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yet the English community is not a republic, nor the American a monarchy. So there being christians in any sectarian commonwealth, or a sectarian in any christian commonwealth, does not change the nature or character of such a commonwealth,
Q. 176. What, then, is the duty of all christians found in these communities? - A. They are commanded to come out of them.” Rev. xviii. 4. “Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins; and that you receive not of her plagues."
Q. 177. From whom are they commanded to come out?
A. Yes. Do not the streets constitute every city? What is Rome, or London, but its streets, lanes, and houses? And were not the people of God, under the former economy, commanded to come out of Babylon before God destroyed it?
Q. 179. But are they not commanded not to partake of her sins?
Q. 180. How do the disciples in these sects partake of the sins of the sects?
A. There are sins of sects as well as of individuals, as there are national sins as well as individual sins,
Q. 181. And what are the sins of the sects?
A. They are either the sins which are inseparable froin the very • existence of the sect, or sins committed by it. For example: The
crucifixion of the Messiah was a sin committed, by a nation; but the very existence of the Herodians as a community was a sin, because their existence was against the integrity of the nation, and a symbolizing with idolatry for the sake of political interest. Hence the leaven of the Herodians was condemned by the Saviour as against the peace and dignity of the commonwealth of Israel. Thus the sins of the sects are not only the sins which they as sects commit, but their very existence is a sin.
Q. 182. How is their existence a sin?
A. In the same sense that the setting up of an imperium in imperio, of a government within a government, of forming a faction in the state, is a sin against the government and state. The one is treason only against our political, the other against our spiritual interests. The former is a violation of the national covenant, the latter of the christian covenant The former is a dividing of the state, the latter a dividing of the body of Christ.
Q. 183. Are sectarian sins like national sins, in their general character?
A. In all respects the same. Men will do in confederation, what they could not, what they would not presume to do in their individual character. There is some mercy in a Bank Director, but none in the Board; there is some generosity in an Alderman, but none in the Corporation; there is some humanity in a Papist, but none in the Creed--in an Inquisitor, but not a drop in the Inquisition. So Sy. nods, Councils, Conferences, and sectarian leaders, can sin with a
higher hand as the head of a party, than as members of a congregao tion. But as in national sins all who do not protest against them are guilty of them, so men are said to be partakers of the sins of the confederation to which they belong, so long as they sustain that confederation. Hence, that we partake not of the sins of sects, we are commanded to come out of them.
Q. 184. Have you any reason to think that any one of the sects just now named would permit the Apostle Paul to be a member with them, were he now on earth in disguise? .
A. Yes, some of them might, if he held his peace and said nothing. Q. 185. But as a teacher, would they admit him?
A. No; not one of them. The Paidobaptists would all cast bim out, were it for nothing else than because he would not sprinkle infants, nor keep their sacraments.
Q. 186. And for what would mere Baptists exclude him?
A. For saying they should reform; or because he was baptized for the remission of his sins, and taught it to others; or because he would not acknowledge the Philadelphia Confessian.
Q. 187. And can you be a member of that community which you think would exclude Paul, were he now in disguise among them?
A. No; my soul revolts at the idea of taking a side or stand with them who would exclude from their fellowship the Apostle Paul, or any of the Apostles.
Q. 188. But why do you think that the sects mentioned would ac- . tually do it?
A. Because they do and will exclude all them who will teach neither more nor less than the Apostles did, who will use no other words or doctrines than are found in their writings.
Q. 189. What did Jesus mean by saying, "you are the children of them that killed the Prophets”: and to whom did he say it?
A. He said it to them who affirmed that "if they had been in the days of their fathers, they would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the Prophets"; to the persons who builded them monuments, and decorated their sepulchres. And he calls them their children, because they were like them in disposition, and held opinions and principles which would, had they lived in other times, have made them partakers with them in their deeds.
Q. 190. And are all sects who exclude for nonconformity, as such, the children of them who excluded and condemned the Prophets?
A. Every man who understands the scriptures, and fears God, will answer, Yes. But in these sects are found many individuals who, like Joseph and Nicodemus, would not corisent to the deeds of their party.
