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mark, the action of the advancing and retiring waves tempted to paint imaginary scenes of calamity to had washed away the lower part of the rock, and excite our sympathy; and knowing this, the more, left them, when the coast was upheaved to its pre wosul their story, the less we are disposed to believe sent height, in the position they now occupy." it. I doubt not that at times we do them injustices
Our morning hours were going past apace. Gladly for the cup which they are drinking is often a bitter would we have gone on to have a view of Glen Sannox, one, and not always mingled by their own hands. 4 which may well dispute the palm with Glen Rosa, few days ago a portion of family history was told though the latter is exceedingly magnificent near by a person of undoubted credit, who knew th: the head, at a place which, independent of the gran truth of the particulars, which, if mentioned by : deur of the scenery, should be visited by geologists, stranger applying for aid, would probably have been on account of a junction there to be seen in the regarded as fictitious. The de:uth of a female of ged channel of the turn. The best view of Glen Sannox character, a few days previous, being mentioned to is got from an elevated position, such as the deck of me, it was added, there was something perulinr ini a steamer. But he who has thus had a view of it her history. She was the mother of fifteen children, from rithout, will probably not rest satisfied till he only one of whom survived her. Thirteen of thein has also had a view of it from within; and as le moves died in infancy; and it might be said that the day vi through this rugged scene of desolate grandeur, in their death was better than the day oť their birth, which there is scarcely the appearance of anything for there was some malformation about the heari, that lives, he may be startled from his reverie by the which rendered them what is called objects, bold, hoarse note of the heath-cock as he springs lovely girl, free from any such defect, lived till ab from the heather at his feet, or by the loud scream was about seventeen years of age; and what me of the eagle as he rises from his eyry in Kiervore, or have been the grief of her affectionate parents when, by the more astounding apparition of a noble red at this interesting age, they saw her drooping an! deer starting from his lair amidst the deep heath, pining away, and by rapid consumption broughs and bounding away in antlered majesty. I have down to the grave! One healthy daughter, howere, known this happen in Glen Sannox. A friend of still remained-their comfort, we doubt not, fora time. mine told me that he on one occasion saw thirteen of But did she continue to be their comforter? She these stately animals ambling in Indian file along one was married, and it is believed well married; but it of the lofty ridges not far from this place. I con had been reported that she ha contracted habits of sidered it as no small treat to see even one of these inebriety. The father had gone, it was thought, to nearly exterminated denizens of these romantic wilds, visit and counsel her; the mother in his absence was as he scudded along the sloping side of Glen Iorsa, seized with shivering. At first no danger was appretill, having got beyond bow-shot or the reach of a hended; but as her state became more alarining her bullet, he turned and looked down on me with an air husband was sent for, and ere he returned, his beof scornful defiance.
loved wife was no more! The old man's history, Neither would our limited time allow us to go on with whom I then conversed, was mournful, but les to the Fallen Rocks, a wonderful scene, where an im uncommon, and I was disposed to think that it was a mense projecting cliff of old red sandstone had at
true one. He told us that he was from the nexh. some remote period given way, and as it tumbled bourhood of Inverary--that he had been a shipdown the mountain side towards the sca, left along master-that he had had a large family—that one of the whole of the declivity great masses of the con his sons had been a writer, and another a student of glomerate, huddled together in rugged grandeur. | divinity under Dr M'Gill in Glasgow; but that all Nor could we even venture to approach the Blue his family were dead. That the student bad did Rock, willing as we would have been to try the powers after a lingering illness of many years; that, to cov! of its celebrated echo, which, according to the account his calamities, his vessel had been wrecked; and that of a facetious lady, when spoken to in English re having lost his all, and being advanced in life, he was sponds in native Gaelic. Turn then we must, and dependent on charity, and was now on his way to scarcely had we turned, till we came up to an old Brodick and Lamlash, in the hope of obtaining sott: man, seated on one of the boulders on the shore, aid from seafaring men who had known him in whom we recognised as the person we had seen a former years. I did not learn whether he had be little before in the cottage where the milk refresh come acquainted with Him who is as a hiding-place ment was obtained. When I entered the house, I from the wind and a covert from the tempest. Hapi? had observed him at an early breakfast, and thinking they who have cast their anchor within the veil, ani that he was one of the household, I attempted to have fled for refuge to the hope set before them in hold conversation with him; but his answers to what the Gospel. I have still much to report of the day: I said were very brief. On coming out, the person walk, but I must reserve it for another communication. who inhabited the house told us that he was a poor man who had seen better days; and before leaving
