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Devoted to Ohriatiaiiity, Morality, tlie Interests of Sato'btith. Schools, Social Improvement, Tei-npeiTirnio, l'Ulu<'Citioix, and Oeneral Ne-w-*). BEHOLD, I BEING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY .... ON EAKTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. VOL. 17, DA.YT()N, ()., SATURDAY, AUGUST IS, 18()() NO.rn.: sympathy or fellowship,, who does uot adopt thoir opinion». The right to rend, and diligently study the holy scriptures, that we may dobiao tor ourselves what they teach, is inherent in Christianity and indis- pensible to the developement of true Christian faith. To interfere with this right, or chal¬ lenge its exorcise, is sectarianism; and allihat there is of it. This is the grand evil that culminates in papacy. And whether in the papal, or proteslant communions, is the, "man of sin"—the "Anti-Christ" of thC; New Testament. I havo said that the only use of tin- scriptural names as above, is to justify an unwarrantable and unchristian cen¬ sorship upon the faith or opinions of others. And I may add, that an un scriptural name is always inconsistent with simple Christian, purpose. ,Thi is illustrated in the case of our Unita¬ rian brethi'on. They speak and write admirably on the subject of Chrisfian liberty—on tho "rights of private judg ment in matters of faith, &c. And yet do thoy not manifestly assume that all free enquiry will result in tho adop¬ tion of Unitarianism? All persons who join them are prestimed to be Uni¬ tarians, r know indeed that many 1 noble spirits among them, have dis- ' covered the inconsistency of their po- .sition, and havo abandoned tho name. I Soe the cases of tbo lato Dr. Ohanning I and lioii.IIoraco Mann. I might also, [ among the living, refer to .Drs. Steb- biiiH, Futnam, Stearns, Hall and Pea- body: and but for Naaman's : reason (2 iiHings, V, 18) might I. not add the three principal Beeehcrs of the 2nd. generation? It will be said, however, that a "name IB nothing,". Well then, throw it away. Bat it will be found that no Sectarian can afford to part with this "nothing"—not even for the jieace of the church. In tneir happier moods, "Sectarians" sometimes toll us, "that we shall not bo asked in Heaven, whether we were Presbyterians, or M^ethodists, or .Baptists; but only whether we arc "Christians." Why . . , , , then should more be asked here? Who Ih li, question proposed by a worthy Up,/^g that arrogates to ask moro of from New Jersey, „,au on Karth. than God does in Heav¬ en? ORIGINAL POETRY. Written far tlit Ooepel Utrald. I Love them Still- BY PATTEESON. The littlt rill that rijplas still, Close by the parlor door; The little treo llmt sheltered nie. When in the furious storm; The ciirliufi;. Bmolte, the giant oalt, I love, I love Ihem still. The stiin-y sky'hoTe earth ao high. The moon with pitlUd face, The smi iiflipht, in the heavens ao bright; Which warms our genial aii-; The birds; that sing, soon in the spring, I lovo, I love tliern still. The tinted flowers, beneath tho bowers, Thoeloverin thelawn; The ripening grain, the songsters strain. While wending on his way; The lovely belle from out the dell, I love, I love them still. The mountain .lucked, lhe river specke.l Wilh little islands gieen; The violets birth, from "Mother Earlh," That rears its fragrant hoad. The little leaf, tlie towering reef, I Icive, I love them still. The home of mine, the growing vitio. With grapes so rich and sweet, The fountain by the maples side; That oools our aching thirst, The bonny chide of infant pride, I love. I love thcni still. The silent dead,'whose very heads , Lie low beneath the sod, A mother's love, iii heaven above. Where Saints foi-evcr dwell, The friends of yore, beyond the shore, All, all! I lovethem still, poor. The Methodist Minihtor was zealous and seemed ilisposed to be friendly. lie subsecxuently invited me very cordially to unite with him In a protracted meeting, which I readily U9 lo love our enemies, if wo wore ro-l quired to love.lhoir unrighteous deet^s,' or have for them tlie same cordial fee-J ling, which we cherish for our near and | licar fricndb. But this cannot bo the; did. The result of that meeting was I sjiirit of tho jirecept, fbr God liimsclfj most happy. We spent many months does not apjioar to love the condact) —near two years, if I