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shippers to take the Bible in their a religion ostensibly dormant; honest hands, and in its light, and with the Romanists, if you press them, will pages of history, and even the events own to you they have an ulterior obof the days in which we live, before ject. And those who, like myself, them,—to study Popery, and to find have watched their intrigues in other in it not a religious system of Chris- lands, are well aware that they will tianity, but its gross counterfeit; not never be content till they have a Roa Church like those of England or of man Catholic King, Roman Catholic Scotland, or of the other Churches of Bishops, and Roman Catholic Governthe Reformation, but a grand political ment. Yes! Yes! Popery is an excombination, ever conspiring to exalt clusive religion, it must control all. itself, and never satisfied but with If you will read my favourite Bridges, the destruction of every real living (an author greatly valued, and often branch of the one true Church. We referred to, by her Majesty,) you will honour men who give themselves, like gather readily, from him, how Popery the late Wm. Wilberforce, the late Mi- enslaves body and soul.' chael Thomas Sadler, the living Lord Ashley, who, with a host of other great, COLONIAL Churca & School Society. good, and pious men, have laboured, and are labouring, for the social and re
We have pleasure in recording that ligious regeneration of their fellow- the new year, and we may add, the men; and we could honour men who first year of the second half of this give themselves, in their own sphere, to missionary century, has been comwork out what they honestly imagine for our Church in the Colonies, in the
menced with an event of happy omen will prove to be of real and permanent commercial good to their country, but union, under the above designation, the latter must be taught to distinguish of two institutions, deservedly dear between things that differ, and to allow, to the friends of evangelical truth, without the sneer of a heedless indiffe- the Colonial Church Society, and the rentism to all vital truth, the protest of Church of England School Society
for Newfoundland and the Colonies. a nearly unanimous Protestant country against any national policy that shall
When we contemplate the rapid allow or encourage, in the slightest growth of our colonies, both in exdegree, the renewed efforts and grow
tent and population, — the continuing assumptions of Rome.
ous and augmented tide of emigration, swelled alike by individual
necessities and national exigencies; THE LATE Queen DowAGER. and, above all, the desolating proIt is with the deepest feeling of gress of Tractarianism, Popery, and affectionate respect to the memory of Infidelity, and other soul-destroying the late Queen Dowager Adelaide, errors, which have affected our colothat we record the strong but truthful nies even more in proportion than the opinions which her late Majesty held mother country,—we cannot but reupon the subject of Romanism. Ac- gard this measure as one of the most cording to an account just given to satisfactory fruits of the present Prothe public by the Rev. Erskine Neale, testant movement. in his “ Earthly Resting-places of the We rejoice to find that the new Just;” and for which, we presume he committee give no "uncertain sound." has no insufficient authority, the late Their first published appeal, intimates most deservedly lamented Queen that “ The operations of the society Dowager thus expressed herself:- are based on the principle, that all “Some five months before her death, its agents,- whether clergymen, cateshe said to a noble lady, for whom she chists, or schoolmasters, -should be had great regard, 'I have watched persons of decided piety, intelligently Popery, not from a distance, but close acquainted with and steadfastly atat hand, in my native land. I un- tached to the great doctrines of the derstand it well,- it can never be a Reformation." As the doctrine of quiescent religion. Pray be under justification by faith is the testing no error on this point. It is, with us, article of a standing or a falling Church, so should this principle be the grand lieved there was scarcely a member touchstone of our missionary societies. of the Romish Church in the whole In the present case we have the avowal colony, their intention and hope being of men who understand and feel what
to pervert the Protestants. Such is they state, and who command the Rome's estimate of the sphere of misconfidence of all the faithful in the sionary exertion presented by the land.
British colonies. Our space would fail to describe In further illustration of this sub. on this occasion the field of useful- ject, we are tempted to introduce the ness which lies before this society. following extract of a letter recently True, its message is not primarily received from the favoured Protestant addressed to the 100,000,000, or more, Diocese of Melbourne. votaries of idolatry, with whom our
“ Popish emissaries are going forth, colonial empire teems, but it is to our and, I understand, more still are coming own countrymen, who, though few from Maynooth, and yet there are comin number, as compared with the paratively none to unfurl the banner of surrounding heathen, are paramount the Cross, and invite poor dying sinners in influence — forming the leaven, to come to the water of life. The Rowhich, for good or evil, is leavening manists are straining every nerve to get the mass
-the pervading element, the upper hand in this colony. They which is assimilating all to itself. The
have obiained froin the Government a the heathen world, and it is impossible laid the first stone of their Church, on colonies are, indeed, the portals of grant of land just close to our Church;
and, about three weeks ago, their bishop that the missionary enterprize can continue to prosper, if the ungodliness They brought from Melbourne a band of
Sunday, after performing Mass in a tent. of our nominally christian country music, which marched quite close to our men is to be permitted to make church, playing lively tunes to disturb preaching and example antagonistic our devotions, but they did not accompowers. Here then is a call on the plish their purpose, for I felt the pre. whole Church to arouse and claim sence of the Lord was with us; and we the colonies for Christ.
