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None but the inveterate enemies of the blood-mark is unwashed away, both can be the enemies of peace. and still cries to heaven! - Though · Peace, says Christ, I leave with you, Etna and Tomboco should rage no my peace I give unto you : not as more, the aggregate of their former the world giveth give I unto you. havoc is unchanged: the fields of Let not your heart be troubled, nei- Austerlitz and Waterloo may be ther let it be afraid.'* Shall we not smiling with grain; but the carnage then duly prize this inestimable gift? with which they are reddened is not this legacy of love which our divine diminished.'"'* Master has left to his followers ? We shall conclude our extracts from Have we forgotten the blessing he this useful little work with a passage pronounces upon the peace-makers?' expressive of the feeling of animated and the high rank and dignity he hope and joyful expectation, which assigns them in his kingdom ; for our author, in common with other they shall be called the children of Christians, indulges from the perGod.' - How beautiful upon the suasion that a blissful era of universal mountains are the feet of him that peace and joy is approaching. bringeth good tidings; that pub- “ Glorious era ! Season of human Jisheth peace; that bringeth glad happiness! Kingdom of the most tidings of good ; that publisheth sal- high God! How delightful the revatiori ; that saith unto Zion, Thy flection, how consolatory to God reigneth !' Wherever, therefore, hearts, that the promised period of there are Institutions founded on the man's deliverance is at hand ; that principle of 'good-will to men, and the salvation of the human race is which have such a noble and be- drawing near to its accomplishment! nevolent object in view, as the pro- With the reign of terror the reign of motion and establishment of uni- suffering shall cease, and joy shall be versal peace among the nations of in all lands! There shali then be a the earth, upon true Gospel prin- restoration of that happiness which ciples, we heartily wish them pros- was forfeited at the fall; 'the earth perity; and fervently pray, that the shall bring forth her increase; and refreshing dews of heaven may water God, even our God, shall give us his these olive-branches of God's own blessing : God shall bless us, and planting. Indeed, what are more all the ends of the earth shall fear wanting at all times, or what more him.'* What doctrine is there in salutary in their effects, or more Scripture fuller of comfort than this? favourable to good morals and the Or what more animating than the public weal, than societies, whose prospect which Christianity holds up professed purpose is to put down to our view, and which affords a War; which is the greatest curse, clear and satisfactory evidence both and has produced more plagues than of the wisdom and goodness of God, all other evils put together ; and in having placed us in this state of which is at once the most demora- trial, and of his benevolent intentions lizing and anti-christian of all the in perinitting the partial evil which heresies which have ever yet been exists, that it might be productive engrafted upon the prejudices and of universal good, and be the means passions of men. Its baneful effects of bringing many sons and daughters are such, that they are felt through to glory. Where is the Christian every age, and extend to the re- whose heart does not burn within motest generations. When the battle him, when he reads those passages is over, and victory is lost or won, of Scripture which unfold to him the the moral mischief still remains :
+ Gisborne's Testimony of Natural Theo
logy to Christianity, p. 117, * John xiv, 27,
Psalm. Ixvii. 6,7.
things pertaining to the kingdom of promulgation down to our own times; God, and the happiness which shall to mark its growth and spread; the be hereafter ? The decrees of heaven, opposition it has met with, and the however mysterious, are, in some triumphs it has obtained over its of their more prominent characters, adversaries; and to rejoice in the pervious to our understandings; and prospect of its being embraced, at from them the believer derives hope . no very distant period, free from and confidence, that he shall yet every corrupt and heterogeneous mix• behold the goodness of the Lord ture, both by those who profess, and in the land of the living.'— That by all who are now strangers, and righteousness, truth, and innocence, enemies
enemies to it. Increase of righteousthat joy, peace, and perfect recon- ness will then keep pace with inciliation betwixt God and man, may crease of knowledge. The light of be restored on earth, must be the liberty and the love of God will go wish of every one that is not lost to hand in hand : the nations shall see all sense of difference between good it, and say, 'Lo! this has God done! and evil; but that which would na- Mercy and truth are met together ; turally be the wish of every reasonable righteousness and peace have kissed man, becomes the object of his hope, each other !' nay an article of his faith, when “Christianity, certainly, never aprevealed and promised by the God pears to greater advantage, than of truth. How incessant are our when contemplated in connection petitions to the throne of grace, that with an event of such a sublime and disorder, sin and misery may have interesting nature as the establishan end; but this can only be, when ment of the Messiah's kingdom on the kingdom of Christ shall come, earth. It is indeed its final purpose ; and the will of God is done in earth, and the consummation of all our as it is in heaven.'*--Impressed with wishes on this side heaven. To this this vision of future happiness, the event the prophecies of the Qid patriarch exclaimed in the language Testament are invariably directed; of prophecy, and looking forward to and in the New, they have been the things which should be hereafter ; illustrated and explained both by the
I know that my Redeemer liveth, preaching of the Baptist, and of and that at the latter day he shall Christ ; each of whom began his stand
upon the earth.' + And thus the ministry with these remarkable words : lips of the just and devout Simeon 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven were filled with praise and thanks- is at hand.' Nearly two thousand giving, when he uttered that holy years have since rolled their course, ejaculation : ‘Lord, now lettest thou and brought it much nearer to our thy servant depart in peace, for mine view : and although its visible apeyes have seen thy salvation.' † And proaches are but faint and indistinct, we, also, may say, ' blessed are our yet they may be traced without diffieyes for they see, and our ears for culty; and we trust, ere long, to they hear.' Indeed, Christians of the welcome the brightness of its appresent day have even a clearer evi- pearance and glorious advent, when dence afforded them of the nature, * violence shall no more be heard in coming, and extent of the kingdom the land, nor wasting nor destruction of God, than it was possible for those within its borders.' The great work holy men of old to have had. It is which God himself has planned, is in our power to trace the progress of rapidly accomplishing, with irresisthe religion of Jesus from its first tible power and evidence, amidst the
tide of times, and in the common * Hartley's Paradise Restored. + Job xix. 25. I Psalm lxxxv. 10.
