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face of the earth; and, moreover, it is And shall we not hope that there lawful for it to use all available means is something more than a casual for the extinction of Protestantism. coincidence in this parliamentary de
Now, then, we shall hear no more, velopment, just on the eve of a general we trust, of the changed and com- election ? Will not the Protestant paratively innocuous character of constituency, to a man, have their Popery. The liberalism of the age eyes opened to the evils against which has manifested itself most grievously they are called to exert their inin this channel; and all the sanction fluence? and support given to the endowing The Papists have publicly avowed, and upholding of the Papacy, have that they aim at nothing less than originated in the influence of this the entire extinction of Protestantism. spurious liberalism : “Popery is not Then must not the question be put what it once was—the Catholics of to every candidate for our votesthe present day are ashamed of the “Will you directly or indirectly give bloody deeds of Queen Mary”- your support to any measures which Thus, in high circles, as well as are proposed for the endowment or lower, we have lately been accustomed upholding of Popery, or for the reto hear men talk; and no wonder laxing of existing Acts of Parliament, that the result of such sentiments which at present protect our Protesshould be the measures adopted and tant constitution from its encroachcontemplated in favour of Popery. ments ?" But, now, we trust that the eyes of
such The times demand that every other mistaken liberalists will be opened, and matter should merge in this. No that by the announcement of the Pa- excellence of private character, no pists themselves: yes, and of those personal attachment, no unwearied who stand at an infinite distance from and valuable efforts in other imporJohn of Tuam, and have ever been tant objects must be allowed to inconsidered as the mildest and least fluence the choice of our future bigoted of our Roman Catholic representatives in parliament. aristocracy.
As Protestantism becomes extinct, We cannot but regard the rejection we may depend upon it the dearest of the Relief Bill, and the important interests, not merely of morality and debates upon it, as a bright ray
from religion, but civilization and liberty, heaven, indicating perhaps the mer- of every social and relative blessing ciful relentings towards our sinful become extinct also. nation of Him who has been pleased God be praised for the healthier with the penitent turning of His tone of public feeling for which we people; of Him who has all hearts in now see the materials so unexpectedly his hands, and can turn them as furnished; and as He has in mercy seemeth best to his godly wisdom, directed, we trust, the great councils and has thus marvellously turned the of the nation, so may he overrule the hearts of our senators, causing our movements of the approaching elecfoes to be our most efficient friends, tions for the furtherance of his own and thus laying a more sure and glory, and the best interests of the hopeful foundation for the establish
British Empire! ment and advancement of Protestant Truth.
LORD MORPETH'S SPEECH AT YORK.
It is not fair to deduce a public man's passage from the above named amiable opinion on a grave and solemn les
nobleman's recent speech at the antion, from some casual expressions in nual meeting of the Yorkshire Yeoa speech reported in the newspapers; man School, which we have read but, at the present moment, latitudi
We trust that either narian principles on religious subjects the report in the Times is incorrect, are so prevalent in high quarters, that or that we have misapprehended his we cannot refrain from quoting a lordship's meaning.
After noticing various objections to here in his enumeration, we should the Goverment scheme of education, not have made any comments on his Lord Morpeth proceeds to state, as speech. But he procceds, "unconhis own reasons for supporting it- verted by Rome;" and then come
" It is because I know that out of the words to which we peculiarly obthe pale of the church, beyond the ject: “I do not so much care to what limits of the denominations, there is fold, so that there was a hope of a vast destitute neglected mass, fest- teaching them that man is their broering in our streets and alleys, with ther, and that ‘God is love.'' every sight and sound of contamina- The three “ folds". to which the tion, choking the accesses to every noble Lord had just been adverting, sense, without any sense of duty to are, 1. The Church of England, 2. earth or to heaven, upon whom no The Evangelical Dissenters, and 3. word of instruction ever falls—upon The Church of Rome. And the whom no breath of love ever settles- concluding remarks would seem to these unclaimed by Lambeth, unknown imply, that Lord Morpeth does not to Geneva, unconverted by Rome, I so much care whether one of the poor would invite-I almost wish, I could outcasts of whom he has been speakcompel to come in—(Applause)—I ing become a Protestant or a Romando not so much care to which fold, ist, provided there be a hope of so that there was a hope of teaching teaching him that “man is his brothem that man is their brother, and that ther, and ‘God is love."" "God is love." "-(Renewed applause.) A code of divinity so meagre
That there are such forlorn out- would be assented to only by a casts as Lord Morpeth describes, is Socinian. The grand doctrines of alas! too true; but it is not correct to Redemption are wholly unnoticed : say, that the Church of England were such outcasts taught nothing does not claim them, as the words else than a cold sentimental divinity “unclaimed by Lambeth” would seem like this, they might become more to imply. If the noble Lord will re- enlightened in intellect, but just on fer to the Church Pastoral Aid So- that account the more remote from ciety's Report, he will see how God. The Gospel of Christ must earnestly the Church longs to ex- not be diluted, not be kept in the tend the offices and instruction of background. True morality can be religion to the most destitute districts founded only on the Gospel, and no of our country, and that she is with- theory can be tolerated by a Christian held from doing so only by the want which implies their independent exof pecuniary means. The fault is not istance. There must be no sentithat of the Church in neglecting to mentalism on religious subjects. If claim, but of her members, who will the Gospel be true, then every prinnot supply the funds to enable her to ciple in religion or morality must be claim with effect.
