and reinodeled the Jttdîciàry according to the plan propo. sirdby Jctbro who was nehher a prophet ntìr «o «ldèr of I sraeli nor indeed an lara-eli&s at alt. I urge thi* c.ise as an importimi  i'onfli ; and the ni«»re remarkable as it occur-t«d,nitder the A/.-»oî<. dispensntion, where, if th» rat!<»«»iî fa«uliies wer«¥ evnr intended to to aonihilited ;iiid hum-in rc.(S<m wholly tet at nau.'ht by the ordiiiance of G-fi. luridly wè might oxpeci it here, in a disp^-n-«àtion of rites and ceremonies, where AIo^ 3ti„ was peremptorily commanded to njake  álí things, rpUting to the immediate tervice of God, accbrdiitg to th<? pattern shewn in the mount. Let tlie test men dispuse of this case ii they,can. All I aslc. is a candid examinHtion. '  As I know the propr-nsiiy of men to snt-isfy themselves with Bh>*llo*v argunicnts in favor of certain favorite views, I will anticipale what I think will probnhly be Coiibid-ered by some, ns a dttliculty in my applica-tioh of that case. Iti the twenty-ilnru »era«* of Ex. xviii. after Jt-thro had proposed his plan to Jlfoíí#, be continues to say; “ If thou shall d>< this thing and Gi»d ci-tnmand thee 80, then thou sh..lt be aide to tmUure and all this people ^haü. go to iheir pince in peace.” Here the objector may urge, thnt_ itfter an,,it d«‘pentled up»« whether God” should ratify the plan, proposed by Jethr«» To w hich I reply, that the pin u oriiiiuu ted‘ ili si^iple hutn^n wisdom, of w hich* this 23‘f «rse i» j^aat'láeuiitesítible pToiif. Jk;tbru felt dit if lie vtm tiot «peaking by snspifH'i tion, attd therélor»! diil not c<ime A’lth ¡lu-thority to itistrnct JlÍMíé*, saying, “thus âahh itlë Lord,” b t very niuilestly said,4-" If thou shjli do this ihing?>nd if'G*'d èhall c0nmand thee so. then,” &,(?. but the 35th verse saya; *'JUoses hearkened to the Voice of his falfTér-in-law, and dui all that lie had'said.” It was sMlI the ‘ voie**,’^ the wtse advice of Jethro, «nd SHoiea follow- | ed It nccordingly. Th« expr«fbsioii ■'andj  the prophets. And that is the point I have now before me. Thi-y originaied at so»*»* time in tho' history of the Jew?, but at wliat time, no one kiiowti, utir wha^ changes ihe services perfornn-d in them niuler-went up to ilie time of our Saviour. Thertì is no »‘tbuM saitii the L-rd,” auihonaing thenj l a»'d yet our Saviour and the Apoa* ties constantly r«'soried to thi-m and Mor shipped, and engaged in the regular eer? vicH performed there.  With some it would bavé be«*n no corn« niendatton of the centurion to lia ve said.  ' For i»R loveih our nftimn and haMi buihli* a synagpi«ue,’ and he who came to rescue the law and ‘he prophets from trnd'tions, i n the principles of soiiie modern vindicator» of God’s horn r o i^ïht to have repi d.~^ *' iheftì i« no ‘thus saith «he L«rd’ fur syn* a^çtgue^fahd ihcrefiir^^y arç 'mere .htJ* i^iitinÀUtutii'ii»*,^ aiid WfriiTd # ^ay ¿1 trui*>eforni»tioti ; atiii^t best, witli all their n^jàiitïges. aré n departure frotn original sittrilHoity aa laufjhl by Moses, who knew iióthfti|r of such o.-tablishmen»B ; and they are, therefore an itnpeachment of the wisdom of God. «8 they preytippose eonie di'fi-ciénçy in the institutions of Heaven which iïwy bei corrected by man's wi?doin.’  1 therefoie uri»e these two cashes aVcIenrly in point to show, that the vie«s taken by Sloies and our^>!e^■Hèd Redeemer of tlmse common sense measure» of exppdi  God oiinntand thee so.” iiiùans therefore, j pn|y, 8uggeHted by ‘ human wisdom,’ wer® in this case, “ If God pernii«, or dissent not, nU^ijetlier different frm certain views cn-from the plan propoM-d, Iflien thou sUah i tertained by some very excrll«M>* endure,*’ A-c* '¿'he whole context theii, '    ’ ■ -----------------  susiàinsótir vie WS <»f ibis case, and the/ì3d verie particulirly and ti8(seciBlly sho5v«,'ihat thè Jidvice ofTered waa purely thui of en-lighieued human judgnient and cohimon ^ense. I