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theless I sympathise with “ Christianus" in rence to the Scriptures and the said arguments, his remarks on the general view taken of this come to the only conclusion it appears to me case in the present day. What Christian does I can. The case of Philip and that of the Sanot deeply lament the deception and delusion maritans brought me to a complete standpracticed constantly, in bringing forward the that of the latter especially : for if the hands case of this malefactor, as presenting a ground of the apostles were necessary in this it of hope for sinners in their last moments, and appears to me they must have been necessary thus dismissing the souls of unregenerate men in all. The only exception I know of to this into the presence of their Maker with a lie rule is that of laying on of hands op beiug apupou their lips, and without any qualifications pointed to any particular office in the church. for the engagements of the heavenly world, Paul says to Timothy, “ Neglect not the gift

that is in thee, which was given thee by pro[We are of opinion that the penitent thief phecy, with the laying on of the hands of the might have heard of the baptism of John, and presbytery.” Again, in giving directions to even himself been baptized, which are not at Timothy, Paul says, “ Lay hands suddenly on all improbable (Luke vii. 29); or he might

no man.” these two passages have reference have been present at the baptism of Jesus, and to the practice of laying on hands on the apwitnessed the extraordinary mauifestation of pointment to any office in the church, they the Heavenly Father which, on that oecasion, certaiuly cannot have reference to all the mem.

bers of a church. attested the divinity of his mission, “ This is my beloved Son, in whom I delight.” John

That there were practices peculiar to the came to prepare a people for the Lord, and as

apostles and to their day, no one who has jumen of his character would be certain to be stituted a fair comparison can, we think, deny. present at the popular assemblies which attend. For instance, where do we find the anointing ed the proclamations of this distinguished mes

oil now used as efficacious, except in the Rosenger of the Saviour, it is not unreasonable to

man church, with its “extreme unction” and conclude, that the dying malefactor had heard pretended miracles. Everything that the aposof Jesus, if he had not actually listened to his tles attempted to do, after they had received teaching, while pursuing his marvellous career

power from on high, they did ; and whatever on earth. The inscription which, by the au

they commanded to be done, was of equal thority of Pilate, was placed on the cross in force; therefore, if the apostles laid hands on three languages, “ This is the King of the any for the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Jews,” might awaken former impressions, and Spirit was given, and it was known that these carry conviction to his conscience. Whether persons had received it. Simon Magus, when these reflectious be just or not, we know that he saw that through laying on of the apostles the Saviour never practiced the least deception hands the Holy Spirit was given, offered motowards any one, and, as this dying criminal ney that he might have the same power. Peter was evidently made bappy by the promise of showed him his error in supposing that the Jesus, we believe that he was pardoned and ac

gift of God could be purchased with money. I cepted, and that he will be found among the think it is a fair inference, that if the apostles saved and glorified at the resurrection of the only had or exercised this power, that it was just. -Ed.]

confined to them. I do not see the force of my friend S. S.'s argument, in the laying on of

hands being coupled with baptisms, &c. as a LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA.

proof that they must now be united. They

each and all applied to the persons to whom ADELAIDE, July 29, 1856.

the apostles wrote, aud to have left either of On the receipt of the last two' numbers them out then, when the apostles actually and (March and April

, 1856) of the Harbinger, I unmistakably had conferred the gifts of the parposed writing a few lines in reply to S. S. Holy Spirit, would be as great an omission, as on the subject of "the laying-on of hands now to contend for what no one has the power after baptism." Previous to my leaving Eng. to do would be superfluous. If any one has land, our friend addressed a few kina words to the power to conter the gift of the Holy Spirit, me on Christian subjects, alluding, among or the authority to do so, he ought by no others, to that of laying on hands after bap- means to withhold such a blessed gift. I feel tism, desiring me to give this subject an im- assured that this is a very different case to that partial and scriptural consideration. I did not of baptism. A disciple could preach and teach, reply to this letter, but have frequently thought baptize and pray, and do many other things in of sending a few lives to the Harbinger, giving the days of the apostles, which they can now do my candid view of the matter. As to the argu- if necessary; but we find no instance, neither ments pro and con. which have been advanced then nor now, of their possessing this power previous to those contained in the numbers of of giving the Holy Spirit. the Harbinger above referred to, I am quite Baptism will be valid so long as there is the ignorant; and have, therefore, with a refe-' word of God, a pepitent believer, water to im

