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Macknight, and Doduridge, and asserted that he had mutilated the version in about three thousand instances. He then referred to the "spurious readings ” Many were described. The following only I had time to note, to wit: Rev. i. 11. “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and last” He remarked this was undoubtedly considereil spurious on account of the doctrine contained in it. He made no mention of ihese same words being recorded in the 2d chapter, 13th verse, same hook He then staled various other doctrines that were maimained by this false teacher, (whom lie had not intended 10 name, but as it was found in the title-page above referred 10, it was unavoidable.) among which were the following, which I merely sketch, 10 wit:-*Allibe power of the Spirit is in the record-All that is necessary to overcome the world is to be assured that the Scriptures are truc-Faith wrought in the heart is mysticism– The baptism of the Holy Spirit is sneered at-We will receive all Christians who acknowledge the facts of the gospel - The belief of one fact and submission to one institution constitutes a Christian; and ibat one fact is, Jesus is the Messiah; and inat one institution is immersion- It is not faitli, but an act cousequent upon faili, which makes a man a Christian--Nothing personal regeneration but immer. son-No change of heart is equal to a change of state, without which man's un pardoned, insanctified, &c.-It is not our faith in God's pronuses, but our going duwii into the waier, obtains remission of sins,"&c.fc.fic. For proof of all these allegations he referred his hearers 10 one or another ofine writings of A Campbell. He then proceeded to stale whai kind of treatment these false teachers should receive from Christians. In the days of his left such men were considered traitors; and as the law of God was the suprenie lan of the land, they were to be put to death. It was as inuch reason nou as then against the law of God; but as his law was not recogniz: d as the supreme law of the land, they may not be pui lo death; hilt Whey should meet with the severest rebukes of Christians. No matter how nearly related lyihe lies of consanguinity the false teacher may be to you, you are not to permit him to enter your house to disseminate his doctrines. You are to consider him and irrat din as you would "2 trailor, a horse thief, or a murderer." He then warned his hearers to beware of going to hear them preach, and described their meeting house as an idol's temple,"tilled with splendid trappings and gorgeous display in order in enice men lo crimne siong them, and stated various arts they would make use of 10 gain proselyies. They would make a great display of charities and great bene. volence, and sometimes make presents to persons to gain their ears. He compared these faise teachers to dogs, whose peculiar characteristic was to worry their prey. So they will beset men and women, and continually worry them and leaz?them untill they are successfully repelled or secure their victims as prosely as to their cause. And alier farther faithfully warning his hearers iu beware of them or of hearing them, he concluded his discourse, (which was probably. I wo hours or more in being delivered,) hy oföring an ardent prayer for the success and spread of evangelical piciy, the destruction of error, doc,
W H. F. That this is a correct statement and miniature view of said sermon, I have other very respectable names.
This admirable production wrought out results which its author had not sagacity to anticipate. The outrage was so gross and the assault so fiagrant and unprovoked, as to call forth and excite inquiry on all the premises. Our breịhren were invited into town.' Hartsell, Henry, Lanphier, &c. were summoned to the defence. They took up the reproaches, misrepresentations, and perversions of Messrs. Landis and Boardman. Public attention was awaked; houses were crowded with hearers where a few weeks before scarce a single score could have been induced to listen to a series of lectures on the elements of reformation. This more and more irritated Mr. Boardman and his personal adherents; and as they still farther outraged truth and all the Christian charities, the public ear was opened, prejudice disarmed, a candid hearing obtained, and the gospel began to be preached. The truth possessed their hearts. They begin to yield. Some confessed the Lord and were immersed. The Lord added to them one after another, until a congregation of one hundred and twenty-five members, of much intelligence and moral excellence, was gathered; a commodious and comfortable meeting-house as large as any in the town was procured, and all things set in order for the enjoyment and furtherance of the gospel institution. Thus, by the sinister instrumentality of Messrs. Landis and Boardman, a new church, with its meeting-house, was reared in a village where but one disciple of notoriety, the intel. ligent and excellent brother Kirk, has for years stood a sort of target for all the missiles of the enemy.
