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church, that the reformers did not reformers of the Church of England separate from Rome, but that Rome carefully preserving the middle path. separated from our reformed church The Church of England, then, in the twelfth year of Queen Eli- that church to which we belong, is zabeth's reign.

the old catholic church which was • The present church of England originally planted in this country. is the old catholic church of Eng- But the founders of the Church of land, reformed in the reigns of England-remember, I do not mean Henry, Edward, and Elizabeth, of the reformers, for nothing but ignocertain superstitious errors ; it is rance the most gross will speak of the same church which came down

them as our founders-ignorance from our British and Saxon ances- which concedes to the Papists an artors, and, as such, it possesses its gument of the very greatest importoriginal endowments, which were ance—the founders or planters of never, as ignorant persons foolishly the Church of England, both Britons suppose, taken from one church and and Saxons, were bishops ordained given to another. The church re- by other bishops, precisely as is the mained the same after it was re- case at the present time; the cataformed as it was before, just as a logue has been carefully and proman remains the same man after he videntially preserved from the bewashes his face as he was before ; ginning. And the bishops who just as Naaman, the leper, remained ordained them had been ordained the same Naaman after he was by other bishops, and so back to the cured of his leprosy, as he was be- apostles, who ordained the first fore. And so regularly, so canon- bishops, being themselves ordained ically, was the reformation con- by Christ. This is what is called ducted, that even those who thought the doctrine of the apostolic sucno reformation requisite still re- cession, which is a doctrine of conmained for a time in the church ; siderable importance. For, unless they did not consider what was done the ministers of the gospel are sent (though they did not approve of it) by Christ, what right have they to sufficient to drive them into a schism. act in his name? It was not till the twelfth year of . Let us ever remember, that the Queen Elizabeth's reign that, listen- primary object for which the church ing to the exhortations of the Pope, was instituted by Christ, its author they quitted the church and formed and finisher, and for which the aposa new sect, froro which the present tolical succession of its ministers Romish dissenters have descended, was established,---that the primary and in which were retained all those object for which through ages of errors in opinion and practice, all persecution, and ages of prosperity, that rubbish which the catholic and ages of darkness, and ages of church in England had at the re- corruption, and ages of reformation, formation corrected and swept and ages of latitudinarianism, and away. Let it always be remembered now in an age of rebuke and blasthat the English Romanists separa- phemy, now when we have fallen ted from us, not we from them ; we on evil days and evil tongues,-the did not go out from them, but they primary object for which the church from us.

The slightest acquaint- has still been preserved by a proviance with that neglected branch of dential care, marvellous sometimes, learning, ecclesiastical history, will if not miraculous, in our eyes, was convince us of this. They left the and is, to convey supernaturally the Church of England, to which they saving merits of the atoning blood originally belonged, because they of the Lamb of God, and the sancthought their bishops had reformed tifying graces of his Holy Spirit to too much, had become too Pro- the believer's soul. In the church testant; just as Protestant Dissen. it is that the appointed means are ters left us, because they thought we to be found by which that mystehad not reformed enough; that we rious union with Christ is promoted, were, as they still style us, too Po- in which our spiritual life consists ; pish. The one party left us because in her it is that the third person of they wanted no reform, the other be- the blessed Trinity abideth for ever, cause, instead of a reformation, they gradually to change the heart of sinwished a religious revolution, the ful man, and to make that flesh which he finds stone, gradually to and do still continue to mark, the prepare us for heaven, while our distinctions between the Church of ascended Saviour is preparing hea- Christ, administered under the suven for us. And oh! my brethren! perintendence of chief pastors or what a privilege it is to have this bishops who have regularly sucwell of living water in which you ceeded to the apostles, from those may wash and be clean !

