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   Charlottesville Union Christian Intelligencer (Newspaper) - August 30, 1858, Charlottesville, Virginia                                 VOLUME XV.--N. S. NO. 17.  ClIAirLOTTESYILLE, YA., AUGUST 30, 1858.  S2 IN ADVANCE.  THE INTELLK^ENCKll  IS CONUL’OTEiJ »y  -A.. 3S.  AN'I)  GoÌo3Qa.«tix-  ö. S. ALLK^f Jk €0., 1‘iUNTKns.  T«0nty-Slx 1%’umbt‘is CompriKCv tllC Volutili'. Nfijtaptr flúcfittiinucii ttnhl itll arrtanig^^h paid    Advertis<-innU.< of u niiilaLle  churmUr, imerlcil at m j>rr tquarf (12    /i^r  three inti'rtions—26 cciljn fvr cvern Mihsrqiii^nt ina-r-Utrn pfr»qniire, hÿ thé i/tafA,  ' IN \-AIJ D lu    2^  in conHuloriu^4 luvUior tliC: net oi the kcs-hion iu reoeivinji tlio .sixtor froiu tlio riirit;-tiaii Ciuuvh. without uthilr or further h\\y tisiii, fhi' Counulttoo atul Presbytery Siiy •' In an ago in which tho ovangclical ohurch of ('hmt, though holtliiig the same essential trutlis of ‘ one. lunly anti one Sj>irit, even as 'wo ai*<5 called in one hoju! of our calliiJ!,% one Lonl, one faith, one baptisui, one (!otl and ij^ather oi all,’ is yet ibiuul existing in yeve-rul Hoctions, and tinder distinct organizations, and ii) summndod also by A'arious un-evnnge-lienl and anti-,cvangolical sects, no qucstioji can arise of greater iniporfiinco than that of the “ signs of tho church,” and on what credentials a body calling It.sclf ehristian shall , be it'.u'ogni/.cd a:^ a part of the, trtie Yinible chur<nt of Christ. And when in the provi-deneci of God this question nieet,s ub as a Presbyteiy in ^ho ordinaryconr.se of business, ^Yo .should prove ourselves unfaithful to our duty as a court of, Jcsns Christ, if wc shraTik from a candid cxpre,s.sion of our judg-incnfc upon it. In the opinion of your Committee, the Ohurcli Session in this case,; misled by wrong view-s of what Christian cour-.tc.«y and charity Tequired of them, gave jm ; erroHOOus judgment.”  Upon this paragraph we wish to make the following remarks: ' 1. , The |^-esbytery  Thoy claim for tlvo Old Scliool Presbytonan Chiirch, whom thoy represent;, th^t she is a » part of tho true cvangc’.ical dhureh of Christ,’' whlcU is composed of all the f^ovan-golicnl sects> 3. The evjangclical church is S found existing in several sectionsf, atid under  ■    distinct orgauizatioiis, all agrcoiijg in tlie es-seutials. 4, This evangelical.b^ is surrounded by other religious bodies, that are un-cvangelical. And 5, ^ They-decide that baptism! performed by our brethren is iuva-  ■    lid, aiid^hat therefore thie Christiau church is un-cvangcliciil !  We shall i notice these itenis iu the order wo have nc^ed; them above. And 1. Thoy claim to bo a Court of Jeyus Christ! Now if < they are right in their pretentloug, ^-oe is us! They have dcddcd, that we are all uubaptized, and tliat wo constitute no part of the true visible church of Christ. And from this judgment wi2 can take no appeal, provided 0vcy- are -vvhat they claiiii t<i bo, a Court of .tesus Christ. But docs their Ktindards bear  urile.ssithey (;iui he previiiled upon £<j u.-e the i.'t V-? which th ry hu!d, aiid open the hinp-cloiii of lie.'ivftti to ii.'i, and rcinit our sin.«, wo aro p.ia^cd rocovorv ! W:is it not cnicl ti> (.’onsip’ti tbiOf ,hundred iliousiiiid prufcN.sor« uf reiigtiHi, who bclii'vc wh.'it. (3ad has said, and ai'p trying to i/licj, uinii.s.cviiiniianduioiiis to thcivei'3' ht.Ht of thuir ability, to overla.st-. ii)g pofdition, Kimpiy bccause tliey tliinic iti.s betteiUojobcy Gud than man ?  