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future so gloomy to the view. The these ungainly titles great truthWord of God, left to itself, and not however, lie hid-truths which will encumbered by any extra-Scriptural prove the spiritual and political salva theories on Inspiration, the Trinity, tion of every country which adopts the Atonement, the Prophecies, would them. They are here expounded with soon fight its own battle, and return great clearness and vigour, with its vəsture dipped in the blood in the spirit of charity If this of its foes ; --but if it must not were the proper place to sift any go forth unless accompanied by a of Mr. Johnson's statements, we bodyguard of formularies and theories should like to ask him our favourite —the probability is, that its energies question, how can you prove that a will be crippled by the very pressure New Testament Church ought to be of its retinue. The rabbinical human of the size of a chapel ? or that an thinking of eighteen hundred years 'individual society voluntarily meethas well-nigh covered with a stifling ing in one place,' must never be larger heap of rubbish the Divine thinking than can assemble in one building It gathered up in the records of the two is this confusion between one place preceding milleniums. Those, then, and one building which lies at the we hold to be the best friends of re- basis of the miseries of modern indeligion who addict themselves to the pendency. We admit that in apostolic careful, independent, honest exposi- times each place' had an independent tion of the Scriptures; and the second church, but then this place somebest, those who profess themselves times contained more believers than ready to defend by general arguments could meet in one building. Before the Church and the Bible in one in- the name of church was transferred to discriminate assault upon their adver- an edifice, this matter was clearer. saries. To this second class belong There is at this present time at MarMr. Napier and Mr. Griffin-two dis- seilles a true independent church, but tinguished Irishmen, who remind us it has five meetings and several pastors; sometimes, in their tone of thick-and- and the result of such “independency' thin denunciation, of a fellow country- as this is seen in their wonderful sucman of theirs, who, hearing the cess throughout the neighbourhood. thunder of a distant row, seized his Will Mr. Johnson, who maintains the shillalagh, and rushed into the thickest authority of apostolic example, shew of the fight, exclaiming, the Blessed any indication of the existence of the Virgin grant that I may take the right chapel-system, and the one-man soveside of the scrimmage!'

reignty, in the New Testament. We apprehend that modern independency

loses half its power by not proclaimOur Principles : a Guide for those ing itself everywhere as the only Holding or Seeking Fellowship in church-constitution which is ready to Congregational Churches. By G. embrace in one self-governing fellowB. Johnson. Ward & Co. 1862. ship all the believers in a neighbour

hood. When independency volunIn this little book, Mr. John- tarily sinks down into a denominason explains to the general pub- tion' and a single-chapel scheme, it lic the queer

names by which throws its own crown to the dogs, the faith and order of Indepen- and invites the contempt of the aposdents are popularly designated— tacy. New Testament independency Trinitarians, Calvinists, Pædo-bap- is the only remedy for our destructive tists, Dissenters, Nonconformists, sectarianism, but, in order to estabVoluntaries, Congregationalists. It is lish this, the theory of congregationa short lexicon of Independency, alism must be subject to a process of written by the very impersonation of expansion, for which most of its rean Independent minister. Under presentatives are little prepared.

CHRISTIAN SPECTATOR.

MDCCCI.XIII.

NEW SERIES.

"I GOD REVEAL ANT THING TO YOU BY ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT OF HIS, BE AS READY TO RECEIVE IT AS EVER YOU WERE TO RECEIVE ANY TRUTH BY MY MINISTRY; FOR I AM VERILY PEBST ADED-1 AX VERY CONFIDENT THE LORD HATA MORE TRUTL YET TO BREAK FORTA OUT OF 919 HOLT WORD. FOR YY PART I CANNOT SUFFICIENTLY BEWAIL THE CONDITION OF THX KEFORMED CHURCHES, WHO ARE COME TO A PERIOD IN RELIGION, AND WILL GO AT PRESENT NO FURTHER THAN THE INSTRUMENTS OF THEIR FIRST REFORMATION. THE LUTHERANS CANNOT BE DRAWN TO GO BEYOND WHAT LUTHER SAW; WHATEVER PART OF HIS WILL OUR GOOD GOD HAS DIPABTED AND REVEALED UNTO CALVIN, THEY WILL RATHER DIE THAN EMBRACE IT. AND THE CALFINISTS YOU SEE STICK FAST WHERE THEY WERE LEFT BY THAT GREAT MAN OF GOD, VRO YET SAW YOT ALL THINGS! THIS IS A MISERY NUCE TO BR LAMENTED,"-Robinson's Advice to the Pilgrim Fathers.

VOL. IV.

LONDON:
ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1863.

Lovitt, Charley, 462, 536. London, Heatben, 705. Louis Napoleon, 569.

M. Ministers, Modes of Obtaining, 65. Marriage of Prince of Wales, 213, 241. Missionary, Report, Meeting, 553. Minor Moralities of Life, 591. Man higher than Angels, 655.

N. Nonconformity in 1832 and 1862, 321. Napoleon's, Louis, Exploits, 569. Notation, Ancient, 176. Nature, on Law of Constancy in, 597. New College, 617.

P. Predestination of God's Sons, 77. Palmer's, Roundell, Book of Praiso, 83. Positive Philosophy, Spencer, 257. Prayer Meetings, on, 281. Poland, Dismemberment of, 297. Prison Ministers' Bill, 431. Poetry, 788

R. Recognition in Future Life, 206. Renan's Vie de Jésus, 663. Renan, Pressensé's Review of, 746. Review, 791.

S. Smith, Goldwin, his Works, 18. Sun, A Message from the, 153. Simeon's, Mr., Conversations, 159. Skimei versus Thersites, 212. Sisters and Deaconesses, 370. Subscription Controversy of 1863, 399. Sunday Book, What is a ? 477. Spinoza, 495. Sunday School Teaching, 565. Statesmen, our Future, 624. Sunday Readings, 77, 183, 206, 364, 422,

503, 621.

T. Thoughts that I gathered with the Peas,

166. Tom, Blind, 173. Temporal Supply, Promise of, 364. Table Customs, 456. Tour, A Solitary, 762. Topics of the Month, 53, 113, 240, 427, 567, 696.

U.
Union of two Denominations, 113.
Union of the Churches, 351,

W.
Worship, on Public, 129.
Wind and Weather Permitting, 422.

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