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of the head to the sole of the foot,* of commanded, and as this Church and ancient Israel, is perceived to be too Realm hath received the same, acapplicable to the modern anti-type. cording to the commandment of Some of the symptoms to be treated God:"-obligations which, when fulare, if we mistake not,-pride, worldly- filled, will accomplish more than the mindedness, pleasure, heretical no compromising measures of the past tions, and, strange to say, a desire of Session, towards preventing “the man supremacy ourselves;-a Diotrephæan of sin" from “working” to our injury spirit affecting the pre-eminence, en " with all manner of deceivableness.' tirely disqualifies a servant of the And, at the same time, such a spirit meek and lowly” Jesus from de- and devotedness in the several orders voting himself with a single eye to of the ministry, will dispose them to the honour of God, and the edifying seek the very reformation which the of His Church.” And, why, if we Church requires; their personal inreally desire some efficient system of terests will not corrupt their hearts, reform, should we hide our eyes from nor their motives hinder their making these symptoms of the real reasons of the concessions enforced by the our present condition?

If we are

“ Christian Guardian." afraid to own, and look at “the roots Now, then, that “we see through a of the matter,” it is impossible that glass darkly," and know but in part, we ever should devise measures at all at present, the working and relative equal to our exigencies. No act of adaptation of the Bills of last Session legislation can supply moral qualifi- to the crisis of our Church, it is the cations; for instance, such as the duty of every man to be “apt and opposites of those which I have pointed meet” in his vocation, to stand by his out, in order to the extracting of gun, and wield his two-edged sword. motes from our brother's eye, or the The “great work” to be done, is to be clearing away of prejudices from his done every day; preparation is to be heart. It must be done by other made for sallies and invasion from

The duties of loyalty to the the enemy's camp; and if Popery adQueen, of patriotism to one's own vance with its cavalcade, we must be country, and benevolence to the uni- in readiness to drive it back towards versal brotherhood, are made subor- Rome,--every parish by its own forces, dinate to the purest selfishness, and in the spirit of Christianity, without most degrading ambition, which ends noise and without strife. in accomplishing nothing useful and If the assumption of ecclesiastical honourable. I seek not you, but yours, titles be prevented by fine or severer is the language of some who under means; if synodical action be made stand not the objects for which our illegal without the consent of the sobranch of Christ's holy catholic vereign of these realms; if the Bull, Church has been established in this in short, of Pio Nono be ignored, and land of lands. They forget the obli- be as good as burned by order of bogations which they brought them- rough and county magistrates, even selves under, when they promised to wherever it may be distributed under be diligent in prayers, and in read seal of an ecclesiastic; still Popery ing of the Holy Scriptures, and in will exist, the Popery that never left such studies as help to the knowledge our shores, never was reformed, and of the same, laying aside the study of cannot be transubstantiated any more the world and of the flesh :" and than bread and wine into a material when, just before they averred, the body and blood. That must be deLord being their helper, that they stroyed by the word of God, and “the would “banish and drive away all breath of His mouth,” which is no erroneous and strange doctrine con vapour that appeareth for a little trary to God's word :” and before that while, and then vanisheth away.' promised that they would “minister The silent and imperishable voice of the doctrine and sacraments, and the Truth alone will blast and wither it, discipline of Christ, as the Lord hath as the fig-tree which to-day is covered

with leaves green and fresh, and toSEPTEMBER--1851.

means,

Isaiah i. 6.

