Page images
PDF
EPUB

If they

how to distinguish between them, cannot readily enter into the difficulties which enquirers meet with from this confusion of terms. The majority of men judge things to be what they are called, without taking the trouble to examine for themselves. By a casual and careless reading of the Scriptures, they associate the church of which they there read with the term in daily use. read, “Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it," they think it means the Church of England ; and of the apostles - confirming the churches," that it it means Episcopal confirmation. Ought we to give any encouragement to this great evil? and yet are we not doing our utmost towards it when we give the title, not to all the people merely who assemble within the walls of a building, but to the walls themselves ? The difference, it may be said, may be explained in the pulpit. But why create the necessity for such an explanation ? first write on the walls, “ Congregational Church," and then explain from the pulpit that it is not a church! How many, too, will read the deception without hearing the explanation ?

4. It is inconsistent. It is peculiarly so with Nonconformists. It is inconsistent with their profession and their principles. What constitutes the true church of Christ, is the chief point of dispute between them and those from whom they dissent. The spirituality of the church or its limitation to regenerated individuals, in opposition to a mere secular, political, or denominational community, has been their chief distinction. In defence of this principle their fathers bad trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover, of bonds and imprisonment, and resisted unto blood. A number of persons possessing one creed, bound together by canon law, and strictly conforming to the same rites and ceremonies, they maintained were, on that account, a Christian church. A nation could not be a church. The Church of Rome and the Church of England were wicked assumptions. The name, we have seem, was given to deceive ; and in order to remove it as far as possible from its true meaning, was given to works of wood and stone. How comes it to pass that the same party which strenuously affirms that a national establishment is not a church, affirms that a material building is? A mere company of professing Christians cannot be a church, but a company of stones and rafters may be. Nay, the people within the walls are not on that account a church, but the walls themselves are. Is there no inconsistency here? We object to the use of the words regeneration, and priesthood, and sacrifice, and altar, in any other sense than the one to which they are almost entirely restricted in the New Testament; but neither of these is more inconsistent than our use of the word church. Where is the difference between the Episcopalian calling his baptism regeneration, and the Dissenter calling his place of worship a church? The former is not more remote from the true meaning than the latter.

5. It is needless. There are plenty of words in the English language and in ordinary use that would better answer the purpose. If the term church is needful, it can only be when it is needful to deceive, to conceal what our places of worship really are, and to give them the appearance of what they are not.

6. Might we not add, that such a use of the word church is profane? Think what the church of Christ really is, and how it is spoken of in the Divine word. “ The church of God which he hath purchased with his own blood.” u Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.” “He is the head of the body, the church." It is an habitation of God through the Spirit; the flock of the great Shepherd of the sheep; a company of those who are called and sanctified in Christ Jesus; a spiritual house, a holy priesthood; a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; new Jerusalem; the tabernacle of God with men ; the bride, the Lamb's wife. Is there not a sacredness, then, in the very name of that which is thus spoken of as next in honour and glory to Christ himself? Do we not, by giving that title to mere stones, profane the holy name by which we are called ? How shockingly profane the use of the words Jesus and Christ appears to the uninitiated when applied to separate buildings in a university! The use of church in a similar connection is not wholly free from the same charge, if Christ and his church are one.

We have stated our convictions thus freely and fully upon what appears to us to be one of the insidious and pernicious tendencies of Nonconformity in the present age, in the hope that it may lead some to discountenance a practice in which, for want of more reflection, they may bitherto bave seen no harm. Never was there a time in which the distinction between the church and the world ought to be more zealously guarded by us. It may be said by some, “ What is there in a name?" We reply, that names and things are too closely allied to confound the one without confounding the other. The ancient terms of theology are the ancient land-marks, and no blessing certainly will come upon those who attempt to remove them.

Reviews.

Gems of Song, with Music; a Hymn | Sketches in Water Colours: Series of

and Tune Book, for the Sunday School Temperance Tales. By TAPLEY and for Use in Families : containing WARD. I.O.G. T. Heywood & Co., Two Hundred and Six Hymns, and Strand. One Hundred and Sixty-five Melodies. Compiled by George Thomas What, in the name of Alpha, Beta, CONGREVE. Elliot Stock.

