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will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah lv. 7). | school, to learn with the children the long The speaker dwelt chiefly on the abounding forgotten lessons of her childhood. Twice grace treasured up in the Lord Jesus Christ. every week she attended Miss D, in her It pleased God to carry home His own word lodgings, to improve herself in reading; and to this wanderer's heart, the Spirit's arrows in a few weeks she could read in the New pierced her conscience, and in agony of Testament with ease. conviction she retired to her miserable Many years after Miss D. had left K
home. Sleep fled, all night scenes of wicked she had the happiness of bearing that Janet • ness in which she had participated rose up | continued steadfast, and seemed to be
before her, and she writhed under the in “ following on to know the Lord." -Britisk tensity of these newly awakened feelings. Mother's Magazine. When the villagers had gone to their accustomed work next morning, Janet resolved
THAT ONE WORD. to go to Mrs. M. and tell her her misery.
“I never can forget that word which was With a trembling hand she knocked at the
once whispered to me in an enquiry meetdoor, and asked admission for a few minutes.
ing,” said a pious man once to a friend. The invalid at once kindly invited her en
“What word was it?" "It was the word trance: with tears Janet confessed her guilt,
ETERNITY. A young christian friend, who and asked whether there was hope for such
was yearning for my salvation, came up to a sinner. With deep emotion Mrs. M.
me as I sat in my pew, and simply whispered pointed her to the fountain opened for sin
- Eternity' in my ear, with great solemnity and uncleanness, and assured her of a wel
and tenderness, and then left me. That come to the Lord Jesus as an atonement.
word made me think, and I found no peace After praying with her, she promised to
till I came to the cross.” send Miss D. to speak to her of the same
The sainted M'Cheyne was once riding by loving and forgiving Saviour.
a quarry, and stopped to look in for a minute Miss D. went to Janet's dwelling, and at the engine-house. The fireman had just found her in the same distressed state of
opened the door to feed the furnace with · mind in which she had been the previous fresh fuel; when M'Cheyne, pointing to the
day. During the interview, Janet informed bright hot flame, said mildly to the man, her that she was the only child of pious “Does that fire remind you of anything?" parents, who both died of fever within a
The man could not get rid of the solemn week of each other, when she was eleven
question. To him it was an effectual arrow years old. The kind neighbours sympa
of conviction. It led him to the house of thized with her orphan state, and agreed to God, and will lead him, we trust, to heaven. take her to their homes “month about,”
A single remark of the Rev. Charles that she might share their own children's
Simeon on the blessings which had resulted bread. She lived in this way till she was
from the labours of Dr. Carey, in India, fifteen, when a company of strolling players first arrested the attention of Henry Martyn came to the village, and enticed her to
to the cause of missions. His mind began follow them. In their society she learned
to stir under the new thought, and a perusal vice of every description, and her character
of the life of Brainerd fixed him in his very soon became ruined. Tired of this
resolution to give himself to the dying wandering life, she had come to K in
heathen. search of employment; but her habits of
It is said that Harlan Page once went sin had shewn themselves speedily on her
through his Sabbath school to get the arrival, and she became an object of dislike
spiritual census of the school. Coming to to all around. Alas! that any should wil. one of the teachers he said, “Shall I put lingly yield themselves to be slaves of
you down as having a hope in Christ?" Satan; truly he proves himself to be a hard
The teacher replied, "No." "Then,” said master, and his wages are death.
he very tenderly, “I will put you down as From this time Janet "forsook her evil having no hope.” He closed his little book ways,” thus evidencing the sincerity of her and left him. That was enough. God repentance. Ever since she had joined the gave that young man's soul no rest till be players, she had never entered a church; found a hope beneath the cross. now she became a regular and impressed A member of my church, not long since, hearer. Every Sabbath evening she might overtook a lady on her way to the prayer be seen taking her place in the Sabbath | meeting. She asked the young woman if
she never thought of her own salvation ?' | spoken one word to an impenitent friend The lady thus addressed replied that during about the most momentous of all questions? all her life she had never had one word Then I fear you will find no one in heaven spoken to her before about the salvation of that you were the means, under God, of her soul! Within a month from that time sending there. Though you may reach the she became a devoted member of the flock "many mansions,” I fear your crown will of Christ.
glitter with no splendours. It will be a star. Fellow disciple! have you never yet less crown.