* Isaiah Ix. 18.
course of events. It is also a matter of the professed followers of the of pleasing consideration, that the lowly Saviour are worshipping the spirit of the age in which we live, Mammon of unrighteousness ! how among those who have the real many are bending “the votive knee" welfare of their brethren at heart, is to the golden image of Commerce, such as it should be: It can hardly vainly anticipating a rich reward from he doubted, that it is in unison with the bounty of their frail deity! and the great objects of the Gospel- how many, with more uncivilized dispensation; -objects of such un- brutality, are offering up their devospeakable moment, that could we tions to the god of War, and, in lose sight of them for a single in- “ the valley of slaughter," are causstant, existence itself would appear ing their sons and their daughters to us to be deprived of all its value : to pass through the fire to this sanBut happily this cannot be; for
guinary Moloch! where the principle of spiritual life, Of all species of Christian Idolatry which consists in a right knowledge (if I may be permitted to unite exof God and of Christ, is received by pressions so incongruous,) surely this a true faith into the heart, it will last is most abhorrent to the goodness always remain there ; and be, in such of that Being, whose attributes are persons,
like a 'well of water spring- peace, and love, tender mercy, and ing up into everlasting life.' —No long-suffering compassion. thing will afford them half the delight Let iis, however, observe the voand satisfaction, or be considered as taries of this unhallowed Divinity, at all comparable to that happy state marching in awful procession to one of mind which they experience froin of their mighty sacrifices, having the conscious persuasion, that they Ambition for their priest, and their are doing the will of God and pro- fellow creatures for the intended vicmoting his kingdom. The love of tims :-let us see them, when arGod, the whole of the love of God, rived at the destined spot, still purand nothing but the love of God; suing their detestable purpose, enthis is the theme, the everlasting kindle the flame on the altar of distheme, of which they can never hear cord, imbue their hands in human enough, and of which it is impossible blood, and offer up their hecatombs they can ever be weary : Such too to the object of their adoration, cravwere the feelings of an apostle, when ing from him as the reward of their he expressed himself in the following zeal, the perishable blessing of earthly emphatic and affecting language :- renown, of vain and transitory glory. • I am persuaded, that neither death, Can the Christian contemplate nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, atrocities like these, as barbarous innor powers, nor things present, nor deed as the savage rites of Juggerthings to come, nor height, nor depth, naut, without feeling every sympathy nor any other creature, shall separate of his nature recoil ? Does not the us from the love of God which is in enquiry arise in his heart, What is the Christ Jesus our Lord.'"*
motive for such heathenish superstition? what can actuate beings
possessed of immortal souls thus to On Idolatry amongst Christians. devote their time and their talents to How awful! how humiliating is
the service of a monster, so savage, the reflection, that Idolatry, like the
so debased, so inhuman, so directly insidious cancer, is entwining its de- opposed to the inild and pacific testructive fibres round the very vitals nets of our common Christianity? of the Christian religion ! How
They believe in the sacred pages of many
the Bible, they acknowledge the om* Romans viii. 38, 39.
nipotence of the Almighty; but at
the same time, they have not confi- be established in the tops of the dence in his ability to save themselves mountains, and shall be exalted above or their country from the hands of the hills, and all nations shall flow their enemies; and they appeal to unto it.'
W. P.T. an imaginary protector, as though theysupposed that
he possessed power Extract from the Second Report of tho even surpassing Omnipotence itself, so great, alas, is the infatuation !
Virginia Bible Society. When we consider the declaration MR. EDITOR;—I have been induced of Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego, to transcribe the following extract, to the haughty monarch of Babylon, from its being so peculiarly appli“Our God whom we serve is able to cable to the subject of the Herald of deliver us from the burning fiery fur- Peace; for I doubt not but it will be nace, and he will deliver us out of considered as an equally imperative thy hand, oh King !" when we con- call on the friends of Peace as on those sider that this prediction was fully of the Bible Society. -Let them take and miraculously accomplished, and advantage of the present tranquil that the Almighty Preserver " is the season, and then may a blessing same yesterday, to-day, and for ever," attend them.
