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change their minds as to reform their to us-ward, not willing that any

should lives, and testify to their belief in Jesus perish, but that all should come to and to their determination to reform by repentance." being baptized into Him, they should obtain " the remission of their sins and “Return, and come to God, the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Cast all your sins away; In concluding this subject, upon

Scek ye the Saviour's cleansing blood; which much more might be said, if

Believe, repent, obey. space permitted, we would observe,

“Say not ye cannot come; that the principal motive held out for For Jesús bled and died, any to repent is, the accredited know

That none who ask in humble faith ledge given in the Bible of the good- Should ever be denied. ness and mercy of God. The Apostle Paul says to the Romans, despisest

Say not ye will not come;

'Tis God vouchsafes to call; thou the riches of His goodness and

And fearful will their end be found forbearance and long-suffering, not On whom His wrath shall fall. knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance;" and the

“ Corne, then, whoever will; Apostle Peter, in speaking of the ulti- Come, while 'tis called to-day; mate fulfilment of what God has pro

Seek ye the Saviour's cleansing blood; mised, says, “the Lord is not slack

Believe, repent, obey.” concerning His promises, as some men

H. HUSSEY. count slackness; but is long-suffering

CASES OF CONVERSION. THE Christian religion is taught by without which no one is complete, and precept and example. In the study of with which no one is deficient. law, the student first pays attention to The first case is that of the three the great principles and ma of the thousand in Jerusalem. Early in the science, then looks at the cases in which morning these persons were as vile sinthese principles and maxims are ap- ners as perhaps ever lived. They were plied, and thus his knowledge is both not only guilty of perverting the Scriptheoretical and practical. So in study- tures, and of making void the law of ing the law of life, we first have the God by their traditions, but they had, principles and maxims given us by by hardness of heart which can never Jesus Christ, who, while upon earthi, be surpassed, disregarded a series of filled the office of teacher; and then we the most wonderful miracles ever have cases in which these principles are wrought; persisted in rejecting him embobied, and by which they are illus- who wrought them, and finally clatrated. We thus have the precept tell- mored after his blood, when an imparing us how we ought to act, and the tial tribunal had pronounced that there example of those who were miracu- was no fault in him. Raised up as they lously endowed carrying out the pre- had been to receive this divine personcept. Finally, we have, in the epistles age, and marked by every distinction of the Apostles, a commentary on the of God's peculiar favour, and yet, when whole matter. If, with all these lights He came rejected Him. There in their to guide us, we fail to arrive at the midst stood, as it were, Moses, Jereclear perception of truth, it must be in miah, and Isaiah, and a living Foreconsequence of the bias and prejudice runner greater than them all, every one of our own hearts, and not because of pointing his finger and saying, any native obscurity in the subject is that prophet that should come into itself.

the world, hear him.” Nay, God himWe purpose to pass in review some self spoke to them audibly from heaven, of the cases of conversion which are “This is my Son, the beloved-hear recorded under the immediate direction Him!” But they crucified Him, crying of the Holy Spirit. From these we hope out, “His blood be on us and our to induce all the principles which enter children.” necessarily into every conversion--those Such were they in the morning of

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that day ; in the evening they were as what influences were brought to bear innocent as though they had never upon the people in the providence of sinned. Not a stain defiled their cha- God, which caused them to be present racter, not a blemish of sin attached to in Jerusalem at that time, which intheir souls. They were filled with such duced them to listen, and which led love for him whom they had crucified, them to consider the weight of testithat no self-denial was too great for mony. As nothing is mentioned conthem ; they were so transformed in all cerning all this, we deem it fair to contheir thoughts and feelings that they clude that those influences were such were ready to give up property, to for- as are common to men, and were the sake their families, to renounce all the same in the case of those who rejected honours and rewards of the world, and as of those who embraced the proffered to attach themselves the same day to salvation. We therefore consider it the few humble and friendless followers safe ground to confine ourself to that of this Jesus, that they might by any which was extraordinary, and which means honour his memory, defend his was, for this reason, recorded. character and promulgate his cause. 2. The Apostles actedby preaching

