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not so far amiss." Said the father: thinking about what I had said to " if they were washed ever seu how him, and while he was thinking long wad they be clean ? there's nea about Jesus having died for his sins, keeping sick dogs as them out o' and that death being a sufficient mischief.”
satisfaction to Divine justice for his S- Called to see J. H. a sins, he saw the meaning of “ Believe week ago, I found his friends un- on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou willing to admit me, saying, “You shalt be saved," as he had never know the clergyman has been to see done before; he believed not only him." The man's son, however, in the fact of Christ's death, but in soon settled the matter, by saying its sufficiency also, and he added, that his father wished to see me. “I know now that my sins are forOn reaching the sick man's room I given.” found him in a very anxious state While visiting at P- I met about his soul, and quite conscious with a young man, James Dof his lost condition. I told him who was suffering from the “painter's how Christ died for sinners. “Yes," cholic.” As I entered his room I he replied, “I know that, but it gives could see that the hand of death was me no peace.” I continued : “God
“Do you know what accepts the sufferings and merits of I have come for ?" I enquired of him. His Son as sufficient atonement for “No, sir," was his reply. I said, your soul.” “Ah! that's just what
“ 'The hand of death is upon you, I don't know," he said; “I cannot and I am come to show you how see that God is so well pleased with the poor sinner can get to heaven." the death of Christ as to save me " How? how ?” he gasped out, oh! for His sake.” I answered him by so earnestly. I told him of the great reading, “ He was delivered for our scheme of man's redemption, and offences and raised again for our pointed him to the Saviour. He justification." " Through this man listened very attentively while I read is preached unto you the forgiveness to him the parable of the Prodigal of sins.” After I had prayed with Son, and responded to my prayers him, he said, “I have been thinking most heartily. I saw him every day about what you said about God till his death, but he was too far raising Him up for our justification."
His sister told me I resumed the subject, enlarging he could speak sometimes, and then upon and illustrating it, and left he always enquired for me.
I hope him in a very hopeful state of mind. his soul is saved, because he appeared When I visited him to-day, he told to be praying continually; and we me, in joyful tones, that since our have the promise on which to rely: last meeting he had experienced a Him that cometh unto me I will great soul change; he had been in no wise cast out."
gone to talk.
ON THE TERMS“ CONGREGATIONAL” AND “FREE CHURCH.'
To the Editor of the “ Christian Witness." MY DEAR SIR,
very kind terms to me as having reThe letter in your last from commended our calling ourselves the Rev. Dr. G. Smith on the use of “Free Churchmen.” Will you allow the name “Free Church," alludes in me to remove the doubt which led him
to define what, he argues very forcibly, siastical truths we believe ? It is must be the right limits for such a high time to disown these misleading
Your readers may be best bye-words of reproach that have stuck able to judge of the nature of the pro- to us long enough, and drop them posal, if you will lay before them this
quietly into oblivion as nicknames of passage from my “History of the Free
to be cast aside and used no Churches at Chard,” which Dr. Smith more, like old clothes worn out and speaks of with commendation as un- done with. Let us choose a name for expected as it is gratifying. It is part ourselves. Let us have one with a of an address at laying the foundation- meaning both just and good. Let us stone of a new chapel or church at adopt the name Free Churchmen. It Chard, and is as follows:
is already used by some and is well “The motto of a great statesman in understood. As Free Churchmen we Italy is the watchword of the age, and bear an honourable title. It is also the echo of his cry is heard throughout honest, for it teaches a great truth. Europe-A Free Church in a Free It is wise, for every time it is uttered Country!' How can we help on this it proclaims a great principle. Regreat idea of our modern time? One peated on all suitable and possible way is calling ourselves by our right occasions by one-half of the Churches name. As we are Free, ought we not of England, it will help to stimulate to call ourselves Free Churches ? the other half to attain the same great Why should we go on contentedly right.” bearing the terms Nonconformists or This passage will show, I hope, Dissenters? Were these not applied that Dr. Smith's views are shared in by Acts of Parliament as convenient, by me, in this suggestion of adopting though not complimentary, and accep- the title Free Churchmen instead of ted by us asuseful, more than ornamen- Nonconformists or Dissenters. Retaintal? If we do not conform to Established ing the denominational distinctions as parish churches, neither do they con- Independents, Baptists, Presbyterians, form to us; and though we dissent and Wesleyans, all these are Free from them, do they not quite as much Churchmen. Should they not glory dissent from us? What is dissenting in it? Soon all Irishmen will be Free but differing; yet when two differ, why Churchmen, and not one Dissenter should one be stigmatised more than will be left in Ireland. The least free the other as the differer? Is there will be most free. Those who have anything preferable in the politer epi- long been in the rear are destined by thet newly devised by the poet laureate a sudden evolution to go to the front – pious variers from the Church, rank and be the vanguard of Civil and when they do not vary from the Church Religious Liberty. When this is an more than the Church varies from accomplished fact in Ireland, who them. When one-half of the popula- should despair of Scotland ?. Is the tion dissents from the other, why "good time coming" when England, should only one of the two be named as well as all her colonies, will rejoice the Dissenter ? What is the good of in having all the Churches free such a' name? Is it of any'utility, or throughout the British Empire? of any credit to the persons or their
Yours yery faithfully, principles? Does it not, hide and
H, M. GUNN. hinder the great Evangelical or Eçcle
Pages for our young friends.
