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gurgitations of the old bottles we find ciples, than Paul. And, in the prein the Eclectic Review and in the Evan- sent day, let those who know poor Ire. gelical Magazine, for November, 1838, land
with whom has been the most the substance of which is,—" These abundant labour in evangelising ? Has people that seek after the communion it not been with those who either comof saints will not evangelize," &c. &c. menced with, or, in the course of their It is true, that this is said of some labours, were led into, this same unpeople called the “ Plymouth Bre- sectarian position. We do not boast thren” only, and not of all who desire in their labours, neither in them. They to take the unsectarian position ; still ought to have laboured still more ; and we conceive it was really said against their labours ought to have been more the unsectarian position as a whole. simply in the Spirit, the result of the As to the party especially complained simple action of the Spirit of God with of, as they do not by any means recog- them, and less the results of the natural nise us as their organ, we are not mind than they have. Still, we say, they bound to say anything in vindication have laboured more than others; and of them. If their labours do not ex- we believe also, little as the best may tend to the preaching to the world, be, the Lord has wrought with them both at home and abroad, they wretch- more effectually. We would
press edly fail of exhibiting the mind of the
upon our readers the fact, that there Lord, whose servants they profess to are very many missionaries gone forth be. And if, on the other hand, the from this country into all parts of the fact be (as we rather think those who world, occupying the unsectarian posiwill take the trouble to enquire will tion, and therefore neglected and desfind it), that they do labour in evan- pised by all; and we would pray them gelising much more than their accusers, to be very jealous of accrediting any then their lives and labours are the of the unkind reports which they may best answer to the calumny brought near of such : and if they have anyforward against them; brought for thing to contribute, let them that walk ward merely to divert attention from simply with their God, know that the good old doctrine of the commu- there are those that walk simply likenion of saints, on which we suppose wise with their God, as missionaries them to be trying to act, as much as who, though they have no society at upon the requirements to preach Jesus home for their masters, no platform to all men. But we shall say nothing or pulpit orators, no secretaries and about them; for, be they guilty or be travelling agents, have yet a God and they not guilty, we are fully borne out Father in heaven, to whom they look in saying that the attempt at the com- for sustenance and guidance,—whose munion of saints on the unsectarian they are, and whom they serve. We principle, in no way whatever inter- hope that, ere long, some arrangement feres with zeal for missionary labour. will be made, by which their labours No one was ever more anxious for it
and their claims may be made more than Jesus himself, as his prayer in generally known, their necessities more the 17th of St. John shews; and why, efficiently supplied, and the desires of but “ that the world may believe that,” the
many in this country to contribute &c. No man was more anxious for to such fully met. the union of saints, on the enlarged basis of separation from the world, faith in Jesus and the fellowship of the Spirit, than Paul; and no one more wrought among the Gentiles in evangelising, that he might gather to- We read that “not many wise men gether out of the world, on these prin- after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called.” But as an christian course and labours deserve illustrious lady once said, “ she blessed to be made more extensively known. God that it was not said, “not any He was born at Magdeburgh in noble,'” so we may hope that the
1788; his father held a high office in Lord has some in exalted stations, the government : his great grandwhom He will keep in the hollow of father was the celebrated Dr. Semler, his hand: but while remaining in of Halle. these stations, such stand peculiarly His conversion took place rather in need of christian sympathy, and the late in life ; after he had attained to prayers of the Lord's people.
those worldly honours and distincThe following extract from a morn- tions which afterwards proved to him ing paper, will be read with interest. a means of humiliation of spirit. A
Berlin, Nov. 1st.-" Though the change of heart involved mighty diffiillness of the brother to our King culties in his case; though the recomseems to have subsided, as he is seen pense of this self-denial abundantly to take his daily walks in the Thier- made up for all his sacrifices. He garten, yet the prince does not join had drunk deep of the pleasures, the the bustling circles of the court. honours, and the unbelief of a flatThis is explained by the turn of mind tering world, which is powerful in which this branch of our royal family upholding its dominion over the hearts has taken, both Prince William and of its captives, and most reluctant to his lady having a strong bias to Metho
permit their escape. It is often, not dism. Even the aides-de-camps of without a bleeding heart, not without the prince are pietists with a ven
very agony of despair, in the geance. They shudder at hearing the conflict, that such victims break their word “damn" uttered in their presence,
fetters : and bitter is the vengeance which must render the profession of
which the world takes for the escape soldiers rather painful to them, as of those who have thus once delighted swearing is more common in the army to walk in her proud paths. All this than among any other class of society. Semler abundantly experienced: but Such persons, to be consistent, ought standing strong in the strength of the to become Quakers or Mennonites; Lord, he overcame; he broke through and instead of wearing the sword all the pains, and difficulties, of an themselves, to disavow, and disallow entrance into a christian course : he the wearing of it in others."
bore all the scorn and reproach ; and How keen-sighted is the world, in instead of sinking into misanthropic discovering any inconsistency in the inactivity, he rather seized every opconduct of Christians, and how diffi- portunity of carrying his faith into cult is it to retain the honours and practice, in labouring for the temdignities of this world, without bringing poral and eternal good of his fellowdisgrace on the religion of the lowly creatures. Jesus !