R. 191. Qught not such, then, to come out, and not partake of their sins, that they may not receive of their plagues ?
A. Reason and Religion both answer, Yes. There is the same reason for coming out of the apostacy as there is for coming out from the large church of Antichrist. . Q. 192. In addressing christendom ought we, then, to regard it as composed only of the three departments, the church of Jesus
Christ, the apostacy, and antichrist--or the congregation of Christ, the congregation of sects, and the congregation of antichrist?
A. Precisely in this character.
A. To the congregation of saints, the message is, “Hold fast your begun confidence unshaken to the end, and walk in Christ”: to those who fear God, in the congregation of sects, “Come out of them, my people, that you partake not of their sins, and that you receive not of their plagues”; or, “Come out from among them, and separate yourgelves, and I will receive you; and will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and my daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” This last commandment, with a promise, is equally applicable to those associated with unbelievers and idolators, whether in the congregation of sects or in the congregation of antichrist. To those in the last congregation the burthen is, Reform, and “save yourselves from this untoward generation." The topics, arguments, and motives, which ought to be presented to each congregation, should always accord with the message addressed to them,
Q. 194, But cannot a person be a christiar, and live out of all christian fellowship?
A. Yes, if banished to a Patmos, or bound in a prison.
Q. 195. And can he not voluntarily stand aloof from all those who keep the commandments of Jesus Christ, and be a christian?
A. No, unless a man can disobey Jesus Christ voluntarily and habitually, and yet be a christian.
Q. 196. What is the reason of this?
A. Because christianity is a social religion. Its ordinances, duties, and privileges, partake essentially of the social character. No man can perform any of the social duties, nor enjoy any of the social privileges, out of the christian society. The greater part of all the Apos. tolic letters are written upon the subject of the social duties and privileges of the christian institutions. A person might as reasonably say he may be a citizen of the United States' and live from his birth to his death in Algiers, as to think of being a citizen of Christ's kingdom without naturalization and induction into that kingdom. “Neglect not the assembling of yourselves together," is the command of Panl, Heb. 12.
Q. 197. But does not the Lord equally bless all the sects in the land?
A. If he does, then he pays no regard to their sectarian distinctions. And admitting that he pours out his Spirit upon Baptists, Methodists, Quakers, and Presbyterians, does he not teach them that they ought to have communion with one another, as he has communion with them all. Surely, if the Baptists think that the Lord is a guest, or his Spirit an inmate in the heart or communion of the Presbyterians, they ought not to break fellowship with them, unless they are more holy than the Holy Spirit!
Q. 198. Are there not great revivals bestowed upon all sects ?
A. Yes, upon all sects who believe in them, and take the proper means to get them in operation; especially since the days of George Whitefield and George Fox. But these prove nothing against the
written testimony of God. The whole machinery which produces them, and all the movements of passion and feeling to which they give birth, are not to be relied on in disproving the testimony of the Apostles. That testimony declares that he that obeys not the Apostles is not of God. “We are of God," say they, “and he that is of God hears us, and he that is not of God hears us not”_and "hereby you MAY KNOW the Spirit of truth and the Spirit of error." No revivals, excitements, or success, alleged by Catholics or Protestants, can impair this Apostolic word, confirmed by the Holy Spirit.
Q. 199. How do you reconcile the doctrine of modern revivals with the fact that the Holy Spirit in past ages always taught all its subjects to speak the same things?
A. I cannot reconcile it at all. For the Holy Spirit in a camp meeting makes all the converts Methodists; at a four day meeting amongst the Baptists, it makes them all Baptists; and at a three days meeting of the Presbyterians, it makes them Presbyterians. Should we say that in these outpourings" the Spirit makes them christians and the preachers make them sectarians, one might ask us, "Why not say that the preachers make them christians, and the Spirit makes them sectarians?' But then, says a third, 'If you take away all that makes the sectarian, how much remains to make a christian! Thus are we embarrassed. The most rational conclusion upon the supposition that the Spirit is the agent in these revivals is, that it cares nothing for the truths at stake between Calvinists and Arminians-between Paidobaptists and Baptists and in order to signify its total indifference to all these matters, if the Presby. terians, Methodists, or Baptists only appoint a four days meeting or a camp meeting, the spirit which presides over the sects will grant them a revival.
