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From the Boston Recorder. "PREACHER TO MANY NATIONS. “ The NATIONAL PREACHER, which has been published for nine years in New-York, besides being widely circulated in our own country, and to some extent in England, is also read with interest in China, in India, in South America, and in the far distant isles of the Pacific. The following extract of a letter from a Missionary at the Sandwich Islands shows in what light the work is regarded on the other side of the globe.
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By Rev. DANIEL A. CLARK, New-YORK.
THE SINNER'S DESPERATE DEPRAVITY.
JEREMIAH jji. 5. Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou
couldst. This passage evidently teaches the doctrine, that men are'as depraved as they can be in present circumstances. The charge is made by the infinitely Holy One, and can be fully substantiated against every member of the unre. generate family. The justice of the charge may appear from a consideration of the following positions :
I. That God in his providence has surrounded the sinner with many circumstances operating powerfully to modify human character.
II. That by these circumstances every sinner is actually restrained in his wickedness, and held back in his downward career.
III. That every sinner does make the attempt, and succeeds as far as God will let him, to sunder these ligatures that would hold him fast to reason, hope, and heaven.
Among the circumstances which illustrate the first position, I mention,
1. Education. This makes christendom differ from the dark places of the earth , which are full of the habitations of cruelty. This makes the same land differ from what it was while a land of idolatry. This makes us to differ from our forefathers when under the superstition and tyranny of the Druids. This occasions the difference between us and the savage of the western wilds. Education, then, operates greatly in modifying character, and in preventing men from being as bad as they would be.
2. Human law has a similar effect. How near right, think you, would men be, if they were not controlled by human laws ? Look at some country while in a state of anarchy. Look at some city or village where the influence of law is suspended. Look at France, while under the reign of terror, when law was abrogated, and see one company after another
under the guillotine ; and the executioners of today the victims of to-morrow; and, tell us, is not character greatly modified by municipal law!
3. By the law of God. If men have no other belief in it, but that which may be denominated the faith of history, it still greatly modifies human cha. racter. Men have been sorry a thousand times that God ever issued his law Vol. X. No. 10.
They have hated to read, “ Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” They have been sorry to read, “ Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy;" “ Thou shalt not commit adultery ;" “ Thou shalt not kill;" “ Thou shalt not steal,” &c. But men have been in a measure restrained by these laws, while they have hated the Lawgiver, and despised his statutes.
4. The troublesome supervision of conscience has greatly modified human character. This everlasting censorship, while it has held men back from sin, has been hated, and warred against, and scowled upon, by the whole hu. man family.
5. The whole Gospel, the law drawn out into offensive interference with the sinful pleasures and follies of men, has modified human character beyond all calculation. It so commends itself to their reason, and applies such power to their consciences, that it becomes exceedingly difficult to withstand it. It is so tender, majestic, commanding, and reasonable, that it for a time melts and overawes many who ultimately reject all its provisions.
6. All the Gospel institutions—the Sabbath, the sanctuary, the churchgoing bell, the Lord's supper, the ordinance of baptism, every thing associated with Christian worship, operates in modifying human character, and rendering it, in appearance, better than it is.
7. The desire of heaven has the same effect. None, perhaps, are so abandoned as not to hope that they may, after all, live and be happy after death. The bare possibility that they shall reach heaven, and wish to unite in the song of redemption, prevents them from being as wicked as they would be. This operates as a powerful restraint, and helps greatly to modify character.
8. The fear of hell, also, holds back many from the commission of crime. Men are afraid that what they have heard respecting hell is true. Though the subject often excites their unhallowed mirth, it is a mirth which has its misgivings. Their very laughter betrays their fears. And though they trifle with the thought of everlasting burnings, it is with the manifest design of keeping their courage up. The fear of hell thus operates in modifying the character, perhaps even of the most worldly.
9. The expectation of a judgment has the same effect. They have some apprehension that they may be called to answer at the bar of God for their deeds on earth. They have "a fearful looking for" of this dread reality. They think it may be true that God will bring them into judgment, for every work, whether it be good or evil, and apportion his awards accordingly. And hence, this apprehension serves as a wonderful restraint upon their character.
10. Public sentiment is a great preventive of crime. Men are so constituted as to be obliged to respect public sentiment. They cannot endure the indignation of a whole community; and public sentiment in Christian lands favors virtue, and frowns on vice. The assassin is thus disarmed--the thief becomes honest--the swindler pays his debts-because public sentiment compels him. No one has daring enough to be utterly indifferent to the good opinion of all his acquaintance; and character is thus greatly modified.
11. The domestic affections produce the same result. The silken cords