Bui wi) thank God thattlie day has pa.sscd  j    I    i  away when Bulls of exconununicution issued froni iluiMo pr J)aiiville, oan di.sturb the peace of lin'telligent •Christians.- They regard ui) ,sueh pretensions with pity; and only pray, “Father, forgive them, fur they know not wliat they do.” A court of the Old School Presbyterian Church they may be"; but a court of Jesus Christ never ! The i’rtiphkit says : The governmoht .shall be upou his shoulders." ; And th(i offkers oJ his chiuroh have cot power to make laws,but only to execute thoisie Tuihich he ha.s already made.; , They havcl no power to forgi.e and retain |sins ! Cod alone can forgive sins !— Such pretensions then on the part yf the J’resbytery arc sinaply ridiculous ! 2. The claims of tho Presbytery tliat the Old School Presby terian Church Ls an evangelical .sect, and that all tho sects that agree iu. what they call the essential truths, are also' evangelical sects,and that existing under disliiict organizations and names, and in several sections, yet all taken together constitute the true evangelical church of Chriiit, ¡h worthy of a moment’s^ittention. If nemo of the sects come into the family of evangelicals, excopt those that agree in tho great es.scntial. doc-triuc.s set forth in the Presbyterian ‘‘ Stand-ards,’’ we fear the number of the elect W'ould be email indeed ! No sect in christcn-dom agrees with th>'! Old School Presbyterian church iu the doctriue of •'God’s eternal decrees,’' /‘lileTition and Reprobation,” “Effectual calling,” &o., unless it bo tho old Calviiiistio Baptists; but they differ so widely from them on baptisnv that they utter-Ij ro[mdiato and re]i;atlniant church mem-.  baptism at all.  Then it is evident that noBapti.st church can come into the evangelical family upo the test put forth by the Committee ; though thej may agree iu some things,^yet the difference is so grcat-that it cou.stitutCK a ‘groat gulf,' so lixed between the p.artie.9,; that thoy icau not pass upon terms of equality.  But what is a sect ? It means simply a faction or hercKy I Pr. Wjlie, President of Indiana University some years ago,and while yet ft Pi-esbyterian 1). I>. wroto a book entitled ‘Sectariauisna is heresy.’ Wo commend this-book to tho attoution of frho I^rcsbytcry and Coninjitteo, and ospeoially to lioy. S. Kobin.son, D. I). We need not tell the Presbytery, as w'c presume thiiy know, that it is the same Greek word that Ls trausluted in the common vcraion, both “ heresy '' and ‘‘sect.” A scct then is. a, faction, led off from tho true church by the teaohing, of false doctrines-by “heretics.” To talk, therefore, about “evangelical sects,” is the same as to  them out in claiming to be a Court of Jesus Christ? We turn 'to chaptor xxx. of the say “ovangelical he reties” or heresies ! And Confcssiou of Faith, and under the head “of    Paul classes “sects” or‘<here-  chm-ch censures,” we find the following:  «The Lord Jesus, iisi ¡king and head of the ohurch, hath thorein alppointed a govcrn-numl in tho hands of cliurch officeri;, distinct from the civil mas^^rate. To these officers the ki'vs of the kingdom o;f lioaven are committed, by virtue whereof i they have powor respootivoh' to retain and remit ,-?ins, to shut that kingdom against thciimpenitent, both by did word and pensurraj to open it unto pc'nitent sinners by tho ’ imiuistry of Ihc. go.s-pel, and by absolution from con.surc.s, as ocea-Kîcrn shall mjuire.”  