set ibis c.iié dow n tlii-n, ns under all thè cm-uiiretanci's, one of thè most reniai’kable aiid instruciive le^son5^ oiven us «n thè b*'Ok ofGod~as'a part of ibai " ho-ly scripture givetf by divint? inspiratiim,’’ al-luded IO by Paul whon writtiig to Tiinoihy, dectàring its perfeci actaptaiion to' ¡iUtlie wunis of thè iiianóf Go'd, “ thoroughiy lur-nishing bitn unto all good worUs.” VV e are thi h. venerable brother, " tlioroughiy fur-ntslMfd” with a caste by thè cotnni nd of God of thè cxprci;>« of human wi«d'*iii in dévisijng a schenie for thè properaiul judi-ciòurt ndministrutiou; of thè divine - law a* mong thè people n| Gud—-a pian for thè arrangement o1 Un* j .diciary department of thè Jewish iheocracy Irr-a •* human iusvitn-ti<in I” if any prefer thè appeliatiun, appru-ved of Gud Ili ihat day, «niten lor om- in-stru'ctiun in righiciiusnei-s ! Surely Mose.s was noi 80 tiniid and so easily ainrined by  human  •»estions ' aiid ‘‘ hunuin institu-  tions,” fliïSwme of out good brethren ar^, else ho would have reasoned thtî»; “God ippointud me Judge ol Israel, the pioplf - om<| to i^iiiiuire of God,” .but be bus giïeu nie no îa-|truction8 10 establisii a system oi itiferior atW superior courts with stdiordi-uate jutl^ips, such as is recommended by Jeibro;nnd tny latlier-in-law maybe proinpi-I'd by lhe!Îbe^t fecUtiga towards me and the people, aad inày have an anxious desire foi our welfare, and though his plan appenrs reasitnable and proper, yet I luust reji-cl it its an impeachment of the divine wisdom and bfiiievoie^nee, f«r if God h.id inti'uded >uch a system to-be established He would no doubi have spi»kcu his Will to me as on other bccas-ious by dirt>ct communication,  And the Li>rd spake unto Moses, saying,: speak unto the children ol I&rael.” But m» reasoned not Moses.‘and so we should not reason, for it is vain. The btble ts a per-fi-ct book. It is intended- to make lii* mail Ilf God perfect—to th«»roUghly fûrni&h him unto all good works,’’ and am tig its divine lessons, tuis tase aiainl»' prouiiiiout to teach'us that while some things are thti burden of prophecy and the dictaJes of im-mediaie iii>pitation, tîod has left other things, which though subordinate, are noi tl.e l(,!88 nect'ssary in the great Vclieme of human salvation—^he has' left iimtiy such things, to the control,«>f human'wisdom.  One good arguine.nt is sufficient to esiab-li>ti any proposition, and one clear scripture should be sufhulent 10 sattftiy any unbiassed mind, 4iid tbou;>h 1 think that so far as Old Testaraent authoriiy is con< ern-ed, iny propositi«/», that human devices in the ndniinisiratioii of religiMU are rtpproba-led and ordained of Go'd, yet to satisfy the inost timid &nd scrupulous, 1 will adduce still another class of proof.  " ' The case of Jethro’s advice to Mo!*ps may com« under the,fiist class of proof of ihi! divine sanction, as I have divided thé, diiTerent kinds of proof iii th’uheginnini of this letter, VIZ ; It was expressly enjoined upon Moses.’ * If God cominaiid thee so,’ said Jeihro. M«ses adopted «he plm of Jethro. It was therelore t-iijoiued upon him. This case also comes nn.lur the second clas». viz: It was the dictate,of natural necessi y. Moses* physical ability was not sufficient to endure the laboç of the old system. ‘ This thing is too heavy for thj'e,’ said Jethro, and therefore proposed a better .•¡yrteiii.  Without any unnecessary prolorigfingof the nrgument, I tsow proceiïd to a case falling under the third class as before d«-scri bed, viz : where a hiiiu.in f'xp dieiit is tacitly ackiiowledgfd and apprrob ited by the' Divine Being after the ntea;<ure has been a-dopted.  This case ia the origin of Synagogues and Syi*9g«i”Ue worship iimong tb»* Jt vvv.  . The precise time when svimgoaues arose, annong the Jews is not di*tcrmi»ied. Some think they {>raduaily came into u^‘e, origi-n»t«;d first in the schouls of the. prol■h^'l3, whi ;h at a very early period Were held in rfctired places, on the lops of* hills or rooim «tins, where it is probable the pui>ple ottnii n'sorted to hear the in-tructions uf the pr|»-, bets. If that is so, ihcir inodf of wl(r^h¡p or coi*r--<e of exercises. w»k w holly ch» n.'i d before the of nurSavionr. Bi>h<>p Pn-• lei'UJi itijnks they originatfd in ihe tiine ol Ezra, afièr the Babylonian capiivity, only itioui four hundred and fiHy years before Christ. It is certain thai there is noihin f said of them in the law of Moses, nor in  he could catch a rabbit as well, where there were none, as where they were. How many fancies of thia kitid a mao of bright imagination might •• catch”5in the Bible, w® know not, bui suppose that sonK’thi»|^ very curious might be eytdved from almost a-ny word. With the use of the Doctor's spectacles we will try our hand.  I he word Baplo, means, not only io liijp, ptunge, ling-, lu colt»', 4rc., but J8.I80, f‘ to ievipvr m tuls by immersion in wtticr.” See Duiiuegai/a Lexicon. Now indulging.the fancy a little upon the promise of the Spirit, IIS it is uifderiitood by some, to bc imine-diately.^onsequent upon the act ufjbapti»^* Acts ii.'89. W« mighi see/ai btiautifiiil a* daptatioii in the word¿optiso, «a eiirrying along with it etyniplugicnlly, a clear allusion to the great design of ibo gi|t of tho Holy Spirit, ill its infiw'tices upon tho iii-teliigQut subject of baptti<ni| which canniit Jjle convfÿt.u by >hé English    iM^jor-  si<»n., Nay in; this case there are njt^rt* poinis of resemblance bt‘|\yeeii Uie .tenujer-•Mg -VÍ niellila and the iiifluf-ti^e pf the Spirit upiui the heah than in the Doctiir’s, case of tinging" by bopijsin. ..Wp mayj^ium'eifaie' ih«;ni tilths: limt, liiç Holy Spirit isgivf.n to the belli'ver to temper h ut to nil the.vicis-tt^tles of lile, that he riiay preseive, in his tr|:Ua and sorrows, hs elasticity <^>fi i*piru in his uiiwaveriiig fliith in God ; ’seciiiidly, it is given to prepare hiip for ih.e due ekpcu-li^n of his appointée! work ; thiriííy, iliiit hp zeal niay bp shnrpenéd f fOMrthly, that hja ♦'liergy n>ay be Itiss.liable to be lilùiited; tit word, that he ntay bb In chfir«totër susceptible of a higher polish, and made wor-t|iy of a place in the teinple «il God «t\ h,‘gh, wheTe^every thitig is bçtjglitnéss and beutiiy.    . •™':„ / ; ' ■    ■ r'  The phiiosopby of íeni|>erinjg inètalé show» too, that not only is the- quality ol" the inetnl chaiiged iti tlM^priiee8s bi»t that a rii'w. principle or. snbstaiiVe/is. iiicbrpnrated ^lilMt xir infilled into it, yhiçhv’fay cheiii-ists, is calle;d carbon. Now this carbon, in i^ puiie, embodied state, is the satije as thè <Ìiìinionii, which is biie tif tlieVb.righlftst,' rarest, and inpst iiidesirtictible geih«, aïi'tî by the action of órcíinary causea ii caiimM aimihfiuttfl And this part of thè; allegor rÿ seems to set forth so vvell. the 0ói0t^ fieW ot mortality and ininitortality, thiit thiiik there must be »omethiogiu it, Thbiie Jyho^.are not' 'i)iimer9ed V*<h h,is view of ^iinging cániiiit be ^lardonfed ; aiid jirofeably ilione wiio áre not iihtnersed with this viiew of te|iipi*rjng, caniiot be ftiHy carboiiised, that isi'iurned'into real, iudestruciible diamonds t(f glitter in the eldestial city in ílie crowns of the Holy Apfistle:«.  There is anothW adv'9iitage which <iur vagary has over hiSi and that is, that if (he Word baptizo in. the aposipUc use pf.Vit, convfys an alliistoit to ’teiiiperiiig,;  our timrs. vvho uiosi.unfortuuaiely, while opposinir vvhat they choose to call * h,umau-j ism.