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INTELLIGENCE.

ASIA.

I went out to proclaim the gospel, my

teacher accompanying me. When he had HINDRANCES TO THE GOSPEL IN CHINA.

discoursed, several said, “ This is a foreigner The Calcutta Christian Observer for Decem- devoted to carrying out the opium-trade. ber last contains some extracts from the How can he exhort men to believe in Jesus journal of a native Christian assistant mis- and to do good ? If he gives away medicines, sionary in China, named Cheng, which he ought to cure opium-smokers.” furnishes pointed illustrations of the fact, On worship day, I spake first of God the that the great obstacie among the heathen creator of all things, and then of Jesus' dying to the reception of the gospel is the miscon to save men. The words were not finished duct of professed Christians.

when some men said, “ That man's teacher is An inquirer said, “Sir, how many years is a foreigner who sells opium, how can you it from the time of Jesus until now, and how hear him talk of justice and harmony?" I far is it from Judea to the Central Land ?" I said, “ He does not sell opium ; but not fearreplied, " It is 1846 years since the birth of ing the sea, las come thousands of miles to Jesus. If the wind is fair you can go to teach men to worship the true God.” They Judea in about two months.” He replied, said, "Why does he give away medicines, “ The red-haired men who distribute these and exhort men against opium, and not cure books, also sell opium : this is false benevo so many opium-smokers? lence." I said, Foreigners are good and The editor of the Calcutta Christian Obbad; the good worship God, believe in Jesus, server adds, “ It is lamentable to hear on do good, and love all men as themselves : every hand of the great obstacle to the prothe wicked are the avaricious who do not gress of the truth which is presented by the worship God, and do not believe in Jesus. opium-trade, a traffic sanctioned by the Hereafter God will punish and reward the government of India, and from which it good and bad of all nations." I gave books derives a considerable revenue. Romanists and came away.

and protestants equally bear testimony to A gentleman from the Shangtung province this, that the opium-trade, so baneful to the called and said, “This is the place of a physical and moral health of the people, and foreigner who bas come to teach men the prejudicial to the moneyed interests of the Roman catholic religion, is it not so ?” I Chinese empire, is the great obstacle to the replied, That religion and the religion of spread of the gospel. At every step the Jesus are widely different ; the Roman Christian missionary is met with the charge, catholics are like the Buddhists, they use • You are a nation of opium-dealers ; on the idols." After the preaching, he said, “ The one hand you preach peace and life, on the doctrine is excellent, but why do the disciples other you spread disease, poverty, and of Jesus sell opium, nor forbid it coming to death.' the flowery land ?" I said, “ You are in error; there are good and bad of all nations; if all men were the disciples of Jesus, there would be no unjust guins: as for opium, the In the New York Christian Observer we Chinese are to blame for taking what the find so compendious an

account of this foreigners so wickedly bring them. It is not interesting people, that we doubt not that it given away, but is as dear as pearls. The will be acceptable to many of our readers, opium-eaters are their own destroyers: they though some of them are probably familiar do not die from violence.”

with the facts to which it refers. It is deIn the afternoon, many children came to rived from an address delivered in public by worship. I discoursed on the creation of the Mr. Abbot, who had been for ten years a world, and the coming of Jesus. Many missionary in and near Burmal. hearers were present. An old man said, “What you say is reasonable, but the red All the present missions among them are haired men sell opium, and in other things east or west of Burmah. About 1500 or act improperly, how can they exhort men 1600 of these people are now in Arracan, a about God ?"

long strip of coast between the Bengal sua Next day, after preaching, many said, “It and mountains separating it from Burmah. is difficult to believe the red-haired men's They have no government. These Karens religion, and selling opium."

bad neither written language nor religion until

THE KARENS.