had, that day, a larger congregation than Time lost now, is doubly lost, for
usual.” the enemy and the spoiler is actively Such extracts might easily be mulat work. While Protestants have tiplied, but for the present we pause. been apathetic, Romanists have been Having been led into this line of making the British dependencies the remark by the absorbing topic of the great arena of papal aggression. day, we hope we have said enough Countenanced, yea, supported, by to prove that the battle of ProtestantGovernment, Rome has parcelled our ism has yet to be fought on colonial colonies into forty-six dioceses, in ground. It is a comfort to know that which a countless host of bishops, the Colonial Church and School Sopriests, monks, and nuns, are ready ciety will not tamper with this evil to "
compass sea and land to make by half measures; but that it will one proselyte.” They form congre- send forth agents anointed with an gations and colonial governments unction from on High, and equipped under the priests. They introduce from the armoury of the blessed Retheir followers as teachers in Govern- formation. To such a society, and in ment schools, and, by and by, they such a work, we can only hope and are found to be virtually Romish se- believe that union will be strength. minaries. No expense is spared to complete their missionary establish
To CorresPONDENTS, &c. ments, which are sometimes incom- We hope in our next number to insert a
communication from “ C. A.," on the mensurately large. To Western Australia, for instance, the population of It would oblige us if any correspondent
• Order of Deacons." which hardly exceeds 3,000, the Pro
could give us an accurate statement paganda has sent a bishop, several
relative to the present creed, orders of priests, monks, sisters of charity, and
ministry, services, and ceremonies, at other emissaries, making in all thirty- present in use among the followers of four individuals, –although it is be- the late Rev. E. Irving.
LONDON: J. H. JACKSON, ISLINGTON GREEN.
TII E CII RISTIAN GUARDIAN,
THE CHURCH AND ITS MINISTRY.
We are constantly complaining of the the One Offering and the One Refuge difficulty of obtaining pious men for from the wrath to come. From them, the work of the ministry. True, we too, has come forth many a prophet's have a goodly number; and wherever son, upon whom the mantle of the father they are labouring, their efforts are has descended, and who has taken up telling upon the parishes in which the the work of the ministry in the spirit, great Head of the Church has ap- and with the power of the man of God pointed them to work. Yet the field who has been gathered, or is entering, to be tilled is very large, and the to his rest. But the faithful watchman labourers must be greatly increased of England's Israel cannot be blind to before even the seed can be sown, the fact, or dumb in acknowledging or the golden grain can be gathered it, that these schools of the prophets in its multitude of sheaves into the do not send forth anything like the garner of the great Husbandman. number of fit labourers for the field We hear repeatedly that we are to of the gospel ministry that we re"pray the Lord of the harvest that He quire. A glance at some of the will send forth more labourers into His pages of the Clergy List will tell us harvest;” but are we ourselves doing this. Men who know the truth, who all we can to search out and receive love it, and whose hearts' desire is the fit, and the willing, and the hea- that others should know and love it ven-sent labourer ? We have what too, have only to turn their eyes into are sometimes called our schools of the state of many of our parishes, and the prophets, the Universities of the they will tell us a sad tale of blind and land; and from these we are thank- dumb shepherds, and of consequently ful to allow that many a prophet of wandering and perishing sheep. The God has come forth, to lift up his sons of our gentry and of our clergyvoice like a trumpet to warn of trans- men go to the schools of the prophets; gression and danger, and to point out they pursue the ordinary routine of
university life and study, and come from Cambridge, and from the other forth, in far too many instances, mere learned bodies in our land, men of professional ministers, whose choice God, whose hearts are filled with His of such an occupation has been de- love, and whose heads are stored with cided by far different motives from His knowledge, both human and dithose which should determine the se- vine, we mourn over the stream of lection of the ministry of the Word. unfit, and we must say ungodly men, We have but too much experience to who
from our halls and colleges doubt the accuracy of this statement. into the churches of the land, to speak With such men as these,—and they and teach professionally a system of form too large a proportion of the re- divinity which may have been put cognized labourers, - how can into their heads, but which has found wonder that so little, comparatively, no entrance into their hearts and is done for winning souls to Christ?lives. It has happened, doubtless, that God, As we said at the outset of our mewho ties not His blessing to any means ditation, we are complaining of our or channel, may have arrested a sinner scanty corps of efficient men, but are through the instrumentality even of we ourselves free from blame? Do an unenlightened minister. We know we not limit the Holy One of Israel, this to be the case, in which the same by attempting to select for ourselves man was the unintentional, unconsci- who shall be His instruments, and by ous means of leading three or four to refusing, or placing barriers of human seek for, and to find the truth as it is framing before, those who are qualified in Jesus; but we are not to argue or by God's own hand to become “able to act from exceptional cases; and if ministers of the New Testament.” We we desire to do our part in accom- know that the purposes of God canplishing the number of the elect, and not be frustrated, and that if He gives hastening Christ's kingdom, we must the inward call to minister for Him, look well to the fitness of the men the man who receives that call will who form the important body of our obey it, and find some door of utterchurch ministry.
