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show those whom she opposes that your minds, and retracted your opinions, she considers them rather silly disavowal. But where are those little persons. Academical decorum

ones, whom you seduced from their would repress this; and the se. more sober teachers, and fed on stimuriousness of the subject should lants, till neither they nor you could banish even the appearance of le. any more satisfy them with the bread of vity. We will quote a few shrewd drop of spirits on her infant's lips-and

truth? I have seen a mother put a and instructive passages, subject I have seen the first dose administered to the above general remarks :- of other intoxications; the issue was

not contemplated in either case, but it “ Tbose who remember the ultra- might have been. calvinistic secession of twenty years We might ask you-we do ask you ago, will find no few of its best known Where are our children, our bosom champions now in the ranks of Irving, friends, our sisters, with whom we ism ; and if some such names be not yet sometime took sweet counsel together, registered for the Popish lists at Ox. brake bread at the same table, and worford, there are signs of the times; and shipped in the same place--but who we shall see hands that once could not now live in suspicious and repulsive offer the bread of life to any but the pre- silence? We miss them if you do not ; elect of God, and now locate the Holy and we remember who it was that led Spirit's work within the pale of New- them first aside from the paths of simman Street, presently become prodigal plicity and godly quietness. Love keeps of both, in the waters of baptism and a surer register than conscience. We episcopal ordination. Already 'the could tell you, perhaps, from which of fowls of the air,' that hovered for a sea

your sermons, which your rash and son round the outermost branches of ill.considered statements, the first false the once fast withering root, are seen impression came. But you have forgathering about the fresher promise of gotten all. I know it will be pleaded the new one. Surely it is strange—that that as honest and zealous men, such men do not remember—that they can- persons teach only what they benot learn; that shepherds who so lately, lieve to be the truth; and by reason of by their own venturous approaches to human fallibility, finding themselves to the precipice, led their flocks headlong have been mistaken, they cannot do over it, and lost them, are doing the more than to confess their errors, and same again. Would that we could say follow the increased light that has been to some we know, albeit such as we granted them. Yes, they can do more, have little right to teach, and little and more is required of them to do by hope that they will read our pages, God and man. They might learn hus Do you not remember, in such a place mility by their previous miscarriages, and at such a time, how you counte. and go softly in remembrance of the nanced and helped forward, and for a mischief they have done. They might season followed, not knowing to what lay their finger on their lips, and keep extremes they meant to go, those mis- silence from all novelties and notions of chief-doers, whom with all your souls their own benceforward. They might you now condemn? How by metaphy- mistrust themselves, and expect to be sical distinctions, and verbal perver- mistrusted, and put a careful guard sions, and useless disputations, by mis- upon their statements. I think they using common words, and puzzling should forbear to lead, and be the last plain texts, and dissecting hidden mys- to follow, in any deviation from the teries, you confused the simple, and un- beaten track. I am sure they should not settled the weak, and excited the be, as they are, the heroes of the next curious? We might meet you not un- onslaught. justly with the words of David's “ The fact is otherwise. The same brethren— Where have you left those men, who by their expectation of mirafew poor sheep in the wilderness ?' culous gifts, their exact calculations of You are on the field again-you have the Lord's immediate coming, and above not separated yourselves from the wor- all, their bold investigation of his sinship of your fathers--you have not less humanity, laid the foundation made schisms in your own household, for Irvingism in many a guileless and cast off the friends of your bosom, bosom, and shaped and fitted many a and set a mark upon your name, and fair stone for the building of a temple, excluded yourselves from all rational to which they never joined themselves, society. You played with weapons of unhumbled and unashamed, are repeatwhich you knew the use too well to ing the experiment; and with their maslay yourselves. You have changed tins and their vespers, their turnings. Christ. OBSERV. No. 18.