MADAGASCAR.

visited by the missionaries. Mr. Abbot was army. One had sent him a hundred dollars at Rangoon in 1837, when there was a rebel- at one time, for his school. lion against the government, and the greatest possible alarm among the people. At this time he met with a young Karen who told bim that if he would go with him to his friends,

AFRICA. some three days' journey distant, he thought they would hear and embrace the gospel. He accompanied him, none inquiring his object, A circular has been issued by the secretaries because they were wholly occupied with their of the London Missionary Society, with a On concerns. He found a man, since known copy of which we have been favoured, in as the young chief; he was then wild as a which they say, “ There is still hope for mountain deer. He became a convert, learned Madagascar. God is hearing the pravers of to read, began to preach, and multitudes from his people, and the things we now communithe whole country thronged to hear him. cate are answers to prayer. We have often Additional native teachers and preachers called you to weep for that land; we now Fere sent out, and through these men the invite you to rejoice, and yet not without truths of the gospel were diffused widely in trembling; for the spirit of persecution still all that region.

survives, and the dangers to which the little In 1839, the missionaries left Burmah, not | flock is exposed are still many and serious. because it was unsafe in time of peace, though Our consolation is, that 'greater is He who is in time of war every man who wears a hat is with them than all that can be against liable to be imprisoned. All religions are them.'" tolerated, but no proselyting is allowed. The Mr. Baker, a missionary at Port Louis, first man who abandons the religion of Boodh Mauritius, says, “I have just received from for Christianity is exposed to the most cruel | Madagascar, seven letters of the deepest oppression. Worse than savage tortures are interest, from the native Christians. Their often inflicted upon those who offend the chief topic is the conversion to the Christian government. Rangoon is a beautiful place. faith of Rakotondradama, the queen's only son The missionaries might have safely stayed; but and heir apparent to the throne. This great they could do nothing. The Jesus Christ men event appears to have occurred towards the (as the missionaries are called) were told they middle of last year. Abandoned to the power could not have a Karen even as a servant of their persecutors, and all human help We crossed the mountains into Arracan, and apparently afar off, the Christians, after see. at one place I baptized at one time 100 con- ing at least twenty of their number suffer verts. Our religion had crossed before us. martyrdom, were becoming discouraged, when A young pedlar who had gone into Burmah, they found in the young prince, now seventeen had found some Christians, and received from years of age, if not an all-powerful support for them a tract in Burmese, which he could read the present, at least a brighter hope for the -an epitome of the gospel ; and on his re- future, should an overruling Providence place turn to his village, in Arracan, comprising some him on the throne of his ancestors."... ten or twelve families, he read the tract, and The following are extracts :all at once received the truth and began to • The increase of people believing the word Torship the Christian's God. The old men of God is very great, and Rakotondradama had a tradition that white strangers would (the prince) has received the word of God; come in a golden ship and bring them a reli- so that the twenty-one captive Christians gion in a white book; and they believe this were not put to death by the queen ; for tract of white paper to contain the account of Rakoto prevented it, by the blessing of God, this religion. In Arracan and over the and the queen has not slain them. The land mountains are twenty-six churches, and the is full of robbers, and the queen is continually number of communicants about 3100. There putting them to death; yet they will not be are two ordained natire pastors, and some stopped, but continue to increase.” twenty-three native preachers. It is about “ This is our state here: the Christian three days' journey over the mountains from assemblies became lukewarm and discouraged Arracan into Burmah. About 100 Karens after the martyrdom of the nine Christians in have fled from persecution in Burmah and 1840; but a certain youth received the word kettled in Arracan. The cholera soon after of God, and became exceedingly bold and stept off more than a hundred of them. One powerful in proclaiming it; and we had eburch at Great Plains has 170 members. assemblies every Wednesday, and Saturday, Some of the churches are ten days' journey and Sunday, in a large house, and we became apart. The Karens are anxious for instruc- very numerous (more than one hundred netv tion, and hundreds of youth would be placed converts were made). The name of this under the tuition of competent teachers. young man is Ramaka ; called by us, for Arracan is under the protection of the British secrecy, Rasalasala (the bold one). It was government, and Mr. Abbot had been treated he, through his courage, that obtained the with noble generosity by officers of the British prince to receive the word of God. If it had

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not been for the help of God, through the inquires, the more his convictions will be intercession of Rakoto, the twenty-one Chris- deepened of the divine origin and authority of tians would have been destroyed. Tell all the Christian religion. Yet the Christians, in our friends that Rakotondradania does indeed their letters, beg that prayers may be offered receive the word of God in much love: but up for him by Christians. They probably his mother remains (i. e., a heathen)." fear for the purity of his life, amidst general

“And we, five months after we had gained corruption and the temptations to which he over the prince, were the subjects of a perse- will be peculiarly exposed; and all their hope cution, twenty-one being made prisoners, and is placed in the help of God." nearly put to death by the queen; but by the help of God afforded to Rakotondradama, it was prevented: the queen's heart relented.