OUGHT THE BIRTH AND DEATH and has no respect to any supposed silence
OF CHRIST TO BE MADE THE of the writings.
for order and ordinances, as allowed to be
for doctrine, or it is not. If it is, let us To the Editors of “ The Church.”
make it our only rule, each one doing the Dear Brethren,
best he can to make out its meaning. If Your correspondent of Newcastle not sufficient without helps, either ancient on-Tyne, in some friendly strictures on a or modern, or both, such as custom, pleas of valuable paper from Gravesend, has raised, decency and peace, let us honestly espouse though not very distinctly, an important tradition at once. A middle way will not question: whether the New Testament is a do long. “The bible alone," must be our sufficient guide for settling the constitution, motto, or we shall be beaten out of the order, and ordinances of the christian field by those who are more fully equipped church. While freely admitting that this with other weapons, and know how to use is the only court of appeal on doctrines them better. Take the Papist, and shut on which he thinks christians are more him up to the Scriptures only, and his cause agreed than facts will prove-he seems to is ruined. Just let Protestants universally me to doubt that it is the only guide for and entirely act on this rule, and victory church practice, because it is not so full and will not be far off, and safety is certain. plain on this subject as on that, containing, It is not to be forgotten, that by far the for the most part, passing hints and short greater part of the unseemly strife and allusions, not descending to particulars, but cruel persecutions that have disgraced our affording a few general principles. All that country, arose from adding to the few and candour can require of us is, that we will simple ordinances of Christ, and enforcing allow as matter of fact that on which he those additions; and we ought to learn rests his argument. This is fairly done. But caution from the past. Sharp as have been the use he makes of it is matter of serious the contests on doctrines--and there is question, and, in my opinion, of danger hardly one but has been keenly controous tendency. The proper enquiry is not verted—the fiercest war has been respecting whether the constitution, order, and ordi order and ordinances, about supplying what nances of the church are as explicitly laid Scripture has said nothing of, for the sake down as the doctrines, but are they recorded of order and decent ornament. Your corin any manner, so that a diligent and pa respondent is for liberty, and so am I; for tient student of the whole writings may liberty enters deeply into the religion of satisfactorily make them out ? It makes no Christ. Let liberty of thought and action difference to the question, that such readers be enjoyed on all sides without an unkind of the passing notices of apostolic practice reflection ; but let it be liberty to intermay understand them differently; so that pret the New Testament, not to make a some, for instance, may be for Episcopacy, supplement for its supposed deficiency. some for Presbytery, and others for Inde While christianity is a law of liberty as to pendency; for the fact that each appeals to our action, it is the law of Christ as to the the same book in support of his plan, shews limits of that liberty. that the difference is one of interpretation, 1 There was a question of liberty in apos.
tolic times, arising out of the peculiar, but temporary circumstances of many of the churches. A part of the converts were Jews, who were undergoing a transition from their national religion to that of Christ. The process was slow and difficult. The difficulty arose not so much from the long operation of the old religion on their minds and habits, as from the fact that it was of divine institution equally with the gospel, though intended only to be preparatory—a schoolmaster to train pupils for Christ. The Jewish converts, still clinging fast to the old religion because of its origin being divine, were hard to be convinced of its temporary character; and some of them went so far as to require that the Gentile converts should be circumcised and keep the law of Moses, in order to be true christians. To the first sort the apostles were | gentle, aiming to bring them off from the old usages by degrees, as they were able to bear it; but to the other they offered, especially Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, a prompt and decided resistance. The former were as truly christians as their Gentile brethren who had left off all their former worship to which ages had bound them, but were weak in faith, and had weak consciences in the matter of the Mosaic usages; and till their faith was increased, and their consciences more justly formed by clearer light, the Gentile brethren were commanded to treat them tenderly, avoiding what might unnecessarily wound their weak conscience, and all appearance of judging them hastily or harshly, but so far as they still kept their old customs, without trying to impose them on others who had never been subject to them, to let them alone. Such was the old question of liberty and forbearance. It has long since ceased, though of great moment in its time; nor is it easy, if possible, to find a case in our times much like it, though it has been made the basis of splendid, but delusive reasoning. These remarks are intended to shew the unsoundness of the interpretation your correspondent has put on three passages of Scripture relating to this subject. The friend on whose paper he animadverts, had, for the purpose of opposing holy days, for which we have neither commandment nor example in the New Testament, quoted,
with much judgment and success, Gal. iv.,
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THE TIMELY WARNING.
