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lie down and slumber, secure from the weariness of earth; then, after the world's last grave of fire, you shall rise sanctified, glorified, to sleep in the grave no longer, to fear death no more, to live in heaven with God and his angels and saints for ever.American Episcopal Recorder.
“WHERE ARE THE NINE?” I observed an amiable wife come to the Lord's table. It was the first time she had ever been there, but her equally amiable husband sat under the gallery alone, with a look of solicitude and anxiety. He had always come in and sat with her in the house of God at other times, but in this instance he left her to go alone in the way of duty. . She had lingered long for him, and tried each fond endearment to win him to the house of God and to Christ. She had succeeded in the former; he accompanied her to the house of prayer, but not to Christ. He loved her as his nobler life; but his love to her could not overcome his aversion to repentance, faith, and duty. With her he had enjoyed great and equal privileges; with her he had stood amid the same afflicting providences, and listened to the same expostulations from an affectionate and faithful pastor; yet he lingered behind, and left her, his weak and timid partner, to go alone to Christ. Was it discourtesy or coolness to her? No! but it was such, and more than this, to Jesus.
I saw parents at that table also, whose children were left behind; children whose parents and friends, whose companions, were left behind. I saw many of those
who were very closely united by the ties of blood and affection, persons, who had always been intimate elsewhere, separate on this occasion. It was a sad sight to look upon; and as I mused, I imagined I saw re-enacted the ingratitude of the nine lepers. I could hear the Saviour renew the enquiry, “ Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine ?" Did I not give to that husband all the privileges I gave to his wife ?
The wife is here to give me glory, but where is her husband ? Did I not surround all the other parties with the same blessings ? but while the parents are here, where are the children? While the children are here, where are the parents? While the friend is here, where is his companion ? The pastor looked sad as he cast his eye upon the delinquents. Ministering spirits seemed to me to bend over them in tender solicitude, and Jesus also to cast upon them a kind, upbraiding glauce ; but still they relent not.
Let us pass to another scene. Ages have rolled away; the heavens have waxed old and disappeared, and God's abode, with its judgment-throne, and mighty arches and bowing principalities, becomes visible. The long.neglected Jesus himself descends. The dead in Christ arise ; and here, among the happy immortals, is the pious wife, but where is her husband ? Here is the parent, but where is the child ? The child is here, but where is the parent? The friend is here, but where is his companion ? Those that are not found in the walks of piety on earth, are not found among the blessed on this joyous morning, that dawns at last on the long night of death. "Were there not ten cleansed ? but where are the nine ?”
WOMAN IN THE CHURCH. this she is fitted by her Maker, who has [We do not like to refuse woman liberty
endowed her with stronger affections than to write in her own cause in our “ Church ;"
the other sex. but if no one else takes up the subject, we
Contrasting the condition of christian shall shew next month that she certainly
women with that of females degraded by the
superstitions of Paganism and of Popery, ought not to speak in the church.]-Eds.
