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10. Now, therefore, O ye kings, grow wise; at once David's Son and David's

Be instructed, ye rulers of the earth, Lord. 11. Serye Jehovah with fear,

Mr. Pitcairn deals with this, the And rejoice with diffidence.

prophetical view, in twenty chapters, 12. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, in which he fully develops the perfect

And ye be cut off in your course ; For yet a little, and his anger shall adaptation of every portion of the burn,

Psalm,—its declarations, its threatBlessed is every one who hath taken enings, its promises, its admonitions, shelter in him.

and its song of triumph,—to the whole

train of circumstances attendant on Mr. Pitcairn quite subscribes to the the first and second coming of the double sense view of the interpreta- Lord Jesus Christ; and winds up with tion of the Psalms, as

a conclusion, upon which, and other "expressive in their primary and literal portions of the work, we must reserve meaning, of certain events in the history our remarks until our next number. and experience, either of the individuals “ Zion's King" is no light volume who were inspired to indite them, or of which attracts and pleases the fancy, the Israelites, in their national capacity, but it is a rich and instructive expo

nosen people of God; and thatsition of a Psalm full of glowing proin their spiritual and typical meaning, phecy as to the kingdom and univerthey reveal deeper mysteries and greater sal dominion of Christ, and as such truths, which are applicable only to the

deserves, and will well repay, more Lord Jesus Christ, and to His true

than one perusal. Church.” He accordingly declares his purpose to be,

VOICES OF THE DAY. By the Rev. “ First, To advert to those events and John CUMMING, D.D., Fcap. 8vo, oiroumstances in the personal history of

pp. 452. J. F. Shaw. Dayid to which the psalm has a reference; and, Secondly, To show how much more

Another Work from the prolific fully its wonderful contents find their and untiring pen of Dr. Cumming. accomplishment in that wonderful Person

The Scottish Doctor neither allows age, who was at once David's Son and himself or his readers any rest, but David's Lord. In other words, we cannot pours upon the ever-growing number do justice to the subject which claims of his admirers, the rich and sweet our consideration, unless we view it both treasures of a heart, mind, and voice, Historically and Prophetically.

-all attuned to the service of our Our expositor then proceeds, in six

common Redeemer. In many an interesting chapters, to view David the

author it would be a dangerous exSon of Jesse as Jehovah's Anointed, periment thus largely to verify the and dwells upon the vain confederacy Royal Preacher's memorable warnof kings and peoples of the earth ing, that "of making many books against the Lord's anointed King of there is no end;” but in the case of Zion; the foundation of His kingdom Dr. Cumming, his friends abundantly upon the hill of Zion; the declaration contradict the remaining portion of that He is the Son of God; the

the sentence, “ that much reading

prᏅ mise to David of the inheritance of “is a weariness to the flesh,” Doubtthe earth ; the promise of victory over

less the doctor's discretion will preevery enemy; and the exhortation to serve him from sharing the too comkings and judges of the earth to sub- mon danger of over-supplying the mit to His authority.

wants or ability of his readers, All this was promised to David,

“ The night is far spent, the day and in his measure of an earthly

is at hand;"- this is the motto kingdom, power and glory and do

text with which Dr. Cumming opens minion were given, and then David

his utterance of the “ Voices of the passed away, and the full, eternal,

Day.” and more glorious interpretation of “ Amid much that is painful to the the Psalm, belongs to Him who was heart, and perplexing to the mind, it is

Great pro

delightful to know that the night to which spent, the day is at hand.' such perplexities and pains are confined is phetic epochs, as well as Apocalyptic far spent, and that the day that dissipates symbols, are all passing rapidly into them all is close at hand. Scripture and fulfilment. The six thousand years of the signs of the times so teach us." the world, to which the Jew attaches so

much importance, are nearly closed, In proof of this the author pro- the year 1864 begins the seventh milceeds at page 8,

lenary of the world's history, which the “We may expect that just because Jew anticipates as the world's grand rest the night is far spent, and the day is at