In making the.so lofty'; pretentious then, tîiey doUot stretch t’ifcinsblvcs beyond their .jncîtsurc ? For according to the Confession of Faith, as the office bearers iu the clmrch, they hold the “ keys of the kingdotn of heaven.” And of course what they “ bind on earth is bojind in heaven: !” They can remit fiins ! and also retain sins ! They can oi>cn  sics” which mean the same thing, and is the same word in. the original, with “'idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, yarianco, emulations, wrath, strife, seditious, on:v:yiDg8. murdei.«, drunkenness, revelings, and such likcj” and assures us that “they that do such tliing.s shall not inherit the kiitgdoai <^f GvdiV It would’be just as good styise then iotalk about “evangelical idolatry,” “ evangelical witchcraft,” “cvungelioal dj.uukennoss,” or “cvangclical murders,” as “ cvangclieul Rect.s.’’ But wo shall not press this matter now, as wc .suppose the Coiumittco uses the term “sects,’ in some other scn.sc than the scriptural .sense. But we must be p'^ruutttd to say that tho position is false, and utterly devoid of any ftiundatiou iu the word of 0:od..    ' I  The oncjibody of Christ does not exist in sections, w  or (diurch. 'I'hitrf are, no doubt,many pious and gor/d ri>li;.ritniis per.sons iu all the douum-iiKitioir.-, but no jnan can .shiHiV that a.« organizations-, they are branches of the one true c'huroh of (.’lir'i.st, Kach individual Christian is a hnuieii; hut there are no branch .sects! ,7e.-n.s .said to the di.scijiles, “lam tlio vine, ye are the branches,” As an individual, I c];uni to be a branch, but do not belong to a brunch or >-cet, but to the ‘church of the living (¡od, the pillar and suppovt of the truth,” Ciiriiit has but one church on earth, and it has no branehe.s. It does not exist now, *or at any other time in sections and distinct organii’.ations; but it is a glorious body, “fitly jyined together,” in a diviue orgauixation, of which Jc.iU3 Christ ia the head. But thi< wc sh-jll show more fully in nnother place.  ” 4. . Those dcnouiinated “'un-cvangelical,”' wb suppose aro sinjply all'tho.se churches who • do not agree with the Preiibylerian church j in the essentials, a.S'set forth in the confes* sion of faith. If this be correct, then are all un-evangelical who do not subscribe to the five points of Calvinism, as fouud in tho stiindarJä^of that chUrch. This will exclude every Protestant deriomiuatioD, except, perhaps. tho Prcdcstinarian Baptist, and they are excluded by their exclusive immersion, and rejection of infant baptism ! Tho New School Prcsbytoriaiis can hatdly come in, for though they ackiiowledgo tho Btimo standards, yet they-interpret thcin so differently fnr.-n tho Old School, that it -was thought proper to arraigii Rev. Albert Barnop, a few years ago, before the High Court of. tho Church, on a cluuge of here.sy, because ho could' not believe and teach the' Ics^tial truth, as Xindoriitood and taught !in tho Old: School courts; and he WiisfoUöd guilty/¡’we believe, and a^ he could not retract, he' -Was condemned as fa hcrotic. V The views he entertained and which ''■were condemned as,. hetcrdodox, are the viey?s’ now entertained by the New School-'party.'— The Old School party, wc Fujjposo, ^nU ¿oi-  now admit that Albert BarueiLAiyMbfei^öw •»'CtiWt'WtftttTTTrarc-^cc-'ori-nua'DxT'^^ it •  thoy should, they must rulmit' that as ,i ■ “court of JcstiHiClirist,” viiiub tln-^ elnitu , to be, they committed a greatblun.der wlien they turned them out oi' the evangelical familyl'No wonder tlten that theysi?em..J;c>;be so much alarmed at the influences that surround them froni those whom they style‘un--evaugclioul.’    •  5. The,Presbytery decide that Baptism performed !by our ministers is not valid, -because, forsooth, wo are un-evangelical I But frpm this dociision wO tako an appeal, and sliall a.skan intelligent eominunity to reverse the decision, and set aside the judgment.^-And we know that thoy will do it. But the main argument of the Committee under this head, is drawn from the Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, Form of Govern-, ment, X>ircctory for Public Worship,’V&c.-— No retVrence whatever is made to the word ' of God ! The argument then amounts to just this, and uotliing more. . Tho Christian Church does not receive our Confession of Faith, and is not organized according to onr “ form of ehtirchi government,” and aro not governed by 'our directory for worship.’ No church fc;m be evangelical that thus rc-' fuses our “staiuiarils,-’^ therefore the baptism administerod by I lie injui-sters of the Chris-tiau Churcli irf invalid ! Upon the same ar-guinoiit there i..; no valid baptism performed out of the Presbyterian church !  But when and how did the Picsbyterian standard,« become a test of orthodoxy ? And whence do her ministers derive their ‘official standing and grace,’ that makes all their act.s valid'' It may be a little amusing to look at their genealogy. It is generally agreed we boUevc that the Presbyterian  claim for Calvin and his associates that thoy received their official grace from tho hands of the corrupt and bloody Bishop of liomo ! They must then have received it from tho Koformcd Church', who, withoutany authority from Ivome, have set up for thcmsolvos ; then those who called and ordained the first ministers of tho Presbyterian church wore unofficial persons. And as .no stroanj can rise higher than its fountain, it follows that Drs. Robinson and Breckenridge, and their Clerical brethren of tho Old School have no “official standing,” or “grace,” excopt what they derived from unofficial hands. Thoy are compelled to admit this conclusion, or fall back upou Rome for official graco ! Then according to their own argument, their own baptism is invalid ? Wc suppose tho Com-niitteo will hardly ^laim official standing from tho act of Parliament, passed, in tho times of Oliver Cromwell, establi.shing the ' Presbyterian system !  ^ Tho fact is, that no Protestant church can claim any official standing or succesBion from tho Apostles. Tho chain was broken when the grand Apostacy occurred, about the sixth coiitnry, whqn “the man of sin” was royeal-i od in the church, in the person of the Bishop of Romo. All true Reformers go not to tho Bishop of Ronie,’but to tho Lord Jesus himself, as head of ,t¿e church, for all tho meedful authority to organizó ohurolios, preach the gospel and administer tho ordinances. We, do not even go to Gonova, .Trent, Westminster, or Transylvatiia, to get official gfapo, or obtain a niddel for tho church, but to the wqtil of God aloce.^— Witli Giad’á? Word its a text of standing tind < tfue órtKotJó'xj', wc' árc' perfectly willing to •-'l^’tribdl^";-    '  iiVe^ciaiVti    faith—tho  * faltK biic^' d'ellvefcá to tfee' saitits,'’ not at ' Westminister ífáil," but Christ and his 'Aposájas at ‘ Jerusalem'. The Jérüsalóm c'hurclji^is' ó'ui:' taódél^ and wo claini to have m 01 i/.tiou after that divino pattorn.  " 'V'-''    ’ '....."  and shut the kingdom of heaven, as “ occasion may require’. If then the standard i.s right, they arc indeed a “ Court of .) c.su.« Christ,” andH vory high and terrible court, profound!