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future so gloomy to the view. The Word of God, left to itself, and not encumbered by any extra-Scriptural theories on Inspiration, the Trinity, the Atonement, the Prophecies, would soon fight its own battle, and return with its vəsture dipped in the blood of its foes ; --but if it must not go forth unless accompanied by a bodyguard of formularies and theories —the probability is, that its energies will be crippled by the very pressure of its retinue. The rabbinical human thinking of eighteen hundred years has well-nigh covered with a stifling heap of rubbish the Divine thinking gathered up in the records of the two preceding milleniums. Those, then, we hold to be the best friends of religion who addict themselves to the careful, independent, honest exposition of the Scriptures; and the second best, those who profess themselves ready to defend by general arguments the Church and the Bible in one indiscriminate assault upon their adversaries. To this second class belong Mr. Napier and Mr. Griffin-two distinguished Irishmen, who remind us sometimes, in their tone of thick-andthin denunciation, of a fellow country. man of theirs, who, hearing the thunder of a distant row, seized his shillalagh, and rushed into the thickest of the fight, exclaiming, the Blessed Virgin grant that I may take the right side of the scrimmage!'
these ungainly titles great truths however, lie hid-truths which will prove the spiritual and political salvation of every country which adopts them. They are here expounded with great clearness and vigour, and in the spirit of charity. If this were the proper place to sift any of Mr. Johnson's statements, we should like to ask him our favourite question, how can you prove that a New Testament Church ought to be of the size of a chapel ? or that an 'individual society voluntarily meeting in one place,' must never be larger than can assemble in one building? It is this confusion between one place and one building which lies at the basis of the miseries of modern independency. We admit that in apostolic times each place' had an independent church, but then this place sometimes contained more believers than could meet in one building. Before the name of church was transferred to an edifice, this matter was clearer. There is at this present time at Marseilles a true independent church, but it has five meetings and several pastors; and the result of such “independency' as this is seen in their wonderful suce cess throughout the neighbourhood. Will Mr. Johnson, who maintains the authority of apostolic example, shew any indication of the existence of the chapel-system, and the one-man sovereignty, in the New Testament. We apprehend that modern independency loses half its power by not proclaiming itself everywhere as the only church-constitution which is ready to embrace in one self-governing fellowship all the believers in a neighbourhood. When independency voluntarily sinks down into a denomination and a single-chapel scheme, it throws its own crown to the dogs, and invites the contempt of the apostacy. New Testament independency is the only remedy for our destructive sectarianism, but, in order to establish this, the theory of congregationalism must be subject to a process of expansion, for which most of its representatives are little prepared.
Our Principles : a Guide for those
Holding or Seeking Fellowship in Congregational Churches. By G. B. Johnson. Ward & Co. 1862
In this little book, Mr. Johnson explains to the general public the queer names by which the faith and order of Independents are popularly designated Trinitarians, Calvinists, Pædo-bap. tists, Dissenters, Nonconformists, Voluntaries, Congregationalists. It is a short lexicon of Independency, written by the very impersonation of an Independent minister. Under
I GOD BETEAL ANY THING TO YOU BY ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT OF HIS, BE AS READY TO TERUITE IT AS EVER YOU WERE TO RECEIVE ANY TRUTH BY MY MINISTRY; FOR I AM VERILY MERITADED- AX VERI CONFIDENT THE LORD HATA MORE TRUTR YET TO BREAK FORTR OUT ODS FOLT FORD. FOR MY PART I CANNOT SUFFICIENTLY BEWAIL THE CONDITION OF THE LIZOŁYED CHURCHES, WHO ARE COME TO A PERIOD IN RELIGION, AND WILL GO AT PRESENT D TEETBER THAN THE INSTRUMENTS OF THEIR FIRST REFORMATION. THE LUTHERANS CANNOT DE LITS TO GO BEYOND WHAT LUTHER BAW; WHATEVER PART OF HIS WILL OUR GOOD GOD LUS MARTED AND REVEALED UNTO CALVIN, THEY WILL RATHER DIE THAN EMBRACE IT. AND 18 CALTANISTS YOU SEE STICK PAST WHERE THEY WERE LEFT BY THAT GREAT MAN OF GOD, VEO TET YOT ALL THINGS! THIS IS A MISERY MUCH TO BE LAMENTED."-Robinson's A nice to One Pigrim Fatheri.