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AFFLICTIONS THE DEST EXPOUNDERS OF
put to pain by one who is not able to which may be done in a thousand inmake good to us the profit of this, would stances, and often unsuspectedly, through add inconceivable bitterness to the trial. the wrong state of the heart, as well as It is this that assures us that all shall yet when conscience remonstrates, the Holy be well; and it is in the strength of this Spirit is grieved. And if so, the Scripassurance that we gird ourselves for the tures are neither understood nor relished battle-field, knowing that we must be in a truly spiritual and profitable manner; more than conquerors through Him that faith grows languid ; the pulse of love loved us. My sick bed may be most gets low; and true happiness expires.tenderly watched, most skilfully provided Dr. E. Williams. for, most faithfully tended, and I may be most sweetly soothed by this fond and unwearied care; yet, if there be no power
UNITY OF THE CHURCH. to heal, no resistless energy, such as The author of David Nasmith's Mesweeps all hindrances before it, then I moirs says, that he (D.N.) comes simply may still lie hopeless there; but if the
member of the body of Christ, atpower of Christ be present to heal, then taching himself to no sect but that which I know, of a truth, that all is well.- | in Christian fellowship receives all whom Ibid.
Christ has received, and refuses such as fail to give evidence that they are Christ's disciples. He believes that the divisions
that exist in the church of God are of “ I never,” said Luther, “knew the the devil; must be most displeasing to meaning of God's word until I came into God, whose will is that his people should afflictions. I have always found it one
be one not only in spirit, but in visible of my best schoolmasters.” This teach- union; and that they are the great barrier ing, as the fruit of affliction, marks the that exists to the spread of the gospel in sanctified from the unsanctified cross;
the earth. Of this he has had the most for it might most truly be said, that ample and painful evidence. How long affliction, under this Divine teaching, shall it be till the glorious era come, explains many a hard text, and seals when Christians who expect to sit down many a precious promise.-Bridges.
at the same table in heaven shall be found sitting together at the Lord's table
on earth, and not making that which THE DIVINE ORDER, IN RELATION TO they call the Lord's table their own, and
not Jesus Christ's, by erecting fences The glory of God and my own happi- which the Master never erecied, or ness are the end of my being. As I throwing it open to the world, and allowwish to be happy, let me observe the ing all indiscriminately to come in and order of God. The way to happiness is eat and drink judgment unto themselves ? through love; the way to love is by faith; Happy day! then shall the world again
way to faith is the Holy Scriptures; say, “See how these Christians love one and the way to the Holy Scriptures is another !"-Dr. Campbell. by the Divine unction. If I have this unction on my spirit, I shall understand the Scriptures spiritually; thus under
IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER. standing the Scriptures, I shall believe Were we to enter more into the feel. with the heart; and thus believing, I shall ings of God as a father, and to think of love my God and Saviour supremely; and his eye resting on this broad earth, where thus loving, I cannot fail of being happy. so many millions of his creatures are too But, by the commission of sin, inward as busy to remember him, we should be well as outward; or the omission of duty, better able to understand his complaint
of the restraining of prayer, and his de- homeless wandering, in poverty and hunlight in those who acknowledge him. ger, in prison and cruel bondage, in Oh, how little is God accustomed to hear disease, pining sickness, and when at the the voice of earnest, heartfelt, persevering point of death, on the stormy deep and prayer! How continually does the Lord in the threatening tempest, or when witness our anxieties and exertions spent vegetation fails and famine feeds on once in vain attempts to extricate ourselves, fruitful fields ; let men but then turn to and to effect that deliverance which he the Lord with strong crying and tears is able in a moment to grant in answer in all these calamities, and they shall to prayer. Men may be brought to their find that he is very pitiful and of tender wit's end, and never think of calling upon mercy. Whoso is wise, and will observe God; yet if, even then, they cry unto the various turnings of this changeful the Lord, he will bring them out of their life, shall learn from them all the lovingdistresses. In every circumstance and kindness of the Lord.—Stevenson. trial of life, whether in extremity of
HOWELL HARRIS AND THE ARMINIAN CONTROVERSY.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. MY DEAR SIR,—Previous to the first to provoke one another to love and good interview that Mr. Harris had with the works. But T. Bissicks immediately inRer. John Wesley, it appears that the troduced the dispute, and others seconded religious principles of the former were bim. This Howell Harris withstood. Calvinistic, or at least agreeable to the Going to a neighbouring house, on the seventeenth article of religion avowedly following day, I found Mr. Humphreys held by the Church of England. He and T. Bissicks tearing open the sore believed in “Predestination and Elec- with all their might. On my coming in, tion," but maintained what he considered all was hushed. But Mrs. James, of to be true with caution and prudence, Abergavenney, (a woman of candour and never forgetting the claims of duty, and humanity,) insisted that those things the interests of practical piety. He also should be said to my face. Then folendeavoured to “keep the unity of the lowed a lame piece of work. But although Spirit in the bond of peace.” In doing the accusations brought were easily anthis, his “ moderation" was “known to swered, yet I found they left a soreness on all men," so that those who differed from many spirits. When Howell Harris heard him in judgment, bore witness of his of what had passed, he hastened to stand charity before the church and the world. in the gap once more, and with tears This was invariably done by Mr. Wesley besought them all to follow after the in his journals, as may be shown by things that made for peace. And God many passages, written during the con- blessed the healing words which he spoke, troversy which he himself had awakened so that we parted in much love, being all by his preaching and writings.