merse in, and an immerser. So is it with the union of heart between us, but a united effort blood of Christ. He hath by His oue offering, in the cause of our dear Redeemer. “perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” I have little to report in the way of proAnd lastly the word of God, which contains the gress, except in the preliminaries of our buildknowledge of salvation, is of the same enduring ing, which are going on favorably. character.

I was invited to occupy the pulpit of the Peter says, “ The word of the Lord endureth United Presbyterian church last Lord's day, for ever, and this is the word which by the which I did. Their minister having some time Gospel is preached unto you." Therefore since joined the Free Church of Scotland, they while we have the word of God, the blood of have been dependent lately on such assistance Christ, penitent believers, the waters of bap- as they can get. tism, and some one to preach and immerse, we At an ordination held a few days since by have all the machinery that is necessary for the Bishop of Adelaide, an objection was made salvation. As to the gifts of the Spirit, more to one of the candidates for priests orders. The than God has promised to give to His adopted objection was made, I think, by an ex-minister children, whereby they may call “ Abba, of the Church of England. One of the objecFather;" for the shedding abroad of His love tions was an ignorance of the Latin tongue; in their hearts, and for them to abound in but the Bishop, contrary to the directions of hope, no one can now give any evidence that the rubric, proceeded with the service, showing they possess, or that they have the power to how little deference is paid by these functiongive. And as regards the gifts we have just | aries to them rules and orders. The candidate mentioned, I consider them as the gift of God resides some distance up the country, where I alone, and that they are the common property | imagine Latin would be of very little use, but of all that believe and obey the Gospel. Nor some of the gentlemen who have been to coldo I know of one instauce recorded in the New lege, think it is not right to admit any into the Testament, of these being given by the laying “ profession" who have not been trained. Why on of hands. In the case of the Samaritans, (they think) should they be put to all the (Acts viii. 16-19) I think it is very evident expense of a college education, if others are that they received the extraordinary gifts of the admitted without snch an expensive process ? Spirit, which must have been visible to Simon. Besides, it is hurting their dignity, and placing In the case of the Eunuch we have no mention them on a level with common folks. How made at all of any gifts. In the case of Cor. can these unlearned men mystify the minds of nelius and his friends, they received the extra- | others, if they have not been taught to subordinary gifts (Acts x. 46.) In the case of stitute the philosophy of the Schools for the some of Johu's disciples, (Acts xix. 6) they re- teachings of the Apostles, and the book of ceived the extraordinary gifts. I think I have Homer or Virgil for the Word of God. mentioned all the cases in which the Holy Spi- A few days since I received a note from rit was given by the laying on of hands. Christ Brother John Laurie, residing some distance taught his followers not merely to "observe in the country, in which he says, “We have the times and seasons” of the weather, but of had meetings for the last two months in my the days in which they lived ; and it is of little house on the first days. About all the people use for us, in these degenerate and apostate in the neighbourhood attend. Our kitchen is days, to contend for what was given by the generally crowded, and occasionally we have founders of Christianity, in so far as the gifts people from a distance; and although it is of the Spirit are concerned and ths gifts of God. intended to resume the meetings at Brother

