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ceive that some of Mr. Cecil's most though there should be no claim to prejudiced hearers were soothed and respect in the ministers' conduct, nay softened by finding that the “ Chris even in despite of every thing that is tian greatness,” of the priesthood is calculated to excite the most connot assumption, but humility, ac- trary feelings. Is not this one of cording to the declaration of our the very features of Popery? How Lord, “Whosoever will be great can Mr. Preston expect that the among you, let him be your minister; people will sincerely respect a man and whosoever will be chief among whose conduct is disreputable, and you, let him be your servant.” whose sacred office only renders
We may have mistaken the drift his delinquencies the more abhorof Mr. Preston's sermon, and shall rent? But let our author speak fairly be glad to find we have done so; for himself :but, as it appears to us, its tendency “ This feeling (of want of submission is to encourage that very spirit which to ecclesiastical authority), carried to the every true friend of the Church point of rejection, is that of our open adwishes to see for ever discarded as
versaries : but it is a question of serious
import how far the same disinclination to incompatible with civil liberty, with submit to the actual authority of their fellowthe usages of modern life, with Pro
men may be secretly working in the testantism, and with genuine Christi- minds of many members of the Estabanity. If a layman had been speaking and at present kept in check by old habit
lished Church, unknown to themselves, to laymen, it would have been well- and association. timed to tell them of the just rever “ It may not, therefore, be out of place ence which they owe to the “priest
on this occasion, to state the grounds upon hood,” or rather, using a better which the ministers of the Church still
claim that authority.” pp. 5, 6. phrase, to the faithful ministers of
“ We contend that this forms in fact Christ. But for a priest to rise a part of that great system of subjection, among priests, to tell them of the which not only keeps society together, but high respect which others owe them, has its higher and ultimate object in the
training of our spirits, as capable of virtue was not perhaps so necessary as to and happiness for ever. shew, as Mr. Cecil does, how they authority—let a man, at any period of his might ensure that respect by their course, have nothing to stand in awe of, own conduct. The topic of Mr. and there is no degree of wretchedness, as Preston's discourse is the priest's be must not be betrayed.” p. 6.
there is no limit to the errors, into which "authority,” and the people's duty; , “The sense of ourobligation to obey God that of Mr. Cecil's is the priest's as our paramount Lord, would be shaduty, which, as he was chiefly ad-dowy and evanescent, and fade away, if
there were no provision made to repredressing his brethren, was the more
sent it continually to the eyes of men. important; for it seldom necessary In the provision actually made, not for to remind men of their rights; but the undue elevation of a single class, but it is very necessary to remind for the general good, our Maker has fol:
lowed His usual rule of action. There them of their obligations; to tell is no gift, however precious, not even husbands of their duties to their that highest of all, the knowledge and wives, and wives their duties to their love of Himself
, which is not conveyed to husbands : and the same of parents us, in part, through our fellow-men. We
are ordained to be instruments of good to and children, masters and servants, each other, because we are all members of magistrates and subjects, ministers one body. And it is but a branch of the
We are all ready to system that a part of society should be exact what is due to ourselves; but invested with the office of representing few of us sufficiently remember what ful Lord and King : that they should thus
God's authority over the whole as rightwe owe to each other. Mr. Preston give shape and reality to the speculative tells his brethren that they are to conception, and lead men to the actual assert and maintain their own dig- contemplation of Him, sitting upon the
throne, to execute judgment upon all the nity, “claiming submission;” not
dwellers upon the earth. indeed, he admits, “ for ourselves,” " Whoever then confesses God as his but he adds “ to ourselves," and this Lord, and also desires to retain his obedi
ence to Him, will never hesitate to admit unless we become as little children, we
It is with pain we perceive a cler-
sembled brethren a spirit like this, ment thus to shew that without the
because nothing more has tended to priesthood, as visibly ruling in God's name, injure the Church of England than there would be great danger of the Divine those relics of it which have survived Authority being disregarded entirely, Popery. Ask the tradesmen around that men would shake off their allegiance. But besides its use, as a witness of the
a college or cathedral, or the merSupreme Ruler, there is this invaluable chants in our towns, or the farmers benefit arising out of the relative position in many a rustic parish, or the gentry occupied by the ministers of God--that it not only sets before us the idea of God think of the neighbouring clergy,
at many a country-seat, what they as our Sovereign, but serves directly to train our wills and affections in the obe and will not the answer often be, dience due to Him as such.