--the earth's holy and happy Sabbath. hand, the conflict will become hotter,

Perhaps some of us may live to see it. the evil for a season intenser, and trials Perhaps some of us may never see death; multiplied thousandfold. Who can look For the trumpet shall sound, and the

dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we back to the last five years and not see that we have scarcely passed a year

that are alive at his coming shall be without a special chastisement or judg- caught up to meet the Lord in the air."" ment of God. In one year was the May these “Voices of the Day," failure of the crops; in another year the have the effect of leading some failure of our commercial prosperity ; in amongst us who may be taking dark another the pestilence, that swept away and anxious views of the possible eighteen thousand of this city alone; cloudy termination of a night of perand in this year the irruption of a moral plexity, to accept the bright and pestilence, I use this expression not to joyful anticipations of that morning offend those Roman Catholics who of dawn, which is to give to the Church course repudiate the charge, but because a time is come for us to tell them more

of Christ, the long expected and emphatically than ever, what the Bible

watched - for glories of its Sun of enunciates about their system !--and be.

Righteousness. cause the judgments denounced on it are about to descend-judgments from which

ANGLICANISM CONSIDERED IN ITS REI conjure them to escape as Lot from Sodom, lest they receive of its plagues. SULTS. By WILLIAM DODSWORTH, All these things indicate that the day is

M.A. (Continued from p. 185.) at hand. Ancient prophecies are nearly all fulfilled. The Apocalyptic vials are In our former notice of this pamphnearly all poured out. The seventh is let, we pointed out that it ought to be pouring out, and its effects are felt in

considered in a twofold aspect,-in every land, and acknowledged by almost its reference to Tractarianism first, in every interpreter of prophecy. The seventh

which point of view we then consitrumpet has sounded, and its echoes are re

dered it, and fully admitted that it verberating over all the earth. The seals have all been broken, and the mysterious

was weighty and powerful; and secontents are made known. The eve of condly, its reference to Evangelical the last conflict has come. Well drilled

Christianity. On the pamphlet, conforces are mustering to the battle. Our sidered in this view, we feel ourselves own country is stirred at this moment to called upon, as we then stated, to its depths, as if there were in its very make some additional remarks,- reconscience-in the national conscience marks which are demanded by our an instinctive premonition of what is regard to Scriptural Truth. speedily coming on the earth, and a moral Mr. Dodsworth's pamphlet is not sensibility, which makes me think more addressed to those who hold Evanhighly of this great country than I ever gelical doctrines. Its primary object thought in my life. It has a perception clear and fixed, that the dismantler of the holy, incidentally and by the way, he frereally lies. Mr. D. both sees and tical, in the quiet and undisturbed feels this; and he says so in plain possession of those who are Protestterms:

is not to assail them. Nevertheless, the enslaver of the free, the shutter of God's Worl, is come amongst us to make quently aims at them a shaft or two, his last, and I know it will not be his suc

in a manner that serves to illustrate cessful, stand for the night, in opposition

that enmity against the Gospel which to the breaking-day-for darkness, in we may reasonably expect to find in opposition to light-for slavery, in oppo- any one who joins the great apostacy. sition to freedom-for anti-Christ, in For it is between that apostacy and opposition to Christ. • The night is tar the simple Gospel that the contest

ants indeed. But no. After long

labouring, as it would seem, to quiet “Let us see where the conflict really

his own uneasy conscience by prelies : : not between Rome, and Anglicanism which has nothing to say for itself; but be

tending, or by endeavouring to pertween Rome, and those who will pronounce

suade himself, that his opponents the chief bishop of Christ's Church to be were as inconsistent as himself, he antichrist; between Rome, and those

cannot even now confess his own who would involve thousands of saints in past inconsistency and dishonesty, a system of IDOLATRY! between Rome without an attempt to fix a similar and Evangelicalism, which, professing to charge upon them. rest on the Bible, repudiates the Church which gave it the Bible--and so at last

“ The practical results which I mean between Rome and Infidelity, where I

to point out are those which affect the am persuaded the real conflict will be allegiance of Anglicans to the Established found to be."

