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WHAT GOD DO THEY WORSHIP?
A Hindoo youth, being informed by sacrifice to devils ;” and their wisdom a missionary lady that her friends in is turned to folly, and their affections America were not all Christians, looked become "earthly, sensual, devilish.” If in her face with astonishment. What they worship, in spirit and in truth, a God do they worship ?” he asked. holy, just, good, every way perfect God,
The heathen all worship something. they will be changed into the same For a human being, weak, frail, mortal, image, from glory to glory.” surrounded by the proofs of a power Reader, in a Christian land, this is which he cannot direct or resist, and your high privilege. Our God reveals feeling himself borne along in a move himself to your faith. He commands ment which he did not originate and your worship, invites your love, and cannot control,- for such a being to would requite your trust by purifying have no higher dependence than his and perfecting your soul. As a pledge own wisdom, and higher law than his and as the sure channel of his grace, he own will, seems monstrous. The Hindoo has given his Son. Do you worship and does not understand such presumption. serve him ? If not, what do you Some of his countrymen, indeed, have worship? Not the heavens and earth, been so far educated as to despise the nor the work of men's hands, surely. fables of their ancestors, but have not Is it the world,-its wealth, honours, accepted the Christian Jehovah as their and flatteries ? The world passeth father, or his Christ as their Saviour. away and the lust thereof. Or is it They are mere infidels. The idolater YOURSELF? repeating continually the shudders at impiety like this. He says sin of our first parents, who disobeyed that a man had better worship stocks their Maker that they might “be as and stones than worship nothing. gods!” What idolatry could be more He is partly right; he who does not wretched ? The Hindoo, bowing before worship is not more than half a man. the monsters of his fear, confesses his But men may and do worship objects own weakness, and so confesses a great that only make them worse. If they truth. The man who worships and worship gods whose character is all evil, serves only his own miserable self, they will become like the gods they utters and acts a monstrous falsehood. worship. And so says the apostle, “The The most degraded heathen condemn things which the gentiles sacrifice they | him.
THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN SYSTEM.
THERE is a unity, or rather a unique- of wisdom and of knowledge--it stands ness in Christian truth, an individuality, alone amidst the mental scenery which an isolation, a solitary grandeur which stretches in fascination or in wildness fires the imagination whilst it inspires around it, like some glorious mountain the heart. It has an independency which lifts its inaccessible summit to which is the legitimate consequence of the skies, while the lowlier hills lie in its extraordinary origin. It draws no homage at its base. We can but regard, light and gathers no strength from other therefore, that phase of unbelief which compilations of thought, other theories professes to consider a modified Christi
VGL. XV.--FOURTH SERIES.
anity as one among other agencies | duction to others better than itself-as adapted to work on to some ultimate an insidious attempt to conduct it to its result- -as a link in the chain of causes grave, with the poor pretext of attendwhich is to be prolific of an aggregation ing it with polite funereal honours.of effects—as an improvement on theories Mursell's Greatness of the Christian which have preceded it, and an intro- | Ministry.
The Triple Crown; or the Power, Course, classes have yielded to Rome's seductive
and Doom of the Papacy. By WILLIAM | influence. Her chiefest conquests have URWICK, D.D. Dublin : Robertson. 1852. been made in the higher ranks of English
society, among educated men, the pride The Perverler in High Life: a true Nar- of their alma mater, and the hope of the rative of Jesuit Duplicity.
London : church in whose bosom they were Partridge and Oakey. 1851. pp. 226. cherished. But however numerous the
converts may The Witnesses in Sackcloth ; or a descriptive
have been, and however Account of the Attack made on the Re- striking the display of Romish practices formed Churches of France in the Seven
and buildings, it may be doubted teenth Century. By a Descendant of a
whether the revived attention of proRefugee.
testants to the subject has not resulted Romanism at Home: being Letters to the
in much larger gains to the cause of
truth and freedom. Certain it is that Honourable R. B. Taney, Chief Justice of the United States. By Kirwan. Edin the long dormant spirit of aggression burgh: Johnstone. pp. 218.
on Rome has again been awakened
among the various religious bodies of That since the passing of the act of this country. Almost every sect turns Emancipation the partisans of Rome its organization to some good purpose, have made great efforts to enlarge the and puts forth its labourers into this boundaries of their church in this field. The press groans with books and country is an undeniable fact, and that tracts innumerable, assailing every acthese efforts have to some extent successible point of the Romish defences, ceeded, is equally true. Yet, if churches and painting for modern eyes the porhave multiplied, if monasteries and con- traiture of enormities which distance vents, with their various crowd of and time had veiled and divested of mendicants, passionists, benedictines, some of their most repulsive features. brothers and sisters of the sacred heart, It were easy to account for the gain minims, cordeliers, and ursulines, in Rome has made among the imaginative, innumerable array, have sprung up like There is always a large class of pershadows from the dim ages of antiquity, sons whose religious emotions are beckoning the student and the enthu- easily excited by a gorgeous and solemn siast to their cloistral solitude, if liberal | ritual, and the musical devotion of a donatives have been freely offered to sensuous worship.
