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THE

WESLEYAN REFORM UNION

MAGAZINE.

VOL. III.

“While desirous of maintaining the Connexional principle, we hold that all Local Courts
should be independent, and their decisions affecting internal economy final."

LONDON:
WESLEYAN REFORM BOOK-ROOM,

8, EXETER HALL;

AND MAY BE HAD OF ALL BOOKSELLERS.

1863,

LONDON:

PRINTED AT THE CITY CENTRAL PRESS, OXFORD ARMS PASSAGE, WARWICK LANE, CITY

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PREFACE.

THREE years have passed away since, with great reluctance, we undertook the task which we now cheerfully resign into other hands; trusting most sincerely that our successor will secure the whole of our staff of contributors, and add considerably to their number. After all, that which tends to lighten labor is success : in vain do friends praise our periodical, if the circulation declines. Both Editor and Publisher can stand up against unfavourable criticism, providing that the circulation enlarges.

The Three Vols. which are now before the public, if they do nothing more, will at any rate convey to future collectors of Methodist history a fair report of the struggles of the WESLEYAN REFORM UNION to maintain those principles of Christian freedom which have been abandoned by so many who once ranked among Wesleyan Reformers,

We now bid our readers farewell; and from what we know of the preparations for 1864, we think that the enlarged series will merit their support and recommendation.

Nov. 20th, 1863.

INDEX TO THE THIRD VOLUME.

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THE CHRISTIAN ESSAYIST.

PAGE
A New Song for the New Year

1
Worship

13
Separation from the World

25
Faith Imputed for Righteousness

37
Three Marks of the New Birth

49
What the Remnant of Israel did

61
Our Calling

73
The Pot of Oil

85
The Contrast

97
Total Abstinence

121
SHORT SERMONS.
Faith according to Abel

3
The Brevity and Frailty of human life

16
The genealogy of Sin

64
The Gentiles disposed to Eternal Life

87
The Never-failing Promise

100
Jesus Weeping over Jerusalem

133
OUR PRINCIPLES.
The Christian Ministry, 5, 17, 28, 36, 61, 65, 85, 88
Address to the Churches

129
BIOGRAPHY.
Memoir of Elizabeth Short

19
Memoir of Mrs, Susannah Heriman
Memoir of William Green

124
Memoir of Mrs Laundry

134
Memoir of John Boynton

136
Memoir of James Froggett

136
OUR MISSIONS.
Grantham Circuit. Derby, Brook Street.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Hessie

10
Kilham. Sheffield, Gower Street. Rotherham 11
Sleaford Circuit. Driffield

20
Middlesborough, Brigg Circuit. Cromford

Circnit. Bradford East Circuit, Sixth
London Circuit

21
Pudsey. Alford. Sixth London. Sleaford
Circuit...

33
Wibsey. High Wycombe. Liskearü

48
Wellingboro. Sheffield

53
Attercliffe. Retford. Wibsey

54
Rotherham. Wombwell. Greasbro. Warth.
Ellsecar

69
Retford. Grantham. Ashby

70
Bakewell. Grantham

80
Derby. Framlingham. Sleaford

81
Yarmouth. Glossop. Doncaster

91
Bradford. Barnsley

106
Ashby-de-la-Zouch

107
Middlesbro'. Northampton
Malin Bridge. Youlgreave

126
Three New Missionaries engaged. High

Wycombe. Denby Dale Circuit. Middles-
boro'.

138
Addingham. Wombweli, Rotherham. wol-
verhampton

139
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
Grantham Circuit. North Witham. Birming-
ham Circuit, Tipton