the love due from the former to Christ, Woman being first in the transgression, their deliverer, is great indeed. How preand more deeply degraded by the fall than cious to such as feel the strength of their man, owes more than he for personal re obligations, is the promise in Acts ii. 17, 18. demption. Having had much forgiven, And how strange that any precept of the her obligation is to love much; and for 1 law taught by the apostle Paul should be
understood in a sense opposed to that pro- 1 the servants of Christ to commit fornicamise, when it is evident from Gal. iii. 20, tion, and to eat things sacrificed to idols." that he never placed the law in opposition In Christ Jesus there is neither male nor to the promises. The apostle's design in female. Each talent possessed by the enjoining silence upon woman in the church, members of His body is a part of the purcould not be to throw obstacles in the way chased inheritance to be appropriated to of believing females, to prevent their look the benefit of His church ; each, therefore, ing for large measures of grace, and of the ought to be appreciated, improved, and spirit of prayer; nor to discourage those rendered subservient to this end: “ Ye are who possessed the spirit of prayer and the not your own." Each minor, whether male gift of utterance, from exercising those or female, in the family of God, should be gifts in the social meetings of the church; willing to learn of those who, by their sufor if so, neither the prayers of Hannah, perior knowledge in the things of God, are nor the praises of Mary and Elizabeth, able to teach them the way of the Lord would have been recorded for examples to more perfectly; and each, when thus inthe church. Neither could the apostle in structed, should be willing to impart what tend to prevent the daughters of Zion, who they have learned for the benefit of others: are taught in the word, from freely com “For ye are bought with a price, therefore municating the knowledge they have re glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, ceived; for if so, no portion of God's word which are God's.” (1 Cor. vi. 20.) could have been communicated through the
Happy will the church be, when all its ministry of females. God has frequently
eloquent men, mighty in the scriptures, are honoured the instrumentality of women
as humble as was Apollos,--when, as in his who have spoken his word, by making it
case, it is discovered that their knowledge effectual in the conversion of sinners, and
is imperfect; and happy will it be when to the edification of his people, which he
those of its members as are able to teach would not have done, if they had not been
them the way of God more perfectly, are chosen messengers of that word. The
encouraged to act like Aquilla and Pricilla. conversion of sinners, and the sanctifica
Still better will it be when the spirit of tion of believers, is the work of the Holy
the Apostle's injunction against feminine Spirit, who works only through divinely
speeches in the church is so well understood appointed means. The speaking of females,
and enforced, as to put to silence all wrong which Paul forbids in the churches of
teaching, foolish talking, vain wrangling, Christ, must then be something opposed to
unprofitable and injurious conversation, in supreme love to Christ, and universal love
the assemblies of the saints. to man; for it is evident from 1 Cor. xiv.
ELIZABETH. 34, that what he forbids, was forbidden by the law; and he testifies (Gal. v. 23), that against such as are led by the Spirit “there TEMPERANCE-PROFESSORS OF is no law.” And in 1 Tim. viii. 9, “We
RELIGION. know that the law is good if a man use it But few, probably, who profess the relilawfully; knowing this, that the law was gion of Christ, would be willing, at this not made for a righteous man, but for the
day, to acknowledge that they were opposed lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly, to the temperance cause; and yet it is a and for sinners."
lamentable fact, that considerable numbers Anna was not blamed by the Holy Ghost in the household of faith are, in one form for giving thanks in the temple, nor for or another, exerting an influence against it. speaking of Christ to all them that looked Some love still to indulge now and then in for redemption in Jerusalem. Neither did a social glass; others are making money in Jesus find fault with the woman of Samaria the traffic; a number are renting buildings for saying to the men of the city, “ Come, in which to carry on the business; and not see a man who told me all things that ever a few, perhaps, stand with folded arms, and I did ; is not this the Christ?” But Miriam ask if they are their brother's keeper. God was stricken with leprosy, for speaking commands, Christ entreats, and suffering against Moses the servant of God; and the humanity pleads; and still the response is, church of Thyatira was censured for suf Am I my brother's keeper ? fering" that woman, Jezebel, which calleth The christian is one who is willing to herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce
make sacrifices for the good of others,-one
who follows the example of his Master in acts of self-denial and kindness, and, with the apostle, says, that if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no more meat while the world stands. Self-denial is inscribed on his banner, and written in characters not easily effaced on all he has; and as he looks upon its ample folds, and beholds the letters of light, he remembers the injunction, Take up thy cross; and he rejoices in the opportunity which permits him to manifest his love for his Master. Without this state of heart, he may profess christianity ; but with it he may be a christian.
But this spirit does not actuate all of Israel. $ There are some who, in regard to the sub
ject of temperance, appear to be influenced
by a different motive. The question with ? them is not, What, Lord, wilt thou have
me to do ? but, Am I called upon to deny myself the gratification of taking a glass of wine occasionally, or to forego the profits of
the traffic, that I may be in a better situa-bftion to exert an influence in saving the
drunkard's soul, or averting from his family the blow which awaits them ? True, my Master went about doing good, not only speaking sins forgiven, but in various ways
alleviating the bodily sufferings of the peo* ple; but I like to be independent, and to
drink and sell if I please. True, no drunkard can enter heaven; but if he perish, he perishes; am I my brother's keeper ? Mul. titudes carry out in their lives these sentiments, who would recoil from giving them utterance with their lips.