If ever there was one, these were to the people Jesus, declaring that he certainly true converts. They passed was the Christ, the Son of God, that from darkness to light, and from the He had been raised from the dead, and power of Satan to God; they passed that He had shed forth the Spirit. They from the deepest guilt and condemna- spoke in divers languages to prove that tion to perfect pardon and salvation ; God was with them, and that the mesthey passed from hatred and rejection sage they delivered_was from him. of Christ to the purest and most de- They quoted from the Jewish Prophets, voted love for him, his cause and his to prove that the extraordinary phepeople. This was a complete revolu- nomenon they were witnessing was in tion of character-a perfect change in fulfilment of ancient predictions. By their hearts, their minds, their motives, such testimony they succeeded in contheir objects, and their condition. The vincing large numbers that Jesus was entire person was turned round - in the true Messiah, and that they were short, they were converted.

sinners in rejecting and slaying him. How was it accomplished ? What 3. The people actednot only by did it require to bring about this entire attending to the things which were change of mind, heart, body and state ? spoken, which resulted in their faith

The same record which makes known in Jesus; they also repented and were the wonderful facts we have detailed, baptized for the remission of sins, in also particularizes the means made use obedience to the heavenly oracle. Here of, and the actions that were per- the record stops, and here we feel bound formed.

to pause also. We will not presume to 1. God actedby sending the Holy argue the question. We have submittSpirit upon the Apostles, qualifying ed a divine model of conversion, conthem to understand the Scriptures, and firmed by three thousand examples : enabling them to work miracles in at- “ These things were written for our testation of their veracity as witnesses learning.”

J. S. L. of the resurrection. We cannot tell

HAVE ME EXCUSED. THESE few words disclose the true | digals perishing for food ;-God offers state of men's hearts with reference to them pardon for their guilt, savaltion God's message, more clearly and forci- from their punishment, and the bread of bly than volumes of elaboration and life for their hunger-and they say “Have argument. In meditating upon them, me excused !" O God, excuse me from we are constrained to ask, is it possible your pardon, excuse me from your everthat intelligent human beings can be so lasting life, excuse me from your boundinfatuated ? Criminals condemned to less mercy and goodness- I pray thee death; sinners exposed to everlasting excuse me, for I have purchased a yoke punishment; wayward, wandering pro- 1 of oxen, and they claim my attention ! “Come,” says God's messenger,“your and as they pass the threshold of the Creator offers you priceless wealth that house of God, the voice of their hearts shall never corrupt -he has spread out ascends to heaven, Have me excused. for your happiness, fields of living green Every time the bountiful provisions of watered by perennial streams, and goodness and mercy are unfolded before beautified and enriched by trees bearing them, with the voice of the Spirit and all manner of fruits-come and enjoy it, the bride saying, come, whosoever huncome and possess it-come, it shall be gers, whosoever thirsts, whosoever will, yours for ever-come, and all things come and partake freely without money shall be yours---come at once, all things and without price-sinners sit in their are ready, he is waiting to receive and seats, and as their thoughts run out to to invest you with titles to everlasting the little gains and pleasures of the mansions, and to crown you with glory, earth, which they will not leave for honour and immortality in the skies." heaven, the attending angel catches a -I pray thee, have me excused !-I petition from their hearts and bears it have bought a piece of ground and wish to the throne of God, Have me excused. to go and see it!

0, thou Jesus, who didst say to all And is it true, that such things as who labour and are heavy laden,“ come, these, the petty and trifling interests of and you shall find rest to your souls ! ” a moment, weigh more with a rational I pray thee, in thy all prevailing interbeing than the momentous concerns of cessions before thy Father's throne, eternity! Was it true only of the hard- have me excused. hearted and blinded Jews, or is the Alas, deluded sinner, the mad petisame astonishing fact witnessed among tion of thy heart may be answered ! the polite and learned of our day ? Ah, And will you who have again and again yes. The salvation of God is rejected urged this request, persist in making it ? now, with a deliberation and frequency Or will you not rather instantly repent never surpassed. Every time the Lord of this wickedness, and turn to God and Jesus is proclaimed in his divine phil- live? Repeat not, even with your anthropy and willingness to save- thought, the awful prayer, Have me sinners turn away from him, one to his excused. farm, and another to his merchandize,

J. S. L.

THE CONTRAST FAIRLY STATED.--No. I.

