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There is, however, if possible, a still more serious aspect of the times in which our lot is cast, and that is as was predicted by the prophet Jeremiah, where he says, “ A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to hare it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” Now, here is the awful feature of the circumstances thus depicted, God's professing people loving to have it so. Their simplicity, their zeal, their professed love to Jesus and His people, sacrificed to party-feeling, and petty strife, and worldly pleasure and conformity.

In regard to the days in which we live, we would have the reader carefully consult what the Holy Ghost has said by the apostle Paul, in 2 Thess. ii., where “the mystery of iniquity," or Popery, is most plainly and emphatically pointed out, and which, in spite of its marked decay and abandonment in other countries, is, and long has been, making the most fearful advances in our own land. In relation to this undeniable fact, it must be patent to every spiritual and observant mind, that political Dissenters have, in their antagonism to State-control in regard to Church government, aided and abetted the spread of Romanism to a most perilous extent. In so doing, they have acted a most suicidal part ; for assuredly no sooner will the Church of England follow in its disendowment the Church of Ireland, than the bulwark of British Protestantism will be removed; and Popery will seek— and be content with nothing short of—absolute and entire supremacy.

Dissent has of late been a mere tool in the hands of the Papacy; and we verily believe that Dissenters will live to rue the day that they ever adopted the course they have of late pursued.

Not only, however, has the apostle Paul, in his epistle to the Thessalonians, but likewise in both his epistles to Timothy, drawn to the very life the character of our own times. Mark, reader, what he says, in the opening of the fourth chapter of his first epistle, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits,

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and doctrines of devils ; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” And again in the third chapter of his second epistle he writes, “ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lust, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth : men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further : for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.”

Well does one of the oldest correspondents of the Gospel MAGAZINE write: “ The seas and waves are roaring just now, but the Lord on high is mightier. The people are breaking the bonds and casting away the cords of Christ; but God has set His King on the holy hill of Zion; and He must reign, and put all enemies under His feet.”

In contemplating the truly solemn aspect of the times, personally we gather comfort from sundry Scriptures, such as the following: after the Lord had declared so solemnly, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory”—He adds, And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift

up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." The apostle, moreover, in 2 Tim. (from which we have already quoted), says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.” Further, there is that blessed declaration in Psalm cxii., touching the righteous and his seed, “Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings : his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”

Now, dear reader, these and sundry kindred passages, are as so many strongholds for the believer to grasp, come what may. And to our own mind there is likewise mnch consolation to be gathered from the fact, that, if the cities of the plain had not been destroyed, provided ten righteous had been found there, what shall we say in respect to the hundreds and thousands of " tens” yet to be found in guilty, but still dear old England ?

THE EDITOR.

INDEX.

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PAGE ANECDOTES AND EXTRACTS :"A Double-minded Man"

254 Bishop Hall's Prayer

210 Christ the Saviour

319 Gleanings ...

426, 450 “Knowledge puffeth up

234 Meditations in a Bush Umpie 293, 346,

427, 458, 513 Motives to Religion

506 On the Study of the Scriptures

574 Pulpit Prodigies ...

291 The Contrast

397 The Kingdom Now and Evermore

199 The Old Men-of-War's Man Convinced 202 Unobserved Calvinism...

315

404

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PAGE Inner Life, The ...

...87, 122, 194, 259 Love in a Mist

76 Musings and Gleanings under the Shadow 244 Old-fashioned Church, An

459 Outline of the Days of Hervey, An

31+ Power of Prayer, The ...

585 Railway Joitings

432 Reflections

531, 576, 626 Revival and Growth

571 Rome and Romanisin

143 Romaine Rutherford and his Times

191 Salvation

157 Sifting Time, A

163, 219 Simple, but Safe...

539 Sketch of the Life of Dr. Doddridge, A 64 Sovereignty and Responsibility

482 Supplementary Words

49 Training of Children, The

102 Thoughts ...

471 Thine Eyes shall see the King in His Beauty":

561 Uncertainty

536 Waking Thoughts

535 " What doest Thou?"