«,! iire to be found'drpip.ndant upon hu-; man authority forihoir ultra doginas-^upon humnn authoTity too of a most qui'stioiiable cbaracfer, and unsu^itaiued by tho i!leiirej':t dictatPH of riabt reason; assiiming certaih priipiisitions nf fundainertlal itnportance to. be trii.p, which so far from beina true, are ojipospd to the history tif all true religion fjpom IViohO to the |>resent time.    1  ./ 'Th<‘importance of the reorganization of th»* judjrinry dep -rtmpnt of the government of Israel as suggested, by Moses’ fnther-in-law,, I would nrgo again as commeiidiiig this whole inquiry to oar most serious attention» and ns containin»-a Ippbou which probably we should have learned sooner,-*  And thf* imporiani influence exerted by the syriagocuR sj'stem m pfesf'tving the Jph'.«« over after from idolnry, to which they .iS^ere so prone before the 'Babylohi§ii captivity, mav, whfin duly oonsidered, open to u« new ihouvrhts upon the purpose of God in cbt^-i«^cr>«tiiig human wisdom to his seryii-e, and «he develo{MiiPiit nf hi.« design* ihrouifh the events of his divine providence from age to asre.  For Snme excellent remarks of Bishop Prideaux on Ibis latter subject, I riftferjhe ^ , .    v,- : >  rendftr to Crudou’s coocfifr^stice, a worSf«j#"«i5«»4i «n nllustoti to the jiiiniiei»^^ i'essible to almost, every line.    ......_ l.i;    .  The application of thes«* principles to our o>» n times, if. dear br»»«hor, bur great I'hsine};« as Christians and* phijanihropi-'ts. The first areat inquiry however, should bei Are these things 80 ?  ,S-A. ' .  - From the Christian Journal.  t ;  Dr. John Thómat—‘Re-bapthm'*-Meàmer^ ism, fyc. ,  This fanciful theorist and zealous advócate of Materidlism, has niade another rhóve on tho che.'S-biiard of operations, .as , he ci^lls It, ntid has settled down in Ribhmond. Viiginia,wheuce ho seiids imt, occasioii-ally, we prcsumsi the “ Herald of the Pti-ture Age.”    -  VVe imve received numbers 9 and 11 volume I, wiihout dato, which are fitted chiefly with articles in defence of his favorite I'lotioiis.  HVe have seen but lit le from the pou of ibis gpiitlem m for some years. When he piibliühed the Apostolic Advocate durii¡^ his lonner residence at llichm 'nd, a friend in Virginia sent us a few numbers ccmtaiii-iiig essays by ihe editor, oii'thc design of bapiism ; ill which he began to develope his peculiar views on that Mitiject. A in:in of his laiicy and erudition could not fail to find his tlitì.dogy couched in the tf*tytpolo* gicai iiiiport of the copious original. Accordingly he deduces from the ta^« of Bap-to being u^ed by dyers of cloth as expressive of the act of impuriing color by dipping, that i/apCizti, us derivative, was chosen uy the Apostles, because - it not only signified to immerse, but to tinge or color i>y iinmersiou, a clear abusión lieing Inien-ded,,as b^supposes, to the doclriue.that byi being iuii^rsed in vva.er in view of thisi idea.' a man Uiiia comes in coniaci vvith, on IS tiiigeii by tho blood of Ciirist. Then he ni'ik s out his case tbiis; '' f a man «p-proachus the water wiihout uniiersianding «he true design of b iptism—without knowing its tiue relation to the blood of Cbrist, — wiihout undeiBtandiiig, tlmt in this act of iiiiiiiersion, he is to 'obta ii. the pardon of sin, iwiiMeraefi Jiii may be. but is not b ’plis-eii, lb noi pardoiicd. While on the itiher liaiiil, he WHO i-' properly lu.structed oii thts poiiit, and approaciies the Water, by laitii be bciio>ds It utiged with the blood of Christ : he is buried beneath its yielding wavt>, and lises cleansed from all his 8>ns,” ’J'hls is D.-. T.'.« theory. Conseq-ienily he insists ou tue m-baplUin of all w ho at the liiiie of their baptism had not this view of the impuri of the oid.nance. This yagary coj|ivuic<‘d us ai the limé we remi ¡i,ihat it^ auuior w .8 an insane criiic and theologian; iiud wo see he >till adheres to this fancy ; and in No. 9, pr p ises an ‘'Overiure oi Peace’- to Dr. Duval, of King VV illiiiiii.who we presuiiie, was immersed n the Baptist church: lu which “ Ov«riur. ” Dr. I'hoiiia** says. “ li he iiovy uiuler^taiid aiid bcUe\e ihe Aiicieiit Gospel of Remission of sin*« and E>ertial Life by the tiaiiie of Jesu-Chri>t ; (ive suppose by the phrase •* etcr-n.il lif'* he ihe*iiia 10 include his notion ol \^oul'»steep'mg) iiiiú w'il obey it in the love “f u,^we Will torgiv.’’