There are several tests by which duty may be made very plain to him who desires to know it. It would be safe to act as it may be supposed the Saviour would under similar circumstances. If he would refrain from doing anything calculated to promote the traffic, then it would be not only safe, but duty to follow such example. A christian should engage in no business upon which he cannot ask God to set the seal of his approbation. This proposition will be assented to by all; and yet, tested by this rule, where will multitudes stand ? Could the professing distiller, the wholesale or retail dealer, ask the Lord to bless them in their respective callings? Can the wholesale dealer, as he rolls out the barrel of whiskey to be sold to the retailer, kneel down over the poison, and ask God's blessing on the sale ? Or can the retailer, as he
hands the bottle to the father of some suffering family, lift his eyes to heaven, and ask the God of peace to bless the act ? Can the professor, who rents his building to one that pollutes it with the traffic, as he counts over his money, and puts it carefully away in the drawer, fall down and ask the Father of mercies to bless him and his wealth, sprinkled all over as it is with the blood of souls? How could the Israelite, as he let his unruly ox loose upon the community, ask the God of Jacob to bless him in the act ? What christian could offer such prayers ? Ask God to bless them in making drunkards, widows, orphans, paupers, fiends! Ask God to bless them in furnishing the means to madden the brain, to impel to acts of violence and death! Ask God to bless them in acts which bid defiance to his commands !
The fact is undeniable, that one of the principal hindrances to the progress of the temperance cause is the conduct of professors of religion. So long as they continue to treat as moral and right the use of intoxicating drinks, so long multitudes will believe they are not doing wrong by indulging in their use. Such individuals are influenced by the evidence which meets them at every corner of the streets, rather than by a law which is seldom consulted. The character and demands of the law are estimated by its supposed exemplification in its avowed supporters; and when they give their neighbours strong drink, it is difficult to convince them that God's law does denounce the act. The word of God may thunder in their ears, the minister may preach the claims of that law, and the real friends of Christ may exbibit it in their lives : yet if any considerable number of those who wear the livery of heaven, by precept and example, teach the contrary, its influence leads multitudes into sin.
It is a solemn thing to profess the religion of Christ. Its obligations and duties are not trifles. Influence and example, when viewed in their relations to eternity and the souls of men, assume increased importance. The simple look or word may be the means of turning a soul into the path that leads to death. The example of to-day, however trivial it may appear now, travels on before us to the judgment, and will be felt while the throne of God exists.
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BY A Quiet LOOKER-ON. Scarborough:
With the exception of the first of these tracts, which is a very spirited appeal to Lord Londesborough on his encouragement of horse racing, with its usual demoralizing accompaniments, at Scarborough, they are all on the subject of the day-Popery. “On the Tendency of Romanism,” “The Doctrines of Popery as Taught by the Church of Rome,” “The Supremacy of the Pope,” “Auricular Confession,” “ The Worship of the Virgin Mary,” “Saints, Images, and Relics,” “ The Doctrines of Purgatory and Prayers for the Dead.” The “ Quiet Looker-on” is evidently, we think, a Baptist minister at Scarborough, well known to our readers. We can at least commend the series, as popular yet conclusive in style and reasoning, and well calculated for general distribution. We observe, with regret, that there is no London publisher, but hope the writer will be induced to publish the whole series in a volume, and to give it the advantage of being obtainable through a London house.
A Page for the Young.
THE DYING CHILD. · Emma Ray was twelve years old when she died. Dear child, how sweetly she fell asleep! So calmly, so pleasantly did she sink to repose, like a summer's sunset ! Folded her thin and wasted hands over the
young heart, so early stricken, opened her eyes, that beamed with celestial hope, and looked round upon her friends with so sweet a smile, faintly murmured, “Jesus," and then-slept.