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and bowings, their Romish phraseology den from those for whom it was inand pontifical pretensions, their wilful tended, beneath the mass of error, obscuration, to say the least, of the first prejudice, and superstition with which principles of the Protestant faith, are even in the apostles' days it began to be promoting the views of the new school encumbered. It is to that very point at Oxford, which, nevertheless, they of time they will send you, but not do not intend to join ; betraying into to learn the lesson that you might its hands the flocks committed to their learn in the study of those pious facare, and the younger ministry em- thers; deepest gratitude to God, that, boldened by their example.”

by extended possession and understand“ Observe the devoted minister of ing of the Scriptures, knowledge has Christ, toiling year after year among a been added to our faith, and the truth careless and ungodly people ; slowly been again disencumbered of the fables and painfully he sows his seed, and long and commandments of men, with which and wearily waits to see it grow; till some of the most righteous and devoted some few solitary saints among a stone- of other days possessed it." hearted multitude become the crown of Our new theologians write a great his rejoicing. But comes there into the deal about the ‘Universal Church,' but field of his patient, prayerful labours, a when we enquire where this comprehenpreacher of new things, an Irvingite, a sive unity is to be found, they say it is Puseyite, no matter what, so it be new in Rome, in England, and in Spain, and enough, and strange enough, and wrong whether there be any part of it anyenough ; he will have more adherents where besides, they cannot tell ; there in a month than the tried and sober may be, but they do not think so. preacher gained in years ; it will be well [This is not strictly true.] if he pick not the precious jewels from “We are spoken to of the opinions of bis hard-wou crown, to lose them once • The Church,' the authority of · The more in the dust of earth. It is then Church,'the decisions of The Church.' the doubtful falter, the weak are dis. and to believe, if we will, that it is still couraged, and the children of light are • The Church' of the Bible and the grieved and saddened in their heaven- Creed. In one particular, it is no matward course, searce knowing what to ter whether it be or not: for the think."

powers claimed bave never been pos“ The Church, they say, has grown

sessed. 'The Church' of the Bible too young of late, and must revert to never had opinions. She obeyed the the beginning for experience; to the Word spoken, and finally the Word day dawning for a clearer vision. They written, but neither spake, nor wrote, will commend you to antiquity, or some- nor determined in things spiritual, otherthing that they call so: to the apostolic wise than by inspiration of the Holy age, but not to the Apostles : to where Spirit: and we do most positively and the Sun of Righteousness arose with firmly deny that she ever has, or can healing in his wings, but not to that have, acquired the right, or power, or blessed and eternal Sun. Then they capability of doing so. She is to hold will change their minds -- and they are fast that which she bas received, and right, for the apostolic ages will not communicate that which she is taught serve their purpose ; the reflex image of of the Word, but she has no. opinions, that Sun was too distinct in those who revelations, or interpretations irrespecso nearly beheld its rising beauty. They tive of it.” tind antiquity now wants experience, and “ You will hear it asserted, that if you must travel two or three centuries the opinion of the whole church at every forward to look for its maturity. This period could be obtained in any partiis no jest ; it is their own plain state- cular, that opinion would be infallible. ment. Neither they who, under the This is so purely chimerical, it is teaching of the Incarnate Word, drank scarcely worth consideration. I leave of the waters at the fountain-head; nor it to the colleges to demonstrate how they who, under the dispensation of the any multiplication of the fallible can Spirit, bave come near to the outbreak- produce infallibility : enough for coming of the perfect day, will serve the pur- mon minds, that the members in partipose of the Prince of darkness. He cular of the body of Christ' cannot be who sowed tares in the Redeemer's consulted at any given moment; much field, best knows how long they were less tbroughout all time ; and if they coming to maturity, and when they could, they would not be of one mind overgrew and smothered the good seed: in anything respecting which the Bible the very point of time at which the gos- admits of a difference. pel once preached to the poor, and “ Be it remembered, that neither adapted to the unlearned, and welcomed Oriel College, nor the Parish incumby the simple, was most completely hid bency, nor the Theological Professor's Chair, is the Church of England. There real spiritual presence of Jesus in the is more true faith, more spiritual light Sacrament, should tolerate the idea of a within the Church of England now than carnal one, or endure the notion of a there ever was before, or than there is material medium between themselves anywhere else. It is no small part of and Him. I could as well have exthe value of an Establishment, a ritual, pected that the disciples at Emmaus and a liturgy, that like our civil consti- should sit down to feed upon the bread, tution, it as much constrains the rulers in the breaking of which their risen as the ruled. If the monarch on the Lord was known, instead of arising in British Throne forsakes her faith, she the fulness of their joy, and departing abdicates, and we are still the lieges of to communicate their blessed vision." the Protestant crown. And if our “ But the first annals of Church hiswhole bench of Bishops should turn tory will show, how soon the grosser Puseyites - a thought more allied to a nature began to operate, in trying to smile at present than a fear – it is they, bring back from heaven the human body not we, who cease to be members of the of the Lord, and submit it once more to Protestant Church of England."