&c.  Wo once hiiard of a celebrated "rabbit-catcher,” who was bo expert in hia art, that  Holy Spirit uptiii a believer, then the .qu.es-tioii, wii'eiher a person receives- the Holy Spirit iifime Jiatbly upoii thé act of baptism, is settied fqi’eyer^ If *he Diictbr’s iibtioii of tinging is contained in the wtird bopiho, our notion of irinpering is th^re also. To be tiiigbd iii.bnptisiii IS, 'aci’ording to Dr, T., to be p(irdiined ; and tb be tempered in baptism is by ptirity of ,it,casbnihg,-tu receive the Hoi j Spirit.  In number 11 of^ the Herald Dr.T. trflats his readers to a chnpter 011 '• Human Mag-iiotism.” His rèinaiki- aro made uppt> a notice of the-caae of a young lady iu New York, who in the Mi^spieric sleep had n tumor cut from her neck near the carbiid artery, by a Frenoh Magnctjzer arid ' Stir-geon After declaring the case ho humbug and yiving the sceptics a lecture for ni>f belipying the Bible, he proceeds to show that God revealed this wonderful ' secret to iMoses.  .“ Who,” says hé, " first brought Hiïihaii Magiieiisni to light ? One says, ‘Mesmer.’ Another, ihe ‘Egyptian Priests,' &-c., but we say no | The Liird G«»d reyealéd it tb Moses. The first surgical operinitìn ever perlornied was eff'-cted by Hint on precisely the same, principles ns the case' above re-ciird..-He'first put the patient into the niagm tic sh ep, and then bpentted upon him w'ith cfiiiBUintivite skill. The operation was petforin'ed w’ithoui the least {jaiii to the patti'nt ; lor iit that epoch; pain'tlnd found no yictim upon earth. Do'eSthe reader enquire the nature of the operation It was one that required.great^dextérity.—• It coiisiïted iti î!.cparating a Ria from its attachment t«> the p/eurn roala/is and spinal ctduuin. ’Every une acquainted with the anatomy of tljese part.-, knows,, that iti the waking St te it woiild be a painful and precarious performance. But the Operntuj’in ihis ii»'i««ice, abstracted it withotii dislurb-ttigihe pntieni’s sleep, closed up the flesh, anil by a motlua hperan'>i tìs yet undiscovered. from the crude material of the rib. or-•janised a living womnti. and made n present of her to the man ! This history of the case is exjircs.-ied in these Words;  “ And the liord God cnutida Jetp isTfip to fill apon Jiiam, and he slept, ai»d he took one »»f his ribs and clo3i-d,up|the flesh instead thereof; iihd the rib whichjthe Lord God had taken from man, made he a wo. man, and brought her unto tnaii.” | Gen.ii. 51. Human Maiineiism. then, i.-i anterior 10 the creation of woinan, and was first practised on the sixth day of the World’s age.”  “ Results which are idenfical are efTedii' ated by causes which ar^i one and the same Here, then, aro two caies. that of Adam, and that of the young Indy, bis descendant in New York ciiy. They ore essentially the same, with this differenne, however, in favor of the former, that Adam's con'^litn-tion had ^uf^ered no deterioration, , They were both thrown inio a ‘ deep sleep,’ ijic elTect isf wliich ^^as the «nme in brMÌi case« -^thi»y • slept;’ and the operators unclosed 1)10 flesh .of both p.'itients absirncted a pan •if their living bodies, and ‘closed up the flesh inst#*ad ihercnf,’ unkuown to either of them Î The Lord God e«it •blished the law, or rather created the princi|i!e, nf Human M.*gneiir*in, and then operated upon Adanr by the agency of that principle; in afieira-ges, iniin discovsired the means by which  man might he subjccted lo ihi» pritibìpl«»; «nd has un%vUtingly imitated thè Lt^d God in bis wofiderfijil operution;!’