}' to be rcvcronced and obeyed, and greatly to be feared! If they are a court of Jesus Christ, a.s they. chiiifl" to be, then their judgment-s are infallible and irrevot a-ble; (heir-dcci,sh)ns are all bound in heaven '■ Thoy have censurcd the Christian (Jhurch f under tho name “Reform or Campbcllite i <'hurcii,” and have decided, as a c&urt of ' Jesus Chiist, that we are out of the. true : church, unbapti/.ed herctics, and unfit to i come to the Lovd',s table ; Tli';s we are cut , off, and perhaps our sins are all retained; for ; thoy claim to have tho power to do this, and i  earing diÜeront names aud di,'<-tinct orgaijizatiuns. The X’re.sbyterian,Episcopal, Methodist, ]]aptist and Lutheran bodies, as such, cannot be branches of tho same body. 'I'he very fact that they have separate and distinct organii'.atioiis, different “signs” and “staiidardis” of laith, aud v.’car different names, show them to be ludepeu-dent bodie.s. Every one kno^vs that tho Old School Prc,sbytonau churiih is entirely ¡independent of the Bapii.st ehureb, and could exist and carry.on all itn operations it tho Bnp-  tuv . > ' Jiug. As to tho bride, the lumb’s wifef ' i church miist wear the name of her hüsTjàlîd, if she wbiild hotjof him. Wc ac-TknowiolSgo the laws of. Jo.'ius (!hrist mudò knbwû to the'chùrch in his word, aa perpet-ükÙÿ fclnding upon us, and wc repudiate as of nb , authority air tho laws of Seasionsi Synbdsj Presbyteries, Councila and Conferences, made to bind the conscienccs of mòn, and for teats of foïlôwship and communion. The cliurch thus organized upon tlio foundation of Appstles and Prophets, is prepared to cxecnto its high mission.-r-liy the word of God and the ohurch as an organisth, God balls Uis ministers to laibbr in his great vineyard, whose duty it is to “pro-cluiin tho unsearchable riches of Christ, and baptizbthe believers. ” : And sneh ministera called and ordain ed have all the ‘ official standing necessary , to eon&tituto their acts, perform od in the name of Christ, valid.  No liei can be valid that is not performed in tho name bf Jesus Christ, and no act can performed in his name that he has not authorized, as king and head of thecliürçh. And as he has cbmmandod onjly 4he "baptism of believers, we baptize no others. And as the law of baptism commands immersion, wo practice imn^orsion, and reject every thing else as no baptism at all.'— John Calvin, in his‘Theologietil Institutes,' says: “The word baptize (baptizo) signifies to'mmcrse ; aud it is evident that im-mcrsibn was the practice of the primitive church.”  Editou.  rharch had its ^enu  the Helvetic  tist church wa,‘U)iutted out. And they c«uld do the same, and ptirliapb to better advuntaue if all tho other Proi;o.siant bodic.-i, and Cath-die too, -n-ere anuil.ihitud. .Thi.s proves tl'.ut tbuy have no mutual ilepciuleiu -.i ujji'ii each_other, and therefore the a^suuiptiou is false, that they are branches of the ono body  Reformers of the 1 Gih centuries,-who were followers of th;it dlHinguishod reformer, Zuin'.^le. . Calvin was oue of thorn, and.soon distinguished hiin,sc;lf as the niosh learned aud iulluential Doctor iu Switzerland, after tlie death of Z:riiigle. John Calvin is generally called t’se iathei' of the Pro.sbytorian chureli, us hj orgi.iuiziid the Gonova church upon the Preibyteriau model. Theod-)re Beza and Joh;i Kno.': were co-laborer with Calvin in e.stabli.shing Pro.sbyterianisin. The Helvetic chureh, '..s well a.s the Lutheran eiiureh, Wiis conueiiiued as heterodox, at lirst. And •vve a.-ik, wliat was Calvin, Beza, or Knox’.s “lifiitiai slandiug,” that made their adiuini.'