THE POOR MAY DO GOOD. them he was receiving this early repast. He had lodged, I think, with them during the night. Know You are not, though poor, shut out from doing good ing this, I again accosted him as he was resting him any more than you are from being good. 0:is
had a heart to be useful, you might find abunl' self on the stone; and having given him a trifle, I found that he was more communicative. Unfortu- opportunities to employ your energies. Mans
stances might he aduced, if it were necessary, . nately, we cannot often give credit to what is told of persons in the humblest walk of life doing it their own history by the wandering poor. They are good; and that not only by all kinds of ingenios
levices, but in the way of direct effort. Take the out of sight. None knew what it could do, but wo following as specimens: There was a member of all were determined to do something. He passed the Church under my care, who lived in an alıns. on to the mighty Mississippi, and there he found Qouse, and was so listorted by rheumatism as to be the canal was made! The noble steam-ships rode quite a cripple, and inable to walk or stand ; and proudly on its surface, and as its waters dimiwithal, her fingers, through the power of her disease, nished, they were again replenished to the brim Kere twisted into all kinds of shapes. On entering by every mountain-spring and every stream. Thus her apartment one day I found her with some reli do the little rills make the stream, the stream vious tracts. Well, Mrs JI--, said I, what are the river, till the united waters of the whole pour on you doing? “0! sir,” she replied, “ I am sorting my their way rejoicing to the glorious ocean. tracts." What for ?" To send out to my neigh So is man to the mass, and mass to the grand tide bours." The fact wuz, that she had received these of human affairs. Each little mortal, weak and weary tracts from richer friends from time to time, and though he be, can do something in making up the then employed some one to carry them round the mighty stream of human events as it rolls to the spacious court of alms-houses in which she lived, and ocean of eternity. other dwellings in the neighbourhood, and her work was to keep up a regular supply and exchange. Thus poor old Ellen in the alıns-house could find
BURNING. sone way to be useful. To give one more instance: I was visiting a brother minister a few years ago
It is remarkable that death by burning has always with a vi*w to assist him at a missionary meeting been considered as consecrated, if I may go speak, to which was to be held in his chapel. While I was in the crime of a religious faith. It is the baptism of his house he called me into the kitchen, for what
fire with which the Court of Rome pre-eminently pose I did not know till the scene explained itself. has chosen to finish and perfect the etherealization There, stood an aged woman about eighty years old of those noble spirits who, in the midst of torture talking with the minister, and looking with a smiling and death, opposed her errors and her despotism. counienance, and with sparkling eyes, as far as such It is the only sacrament that Romish bigotry and aged orbs could sparkle, upon some silver which my superstition have ever granted to heretics—the friend at that moment held in the palm of his hand. sacrament with which a multitude of souls, of the It might have been supposed she was going to receive best mould ever shaped, hve been dismissed in a this money to multiply lier comforts; for all her in chariot of fire to immortality.--Cheever. come was half-a-crown a week from the parish, and what the kindness of her friends might occasionally bestow, out of which she paid eighteenpence for
filiscellaneous. lodgings; but no, she came to give, not to receive. That vuoney, amounting to more than ten shillings, she had earned by kuitting various articles and sell
RECREATION is intended to the mind as whetting is ing thein, and she was then in the kitchen, where I
to the scythe-to sharpen the edge of it-which othersaw her, to place it in the hand of lier minister for
wise would grow dull and blunt. lle, therefore, that the Missionary Society. So you see the poor can do spends his whole time in recreation, is ever whetting, ! something for God's cause, if they have a mind to
never mowing-his grass may grow, and his steed work." But they may also do much in the way of direct
starve: as contrarily, he that always toiis and never effort for the conversion of souls. Can they not warn a
recreates, is ever mowing, never wheiting-labouring i profane sinner? or explain the way of salvation to tbose that are imorant and out of the way? or dis- Then only doth the work go forward, when the scythe
much to little purpose. As good no scythe as no edge. | tribute tracts, and talk about their contents? or in
is so seasonably and moderately whetted that it may vite the neglectors of public worship to the house of : God? Let the poor understand, value, and enjoy sharpening.-llall.