The Lord did not allow him to be Another illustration of these re- without opportunities for doing this ; marks, connected with the same place, and such he joyfully embraced, alhas fallen under our notice in the though taken from his official labours.* " Neueste Nachrichten.”.
The Lord knew how to give him as Died at Berlin, August 4th, 1833, full employment in disinterested laCharles William Solomon Semler, bours of love, as if he had united the Knight of several orders, and coun- most laborious offices of state in his sellor of Finance. (König-Geheimer
And though his emOberfinanz-rath).
* It is not clear whether he voluntarily His life, as a servant of the state,
resigned his situation under government, or lies out of our province: but his whether he was deprived of it.
PRESENT STATE OF ROMANISM IN
CHINA PERSECUTION OF THE
ployments are names far from inviting or honourable in the ears of the world, -such, indeed, as she would look down upon with contempt,—yet this could not deter one who had learned THROUGH the persevering efforts of no longer to seek after the highly the Jesuits and other missionaries of the prized trifles of this world, but to es- Romish faith, Popery was introduced timate the importance of his engage- into China in the sixteenth century. ments by the standard of their bearing It had the prospect at one time of upon the eternal interests of man. becoming the popular religion of the
To treat in this manner everything empire: but the disputes and intrigues with which he had to do--to strive of the priests alarmed the government, after the introduction of this spirit of and edicts were issued for its extermiChristian faith into every sphere of
nation. “ It numbers more than social and public life—to raise to this 200,000 adherents who are under the standard all his fellow-labourers ;-- ecclesiastical direction and instruction this was the object of his endeavours ; of six bishops and two coadjutors, and this, as may well be supposed, twenty-three missionaries and eighty often earned him but opposition and native agents. The expense of the scorn, especially as his zeal sometimes Catholic missions is
than led him to forget the real spiritual £40,000 per annum, and is defrayed condition of those who were at work, by European liberality. Priests are and to expect that they should see still surreptitiously introduced within with his eyes, and be able to enter the walls, and find their way to the into his own religious experience,- interior.” not recollecting sufficiently what a dif- Our readers will see by the followferent man he himself had once been ing extract from the Asiatic Journal in these very respects.
for December, that fierce persecution His wife was like-minded with him- awaits the native converts." The self; and he viewed his children as chefoo of Shunteen reports as folthe richest earthly treasure which God lows :- I have received a despatch had given him. He never forgot how from the governor, directing the much he owed to the former. She chehëen of Leangheang, to forward was his faithful and heroic helpmeet the offender, Kew Shanlin, who is a in the time of his greatest trial. They follower of the religion of the Lord were united in the tenderest bonds of of heaven (Roman Catholic), and also affection, till the Lord separated them the books of his doctrine (classics), by death. She had been so much which have been seized, to my office. overdone with attending on him during I examined him myself, and his evihis illness, that her own life was in dence is as follows:--danger ; and it was only four days « « I am a native of Yoyang-hëen, after the birth of his youngest child, that in the province of Shanse. In my his useful career was cut short. To youth, I came with my father and conceal this event from her for a while, mother to live at Peking. The belief was the painful task of her mother and and practice of the religion of the two grown up daughters. She received Lord of heaven was transmitted to the intelligence (which a dream at the me from my father and grandfather. time of his death had prepared her The books have been examined, and for) with Christian resignation. “I I wish voluntarily to confess my crime; am in the Lord's hands : be it to me but I do not wish to abandon my reaccording to his holy will," was her ligion.' exclamation, after a flood of tears had "Hunta gave
his evidence as fol. given vent to her feelings.
lows :-'I am a man of the imperial kindred, under the bordered red ban- courage to step forward, and at the ner. I am the nephew of Too-see,
risk of much personal opprobrium, to who has been apprehended and de- state in print his reasons for refusing livered over to the board. The his countenance to the above associapractice of the religion of the Lord tion. After pointing out the broad of heaven was transmitted to me from line of distinction which exists behis deceased father. The books, tween those who belong to the world, paintings, and images belong to the and those who belong to Christ, he uncaught Wang-tung, and to Wang- goes on to say: urh, who has been caught and delivered “Let me now proceed to apply to the over to the board. I now make known matter in hand, the principles which my wish to quit the (Christian) sect.' have been just exhibited from the I, your Majesty's servant, immediately Word of God. The · Bristol Young ordered the said criminal to step over Men's Society' has been established the cross and images in open court: for the express purpose of forming a and that, as a proof of his repent- bond of religious fellowship common ance and reform, he should give a to the world and the Church. It is voluntary bond (not again to join the not an association merely for mental Christian religion).