58+ Word for the Weary, A

103 Word or Two for the Gospel Magazine and Old Jonathan, A

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99

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370, 425

CORRESPONDENCE :-
"A Word in Season

97 Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society

98 "As thy Days so shall thy Strength be" 153 Cheering Words ... Close of the Year, The ...

616 Covenant Faithfulness and Divine Allsufficiency

372, 418 Gospel Magazine, The, and Old Jonathan 142 Greetings by the Way

533 Helps on Pilgrimage

152 Love Greetings

486 Old Sarah... Rev. J.C. Ryle, The, and his Writings 323 Sudden Death of the late Mrs. Pinniger 154, 211 Thanksgiving for the Harvest

483 Three Deadly R's, The ...

485 Victory over Sickness, Death, Hell, and the Grave

94 Wesley's and Toplady's Hymns

47, 96 Wonders of Divine Providence, The

613 FAMILY, PORTION :Difficult Question, A

107 Everlasting

Love in Gracious Operations 331 For Ever with the Lord Greater Majesty in Five Letters than in the Mightiest Thunderstorm

276 Helps and Hopes Onward and Homeward... 51 Now

499 Suffering and Sympathy

555, 611 Threshold of Glory, The, and Faith Triumphant

443 "Why Lovest Thou Me?"

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... 359 ... 353

PASSING EVENTS-A MONTHLY NOTE:-
103, 159, 212, 272, 327, 382, 440, 493, 551,

607, 655 PILGRIN PAPERS :Brief Notice of the Christian Experience of the late Mr. Tiptaft, A

129 Children of God, The

133 Dependence

294 Dr. Marsh, The late Echoes of Prayer, The... Flock, The

177 Food, Tho...

464 Fourfold State, A

126 Letters mentioned in Memoir of M. N

26 Life of Jesus in the Soul, The

140 No Night in Heaven

631 Opening Year, The

33 Pastoral Word to the loved Congregation of St. Luke's, Bedminster

35 “ Pardon

297 Recent Clifton Conference

587 Recollections of Past Mercies, 22, 303, 305,

461, 528 Resurrection

305, 416 Remembrances and Retracings

359 Riches, Multitude, Power, and Triumphs,

The, of the Lovingkindnesses of the Eter-
nal Three in God, as seen in the Life and
Experience of the Old Pilgrim, 30, 82, 136,

181, 235, 307, 347, 411, 518 “Running Readers”

632 Scripture Meditations

465 Shepherd, The

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MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS :-
Bible Lessons

449 Clifton Christian Conference 515, 587, 633,

626, 633 Christian Experience-Doubts

523 Warfare

579 Day Long to be Remembered, A

434 “Do Pray for me, do ye!”

560 Eve's Lamentation

271 Faith and Fellowsbip

516 Heart-Workings...

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POETRY :-

Alone with Jesus

619

Christian's Cry, The

120

Changing Seasons

39

Communion Thoughts ..

252
"Could ye not Watch with Me one Hour ?" 478
Communion with Jesus

517

Encouragement ...

86

For Ever and for Ever

317
Great Famine, The

582
God the Comforter

575
Hymn for Christmas

648

Job and his Friends

243

Not now

93

No Night There

263

Pilgrim's Eternal Rest, The

338

Restraining Prayer before God

625
“ She is not Dead, but Sleepeth"

170
Strengthen the Weak

562
Springs of Comfort

562
Thy Way, pot Mine

114

“There remaineth a Rest to the People of

397

The Second Advent

450

The Clouds are the Dust of His Feet 512

Toplady on the Saints Above...

540

Word to Rome in 1868, A

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647

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REVIEWS AND NOTICES OF BOOKS :-

106, 161, 215, 274, 385, 497, 554, 604, 649

BACRED MAXIMS :-
21, 72, 125, 135, 140; 421, 466, 470, 512, 522,

530, 581, 586, 603, 625, 633

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SERMONS AND NOTES OF SERMONS :-

Christian Temple, The...

Church Described, The...

Covenant Verities of a Covenant God, The 639

Covenant Mercies

245
“Mighty to Save"

40, 70
Notes of a Lecture on Song i. 1

79

2

141

3

205

4

298
Notes of a Sermon, by Rev. W. Parks, B.Ä. 149

by Rev. J.J. Eastmead,

207, 254, 479

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