cut, and so cut that it may have the help of their privilege.-emoir of Elizabeth Bulcs, by J. d. Jours.
In this world we are children standing on the bank of a mighty river. Casting our eyes upward and
downward, along the channel, we discern various WESTERN RILLS.
windings of its current; and perceive that it is now The Rev. Dr Beecher said, on a public occasion, visible, now obscure, and now entirely hidden from
our view. But being far removed from the fountain that he had had a dream, which, like other dreams, I did not wholly explain itself, and in which some of
whence it springs, and from the ocean into which it
is emptied, we are unable to form any conceptions of the natural objects had the power of speech. He was travelling near the sources of the Monongahela, Lost in perplexity and ignorance, we gaze, wonder,
the beauty, usefulness, or grandeur of its progress. and in passing over a rough country, at every short and despond. In this situation, 'a messenger comes distance met little streams which he could step over ;
to our relief, with authentic information of its nature, but all of them were going the same way. At last he li asked one where it was going. “Why," replied the
its course, and its end; conducts us backward to the little rill, “ I am going to New Orleans.' I heard the fountain, and leads us forward to the ocean. This people there want a great canal a thonsand miles river is the earthly system of providence, the Bible long and fifteen hundred feet wide, and I am going in which all preceding dispensations find their end.-
is the celestial messenger, and heaven is the ocean to help to make it." And pray, what can you
Drcight. do? "I don't know what I can do, but I shall be there." And so paving, it hurried on. * He
Sabbath is not a day to feast our bodies, but to feed came to another, and asked the same question, and
our souls. received the same answer. All were hurrying on
CHRIST AND THE SCRIPTURES.—The Scriptures are to make the grand canal, on which the steam-ships the circumference of faith, the round of which it of the West, with their heavy burdens, were to be walks, and every point of which compass it toucheth, transported. On the heads of the Alleghany, the yet the centre of it is Christ. That is the polar star Scioto, and the Mississippi, he found thousands more on which it resteth.--Henry. of fitful streams, hurried on by the same impulse, A cripple in the way out-travels a footman or a and which, while he yet spoke to them, hurried | post out of the way.
be clipped, their power broken, he is lost. But in Daily Bread.
the army of saints, the strength of every saint, yea,
of the whole host of saints, lies in the Lord of hosts. FRIDAY
God can overcome his enemies without their hands, “To die is gain.”—PAIL. i. 21.
but they cannot so much as defend themselves withHappy who in Jesus live;
out his arm.-Gurnall.
'They drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and If communion with God and grace here afford us
that rock was Christ."-I COR. X. 4. such a satisfaction, as surpasseth all the delights of
This land to which His pilgrims go, the sons of men, what will the fulness of joy be in
Is desolate and dry: God's presence, and those pleasure for evermore?
But streams of grace from Him o'erfiow,
Their thirst to satisfy. If the shadows of good things to come be so refreshing, what will the substance be, and the good things
They had not only a draught at present, but it ran themselves ? If God's tabernacles be so amiable, in a stream after them; so that you hear no more of what will his temple be ? If a day at his courts, an
their complaints for water: this rock was Christ. hour at his table, be so pleasant, what, then, will an Every believer hath Christ at his back, following eternity within the veil be? If I find myself so en
him with strength as he goes, for every condition and riched with the earnest of the purchased possession, trial. One flower with the root is worth many in a what, then, will the possession itself be? 'If the joy posy, which, though sweet, yet do not grow, but of my Lord, as I am here capable of receiving it,
wither as we wear them in our bosoms. Gud and as it is mixed with so much alloy in this imper strength, as the root, keeps our grace lively, withoa: fect state, be so comfortable, what will it be when I which, though as orient as Adam's was, it would die. shall enter into that joy, and bathe myself eternally -Ibid. in the spring-head of those rivers of pleasure ?Henry.
