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tion, he commits a sin against the Holy Ghost, which is called unpardonable, or unto death.

I now clearly saw, receiving Christ is that whereby Christ being offered is joined to man and man to Christ; John, vi. 56, “He abides in me and I in him ;” and in respect of this conjunction, we say that we are in Christ, and to put on Christ, to be dwelt in by Christ, the house of Christ, the temple of Christ, to be espoused to Christ, branches of Christ, members of Christ, and the name of Christ is in a certain manner communicated to us (1 Cor. xii. 12). Calling is called conversion, because all who obey the call of God are converted from sin to grace—from the world to follow God in Christ; it is also called regeneration, as by that word the very beginning of a new life, of a new creation, of a new creature, is often set forth in Scripture (1 Peter, i. 23). As in respect of the offer, it is properly called calling, as God doth effectually invite and draw men to Christ (John, vi. 44). And thus the word of the Lord was precious to me in those days to prepare me for coming down from Mount Lebanon, toascend Amana, Shenir, and Hermon, to behold the lions' dens, and the mountains of the leopards.

I shall now relate the temporal mercies which I experienced in this first year of my spiritual birth, and the twenty-sixth of my natural life. We had this year a son born unto us to make up the lost, and my health, and my. wife's, returned; and God stirred up many to give us employment in abundance, so that we recovered all the things, as furniture, we stood in need of, and something over, being clothed, and fed, and sheltered from the winter's blast; and my God stirred up many strangers to seek me in the obscure place of my abode; my enemies were still, and my parents and brothers and sisters, who were better in circumstances than myself, began to speak to me. My father had an old freehold house, and a long garden; he gave me his consent to build a cottage on one piece at the bottom, which was a waste, and by my industry I built a two-room cottage; but he was only in part reconciled to me, because I could not join them in their sinful pleasures, which would have been a great pain to me, and my company would have cast a gloom over all their mirth. God said, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed.” I was often distressed in my own soul, because I was obliged to work among men, who were all day long blaspheming; and

it brought forth many earnest prayers to God that he would deliver me, and God gave me this blessed promise (Gen xxviii. 15), “And behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest ;" my soul was overcome with the love that attends it, with that humbleness of heart never to be forgotten. In our next we shall speak of the blessings that attended this precious promise ; and may some poor soul taste the same, who thirsteth for the waters of life; God will give them, and not fail, in his own good time. I remain, yours in the Lord,


FURTHER SYMPTOMS OF POPERY.—We are informed, by an eye-witness, that at one of the principal warehouses in the City for the sale of Bibles, Prayer-books, &c., nearly every Prayer-book that is issued has the representation of a cross on the cover.

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" Anathema to the principles of Protestantism.”—Palmer's Letters to Golightly.

" To depart more and more from the principles of the English Reformation." - British Critic, for July 1841.

To “Sigh to think that we should be separate from Rome.”-Tracts for the Times.

To “Desire the restoration of unity with the Church of Rome."-Palmer's Letters.

To regard “Rome as our mother through whom we were born to Christ."Tracts for the Times.

It is to denounce the Church of England as “ Being in bondage,as working in chains, and as teaching with stammering lips of ambiguous formularies.” Tracts for the Times.

It is to eulogise the Church of Rome as “ Giving free scope to the feelings of awe, mystery, tenderness, reverence, and devotedness.”—Newman's Letter to Jelf.

And as having high “Gifts and strong claims on our admiration, reverence, love, and gratitude."— Tracts for the Times.

It is to declare that “Our articles are the offspring of an uncatholic age."Tracts for the Times.

And that “The communion service is a judgment upon the church.”— Froude's Remains.

It is to teach that the “ Romish ritual was a precious possession."--Tracts for the Times.

And that the Mass Book is " A sacred and most precious monument of the Apostles.”—Tracts for the Times.

It is to assert that " Scripture is not the rule of faith.”—Tracts for the Times.

