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the Bible at home, for your inconsist. | time, they also know that it is after these ency is likely to do more evil, than your things that the Gentiles seek ; and, direct efforts are likely to do good. As therefore, if they would win the Gena worldly man you would have been en- tiles, they must attend to their personal titled to indulge your own indolence, wants, and temporal comforts. Nay, your own convenience, or your own more, as a system of universal amelioraimpatience as much as you pleased ; tion, Christianity demands our efforts but if you really are a disciple of Christ, for the outward weal of our worldly you owed to Him to “ deny yourself.” neighbours, and our delicate attention
The subject is uninviting, and time to the minutest comfort of our Christian would fail did we speak of the parsi- brethren. It was on this principle that, mony, the indolence, the egotism, the seeking the salvation of his peasantwant of intelligence, the want of taste, parishioners, Oberlin felt that he was by which many excellent characters are not going out of his way as an evangelmarred, and by which the glory of the ist, when he opened a school for chilgospel is often compromised. We would dren, wild as their own rock-goats ; not be accusers of the brethren. We when he taught the older people many only suggest a subject for self-examina- humble but useful arts hitherto untion, and we indicate an object to which known in the Ban-de-la-Roche; when the Church's energy might be advan- he set them to the planting of trees, and tageously directed. We fear that we clearing roads; when he established an have failed to cultivate the things agricultural society, and published a honest, lovely, and of good report, and calendar, divested of the astrological that we have sometimes allowed our. falsehoods with which their almanacs selves to be excelled by worldly men in were wont to abound. Oberlin's Christhose beauties of character which, al tianity would have prompted these though subordinate, are not insignifi- humane and beneficial actions, even cant. Attention to the wants of others, though no ulterior good had accrued care for their welfare, and consideration from them; but first in the love of those of their feelings, are scriptural graces villagers, and then in their conversion for which all Christians ought to be to God, he had his abundant reward. conspicuous. Christianity allows us to And it was on the same principle that forget our own wants, but it does not the apostolic Williams, brimfull of permit us to forget the necessities of sense and kindness, came down like a our brethren. It requires us to be care- cornucopia on his South-Sea Islanders, less of our own ease, but it forbids us and startling them with the prodigies to overlook the comfort and convenience of civilization, and enriching them with of other people. Of this the Lord Jesus its inventions, at once conveyed an idea was Himself the pattern. He was of the beautiful spirit of the Gospel, sometimes an hungered, but in that case and conciliated their affection to its he wrought no miracle. But when the messengers. And it was on the same multitude had long fasted, He created principle that the benignant Wilberbread to supply them, rather than send force,-himself the best “practical view them away fainting. And though his of Christianity,"— was so studious of great errand was to save his people the feelings, and so accommodating to from their sins, none ever saved so the wishes of his worldly friends,-80 many from their sorrows. And in this abounded in those considerate attenhis disciples should resemble Him. Al. tions to the humble acquaintance, which though they know that the soul is better only a delicate mind could imagine, worth than the body, and the interests of and a dexterous skill could execute,eternity more precious than those of and could subject himself to all sorts of
inconvenience in order to " carry a ráy mild and accessible, and, like the Sun of gladness from the social circle into of Righteousness, they should carry the sick man's cottage;" or to temper such healing in their wings, as to make with his own diffusive gladness the bit their very presence the harbinger of terness of some humble disciple. No joy. It was said of Charles of Bala, disciple can resemble his Lord, who that it was a good sérmon to look at does not maintain this benignant bear. him. And so much of the Master's ing to all around him. Grace was in mind should reside in each disciple as fused into the lips of Jesus. None in to make that true of him, which the old the guise of humanity was ever con elegy says of one of England's finest scious of such power within ; none worthies :ever gave outlet to inliérent power in . À sweet attractive kind of grace, milder coruscations. His gentleness A full assurance given by looks, made him great; and so engaging was
Continual comfort in a face,
The lineaments of Gospel-books; his aspect, so compassionate his mien,
For sure that count'nance cannot lie, that frail mortality could lay its head Where thoughts are written in the securely on his bosom, though á Sheki
eye." nah slept within. Believers should in February 16, 1851. this resemble Jesus. They should be
THE BISHOP OF EXETER'S SYNOD. This Body, without a particle of legal | an act of defiance, in retaliation upon pouer, has sat for three days; and, the decision obtained in the Gorham under the acute generalship of its Case. It is a strange state of things Leader, has taken care, we suppose, to that enables a Bishop to vent his spite do nothing which can be construed into in such a form. We are on the eve of a violation of law. The declarations of a mighty struggle. With the Romanthis mock Synod are just so much waste izing spirit of many of the clergy, it will paper, as they can neither bind its own
be unsafe, on the part of the British members, nor any clergyman beyond Parliament, to grant them a particle its precincts. It has pronounced upon more power.