•  The case/of Adam and: thè case of ihé yoytig lady in New York city, " are iially thè same,” aays thè Doctor, witli this iiifierence, however, thai Ad iin’s cooàti-tutipii^ had theii suifered no deteriórattun. They both. sU'pt, both had their flesh un-closed, and clused again, wiih<nit kQbwing it.” ' So far. ftccording tb thè Ductor, tho tJreator pf thè Wtirld aiid thfs Frene}» Dric-tof are cqual in their re.-tjiectire aurgicJtl^QH' perfliioris. I Tho, pn<j "jjnwittiugly h^ìta-ted” fhe «ither. Íf thè Ductor coul4 «nly acqiiire thq art, and mitlie a fJiw mofè dsT covèritìs, he ihight discpyèr  by w.niph , tlie crùije ibaterial of thè rib, V'ita orgatijfed a Jlying worna»^ tj^ud probably be coiild hiid »onni» baóhelór« be-sido fathtjr Adam,    Ixr.uiHìng  b(B '    rib lo ho  Iliade ìnfb womab cxaciiy siiited -ils their fòn%. Iño àhoW thint ;thiJ¿í|bctttl ìhtnks bUtjh 'a disbbveiy pnibalde, irid thai this Wonderful creáíiitb Tfjower' iiiay yet Ite «xer-cist^, we nlake Biioibérvxiwcti “1 doiibt nói,” tsays he, l>m>hiean« ei-isf, yei t^ndiscovél^^èd by nìait, hy m hifrh thi» sàna^ princiòle iilight be Qinpioyèd 10 give fbrm atid lite tb    i  Aiid lesi Ihts' annouiiceinent shbttf’d star* Ile tlie reader, aa ah s^lràbruiua^^^ ttóh of thè po-sibility of tt'nijesoietì|er perr Itìrmìii^ iniraules, he ttliows Wliat « miracle rt^ally^ìs. 'V' ' ' '  fiiiracle,” sìiys he¡,    t]^ep*  logicklly"defined, thè èuspensibii oí «onte ktniwn faw of tiattirè. / Irsusjpect Ih.ìs defi« nitjbn js errotitsbus. ; A 'nilit;acie i* a work bf. Goti àiid he ;Work» ' lii hàrnitiny witì^-noi Ity the'sutipehstóii of Hi» ìawa*.  *penst<tD of piiyslcal 'laivv, W'ould protl^e no uètéroiinate rèsùlt,;but‘còntrariw'ì8e cbnfu* sioii. it cerfàihly leiaiiiiot be by susp^^^^^  ÍIÜt¡ hy thè :appít¿ai i«n of ex isìf t«rg taì^s,that àll his'wbiiderfiit Works are perfitir^ed.^’  It wai», ihen, " by thè àppìic^^ioupf ex-iating la Vi 8,” that A da iti yytts tpó wn itijo a iléep sleep, atid tiie ri tiikèii pbt.rànd tlio flbsn islosed up ag'ain. It yvas by thè applica tiun of thè ¡fatile '• existitig là.Wn” .that th«^ Frèiicit Doctor operateiij upoo ¿He, yonrig ia>iy hrNtnv York cit/, ihat isi^ Mcs<; m'erisiìv in both cases.. ‘‘.’rhej )ire rssen'^, iially thè saihe," Saya Dri, ’JÌ% The Lord^ Gud b'uly excelléià ihb'ÌPfeiich Doctor, ac-bor»'* tú ®Thpums in beiiig. u aintet| Witli thè Mùi/tiS oj9e>^an'/i'of fornìitig thè rih into’a Wpniàh anà^^^^^ T. ‘Vdp'ihts not, btìt nteatis exist, yèii’undiscbvèrfd by man, t>y which tliis sanie principie'tiiight be•em* ployéd (^úbsiírye ; mif^llite t    >J ty  giye forni atid lifo tb hiatteij;’' ! ! 1 He iheu e^bcts the iiiiracto of creation might in ar  gain eflucie4 by M    .  ' A he 'rìiqùirés f    ifor»  nmiivir principie, àtid by wbat ineaiis- àìd htPipply that principio 1« thè eiaboratioti of 1 he rib iìito' tniagè pf i^n ^ THey pai® knqwii tò Jesus Òiirist, fW'by hlrt» exérow-iilg these iiieans, thè dtist of thè dead wíÜ be fbrtned itito thè. likéhéss bf hls owiìi inpst gluriotis body wtb their ideutity re-néwe'd.”  in rooting out what may hav« planted ihefe by the gospp) hti^attdttia«. Té “ eariwsily èouiehil for the faith,” i» Ih6 duty of old and yot^ng iti Christ, bill to sent tfiei troth tii tl|è lûtè of th¿ iraff^and  10    present It iitigi<n|isfy iirer. diS(irenti oSiiies, and require diCerjent gestures, diffiiíréht words, and difTeretik expressibqii of cóuíWte-»ance In||ee^,^ is tíiot thé «Itiéstinn, Whe* thor shall we declajfie q cessation of boaiil» ifies against the scb’a or poi^’ worthy of re* (Action ? May no!; the internal interest« of ihe kitigcfom more rmp^rronsfy demand«mr aiteniKiii at this time than coiiqtt«at? By itiaitentiun t<> undisciplined acce«sini[is to ihe army, may not we be troubM.with refractory insurgents? M»y oqt the ene« biy bn induced to surrender at seéiiüg tt formidable army of well disciplined soídiihrs, lacking no munition, imptegbahle at every Wiiii, atid comUKfuded by íttíe' Kiiti of «itï{]iir> ’Will r>ot the world ttmï the sect» ifiitilf it is n greater indttoenstnrt tvAeeof»«' oltè with tis in  sctiptiires studied; read;    ilpbti  tip in otitjhear^^    out in  bur :á|sfíbt}s and’^^ds, ihao'tbe ifi^eht hibit we make b|||niftivV;» to-bbe^ièiTce.