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Above all things let the Christian pray in faith, believing that God is faithful, who has promised that he will give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him that according to our faith it will be done to us--that he will open the windows of heaven, and pour us out a blessing until there shall not be room enough to receive it. Let him open his mouth wide, that the Lord may fill it. Let him seek to see the glory of God now, not at some future and indefinite period. L-t him expect and patiently wait for the the salvation of the Lord, like Jacob, determined not to let him go until he gave the blessing. Whilst he prays, let bim remember that souls are dropping into hell. When he speaks, let him speak as becomes the oracles of God. Let him tell his dying fellow man that now is the accepted time, and now is the day of salvation—that the intimation is today, if he will hear God's voice. Let him not harden his heart-let him urge sinners to immediate repentance, to immediate submission to God. To immediate faith in the finished work of Christ, and to a hearty acceptance of a full and free pardon. Let him know that submission or damnation are the alternatives. Lull him not to sleep, by setting the sinner to the making use of means with God; this night his soul may be required of him.
Second. - Let Ministers be determined to know nothing amongst their eople, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified. . Let their study be not to please the ear but to reach the hearts of their people. Let them not be satisfied with the orthodoxy or extent of the creed of their hearers. Let them make character their study. And so to set the truth of God before every man, that he may see that it is him and not another that the Spirit of God addresses.
I am, &c. D. N.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ROSEMARY-STREET.
This place of worship was opened upon Sunday, the 15th of April, by the Rev. Henry Grey, of St. Mary's, Edinburgh. His text was from Heb. xiii, 13. The Sermon commenced by contrasting the different effects of public opinion, and force, in operating upon the minds of men, and the great superiority of the former, showing, however, that it was not always to be depended on, and instancing, in a very forcible manner, the case of the Jews, who refused to receive the Gospel Mission of our Saviour, though it was transmitted directly from God, and had been foretold by the Prophets and inspired messengers of old. He explained, with great power and energy, the meaning of the latter part of the text, “bearing his reproach, and pointed out the many modes in which the Christian suffered persecution, not only from the sceptic and the infidel, but also from those who, professing to follow Christ, were yet but nominal believers in his word. He enlarged, in a very happy and striking manner, upon the various attacks which the Christian must undergo in his earthly pilgrimage, and mentioned under this head the charges brought against him of singularity, illiberality, hypocrisy, presumption, licentious principles and immoral practices. In concluding this part of the subject, he exhorted his hearers not to be overcome by such vain and frivolous clamour, against which even the Son of God had not been exempt, but to proceed steadily onward in the race which they had to run, in order that, when their Saviour should appear in his glory and majesty, they might, like good and faithful servants, be found watching.
Of Mr. Grey's sermon we feel pleasure to say, that it was eloquent, sound, faithful, uncompromising : a noble delineation of “the truth as it is in Jesus."
We heartily congratulate Dr. Handa and his large and respectable congregation on the event. The house is finished in a style decidedly superior to any Presbyterian place of worship with which we are acquainted. We question if even the Castle Chapel in Dublin, which has hitherto been considered the most elegant ecclesiastical building in the kingdom, be at all superior, either in taste or execution.
NOTICE OF BOOKS.
We are happy to learn that the Rev. William Kennedy M‘Kay, of Portglenone, has now in the press a work on the government of the church of Christ, with a view to establish and illustrate the scripturality and apostolic origin of Presbyterianism. Mr. M‘Kay, though a young Minister of the Synod of Ulster, is yet distinguished by deep study and extensive reading :--and we look forward with pleasure to the appearance of his work, from which we promise ourselves and our readers a rich feast of instruction.
NATIONAL EDUCATION. Resolutions of the Belfast Presbytery, in connexion with the
[We publish the following resolutions, because we wish to preserve, as far
as we can, a faithful record of the great question of National Educa. tion; and because we feel it a duty to offer a few remarks upon their contents.-Edit.]
RESOLVED_That while we are anxious that some modifications and improvements be introduced into the system of education, proposed as an experiment by the Government, yet we feel persuaded that the most false and calumnious charges of an attempt to rob the people of the Bible, and to mutilate the Scriptures, bave been brought against the Government by political partizans, who have employed these charges for the purpose of overturning the present Ministry, and perpetuating Church and State abuses.
Resolved-That we give public expression of our sentiments respecting the new system of education, first stating the principles and regulations of which we approve; and secondly, stating the chief modifications by which we would desire that the Government should improve the proposed system.