If they choose to revarious matters, such as Baptismal Re- linquish their status and their livings, generation, Schism, Church Education, LET THEM ;—but all friends of liberty &c. &c. ; but the matters pronounced must see to it that, while they hold upon remain just where they were, as their position in the Establishment, no there is not an atom of authority in the power of persecuting their godly bretribunal, known to the law of the land. thren shall be put into their hands. A A presentation of a living by the Lord REAL Synod, with a Convocation apChancellor, to some clergymani of Evan- pended to it, in these times, would bring gelical principles would bring the whole us back, in twelve short months, to matter to the test; and would show that scenes of turmoil, and strife, and arbi. the declaration of the Synod on Bap- trary power, which would involve Great tism is not worth a single farthing. Britain and her colonies in the most
But assuredly the Church of England, disastrous consequences. Englishmen as it respects her Discipline, is in an are too well acquainted with the history exceedingly confused and unsatisfactory of the Convocation to venture on its state. The would-be Synod is strictly resuscitation in any form. As the
Puseyite party are ill at ease with the But a grand question yet remaitis to control which the state puts upon their be solved. What is to reach the grow. popish doings, they will struggle hard ing Popery of the Church of England ? to shake themselves rid of its control, It has yet had no effectual check. There and at the same time to retain all their seems no existing power to reach it. interest in the church property. We The Evangelicals contend well for their say, “No,-the voice of the country freedom and for certain points of Chrissays emphatically, no. Leave the tian doctrine; but the wrong teaching Establishment, if you think fit, and goes on in the Establishment; Dr. then have as many voluntary Synods Pusey is in his place; and Oxford is and Convocations as you please ; but still a nursery for Rome. Would that in of
, the nation is interested in your work deliverance for our country. We having no separate powers of legislation believe that our stealthy Popery is an for checking the civil and religious free- abomination in the sight of the Lord. dom of this advancing age."
CONGREGATIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION. À PUBLIC Meeting and Conference the Government to its proper work." were held, on the 26th and 27th of “ As a Nonconformist he objected enJune, at the London Tavero, and at tirely to any attempt by the State to the Congregational Library, Blomfield force religion upon the people. He bestreet, with a view to promote and con- lieved that all such attempts by law to solidate the Educational plans under- make men religious was, to adopt the taken by the Board. Samuel Morley, words of a man well known to most of Esq., presided at the first meeting; and them, and much respected — to lose Charles Robertson, Esq., of Liverpool, more souls than it saved. By that at the second. The first Meeting was he meant to say, that it tended to numerously attended; and the Chair- make men hypocrites rather than reman well expounded the principles ligious mèn; and he believed and adopted and acted upon by the Congre- maintained the opinion most distinctly, gational Board. The basis," he said, that the Established Church of this
upon which we stand is, that education, country was an organization upheld by to be worth anything, must be religious, force." We believe, in our circumand that, as such, we can be no parties stances, though abstractly we are not to any interference by or lielp froin the able to go all lengths with the respected government, with a view to the promo- Chairman, it will be the duty and intion of such education.” He added : terest of Congregational Dissenters, to " Most of us are prepared to go farther content themselves with doing what éven than this, and to say that, even if they can to educate the people in their it were possible to separate schools from own way, leaving others to pursue the religious education, still that it would samo course ; but to resist stedfastly be the wisdom of the people of this all government methods of Education country to refuse Government aid, and which would throw the teaching of the oppose any interference with, or med people into the hands of those, who dling whatever with the mind of the have either neglected it, or done it people; that the cause of liberty, no less badly and inefficiently. than of religion, is involved in keeping Dr. Massie opened the meeting with
prayer. Mr. Robertson, of Liverpool, Dr. Massie, to Mr. Robertson and Mr. read an able paper, showing that any Miall, for their elaborate essays on the system of education based on general all-engrossing subject of the meeting. or local taxation, would lead to com The Conference, on the 27th, was munism, and was in every way injuri- more select, but in most respects an in
Mr. Miall, with whom we do not teresting meeting. The attendance of always agree, read a paper of consider- Ministers and Laymen was respectable able power and excellence, which we and encouraging. The Rev. H. Townhope soon to notice, when it issues from ley opened the Meeting with prayer.
