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“ The Bible, I say the Bible only—is the Religion of Protestants."
EDITED BY THE REV. T. E. THORESBY, MINISTER OF SPA FIELDS CHAPEL, LONDON.
LONDON : KENT AND CO., PATERNOSTER ROW.
A PREFACE is generally intended as an introduction to a volume --but as very few persons keep their magazines to bind up, it is, in the present instance, almost unnecessary.
We regret that scarcely any of our space has been occupied by Reviews—we hope the deficiency will not be so marked in the coming year.
Our readers will be pleased to hear that at length we have obtained the help of a few gentlemen well able to write, and who are engaged to sustain our pages efficiently.
Advertisements are considered the test of a magazine. It is said a periodical will not circulate unless it has something in it worth reading—that advertisers will not appear in it if it does not circulate—and that, therefore, an increase in the number of advertisements is a sure sign of its progress.
If this be so, we may close the labour of another year with some encouragement. For although 1868 has been the worst year for tradesmen which, perhaps, they have ever known-our regular advertisements ar more numerous than at
But the great feature of success is, that we have more work to record, and indications of a still greater abundance.
Let all pray that God's blessing may rest upon it.
77 Important Openings for Preaching the
309 In Memoriam : The late T. Fisher, Esq. 274
Few Chapters from Froude. 50, 102 from the Rev. John Berridge, M.A. 25
206 Letters to the Countess of Huntingdon
335 Lewis, The late Mr. Alderman, of
New Year's Dialogue, A; or, How to be
347 a Successful Sunday-school Teacher 36
52, 78, 106
Obituary: Hodson, Rev. W.
290 Passage of the Nubian Desert - The
141 Pastoral Letter to the Congregation
183, 211 Pharisaism
289 Popish Riots at Manchester, The 269
102 President's Address, The, at the Annual
207 Proposal for United Special Prayer. 325
241, 279, 305, 333
118 Reports 28, 54, 80, 108, 135, 182, 234,
261, 291, 322, 349
213 Romanism in the Church of England :
283, 311, 336
183, 185 Tottington: Opening of the St. John's
227 | Tunbridge Wells and the New Church
21, 29, 69
106 Turning a Bad Thing to Good Account 219
281 | Whitfield, George, Á Visit to the
THE FREE CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE.
THE FENIAN OUTRAGE: ITS AUTHORS AND ITS
[Reprinted from the Christian Times.] A SERMON PREACHED BY THE REV. T. E. THORESBY AT SPA FIELDS
CHAPEL, CLERKENWELL, ON SUNDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 15TH,
1867. For Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.-Isaiah xxv. 4. Their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.- Isaiah lix. 6, 7.
We hope we are not intruding into a province which does not belong to us by entering the domain of outrage, alarm, and destruction, which lies at our very doors. A heathen once said, “I am a man, and whatever is human is not alien to me.” A Christian should not say less. We also hope we are not introducing into this place, dedicated to the worship of God, the preaching of the everlasting Gospel, and the brotherhood of mankind, a topic which will be found incompatible with either its purpose or its ministratious. You know the outrage which has made this a special service. The language of the text will, at least, be applicable to it“ The blast of the terrible ones against the wall” “haste to shed innocent blood.” An “ act of violence,” followed by “wasting and destruction.” You know to whom we apply one part of the description in the text; namely to the authors of the outrage. “ Their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands; their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood : their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity ; wasting and destruction are in their paths.” And you know of whom the remaining part is descriptive. They are “ the poor and needy in distress ;" they are the “innocent," whose blood has been shed; they have suffered from the “ act of violence,” and are “wasted and destroyed.” And you now know the order of our discourse. First, the outrage ; secondly, the authors of it; and thirdly, the victims of it.
1.—THE OUTRAGE. Only three days ago the whole neighbourhood was struck into alarm and