Gamina, Delta, and all the rest of them,

is the meaning of I. O. G. T.? Does it And all this for one shilling! It sur- mean, “I object to grog in toto ?" Our prises us that it can be done for the admiration of tales and sensational stories money. Mr. Congreve has devoted is not very great at any time, and we canhimself to the sacred song of the Sab- not say that we bestow much of it upon bath school with singular success. We this special specimen. Moreover, why anticipate that the unanimous verdict did not Mr. Tapley keep to bis tap? will be concerning this collection of song What need to have a fling at others ? and music, “there is none like it.” Let teetotalism be vindicated by all

means, but what need is there to abuse Wanderers brought Home: the Story of the Hyper-Calvinists, among whom the Ragged Boys' Home.

William there

some of the stanchest Macintosh, 24, Paternoster Row. teetotallers living.

We do not apThe interesting record of a work of prove of the opinions and spirit of the faith among the ragged boys of Dublin. Hyper brethren, but we are sorry to We wish the enterprise the richest see them or any other Christians misblessing heaven can bestow.

represented; it is a shame for a person

writing on a great moral subject to go The Cottage on the Shore; or, Little out of his way to imitate Dickens by Gwen's Story.

Religious Tract bringing in an ultra-Calvinistic Mr. Society.

Stiggins, especially when he is so little

acquainted with the Hypers as to make One of the Tract Society's best little it a fault that Stiggins preached too stories ; after the manner of " Jessica's arousingly to sinners. We thought that First Prayer." Maggie's mamma must Satan himself would never have accused buy it for her, and she will like to read Hyper preachers of this : their faults about the little Welsh baby who was lie in quite another direction. If our washed on shore from a wreck, and was author prefers water colours, we do not called little “ Gwen Evans.” The tale quarrel with him, but he may as well is full of the spirit of the gospel. use clean water.

are

serve.

The Mad War-Planet: and other Poems. / spirit. He modestly issues bis hymns

By W. Howitt. Longmans. for private use, and for this they are The poem on war pleads vehemently, doctrine and gracious in spirit. No.

best adapted. They are all clear in eloquently for peace. Would to God its voice could be heard. It ought to 37 is, we think, a fair specimen :call the Christian Church to do her “With thy counsel thou shalt guide

All my future work and way; duty as to war, and that duty plainly is

Let me near thee yet abide, to denounce it utterly and without re- Never suffer me to stray.

The following lines deserve the With thy presence bless me, Lord, serious consideration of all ministers :- Let me rest upon thy word. "Ye ministers, so named of Christ the Blest,

Give me grace to do thy will, The Prince of Peace, the Lord of perfect Love,

Be that will whate'er it may; No longer preach his word with hollow faith,

Make and keep me faithful still, But in its grand concreteness speak it out:

Let me feel thou art my stay; And tell your flocks that war and strife are

Glorify thy self in me, cursed.

Let me more devoted be.
There is no strife, there can be none in Christ! When the Tempter comes to me,
There is but love, and his are known by love; Help me to resist his power;
And to destroy and ravage are not love.

Let me thy salvation see,
Uh! had ye stood, ye heralds of the Lord,

Keep me in the trying hour. Planted in every parish, every church,

God of mercy and of love, And meeting-house throughout the so-called Set my heart on things above.

lands Of Christendom, and spoken out the word

To thy glory take me in, Of Christ's own truth as he has left it you,

Where I may for ever dwell, Wars had ceased utterly this thousand years.

Where I shall be free from sin, But ye have been made blind by earthly

And thy goodness ever tell. cre ds,

Glory, glory, O how great, And by school logic warped and stupefied;

This be my eternal state!" And have paid far more homage unto these- The Marrow of Dr. Thomas Goodwin's To canons, rituals, and gross ceremonies, Works on Divinity. Than to the central and foundation truth

By the late Of perfect peace, and perfect love of neigh

WILLIAM BIDDER. Robert Banks, bour,

30, Ludgate Hill. And perfect union of all mankind, Ordained by word and ratified by deed

A MONSTROUS title! Take a pint of oxtail Of your eternal King and lawgiver;

soup, and call it the essence of ten thouOr worse, ye have stooped low your well-fed sand oxen, and you will be as near the backs,

truth as is this title, when it acts as a Like Issachar, betwixt the puzzling burdens label to about fifty small pages of scraps Of this world and the other, and become Servants to tribute, traitors to your Lord.

