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the victim. I tell you, my Chris- plague has begun. In spite of the tian brethren, that the services of loathing of these doctrines on the the Church of England are part of so many of the most Structed on the very opposite prin. attached and zealous of our laity, ciple. We teach all the mysteries,
our brethren at Oxford are conall the deep mysteries of Christi- tinuing to revive the obselete-to anity to all our people, in the pub- recommend the foundations of the lic
prayers of the church, without old and unendurable pretensions on any reserve, on account of sup- which all the power of Rome was posed unfitness from ignorance, or founded-and to render, therefore, unfitness from wickedness to re- the Reformation, which is nothing ceive them. If they are so taught but the re-establishment amongst in our prayers, it is our bounden us of spiritual and scriptural Chrisduty to teach them, without re- tianity, a by-word and a reproach. serve, from the pulpit—and to My Christian brethren, forgive me leave the sincerity of the prayer for so long occupying your time. which the people may offer, and Permit me again, as the last word the manner, too, in which they I may have an opportunity of shall receive our instruction, to the speaking to you in this official God who shall judge them. We manner, to charge you, and to imare to teach the whole counsel of plore you, to stand fast in that God; and if the principles of this liberty from the old bondage, from tract be adopted, our services must which Christ, or the conviction of be reconstructed—our congrega- the necessity of holiness, proceeding tions classed like large schools, from faith in his atonement, bath according to their knowledge, set free this country, and its holy talents, power of expression, and church. I charge you, as you general proficiency. Pride of in- value the salvation of the people, tellect would succeed to holiness the spirit of the ordinances of the of heart. The submission of reason church-the happiness of your own to revelation, in which so large a souls-peace of conscience, and portion of our moral probation con- the faithful discharge of your sosists, would be ruined by the sub- lemnly sworn duties to preach the tilties of a disputatious philosophy. doctrine of the atonement, without The clergy would be invested with reserve, on all occasions, explicitly an authority which the world, I and prominently, as the foundation trust, could not again bear; and of all your hopes of usefulness. I the worst evils from which the in- charge you in the name of Christ, tellect and the soul have escaped and as the last tones of the dying in this Christian England, would jurisdiction which enables me to be imposed upon the church and address you-to shun these novelpeople.
ties, to despise such teaching, to 'I have thus as briefly as pos- abhor such perversions of learning sible submitted to you, my Chris- as those of which I have now tian brethren, the evil which I spoken. I call upon you in the deeply regret to see begin to prevail right and strict sense of the words, in the Church, the perversions, by to adopt the language of St. Paul, learning, of the simplicity of Chris- I am determined to know nothing tian teaching. I would not have
among my people, but Jesus Christ, ventured thus to address
if I and him crucified; to the Greeks, had not believed it to be my to the worldly philosopher, to the bounden duty to yourselves and to proud of intellect, to the puffed in the Church-to God and his glory head, and the vain in heart fool- to my blessed Saviour, and the ishness, indescribable foolishness; cause of his holy gospel. The but to the humble Christian, to the
penitent sinner, to the inquirer- man, though a fool, derives from «« What shall I do to be saved ?” the study of scripture, and the serChrist the wisdom of God to the vices of the church, is the one true reason, and power of God to sanctify religion of Christ. Teach and and to change the affections. My preach it with all its doctrines, and Christian brethren! the common all its mysteries, with all authority, faith of the peasant, the vulgar and without reserye.' Christianity which the way-faring
“ O LORD, OPEN THOU OUR LIPS.”
The following thoughts were sug
sendest by thine ambassadors, to gested to my mind, by the re- entreat them to be “reconciled to markable emphasis a dear friend God,”-and so bless the labours and Minister of Christ laid on the of the devoted missionary, as to word thou, in the beautiful section make him a burning and a shinof the church service; and I think ing light to guide the feet of the that this particular reading is pecu- benighted heathen into the “ path liar to himself, having never ob- of peace.” Vain indeed would be served it so rendered before. Read his work and labour of love in in the usual manner, there is no- distant climes : vain would be thing perhaps very striking; but, his painful farewell to his own as I heard it, ejaculated with a loved land. Useless bis weary deep impassioned tone and feeling, wanderings, and too often fatal from the lips of the holy, and the journeyings through the burning heavenly, it appeared to strike on deserts ; did not the Lord go with my heart with awakening force him, and open his lips, and cause and energy, our complete depend
preach the word with ence upon the Lord for strength, power.” and the utter worthlessness of our In vain would " the voice cry unassisted efforts, either in the in the wilderness,” if it were not blessed work of prayer or praise. the voice of one-the voice of the
Better that the lips were sealed Lord by his servant. eternally, if thou Lord dost not Ob, it is not indeed enough conopen
them! Ask the anxious min- solation to the Christian, to feel ister who watcheth like a shepherd the blest assurance of his own isoover his flock, as one who must lated salvation : he would have give account of the souls of his the golden chain of divine love care-ask him, if ever a soul was encircle all his brethren, binding saved, if ever a seal was added to them by an indissoluble link to his ministry, when thou didst not each other, and to God; he will open his lips to “ shew forth thy pray for them, he will preach to praise." Surely the millions who them :- but how can be pray, and walk in the blindness and the dark- how can he preach, who is but ness of unbelief would all perish dust and ashes ?
