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On other forms of error an anxious and wakeful eye shall be kept. Future Numbers shall not be rendered needlessly polemical ; and nothing shall induce us to descend to the details of personal altercation. Yet the humblest successors of WESLEY, OLIVERS, Story, Benson, BUNTING, Jackson, and COBITT, will be unworthy of their trust when they refuse to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” And, if called to continue a special testimony for holiness against antinomianism, and for church-discipline against the assaults of those who have, alas! good reason to wish for its abrogation, we will still “wage war” (as said one of the great ancients) “ that we may live in peace.” Our more welcome duties will be, however, to maintain the perfect inspiration of Holy Scripture,—to ascertain and apply its lessons,—to illustrate the truly catholic faith,—to record the holy living and triumphant dying of God's people,—to follow all valuable progress in general literary society,—and to combine the current intelligence that seems best fitted to instruct, animate, or admonish the living Church.
In defending the Wesleyan Discipline, the Conductors have spoken in truth and love; and, certainly, their simple and scriptural arguments have received no answer. They are glad to find that it is convenient, in certain quarters, to ignore appeals of a class which every one who loves his Bible, and walks in the light of the Lord, is likely to feel. Next to the approval of the friends of Methodism, the opposition of its restless foes is to be valued. Yet, if we can conquer even these by charity, the great LOVER OF CONCORD shall have the praise.
In circumstances of more than usual solemnity is this brief address penned. Death has been permitted to remove one of the Editors; and the survivor--who is drawn by every sentiment of duty, and of affectionate regard, to pay this funereal tribute to his senior associate—is admonished to “ do with” his “ might” “whatsoever” his “ hand findeth to do." Relying on the help of valued Correspondents, and (most of all) on the condescending mercy of God, he ventures to hope that future Numbers will, in some degree, merit the favourable attention which has been given to the past.
LONDON, November 19th, 1850.
BEING A CONTINUATION OF THE
ARMINIAN OR METHODIST MAGAZINE;
FIRST PUBLISHED BY THE
REV. JOHN WESLEY, A.M.
VOL. VI.---PART I.
VOLUME LXXIII. FROM THE COMMENCEMENT.
PUBLISHED BY JOHN MASON, WESLEYAN CONFERENCE OFFICE, 14, CITY-ROAD;
AND SOLD AT 66, PATERNOSTER-ROW.