Q. 200. And what is the conclusion of the whole matter?
A. “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole happiness of man;" for, says Jesus, "You are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you." And, “If any one love me, he will keep my words."
Let no person say this is a Catechism, to be committed as are those issued from authority, and patronized as sectarian shibboleths. We have no authority to make such, nor do we know who has. We have simply chosen the catechetical mode of communication; and as we get many questions sent to us touching some, or all of these matters, it appeared economical and prudent for us to answer 200 questions at a time. As soon as we get 200 more, we shall allot two days to answer them. If any one can show that an improper answer has been given to any question, we shall take pleasure in correcting it..
THE following articles on the CHOLERA have been sent round to the citizens of this county, in the form of a handbill:
THE Pestilence called the INDIA SPASMODIC CHOLERA has actually reached the fourth quarter of the globe, and has fearfully commenced the work of destruction on our own continent. Of the first eighty cases reported in Quebec, more than sixty proved fatal. It is spreading in the Canadas, and if it have not already visited, doubfless it will, in a few days, visit the United States, and spread dismay far and wide through this Union. Expecting it soon to appear among us, we feel it a debt we owe to our fellow citizens, from the principles of religion and humanity, to call their attention to the best antidotes and remedies which our reading of the best medical reports issued in Europe and Asia, and the history of the disease have thrown in our way. We intend printing a sufficient number of handbills to supply every family in our county with a copy, and will leave them
in the most public places for distribution. It is to be hoped that every printer in the country will, as soon as possible, place in the hands of every housekeeper and head of a family in his vicinity, the necessary information, both as to preventing the disease, and removing it, as far as human exertion can go. Much depends upon being prepared with the necessary remedies, and information to use them, before the disease appears, as it very often does its work in five or six hours.
The following are the most practical rules and directions, selected from the most approved reports. We are not so careful as to order and arrangement, as we are to give a full outline of the whole, that the reader may have ample data before him.--Editor Mill. Harb.
Extract from the popular Instructions as to the Cholera Morbus. Observe the strictest cleanliness, both in persons and dwellings.
Avoid all chances of being chilled, and keep the body warm, par: ticularly the stomach, bowels and feet.
Avoid placing the feet upon the cold floor.
Workmen obliged to work in cold or damp places, would do well to wear wooden shoes or clogs.
Abstain from sleeping with the windows open.
Return home at an early hour, in order to avoid the cold and damp of the night air.
Avoid as much as possible excessive fatigue.
Whatever may be the weather or the season, do not go too lightly clad.
Sobriety cannot be too strongly recommended; consequently avoid all excesses of eating and drinking, for it has been observed that drunkards and debauchees have been most exposed to the attacks of the cholera.
Let your food be principally meat and meat soups; eat as little as possible of charcuterie and salt meats, and abstain entirely from heavy pastry.
Abstain from undressed food of every description,
All cold drinks, taken when a person is heated, are at all times dan. gerous. The water used as a beverage ought to be clear. Filtered water is better than any other. Instead of drinking it pure, it would be better to mix with it two teaspoonfuls of brandy or absinthe to a pint. Water lightly mixed with wine is equally good.
'The excessive use of strong liquors is very pernicious, and taking unmixed brandy when fasting is equally so. Persons who have contracted the habit of doing so, should, at least, first eat a piece of bread. The same objections apply to drinking white wine fasting.
All beer and cider of bad quality ought to be avoided.
Every person who feels himself suddenly affected by dull pains in the limbs, heaviness or giddiness of the head, a feeling of oppression, uneasiness of the chest, heartburn, or cholic, should immediately apply to a physician.
Persons thus affected should immediately go to bed, and take, quite hot, an infusion of peppermint and flowers of the lime tree, and heat himself by every possible means.
Prepared chloric solutions being universally recommended as a