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of the very same Deity, have charitably coalesced, to direct the Spiritualities and Discipline of our Church, which regards the one as Idolators, and the other as Blasphemers, we trust that their attention will soon be directed to remodel our Liturgy, and save us the

was separated, called, sent, and authorized by the special command of God; submitting to the external investiture of his Holy Office, by anointings, purifications, and sacrifices, from the hands of Moses, a di. vinely commissioned ruler and prophet: and an appointment, that was not left to the fate of chance or of usurpers, but was to be under the superintendence of Heaven, in a certain continued succession, and appointed line (Exod. xxviii. Num. iii. 10, Lev. viii.). They had also better reflect on the humble condescension of the Prince of Life,who deigned not “ to take this honour unto himself,yea, s glorified not himself to be made an High Priest" (Heb. v. 5.), but waited for the call and authority of his Heavenly Father, even until the time, when from the opening canopy of the overshadowing heavens, the voice and authority of God, as an infallible sign of Divine election and designation, visibly went forth, in the presence of chosen witnesses; and He received the Spiritual, Baptismal Unction of the Holy Ghost, investing Him with actual, and full authority, for the performance of His merci. ful, high, and Holy functions (Matt. iii. 17.). Thus the glory and honour of the Priesthood, were not assumed by, but conferred on Christ. As the Priesthood under the old Dispensation was called of God, so was Christ also called of God, but “in a more glorious and excellent manner" (Burkitt's Practical Exposition of the New Testament.). We are instructed that our Blessed Lord, then, descended in the power of the Spirit, being full of the Holy Ghost,into Galilee, and said in the Synagogue of Nazareth, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears,meaning that of Isaiah, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel(Luke, iv. 18. Consult most particularly, Pearson on the Creed, Art. ii. And in Jesus Christ, 8c." Near the end.). Thus that Supreme Being, who evolved harmony out of chaos, and separated light from darkness, never forsakes the ordering and governing of both the works of his own handsthe Church and the World. No truth is more certain than that God is a God of order. And hence nothing appears more beautifully harmonious than the uniform symmetry, and exact analogy of His appointment of servants, to stand before Him,—throughout all his different Dispensations. The same God, the same Holy Spirit who called Aaron, and Christ, calls likewise His Ministers, under the new and better covenant. As thou hast sent me into the World,saith Jesus to His Father, even so have I also sent them into the World (John, xvii. 18.). And to His Apostles: As my Father sent me, even so I send you" (John, xx. 21.). Thus did He confer the grace of the Holy Spirit upon His Apostles (John, xx. 22; Acts, ii. 3, 4.). He promised to be ever with them in their office and ministry (Matt. xxviii. 20.). These

mockery of praying, that the “ consultationsof Parliament, be“ directed and prospered to the glory of God, and the good of His Church"-knowing, as we do, the motley group, whose consultations we pray for, consisting of Papists, Quakers, Socinians, Infidels,

Apostles were the called, the sent, and appointed instruments, of continuing these eminent graces, privileges, and institutions, to their Successors, and these deliver what they have received, from one to another, even to the end of time. Hence their Successors, and those appointed by them; are indeed “ called of God(Heb. v. 4.), and “ sent(Rom. x. 15.) with delegated power, and assurances of heavenly aid, to proclaim the word of life (See Potter on Church Government, chap. v. Of Ordaining Ministers-a passage which no enlightened Christian should be ignorant of.). We therefore would urge all the members of our heavenly ordained Church, to regard their Hierarchy, as the undoubted work of God: and if we had a trumpet, capable of being heard, in all the remotest corners of the land, we would universally warn the usurping Pastors of Dissenterism, how truly awful is their intrusion. We have here delivered the words of truth and soberness, and until our arguments and conviction, are removed and defeated by the irresistible weapons of similar power, we will never cease to uphold these sound, ancient, and scriptural views. If that ever be the case, our adversaries may expect an equally unbending and unflinching recantation, of our present principles; but until that period, the frowns of latitudinarianism, or the mockery of liberality, will certainly fail, in withholding us from declaring, publishing, and pressing forward, these highly important, and essential truths. We will only at present add a few sentences, from two writers and Divines, whose learning, genius, piety, and wisdom, entitle them indeed to be ranked among the brightest stars, in the Christian firmament-Hooker and Beveridge. “ It behoveth,” says Hooker, “generally all sorts of men to keep themselves within the limits of their own vocation ; and seeing God, from whom men's several degrees and preeminences do proceed, hath appointed them in His Church, at whose hands His pleasure is, that we should receive both Baptism, and all other public medicinable helps of soul, perhaps thereby the more to settle our hearts in the love of our Ghostly superiors ; they have small cause to hope, that with Him their voluntary services will be accepted, who thrust themselves into functions, either above their capacity, or besides their place, and over-boldly intermeddle with duties whereof no charge was ever given them. They that in any thing exceed the compass of their own order, do as much as in them lieth, to dissolve that order, which is the harmony of God's Church. (Eccles. Pol. Book v. sec. 62. Hooker refers to the remarkable incidents contained in Numb. xvi. 10; Levit. x. 1; 1 Sam. xiii. 11; 2 Sam. vi. 6; 2 Chron. xxvi. 16; Heb. v. 4;-in corrobo. ration of the sentiments contained in the above passage.). And secondly, Bishop Beveridge says, that “ however great the power