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morrow is dead, and serves only for a people of the Episcopal Church of beacon, like the pillar of salt into England must ourselves reform, and which Lot's wife was turned. Look! become the reformers, and the end and flee out of the doomed city. Be will be to our own advantage ; but, if not partakers of her plagues by con we leave it to men who have not the nivance at her sins.

spirit of Christ, it will probably be in Among other means that will prove the end to our discomfiture. effectual, towards as well the neutra As to the choice of fit nen to serve lizing of all the efforts of Antichrist, God in the sacred ministry of His as of restoring a more wholesome Church, it may be suggested that, in discipline and efficient administration some instances an insufficient probaof such as already exists, - will be tion has been passed, or no collegiate found not only in multiplication of course has been finished, no regular bishops, but greater particularity and curriculum run over, and the goal vigilance in presenting only fit and reached according to the prescribed apt men for admission into holy laws of the arena. Exceptions have orders.

been made unhappily, and theology At present, the dioceses of our not having been studied polemically bishops are so large, that with all the and systematically, “ the whole armachinery subordinate to them, it is mour” has never been “put on,” and almost impossible for them to discharge the tyro is not equally matched with their obligations, and be practically the subtle priesthood of Rome—"the episcopoi. Were each diocese divided young Catholics endowed by nature,” into three or four, and the revenue sent over “ to the continent, there to respectively into as many parts, we receive an education, and be formed should perhaps have no more spiritual with care in the study of ecclesiastical peers, but treble the number of able science, especially, in order that being and learned overseers, who might in sacred orders, they may, on their every year personally visit every return to this country, be able to parish in their dioceses, preach their support their countrymen by the own views to the people, redress ministry of their word and by the grievances, and audit the reports of sacraments, and that they may

defend the churchwardens. In one diocese, and propagate true faith.” north of the Trent, the clergy, much But in such a matter private judgas they esteem and revere their bishop, ment must yield; and we can only had received no summons to hear the more fervently pray during the from his own lips a Charge for six or Ember weeks, and at all times, that seven years. Probably, owing to the “Almighty God would so guide and extent of his duties. On this delicate govern the minds of His servants, and difficult subject, a hint may be the bishops and pastors of His flock, deemed more than enough, but unless that they may lay hands suddenly on we do speak out, who will hear or no man. understand ? Agitation (a thing of Decem ANNORUM PRESBYTER R. ill-omen) rightly directed, may pre September the 14th, 1851. vent a species of the wrong kind being accredited. We, the ministers and • The late BULL of Pius IX.

SUGGESTIVE REMARKS.—THE APPOINTMENT OF MINISTERS.

That the Lord Jesus Christ is exalted the fact? Especially, when imporat the right hand of God, to be the tant stations in the Church upon Head over all things to His Church, earth are to be filled up, do those who is a truth which no one who believes are concerned in the appointment, the Gospel will deny. But is it prac- whether as trustees and patrons on tically remembered? Do we realize the one hand, or as a congregation

who need a pastor on the other, — liarly belongs to Him. Put the whole practically acknowledge that the ap- matter, by humble, earnest, and perpointment belongs to the Great Shep- severing prayer and supplication, into herd of the sheep?—and that He is, His gracious and almighty hands; above all things and before all things, beseeching Him to send you a pastor to be enquired of,—to be consulted ? and teacher after His own heart. Do If He were duly enquired of, would this in faith. For the rest; when you not a blessing follow?

are actually under a necessity to act In August, 1823, a Missionary was one way or other, then act according returning from Germany into Hol- to the best of your judgment and land, feeble and exhausted with fa- conscience, and leave the event in tigue and illness, and thinking with His hands. But, except in waiting himself that the days of his usefulness, upon the Lord with continual prayer, if not of his life, were now drawing to I advise you to do as little as posa close. In this state of body and sible.” mind he arrived at Nymegen, where This commended itself to the good he was hospitably received by Mr. man, as sound, judicious, and truly Huysen, a German merchant who scriptural advice. He seemed to be was then residing in that town, and much relieved and comforted by it; who was known to him as an excel- and next day they parted. lent Christian. This good man, after Some six or eight months afterministering to the Missionary with all wards, the Missionary was gratified kindness and hospitality, endeavoured by a visit from his worthy host, from to turn his visit to good account by whom he had not heard during the thus addressing him: “I am in a interval; and, after christian salutagreat difficulty, and, as you are a mi- tion, Mr. Huysen said, “Though I nister of Christ, I will ask your ad- am very much pressed for time, and vice.” The Missionary, thus appealed could scarcely contrive to get through to, expressed his willingness to give the business which brought me to the best advice in his power; and his Amsterdam, yet I could not reconcile kind host thus proceeded :- -“ The it to my feelings to leave the place circumstances are these: the Lutheran without calling upon you, to thank Church in this place is now without a you for the advice which you gave pastor, and a variety of events, which me when I had the pleasure of seeing I need not detain you by relating, you in my house at Nymegen, and to have given me so much weight and tell you the result. What you then influence in the congregation, that said made a deep impression on my the appointment of a new pastor mind. It was just what I wanted. seems very much to devolve upon me; Therefore, as you advised me, I began and I feel the burden and responsi- immediately to make it a matter of bility to be so great, that I am quite very humble and earnest prayer to oppressed and over elmed by it, the Lord Jesus Christ, that He would insomuch that I know not what to do. be pleased to send us a truly faithful Now what would you advise?” minister,-one whom He had chosen, The Missionary replied at once :