1.-Resolved--That we cordially acquiesce in the following principles and regulations :
1. A combined system of education, by which the children of the poor of different denominations may be instructed together in the elements of useful knowledge, free from religious dissensions, and underhand proselytizing intrusion,
2. The setting apart a certain portion of time during which the children of the poor may have an opportunity of receiving religious instruction by competent persons possessing the confidence of their parents, and that we would not choose, in the present divided state of religious sentiment, that ordinary schoolmasters should be entrusted with the religious instruction of children, in the strict and proper sepse of that phrase ; deeming it inexpedient that a Calvinist, or an Armenian ; Roman Catholic or Episcopalian ; Churchman, or Dissenter of any denomination, should be at liberty to inculcate his peculiar dogmas on the infant minds of the chil. dren entrusted to his care by parents conscientiously opposed to his particular views.
3. The formation of a Board of Commissioners, consisting of persons of different denominations, and composed of clergy and laity, because it furnishes a safeguard against undue interference with the religious principles of the children, contrary to the consent and wishes of their parents, and because it provides against the unjust appropriation of the public money by any particular party ; because we would decidedly resist any system of general and combined national education, proposed to be placed exclusively in the hands and under the control of the Established, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, or any other clergy; and because we would look upon it as a fruitful source of corruption and intrigue, to commit the disposal of the public money separately to the clergy or laity of the different sects, for the purpose of distinct and separate education.
4. We approve of making the Board accountable to Parliament, and consequently to the country, because it furnishes a check against abuses, and the means of introducing such improvements and alterations, from time to time, as wisdom and experience may dictate-an advantage which other systems do not possess. And we further approve of the idea of putting forward the proposed system an experiment that it may receive the deliberate jndgment of the country, instead of imposing it at once by legislative enactment, as an arbitrary measure admitting of no further examination or improvement.
5. That provided extracts from the Bible be fairly made, and provided they be not substituted for the whole Bible, we see no reasonable objection to the use of a book of extracts as a school-book during the time of combined education-declaring, at the same time, that by extracts we understand selections, in opposition to an abridgment; and that such extracts are not viewed by us as implying, on the part of those who make them, the guilt of expurgating or mutilating the Word of God. That, at the same time, we distinctly understand and declare, that on the seasons set apart for religious instruction, facilities are offered not only for the reading, but for the study of the sacred Scriptures.
6. That acquiescing in the new system, so far as it proceeds on the principle of condemning all compulsory measures in religion, all invasion of the rights of conscience, and the denial of all education, even of a literary kind, to the Roman Catholics, should they refuse to employ the Protestant or any other version of the Scriptures—yet if they will not consent to receive the Bible at our hands, we are still willing to assist in giving them an education good in itself, to the extent we can persuade them to receive it.
This is the first series of the resolutions adopted by the Presbyterythe second is as follows:
II.--Resolved, 1. That, in proceeding to specify the improvements we
are anxious for the Government to introduce into the new system, we express our satisfaction to learn, from Mr. Stanley's letter to our Moderator, that the regulation requiring the master of each school to keep a register of the attendance of the children on public worship “has been rescinded ;” and also to learn, from an extract of a letter by Mr. Stanley in the newspapers, that “the reading of a chapter in the Bible each day would be allowed to Protestants, but should not be made compulsory on Roman Catholics."
2. That while we condemn all compulsion in religion, and all invasion of the rights of conscience, and while we are persuaded that the Bible, as a whole, shall be used on the season set apart for separate religious in, struction, yet we would earnestly recommend to the Government to allow no authoritative exclusion of the Bible, where its admission is desired, even on the days of ordinary and combined education; thus neither forcing the Bible on Roman Catholics, nor forbidding it to Protestant children.
3. That with respect to the communication of religious instruction by the Pastors of the different denominations, we recommend that, in order to meet the objections of conscientious persons, the Government shall merely afford the opportunity of giving that instruction which cach de, nomination shall consider appropriate ;-—thus avoiding the evil of sanctioning what the sects may respectively believe to be erroneous, and, at the same time, exercising passive toleration to its fullest extent.
