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ment of that haughty spirit of boastfulness, the increase of peaceable and kindly feeling, and the extinction of many strong, unchristian prejudices, I should be inclined to rejoice over all as a token for good; but alas ! that one deadly disease, growing Popery, cleaves fast to us : and while it silently makes havoc, corrupting more and more the national mind, I seem to lose all bope; and to be constrained to say, “ God hath forsaken us.".

• I have just been sorely grieved by a new instance of its triumph. In an extensive rural parish, blessed by the ministry of a most devoted, and truly enlightened pastor, whose inmost soul glows with the most ardent Protestantism, an additional church was desired, for the benefit of those living several miles from the venerable fabric where the rector officiates, and nigh to which he dwells. He contributed largely from his own purse, and laboured indefatigably to collect aid for the undertaking. It was a joyful letter that his dear wife sent me when the building was commenced ; a yet more joyful one when it was completed; and in the gladness of those trusting hearts we freely participated. The patronage, bowever, was vested in the Bishop of the diocese ; and by his nomination the new church is now occupied by a blind guide, a false teacher, who inculcates the grossest errors of Puseyism from a pulpit, that never would have been set up, had not the helpers been confident, that the doctrines there preached would be the pure gospel of Jesus Christ."

“Would that the case were as singular as it is lamentable! but there are many such ; and the consequences shew themselves in the waxing cold of much love towards our church, thus invaded, and audaciously claimed by a party whose right position is at the footstool of the Map of Sin. Already bas the tide of separation set in, bearing away from the communion to which they have always been sincerely attached, both ministers and people, under a persuasion that all is even now lost, and that the falling fabric must be abandoned.' • But all is not lost.'

• Neither would it be, if every one who sees and deprecates the evil did bis and her best to resist it. The absurd notion so often expressed in words to which it is hard to attach a meaning—that the liturgy is “an all-bat inspired” book ; and the Church of England too perfect to admit of amendment, has been our ruin. Many things in both are capable of great improvements; and recent advantages taken of their flaws prove that they require it. This I say, boldly and positively, let who will gainsay it. There ought to be no ground in a purely Protestant Church, on which Popery can contrive to erect a commodious throne; yet such is now done in the very heart of ours.'

Surely it is all but impossible so to frame any human institution, even on a scriptural model, as that error shall not creep in. You do not look for infallibility ?

• No; nor any approach to the pretence of it: bat mark you, our church is fenced against the intrusion of Socinian doctrines. No infidel, no denier of the proper divinity of our glorious Lord, could openly declare bis poisonous tenets in a congregation of the Established Church ; and wbat strange gap is that at which a downright papist may enter, and both preach and practise his idolatrous delusions to such

an extent as to leave the flock no other alternative than that of conniving at his sin or abandoning their desecrated place of worship?'

Some part of the fence must have been left imperfect to admit of the wolf so freely re-entering a fold whence he was expelled, as it was hoped and intended, for ever.'

• Remember, too, that wbat we vainly struggle to keep out is an Antichristian invader, that the system seeks to dethrone the Lord Jesus Christ, and to usurp his place. Abetting this, we are traitors to our heavenly King, and the doom of a traitor must at last be ours. Oh, my dear niece, when I mark how little is spoken, how little contended for, in the name and on behalf of him, the Prince of the kings of the earth, my heart fails me for fear. We have each our own party to act with ; each our own opinions to maintain, each our own objects to pursue ; but I want to see all else cast to the four winds, and a noble stand made, in the alone Name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. I want more direct dealing with him, and for him: and to see human systems falling into tbeir right places, far below the footstool of His eternal throne. The articles say this, and the homilies say that-tbe Westminster confession pronounces thus, and the Assembly's catechism propounds so and so. Away with such standards, where the battle of the faith itself is to be fought against the Son of Perdition revived to resist us! “ To the Law and to the Testimony:" there must be the last appeal, and he is the safest who makes it bis first. We raise the enclosing walls of our respective Church-systems so high that we can scarcely catch a glimpse of our truest brethren over their towering battlements; and, too often, is the throne of the Lamb itself hidden by their obtrusive mass. Lower them, that we may one and all fix an unimpeded gaze on Him, and the consequence will be the removal of many a bar that unnaturally divides us from each other.'

• And so will the prayer be fulfilled of Him who never asked in vain : “ That they all may be one, as thon, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."






THERE is yet a needful caution to be observed, when investing any community with the name and character of the Lord's witnessing Church. We must not Jose sight of the cautionary parable which instructs us, that when a field has been sown with pure wheat by the hand of the divine husbandman, the enemy will watch bis opportunity to mingle as plentifully as he can, the worthless and deceptive tares that equally grieve and perplex the Lord's faithful servants. These are not, in the general course of God's providential dealings, rooted up at once, but are left to the great day of separation. And not only in the parable but in other parts of scripture, we are warned of the existence of such incongruities in the composition of what, as a distinct body, we are justified in calling a truly spiritual church, with a pointed reference too to the prominent position to DECEMBER, 1844.


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