Having heard so much of our indebtedness to Mr. Boardman and of his continued and eloquent efforts in favor of his new old school nondescript Presbyterianism, with its patrician patrons and admirers, whose adhesion is only secured so long as the heart admires externals, and the ear only listens to the side already preferred, immediately on my arrival in Youngstown I resolved to wait on the gentleman at his own' house. I did so; and in a friendly interview, in the presence of iwo very respectable citizens, in the most courteous terms which I could devise, I solicited a free and familiar conversation in the presence of the citizens on all those vital points whereof he had accused me in my absence. To secure this it was argued that if my doctrine and character had merited so much attention from him when I was absent, doubtless they were worthy of some regard from him while I was present. Finding, however, that my efforts were wholly unavailing, I requested his personal attendance to a discourse which I would frame with special reference to the alleged errors against which he had so warmly inveighed, that he might have the opportunity of pointing out to me before the community the deadly heresy and "fatal doctrine', that I labored to establish. This proposition he declined on the plea that "it would be inconsistent with his principles so to do.”
We instantly retired to the meeting-house, gave a narrative of the interview with Mr. Boardman, and proceeded to our subject. We sought to disabuse the public mind of the tares sown by Mr. Boardman, and to secure a more candid and conscientious regard to the truth. The next day we delivered an address on Education.
During the evening it occurred that the manner in which Mr. Board. man and his session refused letters of dismission 10 members of his church about to unite with the brethren, became a subject of private conversation. During its progress a written correspondence between Mr. Boardman and one of the members of his church demanding a certificate of moral standing, was called for. It was permiited that I should read Mr. Boardman's letters as a specimen of the policies of his ecclesiastic administration. ' I was, indeed, as much enlightened by the scholarship as by the theology of this so reputable and so authoritative an advocate of Presbyterian traditions. Mr. Boardman writes a good and strong hand, and is both a vigorous and eloquent minister of New Haven theology. And had not the gentleman assumed so much learning and critical acumen in his criticisms on new and old translations, it likely should not have been observed that he had been so ardently studious of theology as to have greatly disparaged both the orthography and syntax of his own vernacular. Such, however, is the incontrovertible fact, as those letters written by his own hand most clearly and unequivocally demonstrate. After the eulogies I had heard pronounced by saint and sinner on the talenis and critical prowess of this champion of new-vamped orthodoxy-after hearing of his pseudo-critical animadversions on new translations, and acrimoni. ous censures of the new and improved version of the New Testament, the courteous reader may judge of my surprize on discovering that the gentleman's profound attention to the canons of the church had greatly diverted his attention from the canons of orthography and syntax as taught in the English Academies of the past and present century.This, however, is no proof that Mr. Boardman is not a good preacher, an orthodox minister, a man of talents, an accoinplished gentleman; but it is an argument the most conclusive, that in literary questions and criticisms he is no oracle, lawgiver, or judge. A person who had never been accurately taught the powers of letters in a word, or of words in a sentence, can never be trusted in matters of Grecian and Roman criticism, much less in any attempt upon the sacred text, or upon any version the New Testament. I am not, indeed, without hope that the scenes through which this gentleman has recently passed, if they do not convict him of the errors of his course and the numerous frailties of his system, will at least teach him that prudence is the queen of all the virtues, and that discretion is of as much importance to a clergyman as to any other man in the community.
From Youngstown we went to Canfield to meet the brethren of Trumbull at their annual meeting. It began on Friday and continued 10 Monday evening. On the Lord's day we had the pleasure of ad. dressing about 5000 persons in the open air, and of breaking the loaf with some 2000 disciples, as estimated by the brother who presided on the occasion. It was a beautiful day, an orderly and most attentive congregation, and a delightful meeting of the Christian brotherhood. Many ministering brethren were in attendance. Some thirty new converts were immersed, and the brethren were animated and encouraged in the work of the Lord. Some thirty preachers were on the ground. I am sorry that I cannot make out a full list of those in attendance. The cause still flourishes in the north-eastern part of Ohio-indeed, flourishes more the present year than for some years past. And for this success we are, under the wise and benevolent VOL VI.-N,
administration of Heaven, measurably indebted to the more than usually bold and daring assaults of Methodists and Presbyterians. Their opposition, through the kind auspices of Heaven, has been greatly instrumental in the furtherance of the primitive gospel and its institu tions. Thus the great King “makes the wrath of man to praise him, and restrains the remainder thereof." "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift,” and for all the success which has attended the feeble efforts of our brethren in pleading ihe cause of heaven-born truth and union! May we all learn to be thankful and humble under his mighty hand! - We are all but weak and humble instruments. The work is his: 10 whom be glory now and forever. Amen!
CHRISTIAN BENEVOLENCE. The following tinious and useful lints are from a brother that lias long practised as he preaches, and his rəmarks on this sulject deserve the deep consideration of all who regard themselves as stewards of God's property and manifold grace.