You sects of Christianity which exist know that you are sinful creatures, under self-appointed teachers. very far gone from righteousness : • Against the church the world you know that your condition is such seems at this time to be set in array. that you cannot turn and prepare To be a true and faithful member of yourselves by your own natural the church requires no little moral strength and good works to faith and courage. Basely to pretend to becalling upon God; you know that long to her wbile designing mischief by nature you cannot love the Lord against her in the heart, this is easy your God with all your heart, and enough ; but manfully to contend soul, and strength; you cannot dis- for her because she is the church, a charge the various duties of your true church, a pure church, a holy various situations in life; you know church, this is difficult to those who that, whatever your condition now court the praise of men, or fear the may be, the hour must come of censure of the world. May the great affliction and sorrow, of sickness God of heaven, may Christ the and sadness, the inevitable hour of great bishop and shepherd of souls, death ; and the church is instituted who is over all things in the church, to convey to you pardon upon your putit, my brethren, into your hearts repentance, and grace in time of and minds to say and feel (as I do) need; it is instituted to instruct As for me and my house,” we you in your ignorance, to comfort will live in the church, we will die you in your sorrows, to elevate you in the church, and if need shall be, in your devotions, to bring you into like our martyred forefathers, we communion with your Saviour, your will die for the church.' sanctifier, your God; to prepare

Now these statements are pregyou for the hour of death, yea, for nant with erroneous views and conthe day of judgment; and this she clusions, Dr. Hook appears to chiefly does through the sacraments attribute that to the church which of the gospel, and the other divinely really belongs to the word of God. appointed ordinances of religion, if It is by that word according to the of them you will but avail your- language of St. Peter, that believers selves.

are born again, and accordingly But this is not all; while the whoever is led under the influence church thus ministers grace to in- and teaching of the Holy Spirit to dividuals, it is part of her business believe, embrace, and obey the to preserve, hand down, and pro- word of God, is truly born again, claim the truth, the whole truth, as and becomes a child of God, and it is in Jesus. And our duty, there- an heir of everlasting life. Such a fore, it is especially if we happen person is entitled to admission into by God's providence to be called to the visible church-the ministers of situations of influence, rank, or religion are to baptize him and his authority- by all the means in our offspring-to admit them to the table power to increase her efficiency in of the Lord, to instruct, exhort, this respect, to place her on the edify, and watch over them, and the watch-tower, that her voice may be lay-members of the church are to beard through the length and the receive such as fellow-members, as breadth of the land; our duty it is, brethren in Christ-not because to take care that her faith be pre- certain persons calling themselves served intact and pure; our duty it the church, pronounce them to be is, to vindicate her from the glosses brethren; bat because they have of ignorance, and the misrepresen- come unto God in the way prescribed tations of prejudice and malice; in the word of God, and have beour duty it is, clearly to deline, and lieved and embraced those blessed zealously to maintain those peculiar promises which are set before them doctrines and that peculiar dis- in Christ Jesus. cipline, which have always marked, Our limits will not allow us to en

large, and we fear our brevity is simplicity of dependence on the denecessarily connected with some- clarations of holy writ, which the what of obscurity ; but at the same word of God inculcates, and which time, we cannot but apprehend that is the grand and important distincthe positions of Dr. Hook are cal- tion between Romapists and Proculated to draw men off from that testants.

WAKEFIELD DIOCESAN ASSOCIATION.

tion.

tion.

one church } 3,200

London

.. 2,000

.. 1,500 ......... 1,450

A NUMEROUS and most respecta- we believe to be most conducive to ble meeting assembled at Wakefield, administer to those wants? I am on Wednesday September 5, for the persuaded that such appeal will not forming of a Diocesan Association be made to you in vain. But in to promote the building and enlarg- order to commend still more to your ing of churches. The chair was support the object in view, allow me occupied by the Rt. Hon. the Earl to state the steps which itis proposed of Harewood. The first resolution, to take to remedy the evils that are so stating the lamentable want of manifest. It is intended, under the church accommodation in the dio- divine blessing, to establish a sociecese, was moved by the Lord Bishop ty to aid in the building, enlarging, of Ripon in a very able speech, of and endowing of churches, due which we regret we have only room provision being made for the repairs for the following extract.

of those churches. Now, with re• The population of the whole dio- gard to the building of churches, cese of Ripon at this moment, is there is no question or difficulty. very nearly 900,000. In order to show As it regards the endowment of you what is its relative position with churches, I will take leave to menrespect to other dioceses, I would tion, that one great evil and difficulsubmit the following statement : ty which we manifestly perceive the

Church Establishment to be labourDiocese. Churches. Popula.