4. That we confidently hope that the Government will attend to these suggestions, which do not interfere with the fundamental principles of their plan; and that we express our decided satisfaction with the general conduct of Government, so far as they have proved their willingness to remove the grievances, advance the welfare, and listen to the reasonable wishes of the people. [The foregoing resolutions were consigned to a committee authorized to embody them in a petition to Parliament ]
1. Our first remark upon this extraordinary document is, its date.--Mr. Stanley's letter was dated, if we well remember, in October, and was fully before the public not long after November ; and the Belfast Secession Presbytery come forward on the subject in May!! Heavy bodies, we are told, move slow. So, why should not the Belfast Presbytery take time for deliberation. Perhaps, during this period, they were consulting their favoured correspondent, Mr. Wyse, the Roman Catholic, to discover the best time to libel their Presbyterian brethren-or, were they tempted to argle in the fisbing season, which, we suppose, in Irish estimate, was fast coming in? These are questions we are unable to solve—but which, We suppose, can be answered by the parties themselves.
2. Choosing to call, every thing by its right name, we pronounce their first resolution-a most false and calumnious libel, so far as the Synod of Ulster is concerned. True, there is a back door of jesuitism in it by which they may attempt to escape, alledging that they do not accuse of falschood, &c. every opponent of the Government system-but speak of them in the abstract; but while they make no exceptions in favour of any, every opponent must feel himself charged. They stand openly therefore, before they public, as accusers of their Brethren,” who thus dragged before such a tribunal, have no alternative but openly to deny the charge : :-a charge which we pronounce ungenerous, because it comes from professing Presbyterians ; calumnious, because it is an assault upon the character of men, at least, as reputable as themselves ; libellous, because calculated to injure usefulness and provoke hostility; and false,
so far as the Synod of Ulster is concerned, who have ever avoided political partizanship, whilst they liave remained, through all their history, the open and consistent friends of the genuine civil and religious liberty of their country.
3. We lament this gratuitous assault of a Secession Presbytery upon the Synod of Ulster,—for the Synod must, by implication and intention, come in for a chief share of the charge.-We lament this assault, becaust, we confess, we had hoped that a little time, under the blessing of Piuvie dence, might have reunited the different portions of the Ulster Prosby. terian Churches. Such an ungenerous and unnecessary assault wi the breach, cools the friends, and arms the enemies of this reur.uk; and compels us to feel and say we are thankful our honour is not so united.
4. We lament this attack the less because we do not believe it can be the opinion of the majority of Secession Presbyteries; and we believe it is not the opinion of the Secession People. We believe were the Rev. Messrs. Wilson, Coulter, &c., to try a petition in their congregations in favour of the Government plan, all the sophistry of their resolutions and we confess it is considerable would not produce an extensive signatare. We may be deceived, but we think we know the firmness and consistency of the people, though we have misunderstood some of their Ministers.
5. We must remark the cunning jesuitism with which the resolutions not merely slur over, but absolutely omit, the most objectionable part of the whole scheme we mean the part that would convert Mr. Carlisle into a Prelate, clothed with “complete control over all books of religious instruction. This point is never touched ; it does not even appear in the list of improvements. It is a fatal omission in the honest discussion of the question.
6. In closing our brief remarks, to which we have been most reluctantly dragged, we feel pleasure in stating our opinion, that in spite of all the aid of the Belfast Secession Presbytery—the Government scheme of education will yet be finally abandoned-is, this moment, abandoned ! We state this as our opinion, not as a matter of certainty; and we subjoin our authority in the following extract of a letter from a friend, whose information may be considered as pretty authentic :
"I was this day informed that very important changes have been made by the Education Board, with the full consent of Government. They are as follows :-The Patrons of schools to determine the time to be allotted for separate religious instruction-No control over the books used--A list of books, with the extracts to be provided by the Board-Patrons may reject such as they disapprove for literary instruction--Registers not to be kept-The Bible to be a daily class-book to those who choose it. During the separate religious instruction, I am informed that a difference exists, whether the parent's or the clergy's order is to be received in forbidding attendance."
If all this be só, and we see little reason to doubt it, we can congratu, late our Protestant brethren upon a victory achieved. Our opposition to the Government scheme has been neither factious nor political ; and the moment it is reduced to a Protestant standard, that moment we are ready to lend it our best assistance. Meantime, though much is gained, let us not pile our arms, por sleep on our posts. Let us stand fast by the
whole Bible," the religion of Protestants; and as long as we stand by our principles, we may calculate on success; and should we be foiled in our labours by the violence of enemies or the desertion of friends, of two things still we are certain the approbation of God and of our own consciences. -EDIT.