It was just at evening, one day about the
middle of June, when a little boy, perhaps | child's hand to enforce his brutal aueight years old, came to the door and said, thority. “Mother wishes you, please, to come to our Stepping forward, I laid my hand rather house.” “Who is your mother?” I asked. suddenly upon his shoulder. He turned, “ Mrs. Ray," was the reply. “ What does gazed at me with a half stupid stare, and your mother want?” I enquired. “Sister muttered, “ He'd see if his children couldn't Emma is sick," was his answer ; " is be made to mind-have 'em lying abed all very sick, and wishes you would come and day” _and in a few minutes the intoxicated see her ;” and the tears forced themselves man left the room. down his cheek, in spite of his evident Little Emma hid her face in the pillow, attempt to keep them back.
and sobbed with shame and grief. He mentioned the street where they lived, I sat down by her side, took her hand, and I said, “Well, I'll come round there and spoke kindly to her; the mother wiped this evening, and see your mother and
a few tears from her own cheek, seated Emma.” The boy turned slowly away, a
herself, and drew her little boy to her lap. step or two, then stopped, looked up in my We talked of sickness and of the Saviour, face and said, while his lip quivered, and of living and of dying, of the weary pil. the tears started afresh, “I wish you could
grimage of earth, and the blessed rest of go now?” “I will go now," I replied. In heaven. a moment I was ready, and, taking the Emma was a christian. From her mother's little fellow's hand, hastened along with
instructions, and the kind and faithful la. him.
bours of her Sabbath-school teacher, she We were soon at the door, and en had learned of the Saviour, and been able tered the kitchen. There was no one
to believe in him and to love him. Poor present. The little boy handed me a chair,
child !_happy child, rather. She was soon and then went into the next room. I
to go home; soon to see Him, whom, not looked around; it was evidently the abode
having seen, she had loved. With a frail of poverty, and, no doubt, of sorrow. The
constitution, she had never enjoyed the dilapidated house, the old, worn, and shat
health and buoyancy that give joy to childtered furniture, seemed to wear a forced hood. Could she have been tenderly cared and almost painful appearance of neatness, for, nursed, and favoured, she might have like a smile that hides heart-eating grief. lived, blessed and a blessing. But want
In the next room there was Emma, the and exposure had nourished disease, and sick child; and there, too, I supposed, was aggravated every premonition of her early her mother, watching over her, and I heard decline. Oh, how like a canker it had also the voice of a man. It might be her eaten into her mother's heart, as, day by father, or it might be her physician, or per day, and month by month, she had watched haps some friend come in to see her.
her tender lamb, chilled and shivering, But a moment after all doubt was dissi beneath the storms of life, from which she pated, as the voice rose louder and harsher, had no power to shelter or protect her, and "She shall, too; so get up, now. What's knew that she was wasting away, and sinkthe use of laying there all day, when she's ing into the grave. And the father--what well enough to be upp” The sound of the shall we say of the father? God forgive mother's voice could be heard in expostula him. tion; and I wondered if Mr. Ray was a No matter; it was all right. Emma drunkard.
said it was. She would be with the angels “Get up, this minute,” growled out the soon; and she knew it wouldn't be long savage father, “and I'll see if you won't before her poor mother would come too. mind.” I stepped to the door and opened And her father - oh, if she could only it. The mother held a bowl of medicine for think that he would come also! That was the sick child in one hand; with the other the only thorn in her dying pillow. She she attempted to restrain the father from scarcely thought of death. Of earth she any act of violence to his child.
thought, and did not grieve that she was to “Don't, John,” she said; "you know leave the sorrows that she had tasted so Emma is sick, and isn't able to get up. bitterly. Of heaven she thought, where Don't act so." He pushed her roughly the rivers of life gently flow, and the good away, spilling the drink from her bowl, Shepherd leads his flock ; that was her and, without perceiving me, caught the | home, and she hasted to it.