11
Sixth London Circuit. Isle of Wight

12
Liskeard Circuit

21
Sixth London Circuit

22
Walsall. London Circuit

34
Great Driffield

54
High Wycombe

55
Sheffield

57
Bakewell ...

70
Amalgamation or Non-amalgamation

71
Nottingham New Chapel

81
Doncaster Sleaford

82
Wesleyan Reform Union, Liskeard Circuit... 92

PAGE
Great Driffield

93
Bradford Circuit. New Chapel

104
Northampton Circuit

105
Sixth London, Hendon

106
Minutes of thc Fifteenth Annual Meeting of
the Wesleyan Reformers, held at Retford

109–120
Driffield New Chapel

127
Ministers in connexion with Union

1.8
Wesleyan Reform Union

139
American Local Preachers Convention 140
Manchester

141
Sheffield

142
OUR SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
Liskeard Circuit

57
A Dialogue for Sunday Schools

77
Sunday School Anniversaries

90
A Sunday School Address

102
TEMPERANCE.
National Temperance League

8
St. Keyne, Cornwall

70
Two hours in a Band of Hope Conversazione 83

CORRESPONDENCE.
Letter from a Minister

22
The Platform and the Most Suspected

22
A Reader from the first

71
The Christian Ministry

142
Hoist your Colours

143
LANCASHIRE DISTRESS.
Wigan, Letter from Mr. Oliver

18
Wigan, Second Letter from Mr. Oliver

48
Wigan, Third Letter from Mr. Oliver

71
Contributions to Lancashire fund

116
MISCELLANEOUS.
Life in Methodism

7
Reminiscences of a Minister

84
Poor Tom

35
My Christmas Holiday

43
The Event of the Month

45
Fussy Folks and Mishaps

67
The Southern Church and Slavery

69
Poverty. Happiness, &c.
Aniercian Methodism

93
The Lord's Dumb Child

95
Primitive Methodism. Finding Fauit

108
REVIEW AND CRITICISM.
The Temperance Congress

9
Two Lectures on the Wesleyan Hymn Book 9
Band of Hope Tune Book

23
Daniel's Vision of the Beasts. Better Times
Coming. Systematic Giving

47
Hirst's Dialogues and Addresses

58
Batty's Apology for Free Methodism

72
Rouse's Christian Holiness

107
OBITUARY.
Mary Nowbola

86
Brother Rowland

59
Sister Staff. Sister Lancaster

60
Mrs. Chamberlain, of Windsor

144
POETRY.
The Father to his Motherless

12
Water, Sparkling Water

24
I'll go and tell my Father

72
A Hymn of Praise

84
Why not to Night?

96
Good Night

128
0, Take me Home

144
My Jesus, I Love Thee

144

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THE

WESLEYAN REFORM UNION MAGAZINE.

APRIL, 1863.

The Christian Essayist.

FAITII IMPUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. When Paul declares, “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness," his object is not to depreciate works of righteousness, or obedience to God. There is an opposition ; but it is not in faith and works considered in themselves, but as means of justification. Works of righteousness follow the faith which justifies, and are needful to prove it genuine. “Faith without works is dead.” Paul's doctrine is, that works can never constitute a meritorious ground of justification. The death of Christ on the cross does that. Strictly speaking, the opposition is between works and Christ's sacrifice. But as faith “lays claim to His merit and takes for our own," it is opposed to works, as that which instrumentally procures our justification.

Man's way of getting salvation, as opposed to God's, is to earn or merit it by his own works, and to regenerate himself by the exertion of his own powers. God's way is to justify the sinner freely, by His grace, in consideration of what Christ has done in the room of the guilty. Man’s way secures the honour of salvation, if not altogether, in part at at least, to himself. God's way gives man the blessing and Himself the praise. In it He is the imparter, man the recipient.

Man truly wants a preparation in order to believe in Christ ; but it is not one of holiness or spiritual transformation : it is the perception and feeling of his lost condition. He wants to know the sin which is in him, and the sin which he has done, and then the cry of his heart will be, “ God be merciful to me a sinner !”

If a man could procure one tittle of godliness without Christ, possessing that tittle he would not be utterly lost and ungodly. Christ would not then be his Saviour. He came not to call the righteous, not those who had any righteousness of their own, but sinners. “To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted unto him for righteousness.

What then is the whole duty of the sinner, and for which he is held responsible ? It is simply to believe on Him who justifieth the ungodly. He believed in God as his justifier, and he is saved. But how can God justify the sinner without countenancing sin ? The cross of Jesus gives the answer. Their sin was punished in the Surety. How awful that

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