I will tell you in this wilderness world, if thou
how he will pray; didst not by the irresistible power thou my lips :" and I will tell you of thy Spirit, open the lips of thy in what spirit be will preach; servants “ to declare the wondrous “Lord open thou my lips.' things of thy law,” – those “ glad
C. tidings of great joy,” which thou
« Lord, open
PEACE IN DEATH.
ILLUSTRATED BY NOTES TAKEN DURING THE ILLNESS OF A BELOVED
• The health of my beloved wife have I,' she said, and there we had been very sensibly declining must rest. We shall fall, and for the last three or four years, rise, aud fall, and rise again, till and she had said more than once, we rise there,' (looking upwards that since her serious attack of with tearful eyes, but full of coninfluenza in the spring of 1833, fidence) • to fall no more, never she had considered herself to be a to sin again.' dying woman. At times, how- April 15th.–To-day, while sitever, she rallied surprisingly, and ting by her, and supporting her the natural goodness of her con- head in a season of much suffering, stitution yielded very slowly to she began talking very sweetly. the pulmonary disease, which in Among much which, alas ! cannot the beginning of the present year be gathered up again, she said, (1837) extinguished all hope of • How beautiful is that type, that recovery.
I could never discover nothing which died of itself was to in her the slightest appearance of be offered in sacrifice : therefore dismay, or even discomposure, at Christ's life was taken from him.' this period, nor subsequently at She added, · Christ's person was the nearer approach of death, mystical and peculiar – he was Her serenity and self-possession God and man in one Christ-I (the fruits of faith) were a pecu
bless God that I know this by liar blessing to herself, and com- happy experience. The creature fort to those who witnessed them. is everywhere spoken of as a poor,
• On the 18th of March, I had weak, helpless, ignorant, sinful, been reading, at her bed-side, a dying thing ; but God says he has devotional book on the subject of laid help upon One that is mighty Jacob's Death. After some very -mighty to save-almighty. I deeply affecting conversation on feel that nothing but God can save the approaching close of our mar- me, and satisfy my wants. riage union, I could not refrain love! when I shall be taken from from lamenting to her my many you, I hope you will read your failures in duty, when she said, Bible, and not speculative books : • Oh! if I were to look thus at
I often think what a mercy it is, my sins and failings, I should be that God has permitted me to miserable; but we are such cor
learn his truth in simplicity; and rupt creatures, that if we were to that he has preserved me from live our lives over again, we speculative inquiries. Now-a-days should still be just as sinful ; all I a poor sinner knows not who or can do, is to go to the blood of what to believe, while listening to Jesus, as a guilty, ruined, helpless the various opinions and views of sinner, and cast myself wholly his fallen fellow-creatures ; but You have cast your
the Bible is the best and only safe soul upon Jesus ?' she said, looking guide. I often think of Mr. earnestly at me, as expecting my B-d's favourite text, · Being jusreply. I answered, Yes.' So tified by faith, we have peace with
God through our Lord Jesus * Extracted from a small volume re.
Christ.' How simple ! “Peace I cently published by Messrs. Hatchard,
leave with you; my peace I give entitled ' Scriptural Peace in Death.' unto you, not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.” Some Chris- does more harm to Christ's cause, tians have more, some less :-we than 'Taylors and Carlisles.' cannot have any communion with 24th.— I have often suffered,' God without a measure of peace; she said, from unbelief, because when I enjoy this peace, I can I have not remembered in time (though unable to utter a word or that word—“ My grace is suffimake any effort) cast myself on cient for thee : there is strength Christ.'