determined to let controversy alone, and In giving an account of a journey to to preach Jesus Christ and him cruWales, where he was to meet Mr. Harris cified."* in Monmouthshire, near the New Pas- But, in reference to this controversy, sage, he says, “ We rode to St. Bride's in it may be well to hear Mr. Harris himthe Moors, where we were met by Mr. Humphreys and Thomas Bissicks, of • Wesley's Works 8vo. 1809, Vol. ii, Kingswood. A few of us retired, in order pp. 113, 114.
self. In an unpublished letter, dated | he remains faithful to his word, no one Trevecca, Oct. 4, 1740, he thus writes to shall pluck them out of his hands. O Mr. John Lewis :—"Self is the idol that glorious covenant, well ordered in all would keep us in opposition to Christ. things and sure! This covenant, I think, When Christoffers us hisrighteousness, self is too little studied and known. O that cries, “I am not naked and destitute.'When I knew how to set forth the glory of God's he offers us his power, we cry, “What! distinguishing and unchangeable love! can I do nothing? Have I not power of I received a letter from brother Charles myself? Am I a stock, or a stone?' | Wesley, and one from brother Seward, We are, indeed, as hard, dead, and sense- from which I find that some misunderless to his calling and love as a stone; standings have arisen between them, so but we are worse than this. The stone as to cause them to separate! I fear abides where you leave it, but we run that our dear Master is not pleased with from God. When he would be our light, this, and that his kingdom will not be we say, 'What! am I blind? Have I thus established. Labour for peace, my not light already? Where is my reason ?' dear brother; for though our brother, Thus are we rich in our own esteem; John Wesley is not yet enlightened to and who can take the veil from our see God's electing love, yet, as I firmly understandings, and the rebellion from believe that he is one of the elect, God our wills, but he who spoke light from will, in his own time, show that to him darkness, order from confusion, and life which is now, for some wise end, hid to dead Lazarus? And what can move from him. In the mean time, let him him to this, but his own free, sovereign not oppose it, and we will agree in other will and good pleasure ? And what can things, until he sees with us. Last his end be, but his own glory? For this Thursday I had the honour of being let us contend, with all meekness, gentle apprehended by two justices, and next ness, and love towards those who have Tuesday I am going to take my trial, and the will to give him all the glory, though expect to be imprisoned. My Lord not they are not yet taught of him to do it. only bids, but enables me to rejoice They think they glorify him most by and be glad.' O that the children of God contending that he loves all his creatures did taste what sweetness there is in the with an equal love; but I am taught cross! If they did, they would never be otherwise, not of men, but of God. O, terrified at the thought of it, but would my dear brother, the sight of God's dis- be almost tempted to long for it. When tinguishing love to me quite overcomes my trial is over, I shall send you a par. me. When I might have been an Indian, ticular account of the whole, and from I am a Christian! When I might have my new lodging. I hope to write to been lifting up mine eyes in torments, I brother Seward and the Wesleys. I am favoured with the tender mercies of shall labour to unite them in affection, the Lord! Why am I not a blasphemer, till the Lord more fully unites them in a persecutor, a total backslider? Is it judgment. Shall the servants of Jesus because I was more careful and watchful, contend for anything but love? May the and made better use of the grace given same mind that he has given you, be me, than others did ? No-no one has more abundantly bestowed upon your been more trifling and unfruitful. Is it friend and brother in the Lord, Howell not, then, because he who loved me Harris !" changes not? O, my dear brother, this And now, my dear Sir, on reading the is food to those who have the law of God above, I doubt not that you will unite written in their hearts, that they are with me in admiring the spirit and chasafe, not because they are faithful, but racter of the noble-minded and pious because God is unchangeable; and while writer, or rather in glorifying God on his account. For my own part, I reflect with ing again at Trevecca, in August, 1763, increased satisfaction on the trouble I | Mr. Wesley observes, that about six score took in writing the memoirs of so excellent persons were then in the family, “all a man, and am the more fully persuaded diligent-all constantly employed-ali that I committed no error in holding up fearing God and working righteousness.” his character for the imitation of others. Could it, therefore, be proved that this However we may hesitate to approve of was not the result of Calvinistic opinions, his establishment at Trevecca, on account it will be admitted that, in connection