the witness of the senses: the wish “ The general paucity of Scripture was parent to the thought, and the language has struck me very forcibly in thought, a metaphysical abstraction the writings of the Oxford school. But perhaps at first, became the parent of there is one mode of speech in general popish idolatry in its grossest form : use amongst them so boldly at variance the worship of the host, and the sacrawith the divine word, I could wonder ment of the mass. The communion it does not act as a caution to their rash once again puritied at the Reformation, and inconsiderate followers. To preach guarded, as in our liturgy I think it is, the Church,' to preach the Sacraments' by expressions the most carefully exact,

Where did they get this new com- and accepted and enjoyed in its inward mission of their ministerial office ? and spiritual grace, by so large a body Apostles had it not: Christ gave it of evangelical worshippers, what is it not; He gave an express commission now our grief and shame to hear ? The to administer baptism, and an inferen- cry once more of the sensual nature for tial one to administer as well as to re- a sensible deity, a bodily-present Sa. ceive the Lord's Supper. “But go thou, viour in the holy sacrament. O shame! and preach the kingdom of God.' If there were in my bosom but a con• Preach the word.' • Preach the Gos. ceived wish that so it should be, I would pel.' 'Preach Jesus Christ - Christ hide my head in the dust before his crucified."

altar; unworthy indeed to look upon “I wonder, and but that I see so many those sacred pledges of his love, incaChristians falling into it, I should dishe. pable to taste the high companionship lieve, that one who has ever enjoyed the of that mysterious feast.”

THE CONTINENTAL PROTESTANT CHURCHES.

1. Notices of the Reformation in the South West Provinces of France.

By R. F. JAMESON. 1839. 2. A Voice from the Alps; or a brief Account of the Evangelical Socie

ties of Paris and Genera, with a view of the present prospects of Religion in Europe. By M. MERLE D'AUBIGNÉ. (Edited by the Rev.

E. BICKERSTETH. 1838.) 3. Confession of the Name of Christ in the Sixteenth and in the Nineteenth

Century. By J. MERLE AUBIGNÉ, President of the Theological

School, Geneva. 4. The Faith und Patience of the Saints, exhibited in the sufferings and

death of M. le Febvre, in the persecution which followed the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (a new Translation), with a Preface by the Rev. J. N. PEARSON, M. A., Incumbent of Trinity Church, Tunbridge Wells.

1839. It were earnestly to be wished were devoted to the state of the that a large measure of attention Protestant Churches in France, Switzerland, and Germany, with Church, in repressing a vagrant a view, by the divine blessing, of and reckless spirit, and keeping promoting the much-needed revi- them in “the footsteps of the val so happily commenced among flock” of Christ, which never dithem. Those Churches, in com- verged towards Socinian or Pelamon with ourselves, seceded from gian perversions of Holy Writ ; the corrupt communion of Rome; but believing that they were conand were, in a considerable mea- scientiously built, under God, by sure, guarded against defection in their revered fathers upon the doctrine, by the adoption, in sub- foundation of apostles and proordination to the word of God, of phets, Jesus Christ being the chief Scriptural formularies, in the corner stone, we earnestly pray main coincident with our own for the Divine blessing upon Thirty-nine Articles, though press- them; that whatever of "wood, ing a few points further than our hay, stubble,” has been heaped judicious reformers considered up among them, may be swept meet, or perhaps tenable. Unhap- away, and that they may be abunpily they lost that additional bond dantly enriched with the “ gold, of security, that safeguard against silver, and precious stones