I Cor. iv. 7.
Teach me, blessed Lord, to walk “I was wounded in the house of my friends."-Zech. xii. 6.
Softly while I live below,
Ever feeling from whose hand
My blessings, sinall and great, do fow.
Remember, Christian, when thou hast thy best
suit on, who made it, who paid for it: thy grace, thy We must be very cautious, that we never say or do comfort, is neither the work of thy own hands, nor anything to the reproach of the Gospel and Christ's the price of thy own desert; be not, for sheme, proud holy religion, or which may give any occasion to the of another's cost. That assistance will not long stay enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. If those that which becomes a nurse to thy pride. Thou art not profess to be devout towards God, be unjust and dis- lord of that assistance thou hast. Thy Father is honest towards men, this ensts reproach upon devo- wise, who, when he alloweth thee most for thy spirition, as if that would consist with and countenance tual maintenance, even then keeps the law in his own immorality. If those who call themselves Christians hands, and can soon curb thee if thou growest wanwalk as other Gentiles walk, and do Satan's drudgery ton with his grace. Walk humbly, therefore, before in Christ's livery, Christianity suffers by it, and Reli- thy God, and husband well that strength thou hast, gion is wounded in the house of her friends. Injuries remembering that it is borrowed strength. Who are done which cannot be repaired; and those will will waste what he begs? or who will give that beg. have a great deal to answer for another day, for gar that spends idly his alms ? When thou hest whose sakes the name of God and his doctrine are most, thou canst not be long from thy God's door. thus evil spoken oi.-ibid.
And how canst thou look him in the face for more,
who hast embezzled what thou hast received:-hd. SABBATHI. “ And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter."
“My Lord and my God."-JOAN XX. 28.
Let cartii no more my heart divide;
With Christ may I be crucified
To thee with my whole soul aspire ;
Dead to the world and all its toys,
Its idle poinp, and fading joys,
Be thou alone my one desire ! down, like Zaccheus, from the sycamore of my selfconceit and self-righteousness, and from my best
Christ I must have to teach me, to justify and beloved sins and idols, and
cause me to receive Christ sanctify me-none else can do; on him all my velp is joyfully into my heart, and go with cheerfulness to
laid. Ilow shall I go to a communiou table without his house, and receive the seal of his covenant, say
him? How will I go to death without him? How ing : “ My Lord and my God!"- Willison.
will I go to a judgment-seat without hin? Lord, my case is desperate without thee, wherefore I accept
of thy offer, I believe thy love, I trust in thy merits, MONDAY.
I apply thy blood, I appropriate thy purchase. And " In the Lord have I righteousness and strength." though clouds arise, and thou shalt threaten even to Isa. xlv. 24.
slay me, yet I will trust in thee, as one that "loved
me, and gave himself for me."- Willison.
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THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
DISHONESTY IN RELIGIOUS MATTERS.
BY THE REV. D. T. K. DRUMMOND, EDINBURGH.