[The Presbyterian Board of Publication, in Philadelphia, has recently issued a tract, numbered 175, “ Campbellism, its Rise, Progress, Character, and Influence. By Rev. N. L. Rice.” A promise was made, in the American Christian Review, a short time since, of a tract of a similar size, in return for the Doctor's kindness. To the Presbyterian Board of Publication, therefore, but especially to Rev. N. L. Rice, are the following pages dedicated, hoping that they may be received in the same spirit of kindness in which they were written, and prove a blessing to all coucerned.]

1. What is Campbellism? This has | nations of some misguided doctors. As been a puzzling question. It is hard to near as any man can now come at what find out precisely what it is. Not a they mean by Campbellism, it is Chrisman yet, of all who have been engaged tianity itself, unmixed, unadulterated, in fighting this monster, has defined it, and without any other name. This is explained it, or told what it is. It has evident, for when they hear a man been called a dangerous heresy, and so preach who preaches nothing but Chrismany hideous warnings have been given tianity, nothing but Christ, simply against it, that the hair would almost aiming to convert men to him, and instand upon a man's head to hear about duce them to receive him as their only it, and yet no one has told what it is. Lea ler, they call it Campbellism. It The reason no one has defined Camp is nothing but a nick-name they have bellism is simply, that there is no such given the gospel, to keep men from hearthing in existence, except in the imagi- | ing it. In the same way, they call the

preacher a Campbellite, who will preach apostles' doctrine, and refuse to yield nothing but the gospel, nothing but all homage to the ancient order of Christianity, to raise prejudice against things.” This the doctor looks upon as him, and prevent people from hearing horribly reprehensible. With him, it him. In precisely the same spirit, here amounts to nothing---or rather, it is comes Rev. N. L. Rice, of heresy-hunt- necessary to have a “human bond of ing memory, in a tract of forty pages, union, ," articles of confederation other against Campbellism, which the reader than the apostles' doctrines,” and “remay think as he pleases about, but fuse to yield all homage to the ancient which is as much against the religion order of things ;" and to call a people of Christ, and those trying to receive who do this " apostate,” is, with him, it, practice it, and maintain it, and it almost sacrilege. Let candour be apalone, as was in the power of Dr. Rice pealed to let solemnity and honesty to make it, without, in so many words, be appealed to-let every sincere man saying so. No man in this country, at tell what could make an apostacy, if this time, can preach simply the gospel having a human, in the place of a of Christ in the name of the Lord, divine bond of union, other articles of under no other name, and maintain the confederation than the apostles' doclaw of God, as the only rule of faith, trine, and refusing to yield all homage without being called a Campbellite, to the ancient order of things, would and branded with preaching Campbell- not do it. The contrast here is very ism. This is precisely what Dr. N. L. striking. The Disciples maintain the Rice has spent a large share of his life divine bond of union and reject the in opposing. This will be fully de- human. The Doctor holds on to the veloped in the following essay. The human to aid the divine bond of union, first point of contrast between him and in accomplishing what it could not do those he opposes, or the Disciples of without the human! The Disciples Christ, as here instituted, is, that they oppose all articles of confederation think Christianity itself, as the Lord other than the apostles' doctrine. The gave it, sufficient--that to receive it in doctor maintains other articles of conall its fulness, to be a Christian in the federation than the apostles' doctrine. Bible sense,

and governed by the law of The Disciples maintain that we must God alone, is sufficient. This the yield all homage to the ancient order of Doctor opposes, and insists upon sundry things. The doctor opposes yielding human appendages, as will be seen. all homage to the ancient order of Here is the real issue.

things, and maintains that those who 2. On page 1 the doctor says: “It refuse such homage are not apostate. was no ordinary work which he (Mr. 4. The doctor says : “ Christ and his Campbell) and his friends proposed to apostles effected a radical reformation themselves ; it was a radical reforma- in the church, but it was when tradition of the church throughout the tion had been substituded for the Bible.” world." Here is the head and front of It would be truly interesting to know the offence. Here is the issue as stated what church it was, in which Christ by himself: The Disciples proposing and his apostles effected a radical reforto reform the church throughout the mation! They certainly never effected world, but Dr. Rice opposing it. any reformation in the Jewish church, Strange if bad men should propose for it instigated the crucifixion of Christ a radical reformation of the church and persecuted the apostles till its overthroughout the world, and good men throw. The “ one new man,” or church, oppose it. Here is the issue, or con- which the Lord made of the twain, of trast-reformation and opposition to which he said : “ Upon this rock I will reformation.