.trali'.in of the ordinance.s valid ! We aiiMWcr, th-'v d<-rived it cither from the luiuiibl’. elmri-h, wIid.so communion, they had left, or fr<.)!ii il had no oiiu-ial  CHRIST’S CHURCH IDENTIFIE!  No. 2.  riiuri;]) lit Geneva, who iliiig excrpt what .slie de-  dc  nvi'd uwi-cT.ly u\>  Jiu the Bcriptures.  We suppo.ie that Dr. Robiusou will not  “Upon this rock will 1 i>uild my Cburck.” Are we to understand that Peter was this rock?'—or does Jesus intend to say, upon myself—upon the truth which thou hast confessed, will I buiJd my chureh ? We doubt not, the latter was his meauing. ^  Wo arc informed by linguists, that a correct rendering of the pas.sage under consideration woiild be as follows : “'I hou art stone, or a little stone, (petra) and tjpon this rock (petroH) will I build my ohurch,” That this rendering is correct, and that Jesus did not affirm that ho would build hi.s church upon Peter, is, to our mind, quite certain, not only frotu this rendering, but from the tosti-umny of other scriptureH. The church wa^ “built upon the foundation of tho apo.«tles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief corncr .stonci^’ “Behold I lay iu Zion fora founduiiou, a frtoiie, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure fouadatiou;. he that be-lieveth shall not make baste.” Peter, in tho  sewnd chapter of his first JSpUüe, opplies this scripture to Christ.' And P&ol, in tho third chapter of the firçt £pÍ8t|le to, tUo Co-rinthiuna, saya: “QtUor foundation, can no man lay than that ia lajid, which is, Jesus Christ.” These several aieriptures show with. the most satisfactory eonduflivecosa, that Jesus is the rook, the foundation of the Christian congregation. Hence, when P«ter made “the good confession,”—when he r^d,:*UTiovx art the Christ, th«^^on of tho Hvibg God," Jesus pronounced a benediction upon - him. He had, indeed, confessed thslt' oárdiñal, that axis truth upon which the’Iwliole evan-golioal system would turn,—a trúth fio oora-prehensive and momentous, that, without the hearty belief and confession of it^ bô the part of thosb to whom . the gòspól was preached, there could be no «alration:  Saying, theni that the acriptuKil éobahip of Jésus Christ is the grand foundation ttnth of Christianity, it becbniea npparbnt t»by it was, thafViot bnl/Peter obnfeasèd^^ der to recavó tlie benbdictioii of JeiHis, K&t : why nil ottíérs wro reqüiréd tjb cbtìfe^ it ¿8 one of the cbnditiona to be áübiÍQÍtted to in order to ndmissibn iûto the Church of Ohrijst, and a participation of all thè pritilogèà of * the rei^n of líútnánueL - ‘ '  That this bbbibssion was indiap'finaablé in ; thè ápbstolic agb, ia evident froin « déèlara-tibn by Paul, in thé tenth chaptéir of the E-pîstlè to the Romans^ ‘‘The rigbt^nsneia which is of :fòith Ipeakèth in tW ^iao that if thou ebalt confesë tiitb; tlly^iùòtótb . the Lord Jesu% and sbalt believo in-thy heart-that (îôd háe(»%áiáéd tííín dead, thou = slûilt be-ta'fèdi’ W with heart uiaii believetK'untb rigîitbôusnêèsii aàil ■with- the nïbuth confession’ is> uíádb* añto'M-'■vatlonl’’ -''- ' ■    ■■■:■;'î _  Thbsè who; believed in tbeir bcartà'%bà;t God ’raised Jfiôus frbm tho*'dcady bbUûved i also in bia sonshipV fór “he WM- dèrfared tb bb the son íctf Gb'd wth ^bwier byítho resttr-rcction from tb6’^doadV''~àWd^’68nyëi^tténtly, that bo 'waa tliòòKiclè ôfUlib fathei^^'the trub  ple^clothcd with au ‘ authorifylü ïHiilVetr-and on earth", to bè believed and obeyed àù ail things; " Thé * confession of bolievera, ; therefore, ia à isblbmù àyoWali'not only of faith in Jesus, put of á disposition to bbeÿ bini in all hia ;cbmmanduieiit8. Snob the apostle baptiifed; and aftbir^bapitisin admitted into the church.  “Let every tnan,’^ eáys- an- Apostle, “take bend how hb bùilda tbereupon.” Jeaus is the grand ïtiastèr btiilder. He has laid doíín . all the iailcs of spiritùâi àrchlteottiré, i)i.BC-cordanbb with whlcíi, this supcirb ^niple, the church ia to bb èreçtc^|; He baa'bveü^ done inorb than this; he has presented a niorfcí cto«'c/»---^tho chtirch at Jerûsalem I He hte siioWn bbth in and iiv irfectî; the spiritual dimensions to which eVerÿ inàteriàràha^^ bo Éèduced in oirder to ita admission intotKîp heavenly b\iiidiûg. Hè ìias donó àU thiìi^ well ! But nòw wè press the eniphatiò qüèa-ti¿a-l^iW hat sort of a church wai tliia modèl church ? Have the many Üio^a^^ tariaii churches boon built .áíftw thià tnodoï? It is certain that they have nbt. ; they been, they would al} hayo beçn like thii mbdeli and if likV tbeímbdeÍB other. We see,, hpwever, , an endless^ d^^^ sily binong these cliurclics(;    Î»àva all  more or less added to br subtracted frOnl-:thb torins of admission into Christ's churcli^^^ And, they htiye added to, or aiibtractod frtm, the laws by which the niemborB of Christ*» church were to be governed. And they htíVe called their churches by names ünauthorizèd by the Head of the.church. In other words, the workîuen, the prbachefs,.who aro commanded “to tako heed ifbw they build,” have fallen upon tho materials which Jesus crcated for his church, and, in a great measure, regardless of the model—regardless of tho examples of the apostles, who wrought by the dictates of the Holy Spirit, under th^ immediate supervisión of some of tho commandment« of jChri^t essential and others un-essential ! il^vo cut here a mortice, where there sbpiild iayo. been a  tenon, aud there a tenon, wheri^-th^b shou^  luive been a mortice; fio that wban iUl ^ materials aro attempted to bo brbuglit toother, from the hands of geetarian workmen, they can in no wiso bo made to fit into;“tht^ Iiuu.'jO of the living God," and the best that can bo don« with them is to sort , them for “shanties,” Reader, you inu^t not think me .severe ! Jjct tho truth be told, though the heavens fall, ! I mu.st uso plainness, of speech. 1 mu.Ht tell you the evil that yo^ may .shun it, as well n.i tho good that you may persue it. And, I do vorily believe,  ' that tiicre i.s more difference between thé I diui'ch of God, as it would have cxisteCiií this age, had it-not been lor tho baleful of-feota of soctariauism,. aud tho boat Qhurcb in  cbriatendom, not built aAer this model, that there ia botweeu tbp aujpetb.aidNasWquand the miaerablo hoveM Forsectiriaabm is a bouse divided against itself I It '¡a a kingdon^ torn to pieccfl by^diyifljana,* ^t^f «    of  factions, tutbijagiheir'bnok«^upQn-tb(».c(Mn-nion enemy, and,cfifpoadliigailkAttieir energies for the destructiott' ofibiirb’anothcr!“^  THE CHiltSTIÀi^  . ■■ , -■ /-•Ur/-. nU‘.rrr-M  BY S. M. BARNi:S*  Tbeìrci is a deep fèelibg bf Ibte eonie» over thè cbrifiti^n’s aoul, as ho viewa thè charac -ter of tbè Mé^tab; and lie can bùt éxclaim, ol), that ^o wero ¿o)pe lite jWé jpoaàeéaéd inbr«J bf bis !màge.