No persons, except the Mormons, or some Watson's, soon as the whether and roads will of the latter day deceivers, would, I imagine, allow, I am not quite sure as to the propriety now contend, that because God “set some in of breaking up our meetings here. Heretofore the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, I have always had most success among my thirdly teachers, aiter that miracles, then gifts neighbors and acquaintances, and our giving of healings, helps, governments, diversities of up the meetings here, would leave the greater tongue,” that these are now in the church; proportion of the people in this locality desti. but noe on believing the sacred record would tute of all public teaching. We established deny that they were. These, if not coupled also a meeting on the Thursday evenings, about together, are classed together; but I am sure three months ago, which is also well attended.” my friend S. S. would not make the same use Since I commenced writing I have been inof this passage in 1 Cor. xii. 28, as he does formed that a young man, for some years a that in Heb. vi. 1 and 2. I hope my friend member of the Wesleyan body, has applied for S. S. will receive these few observatious as immersion ; the particulars of which I will kindly as they are made. I entertain a great furnish in my next. regard for him, and take this opportunity of I must now conclude, hoping to have somecovneying my love and best respects to him, thing interesting to communicate by the next hoping he may be led to view this matter in a mail. Your's faithfully, different light, that there may not only be a





where these most prevail there is the greatest licentiousness.

“ The people, CHRISTENDOM, according to lexicog- so far as religion is concerned, are in raphers, is “the collective body of Chris- such ignorance the like of which is notians.” “ Evangelical Christendom” is, where seen. I have been myself inhawever, talked about; and we have, formed in Rome, by respectable, welltherefore, been moved to ask, What informed persons, that this ignorance

Evangelical Christendom.” may be ? amounts even to brutishness. * * None Is it one of a number of Christendoms? has any liberty to think, nor liberty to Is it a section of the one Christendom? speak, nor liberty to write, according -or, What is it? To this reasonable to the purity of the Gospel and the spiinquiry we have received no answer rit of the Fathers ; in Rome there is the sufficiently reasonable and satisfactory Inquisition to strangle the truth. * ** to induce us to repeat it, and conse- If you wish to be Catholic, abjure your quently we shall henceforth for Chris- reason and your conscience, leave there tendom substitute Babeldom, and the your holy fathers, cast aside the Word publishers of future editions of English of God, make yourselves blind, and dedictionaries will oblige us by inserting | vote your whole life to the danger of the following line

being led by others as blind as your

selves." BABELDOM — The collective body of the diverse and opposing sects im

The city is certainly ancient, but it properly called Christian.

boasts of an antiquity to which it has

no claim. It also proclaims itself inHaving before us a pretty good map of vulnerable, defies the world, and prothis “land of Shinar," a sketch of its mises to obtain universal dominion ; territory is now presented.

but we know, though its battlements Babeldom, taking another view of it, are high, they are fast rotting at the may be described as an immense tract foundation, and that the city, with all of country, from which the tops of the pertaining to it, is doomed to entire demountains of Judea, though generally struction. undiscernible, owing to a thick mist, In the country surrounding are innumay at times be seen in the distance. merable towns and cities, all of them The metropolis of Babeldom is Babylon, proclaiming war against Babylon ; yet, from which the entire region takes its strange to say, their founders emigrated name. Babylon is a wonderful city, therefrom, and their people, more or built upon seven hills, and boasts of less, keep up the customs and do homgreat wealth and innumerable inhabi- age to the laws of that city, and, while tants

. The government is despotic, the battling against it, professedly under people are slaves, and the intellectual the Jerusalem banner, are really renderand moral state of the city is incompa- ing just that amount of help which rably deplorable. The most astounding enables it to maintain its pretensions. anomalies prevail. With the largest We, of course, do not dwell in Babelprofession of love, there are the most dom, though we have, with most of our marvellous arrangements for inflicting immediate neighbors, sojourned there tortures upon all who refuse to acknow- in days gone by. Our tent is pitched ledge the supremacy, and submit to the on the rising ground at the base of the laws of its chief magistrate. Indeed, Judean mountains, where the authority so have the thoroughfares of this city of Babeldom is not acknowledged, and been again and again saturated with from whence we take excursions into blood, shed at the instigation of its go- the country which lies stretched out at vernment, that it seems next to impos- our feet; not, however, to participate sible so to cover the evidences thereof, in the rights of its subjects, but only to as to make it appear anything better spy out the land, and to administer inthan the world's abattoire. The most struction and assistance, calculated to extraordinary apeings of sanctity are deliver the inhabitants' from wrongs everywhere paraded, yet according to the testimony of its living dignitaries, * The Archbishop of Paris, in 1855.