Church, and their continuance in it. The

difficulties then involved in these results We quote this passage because, are such as will not be felt to be diffiwhile it truly states the parties be- culties by the low-church school. Men of tween whom the conflict lies, it also that party have indeed difficulties enough shews us clearly the animus of the of their own-difficulties which one may man. The conflict is indeed “between suppose have risen to a climax, since Rome and Evangelicalism." But

after having expended the severest cenwhat can be more false and wicked sures upon men who were driven to a

non natural sense' in their exposition of than to say the Church of Rome is

the articles,' they are compelled to adopt “ the Church which gave it the Bi

the very same 'figure of speech' in their ble,”—when it is notorious, that our

interpretation of the ritual of the Estab. having the Bible is in spite of the lished Church. Church of Rome,– which kept the “The recent decision in the Gorham Bible from us as long as it could, and case, however distressing to high-churchstill wrests it from us wherever and men, can certainly be no triumph to whenever it can! and then to say, those of the opposite school : for it de. " and so at last between Rome and cides that the doctrine of 'baptismal Infidelity”!! as if Evangelicalism (to regeneration, considered by them as use his own word) had any alliance soul-destroying,' may be taught in the or connexion with Infidelity! when it

Church of England, as equally true, and is notorious that Romanism and Infi

of equal authority, with their own doc.

trine. In fact, both parties, if true to delity are very near akin; that they

their own principles, are put in a selfwork into one another's hands; that

destructive position by this decision." they can, and do, cordially unite in opposition to the Gospel (like the Phari- We should be glad to join issue sees and Sadducees of old); that a with Mr. D. upon this passage, by very large portion of the Romish

entering into the question at much clergy are mere infidels at heart; andgreater length than our limits will at this present moment, the Pope is admit at present. But we will only upheld at Rome by the bayonets of ask, Does Mr. D. pretend to say, that infidel France !!

the difficulties of Evangelical ChurchOne other passage we must quote, men are worthy to be named by the in order to shew the animus of the side of those which are, and must be, writer in regard to our Evangelical felt by Anglicans? What do they brethren. Having come to the con- amount to? That, in the whole clusion that, as the result of those Prayer-book, there are perhaps some principles which he has long main- six or seven expressions, which many tained, he must leave the Church of of them think might be altered or England and join that of Rome,-one omitted with advantage; and that might have supposed that he would chiefly, because the Romanizing party be content to leave that Church, which in the Church have, for a long course he abandons as Protestant and here- of years, been labouring to fix upon

them a Romish sense. We are not, ple asserted in the words of our Artiof course, speaking for individuals, cles which we have quoted. here and there, whose objections and To say, then, that we adopt"a nondifficulties have been cherished and natural sense, or any such “figure multiplied to a far greater extent, of speech,” is a mere slander. We and whom we must leave to answer only insist on the application of the for themselves. We speak in general principle asserted in our Articles, to terms of the Evangelical body,- very Iimit the application of the words to many of whom do not even go so far those to whom alone they can by any as we have stated,—do not wish for possibility belong : that is to say, “to any alteration. And we say of them them that rightly, worthily, and with as a body, that all they desire is, that faith receive the Sacrament of Bapthe principle so plainly enunciated in tism,-or, in other words, to them the Articles should be kept in con- who fulfil the promises of faith and stant remembrance in the administra- repentance which are made in their tion of the sacraments : in such only name. With regard to those who as worthily receive the same they have never fulfil those promises, we can a wholesome effect or operation : but only say, “they that receive the sathey that receive them unworthily pur- craments unworthily purchase to chase to themselves damnation, as themselves damnation." Saint Paul saith.” (Art. xxv.)

We might proceed: but this may Let this be kept in constant remem- suffice. With regard to “the ritual brance, both by ministers and people. of the Established Church,”—-taken Then observe (though too commonly as a whole, the Tractarians, and not it is most strangely overlooked) that we, are the persons who interpret it our Church nowhere asserts “that in "a non-natural sense,” in their every infant baptized by a lawful mi- constant endeavours to give it a Ronister . is made by God, in such mish meaning, when in fact it is truly baptism, a member of Christ;" or Protestant. " that all infants, so baptized, are Again: “The recent decision in born again of water and of the Holy the Gorham case” does not decide, Ghost.” The language of our Church that the soul-destroying doctrine of in her formularies is particular and baptismal regeneration may be taught individual. No man, be he bishop or in the Church of England. All that what else, has any warrant to make it decides is, that those who deny that general or universal, which our baptismal regeneration cannot be exChurch makes only particular; and pelled from their livings, or position restrains, distinctly and emphatically, in the Church, as unfaithful to its to those " that receive baptism rightly.' doctrines. All other questions, that (Art. xxvii.) The Services are con- decision labours to leave (as far as structed for those who receive the direct assertion is concerned) just sacrament rightly. How could we

where it found them : but it proves construct a christian formulary for that the doctrine of baptismal regenethose who do not? Let then each ration, which was asserted in the Arindividual examine himself whether he ticles of 1536 and 1543, is not the be in the faith, (2 Cor. xiii