remember .cor¬ rectly—in apparent. fellowship, J)u- ring this time, my Methodist ffieiid took to himself a wife; and notwith¬ standing being, warned of his rai^hnoss, he insisted that I must- perform tho 'ceremony.' I thought that I bad certainly erred; there was at least one man who was a 'Sectarian' and yet simply a 'Chris tian der,—this religious prodigy; Prov donee removed us to another field of labor, contiguous to each other. But here tha scene was changed. The Methodist Society was establislied, und the Christian Cause was struggling with somo uncertainty asto its future. ofthe wicked, nor regard ihtm iii tho hamc manner thai lie docs (ho right-j CO us. ] Yet ho loves thom ah liiti ftreatures,; lie pruvidc* for their waiitii,'' protects' tbem fi'om harm, and by tlio use'of means endeavorH to rchtorc to their' polluted hearts that image, long since eiraced by tho destruotivo inflaenco of, sin. Now we are required to bo like. While I mused npon this won-1 God ; tliat is, to eultivt'.te tho sanio' ' spirit and chanicter. Hence we infer trom what wo know of the lovo and character of Deity, that wo aro not re¬ quired to love mir enemies wifh a love of approbation, but with that lovo of eoin].!ai8ance, which leads us to bIiowJ ourselves kind and courteouB in all. arid to my surprise,: ray Methodi'-L our intercourse with them, to hympa- brother, stripped of his./?eet;e apiicarod thiso with their distress, and be a|wjiiys' justwhat he was, (Math. VII, !.">. ^ ready lo do them good. TJut wliy, if Then Iremombered thtit itwas writ- is asked, aro we required to conduct, ten, 'cur.sed is the man that irustctli thua uivvardH our enemies at tho.sii'ori-' lice of so much feeling? It maybe' ORieiNALITIES. Writtenfar the Chepel Herald. "What is a Sectarian Churoh?" m man, "Since then with few associates Nor wishing nmre—(of that sorl i Here much I nioiinate. As much t liiay. With other views of men an.l maimt'i-s. Now than once; Aud others of ii lifo to cone.'' Isaac C Goi't' Henry, III., July 20,1860. WrmmforlhtnoKjiiel Herald. "love your Enemies." Matt 5: 44. This precept is purely Chribtian.— Tho wisdom of tho heathen and the Jciwish world, with ail their boasted lied for two reasons. Firi-tly: Such a course ofconduotonly, can bo expected to reform our cnemlcp, and their reformation and well bo¬ ing should always influence our, |;oi\-' duct towards them. If Uiey behold in usi a lovely disposition, and experience from Ufa good wlien thoy had roijsfln to. expect evil, and if instead of r(>iling, wo always meet them with moving cx pressions of kinflncsH, thoy cannot re¬ main our enemies; the human heart is so mado, that it mellrt undo^" such treatment, and those who were once , ., , Ul t • r sei>arnlod by a barrier that seemed Lo philosophy, were unable to coiiecivo of .f''-1 „ ,.„."':ii;,.^;,.„ ,„„ i,„, ' ,.' •'', , i, 1 ,1 .. itrjid reconcil latton, soon bccijmoon- a sentiment so pureandexiuted tisthat (,„;„„,i • „fl'„t-„ '. „f„„, i,, i ,., . ' mi f • ,, twined in artection s strong bonds; are of loving an enemy. To love a tnend i ,„.,,, „ ..ii„,q , „ ,„„ .^,i i f ¦ i , Jl I • u t il ¦ I- > . again enrolled tisiiearanddear friends, was the highest attainment HI morals, I '^o,,,,. n,. t. . , , ^ -J 1 K II V J hecondly. Such a courpo alono can An enemy was considered by all but „,„,, j,.,,.^ n .-i •„» e ,,., ¦' , ., , ^.i ¦' p , save us from the ovu inliaonco ofour one ot the philosophers of the Kast, as',„„„.,,„„,, , ,, ,,„ .r, , \ \, -¦'¦-.'- - ' enemio B conituct; lor if-yve do not do- Chribtiaii sister which we have thought well so to answer as to interest, and possibly ad- vantai/e others, similarly circumstan¬ ced. A "Hcctariaii," or a "sectarian church" is any person, or number of persons, iu an associate capacity, who adopt any unscriptural uamo as ex- pres,sive of thoir faith or creed relations •—us Presbyterian, Methodist, &c. Merely to ad.jpt the opinions as set forth in tho West-Minster Confession, or tho Meth¬ odist Di,-5cipline as agreeable to the Scriptures, does not constitute a "sec¬ tarian:" or a Presbyterian, &q.. Un- Butitsoraetimes happen8that"Chri8- tormine wc will feel kindly towards churches. This is often tho case when their wealth or social position mako it an object. In all such cases they aro given to understand that their opinions on doctrinal questions, al¬ though they