SAVANNAH, July 23, 1842. Beloved brother CampbellIn your remarks on the Christian Harvest,” in the 5ih number of the present volume, after' stating that but a few millions of its many ten thousands have been subscribed in Heaven's Saving Bank," you ask, “Why is it 60, is one of the most puzzling problems in the whole science of evangelical political econo
Let us see if this puzzle cannot be easily explained, and a good reason given why it is so? Why, verily, it is because Paul's admonitions on this subject to Christians has received a Calvinistic tint, and hence become a dead letter, viz —"To lay by in store as they have been prospered of God." This attended 10, and there will be no lack; for "those that gathered little were fully supplied."'This, as I apprehend it, is the whole secret; and I hazard nothing in saying, untii Paul is more respected and the congregations of disciples thronghout the land obey the sayings of the Great Apostle, there will be many a blank leaf in the book of Heaven's Saving Bank.” Let us see what might be accomplished with even a limited attention to New Testament liberality. It is presumed that there are 150,000 disciples in the United States; and a gift of 1 cent each per week to the treasury of the Lord, would produce 78,000 dollars per annum.
This is a small sum for each. Is it given? Let us pursue the calculation a little farther-say 4 cents each per week, and the result is 312,000 dollars per annum.
But is it an over estimale to say that they can, without the least inoonvenience, average 10 cents each, which would produce the snm of 780.000 dollars per annum? Surely the Lord has prospered them that are rich over and above their real wants. I wish every disciple would attentively read the 8th and 9th chapters of the 2d episile to the Corinthians, and the 2d verse of the 16th chapter of the ist, and the last chapter to the Philippians, that he may duly appreciate the blessings and enjoyment of letting the grace of liberality abonnd in him: for it will not only supply the wants of the saints, but will produce abundant thanksgivings to God for their willing subjection to the gospel of Christ. Now I apprehend that each disciple should weekly pay the Lord all that he is indebted to him (to say no more) as he should pay his neighbor to whom he might be indebted; and may I not with all propriety say, if this was attended to, many of the disciples would have to give from 10 to 20 dollars per week, at least. It is rather unmercantile, I admit, to make a disposition of funds previous to their receipt; yet in the present case it may be admissible to speculate a little on the disposition of the 780,00 dollars; and first of all, appropriate for the poor saints 150,000 dollars; next, for the furtherance of the gospel, by employing 300 faithful proclaimers, at 1000 each. I would not stipulate a certain sum for each, and no more: the rule of distribution should be, that they be entirely removed from anxious care on the subject of support for themselves and families; and if 1000 dollars will not do this, 2000 dollars should be given, if necessary, to complete this object. There is yet unappropriated 330,000 dollars, and how can it be disposed of for the honor of Jesus? Well, I will suppose of this sum 100,000 dollars shall be employed for printing Bibles, and 50,000 dollars for publishing the new version of the New Testament. Whý, as I progress in the distribution, as there is so much of it, I am at a loss how to appropriate it all. I shall, however, place 100,000 most cheerfully and gladly to Bethany College; and yet there are semaining 80,000 dollars. Difficulties as to a judicious distribution rather increase here as to what is the best object; but it must be disposed of, as the same sum at least is to be forthcoming next year, and it should be ready as a “gift and not as a thing extorted.” “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall reap spa. ringly, and he who sows bountifully shall reap bountifully." The 80,000 dollars remain yet unappropriated, but it must be spent this year; for as God is able to make every blessing abound, and will do it if the disciples do their duty to the Lord; therefore it will not do to let this surplus remain in the treasury. I will say, then, expend 50,000 dollars io pay judicious and well qualified Christian school-masters, and with a special stipulation that the Bible should be daily taught as any other science. Yet 30,000 dollars remain of the cheerfully given bounty. "God loves a cheerful giver," sowing bountifully. Now I do not know a better object to which this remaining 30,000 dollars can be appropriated than 10 republish the Christian Baptist,” deservedly the renowned pioneer of the present reformation.
You may not agree with me in all the objects of appropriation, and I am not tenacious that it shall be as I have enumerated. Perhaps it would be judicious to take 10 or 15 thousand from one or more of the items already named, and distribute among the periodicals that are not well sustained. On reflection I am rather of opinion this would be well.
It is unnecessary to dwell on the blissful consequences that would ensue if the 10 cents gift was fully carried out. Suffice it to say, that myriads would rejoice, and I have no doubt but their rejoicings would be "unspeakable and full of glory;" and is it 100 much to say that the King's scribes would have to be employed in emptying the chest, as in the days of king Joash? Oh! how these Jews pui Christians to the blush.
Very affectionately your brother, in the hope that the coffers of the Bank may be filled to overflowing, and that speedily.
S. C. DUNNING.