of which he was blamed by many, and with them, this family was in possession suspected by others, as to the purity of of that “godliness” which is “profitable his motives, we surely ought to recollect unto all things, having promise of the life that our Moravian brethren erected their that now is, and of that which is to come.” settlements in England about the same Hence Mr. Wesley adds, “Howell Hartime, and that our seraphic Whitfield had ris's house is one of the most elegant his Orphan House in America. Was places which I have seen in Wales. The Mr. Harris more worthy of blame and little chapel, and all things round about suspicion than his friend, who collected it, are finished in uncommon taste; and public money for an object which failed the gardens, fish-ponds, and mount adto answer his too sanguine expectations? joining, make the place a little paradise.” It is certain, however, that the establish- Being again at Trevecca, in 1755, (two ment of Mr. Harris, (uow happily con- years after Mr. Harris's death,) he exverted into a college for the education of claims, “What a lovely place! and what the rising ministry among the Calvinistic a lovely family! still consisting of about methodists in Wales) had the approbation six score persons. So the good man is of Mr. Wesley, and that his good opinion turned again to his dust! but his thoughts of its founder was never altered. In his do not perish.” Such was the love of Journal, under the date of March 19, Mr. Wesley for a Calvinistic brother, and 1756, when he visited Mr. Harris at such his admiration of those from whom Trevecca, in his way to Ireland, he says, he differed in judgment on points of reli“ Before I talked with him myself, I won- gion, which should not alienate the affecdered that he did not go out and preach tions of one Christian from another ! as usual. But he now informed me that Hoping that the example of brotherly he had preached until he could preach no love, moderation, and forbearance thus longer, his constitution being entirely supplied, will not be without use in probroken. While he was thus confined, he moting that union among Christians of was pressed in spirit to build a large house, various evangelical denominations which though he knew not why, or for whom. is now earnestly desired, and the effect of But as soon as it was built, men, women, which cannot be otherwise than beneficial and children, without his seeking, came to the church and the world, I remain, to him from all parts of Wales; and, with much esteem, and best wishes for except in the case of the Orphan House the success of your efforts, at Halle, I never heard of so many signal
Sincerely yours, interpositions of Divine Providence.” Be
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. Dear Sir,--Ought not the interests of ing the longest time usually employed in Tahiti to occupy a large share of our the voyage from these regions to those of attention at the present moment? Allow- the South Sea Islands, the great armament fitted out in France some months ago, for insertion, if you think proper, in the and destined to complete the subjugation Evangelical Magazine for May. I could of Tahiti, cannot be far from its destina- wish it had a better claim to a place in tion, supposing that the Lord has allowed your pages; but it may, with the Lord's it to pursue its course without interrup- blessing, help to awaken attention to the tion. Under such circumstances, ought subject, and to deepen the feeling that, I not the Lord's people to be more than trust, is more or less found in every folcommonly earnest in the closet, in the lower of our Lord in these islands, in family, and in the public assembly, in favour of the interesting spot to which prayer for our suffering brethren in the hymn refers. Tahiti? It appears to me that it should Yours, my dear Sir, be so; and, under this impression, I have
In fraternal bonds, attempted to compose a hymn on the
Tuomas KELLY. subject, which I beg leave to send you! Dublin, April, 1847.
Great God! as all thy works revive i
Beneath the hand of spring ;
Creator, Father, King !
(From the German.) “Before they call, I will answer," Isaiah Ixv. 24. Swift is the eagle's heavenward flight,
When soaring high on mighty wing, He tracks the pathless world of light
In vain we trace the daring king. More swiftly still than eagle's Alight,
The beams of light their course pursue : These golden streams with mercy bright,
Fleeter than thought their gifts renew.
Swiftest of all to cleave the skies,
Ere yet express'd, Heaven's aid procure. Nayland.
H. J. Haas.
How precious is the word of peace,
From Satan's dreadful sway!
Who takes our guilt away.
And victory o'er the grave;
Who came mankind to save..
And will the gift receive;
And in their Lord believe.
To perish in their sin ;
His endless praise begin! J. B. 1, Windsor-terrace, St. Paul's, Bristol.
A HYMN FOR SPRING.
The trees resume their green,
Refresh the verdant scene.
Our senses to delight;
And lily-bells are bright.
The bees for toil prepare;
Sport in the sunlit air.