>ù. We »vili not btithtWlte waniiitg ^ iirtpreat lolr'tHè welfare of ^«klieii«. nor dêsit» ibr'the Sblttess of the cause when we    the  jirirprtety of readiitg the word'bf <ÿi(f'thoré; nièditatiag upon ir more, cüntefsi)tç «botti  11    more, faattiig, prtvste prayer, stnging; mortltíy, hooesiy/truth, &.C., íiiiS lesa of the opposites. Fumtty i?¿rbhtp is eearcely iiHÀnèd aihoiig tna tiy discTpfesI HoW-nia* lìy prbfessed Christiatt parente^ iatmost whbllyf tieglect ilieir families, (fnd sofiér thehì io grow up 'tvithout ^óligiu^is ìfisOuc« tibn I How liiw of those who practise' ftmi“ (y worship, taho pjairis toinstnict ilieir ehil> dr^n in the way of th« Lord! Herè «r« heed great refiirtn iitibo. So far haVc some of tho brethren teff (he standard of fanitiy religion that they seriously doo^t the right of, the Chnstiah to practise it, itl^d'»bt a iibw are asking fb/ the coroiiátiiid for latnily iwbishtpl In our next we vrill try ati3 rèi ino\e their difficohies. '  Yoars in Christ,  -    s,- .'  .The dead, then, 'are to be raised by Mes* rriei siii But the; *• i^eans by. which this pritibiple might be' éhiplbyed,” arc ** yei undiaçüveted by niaii.” I But,iimii has ^disco vered.éibmiicii of the nieaitsai^ him to *' iiuwiitlpgiy jmiiaie t^c' Loirtl Gbd 111 .his wbiitiiîrfuI (suri»ical) opefatibnthe reniailider'He feiis otiTy ‘‘*bb* ÿèt 'discovered.” Here, accbrdiiig tb ‘ Dr. ‘T., ^  Evo U'88 cfeateii'hy’    aiid thé  dead hre to be «‘aised by Mesnterisfn^ and Wo î-ee no re'asoti why alt the inîractes of otir Saviour may nut be explained /bn fh< ssfiio; principle, and fcbiiclüdè. tha^^ the inèan» may yet be disciivered, by Which under exisiing laws,' thè mesiiVertzerè, hiay Still further uiiwittingly in'iittitb ihe : Lot4 God and our Saviour in a lHheir wohdertuj operations.  To make the climax completc,the Doctor has only tu prove that our Saviobr piromised this to his disciples in^thbse words; •' He that biolierèth 1» mè, thlfe Wurks that I do, shall he do also ; and greater works thaii these shall he do.” ^  Verily ihia is worse thanspeculatiotis bn Deiiiutiology which filled Dr. Thomas with with »0 much horror., '    S. A.  From ifie Wettem B(tpli$t>  New-Cas-tle, B<uetourt,  May Jil, 1846.  Bro. Hcqhart ; ,    , i  While you aiiid other brethren- are prO' mul^atiiig the first principles of the refor matiuu, and paying a consideratu regard to all that has been offered against those principles : permit me to offer a few thoughts iuti-ndeit for the good of ihe breihren.  In trying to convince a complicated end b'igbrous oppusrtioti of the truth, of the around we have~taken; would it not be conducive, to the bestinteresis of the cause to enforce the trmh, thut our religion ooii sists not_on|y in the firsl.-principles above alluded tb; but that dumestic, family religion, pnio teal piety, and Christian fliorali-tj, are by us considered of paramount iin portaoce. That the standard of scriptural kiiowle«ig(, faith, piety and morality, is too low wo ar<^ sorry, yet ready to ackiiovvtedge. That tnaii^ of tiie baptised, lire uuiiitbrtned, carnal iniiided, and in some degree tmmo» ral, is a painful truth. But while the ranks of the reformation in this particular are not unlike those^of the oppoiiiiion, and while much biame must tie charged to the account of the unexemplary ; yet mnny stains upon the character of the reformation, many deviations from trtie piety, many deruliciiqns from the p .ih of religious duty, are attributable to the new born disciples,.being evly involved III.contrcversy about the propriety of their r< ligious course. Contention and desire for victory are nuriurecl in the soil where peace and harmony should grow, and the most favbrablo time for wfitering the sreda of love to God and fellow man in the heart of the babe hi Christ, is taken u,i  i'rom thi Bible Advoeate..    