Propor- ing under, is the very inadequate

provision which at present. exists Chester .493.. 2,000,000

for every

for the ministers of those churches 690.. 1,690,000.

2,500 Durbam .... 234.. 460,000

that have been recently built. The Lichfield .... 665.. 985,000

consequences are, frequent changes Winchester .918.. 995,000.

in the ministers themselves; the [ln all these Diocesan societies are already established.]

congregations become unsettled ; Exeter ......714.. 773,000..

. 1,200 and the change of ministers leads Gloucester .. 492.. 437,000

to evils and inconveniences that I Bath & Wells 493.. 305,000 Salisbury....474.. 320,000

675

need not dwell upon. It injures 231,200

765 the church collectively, and the

spiritual interests of the people deWbile, in the Diocese of Ripon, we cidedly suffer. One great object, have only three hundred and twenty therefore, will be, not only to build churches and chapels, for a popula- churches, but to make such provition, as has been stated, amounting sion as shall, at the same time, to nearly nine hundred thousand, secure permanently resident minisbeing about one for every two thou- ters amongst them. But if that sand seven hundred. It appears, object can be effected ; if the erectherefore, from this, that the Diocese tion and endowment of new churches of Ripon stands next to the Diocese seem so desirable, we may carry it of Chester, as regards the spiritual still further, and increase the enwants of the population. But we dowments of those churches which have been anticipated, by ten or have not yet amounted to £100 per twelve dioceses, whose wants are

That part of the scheme much less than our own, in the for- is, I believe, peculiar to ourselves ; mation of associations similar to I am not aware that it exists in any the one we propose this day to es- other diocese ; but I see no reason tablish. Will you consent to allow why we should not set a precedent, one day more to pass over your an example in that respect. It is heads without taking such measures an object which I think, must comas shall, under the divine blessing, mend itself to your good feeling and ensure the supply of such means as good sense, and which I hope there

900 826

Chichester .. 303..

annum.

will be no difficulty in accomplish- upon the national property. Ifthe naing. So much then for the objects tion comes forward to build churches, of the society; I will now just it would very properly follow that touch on the subject of repairs. they ought to be supported out of We propose that a fund shall be set the national contribution which, apart, in the case of every new according to the law, still exists; church or chapel that may be built, but I do not myself see, nor, I hope, for the repairs of that church or will any present be of that opinion, chapel. Now, let no one suppose that in taking the steps to make that, in doing that, we are in any provision for repairs, which we are degree infringing upon the princi- about to do, we are, in any degree, ple of a national establishment.- sinking this important principleI am most anxious to explain that His lordship then proceeded to state clearly. As regards the churches various particulars relative to the already built, any land that may constitution of the society and its have been purchased, has been pur- plan of operation which we regret chased with the lien of church-rates that are compelled to omit. upon it; and that must have been The meeting was afterwards adclearly understood when the land dressed by the Hon. W. S. Lascelles, was purchased; so far

as the M.P.; L. Fox, Esq. M.P.; W. R. churches then existing were con- Stanfield, Esq. M.P.; the Hon. E. cerned, it was so liable. But it is Lascelles, the Rev. Messrs. Robera very different thing when indivi- son, Herbert, Franks, Sharp, and duals, like ourselves, meet together several other clergymen and gentlefor the purpose of building churches; men. Subscriptions and donations to impose the churches thus built, not to the amount of £7000 were received by the nation, but by individuals, in the room.

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BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.

A LETTER addressed to Lord Bexley, entitled · The Baptists and the Bible Society, by the Rev. J. HINTon,' has been recently somewhat extensively circulated. Its object is to complain of the Bible Society's having declined to support certain versions of Scriptures prepared by the Missionaries at Serampore in the East Indies.