ON FAULTS I HAVE SEEN, AND HOW TO CORRECT THEM. MY DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS, I was stay- ness for all Go
creatures, which I ing on a visit this summer with some think is the chief grace and charm of boys and girls, and their papa and woman's nature.
They were, on the whole, After I had said good-bye to these good and pleasant children, loving to children, I happened to read the life each other, and affectionate and obedient of a lady, one of the most gifted and towards their parents, and specially most loveable women of this country, kind and tender to poor and suffering
who died a few years ago. Speaking people. They were daily taught to of her childhood, she tells us how, consider the will and teaching of Jesus
when she was about ten years of age, Christ as the great law by which all she was in great danger of becoming we think and do should be regulated, a pert and satirical girl. She had got and in the main I believe they wished into this habit I have been speaking and tried to do His will. But there of, and was very fond of making
one fault I noticed in some of remarks on all the visitors who came them, which used to pain me a good to her mamma's house, criticising their deal, and as I have noticed the same looks, dress, and manners, and mimic. thing in other young people, especially ing their defects, and she did it so girls, it came into my mind to write very cleverly that foolish friends, in. a letter about it for your own pago in stead of checking, used to applaud the Christian Witness, and then perhaps and encourage her, till she began to some who, unwittingly and thought- grow vain of what she should have lessly, are guilty of this fault, may been ashamed of; and from being begin to think about it, and try to naturally a most kindly and loving cure themselves of it.
little girl, she was gradually becoming, The fault I noticed was this - They were without knowing it, unkind and illvery apt to make unkind, pert, and satiri. natured, always on the watch for cal remarks on chance visitors who came people's weaknesses and absurdities, in to call at the house, or on people they
order that she might make game of met with when they were out visiting. them behind their backs. I don't think they at all meant to be The first thing that made this little unkind, but they were very quick and girl feel how unlovely the habit she had observant children, and they seemed got into is, was hearing read to her a to catch at once at anything that was story which I will tell you :-There was angainly or absurd, or unpleasant, in a very kind minister who lived near the appearance or manners of those her mamma, and who was fond of the they saw, and then they would make little girl, and used often to come and a great deal of fun out of this among.
see her. He offered to teach her the themselves. Perhaps you will say, Persian language, which he knew very “Well, there was surely ,. very little well, and she having a' most eager harm in this, if they did not mean to desire to learn everything, at once be ill-natured,” but the real harm and set to work with great earnestness danger is this, that such a habit, if and delight. It was from her Persian not checked, gradually works into the lėsson book that the minister read her character, and then the little girl who the story, and though she never met was at first only amusing, becomes un- with it again, she says she remembered amjable, and satirical, and loses that it all through her life. The story is sweet and gentle sympathy and tender- one of those traditions regarding our compassion from Him.
blessed Lord which are preserved in the or at least to pity, in every one we East, and many of which are to be met meet with. She never forgot this with in what are called the Apocryphal lesson. She ceased to mimic or to Gospels.
ridicule any one, and gradually acquired Jesus (says the story) arrived one the blessed habit of detecting the good evening at the gates of a certain city, and the beautiful everywhere, even and He sent His disciples forward where at first sight there was nothing to prepare supper while He Himself, to attract and everything to repel; and intent on doing good, walked through so through life, wherever she went, the streets into the market-place. And her sweet sympathy flowed like a stream he saw at the corner of the market of pure refreshing water. some people gathered together looking
“Where she went the smiles came forth; at an object on the ground, and he When she left, the tears.” drew near to see what it might be.
