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of the whole race of man, received command, not been more reservedly consecrated to to offer sacrifices. It is true, that (like the the service of Christ. law concerning capital punishment) the Few pious young men enter on the sacred sacrificial command was afterwards em. ministry without baving grand and absorbbodied in the Jewish dispensation, which is ing views of the work : “Who is sufficient past; but then the Adamic like the Noahical for these things ?" O how we promised command had an authority quite distinct ourselves, and how we promised others, from that.

what great things we would attempt for the But to be serious, for this is a serious glory of our Master ! We remember our question, it appears to my own mind, that ordination vows, and weep. One young any appeal to the Noahical command, in man said, “If I should live to the age of order to justify the ler talionis which is Methuselah, every day shall be devoted to condemned by the spirit of our common the saving of souls; and if I had the wealth Christianity, is manifestly an outrage upon of both the Indies, every farthing of it shall the fundamental principles of biblical criti- be devoted to the cause of Jesus ;'' but alas ! eism.

how far short of this has been the reality. The few passages in the New Testament Perhaps this young man is only a picture of that the reviewer of Walter Scott quotes on half the young men who have entered on behalf of his cause need no refutation : the solemn work for the last thirty years. their own apparent weakness, when brought One hard student, when taking a review of to the support of the gallows, is a sufficient his life, exclaimed, “I have spent all my refutation. Much might be said concerning days in laboriously doing nothing." Others the inconclusiveness of certain parts of the are luxuriating over some beautifully written Review, which have no relation to the bib- book, while almost all the people outside the lical question ; but my purpose in writing | study door are going to the devil! O how is, merely to invalidate the correctness of much more might every minister have done the arguments built on the Jewish and Noah- | for the real welfare of souls, if his heart had ical economy. No advocate of capital | been more entirely consecrated to God! punishment, however brave he may be, will II. Let the ministers of the Lord weep have the courage to maintain that Genesis -because in our ministry we have not suffi. and Leviticus being removed, Paul and ciently depended on the Spirit of God. John will suffice to rescue the gallows-tree We have had solemn lessons on this subfrom the spoiler.

ject, from the Bible, and from our own R. W. D. happy and painful experience, yet we have

not profited as we ought. Our creed is

good-but our practice! We say that we WEEPING MINISTERS.

believe the prophet, -" Not by might, nor

by power, but by my Spirit, saith the "'T is not a cause of small import, The pastor's care demands;

Lord.” We say that we believe the Saviour, 'Tis what might fill an angel's heart, " Without me ye can do nothing." We say It fill'd a Saviour's hands."

that we believe the apostle, “The Spirit “ Blow ye the trumpet in Zion! Sound quickeneth," and we bave reason to believe an alarm in my holy mountain ! Let the 'it; for when he breathed on the dry bones, priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep !" they lived,--and when he knocked at the This was the language of the prophet Joel heart, the rock brake in pieces,-and when to the ministers in his day, and it is quite he touched the iceberg, it became a flame of applicable to us. Joel classified the people, fire. Oh, yes, we have seen it. Think of and no doubt it is right to classify. We feel that hardened and profane young man, who lost in the crowd; but make your selection, became a penitent, and then became a and then apply-the sword to wound, or preacher! Think of that sea-captain, whose the balm to heal. First take the elders, ship deck almost shook with his oaths, callthen the congregation,--next the children, ing his wife and children around him to and then the infants at the breast : but the pray! and, lastly, think of that self-righteous ministers are the only persons commanded merchant, who sat under the word unmoved to weep-wby was this? Was it that by for twenty years, pricked to the heart, and their sins of omission and commission they his tears became his meat for three days had been the chief contributors to the and three nights. Oh, yes, we ought to nation's misery, or that by their example look more to the Spirit. Experience proves and influence they should be the chief in that the men who honour the Spirit most struments in promoting a nation's blessed- are most honoured in their ministry. A ness? Perhaps both. But look at the warm-hearted and devoted preacher, who spiritual aspect of our country and see if works hard for God, and depends greatly on there are not five reasons why ministers the Spirit, is generally successful in the should weep.