ye be.

and sufferings to which they are, or old ? A demand for money. The seal of will be, subjected. We expect, as the Mammon is found upon the envelope. If the result of these journeyings, to be able Apostles were to visit their own churches they to supply such information from the ci- could not get a decent seat in a pew without ties and townships of Babeldom, as will paying rent for the accommodation. What prove serviceable to the Immanuel meets us in the choir ? Pews where the rich

stones where the poor may company encamped upon the mountain may recline side, for the purpose of acting upon the shiver. “If there comes into your assemblage vast regions which, though given to

a man wearing goodly apparel and a pour Immanuel by the only Power which weareth goodly apparel, sit thou there, and to

man in vile raiment, and ye say to him that can rightly dispose of them, have not the poor, stand thou there yet submitted to his authority.

come judges of evil (James ii. 2, 3.) What meets us at the altar ? A lawned and mitred priest. What mean those lawn sleeves ? Which

of the apostles wore lawn, mitres, and aprons ? “LOOK ON THIS PICTURE AND What means that English Papacy? If the ON THAT."

tiara of a Pope is wrong, why is not the mitre

of an Archbishop? Wbat is he but a lesser A NUMEROUS and respectable Lon- Pope? They call bim 'your grace !' and 'my don audience were recently gathered to lord!". Why callest thou me good ?” (Matlook upon two word-pictures, sketched thew xix. 16, 17.) `Neither as being lords over by one of those class-leaders who often God's heritage' (Peter v. 3.) 'Be ye not called lead the uneducated into the ditch. rabbi ?? (Matthew xxviii. 8.) Who appointed The first was a picture of England's him? A temporal sovereign. So be it

. Fancy State Church, which, though by no gaming-table ou a Sunday morning, and ap

the Head of the Church rising drunk from a means a flattering one, does it no par- | pointing a bishop over Christ's flock-like ticular injustice. It may be contem- Charles the Second ! Fancy the Head of the plated by dwelling upon the following Church driving a flock of geese from Kew to statement :

London, for a wager-like George the Fourth! “Its origin is a sample of its aftercourse in princes" (Psalm cxlvi. 3.)

What says the Scripture 'Put not your trust

• Princes are As it began, so it grew. It flowed from per- of this world, and this world is the enemy of sonal vice, and it pandered throughout to in

God.' dividual iniquity. It is another of those pil. ye separate, saith the Lord. (2 Cor vi. 17.)

• Come out from among them, and be lars of oppression that bear the dark roofing But whence does he come? From the Privy of misrule above our heads. I have shown

Council and the House of Lords. What say you

the foundation, the pavement of work and the Scriptures ? Apostles shall not take unto idleness, the mosaic of misery and want, on

them the power of rulers. What said the which the superstructure rests. I have shown yon one of its vast supports, aristocracy. To Bishop? He voted for an Indian massacre

or European war. What stands beside him? night I bid you to behold another. And here I wish again, to direct your attention to the Times, and other daily papers, inform us :

A man in muslin. Who appointed him? The facts I shall attempt to prove; that the Estab

"Advertisement.- Presentation for sale. Va. lished Church has been one of the chief evils luable living ; fifty miles from London ; situaof this country; that it is not the exponent of tion high, dry, and healthy. Capital house the Reformation, but its destroyer, and to the and grounds. Income, about £1000 per annum. full as cruel and iniquitous as any other church

Population moderate." that has preceded it (you have heard it called the church of the reformed); that it has done

These things are true enough, and its utmost to prevent constitutional liberty and perhaps well enough known. ChurchParliamentary legislation (you have been told

men call them “the abuses Christhat it has saved our liberties and been the tians know the system to be an abuse champion of the people's rights); that the altogether. But the other picture? good the Dissenters effected, it effaced (they The speaker's description of himself. fought the battle--the State Church seized the fruits and nullified the victory); that it has Look at it! been the abettor of immorality and vice, and “I am no infidel, I am no atheist; I try to presents not one redeeming feature to our view, be a Christian, but I like to get my religion at in the least commensurate with the vast amount first hand, and I prefer living always in a of injury it has effected."