W.P.T. we must allow that we are not justified in endeavouring to take his pre- “During the last twenty years, rogative from him, or in appealing we have seen the most splendid to a being, whom our passions have talents employed in the work of deidolized, whose arm is flesh, whose struction ; the riches of the world weapons are carnal, and whose prac- expended in support of sanguinary tice is diametrically opposed to the and desolating wars; and the physical Gospel of the Son of God.
powers of the human race exerted to To the well-meaning Christian who promote the schemes of lawless amhas been seduced by custom into this bition. But now there is universal labyrinth of idolatry, it is a subject peace. At his bidding who rules the in every respect worthy of serious hearts of men and turns them whitherconsideration : he may reasonably soever he will, the storm has ceased, enquire, whether by thus serving and there is a great calm. This is with devotional zeal a god of his the auspicious moment for the friends own forming, he is not guilty of of religion to go forth in the strength treason against the Majesty of Hea- of the Lord God, and to make a ven, and of infringing on the rights mighty effort to uproot from its very of the Sovereign of the Universe. foundation the kingdom of darkness. Oh! that Christians were more ge- The providence of God calls them to nerally willing to acknowledge these this work. Kings, according to the Pagan practices to be, what they prediction of the prophet, have bereally are, a breach, and an awful come nursing fathers, and Queens breach of the first and great com- nursing mothers, to the church of mandment: then indeed might we Christ. And, considering what has look forward with increased confi- recently been accomplished, it is not dence to the rapid approach of that chimerical to hope, that those inperiod, when idolatry and superstition tellectual and physical energies which shall be lost in oblivion, and the wor- have been exerted in the work of ship of war's dreadful Moloch shall for destruction, will be employed to proever cease, when the pacific nature mote the present comfort and everof the Redeemer's kingdom shall be lasting welfare of mankind ; and that universally acknowledged; when the the earth, instead of presenting before mountain of the Lord's house shall heaven a scene of violence and blood. shed, will exhibit the human race, the old and young, rich and poor, through the grace of the Gospel, rushed to see the strangers. We got rising from the ruins of the fall, as- the wagons brought into the centre suming again the likeness and image of the city. We did not distrust of God, and humbly walking in the them, nor show any symptoms of steps of Him who went about doing fear. Whoever travels among an ungood.”
civilized people must avoid discover
ing fear, for it excites opposition. I Relinquishment of War in a part found hat the old king was dead. of Africa.
His brother Liqueling was Regent; As a proof of the naturally pacific for the eldest son being but a minor, tendency of Christianity, we have could not take the reins of governgreat pleasure in giving to our read- ment. . Of course my business was ers the following extracts from the with Liqueling. Respecting the obaccount of the Rev. Mr. Campbell's ject of my visit, at a kind of formal journey from New Lattakoo to Kur- meeting, when he heard that white reechane, as related by himself at the
men were come to Mateebe, teaching annual meeting of the Missionary So-
him that all men should live peaceably, ciety, held at Queen-street Chapel, he said it was what he desired, and Lincoln's Inn Fields, May 10, 1821.
he had told Makkabba (the mur
derer, I fear, of Cowan, &c.) that he « In about two months after leav
was glad of it, and that Makkabba ing Cape Town, I reached New Lat
said he was not glad of it, for these takoo [25 March 1820.) I found predatory expeditions were the way Mateebe, the King of the place, alive commended itself
to become rich : but the design reand in good health ; and, in a con
." versation with him, he said I had Anecdote of Africaner.:
.“ will fulfilled my engagement in sending mention (said Mr. Campbell) one of him Missionaries, and he had fulfilled the greatest acts of Christian friendhis in giving them a kind reception. ship that ever fell under my
notice. I wish I could tell of the glorious It regards Africaner, of whom you effects of the truth on his heart, and have often heard. He was the man on the hearts of his subjects ; but of I was most afraid of when in that this I cannot yet speak. God works country
before, in consequence of the not always in haste; he tries the many plundering expeditions in which patience and faith of this Society he was engaged. There was a Grithere, as he did at Otaheite.
qua captain at the head of a different “ At a public meeting of the chief tribe, between whom and Africaner captains of the nation, held at Lat- there were frequent battles. Both takoo, they resolved to relinquish all of these are now converted to the offensive wars. Now here is a proof Christian faith. And Africaner, as of the effect of the Gospel to surround- an act of kindness to brother Moffat, ing tribes."
when it was found that it would not “ About seven days higher up from be suitable for Mr. and Mrs. Moffat Mashow, is the Marootzee country; the chief city is on a mountain, the people travelled a journey
of six days
to go to reside near him, with his name of it is Kurreechane. My wa- across Africa, to convey Mr. Moffat's gons were descending into a valley books and furniture to Lattakoo. between me and the hill on which it is built : the inhabitants saw the
Formerly he had gone as far to
attack Berend. On this occasion, wagons coming, and you cannot con- Africaner and Berend met together in ceive of the eagerness with which my tent, and united in singing praises