* But i,fwe ■ piresa forwìstrd thè prbaiiie< 19 «iiro ; ¿bàli aèe tbe'king inbia béauty. Howthéiiibu^ht lifii butsouì from earthly tbinga, wben wo think of that homo jDi^jpared fbrlbe iiii^ì^fnl. jLet iis Uve.inore pnrii<—letou7 ¿on^vbriiattòn Wè' ùioreof lieiLVen-*~let uia ìiiy ■ 'aaldé^^Very wèight, and tho sin wbkh dótK'  ÙB, jand let u» run with p<itieàcè wtóe tbat ifi Sét'ia flet^èÌTore ila; ' Ì*èÌWobi.cb^|^ tbs tbingà of bairàv, vrbib^^ inùst^perisÀ ài^d coinè to nau^ì^ bai ibi aìj liibéBtnticé incorrnptiblè^^iiùd^re'd^^' 'aiìd that fadeth not away, reseife^ìb^eafbb^^^ ¿11 tbé fsitbfuri Wé iviìl resi welt iber^; after bar Ttbilsomb joarney tbroagh thia worTd-^tìb more peViiobatioii, no mdrii painj ; ab more tcars Wshed,^ortbey will allWwiped onr èffàf ^0 bb;  ibo ^fetófblétì* iaii orjretàif]  fe)Bd^#t^bfitKl^fruit<i^ìc^|^ro:^  lidé ò*f ^t'^afid thèirÉ aballliè ij(i mói«  but thb'thi^o òf àiid bf;=^^ jÉaMi  sRàll J)b in it, and bis sérr^ànta^sliàÙ feWé  himi*'* Ànd thère Wé wiU walk  tsf tSe iièif J^iSiae^  góld Jr- tìiéré ÌB tio liébd bf thè snii 'ther^  ther bf thè mbbiìj fbr tbe^glòi7 ^bf ótii!: :Gbd  Ìb' th^rój hnd tbè ijàtbb ià •tbéiiijglit tfebirb-  ''O i'^:bÌra8cd”bo®tòo^  -Whistf shall- #bi'«nièi^ìnf    '  Ànd diink bf^lifet’ò |nire àti^niW ■ ■'^TheFsun^'wb/sÌÌèil^  ' Ñbriiíobní'tMíÍiW^    ^  For tbbglbrjfr of otó(jod‘^    ^  And tbirlíám'^ excludes What a theme ! ’ jHoè HFlo^e to dwell on ita cbknns, tb ¿nów tbát%bén wb aré- donb with the trials vf'^^tbe p^ent life, tbefb is' prepared for us a bome^ the beftáties of which, cannot be deacri&od by mortal tongnc; for ft baa wvM    l^rt qf  man, the tbin^^whiob ora prepared'for tbos'b who ioyo the Lord. Wbat would tb| chris-tian exchange for the .hope of heaven Wo uld bo take all this world contains^? No, be would scorn the offer } 'you would hear him Bky^ take all, take my friends who are very dear to mo ; but leave pe that hope which is, as an anbhor of the iB0uI,..b0th sure and atcadfaàtl &ndiwhich^ter^b. into tbat within the vail jUoaye mo,. thíi-^ííbQpej ' that when 1 ahall.-pas.i thrdughi tbe chilling valley of death, thatiJeans will be iny friend; tliat I «11811 be welcomed by tbb.^jbbst of : heaven' into thè beleaiiU coutte of-immortiU glory ; w.itl? tbÌB bijipet-ind.  happy, and dib^ iréjoicingsib the promise: of a blessed eterii/ity beyond the dark confines of the tomb. But hoperstops not bere, the grave will not ulwáyá bold tus; ’in the morning .of the resurrection,jrhen thè loud notea of t^ tifuinpet shall píocígim to. tl|e ing dc^d tbat it is .time to arisft ;- .tKi| m.ust conic. ÍPorth to meet their .. if U is onr happy lot to come .fbrtK, c^b^^d in the hafeiiiments of ctcrnat love 8|id gto^, aiid to ascend to meet our Saviour, .wiÚ¡, i(f not he a glorious triumph ? ; H w gtóljr will we cxuhangc the cold, damp ^ joy the fresh breezea that e^nMè- ífbP t^e rivers of life, and to pluck the ever-l^loom-ing flowers of «tcrnity that nevet,fti8e. Will, it not be sweei to meet with thp«« who b%yo gone before uà to that bettor land ?. Tlje prophets and the aptpstl« viUl bo there—^c*, SUB our elder brother .will i>e there, and^ wo will praise God oiir f ather, tbrouRb countless agM ete^ni^ ,deatb, tlie last je^emy, will bo oonqueredrTit cannot outer thai tam i ly circicr-ítá power ia gone—it biui b^ea ken away byijthe Son of.God^  Ouf eyes no more will close in death,  Wbtou we are callcd on bigh,  The pale grim monstei bolds no power. Beyond the bright blue eky.  “ No man can tell,'* aays Hbnry Wafd Bceohor, ^‘whether heist rich or poor,=by tur*i liing to his ledger. It is the beart that make* a man riob. He 1« rich or p<wr acoQfdl,!^, to what he ia, not according to what be has.  A bit bf good truth In that, Beécher, although ninb.teñthh of tho world don*t bo-lieve yon. Tho almiBbty dollar ia conaidercd Ño. 1 still, and wiil be forsotQOitiittetQCftiBe.  It ia the ooiy. God m y«t woinhvp'ped.  A   

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