. 5) —or, in doctrine of the Church of England other words, whether he have worthily now; nor ever has been since the Arreceived that sacrament, or unwor- ticles of 1552 and 1562 were pubthily. If such self-examination be lished and authorized. And what is neither inculcated nor practised, the this but proving, that the Evangelical more scriptural and excellent our doctrine on that subject, is the real formularies are, the more will they doctrine of our Church ? and that the be by multitudes profaned, and made Evangelical clergy are its only true a solemn mockery. It is nowhere and faithful ministers? asserted by our Church that “all in- Moreover, if the Church had never fants are worthy recipients.” To as- pronounced a decision on the point, sert that all are so, is an unwarranted that is to say, if our twenty-fifth and assumption, and sets aside the princi- twenty-seventh Articles

were

ex

we are

punged, (which state the doctrine we upon the Scriptures. We should say maintain plainly enough,)--our posi- (as we do say), “To the law and to tion would be little affected by it. We the testimony:" and we should set do not, like the Tractarians, rely upon forth from that word, -as the authority of the Church; but of bound to set forth,—the truth of the God's own word. So that, if the Living God, and the guilt and conChurch had pronounced nothing on demnation of those who dare to darken this point, we should just fall back

or deny it.

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Intelligence.
THE MAY MEETINGS.

of more than £7,979 over the receipts If the meetings of our various reli- of last year. The following is a gegious societies have not been so nu- neral summary of the missions : merously attended as usual, it has

Stations

108

135 not been from any diminution of European Missionaries

East Indian Missionaries interest or support, but must, we Native Missionaries suppose, in some measure be ascribed European Catechists and other Laymen to the novel attractions of the Great

European Female Teachers .

East-Indian and Country-born Teachers Exhibition. It is a matter for great

Native Teachers

1,513 thankfulness, that nearly all of the

Communicants

14,154

Baptisms during the year, Adults and principal societies have had to report

4,933 an increase of their funds, besides

Attendants on Christian Worship, esti-
mated at

107,000 gratifying their supporters with satis- Scholars under Christian Instruction, factory statements of their progress.

estimated at .

40,000

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Children

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

THE BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE

SOCIETY.

One of the principal points for notice in the anniversary of this noble We cannot conceal the strange Society, is the sermon by the able feeling that takes possession of our and excellent Bishop of Ossory, from mind, when we read the following Col. i. 18, "That in all things He brief mention of the opening of this might have the pre-eminence. We anniversary meeting: "The Rev. C. presume not to detract from the un- Browne, one of the Secretaries of the questionable ability, and true chris- Society, opened the proceedings by tian fervour, which marked a sermon reading the fifty-fifth chapter of Isaiah.of unusual length and power; we What a strange thing it is, that in a could not, however, avoid feeling a Society which meets to record its suclittle disappointment at the absence of cessful circulation of that word of God much of that peculiar information and which teaches us in all things, by encouragement so naturally looked for prayer and supplication, with thanksin a missionary anniversary sermon. giving, to make known our requests

Another point of interest occurred unto God, there should still exist any at the meeting, in which an unusual barrier against the utterance either of departure from the beaten track was a form, or the extempore offering, of made, by affording us a noble speech prayer for the Divine blessing. The from Dr. Duff, of the Free Church of Society has made an admirable choice Scotland's missions. It is enough to of a new President, in the person of say, that Dr. Duff gave the most un- the justly loved and honoured noblequalified satisfaction, by his generous man, Lord Ashley, in the room of the testimony to the character and opera- late venerable Lord Bexley. May tions of the Society's missionaries, es- his Lordship long be spared, to give pecially in the calumniated work of the Society the benefit of his wise Tinnevelly.

christian counsel and extensive influThe grand total of the income Dr. Duff was here again one for the past year was reported at of the chief attractions of the

meeting, £112,252. 18s. 7d., being an increase and gave it a most interesting state

ence.

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