enough provided, if we will believe • We have often hard and un- and will seek for it.' scriptural thoughts of God; that May 4th. With a friend who he is a wrathful God, a holy God, called, she conversed most sweetly and not a merciful God-or a and decidedly as to her rest in merciful God, and not a holy God; the finished salvation of Christ.' but if I look into my Bible, I see She spoke of it as
• all of grace, God in Christ ; and there he tells and her sickness as all mercy,' me, " Whosoever will, let him and that to a hell-deserving sincome to me, and whosoever cometh ner. “The blood of Jesus Christ unto me I will in no wise cast cleanseth from all sin.' • This,' out.” She added,
has she said, was • all her comfort.' taught me the truth of God in a She told me at another time, that very simple manner, and though in • she would not have been without all things I do not see eye to eye her illness (in 1833) for worlds, with him, yet he is a safe guide. I although her sufferings of body often feel as if there was nothing were so great : for then she had worth reading but the Bible; it felt the enjoyment of knowing that seems to be a connecting link be- " the blood of Jesus Christ cleantween the soul and heaven, and in seth from all sin ;' she could reading it one feels to become ac- scarcely think of anything else. quainted with the saints of old, The above-mentioned friend, on whom we soon expect to meet ; taking leave, said to me, · What their experience, we know, was of a delightful testimony she bears to the same kind as our own; they her Saviour, and how deep her knew themselves to be ruined, convictions of sin!' helpless sinners, and Christ to be 8th.–She said to me, an all-sufficient Saviour. When my death-bed I should appear to once we see them, we shall soon be in distress, and do not say anylearn more of all we wish to thing as to my peace and assurknow.' She then spoke of her- ance, do not feel uneasy; the self in terms of deep self-abase- Lord will give me peace, though ment. She felt, she said, as if her I know not how he will deal with privileges had been exceedingly my body; yet he is very pitiful great, -few persons had enjoyed and full of mercy, and therefore greater, and none had more abused that does not give me any concern : them; but,' she added, it will it is the finished work of Christ on not do to look that way, but to which I rest. I think some people Christ.' To look to self, it was expect too much from 'dying exobserved, is the way to despair. perience,' as it is called; it is often She replied, And that is the very fallacious. Excellent persons greatest wrong to God-it is en- have been represented as seeing mity to him-for despair implies visions of Jesus at that time, and enmity.'
of heaven, and hearing delightful 19th. On the subject of avoid- sounds, and being spoken to by ing even the
of evil Christ ; I believe that in most she remarked, that inconsistent cases they are the result of an exconduct in professors of religion cited state of the brain. No; to
« If on
have peace through the finished ing that we are saved. « Ah!' work of Christ is all I desire; and she replied, we have too much oh! what a gift is that to a hell- of him in us to be holy; Romaine deserving sinner !!
used to say, that his sins never 9th.--Addressing me, she said, kept him from God.” It was ob« Take heed that lawful things do served, If our sins were to keep us not occupy too much of your from God, then it would happen time, and keep you from reading that the man knew most of his the word of God; • the foxes - indwelling sins, would keep at the the little foxes --spoil the vines.' greatest distance from God; whereThe Bible is every thing; my neg- as the contrary is the fact.
She lect of it occasions me much re- then said, Although my “peace morse : in my circumstances it is Aows like a river," blessed be God! every thing; besides, as we get yet I often think it is well to exolder, we do not remember so amine the grounds of it. It has well, nor meditate so much on frequently been my prayer, (long what we read.'
before my sickness) that I might 12th.-Speaking of the tranquil- not be permitted to deceive myself. lity she enjoyed, she referred it all I have this morning been looking to the mercy
back upon God's past dealings • who had led her,' she said,
In my childhood and see, in past years, the danger of youth I was occupied in the usual reading books from a curiosity to follies, and sins, and vanities of the kpow what novelties they con- world, and though I was kept from tained : it, is a dangerous thing to many in which others have been play and dally with error; it is nsnared, I was not a whit the impossible to say into what mis- better for that; my heart was chiefs we may be betrayed. I alienated from God; but he shewed bless God my reading has, on the me that I was a sinner, and led me whole, been simple, straightfor- to believe in his Son Jesus Christ, ward truth ; and I now find the and I feel assured, that I have all benefit.of it in sickness; my mind my life been “preserved in Christ is not harassed by difficult ques
I can go to Christ as a tions and doubtful speculations. I sinner ; but it is my privilege, and bless God that he has given me wise I ought to go to him likewise as a teachers. I must speak to
and child of God. 6. To whom shall I warn her against the danger of read- go ? thou bast the words of eternal ing and hearing unsound doctrine.' life !” Dear Mrs. H. used to say
17th. - Conversing together, she that those words often comforted said I hope I am not deceiving her, when she was brought to a myself.' I replied, all we can do stand-still. If I had no evidence is to go back to the simple truth, of interest in Christ, I can go that « Jesus Christ came into the to my Bible: I can trust nothing world to save sinners.” I am a else : God tells me to put my trust sinner; as such, I go to Jesus for only in him.' salvation. • Then I am sure,' she 18th.-A young friend called on said, “ if I go to him, I shall be her, for whom she felt much affecsaved. It was then remarked how tion: she spoke very freely, sofrequently Satan strives to disturb, lemnly, and faithfully to her, upon or destroy this simple trust, by the importance of making a desuggesting that if indeed we are cided stand in religion, and readsaved sinners, we should be much ing and studying the Bible beyond more holy; and because we all other reading : she said, she not as holy as we wish to be, we spoke to her as a dying woman, are deceiving ourselves in suppos- and one who loved her very much;