Perhaps you think this was a very It was a dead dog with a halter round
remarkable impression to be produced his neck, by which he appeared to
by a mere fable, and so I think, too; have been dragged through the dirt;
but, then, this was a little girl, of and a viler, a more abject, a
a highly imaginative and impressible unclean thing, never met the eyes of
temperament. I dare say many child
dren might hear such a story and reAnd those who stood by, looked on
ceive no impression from it at all. with abhorrence. “Faugh !” said one,
But, my dear children, laying the story stopping his nose, “it pollutes the air."
aside, I want you to remember, that "How long," said another, “shall this
the real cure for this unlovely habit, foul beast offend our sight?” “Look
as, indeed, for all the evil and unlovely at his torn hide," said a third, “
habits of our fallen nature, is to think could not cut even a shoe out of it."
seriously within our hearts -“How in “And his ears," said a fourth, "all
such a case would our blessed Saviour draggled and bleeding !” “No doubt,"
have felt, and spoken, and acted.” It said a fifth, "he hath been hanged for
is His mind, His Spirit we are to seek stealing."
after, which, as St. Paul says, we are And Jesus heard them, and looking
to "put on" as a garment; for "if down compassionately on the dead
any man have not the Spirit of Christ creature, He said : “ Pearls are not
he is none of his." Can we for a equal to the whiteness of his teeth.”
moment, imagine Jesus taking pleasure Then the people turned towards Him
in noting the defects or the awkward. with amazement, and they said among
ness of anyone, or ridiculing or mimic. themselves, “ Who is this? This inust
ing them? We feel at once that this be Jesus of Nazareth, for only He
could never have been, that there is could find something to pity and to
something wrong in even thinking of approve even in a dead dog;" and
it as possible. We know that the being ashamed, they bowed their heads
most despicable in the eyes of men and went each on his way,
are sure of help, and sympathy, and The lady tells how, when she read
Well then, this story, it gave her a pain in her con
dear children, if we feel this, shall we science, and made her feel so ashamed
not all try to be like Him, and in little and humbled, remembering the many
things as well as in great things, to sharp, unkind things she had often
closbe ourselves with His most beautiful said of people. She felt how easy and
and loving Spirit ? vulgar a thing it is to be quick at
*O life of Jesus, the Unseen, spying out faults and defects, and how
Which found such glorious show, much higher and nobler it is to be
Deeper than death, and more serene, erer looking for something to approre,
Such life I too must know.
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS. The Revelation of Law in Scripture : and feeble many writers of our day are,
considered with respect both to its own and never more so than when they nature, and to its relative, place in superciliously curl the lip at those who successive dispensations. The third cannot appreciate the beauties of an series of “The Canning Lectures." “advanced” Theology. Dr. Fairbairn's By PATRICK FAIRBAIRN, D.D. Edin. work consists of nine lectures. I. In. burgh: T. and T. Clark.
troductory : on prevailing views in re.
spect to the Ascendency of Law. II. This is one of the most important Theolo. The Relation of Man at Creation to gical works which bave appeared in recent Moral Law.. III. The Revelation of times, and should find a place at once Law, strictly so called, viewed in respect in all College libraries. We can scarcely to the Time and Occasion of its promul. imagine a greater blessing to our Theo- gation. IV. The Law in its Form and logical students, than that they should Substance. V. The Position and Calling be well drilled in the contents of these of Israel as placed under the Covenant lectures. Dr. Fairbairn is no slavish of Law. VI. The Economical Aspects follower of that which is old, but he of the Law. VII. The Relation of the is too strong a man to be taken captive Law to the Mission and Work of by that which is new. If, for the most Christ. VIII. The Relation of Law to part, he prefers the old landmarks, he the Constitution, the Privileges, and is prepared to give reasons which no the Calling of the Christian Church. doubter will find it easy to gainsay. IX. The Re-introduction of Law into We feel as we read his pages, how puny the Church of the New Testament,