regulated by a strict recognition of By “Geneva," we presume are its precepts. What God has ordained symbolized the Evangelical Dissen- of chiefest importance, must never be ters; and had the noble lord stopped placed in the background.
DR. CANDLISH. The following passage occurs in Dr. able practicable difficulty in the case, Candlish's speech on the Government from the monstrous anomaly that exscheme of Education, before the Free isted in England, namely, a church, Church Presbytery of Edinburgh, on which, according to the constitution, the 7th April. After generally ex- must of necessity be recognized by pressing approval of the scheme, he
any government as Protestant and proceeds to say, as reported in the Evangelical ; but which, in point of Scotsman newspaper
fact, according to its practical work“No doubt there was a consider- ing, was on the side of Popery, very nearly, if not entirely. There was a episcopal order and liturgy; but he similar and corresponding difficulty can have no such objections to the in Scotland, only less in proportion Scottish establishment. The Free to the infinitely less power and Church and the Establishment use smaller influence of the Scottish precisely the same formularies, the Establishment."
same discipline. There can be noWe believe Dr. Candlish to be a thing, therefore, in the standards of good man; and we quote the above the Establishment which the doctor passage from his speech, only to ex- considers as shewing a leaning to press our deep regret, that he should Popery; and we never heard of any act have made remarks so justly offen- of the Kirk authorities, either before sive to members of the Established or after the secession, which could Churches of England and Scotland. by possibility be twisted to support a
We, of the Church of England, charge so grave. are at a loss to divine to what Dr. We will not quarrel with Dr. Candlish refers, when he speaks of Candlish for telling us our faults. the “monstrous anomaly” which he The Church of England no doubt imputes to us. Is he referring to the has faults-as every church has—and Tractarian party amongst us? Then we will gladly listen to a Christian why impute to us collectively charges remonstrance from the doctor, or any which belong properly only to a one else of our Scottish brethren. But small, though active, portion of the let the remonstrance be made in calm church? We defy him to prove that and temperate language. Let it be the Church of England “is, in its founded on well authenticated facts, practical working, on the side of Po- not on vague and sweeping generpery, very nearly, if not entirely.” alities. Let the doctor recollect that We cannot call these expressions other he is not merely a minister of the than calumnious.
Free Church, but a member of the But, if the Church of England has Catholic Church of Christ: and if he reason to complain of Dr. Candlish's believes us to be his fellow-Christians, expressions, what are we to think of let him treat us as
ch, anxious their intense and undeserved bitter- indeed to correct our faults as a friend ness as applied to the Scottish estab- and a brother, but not to expose and lishment
abuse us as an enemy. How can the doctor, by any pro- Oh! for more of the spirit of love cess of ingenuity, fix a charge of in the church—the spirit of tender, favouring Popery upon the establish- considerate Christian charity; from ment in Scotland ? He may, as a the want of which, theological conconscientious Presbyterian, as troversy has too often become a bybelieve him to be, object to our word to the world.
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THE CHRISTIAN GUARDIAN,
CHURCH OF ENGLAND MAGAZINE.
THE LATE REV. CHARLES SIMEON.