from the cyclopædian works of Goodwin. And so this dreadful plague has raged The extracts do not seem to us to bave through time,

been made with any judgment; certainly And the world now demandeth at your hands not so carefully as to give in any sense Your brothers' blood through all these gene

or degree the marrow of such a deep rations. Rouse ye, then; stand to the eternal truth

and masterly writer. As the first Christians stood, and shout aloud • They who shall fight and slay are none of

Fuel for our Fires; or, Coalpits, ColChrist's.'

liers, and their Dangers. Religious And haste ye, for by multitudes already

Tract Society. The truth ye should have welded on the world A most praiseworthy book. Children Is being uitered; nay, the stones themselves will be much pleased and profited by And stiame you, if ye further hold your reading it. It is an example of a compeace.”

mon subject rendered entertaining, and One Hundred and Forty Original

made the vehicle for gracious teaching. Gospel Poems, or Hymns for Cottage Sermons. By CHARLES WADSWORTH, Services and Private Use. By San Francisco. R. Dickinson, 73, GEORGE WYARD. Nichols & Son, 11, Farringdon Street. Long Acre. Price 8d.

We suppose that these are great serWe greatly esteem our brother, who is mons; but they are not to our taste. as sound in doctrine as he is loving in | The talk is very fair, but too big.

The Practical Moral Lesson Book, | death in the tea-pot: Cowper's "Cup

embracing the Principles which, as which," etc.- everybody knows the derived from the Teaching of Scrip- quotation-turns out to be an awful ture and the Writings of the most cat-destroying fiend. We are sorry to eminent Authors, should regulate see such nonsense in so good a book. Human Conduct. Arranged and If the boys who are instructed out of adapted more especially for the use these capital class-books do not roar of young persons in schools and with laughter when they come to these families. Edited by the Rev. CHARLES 10,860 cats, they will turn out awful Hole. In three books. Book First, stupids. Our earnest advice to the Parts I. & II.Longmans, Green, & Co. editor is to let our tea-tables alone, or We have long wished to see such works if he must assail them, to do so without as these, and we very strongly commend the help of this American doctor and them to the notice of School Boards his 10,860 cats. and masters of large schools. The first

Original Sin: an Essay on the Fall. book treats of duties concerning the

By James Frame. Longmans. mind, and the second of duties concerning the body. Fathers would do well. We scarcely need say that we widely to make their boys read the chapter which are generally known as Morri

differ from the views here expressed, concerning chastity, where in a very

We see delicate, veiled manner a certain secret sonian, or Ultra-Arminian. sin and all other uncleanness is solemnly nothing in the arguments of the writer

either new or forcible, and could wish spoken of. The chapters on food, pure air

, light, clothing, exercise, opium, al- that he had spent the time wasted over cohol, and mental excitement are ad this volume in compiling another of mirable. We do not think so much of the those delightful expositions upon the warnings against tea and coffee, which Psalms, which we have on former occamight have been let alone. On tea there sions coinmended to our readers. is a passage more calculated to alarm Unleavened Bread; or, Food for the rabbits and cats than to influence any- New Life. By various Authors. body else. It is so amusing that we sub- Edited by C. R. H. Shaw & Co. join it :-“ Dr. Burdell, a distinguished Some very thoughtful and spiritual physician of New York, informs us that papers, which, with the unction of the he boiled down a pound of young Hyson Holy Spirit resting upon them, cannot tea from a quart to half a pint, and that fail to bless the Christian reader. three drops of it killed a rabbit three months old; and when boiled down to The Victory of the Vanquished. A Tale one gill, eight drops of it killed a cat of of the First Century. By the Author the same age in a few minutes. Think of