Charles Robertson, Esq., of Liverpool, Mr. Baines, in rising to propose the presided, and delivered an animated first resolution, delivered one of his and enlightened opening address. The forcible appeals, on the principle of chief speakers were 8. Morley, Esq.; Voluntary Religious Education, which W. Tice, Esq., (who read a paper, on he has always advocated; and carried " the Interests of the Churches and the feelings of the meeting strongly Sunday-schools intimately related to the with him. We cannot but think that Maintenance and vigorous Extension he fairly stated the effect of the plans of a Voluntary System of Popular adopted by the Government in their Education ;') the Rev. Geo. Smith, of Minutes of Council. They had pro- Poplar; Dr. Leifchild; Edward Baines, posed to aid the voluntary principle, Esq. ; the Rev. Henry Townley ; Dr. and the effect had been to supersede it. Morton Brown, of Cheltenham ; Mr. The plan “had this radical and essen Unwin ; the Rev. G. W. Conder, of tial vice,-that the position then taken Leeds ; Dr. Massie ; Lawrence Hey. by the Government was,-as it had worth, Esq., M.P.; the Rev. W. Glensince proved itself to be,-an untenable denning ; the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, position; inasmuch as, that the moment of Christchurch ; Mr. Charles Reed; the Government undertook obviously Mr. Palmer ; John Crossley, Esq., of and avowedly to do all for the people in Halifax; the Rev. J. Hayden, of High the way of education, and to do this by Wycombe ; Henry Childs, Esq.; and a system of compulsory grants, the the Rev. Mr. Reynolds, of Leeds. natural tendency of that system was to
We feel that the time has come when demand more and more power, until Nonconformists must combine among they got the whole authority of sup- themselves, and carry out their Educaporting education into their own hands. tional plans with vigour. This will be Now, he appealed to facts of the present the best security against any vicious day, to show that what he had then an. system of Government Education with ticipated had not been carried out." | which we may be threatened. This will L. Heyworth, Esq., M.P., seconded Mr. be the only sure method of defeating the Baines's motion.
various doubtful opponents in the field. Mr. Alexander Campbell moved an We must merge our own minor differamendment, that the word “
voluntary ” ences to enable us to vanquish those be left out of the resolution, mainly on who would disturb all our present the ground that what our representa arrangements, and tax us for a comtives in Parliament did was voluntary- paratively worthless thing. With the a somewhat new doctrine. Mr. Alfred impulse Education has received, during Elliott seconded his amendment; but the last twenty years, we feel peronly three hands were held up for it. suaded that the Legislature had better
Thanks were then proposed by Dr. let it alone. It will only mar its proBrown, of Cheltenham, and seconded by gress by ineffectual plans.
A VILLAGE PREACHER.
This excellent man was first intro | if his sleep go from him; nothing can duced to my notice on a Monday bring peace to that soul but an applicamorning. His wife came to me in great tion of the precious blood of Christ. I distress, saying, Will you please to knew this, and so proceeded with my speak to my husband ? Your hug. questions. What followed when he band! What is his name? What his would not eat his supper?—Why, he occupation? Where do you live? To went to bed, and I thought, I'll stay up these questions she replied. Does he until he falls asleep; perhaps a good get drunk?-No, sir, he has left off that night's rest will restore him; but when Does he swear?—No, not now. Does I went up stairs he was wide awake! I he bring home his wages?–0, yes, he did not speak to him. I went to bed is a good husband in that respect. and fell asleep, and about midnight he Then, what do you wish me to speak to awoke me with his groans. Oh, this him about? At that she wept, and was dreadful! but I did not speak to replied, O, sir, he is going out of his him. I fell asleep again, and again he mind. Then you should call in Doctor awoke me with his groans. I then said,
-0, no, she added, if he is to be My dear husband, what is the matter? cured, you must do it.
Oh, said he, I believe the devil will have Then, pray tell me, what signs has What am I to do? Do! I replied, he given of going out of his mind?- do this, never cross him; if he asks you Why, he was out at the preaching three to pray with him, kneel down in a times yesterday; and in the evening he moment; if he asks you to go with would take our little boy with him, and him to the preaching, go; and I will the boy ought to have been in bed. venture to say you will soon be well Any other sign ?-Yes, sir; he would again; but don't cross him. make me kneel down last night, while I soon had an interview with him. he prayed with me. 0, and you were He was glad to find one who could frightened, I suppose ?-Yes, sir, I was. enter into his feelings, and sympathise Then your husband never prayed with with him. He was in deep distress : you before, did he?-No, sir, never. the Spirit of God had convinced him of Well, my good woman, I do not see bis sin and danger. The weight of his anything alarming in all this. Is there guilt pressed him down; he was brokenany other sign ?-Yes, sir, he is losing hearted; yet his views of Christ, as an his appetite. He would not take his atoning Saviour, were very cloudy. supper. He said he could not. Bless Sometimes the law thundered its curses you, sir, he is very far gone! Has it at him, and he knew not what to do. I long been so ? — I have observed it directed and encouraged him, pointing coming on for more than a month. 0, out particularly that verse—“ It is a what shall I do, sir? Our house and bit faithful saying, and worthy of all acof land will be sold. He will go to the ceptation, that Christ Jesus came into asylum, and I and my children will be the world to save sinners, of whom I am destitute! I said, Don't be alarmed: chief." I think I can cure him. I thought I Much of his time was now spent in understood his case. He was not the weeping and praying; and the prayerfirst man I had met with who had lost hearing God gave him such a sight of his appetite and his sleep too. 0, when Jesus, as filled him with joy and peace. the Almighty fastens his arrows in a After some months he joined us at the sinner's guilty conscience, no wonder Lord's table, and for several years I