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Redeemer's cross. His life had been manifest duty, he seems gradually to eminently a life of duty. War was have realized the truth of the textnot his element; but he engaged in it, “ If any man will do my will, he shall convinced that religion, freedom, and know of the doctrine whether it be of the rights of nations and all that man God.” He has “entered into peace, holds dear, summoned him to the walking in his uprightness.” If war field. He went, and in the crisis of must yet necessarily stain this world danger, this mild and tender spirit with human blood, may its horrors ever rose on the swelling career of be ever mitigated by the moral enerwar, to all the brilliant enthusiasm of gies of such commanders! the hero. In the steady fulfilment of
THOUGHTS ON THE BIBLE SOCIETY.
(Resumed from page 534.) I had not intended to pursue this who will only allow of a form of subject at present; but I am in- prayer, and others who only admit duced to do so by the request of a
of that which is extemporaneous. clergyman, who solicits my opinion Here is the difficulty-where three on the only insuperable objection parties view the matter so differwhich yet remains with him. I ently, who is to have the preferdid not before notice the difficulty ence? The only way of meeting with regard to the absence of prayer the difficulty has appeared to be in Bible Meetings, because it is to dispense with it altogether. Are less frequent than other objections, we right in doing so ? We cannot and because it appears to me to be be right in failing to pray that rapidly diminishing. So anxious every good work may be begun, am I that not a single footing of continued, and ended in God. difficulty should remain, that I But with respect to Bible meetgladly resume the subject, and give ings, while I have clearly seen the the result of my own reflections on difficulty, I have felt it a duty to this difficulty. I readily admit, that give all assembled credit for coming I should rejoice to see our Bible to the meeting in a spirit of prayer, Meetings assimilated to other reli- as I trust I always endeavour to do gious meetings, in the opening with myself; and if God had not been prayer: and I do not despair of pleased to accept the spirit of seeing the day when the practice prayer, and if the separate streams will become universal : it is cer- of individual supplication had not tainly gaining ground throughout found their way into heaven, as the kingdom.
The objection to it successfully as an entire ocean of however, I am persuaded, is by no united
prayer, I cannot think that means such as my correspondent such a return of blessing would supposes. It is not that all prayer,
have been vouchsafed, as we have however conducted, whether by seen so evidently in the prosperity form or not, is objected to because of the Society, and the wisdom it would not be allowed by the So- and success with which it has held cinians, or would offend them; but its
amidst varied and perplexit is because we have to do with ing difficulties. It could not have Quakers, who object to stated prospered without God's blessing; prayer altogether; and with others and would that blessing have been
so signally vouchsafed, if God had ed.” No, I do not despair to see been displeased with the individual this genuine, healthful spirituality and sectional character of the mode getting the better of that formality of seeking it.
which is as demonstrable in the Will any one say, that there is prejudice against forms of prayer, a single religious institution in as in the exclusive adoption of existence which has been more them. And it would be a blessed eminently useful, or more unequi- sight, and a blessed practical proof vocally blest? I cannot then of Christian Union, to
see the think that the mode of conducting Churchman and the Independent, its public meetings, has been such the Baptist and the Wesleyan, takas to offend the God of heaven. ing it in turns to open our meetAnd while I give my fellow Chris- ings with prayer, each of them an. tians credit for going to a meeting in nually in rotation: each one adoptthe spirit of prayer, and in the in- ing his own wonted method, but dividual exercise of prayer, I can- all alike in heart and spirit, as it not but think that God has accepted respects the object of their supplithe offering. He may have seen cations. In the meanwhile, let us much that was defective and faulty, not forsake the Bible Society bebut still he has seen that His glory cause all is not herein perfect as was aimed at and his blessing de- we could wish it to be. God does pended upon, and that blessing not deal thus with his children; he has not been withheld.
does not cast them off because they Still, I repeat, that I should are very faulty and provoking. He rejoice to see our Bible, like other is long-suffering and very pitiful, meetings, commenced with united and it is of his mercies that we are prayer. And I do not despair of not consumed. Nor does he fo seeing it.
I think that the very sake and frown upon and strike elements of brotherly union, which with barrenness all schemes for his originated the Bible Society, are glory which are not entirely in in the course of events, in these accordance with the Divine mind. singular times, so developing and He sees strange and unseemly mixgathering strength and energy, tures of truth and error, and yet that ere long we shall have the he blesses. Let us then learn our devout-and spiritual su filled with lesson. In proportion as we love this the spirit of grace and supplication, blessed Institution, and wish that it that in real love for its exercises, it should be without fault, let us cling will become a matter of perfect to it, let us cherish it, let us watch indifference through what instru
It is thus—and not by mentality it is effected.
forsaking it—that we may bring it The formality which makes men eventually to the point we are sticklers for form or no form, will longing for. If all the clergy of cease to be an insuperable barrier; the Church of England-Bishops, and men united together in bro. Priests, and Deacons, would only, therly love will be ready to say, one and all, take the Bible Society "Only let, us pray together for by the hand, (and the door is open blessings we all maintain to be es- for all to do so,) what would there sential, and we care not how or by be to fear, in the way either of whom our devotions are conduct- hurtful or defective operation.--Ep.