The vast expanse win the lower classes to the sanctuaries of a cathedral is impressive to such of idolatrous worship, it is at least as minds; it invites contemplation, and certain that the abundant labours of seems to give infinitude to feeling. All Romanists have availed but little to thearrangements of such buildings incite proselytize the masses of our country- the play of fancy. Thoughts may cluster men, or to move them from their stead around the massy columns, and seem led fast love for civil and religious liberty. by the pointed arches they support to Converts have not been many from the high majesty of heaven. Every grinamong the poor. But few of the middle ning corbel, every carved monstrosity,
has its use; while the soft and thrilling human merit, and find in supposed pur tones of the daily service of prayer steal gatorial fires a more complete purgaaway the passionate aspirations of the tive from sin than His blood, which is soul, and bear them far from the strifes said, in scripture, to cleanse from all of time. That many who have been sin. It is, indeed, most strange that wont to take part in the service of the any who have once enjoyed sweet concollege chapel, should be attracted to verse with God by the alone intervene the more complete worship of the tion of the great Intercessor, Christ Romish church, in which the sensuous- Jesus, should now be induced to resort ness of religious worship is carried to its to saintly service, and to trust their utmost extreme, can excite no surprise. cause in the hands of inferior and mulTheir education, their early impressions, titudinous mediators, of whose compas all tend to such forms. To them worship sion they know nothing, and whose is nothing if it be not largely com- power to deliver is altogether supposimingled with the outward and visible titious. We wonder that thoughtful men symbol.
should take refuge in a church, whose But putting aside the imaginative, boasted unity is the oneness of a dethe fanatical, the thoughtless, and others spotic usurpation, and commit their salwhose adhesion to Rome may have been vation to the care of a priesthood whose determined by still lower motives, there claims of exclusive power to save deny is a class whose perversion is not so the words of him who said, "I am the easily accounted for. We have seen the door, by ME if any man enter in he shall children of evangelical parents become be saved." Yet such cases are not rare. priests of the apostate church. We Not a few of the best converts Rome have known men once ornaments and has made were trained in schools of preachers of evangelic truth abandon evangelic piety, and own for ancestry the pulpits of the establishment for the the names of men honoured in these monk's cowl, and the Jesuit's gown. A last times as faithful expounders of the elear sighted vision, and years of bold pure gospel, and large contributors to proclamation of the doctrine of man's that revival of true godliness which justification before God through faith marked the opening years of the cenonly, have not availed to hinder such tury. from yielding to the allurements of A reason for this may perhaps be the man of sin. It is no satisfactory found in one aspect of Romish theology, explanation to throw out a doubt of to which there is little that is analogous their sincerity, or of their true conver- in the teaching of protestants. Rome sion. If there be any eertain marks by has multiform ways of attracting to which a regenerated nature may be herself the hearts of men; and one of known, some of these individuals have the most alluring of these, to a certain borne them ; while the sacrifices they order of minds, is the means she prehave made of friendships, of position, of sents in abundance for the cultivation respect, and of property, testify to the of the highest forms of a contemplative genuineness of their convictions. and spiritual life. The greatest mas
Still, it is an anomaly not to be over-ters of the interior life, of the hidden looked, that men who have once to all life with God, peculiarly characteristic appearance realized the blessedness of of the regenerate soul aspiring after the man whose sins are covered by the high degrees of communion with the all-sufficient merit of the Redeemer's invisible, are to be found among the sacrifice, should mix up therewith retired inmates of the cloister. From them have emanated works of the pro-, shall realize its blessedness and its foundest piety, expressive of the deeper peace---its perfect peace.
“ So run emotions of the aspiring spirit. The that ye may obtain,” says the apostle. meditations of these recluses are not “ Fight the good fight of faith, and lay seldom found in the hands of the most hold on eternal life.” The race is an pious of protestant Christians, breath- arduous one, the warfare full of vicissiing as they do the purest sentiments, tude and danger. The world, in its the holiest attachment to Christ and thousand-fold forms of temptation, beGod, and revealing the sighings of the sets the runner's path. The flesh, with heart after fellowship with the Eternal. all its passions and sensualities, counAnd this because protestantism presents sels the pursuit of ease; while the but few manuals of the kind.
devil, with weapons of fiery temptation The object of this study is the entire and trial, strives to consume the enersanctification of the soul. The Redeemer gies of love. often urged on his disciples 'the need of The provision made by our popular frequent and earnest prayer, Luke xviii. 1. protestantism for the cultivation of the His own example—the entire nights in higher forms of piety and devotion is which he sought communion with God, but scant, if, indeed, it can be said, at were comments on the precept he gave, the present time, to exist at all. Few Luke vi. 12. The forty days and nights are the guides placed in the hands of of his sojourn in the desert, and the the people to instruct them how to live night of his passion, were spent in con- to God and with God. Great and laudtemplation and prayer. Paul, again able diligence is displayed in awakening and again, repeats this lesson; and conviction in the unthinking and carePeter adds his exhortation to "watch less, in leading the sinner to the atonunto prayer,” Eph. vi. 18; Rom. xii. 11; ing blood, in displaying the fulness and 1 Pet. iv. 8.
freeness of that salvation which Calvary For the manner of prayer, Jesus secured for the guilty. But where shall teaches us to withdraw from the obser- we discover equal solicitude in the vation of men. He himself withdrew popular teaching of the day for the into desert places. In the private spiritual welfare of the believer, and chamber the heart can pour out its his continued progress in the path of griefs, its aspirations before God. There, holiness and purity? Not that we would with David, it may meditate on the be understood as implying that practidivine nature, the love of God, the cal godliness is never insisted upon, nor compassions of the Infinite, the purity the duties of practical piety forgotof the Holy One, the sweetness of ten. These are often powerfully urged Divine friendship, and importunately and still further enforced by the conpress after their realization in itself. As sciences of the enlightened ; but we do the child of God by faith in Christ Jesus, miss the directing hand in this difficult the regenerate soul now desires to walk path, the kind monitor, the wise assistin love, to express, in every word, the ant. Duty may be fully set before us, love to God that animates it, to imbue but the how to fulfil it is wanting. If every thought with this element, to live prayer and the perusal of the divine a loving life with God and men. word be urged, and the duty of their
But this state of pure love can only be observance recognized, yet is there attained through many watchings and given no practical lessons as to the best many prayers. Conflicts of many kinds method of reaping the most advantage have to be endured, before the soul from these necessary practices of piety.