There are many remarkable features in the Let us take a rapid sketch of this evil, from religion of the present day which engage the two or three points of view, narrowing the field attention of thoughtful men. On the one side, of cbservation as we proceed. First let us nothere is the earnest search after truth; and on tice it in reference to the whole body of the the other, the headlong rushing into error. professing Church of Christ. It is an appalling We behold a relapse into the mere formalism statement to make, and yet it is true—it is inof past ages, accompanied by a wondrous ad- deed most appalling because most true—that if vance towards the region of pure and spiritual the great majority of professing Christians were light. The eye rests simultaneously upon the honest men, they would be avowed Infidels. revival of medieval bigotry, darkness, and They profess to follow Christ—they profess to superstition, and the fresh, vigorous, and rapid love him—they profess to serve him—they regrowth of a faith and practice which bears no tain this profession by retaining their name as uncertain resemblance to primitive and apos Christians - they confirm this profession by tolic Christianity. The elements of division either habitually or occasionally attending the are increasing, and yet the desire and effort public services of religion. This profession into obtain union are on the increase too. Never, cludes every variety of their condition. By it perhaps, has there been a period in the history they profess to be guided as subjects, as citizens, of the Church when worldliness and selfish as neighbours, as friends—by it they profess to ness abounded so much-never, perhaps, one be controlled in the senate and in the family, in in which nobler and more self-denying efforts the discharge of public duty in all its branches have been made for the cause of truth and the and dependencies, as well as in the private inglory of God.
rcourse nd relative obligations of daily life. Ainid all these various and conflicting cha- | The substance of this profession is, that they racteristics, there is one grand deficiency--a are Christ's; and this implies that they are deficiency which mars the face of Christian “bound to glorify him in their bodies and in society, which paralyzes Christian exertion, their spirits, which are his.” There is no meanwhich lowers the tone of Christian character, ing in a profession of Christianity apart from
opens a wide door to numberless evils. It this substance and this obligation. is not necessary to affirm that this deficiency What, then, is the case? Do the large prois in a special degree to be observed with re portion of nominal Christians mean what they ference to the religion of our own day, though say, and say what they mean? or do they say it would pot be very difficult to prove this; it one thing and mean another? A man joins a is sufficient for the present to remark, that the congregation. Every outward act proclaims peculiar circumstances of the present times him as identified with the servants of Christ. tend to exhibit the evils of this deficiency most He opens his Bible with them—he prays with prominently and painfully:
them—he sings praises with them- he listens The injunction of an inspired apostle will to the Word of exhortation with them; and point to a requirement which at once marks yet, after all, is he a Christian? Does he bethe feature in our Christianity wherein we are lieve in the threatenings or the promises of deficient : “ Let us walk honestly, as in the day.” the Word of God? Has he really chosen Christ In our obedience to this precept, when weighed as his Master, in preference to the world? Has in the balance of the sanctuary, we are found he taken up his croes to deny himself and to Wanting. There is a fearful lack of honest, follow Christ? Does he now live for eternity, honourable, worthy bearing in modern Chris- and not for time? Does he know the force tianity. This is an evil which presents itself and feel the truth of these simple lines, as he before us in a variety of forms. It is as widely makes them his own :prevalent as it is deep-seated, and as withering to true godliness in its effects as it is subtle in
Loved by a world that hated thee?" its operation. It is a gangrene on the wide Nothing of the kind. With all the dress of surface of the visible Church-it is base metal religion, he has none of the living thing. He which alloys the pure gold of the sanctuary of give up the world to follow Christ ! Why, if Christ—it is the fruitful parent of unsteady you were to ask him of his hopes of heaven or principle and corrupt practice--it chokes up his fears of hell—if you were to tell him of the and perverts the fountains of truth, and puts a love of Jesus and the free grace of God-if lie in the right hand of the people.
you were to address him as one who must be No. 44.
December 26, 1845.
“ Master, I would no longer be
acquainted with the length and the breadth, with disputes and contentions. It must need i the height and the depth, of the love of Christ be that these arise. Woe, indeed, unto thos he would either stare in ignorant astonishment, by whom they come! but existing as they do or think you a madman and a fool, or point his in the Church, and seemingly on the increase, it answer with a jest, and laugh the saint to scorn. is painful to witness so much dishonesty mingie! And what is this? Gross dishonesty. It is a with them. Thus we find it openly and we lack of all moral decency—a want of principle, blushingly avowed by some, that they must at : which, when it
evidenced by man in his deal- upon the principle of “reserve," both in th: ing with his fellow-man, is not tolerated for a vindication of their opinions from assault and moment, and is justly branded with disgrace in the urging of their opinions upon others and infamy. But man perpetrates it in the And what is this reserve! It is but a gente open day against God, and whatever may be the epithet for dishonesty. Anything slurt of the judgment hereafter, escapes without a blemish truth is not the truth. Anything beyond the here.