and whom He would bless. Not very “Do as little as you possibly can, long afterwards there came to me a excepting only this. You know that young man, with very high recomthe Lord Jesus Christ is exalted to be mendations from friends in Germany the Head over all things to His Church, on whose judgment I relied, to preach and that He is specially exalted to a probationary sermon, as a candidate give 'pastors and teachers, for the for the vacant office. But when he perfecting of the saints, for the work preached the sermon, it was so difof the ministry, for the edifying of the ferent from what I expected, that I body of Christ.' (Eph. iv. 11, 12.) To knew not what to think. I was never Him, therefore, belongs the appoint- more disappointed; and the only ment of all ministers, in all congre- thing which gave me any hope was, gations. Acknowledge Him in that that when he came home with me to high and glorious office, which pecu- dinner, and I asked him what he himself

thought of the sermon he had just receiving any intelligence of what preached ?-his reply was, that he was going on. could only say that he seemed to have He returned to England about three been left entirely destitute of that years after, and had no further tidings help which he commonly experienced from Nymegen till the other day, in preaching."

when he was led briefly to mention What then was good Mr. Huysen the above circumstance to the Rev. to do? He could do nothing for the H. van Maasdyk, minister of the Fleyoung man's appointment, after such mish Protestant Church at Brussels, a sermon as he had heard. He could who came over to London last month, not well do anything against him, in to attend the recent Conference of the face of such testimonials as he had the Evangelical Alliance. This chrisreceived. He therefore stood by, and tian brother thereupon told him: “I Heft the event entirely in the Lord's am myself a native of Nymegen; hands. The consistery, being left to I know the place well; and I can testhemselves, unanimously called the tify of my own knowledge that the young candidate to be their minister; blessing of God rests upon that conwhich, in all human probability, they gregation to this day.” would have been far from doing, had Such facts are worth a thousand he preached a better sermon, (for arguments. Are they not worthy of they, and all the congregation, were deep consideration ? Do they not then in a state of spiritual death.) He convey precious and important incame, in due time, to enter upon the struction? Does ever any man, or regular discharge of his ministerial any congregation or body of men, duties among them, and, from that give unto the Lord Jesus Christ the time, he began to preach the Gospel honour and glory which is due unto with such power, and with such an Him, without receiving, sooner or abundant blessing, that there was a later, an abundant blessing? very great revival of truly spiritual Many reflections might be made religion, not only in that congrega- upon this simple narrative. But is it tion, but also in the whole neighbour- not best to leave the reader to make hood. Members of the Dutch Church, them for himself ? We will only who never were able before so much commend it more especially to the as to understand a German sermon, consideration of all those who have, came to hear him, and were enabled directly or indirectly, anything to do to derive spiritual refreshment and with the appointment of ministers, or edification from his preaching; and the bestowal of preferment in the this blessing continued so long as the Church. Missionary had any opportunity of

T. A.

THE CONVERSION AND BAPTISM OF A HINDOO YOUTH. A Student of the Hindoo College

ago he presented himself before a (2nd class senior department) named

clergyman in Calcutta, as a catechuModoosoodun Dutt, had for some men, and stated his willingness to time past determined to renounce the embrace the religion which reason, conreligion of his fathers, and to embrace science, experience, all conspired to Christianity. It is very singular, that tell him was the true one.