r  LANGUAGE.  Adam talked, ttud he must tmrtí' learned language from his Ciceator, sitice‘'<hainbu language is not ruatural or instiueiiye, but educational or a.^uired* Eve njust bait; been Ecquainted .With the ose'of twrds bè-fore the Serpent «dtlre&áed her, ^ W'hai language Was iised ijy the first pair"' in Paradise f Was% not as perfect as-thesr physi* cal and moral organizations 'part of ihcif original pati^imony'ishtÉlt'i&^rlfòtfeit*  ed by disobedieuce, qnd therefute H ha* n^' descended to us ^ ‘    ^  The first use of language was to form s nièdium of commutiication hetweeii'mafi and his Creat^ir. Grariiy bound his body tb thè earth, but nhe word of God, sayings ••'thou shalt, or tl);ou shait not/* bound bp sutil to the tbronc' of the Eternal.. In Ian-giià^e was exhibii.ed' ihe'ini^èàty of law, thè power of motive.  ;Tiio abuse of hnguage, was to eommu- . nicate d; falsrhoud, and thus >t(|P(0mpt the itiiiobèni to diHobcdience. Saikn n't«d thè Serpent as a spokesman, in' his attack apoti Eve, because there were no otbèr humàit beings'save the hiippy pair whom he jtbeght to rum. Eve coinmutHèàtèd to Adsm’antl since thill tiihe, there Is no further use for thè serpent to speak; bat in^_J;«?ery ago there are those whose word ttoih eat as doth a canker.;* There - are prèaehers of 810 as well as préachers of tighteottsness^ Alijáis haive illngbagft. All beings thibt commonicate, th,9t; exchange ideas, - that learn arid teéch, thHt narrate «nd hear, thttt are hot omiiipreifeni -and omniseienti hav« need of iangutige or «orno sysfcnt of ci«b* Uiunicntìvè sign:».    v    ^ . "  Language mjy be spoken or written, aiwl thus coinmuiiicatc idttas through the ears or thè eyes. Thiirti is also the language bf the deaf and dubibi, consisting in certain ino-. tions made by the hands and finger;«, end the language cif the d«af, .áumb ani^,blind, -addressed to thè sense Of feeling. Imagine a man feeling ideaswith the endsofhia fin-^rs, and thuf (-eadiug the Bible by^tjaeans of large raised Íetlers. It is so. A- «ystern of communiofttive signs*'might"ulto be ad-drcs.4ed lb eiihbr ol the otlwr two senses, smell ¿lid tastie. Why hot?  : A particular íírranffément of odors, pf a ro* gulnr succession and cotiiibiOntion ofstyeets, bitters, acids, &c, ii(ii<jht fO^ a system of commuiiicativti signs.    ! - '  Language iit a cpii'ltictot .for tTtottglit.-— So fist as language can be conveyed, so fast can inieliligence^ be cpmniunibated.—• Recent inventions bid fair 'to give to words Ihe velocity of thè niaghpflc or electrtoal fluid. But vkh,Y resoíttoMo6ie*á TelegMph? VVby not stand in Washington City and^y a simple ?^ilttliiii cohimunicate wiih t’&Íébíl in New Orje^ns ? Thought neetl« a c«»n* ductor—it oaitinot pass through a vacuKin. That conductor is langiia^e. If I could, in the twinkling of an eyo, causé certatt» stipulated signs t<i hé cxhìliìied oti the op-pcaite side of the ghibe,T could just, in that time, cause my thoughts ro bo known there. Thouijfhts will not ^ before nor lag behind langujigé.  Can Mesioerismset at nought this law of »^plrttual itiujrcourse aiid nnnihtlalc time and space in- t^e communion of ihinds?-*• Can religious ìntelligonce cirouialè through any other lhan the usual tiicditim pf thought? Does the Spirit of God go to tiic. heathen Ian»!' before the Btblè? Who knows Hie things of man but the spirit of than in him ? And who knows the thing# of God but the Spirit of God snd he to whom tho Spirit reveals them ? And is^that r«^tation Iti AVords ? ‘‘ He that hath éirèto hear, let ' him hear hat the Spìrìì .saithi” for it " speakeih bxpressly ;** and thus Jearti th® Spirit.    •  A. grxham.  mintlof ther Spirit.  Marion, Ala., April 1845.   

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