Mr. Simeon having accidentally heard that a friend had made some remarks upon his habit of giving expression to his religious feelings in “sighs and groans," as if it indicated that “all was not right in his experience,” drew up the following paper :
CIRCUMSTANCES OF MY INWARD EXPERIENCE. “It is now a little above forty years, “ With this sweet hope of ultimate since I began to seek after God; and acceptance with God, I have always within about three months of that enjoyed much cheerfulness before time, after much humiliation and men; but I have, at the same time, prayer, I found peace through the laboured incessantly to cultivate the Lamb of God who taketh away the deepest humiliation before God. I sins of the world. About half-a-year have never thought that the circumafter that, I had some doubts and stance of God's having forgiven me, fears about my state, in consequence was any reason why I should forgive of an erroneous notion which I had myself; on the contrary, I have always imbibed from Mr. Hervey about the judged it better to loathe myself the nature of saving faith. But when I more, in proportion as I was assured found, from better information, that that God was pacified towards me. justifying faith was a faith of affiance, (Ezek. xvi. 63.) Nor have I been and not a faith of assurance, my peace
satisfied with viewing my sins, as men returned; because, though I had not view the stars in a cloudy night, one a faith of assurance, I had as full a here and another there, with great conviction that I relied on the Lord intervals between; but have endeaJesus Christ alone for salvation, as I voured to get, and to preserve conhad of my own existence. From that tinually before my eyes, such a view time to the present hour, I have never of them as we have of the stars in the for a moment lost my hope and con- brightest night: the greater and the fidence in my adorable Saviour; for smaller all intermingled, and forming though, alas ! I have had deep and as it were one continuous mass; nor abundant cause for humiliation, I yet, as committed a long time ago, have never ceased to wash in that and in many successive years; but as fountain that was opened for sin and all forming an aggregate of guilt, and uncleanness, or to cast myself on the needing the same measure of humitender mercy of my reconciled God. liation daily, as they needed at the
very moment they were committed. And at the same time, I have such a Nor would I willingly rest with such sense of my acceptance through a view as presents itself to the naked Christ, as would overset my little eye. I have desired, and do desire bark, if I had not ballast at the botdaily that God would put (so to speak) tom sufficient to sink a vessel of no a telescope to my eye, and enable me ordinary size. This experience has to see, not a thousand only, but mil- been now so unintermitted for forty lions of my sins, which are more nu- years, that a thought only of some merous than all the stars which God defect, or of something which might himself beholds, and more than the have been done better, often draws sands upon the sea-shore. There are from me as deep a sigh as if I had but two objects that I have ever de- committed the most enormous crime; sired for these forty years to behold; because it is viewed by me not as a the one is, my own vileness; and the mere single grain of sand, but as a other is, the glory of God in the face grain of sand added to an already acof Jesus Christ; and I have always cumulated mountain. So deep are thought that they should be viewed my views of my corruption, that I together, just as Aaron confessed all scarcely ever join in the Confession of the sins of all Israel whilst he put our Church, without perceiving, althem on the head of the scape-goat. most as with my bodily organs, my The disease did not keep him from soul as a dead and putrified carcass ; applying to the remedy, nor did the (Isaiah i, 6.) and I join in that acremedy keep him from feeling the knowledgment, 'There is no health disease.
in us, in a way that none but God " By this I seek to be, not only himself can conceive. No language humbled and thankful, but humbled that I could use could at all express in thankfulness, before my God and the 'goings forth of my soul with Saviour continually.
those words, or the privilege I feel in “ This is the religion that pervades being permitted to address the God the whole Liturgy, and particularly of heaven and earth in these words, the Communion Service; and this Almighty-and most merciful makes the Liturgy inexpressibly sweet Father.' to me.
The repeated cries to each Hence, then, my sighs and groans person of the ever-adorable Trinity when in secret, and which, when for mercy are not at all too frequent least thought of by me, may have or too fervent for me ; nor is the con- been noticed by others. And if the fession in the Communion Service too Apostle Paul so felt the burthen of strong for me; nor the “Te Deum,' sin as to cry, 'O wretched man that nor the ascriptions of glory after the I am; who shall deliver me from the Lord's Supper, ‘Glory be to God on body of this death?' (Rom. vii. 24.) high,' &c., too exalted for me; the if he, who ‘had the first fruits of the praise all through savours of adora- Spirit, groaned within himself, waittion, and the adoration of humility. ing for the adoption, to wit, the reAnd this shews what men of God the demption of the body;'(Rom. viii, 23.) framers of our Liturgy were, and yea, groaned, being burthened, what I pant, and long, and strive to (2 Cor. v. 14); who am I, that I be. This makes the Liturgy as supe
should not so feel, or so express my rior to all modern compositions, as feelings; or that I should eyen wish the work of a philosopher on any deep to be exempt from them? So far am subject is to that of a school-boy, who I from wishing to be exempt from understands scarcely anything about them, that I wish and long to have it.
them in a tenfold greater degree ; and “ The consequence of this unremit- as already in my daily approaches to ted labour is, that I have, and have the throne of grace, and in my solicontinually had, such a sense of my tude, and in my rides, it is in sighs sinfulness, as would sink me into utter and groans that I make known my despair if I had not an assured view wants to God more than in words, of the sufficiency and willingness of for "He knoweth the mind of his Christ to save me to the uttermost. Spirit speaking in me;' so I desire