ance opened, and some field of labour Personal piety ought to form the pointed out, wherein he may exercise grand basis on which to rest the de- a ministry which is not limited to sire and the fitness for the ministerial church walls and church pulpits; but office. This wanting, natural endow- a Church which so narrows her sysments and the most extensive acquire- tem as virtually only to admit to her ments are as nothing. God may be ministry, men who are taken from pleased, after ordination, to give sight particular classes and trained in her to the spiritually blind pastor, and to own peculiar academic system, does, make him an efficient labourer in His we think, not only deprive herself of service; but he that seeks to teach most valuable and extensive help in should first be taught himself, and be the ministerial work, but also lays able to communicate to others of that open her practice to the charge of
ee gift of which by grace he himself limiting the Spirit in the choice of His is a partaker.
own ministers. While, therefore, we receive, with We quite believe that the ministry thankfulness to God, from Oxford and ought to consist of men thoroughly educated in all essential points for and out, and do the work of an evantheir peculiar work; but while we are gelist, in season and out of season, quite certain that our university sys- amongst all classes of the people comtem does not afford, as it should do, mitted to their care. the proper training for the pastoral Surely some remedy more efficient work, so are we equally certain that than the preparation for what is somewe do not lay hold of the men, and what curiously called the Voluntary educate those who are the best quali- TheologicalExamination, maybe found fied to act upon the masses of our for the wants of which we are speakcountrymen.
ing. Either the time which those who We desire seriously to view this meditate the assumption of the pastosubject with reference to the follow- ral work spend at our Universities, ing considerations :
should be less taken up by the ac1. The present mode of admission quirement of human learning, and into the ministry of the Church of there should be a peculiar and recogEngland.
nized course of study for those whose 2. The order of the Diaconate, and calling to be of entirely a sacred the propriety of dividing this branch character; or the term of their resiof the ministry into two classes. dence there should be abridged, and
With respect to the first considera- they should afterwards enter another tion, we shall have the evidence of place, where the education and disthousands of ministers themselves, as cipline should be altogether of a to the qualifications with which they character to fit them for their future entered upon
their pastoral and paro- work. chial work, fresh from the education It is God who makes men to be able acquired at the University. A few ministers of the New Testament, but months may
have intervened between it is ours to use the means most natutheir degree and the solemn act of rally pointed out to attain the same ordination,-sometimes spent in assi- all-important end. Our Bishops, by duously preparing for their work, a singular and almost Median rule, more often in hastily reading up the refuse ordination after the age of books required by the Bishop; but even thirty, or we should be tempted to in the best instances, the preparation suggest that a somewhat riper age is crude and the effect transient; and than three or four and twenty would the young minister too often finds him- afford time for theological self possessed of much knowledge for study, and the attainment of fitness time and the world, but far too igno- for the pastorate, than that given unrant of that of which he is to be a der the present system. teacher of others.
We cannot, however, enlarge upon Our pulpits, and the pastoral effici- this point, and we therefore pass to the ency of the majority of our young, and second consideration,—the office of even of our middle-aged clergy, tes- the Deacon, in its duration, the class tify to the truth of this. They begin who are admitted, and the men who to be learners when they assume the might be admitted into this the initioffice of the teacher; and as to the atory order of the christian ministry. real, spiritual exercise of pastoral vi- It cannot, we imagine, be questioned, sitation, how few know how to go in that in our own Church at least the