conversion of sinners; and, after all, that I. Because our time and our talents have is the chief thing. Mr. Cecil once said, “There is a manifest want of the Spirit on See how they perish! " Broad is the road the ministry of the present day; I feel it and wide is the gate that leadeth to destrucmyself, and I see it in others;"--and who tion, and many there be which go in thereat." that sees and feels aright will not adopt the | And who goes out to put “the cross ” before same language! 0, let the ministers of the them, to keep them back? Who goes out Lord weep! What is the cause of our into the highways and bedges to compel having so small a portion of the Spirit ? them to come in? If they come lo us, well, God could convert a whole congregation in we will preach to them ; but who encloses one day. What hindereth ? He could come i "waste lands?” Who breaks up “ fallow down on our Sunday schools as showers that ground?” Who ventures on the regions of water the earth, and what hindereth? Is i the shadow of death, and originates a new it because the Spirit's aid has been so feebly field of labour, capable of employing and sought, so little depended upon ? O, could sustaining a pastor ? Who! Let the perishwe live more in the Spirit, and walk in the ing multitudes in our populous districts Spirit, and bring forth the fruits of the speak, and let the ministers of the Lord Spirit, we should see more of his mighty weep. working in the midst of us. Multitudes IV. Let the ministers of the Lord weep, would be added to the Lord, both men and because so much of their labour is lost. women.

No time is so valuable as a minister's Ill. Let the ministers of the Lord weep, i time; no labours so important as a minibecause we feel so little compassion for ster's labours. He works for eternity. Yet precious souls.

how few are converted under our sermons ! All the people around us will be saved We plan, we study, we read, we write, we or lost; if they are saved, it will be greatly preach, and the people perish; and shall we through our prayerful, active labours; if not weep? o, bow the silver-tongued tbey are lost, it will be chiefly through our ! prophet complained, “Who hath believed neglect. Paul could not write about some our report? and to whom is the arm of the of his old friends without weeping-and Lord revealed ?" Again, hear the lamentawhy? Because they were living an un- i tion, “ All day long I have stretched forth godly life. David could not look on one my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying class of men without saying, “ Rivers of people." This is the language of bitter water run down my eyes, because they keepi disappointment; and yet, if twenty, or not thy law.” And Paul's Master and forty, or sixty, are converted by a year's David's Lord was so touched with com labours, we seem quite satisfied. It is, passion for souls, that he laid down his life indeed, enough to call forth our praises, as a ransom for them. And are we bis ' for one soul is worth a world ; but we should servants, and shall we see the ways of Zion I never be satisfied while the larger half in mourn, because her followers are few, and our congregations are unconverted. O not come forth to the help of the Lord ? sinners! dear, unconverted sinners! our How ought a minister to be humbled, and neighbours and friends, you, you are the mortified, and ashamed to see an aged persons who trouble us. It is you who sinner sitting under his ministry for twenty make us weep. Your case is very alarming, years unconverted ! Perbaps he is amiable, and we do not feel enough about you. and benevolent, and upright; but the cita- V. Let the ministers of the Lord weep, del of his heart is shut up against Christ. i because they must appear as witnesses at He will not surrender to the King of kings. last against some who were their constant How deplorable his state !-yet who weepshearers, and perhaps their kindest friends. over bim ?

Brethren! we must give up an account Then, think of a young man,- educated, about ourselves, and we must give up our accomplished, talented, -- but he sits, like account about you. Perhaps there will be leviathan, covered with scales, and laughs nothing so overwhelming at the judgmentat the shaking of a spear. Oh, shall not my seat of Christ as the meeting of a minister soul weep in secret places over that precious and his congregation. Some will be his soul? It ought,-but, alas ! how few tears glory and joy; others will be condemned, are shed over young sinners!