We have just received most distress- were anticipating the commencement ing accounts of the influence of this of his ministerial duties, the door is unscriptural leaven in Canada. The closed against him; his prospects, in Bishop of Toronto has resolved to that diocese at least, are blasted; and carry out his ultra-Church principles he is thrown almost penniless on the with a high hard, and to ordain none, wide world with a delicate wife and however excellent and unexception- four little children! We shall proable in other respects, who do not bably in a future number give further come up to his standard; all being details of the case; for the present, regarded as dissenters, who cannot suffice it to say, that he wrote most accord with his views of apostolical respectfully and humbly to the Bisuccession and baptismal regenera- shop, assuring him of his readiness to tion, &c. The College at Cobourg meet his views as far as he could conwas established for the purpose of scientiously, but in vain. The Bishop preparing students for the work of was resolved on his expulsion, and, the ministry in the diocese of Toron- unmoved by his Christian, submissive to, and it is under the special charge letter, forbids him the chance of of the Bishop. The Society for the amendment, and the opportunity of Propagation of the Gospel supports it becoming better instructed. with a grant of £500 a-year. The Was this the tender, forbearing, Bishop has determined that no stu- long-suffering spirit which práctical, dents not maintaining his “ Church Scriptural Christianity should have principles,” or, of what are called dictated! But we may depend upon evangelical sentiments, shall progress it, the spirit which has latterly deto ordination. In consequence, the veloped itself, and become characonly three in the college of this char- terized as Tractarianism, is a spirit that acter, have been compelled to depart will be as persecuting and intolerant -two withdrawing before they were as Popery, as far as it has opportuformally expelled, the latter indulging nity. Even supposing the young hope to the very last, and ultimately man to have been faulty, is it to be expelled by the Bishop. We are endured, that no effort is to be made well acquainted with the history and to set him right; but that his very character of this young man; and first direct communication with his deeply as we regret the scandal and Bishop is to be met, not with counsel offence occasioned in the Church by and advice, but an abrupt and unsuch a flagrant instance of episcopal feeling dismissal! And the Bishop tyranny and persecution, we and Dr. Bethune, the Principal of the scarcely pity the individual, for to College, well knew the state of his him it is given, as a privllege and dis- poor family, and his pecuniary straits, tinguished honour, not only to be- and his distance from his home! lieve in Christ, but also to suffer for Would that we could have supposed his sake. And while we know his this impossible! But if priests and joy and thankfulness on being count- Levites pass him by, and treat him ed worthy to do so, we feel assured with their cruel neglect, there are not that he is only hardening in the fur- wanting those, especially amongst the nace of persecution and affliction for pious officers in the English army, more important usefulness in his who have extended to him their Master's service. Still the case is heartfelt sympathy and pity; nor one which cannot but awaken the those in the Church, who knew how deepest sympathy. Mr. E. was sent to appreciate his singular promise for from England to the College at Co- ministerial usefulness, and are ready bourg by a few friends who contrib- to hold out to him the right-hand of uted to his support: and just as we fellowship. In his last letter, dated
Oct. 10th., he was expecting to go a sum we are raising for the expenses with his little family into the diocese of his unexpected removal. of Montreal, a distance of 500 miles, The Editor will very thankfully in an open waggon, and in the depth receive and forward anything that of winter. There are those amongst may be sent to him. He is also colour readers who, we feel confident, lecting for him books, for his own use will help him with their prayers, and and for distribution also with their contributions towards
INVITATION TO UNITED PRAYER, For the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on Thursday, 1st of January, 1846,
BEING THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR.
DEARLY BELOVED IN THE LORD, salem by the Sultan, which has been - The privilege which I have enjoyed at length obtained through the powerfor the last NINE years, of inviting you ful influence of her Majesty's ambasto commence THE NEW YEAR, by sador at Constantinople. UNITING
The following sentences are exOUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPI- tracted from this interesting State RIT, is, by the kind providence of paper :-" It has been represented, God, again vouchsafed to me. And both now and before, on the part of it is with a heart desiring to express
the British embassy, residing at my its thankfulness to the Giver of all court, that British and Prussian Progood for countless mercies, that I testant subjects visiting Jerusalem, would renew my annual Invitation for meet with difficulties and obstructhis general CONCERT FOR PRAYER, tions owing to their not possessing a which, by Divine permission, will be place of worship for the observance held on THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, of Protestant rites; and it has been 1846.