EUROPE. These twenty-one were out of one hundred who bad recently received the word of God, and had been accused to the government,

The new pope is said to be a liberal; and it but, by the blessing of God, the accusation has been represented as a heinous offence, by was not pursued; for Raininiharo (the queen's some professed protestants, to do anything to prime minister) burned the list of names, hav- subvert his influence, he being himself a ing found amongst them is own aide-de-camp. reformer. Some flagrant abuses he has The believers augment very much." The last letter, addressed to the missionaries he has a sufficiently acute perception of what

doubtless shown a disposition to rectify, and at Mauritius, is signed with the prince's is politic, to know that it is desirable to combine name, as under his sanction, dated “ Foule- gentleness of manner with firmness in enforcpointe, February 7th, 1846.” “We went up to Antananarivo, and there is no such improvement, however, as to

ing the essentials of his system. That there met (in a religious assembly) with the queen's promise anything of real value is shown in son and the persecuted Christians, nothing the Encyclical Letter which he has just disheartened by the temptations of Satan, addressed to all patriarchs, primates, archthough they may suffer in bonds : and those bishops, and bishops." Christians not persecuted we found increasing exceedingly; yea, becoming indeed many. The right of men to judge for themselves And Rakotondradama, the queen's son, makes of the meaning of God's testimony is denied very great progress in the love of the Lord, in the following terms:by God's blessing, and is able to assemble “ Hence, too, plainly appears in what error some Christians with himself every night, to they continue, who, abusing their reasoning thank and praise God. Oh, blessed be God, powers, and esteeming the word of God as a who has caused his mercy to descend upon human production, dare rashly to interpret it, Rakotondradama and all the people ! Never. when God himself has appointed a living theless, the laws of the queen (against Chris- authority to teach the true and legitimate tianity) are very severe ; but the kingdom of sense of his heavenly revelation, to establish our Lord and yours, makes progress; and it, to settle away all controversies on matters the Christians augment greatly in numbers, of faith and morals with an infallible decision, say

50 that the faithful may not be carried about “RAKOTONDRADAMA, by every wind of the wickedness of men to “ And the Christians at Antananarivo. | the circumventing of error. Which living “And we at Foulepointe want books, say and infallible authority exists only in that

JESoA, HAREM, &c." church which, built by Christ our Lord on “ From the above signature of the prince," Peter, the head, the chief and pastor of the adds Mr. Baker, “ I infer he is looked upon whole church, whose faith he promised should as the head of the Christians at Antananarivo. never fail-has ever her legitimate pontiffs A perilous office! There is, indeed, some- deducing their origin without intermission thing heroic in his position. It reminds from Peter himself, placed in his chair, heirs one of the olden times. It is a striking and possessors of the same doctrine, dignity, instance of that decision of character nobly honour, and power. And since where Peter characteristic of the Haras; and I may add, is there is the church,' and Peter speaks by it is a signal instance of the grace of God. the Roman pontiff, and ever lives and exOnce convinced, he took no counsel with ercises judgment in his successors, and gives political expediency and unmanly fears, but forth the truth of faith to those seeking it, joined himself to the poor persecuted Chris- therefore the divine words are clearly to be tians, and I have little doubt he will prove, received in that sense which this Roman like the earlier martyrs of his nation, “faithful chair of blessed Peter, the mother and unto death,' if called upon so to attest the mistress of all churches, hath always presincerity of his convictions. But I cannot served whole and inviolate, and has ever think the aged queen would give up her only taught to the faithful, showing to all the path son to death; and the more he is persecuted, of safety and the doctrine of uncorrupted the more he will inquire; and the more he truth. For this is the chief of churches, from

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