are in no manner con- coaled, 'constitute no bar to perfect fellowship;' and yet they know at the same time, that a 'Christian minister' would not be allowed to occupy their doubtedly itisour/jnycZei/e and *^*2/, ,p,iipit, nor even to participate with to accept as truth, whatever, after due thera in a funeral solemnity, although examination, the holy scnpttires, seems j jt had been tho last request of tho de- totis to teach. But it 7S making our Sps^rted! The heartlessness of all such opinions, whatever they may be,, or mere pretence'm characteristic and but tiowever honestly entorttiined, tests of ^o manifest Ohristian fellowshi)', or tho basis of Ec- j was onco myself deceived in this Hmiistical organization. This is. "sec- matter, in manner and form as fol- tioai;li8m;'and iti-ifor Uioseends.on- lo^g—I was engaged in a field of J.y, that un.scriptural names were m-, Christian labor where was tdso a Meth- vetitod and are used among Christians; lodiat Minister. In this place tho Ohris- and the only legitimate consequence of: tian congregation was large and their appropriation, is the exclusion of, wealthy, and the Methodist congrega- fuiy person, or chureh from Christian tion, on the othor hand was small and an object of hatred and rovoiigc; moet him with a frown, toreioK'ii at|,.„„, , ,. , ,„ ,-,. . ,. , .... , ', . •.' tnom, and that wo will cuUiyato onr his calamities, and envy him in pros- U,„„„„„, „, p ,. , > i ,• ii" ,, ' -11 1 , ' uenuvolont reelings by doing them perity, wore considered manly and . , . i n i ' ri i .. • v'u ^. -V 1 J -^ , goo( , woshul bo very ikolv to imbibe dignified, and as a proper ri'seiitnient 7 .V- •* ^c •*• j y >^>.iu *=., ' , /.,, .^ . ' J a spirit ol oriposition, or at least a on the part of the iiiiured. i •'.. .. ,,',,.' ' , . .. ' TT 'in. J-n 1 PI i-pirit ol iiidillerence und inaction lo- tlow diflerent the language of Jesus; ' „ i ,i -¦ ¦, , . . ¦^ ° ' ward4 them; from vvhich our virtues r the affec- maficles of , tr 1, iV J' • ¦ ¦ £¦ i ¦ 1 I mu bctly, are only vigorous whon most establish tlio divine origin of Ins boly i j^j -^' J h religion. For, while impostors gain ' rr ¦*> ¦ i » i * i ^ ' . I. . - f-' I lietico if we wiflji to bo utrong and tians" simply, find themselves without! He enjoins love to enemies, a precept. ,^,,^t „,^^y^.^ materially, f<w their "own company" andare solid- ''^ direct opposition to sx^lflove, andny , ,_^ ^^^.^^^^ ^^, ^^^^^'^^^^ ted to become, members of Sectarian many thought lolie Bufficient proof to tho body, are only vigorous an assendency over the minds of men by flattery, and an unholy tampering with passions already in the ascend¬ ant; he strikes at the root of all ovil, and requires that the passions be sub¬ dued, and the heart cultivated, till in¬ stead of unholy feelings and desiroi, every emotion of the soul becomes love, and every action bears tho inij.rcss of benevolence and good will to men— to all men—not only to our friends, but to our enemies likewise. To love our enemies has been and is Uhoful ChriMtians, wo mHStahriuk from no duty; and wheu by solfdcnial we aro able to meet the buftetings o,f our ctieinies. with roturos of kindiiess, wo shall be prepared .by our spiritual at- tainnuiiits, to exhibit, to the world re¬ ligion, that celestial boon, I's pure af| its nativoskies, bright as tho mid-tjay sun, and more to be desired than thd treasures of the mino, or tho richest pearls of the mightiy deep. J. N. Spooji i j Milford, N.J.Juhj'Zr}, IStiO. still regarded by Bomo, as one ofthe, hard pyings of" Jesus, as something ill-1 q-'he iiunctual man can p^rfbrm volving an impossibility, a coramand- tw.ico as much, at lea.st, as flViother menlwhich human naturein its weak-1 man. with twice the ca8o''lin(t' eatis- ness is not able to fulfill. The seeming, foytion to himself, and with equal severity of thi.'S precept however, I am satisfaction to others.—Todd. ¦ fully persuaded arises from a miscon-' — » .. * i 'i. ception of it.'3 truo import. ' Reasoning implies dOubt and unccr- It would indeed bo impostiihle for tainty; therefore God does not reason.
|Title||Gospel Herald, 1860-08-18|
|Subject||General Convention of the Christian Church -- Periodicals|
|Place||New Carlisle (Ohio)|
|Source||V 286.605 G694|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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