requested that permission should be The present is a period which very given to erect, for the first time, a particularly calls for such a devo- special Protestant place of worship, tional union; for, surely the impor- within the British Consular residence tant events which have occurred at Jerusalem. My royal permission during the present year, and which is therefore granted for the erection it is probable will be more unfolded of the aforesaid special place of worin the coming one, are of a nature ship. And my Imperial order having which, in a very special manner, been issued for that
premake the abundant outpouring of the sent decree, containing permission, Holy Spirit, in his enlivening, en- has been specially given from my lightening, purifying, comforting, and Imperial Divan. sanctifying grace, especially needful. * When, therefore, it becomes Oh! that our Heavenly Father, for known unto you, Vallee of Said, gohis dear Son's sake, may first grant vernor of Jerusalem, you will be to his people the Spirit of grace and careful that no person do, in any supplication, and then in answer to manner whatever, their prayers fulfil that gracious pro
Written on the first day of Ramazan, open the windows of heaven, 1261. and pour out a blessing, that there This firman may strike the student shall not be room enough to receive of prophecy from its date, 1261, or it.”
that year of the Hegira; one year beTo mention only a few of these re- yond the term for which it is said, markable events :
* The Holy City shall be trodden unFirst—The grant of the Firman for der foot of the Gentiles.” (Rev.xi. 2.) building a Protestant Church in Jeru- It is the more interesting, as it re
cords that the grant has been made, gift of the Holy Spirit. Oh, may for the first time for a Protestant place this gift be very largely bestowed for of worship, and this, by the desire of our blessed Saviour's sake; that the Queen of Great Britain, and the those who are at present in bondage King of Prussia, reminding us of to the Church of Rome, may attend that well-known prediction, “Kings to the divine warning—“Come out shall be thy nursing fathers, and their of her, my people, that ye may not be Queens thy nursing mothers ;” and partakers of her sins, and that ye as it also affords a very pleasing ex- receive not of her plagues.” ample of the benefits to be derived Such a grant is the more necessary from the spiritual union of Protestants from a third event connected with in the cause of our blessed Saviour. the present year—the encouragement Seeing then that full liberty is now given by our Rulers to the Church of obtained for erecting a Protestant Rome. church in Jerusalem, and this when No doubt they have done this with our mission there has all the advan- the best intentions, and from a desire tages of a representative of the Pro
to promote the welfare of her Matestant Church, who is by birth a jesty's subjects; but not taking the Hebrew, but by the grace of God a word of God as their sure guide, they sincere believer in our Lord Jesus have, alas ! overlooked the unscripChrist; has at the same time a band tural tenets of the Church of Rome, of faithful watchmen set upon her and the dangers to which those who walls*—who hold not their
are in her communion are exposed. nor night; seeing also that it is writ- But you, my beloved brethren, who ten, “Not by might, nor by power, unite with our Protestant forefathers but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of in their belief regarding that corrupt Hosts,” t who would not entreat the Church, you regard those concessions Lord to pour out the abundance of with serious alarm, and poignant his Holy Spirit, “ That out of Zion sorrow; the more so from the jeothe law may again go forth, and the pardy into which our dear Protestant word of the Lord from Jerusalem?"| brethren in our Sister Island have
A second event which calls for this been brought; and from the schism devotional union, is the very remark- lately made in our Church by some of able success which has attended the the Leaders of the Tractarian Novelpreaching of the Gospel in France, ties, who have left our communion, and the present movement of the and united themselves to the Church Roman Catholics in Germany. In of Rome; now more active than ever France whole communes have left the in spreading her pernicious errors. Church of Rome, and placed them- Surely these are loud calls for selves under the teaching of Protes- prayer, that, enlightened by the Holy tant Ministers. One French Pastor Spirit, we may retain our privileges alone during the last years, was in- as the Protestant nation, that our strumental to opening six churches, divisions may be healed, and that our and gathering in six Christian flocks, beloved brethren in Ireland may stand all of whose members were previously fast in the faith—cheered by that either Romanists or indifferent to all gracious word, “ Fear none of those Scriptural religion.
things which thou shalt suffer.” “Be As to the movement in Germany, thou faithful unto death, and I will however difficult it may be to speak give thee a Crown of Life.” of its exact nature, every one who There is yet one more event of takes an interest in the welfare of his which I desire to remind
which fellow sinners must desire that it may in a very special manner should lead lead to that saving faith in our Lord to this concert for prayer.
The Jesus Christ, which may give peace desire which has lately arisen in the here, and eternal glory hereafter. Church of Christ for the Scriptural And this can only be obtained by the union of all sincere Christians. * Isaiah lxii. 6, 7. of Zech. iv. 6.
This invitation must of necessity be * Isaiah ü. 3.
brief-but this subject is of such