because they believed not the gospel. Our These are the people who attend our connexion is not one of small importance. ministry; but think of the multitudes out. It must not be treated lightly. Think of side, who are perishing, and for whose con- i our meeting! See the Judge appear! Hear version no adequate effort is made. If it him ask the preacher, “Didst thou warn, were only one in a hundred who strayed, and invite, and encourage that sinner to call what should we do? Should we not leave, on me, that he might be saved ? ” “Yea, the ninety and nine, and go after that which i Lord, thou knowest all tbings, thou knowest was lost, and search diligently until we that I warned him from the pulpit, I visited found it? I suppose so. But it is not one ! bim at his house, and intreated bim to be in a hundred; oh, no! it is fifty at least. ' reconciled to God. He heard me, and wept, and promised; but he halted between two at last, we may present "erery man perfect opinions, and at last preferred the world to in Christ Jesus." Amen. Thee.” The sinner is speechless; his con. Wollon Tabernacle. R. KNILL. science says, “ It is all true.” The command is given, " Take him, ye angels, bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer

MISSIONARY COMMUNION. darkness; there sball be weeping and gnashing of teeth." And shall not ministers

To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. weep?

Dear Sir,-We are now looking forApplication.

ward to the annual meetings of our various 1. Behold the responsibility of the Lord's religious societies, among which none are ministers: “If thou warn the sinner and more interesting to a large portion of your he turn not, thou hast delivered thy soul; readers than those of the London Misbut if thou warn him not, he shall die in sionary Society. Will you allow your pages his iniquity, and his blood will I require at to be the medium for a suggestion in rethy hands." You ought to know this. It , ference to an important part of them, the ought to be perfectly understood by every | Missionary Communion ? one in our congregations, that an unfaithful It was a happy thought to close the series minister will be chargeable with the blood of of our missionary services by the joint par. souls ; and you ought to wish and expect, to ticipation of the Lord's Supper. That be lovingly and faithfully warned.

solemn ordinance appears peculiarly adapted 2. How much sympathy and prayer ought at such a season to enlarge our fellowship to be called forth in behalf of ministers ! It with the church of Christ, to deepen and is for your children they weep. It is for sanctify our missionary zeal by bringing it your partners they labour. It is for your into contact with our most precious perparents they pray, and shall they not share sonal hopes, and to lead us to renew in the largely in your sympathy and your prayers ? | presence of the cross our consecration to Follow up our sermons with your counsels, | the cause of God and man. The addresses and your prayers, and your tears. Let all by various esteemed ministers on these oc. in your house feel how tenderly you sym casions are well suited to produce these pathize with the minister.

effects ; and yet there is a circumstance 3. How churches and ministers ought to which I have reason to believe has caused co-operate in the great work of saving souls ? many to retire disappointed, after having Ministers sught to weep, and the tears of heard, and seen, and tasted, and handled, the saints ought to flow, at our mutual so much that was calculated to be in the neglect. Brethren! our own hearts con- 1 highest degree beneficial. It is, that little demn us. We stand self-convicted. We or no time is allowed to gather up in the have not united in this work as we ought. minds of the hearers what has been said ; 0, then, let ns wake up now, and see what and the sentiments of one address, however can be done.

important and salatary, are absolutely 4. If ministers ought to weep, and pious driven out of the thoughts by another

ministerial exhortation that immediately ought you to feel who are the chief objects succeeds it. Both may be equally excellent, of our solicitude? If the righteous scarcely but by coming so closely together, each in be saved, where will you appear? O, what some degree neutralises the other. The will become of you if you continue to neglect Missionary Communion is surely a more the great salvation ! O, ye young men ! solemn occasion than our other public meet. do not shut your ears to the voice of mercy. ! ings; we there especially meet the Great Hear the loving Saviour, “My son, give me, Master as well as his servants: but perhaps thy heart!" Obey the call; run to the when there are scarcely any of the intervals Saviour; become his youthful followers ; it of silence, which are afforded in the ordi. will render you happy now, and happy for nary celebration, of the Lord's Supper, we ever. O, ye young women! behold a bright i realize the presence of the ministers rather example in the youthful Mary, of whom the than that of the King in the midst of the Saviour said, “She hath chosen the good assembly, whose footsteps are most often part, which shall not be taken away from heard in the sacred stillness that is interher.” Many have imitated her example. , mingled with pastoral admonition at the 0, let us have joy in you all as followers of table. It is then that the scriptural inthe Lamb, that if we weep about you, it'struction or precept just uttered can take may be tears of joy. Ye unconverted old permanent effect. people! 0, let us have joy in you also, and I These few remarks have been penned, not let it be soon : “ To-day, if ye will hear his in a spirit of criticism, but in a desire that voice, harden not your heart.” Some of the object contemplated in this interesting your own age have sought and found mercy. / and hallowed service may be more fully Come, then, and trust the Saviour now, that I accomplished. Other impediments may,

