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AN ASSOCIATION OF CLERGYMEN IN
"PROVE ALL THINGS ; HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD."
PUBLISHED BY J. EASTBURN & Co.
ABRAKAM PAUL, PRINTER
Southern District of New York, si. DE IT REMEMBERED: that on the sixth day.of May, in the forty-first year of the In
D dependence of the United States of Algica, JAMES EASTBUAN & Co. of the said district,
Prove all tbings; hold fast that Nigct is good. To the law and to the testimony "
..... . In conformity to the set of de Congress of the United States entitled " an Act for the encouragement of Learning by secaring the copies of Mape, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copiae, darilg tbe Umes therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled "an Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learbing, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times tberein mentioned, and extending the benets thereof to ibe arts of desigoing, engraving, and etching historical and other priots"
In order that we may “know what we ought to do,” it is necessary for us to possess an “understanding of the times."* Without such an understanding, we cannot rightly estimate the nature and effects of scenes which daily present themselves to our view, and invite our examination. Different events call for the discharge of different duties; and, therefore, it is necessary to know the character of the first, that thùs we may rightly perform the last. In this important knowledge, the multitude in Christian lands, at all times, are lamentably deficient, and therefore suffer incalculable mischief in their best interests. They seem, as if by general consent, age after age, to have fallen into two prominent mistakes; which, as they pervert our judgments, always produce disappointment. I
The first inistake is, that they view pašsing events in a light exclusively political; estirpating their importance, and calculating their issues, upon principles of political science; which has ever been, and in no age wore so than the present, merely a system of expediency; without ascertaining, or even inquiring, how far these principles accord with the word of God. Christians themselves, it is to be feared, forget that they have “a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto” they ought to “ take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place;"4 and
* 1 Chron. xii. 32.
+2 Pet. j. 19