That the Bible “ Placed without note or comment in the hands of uninstructed persons, is not calculated, in ordinary cases, to make them wise unto salvation.” -Linwood's Sermons,

And that only persons · Disclaiming the right of private judgment in things pertaining to God are members of the church of Christ."-Linwood's Sermons.

It is to teach that “ Baptism and not faith are the primary instrument of justification.”—Newman on Justification.

And that “The prevailing notion of bringing forward the doctrine of the atonement explicitly and prominently, on all occasions, is evidently quite opposed to the teaching of Scripture.”—Tracts for the Times.

It is to assert that, in the Lord's supper, Christ " Is present under the form of bread and wine."-Linwood's Sermons.

That he is “ Then personally and bodily with us.”—Tracts for the Times.

And that the clergy “ Are entrusted with the awful and mysterious gift of making the bread and wine Christ's body and blood.”—Tracts for the Times.

It is to maintain the lawfulness of prayers for the dead.-Tracts for the Times.

And that a person may believe there is a purgatory; that relics may be venerated; that saints may be invoked; that there are seven sacraments; that the mass is an offering for the quick and dead for the remission of sins, and that he may yet, with a good conscience, subscribe to the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England.-Tracts for the Times, No. 90.

It is to put the visible church in the place of Christ, by teaching that “ She alone is a true hiding-place, into which the servants of God may flee for refuge and be safe."--Linwood's Sermons.

It is to put the sacraments in the place of God, by declaring that they arc " The sources of divine grace."-Tracts for the Times.


To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. If you can find room for the following, it will be esteemed a further favour by

G. P., A WEARY TRAVELLER IN THE WASTE-HOWLING WILDERNESS. The doctrine of the final perseverance of true saints, affords a stable prop to upright minds, yet lends no wanton cloak to corrupt hearts. It brings a cordial to revive the drooping saints, and keeps a guard to check the froward. The guard attending on this precious doctrine is Sergeant “ If;" low in stature, but lofty in meaning; a most valiant guard, though only a monosyllable of two letters.

Pray listen to the Sergeant's speech, “ If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John, viii. 31); “ If ye do these things ye shall never fall” (2 Peter, i. 10). "If that which ye have heard from the begin. ning shall remaio in you, ye also shall continue in the Son and in the Father" (1 John, ii. 24). We are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end ” (Heb. iii. 14).

Yet, be sure you take notice, Sir, that Sergeant “ If” is not of Jewish, but of Christian, origin; not sprung from Levi, though a son of Abraham; no sentinel of Moses, but a watchman in the camp of Jesus. He wears no dripping beard, like the circumcised race; his is no legal, blustering condition to purchase man's salvation, but a modest Gospel evidence to the reality of the truth of grace in the heart. He tells po idle tales that the sheep of Christ may perish, that a child of God may mistake his way while his guide is fast asleep, and so ramble down to hell ; no, no! but knowing that there are various works which only mimic a work of grace in the soul, therefore he kindly standeth on the King's highway, producing peace in the conscience, and holiness in heart and life, without which no man can see the Lord (Heb. xii. 14); and he telleth passengers, “If you continue walking in this way, your perseverance therein proves that your faith is genuine and true; that if is the faith of God's elect. For faith that comes from God leads to God and to Jesus, who is the author and finisher thereof; it outrides every storm, it can never be lost, and enables the follower of the Lamb to persevere in the right way."





Permit a fellow-traveller with you to the heavenly country to whisper a word or two in your ear, on the delightful subject of our present interest and future prospect. Although I feel assured you will

with me that it is very little we can know about either while dwelling in the tents of Kedar and sojourning in Mesech, yet it is our mercy that while our knowledge and enjoyment of them may be both small and contracted, our security is not the less certain on that account. And though we may often appear to ourselves more like Judas, or Simon Magus, or even Satan


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Published in the Gospel Magazine, Dec 1842. by Simpkin, Marshall de Co

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