have reached a haven of rest from the My father, after an absence of three years, I perils of the sea. During his absence I had returned to the house so dear to him. He grown, from a mere child and baby of my had made his last voyage, and rejoiced to mother's for I was her youngest-into a
rough, careless, and headstrong boy. Her gentle voice no longer restrained me. I was often wilful, and sometimes disobedient. I thought it indicated manly superiority to be independent of a woman's influence. My father's return was a fortunate circumstance for me. He soon perceived the spirit of insubordination stirring within me. I saw by his manner that it displeased him, although, for a few days, he said nothing to me about it.
It was an afternoon in October, bright and golden, that my father told me to get my hat and take a walk with him. We turned down a narrow lane into a fine open field-a favourite play-ground for the children in the neighbourhood. After talking cheerfully on different topics for a while, my father asked me if I observed that huge shadow, thrown by a mass of rocks that stood in the middle of the field. I replied that I did.
“My father owned this land,” said he. “ It was my play-ground when a boy. That rock stood there then. . To me it is a beacon, and whenever I look at it, I recall a dark spot in my life-an event so painful to dwell upon, that if it were not as a warning to you I should not speak of it. Listen, then, my boy, and learn wisdom from your father's errors.'
“My father died when I was a mere child. I was the only son. My mother was a gentle, loving woman, devoted to her children, and beloved by every body. I remember her pale, beautiful face-her sweet, affectionate smile-her kind and tender voice. In my childhood I loved her intensely; I was never happy apart from her, and she, fearing that I was becoming too much of a baby, sent me to the high school in the village. After associating a time with rude, rough boys, I lost, in a measure, my fondness for home, and my reverence for my mother, and it became more and more difficult for her to restrain my impetuous nature. I thought it an indication of manliness to resist her authority, or to appear to feel penitent, although I knew that my conduct pained her. The epithet I most dreaded was girl-boy. I could not bear to hear it said by my companions that I was tied to my mother's apron-strings. From a quiet, home-loving child, I soon became a wild, roistering boy. My dear mother used every persuasion to induce me to seek happiness within the precincts of home. She exerted herself to make our fireside
attractive, and my sister, following her selfsacrificing example, sought to entice me by planning games and diversions for my entertainment. I saw all this, but I did not heed it.
“ It was on an afternoon like this, that, as I was about leaving the dining-table, to spend the intermission, between morning and evening school, in the street, as usual, my mother laid her hand on my shoulder, and said mildly but firmly, 'My son, I wish you to come with me. I would have rebelled, but something in her manner awed me. She put on her bonnet, and said to me, • We will take a little walk together. I followed her in silence; and, as I was passing out of the door, I observed one of my rude companions skulking about the house, and I knew he was waiting for me. He sneered as I passed him. My pride was wounded to the quick. He was a very bad boy, but being some years older than myself, he exercised a great influence o verme. I followed my mother sulkily, till we reached the spot where we now stand, beneath the shadow of this huge rock. Oh, my boy, could that hour be blotted from my memory, which has cast a dark shadow over my whole life, gladly would I exchange all that the world can offer me for the quiet peace of mind I should enjoy. But, no! like this huge, unsightly pile stands the monument of my guilt forever.
“My mother, being feeble in health, sat down and beckoned me to sit beside her. Her look, so full of tender sorrow, is present to me now. I would not sit, but continued standing sullenly beside her. * Alfred, my dear son,' said she, "have you lost all love for your mother ?' I did not reply. 'I fear you have,' she continued; 'and may God help you to see your own heart, and me to do my duty!" She then talked to me of my misdeeds, of the dreadful consequences of the course I was pursuing. By tears, and entreaties, and prayers, she tried to make an impression upon me. She placed before me the lives and examples of great and good men; she sought to stimu. late my ambition. I was moved, but too proud to shew it, and remained standing in dogged silence beside her. I thought what will my companions say, if, after all my boasting, I yield at last, and submit to be led by a woman ?
“What agony was visible on my mother's face, when she saw that all she had said I and suffered failed to move me! She rose