“ They are much too lordly and “ For this habitual submission of the authoritative; they seem to form a people to their minister, paid indeed to his person, but not to him as a man,
caste of themselves, and to look brings the heart into that very frame and down upon us laymen as far below posture which is essential to the true them ; it is a pity they do not throw worshipping of our Creator, and leads
off the high priest, and mix with us men not merely to know God, but also to know Him as their God. Besides,
with less of mortifying condescenand above the instruction of the ignorant, sion." We do not say that the charge there is this advantage incidental to the is true; the clergy of a close are percharacter of those who serve in holy haps quite as humble as the mayor things. They who honour God's ministers aright learn in the act to honour and corporation ; but that it is urged God. The deference due from all to
as sufficient to shew that there is no the dignity of the message we bear, great necessity for the particular line checks the emotions of pride and self of remark which Mr. Preston has sufficiency. To measure the utility of such an office by the quantity of positive selected. It is true that he adds to instruction, (though this is uniquestionably his statements, that “ the sense of a main and leading object,) by the number the dignity of their commission of truths conveyed from the pulpit to should humble, as well as elevate the people, is to form a very imperfect their spirits ;” and that “ though set estimate of the influence exercised by the priesthood. Rather it is beyond calcula- above our fellow -men,” we differ from tion, because it works unseen, how much those who obey our rule in nothing of religious feeling is derived from the but a more fearful responsibility; outward form and expression of it. How but even these admissions are lordly, much the heart owes to the accustomed spectacle of the worship of God in His and are not more than are professed solemn assemblies, where one is invested by the pope himself, that “ servant with authority in his name, and set over of the servants of God.” How much the congregation. Not that to them, who listen, is thus denied the right of judging
more really dignified is Mr. Cecil's for themselves, (it is their positive duty" delineation of Christian and mito do it,) but that the disposition to cavil nisterial greatness.” It is not inand dispute, and the ever-recurring sense of self-sufficiency, is thus kept in check, Paul calls “
deed incompatible with what St. and the main stumbling-block'in a Chris
magnifying his office;" tian's course removed. Under an autho- but it is utterly hostile to that Laudrity admitted by all as the delegate of the and-Sancroft system, which is too apt Supreme, the heart of the worshipper be- to obtrude upon the ministers of comes by prepossession and by babit more teachable as it is inore humble; that very
Christ, especially in a rich and statewhich is the condition of all God's gifts powerful hierarchy, alienating the and graces to man—and wanting which, affections of the people, and leading
them to expect a degree of public committed unto them. Yet, even these deference and “ obedience and apostles and ministers of Christ have a “submission,” with which, however tion to Christ their Head, which swallows
greatness, arising from their spiritual relamuch entitled to it, they are not up all the honour by which they are visi
It now-a-days greatly overburdened. bly distinguished from each other. We are quite sure that if our clergy may be said to the most powerful and
honoured instrument in the church, ' Notare to recover the popular venera
withstanding, in this rejoice not, because tion which Mr. Preston admits they the spirits are subject unto you ; but rahave well-nigh lost, it will not be ther rejoice, because your names are writeither by mere dean-and-chapter ten in heaven.' The blessings and privi
leges which you enjoy, in common with dignity, or by demanding
the least disciple, are greater than those dience
and submission," as per- which separate you from them : • For he
set above their fellow-men,' that is least among you all, the same shall and expecting as dispensers of the be great. Several times in the Gospe.
does this subject recur; and on each ocSacraments what Popery gave to the casion our Saviour turned the weakness sacrificers of the Mass; but by that of his disciples into an important instrucmeek humility, that self-denying tion.” pp.