of restless change, which we enjoy, pure doctrine and holy member. in Scriptural diocesan episcopal ship. government. We deeply lament It would be monitory and inthis; we lament it for their own structive, yet deeply interesting, sake, and for the sake of our com- to trace the history of the Pro. mon Christianity ; believing as we testant Churches of France, Switzdo that episcopacy is most agree. erland, and Germany, during their able to the word of God, and that early stages (or, in inspired lanit was the basis of Church polity guage, their “ first love,”) and established by the Apostles. But thence through their bitter persenot considering the rent as ex- cutions and ultimate decadence, tending to the foundation, so that to their present hopeful and rethese churches are not true viving condition. But this would churches of Christ, and may not require a volume instead of the be pure and flourishing churches, cursory pages of a magazine ; we we anxiously desire to see them re- will, however, allude to a few destored to the brightness of the era sultory particulars, leaving our of the Reformation, and lengthen readers to draw up a more regular ing their cords and strengthening sketch from their own studies. their stakes, throughout the length We need scarcely touch upon and breadth of their nominal the state of the Protestant Contiboundaries. We do not say, that nental Churches at the period of if, in throwing off popery, they had the Reformation, because that is been endued with the discrimina- well known from the numerous tion to retain episcopacy, they histories of that memorable era. would not be much more able to In the faith, the simplicity, the cope with the arguments, and to love, the endurance, the practical resist the aggressions, of the godliness, and the substantial Church of Rome, by whose hostile union and unity, amidst many legions they are surrounded ; nor minor and not unimportant difdo we doubt that a judicious at- ferences, of the faithful, when first tention to the testimony-not the emerging from the darkness of authority-of Christian antiquity, popery, which had for so many would have been highly beneficial ages enveloped Christendom, we to them, as it was to our own seem almost to be reading a new chapter of the Acts of the Apos- particularly rich in works of local tles. Whether we turn to the history and biography, from the memorable and devout deeds of pens both of Romanist and Prosome of the princes and governors testant writers. These copious whom God raised up to aid the stores Mr. Jameson was perwork of reformation; or to the mitted, by the kindness of the lives and writings of the many venerable librarian, to examine eminent divines who conducted and make use of; for which purit; or to the affecting annals of pose he was allowed to occupy an piety and constancy in private ancient cloister, and was supplied life which adorned it; we discern with every accommodation. The abundant traces of that extraor result is contained in the present dinary effusion of divine grace volume ; our notice of which we which it pleased the Great Head must confine chiefly to the acof the Church to bestow at that

count given of the never-to-beeventful period.

forgotten Jane of Navarre, the We have been gladdened, yet mother of the unhappy Henry pained, in having our recollec- IV. misnamed The Great; though, tions revived by one of the pub- had he adhered to the blessed lications noticed at the head of faith in which he was educated, this paper, in reference to one and acted worthy of it, he had corner of our Lord's vineyard, qualities which might have renwhich for a time yielded many dered him deserving of that title. precious clusters, and afforded The reader may be pleased to promise of an abundant vintage, be introduced to the present locatill the wild boar out of the forest lities of the scene. of ecclesiastical and political po

As I purposed making some little pery rooted it up, and left a waste

stay at Pau, I was led to look around which still continues, for the

me with more steady enquiry than most part, in desolate barrenness. mere passers-by either do or can do. We allude to the south-west The · Parc,' from its English look and

name, its delicious shade and range of provinces of France, where the

prospect, first engaged my attention. ancient kingdom of Navarre shone

A lovely tract of country lay before with the matin beams of the Re- me, with a brilliant sun beaming on it. formation ; till its own renegade, It was market-day, and crowds of Henry the Third of his native peasants, (the men dressed like Scotch

highlanders, the females like Welsh dominions, and the Fourth of

women, except the hat,) came pouring France, seduced by worldly am- along the roads, some on rough angularbition and false because unhal- limbed nags, (the women astride,) some lowed policy, cast off the faith of in ox-carts, and some in wooden shoes,

the exact model of a New Zealand his pious relatives, and became

All were gabbling their not the betrayer and opposer of that unmusical patois with a cheerful air. holy communion in which he had Every one, old and young, looked been nurtured.

comely and good humoured.'

“I turned to the left, and the anMr. Jameson, during a recent cient pile on the verge of the cliff was visit to Pau, the capital of the before me. It was the Chateau, where little States which once formed Marguerite de Valois had discussed the kingdom of Navarre, obtained points of faith with Calvin and Beza, liberal access to an extensive of the truth : it was the palace where

and acquired the then rare knowledge library preserved in the ancient (her daughter) Jeanne d'Albret (the monastery of the Cordeliers, and good Queen Bess of these regions) which contains many curious had reigned, after the model of King works rescued from the ravages in the sight of the Lord;' it was the

Josiah, who did that which was right of time and revolution, and is castle where Henri Quatre was born,

canoe.

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