of “ Chronicles of the Schönberg that!" (We do think of it, and marvel

Cotta Family.” Nelson & Sons. that nine lives were so easily exting nished. From its authorship and from its We are half a mind to recommend Lon- attractive title and appearance, we andoners to put a little on the top of their ticipated a great treat in the perusal of houses to silence midnight serenaders of the this book. We have been disappointed. feline order.). "Most persons who drink The cloud which we hoped would retea use not less than a pound in three fresh us with rain, has only bewildered months, and yet a pound of Hyson tea us with fog. To our mind, the curious contains poison enough to kill, according dislocated style of writing adopted here to the above experiment, more than is ungraceful in the extreme. Delivered 17,000 rabbits, or nearly 200 a-day! from the mannerism which seils and And if boiled down to å gill, it con- disfigures it, the story would be one of tains poison enough to kill 10,860 cats touching interest and beauty; and we in the same space of time! Similar cannot but feel sorry that with such a trials with black tea and coffee were theme the author did not see fit to made, and the results were nearly the wield the same facile and fluent pen

There, reader, tea-drinking which gave us such masterpieces as reader, tremble for yourself and your “ The Draytons and the Davenants," rabbits, and your tabbies ! There is I and “Kitty Trevelyan's Diary."—M.W. Cousin Mabels Experiences. By Miss | Ashcliffe Hall. By EMILY SARAH Holt.

same.

E. J. WHATELY. Religious Tract John F. Shaw & Co., 48, Paternoster Society.

Row. Miss Wuately is sure to have readers A HEALTHY, vigorous tone pervades the whenever she writes, and these sketches of religious life in England will interest, book, and there is much of life in the

actions and events. The story is a and we hope profit, all who peruse them. We wish that those who profess to be description of incidents likely to have Christians would bring their religion to the authoress's hand has not lost its

transpired in the last century, and bear on every-day matters of homelife. This is the aiin of the book, and

cunning in describing them.-B. therefore we commend it.-B.

Ezekiel: and other Poems. By B. M. The Measure of Fuith.

By Philip T. Nelson & Sons. COLBORNE. Hodder & Stoughton.

We think we can discover the genuine In this small collection of sermons are

ring of true poetry in this little book. gems of the finest water. The one on If to be moved almost to tears while Christian Heroism is of the first order. reading, and to wish it were longer Long may Norwich be blest with the when finished, is any test of the power ministration of the author, and the of a poem, then there are some in cause of truth be served by his lip and this work which will come up to pen.-B.

a high standard of excellence. A Biblical Treasury. Vol. I., New Series. deep pathos and a plaintive beauty are Sunday School Union, Old Bailey.

manifest in many of the pieces, which One of the most interesting and useful have greatly delighted us. Perhaps the of the serials published by the Sunday minor key is too predominant, but every School Union. We need say no more. songster must trill her own lay in the It has already a large circulation, and notes God has fitted to her voice. It we predict for it a still larger.

will amply repay a perusal.-B.

Memorandu.

On the last day of the Annual Conference Friends will please observe that the we were laid prostrate by an attack of our amounts sent in for the Orphanage have very painful malady. It will, we fear, be been very sınall of late. God will supply our cross till death. We have been com- the orphans' need, but let not his people paratively free froin it ever since Christmas, forget. 1869 ; but on this occasion it came upon us On Monday evening, April 17th, the as an armed man, and great has been our Annual Meeting of the Colportage Assobodily anguish beneath its strokes. For ciation was held in the Tabernacle. The this reason, our personal work being sus- Colporteurs from Haroldwood and Sheppey pended, our notes are few this month. gave an account of their work; and Mr. J. How grateful are we that our dear brothers A. Spurgeon, and Mr. R. Shindler, of Eyand others are able to conduct affairs so thorne, made some excellent remarks on well in our absence. The Lord's name be the value of the agency. The report, which praised.

contained most interesting extracts from the We had a noble Conference - good letters of the colporteurs, we hope to be throughout. We intend printing three of able to reprint in our next number. God the papers then read. They were of extra- bas abundantly blessed the labours of our ordinary cxcellence. At our dear friend colporteurs in the ten districts already Mr. Phillips's supfer £1,500 was subscribed established ; and we long to be enabled, by to the College. Truly, the Lord has not increased subscriptions, greatly to extend left us.

our efforts in this direction. Our beloved friend, Mr. T-, on the first Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle by day of our illness, sent £250 for our work, Mr. J. A. Spurgeon :- March 20th, four. that our mind might be at rest. Herein is teen ; March 23rd, twelve. love. God bless such donors.

« PreviousContinue »