improvement, or literary cultivation, "Too-se, alias Too Shingah, hav
but its object is avowedly of a higher ing been brought before the courts for character. Let the following extract practising the religion of the Lord of from the Prospectus be examined in heaven, repented, reformed, and was the light of Scripture, and then let pardoned. Afterwards, he again wor- any candid reader say whether the shipped the cross, paintings, and character of the union, therein conimages, and with his son, Wan-kwang, templated, be union in the truth. chanted prayers and hymns: it is
«« Strict moral character, and the evident, therefore, from his whole profession of no opinions contrary to conduct, that he has not really re- revealed truth, are the only qualificaformed. I order that Too-se and tions necessary for membership; with Wan-kwang be deprived of their red this limitation, it embraces all, of girdle, their names be erased from the every denomination, and of every genealogical table of our clan, and class of society, desirous to banish themselves be sent to E-le, and sub- from its brotherhood all sectarian jected to the lowest degree of slavery. and party feeling, and to promote
• Hereafter, when offenders prac- mongst the followers of the Lamb tising the religion are taken, if, in a holy determination to live order to obtain forgiveness of their to endeavour to
the crime, they first profess to repent and greatest amount of good to themreform, and afterwards follow the selves, and, likewise, to stimulate worship, their crime is to be punished each other to press forward in the according to the original law, whether pursuit of whatsoever things are lovely they trample on the cross in open and of good report, that they may court or not; their crime is not to be be all in one;' forgetting their minor forgiven by any exertion of benevo- differences, may rally round the comlence : these measures will operate as mon standard of the Cross, present a a warning to the traitorous and crafty, firm and unbroken phalanx, and con. who put their trust in wickedness.'' centrate all their energies against the
“ The following observations natuYOUNG MEN'S SOCIETY.
rally arise out of examining the above We are glad to find that this esti- extract. mable minister of the Gospel has had “(1) The object of the Society is
professedly for religious union. Its Word ? Is not this to admit the prinmembers are to compose
brother- ciple that the end sanctifies the means, hood;" and, as “ followers of the and to do evil that good may come ? Lamb," to seek " that they may be all “ (6) Can it be profitable for young one."
believers to meet together, for religious “(2) Such an union can only be ex- intercourse, with those who know not pected to take place among those who the things of the Spirit of God? Can believe in Christ. To expect that those, who have obeyed from the heart those who are " in the flesh" and those the word of the Gospel, listen with who are “in the Spirit,” should thus salisfaction to essays composed, on the unite together, is at variance with the subject of religion, by those who are whole train of the New Testament. Yet yet in the blindness and ignorance of
“(3) The requisite for membership their natural state? The first thing is so contrived as to embrace all who the Gospel requires from sinners is are strictly moral, whatever opinions that they repent and believe, and, as they may entertain respecting the long as a man continues impenitent truth. They are not required to pro- and unbelieving, it pronounces him to fess any opinions at all, and if they be in a state of spiritual darkness ; make no profession of any thing con- but this Society, by encouraging such trary to revealed truth, they may be persons to speculate about Christiadmitted within the pale of this asso- anity, fosters the pride of the natural ciation,
heart, satisfies the self-righteousness “(4) The godly young men in the of the mere moralist, and affords a Society may thus be mixed up with resting-place to the undecided.” those who know not God; and a large With these observations we fully majority of the members may consist coincide. Nothing can be more falof the following descriptions of cha- lacious than the commonly received racter:-Steady, moral young men, maxim, that it is necessary to form who have no fixed opinions at all such associations in order to benefit about religion; others of a the world. It is not by compromising thoughtful disposition, inclined to in- their principles, that Christians may fidelity; and those who, in the pride hope to shine as lights in the world, of their hearts, reject revelation, but nor is it by confounding the distincdo not reckon it expedient to avow tions between the regenerate and the their sentiments. At any rate, I ask unregenerate, that believers will immy brethren in the ministry, who have press on the thoughtless the indispengiven to this unscriptural association sable truth, that “except a man be the sanction of their names, whether born again he cannot see the kingdom there be any thing in the terms of of God.” membership calculated to prevent such a result? May it not be the case
MR. RHENIUS AND THE TINNEVELLY that, with the exception of the presidents, the whole body may consist of the unconverted ?
A letter from the Rev. J. J. Muller, “ (5) In order to reception into re- dated Palamcottah, June 7th, in religious association, the New Testa- porting the death of the Rev. C. J. ment authorises us to require a posi- Rhenius, on the 5th June, states that tive confession of Christ : this Society it was caused by apoplexy, partly owproposes to receive into its brother. ing to the heat, which affected him hood those who make no profession more than at any former period durat all. Is not this nothing less than ing the twenty-four years he had been presuming to be wiser than God, and in India. He has left a widow and virtually denying the authority of His nine children. "Perhaps in no in