“Let church, instead of visiting it werely once a us next withdraw the veil and pass into the week. My church is my house, my congregasanctuary itself. What meets us on the thresh. tion is my family, my altar is my own fire-side.


Yet I am also willing to go into a larger tem- Glasgow, seems to have gone a little ple-I am glad to listen to a noble preacher out of his way to say a few words for But if I do, let me have the noblest and the the Bible. When Presbyterianism calls best.

out against the creed, we may certainly “I, too, go to church—and my church is live in hope. In a paper entitled “ An the great cathedral—whose vault is the concave Apology for the Organ," he observesazure, whose floor is the tesselated pavement

" There are thousands who reverence of the dark green grass, the rich mosaic of the varied flowers, the refulgent bronzes of the hausted Christianity, and left nothing

our reforming ancestors as having exripening harvest, or the shining marble of the spotless snow ; mountaius are its pillars-and to be done by their descendants but the evershifting pageantries of cloud, the implicitly to follow them. They deny glorious curtains that moderate its splendour. the Pope the character of infallibility, Show me a priest's church like that. It is that they may confer it on John Knox; from that the churchman would exclude you! or at least lodge the attribute in the !, too, love to hear a great preacher-- but then Council of Westminster, which most it is the greatest that I love to hear. His undoubtedly perfected all things, and oratory rolls in the thuuder and whispers in the at once inscribed nihil minus and ne winds--it glides in soft persuasion through the plus ultra on the doctrine, discipline, murmuring leaves, and sounds its lofty periods ceremonies, and order of the Christian in the heaving-tide; its eloqnence is brilliant church. I know well that I make no with the glory of the sun ; its pathos melts caricature of the faith of multitudes; beneath the gentle moon amid the dews of and, slanderer though I should be called, night. Oh! temple ever open-oh! preacher yet I must persist in the slander till I ever true-if I must hear a sermon, let me have heard more pleading of the autholisten to God himself sooner than to the mise- rity of the Scripture of God, and less of rable counterfeit, who makes a trade of hiding the confessions, the catechisms, the diheaven lest you should overlook the church and silencing God's voice lest you should for: rectories, the assembly acts, and parliaget to listen to his own!"

ment acts of erring men, much though

I respect some of these things when Now we have the two pictures before assigned their proper place.” us—the State Church and the churchmade man.

Thousands of such are around us. They are Christians without submitting to the authority of

RELIGION. Christ — listening to God's speech in thunder-claps, and disregarding, him

“THE universe, as its name denotes, when he speaks through his Son, the is a stupendous unit-a standing poem Lord from heaven. Calling themselves (which means work,) in commemoration Christians, on ground common to the of the one God. As such it is a sublime Jew, Moslem, and Deist. They are ig- harmony. The magnetic needle will norant of Christianity, because an inti- quiver at a breath, but it never rests del church has substituted a base coun

till it points where it pointed before. terfeit, which multitudes turn from The well known circumpola constellawith aversion, either to carve out a tion is ever in motion ; but its pointers Christianity for themselves, or to de- ever steadfastly look to the pole. In nounce its very name.

like manner, the universe has its comReader, the Apostles foretold this plicated motions, and countless multistate of things. There is a Christianity plicities, which, however, always con

worthy of all acceptation” --not that spire and converge towards glorious of the State Church-not

that of Ernest unities, rising one above another in one Jones, whose words you have above.

cloud-piercing pyramid, whose apex
points straight to the throne of the
Infinite One.

All natnre is but art, unknown to thee;
A STRANGE VOICE. All chance, direction which thou canst not see;

All discord, harmony not understood; A STRANGE voice from a strange All partial evil, universal good.' place, but at the same time not an uncertain voice has been heard. Dr. Ander- “ We take no account here of the inson, of the United Presbyterian Church, I trusion of moral evil into God's system

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