Those Missionaries it will be recollected are Immersionists; and in translating their several versions, they uniformly substitute the word immerse where our version has baptize. While they stood alone, this passed very quietly, but when Missionaries who entertained other views of the nature of baptism, became acquainted with the native languages, they felt that a somewhat unfair advantage had been taken, and consequently complained to the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society. That committee conceiving the difficulty could best be solved on the spot, referred the question to the Calcutta Auxiliary; by whom the question was referred back to the Parent Committee, who in consequence determined on July 1, 1833 :- That

they would cheerfully afford assistance to the Missionaries connected with the Baptist Missionary Society, in their translation of the Bengalee New Testament, provided the Greek terms relating to Baptism be rendered, either, according to the principle adopted by the translators of the English Authorised Version, by a word derived from the original, or by such terms as may be considered unobjectionable by the other denominations of Christians composing the Bible Society.'

This resolution was of course very contrary to the general views of the Baptists, though framed and brought forwards by the late Rev. Joseph Hughes, himself a Baptist minister; but who doubtless felt that his brethren in the East had gone too far; and the object of Mr. Hinton's Latter is to call on the British and Foreign Bible Society to rescind or modify this resolution.

The argument appears to us to lie in very little compass. A committee like that of the Bible Society, consisting of persons of very different denominations, ought not to give an unnecessary advantage to any one in particular. If however they consent to translate the word rendered are asked for what purpose they in our own version baptize, by the wish to have it, as they do not read word immerse, they immediately give it in their schools, the reply frethe immersionists an advantage over quently is, . We will read the Tesall those who maintain that the tament, and pray to God in our own terms wash, pour, sprinkle, are as houses.' It will be seen, that by correct interpretations of the ori- these means, also, the truths of the 'ginal term baptize, if not more cor- Scriptures are brought to the notice rect than the term immerse.

of many who are not placed in cirThe Committee are therefore right cumstances so favourable as those in withholding their assistance, previously alluded to. until some

more unobjectionable • The Scriptures obtained from the term is adopted by the immersionists ; Depository during the past year, and were our Baptist brethren more have been in the English, Bengali, anxious to promote general edifica- Hindustani, Hindui, Orissa, Italian, tion, than to advance their own par- French, Portuguese, and Hebrew ticular notions, it would not, we languages; but by far the greater conceive, be difficult to discover proportions have been in English some such term : at present there is, and Bengali. The increased demand we fear, too much cause to appre- of the Natives for the Scriptures in hend another schism in the Bible English has doubtless been, in a Society; for which there is no ade- great measure, caused by the adquate ground, and which must in vancement of education in that lanvarious ways be productive of se- guage. The pupils of the various rious injury to the cause of scriptural Colleges and Schools can take home religion.

a copy of the Bible or Testament in This subject is the more painful English, without exciting those since the recent correspondence of fears, on the part of their relatives, the Society evinces that God is mer- which the same books in the native cifully rendering his own word in. languages would be likely to exstrumental to the enlightening, and cite. The English Schools and Colwe trust conversion of many who leges may be instrumental in preare out of the way: and that more paring the mind of the Natives for especially in those very countries the appreciation of truth, and so far where this controversy originated. may prepare for the reception of the Thus the Calcutta Committee state Gospel. The Committee therefore that they have strong grounds for conceive it to be their duty to emencouragement, as the pupils in brace the opportunities now afforded those schools in which Christian for supplying the New Testament and Scriptural instruction is not in English to those institutions in allowed to be inculcated, themselves which that book is customarily read, apply for copies of the Scriptures, and of furnishing the same to the that they may read them with their pupils of other schools wherein the friends and companions in their own New Testsment is not admitted, habitations. When such youths who manifest a desire to search the apply for the New Testament, and Scriptures for themselves.'

Register of Events.

The time since our last publication has not afforded many events of a generally interesting character. The intelligence from Canada is of a satisfactory nature, tranquillity appears to be re-established, and the reception which the Governor General, Lord Durham, has received during his visit to the Upper Provinces is said to have been very gratifying. It is however currently reported that his Lordship is by no means satisfied with the conduct of the Administration in so quietly allowing his measures to be censured in the House of Lords; and Mr. Turton, of disgraceful notoriety, is said to be the bearer of certain despatches from his Lordship, which will very probably eventually occupy the attention of Parliament.

Mr. O'Connell is employing himself as usual in devising and promulgat ing new schemes of Irish agitation. His rent is at present in considerable

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