indeed, stand in the way, but this is one sidered merely as a step to something higher, which probably, by a slight alteration in the they ask to be heard." arrangements for the evening, could be { "Three principles alone are at work in easily removed. There might be fewer ad | modern society," says La Voix Nouvelle, dresses delivered, or those given might be | “the sovereignty of intellect, or philosomore brief; and if we should thus have less phism ; the sovereignty of the priest, or of man and more of God in our convoca | Roman Catholicism; the sovereignty of the tions, it would be the very thing which our Bible, or Protestantism. It is impossible churches want.

to conceive a fourth element of civilization ; Trusting that the opinions of a hearer thus such an element does not exist : then those uttered will not be considered an intrusion above named constitute what we would call into matters which are in the disposal of our the social triangle. respected ministers.

“In our important periodical literature, I remain, dear Sir,

the first angle is occupied by infidelity in Yours sincerely, its various shapes-indifference, material

E. F. ism, scepticism; the second angle belongs London, April 13th, 1817.

to Roman Catholicism with its two chief shades, Gallicanism and Ultramontanism ; tbe third, the Biblical angle, has remained

empty,--we must fill it up. Let us explain EVANGELICAL PRESS OF FRANCE.

our views still more clearly. Every mornThe New Voice.-La Voix Nouvelle.

ing, when it awakęs, reading France is

appealed to by the defenders of interests, It has afforded us heartfelt pleasure to parties, ideas, systems of all descriptions, hear that Evangelical Protestantism is at waging war against one another, for the last represented in the French daily press; conquest of the present, or the direction of - Evangelical Protestantism, we say, not the future. Religion, politics, philosophy, Episcopalian, nor Presbyterianism, nor any industry, arts, sciences, everything is repreexclusive denomination but Bible Chris- sented, everything finds an utterance, every. tianity alone. Absorbed as our neighbours thing stirs about, under the full blaze of are in political discussions, engrossed by daily publicity, everything-except Protestquestions connected with the revenue, elec antism. For in this universal concert of toral reform, and international relations, we human passions and convictions, the voice look upon the publication of La Voix Nou of the gospel alone is missing. velle as a good omen,-as a token full of “In fact, scriptural Christianity, amongst import for the future. It shows that the our daily newspapers, has not one advocate; reading public on one hand are aware of the the periodicals are subdivided into two low state into which periodical literature is classes quite distinct, and corresponding sunk, whilst on the other, Protestants feel pretty well to the pbases of our history and the necessity of forgetting petty logoma- the tendencies of our own times, - the chies to unite their whole strength against Catholic journals on the one hand, the the combined forces of Popery and infidelity. infidel gazettes on the other. But we bave Among the most cheering signs of the times not one important newspaper of a pure we live in, we would certainly rank our Christian character, appealing solely to the conviction, which is spreading far and wide, word of God. that there is one bond for Christians of “Whether sciences, arts, politics, or relievery denomination-the gospel. Such a gion be the topic, Protestantism is conconviction had manifested itself in the tinually attacked, calumniated, caricatured, organization of the Evangelical Alliance; | scoffed at; a clever and perfidious hand is we see it once more bringing forth its fruits ever busy in pouring poison at the fountain by the appearance of La Voix Nouvelle. heads of public thought, in order that pre