3_5. zeal, that faithfulness in the dispen- blessed Virgin, and like Hannah, to trace
“ It is delightful to be able, like the sation of Divine truth, that anxiety all our greatness and exaltation to the for the glory of God, and the eter- free love, and compassionate tenderness, nal welfare of the souls of men, and everlasting choice of our Almighty which shall prove them to be indeed Father. This privilege belongs to every true ministers of Christ, and faithful ciple hath been raised from the dust of
disciple of Jesus. The least true disa stewards of the mysteries of God. death, and from the pit of corruption, to It is true that the fault of the priest sit with princes, and to inherit the throne invalidates not the efficacy of a sa
of glory. The weakest child in Christ
Jesus hath received unspeakable mercies crament, because that is connected from the free love of God; and must for with the faith of the receiver ; but
ever cry out, with the whole church, · Not for a wicked man to talk of “ unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name thority,” and to demand “ obedi. be the praise, for thy loving mercy, and
for thy truth's sake. And the poorest ence,” because in the routine of an
minister, who is duly called to preach the endowed church he happens to have everlasting Gospel, bears upon him the had interest to procure holy orders,
name and the message of the most high is to pervert the true notion of a God-he is a priest anointed with the
gifts and graces of God's Holy Spirit; a Christian minister into that of a
worker together with God; an angel of Popish priest. In illustration of the churches, and the glory of Christ. these remarks, let our readers con “ And should we, who are called with trast the spirit of the foregoing pas- and thoughts upon differences, which are
so high and holy a calling, spend our time sages with the following, from Mr. swallowed up in the greatness of our Cecil.
common inheritance ? Should we dispute “ The blessings which Christ bestows and contend about those distinctions, which upon every true disciple, and the honour are nothing, compared with the riches of able relation in which every believer the least true disciple and minister of stands to his Lord and Master, will make Jesus Christ? What do men strive and even the least among us truly great.
contend about in the church? Is it forms, stand to God, the privileges, power, honours, gifts, stations? more honourable is our office; and the These are all swallowed up, and lost in more like we are to our Saviour, the the true riches of the least real disciple; greater is our privilege and happiness. or the lowest faithful minister.” pp. No persons upon earth ever stood nearer 11-13. to God than those blessed Apostles who “ And now do you desire to drink of conversed with, and ministered unto the Christ's cup, and to be baptized with his incarnate Son of God, in the days of baptism? Would you be great, as he is his sojourning upon earth. The least great ? then bear his words : (Matt. xx. amongst them all was greatly honour- 26—28) Whosoever will be great among ed and distinguished. And not they you, let him be your minister; and whoalone, but all who are called and sent soever will be chief among you, let him forth, in the name of Christ to preach the be your servant; even as the Son of Man everlasting Gospel, are great in the sight came not to be ministered unto, but to of the Lord, if they truly fulfil the ministry minister, and to give his life a ransom for
many. And fear not that you should words in their fullest extent: "Obey
• For he that is least among you
, the same shall be great. The blessed the ground that, as God is above the
for your souls, as they that must
did not thus watch, it would be very
discourse is, that instead of giving
unworthy brother, he tells him of
and sermons are wont to be much
tuous is lauded. The Christian cha
racter is forgotten in the profesIn all this we do not say that sional; the minister is addressed there is anything but what the rather than the man—and so he writer of one of the sermons before ought to be as respects his peculiar us would be willing to acknowledge obligations and trials and privileges, as well as the other ; and we are far which distinguish an address to the from meaning to impute to Mr. clergy, from a parochial sermon ; Preston more than his own words, but not so as to point out the duties with their reservations and cautions, of others to him, instead of his to necessarily imply; but still it strikes them. The faithful servant of Christ us that the spirit of the two dis- feels the danger of ministering in courses is visibly different, and, we holy things; he dreads self-decepmay add, instructively so, as exhi- tion, and the formalities of profesbiting two representations of clerical sional decorum for the energy of the dignity, both true in their degree; Christian life: and if there be an but one, to say the least, far more exclamation more often on his lips, apposite in a visitation sermon than or in his heart than another, it is ; the other. An Apostle says to the “ Lest having preached to others, I flock, and we fear not to echo his myself should be a cast-away.”
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