yond his own sect, and he hath ho tience to hear any4ruth not taught by hiiP favorite teachers. He is ignorant of oth t and therefore has no charity for them; ers he is bigoted against others, and therefore will not learn of them, or inform hin>self about them. He is violent in opposition, sometimes ready to take life for supposed heresy; and the commonAemy of intel lectual improvement, especially if it does not accord with the tradition he has receive ed. In the history of the world, how sel tiom, if ever, men of understanding have pu nished the ignorant for their blindness; yet how frequently the most valuable worldly inventions have thrown their authors into extretne danger and cruel suffering. Char ges of “ witchcraft,” “ work o^ the devil,” &c. have been raised against some of the most valuable arts among men; and reli gious light, above all things, has met the stem opposition of ignorance. Light has been obscured, and many worthy and en lightened men have been victims to the malice of those who knew not against whom they were fighting. In short, ma ny have been martyrs because of their knowledge; few, if any, punished for the of it. And now, many4rill eon in others for knowing more than them selves, while the improved mind consid ers ignorance a cause for pity rather than blame. * If the foregoing is correct, we can use no more suciwreful means to increase our charity for others, than to increase our acquaintance with them; nor more easily raise ourselves in their estimation, than by making ourselves better kuown by them. Hence intercourse with them at all suit able times, will materially aid in promot ing Christian union, which every well informed^ Christian must ardently love. Then let us associate with th$ sects around us in tr^jsactions, pertaining to and convince them Ve are honest cial intercourse, and show we are this lifjy. :; m soM ire their | -35BK--Z------^_II friends; in reading and conversing upon Scnpture, and prove our love for the word of God; in prayer,-that they may know our faith in the Lord; in meetings o£wor ship, and they will learn our detent is with the children of the Most High; tnd in revival labors, for then they will be con strained to acknowledge our faith in rege neration, and in the influence of the Holy Spirit. Let us speak of our hope, and live as those that must “ give an account to him that is ready t#3gtdge the quick and the dead,” then they will perceive we “ believe in Jesus and the power of his resurrection/ and in our lives Have “ re spect unto the recompense of reward.” Certainly wit^ a knowledge of all this, no Christian could say we are “ heretics,” “ fundamentally wrong,” or “ unworthy of fd^vship. And while we profess to walrtn the light and liberty of the Gos pel, we need only to live Scjpding to our discipline, make that and ourselves known, to accomplish much in increasing charity which “never failed),” and at the same time, with our associates, “ grow wiser and better as life wears away.” > Norfolk, Va. Feb. 13, IS44. " EM itm For |)p Christian Sun. TEE FAMILY OP COD. BY ELDER MILLS BARRETT. “ For this cause ! bow my kneef unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” Eph. iii? 14, 15. From this passage we learn, first, that God has a family. Second, that one part of the family is on earth, apd the part in heaven. ThirdMjft die w|| mily is named after ouf Lord Jesus Ctfi Family, according to Johnson, means a household.; the descendants of one cojn mon progenitor; a racea generation. Hence Paul says, Eph. ii. 19. “ Now, therefore, ye are ho more sgangers foreigners, but fellow citizens with

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