build my church,” had not apostatized, 3. He quotes from Millennial Har- so as to demand a radical reformation binger, vol. 3, p. 362, the following in the apostles' time. It did not. during question and answer : And what of this period, adopt any

human bond the apostacy ?-do you place all the of union, any article of confederation sects in the apostacy? Yes, all reli- other than the apostles' doctrine, nor gious sects who have any human bond refuse to yield all homage to the ancient of union, all who rally under any arti- order of things,” and consequently had cles of confederation other than the not become an apostate church. Christ

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and the apostles never effected, nor tried opposers in effecting this glorious reto effect, a radical reformation in any formation, which had to be done in church. They let the old apostate spite of them, precisely as it has now church, as the Lord accused them of- to be done in spite of Rev. N. L. Rice. keeping doctrines and commandments 6. The Doctor says,

“ The success of of men, and disobeying the law of God, this movement was, for a number of go, as beyond the reach of reformation, years, remarkably rapid.” He then and built a church upon Christ, the proceeds to file in order five reasons for rock, laid of God for a holy temple-a this remarkable success.

These reahabitation for the Lord through the sons must have a brief notice, in the Holy Spirit.

same order in which they are stated. 5. The doctor informs us that “Lu- 1. “Mr. Campbell's zealous advocacy ther, Calvin, and his co-laborers effected of immersion as the only valid baptism, a glorious reformation ; but it was when and his opposition to infant baptism, both clergy and people had long been gave him great fame among the Bapignorant of the Bible, and cral tradi- tists." Both these points had been maintion, expounded by pretended infalli- tained with as much zeal and pertibility was their rule of faith.” But," nacity by all Baptists as they ever were he says, "Mr. Campbell undertook a by Mr. Campbell. He had no new radical reformation among those who advantage in advocating these points. took the Bible as their only rule of The Baptists had always the same faith and practice.” This statement is advantages, but had not been able to made upon page 2, and he only pro- make so good a defence on these great ceeds to page 7, where he gives as one points. But it is entirely natural that of the two principles upon which, to Dr. Rice should think of these points, use his own peculiar style," the Camp- when he mentions Mr. Campbell. He bellite sect is organized, the rejection tried him on these questions, and is of all creeds, and union upon the Bible aware of the force his noble energies alone." According to his account of would have on the public mind.

Why the matter, Mr. Campbell came among does not Mr. Rice gain large numbers a people “ who took the Bible as their to the Presbyterian church, by mainonly rule of faith and practice,” and taining infant baptism and opposing undertook to produce radical refor- immersion ? He has been as zealous mation by inducing them to “ reject and determined in maintaining infant all creeds, and unite upon the Bible baptism and opposing immersion, as alone.If the Bible was their only rule ever Mr. Campbell was on the opposite of faith and practice, it is strange that side, but it does not appear that any they should have opposed Mr. Camp- remarkable success has attended his beli, who undertook to persuade them efforts. How is this to be accounted to unite upon their only rule of faith for? Zealous efforts result in remarkand practice—the Bible alone ! able success in advocating immersion

Why did not the Doctor say that and opposing sprinkling, but in no reLuther, Calvin, et cetera, effected a markable success on the opposite side ! glorious reformation in the church," as How is this? It is a clear matter to he said Christ and the Apostles did ? the man who reflects. It is now geneHe

says, Christ and the Apostles effect- rally known that infant baptism is not ed a reformation in the church ; but mentioned in the Bible, nor in any

book when he gives an account of Luther's written two hundred years after the reformation, he leaves out the words in birth of Christ. For this to be revealed the church He knows how to look out and commented upon by a man of Mr. for danger. With him Christ did not Campbell's ability, must, in the very build a church, establish a new build- nature of things, make headway among ing, or make a new man or a new church, all classes of opposers. It is also known but merely reformed an old church. that immersion is admitted to be valid But he saw that it would look ridicu: baptism by all men of all parties, of lous to speak of Luther effecting a glo- any considerable degree of respectarious reformation in the church that he bility; and that sprinkling or pouring, came out of and separated from, and for baptism, is not mentioned' or even that never was and never will be re- hinted at in the Bible, or in any book formed. Luther and Calvin found many | written two hundred years after the

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