The readers of our Magazine need not be judice and repulsion should stick to us, and reminded that Protestantism in France was, that the name of Protestant may become till the revolution of 1789, proscribed by nothing else but a disgraceful sign of oppro. law,- persecuted; and that the pressure of brium. Tbose men who are gifted with iniquitous decrees, enforced by the joint some degree of foresight, and whose thoughts machinations of secular and ecclesiastical are not wholly taken up with temporal authority, prevented the citizens from interests, watch anxiously the direction of weighing with calmness and impartiality the national feeling, misled as far as we are the different arguments brought forward on concerned ; they ask where that movement either side. By degrees, however, Jesuitism will carry us, if neglected in its growth ; has been compelled to abdicate; the French and their legitimate fears anticipate the day Protestants are restored to their rights as a when Protestantism will awaken with fettered political as well as a religious body, and now, hands and feet, under the insolent whip of feeling that negative concession must be con- ! a mediæval Popery. All Protestants, truly

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worthy of the name, are interested in the of all our countrymen. We shall just add, existence of a periodical belonging to their in conclusion, that the editors intend circu. communion ; those who do not wish to be lating it extensively among the Roman sent to prison for a controversial pamphlet ; Catholic communities, for whom newspapers those who feel indignant at seeing their are becoming more and more the sources of father's remains mingling with the dust of every kind of information. But to do this, the vilest criminals; those who would pre- money is necessary; and the friends of Provent young children from being carried away testantism in England may efficiently assist with impunity by priests ; those who would the diffusion of gospel principles on the follow an honourable career, without being ! Continent, by forwarding donations, in subject to the worry of stupid bigotry; favour of Voir Nouvelle, to Messrs. those who would procure for our poor a Herries and Farquhar, bankers, St. James's. morsel of bread and a bundle of fire-wood, street, London. Subscriptions, (21. 68. a though they may not be able to exhibit a year,) are received by M. M. Partridge and certificate of confession ; those who would Oakey, 35, Paternoster-row. shield a dying man against the conversions of a nun-whether white, black, or grey ; those who would, along with their rights as Protestants and Christians, retain their rights as citizens and Frenchmen ; those, in fine, FOR THE MEDICAL INSTITUTION AT who would be Protestant and free, Protest.

OXG-KONG. aut and honoured, Protestant and peaceful; all these have an interest in the establish

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Missions
Thomas L. Mackean, Esq.

25 00 to strike down deep in biblical ground,

G. Harvy, Esq., Dr. Alison, and other whose foliage will invite to its shade the Friends, through the Edinburgh Mis. whole Protestant family."

sionary Society La Voix Nouvelle eschews all party-spirit

James Matheson, Esq., London

Wright, Esq., Cheltenham in politics as well as in ecclesiastical ques- P. Robertson, Esq., London tions :

Dr. Conquest, ditto

P. Dudgeon, sen., Esq. Some people, many, perhaps, think it

Dr. Wilson, Inspector of Naval Hospita's impossible for a periodical to steer a middle

Dr. Taylor, Huddersfield course between radicalism and conservatism, A Friend, by ditto without touching upon one or other of the

Professor Quain, University College

i Robert C. L. Bevan, Esq., London subordinate isms which compose the poli. M. R. M. tical Archipelago. Yet the Voix Nouvelle, Miss Warford, Bath as far as we have been able to judge of its

Miss Isabella Wills, collected by

Mr. John Smeeton, Welford tone, seems to have solved the problem, and

Mr. Burman, ditto. it answers the question

Mr. Eady, ditto

Mrs. Pell, ditto “ Which king, Bezonian? Speak, or die!”

Mrs. Abbott, ditto
Mr. Ward, ditto

R. Macfie, Esq., Liverpool in terms such as the following : “ What Dr. Wilson, Brighton

T. H., ditto

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Mr. Price, ditto that a conservative, a radical, is necessarily Dr. Dill, ditto , ipso facto animated by those generous in- Mrs. Mackintosh, ditto tentions without which talent itself becomes

A box of clothing, &c., presented and

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for Ether Apparatus double evil springs the mischievous ideas so Chinese Association, London, for puractively at work amongst us. Let the world i chase of Medicines be once reformed by the gospel principles,

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ments as apostolical virtues spring forth from a Donation of the Medical Library of the society on the eve of moral dissolution, then late Dr. Williamson, per Widow, valued it will be felt that politics ought not to be reduced to a question of proper names,

Bend. Hobson. “their probity shall no more be called a niaiserie, nor charity a rhetorical dictionary."

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