He was before he had actually made up his shortly after introduced to the archmind to take this step, he had received deacon, who was highly satisfied with no clerical instruction whatever, hav- the proofs he exhibited in himself of ing been in the habit of reading books sound faith, and a well-grounded conand tracts by himself. A few weeks viction. His relations being men of

wealth and respectability, he was the occasion of his baptism, of which subjected to a great deal of annoy- the following is a copy. ance and trouble. He withstood their Hymn, By M. S. Dutt. A Hindooopposition with great firmness, and

Youth. continued unshaken in his determinations. A thousand rupees in Govern

Long sunk in superstition's night, ment Securities were sent to him with

By sin and Satan driven,

I saw not, cared not for the light a request that he should immediately

That leads the blind to heaven. take his passage to England and get baptized there, that no obloquy might I sat in darkness, – Reason's eye be cast upon his family by his em:

Was shut,

,- was closed in me;

I hastened to. Eternity bracing Christianity on the spot. He

O'er Error's dreadful sea ! refused to accept of the gift upon such conditions, and was baptized in the But now at length, Thy grace, O Lord, old Church last Thursday, by the Bids all around me shine ; venerable Archdeacon Dealtry. He I drink Thy sweet, Thy precious word, had been accustomed to write poetry

I kneel before Thy shrine. in the Hindoo College, and several of I've broke affection's tenderest ties his productions were printed in the For my blest Saviour's sake ; “ Literary Gazette " and other pe

All, all, I love beneath the skies, riodicals. He composed a hymn on Lord! Ifr thee forsake !

your clerical

Correspondence. [The Editors are not responsible for every statement or opinion of their correspondents; at the same time, their object is to open the pages of their Magazine to those only, who seek the real good of that Protestant Church with which it is in connexion.] To the Editor of the Christian Guardian.

lible-composition (like the book of

Homilies,) as the learned Presbyteriàır Sir,- It is somewhat singular that divine, Dr. J. Cumming, candidły the same number of the “Christian testifies. (See Cumming's “ Is ChrisGuardian,” (August number) which tianity from God ?" A. Hall, 1848, at p. 358 contains my table of Scrip- c. viii. p. 157.) Any of ture-lessons for private use in lieu of readers, therefore, or church-wardens, the Apocryphal lessons, also contains or lay-members of our Church, who at p. 382, col. 2, an editorial preface may be disposed to rectify the trato Dr. Marriott's letter on “ the Apo- ditionary abuse and objectionable crypha,” which urges as a necessary custom of placing on the reading step in Church-Reform the removal desks copies of the Bible containing “ from our Church Bibles” of “the the Apocrypha, with the words "Holy Apocryphal writings." It is not, I Bible ' on the outside, may, if they believe, generally known that this is please, without delay, cause it to cease, a step which any or every clergyman by presenting to their parish church or might take forthwith, -as I have stated chapel a new set of books for the desk. in “ Hints and Suggestions on a Re- In very many of our country churches vision of the Liturgy,(published by the books are so worn and torn as to J. H. Jackson,) p. 12, in favour of render a new set very desirable. And which I have there adduced the high the large “ Folio” editions of the authority of Hooker. There is no Prayer-Book and Bible (all of which, law whatever that I have ever met I believe, contain “ the Apocrypha,”) with which requires the Apocrypha" are too large to be convenient. But either to be bound up with the Bible, the following two sizes will be found or to be read from the same volume to be very convenient, and of a good as the Bible. It is read simply as a type, and well suited to (at least) useful, uninspired--and therefore fal- very many of our reading-desks. They

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