and Jews !!! Well, let them run their mad career, under the infatuated guidance of their Whig democracy—let England be dragged from the proud pinnacle of her former dignity -let her be driven along as a deluded captive at the chariot-wheels of France-let

be, which our Lord committed to His Apostles, and their Successors, for the Government of His Church in all ages, it is but Ministerial; they act only under Him, as His Ministers and Stewards, and must one day give an account of all their actions. Yea, whatsoever power they have of this nature, it is still His power in their hands; they derive it continually from Him, who is always present with them. And therefore, as they themselves need to have a care how they exert this power, or neglect the exerting of it, so others had need to care too, that they neither resist nor despise it." The above great Prelate then proceeds to observe, that Satan, the great Adversary of all truth, unity, and order, plies by his own deluded instruments, all his hostile machinations, against our Apostolic Church, which so preeminently sets forth a beautiful example to the World, of the bright upion of these three noble, and heavenly graces. “And this,” says Bp. Beveridge, “I verily believe is the great reason, why the Devil hath such a spite at our Church, still stirring up adversaries against it; Papists on the one hand, and Sectaries on the other, and all, if possible, to destroy it; even because the Spirit, which is ministered in it, is so contrary to his nature, and destructive of his Kingdom, that he can never expect to domineer and tyrannize over the people of the land, so long as a Church is settled among them, and they continue firm to it. And therefore seeing he cannot, by all his secret plots and contrivances, totally overthrow it, he still uses the utmost of his skill and power to draw as many as he can from its Communion, and so make them Schismatics, that so being separated from the Body, they may not partake of the Spirit that is in it, nor by consequence receive any benefit from this promise of our Blessed Saviour, to the Governors of His Catholic and Apostolic Church, in all ages—Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world'» (Bp. Beveridge's Serinon, before quoted, entitled Christ's Presence with his ministers" from Matt. xxviii. 20. We cannot here omit mentioning, what an excellent-invaluable rule it would be, to require of every Candidate for Orders, a perfect knowledge, as well of the above Sermon, as that also of the same Prelate, on « Salvation in the Church only under such a Ministry,from Acts, ii. 47. To these we would also add Bishop Bull's Sermon on The great Difficulty and Danger of the Priestly Office," from James, iii. 1. We know not of any modern treatise on the Ministry, however voluminous, which conveys to us such important, and admirable instruc.. tion, as these three Sermons give. There is no species of knowledge more requisite to a Teacher of others, than to understand the principles, authority, power, and duties of his own calling. But there is no branch of Theology, of which so total a deficiency can be observed

the very arms, which once to the admiration of the world, struck down Napoleon to the dust, be cajoled and suborned to play the fool to her treacherous and pretending friend, in all the base revolutionary aggressions, that she is accelerating among the surrounding states-yes, let British blood and British treasure, in despite of faith and honor, foster a cruel and insidious civil war in the bosom of Portugal, in haste, as it were, to arrive at the climax of unshackled Jacobinism, and self-created, democratic tyranny,—and most assuredly, retributive justice will not deprive them of their well-earned reward. That man must be blind to the inevitable result of such measures, if he cannot descry the very evils which are perfidiously inflicted on others, advancing apace upon ourselves. What boon, can we expect to gain, in pandering to the spoliating intrigues, and revolutionary spirit of infidel France ? Are we not but treasuring up terrific vials of vindictive wrath for ourselves, in assisting her to triumph over the downfall of so many of our ancient allies ? Why, what else can we expect, than the utter loss of our external weight and foreign importance-the loss of British dominion and of British colonies—the downfall of British power

as in this, at the present day. To see the unstable souls of the uninstructed, tossed about by every passing, and changing wind of fantastic novelties and foolish conceits, may excite our pity, but not much of our surprize. To see those, that are set upon a hill, as examples to the flock, frittering away the Form of sound wordsby the vacillation of ignorance, the inconstancy of want of principle, and a fashionable distaste of the only rational grounds of Faith and Discipline--the primitive interpretation of the Universal Church, is one of those intolerable and dangerous errors, which is making daily inroads upon the Ark and Bulwarks of Truth. To stem this increasing torrent is our bounden duty, and fondly would we contribute our humble mite , to the task.)

(To be continued.)

-the decay of British glory—the disgrace of national faith, and consequently the forfeiture of national stability, and of British indea pendence ? Such are the views, that doubtless influenced the Duke of Wellington, to bring forward his motion, and to declare his sentiments, with that heroic and unshrinking firmness, which the purity of conscious integrity, and genuine patriotism, could alone inspire. The vast experience of His Grace, has long since suggested to him, the truth of the great Burke's opinion, that—" the spirit of Patriotism and Jacobinism cannot coexist in the same state.” His Grace's powerful energies, having been so long exerted, to crush the bloodthirsty orgies of continental Jacobinism, with a devotion to his country so natural to, and worthy of a man, who being elevated to the topmost height of human glory, is far removed from even the suspicion of self-interest, he would now fondly rouse the patriotism of Britain, to vindicate the lustre of her former character, and for ever exterminate, ere it be too late, the workings of the hydra-headed monster. His Grace, like every true patriot, would rather see the blessings of political liberty diffused throughout the empire, than witness the ruthless tyranny of a rabble democracy, holding over our heads, the scorpion whips of an unresisted and domineering sway. He, and every patriot, know full well, how badly the latter comports with genuine freedom; for the history of the world, during the last two thousand years, has not contradicted the following sentiment of Aristotle—“The character of Democracy and

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