truth is not the truth. And whether the te But it is said, that men do not consider so serve be exercised on the side of excess or de much to be attached to a mere profession. As- fect, it is equally dishonest in the sight of God suredly they do not, and lerein exists their and utterly without excuse. dishonesty. They use their religion as far as But even when this principle is not avowed, they think it needful, and then discard it. They is it not too often in secret operation? Wheu profess with a mental reservation. Is this Christians are engaged in contending even for honourable ?
a good cause, do they not often set themselves Now mark a striking proof of this dishonesty. to conceal or to palliate something of which Let one out of the many become seriously alive they cannot approve, but which they fear may to the solemn obligations under which he lies, prove a weakness to them? And what is this as a professed servant of Christ. Let him truly but dishonesty? It is but an illustration of repent of his sins——truly turn to God-truly the old saying: "Doing evil that good masa love Christ-truly serve God-truly walk in come;" while it manifests an unchastened dethe Spirit-truly give up the world and deny pendence upon mere instruments and agencies, the flesh—truly carry out in public and private rather than upon the power, the wisdom, and all the principles of the Gospel of Christ; and the love of God, in prospering his own glorious what is the consequence ? He is assailed on cause of truth and righteousness. Such was all sides as a fanatic-a fool-a knave. He is not Paul's conduct at Antioch, when he with: honest, and dishonest professors will tolerate stood Peter to the face, because he was to be anything but this. He is true to his God, and blamed, though he was one of his fellow-apo-tles
. this is too grave a reflection upon themselves Such is not the way of inspired historians in for those to pardon who trade in rain oblations, the Sacred Scriptures. They give the weak: who speak lies in hypocrisy, and of whom ness as well as the strength, the fallings as well the evangelical prophet has long ago emphati- as the risings, the sins as well as the penitence
, cally declared, that even when they “make the waywardness as well as the stedfa-tmany prayers,” their “hands are full of blood.” ness of their party; and thus they are strong
What was the sin of Ananias and Sapphira? in the honesty of the truth. They rest their It was not simply the fact that they kept back cause not on the “wisdom of man, but on the : 1 a sum of money. This they might have done, power of God:” and “walking honestly, as in had they pleased, and committed no sin. Their the day,” as “the children of light," they are guilt lay in this, that they professed to give all, mighty in reproving "the unfruitful works of while they kept back part of the price. Here- darkness;" and impregnable on the everlasting in lay their dishonesty. “Whiles it remained,” rock of " truth, meekness, and righteousness." said the apostle to Ananias, “ was it not thine But further: it is painful to reflect how even own ? And after it was seld, was it not in individual Christians, in their daily intercours thine own power ?” You might have given it with those around them, are in reality open 10 or kept it, as you pleased; but “why hast thou the charge of dishonesty in religious matters conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast The world respects honesty in everything but not lied unto men, but unto God.” Oh! what religion; but here it is not to be borne. That a dishonest keeping back of what we profess to any one should strictly and conscientiously owe to God is there in the visible Church. Ilow carry out the principles of truth by which be loud must be the cry for vengeance against a professes to be guided, is not to be endured. 1 sinful and adulterous generation for the con He is righteous over much he is a hypocrite stant "lying unto God” of professing Chris —“he bath a devil, and is inad.” And how do tians! What forbearance on the part of God the people of God generally meet such unjust
, must there ever be, when the sin of Anauias is untrue, and dishonest estimates of their chs. not always followed by an equally swift and racter and conduct? Is it not too often the case awful judgment !
that, under the plausible disguise of fearing to Bat we must be struck by the manifestation give needless ofience, we shrink from the bonest of dishonesty in religious matters from another avowal or manifestation of our principles-per: point of view. The Church is at present torn | haps chime in, after a manner, with sentiments