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believes, and which he has found, in the experience of a long life in the ministry, most effective and useful in the awakening and converting of sinners, and in quickening and aiding Christians in the divine life. Sereral of the discourses here published were prepared and preached to the people of the author's charge, and often in other places, in seasons of religious revival, and were made by the Holy Spirit instrumental of much good.”
The volume contains thirty-six short sermons, on ordinary subjects. The teaching is thoroughly orthodox, the thinking is clear and consecutive, the spirit is earnest and devout. They are decidedly more thoughtful than the arerage of popular discourses.
THE NEW CREATION. By Rev. John Mills. London: Elliot Stock,
62, Paternoster Row. Br“the New Creation,” which is at once the subject and the title of this book, and which is the subject of repeated reference in the Holy Scriptures, the author means that new moral creation in the souls of men which is being gradually effected in the world by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The old heavens, and the old earth, which are to be burnt up, are the old moral systems of error and corruption. We accept this view as at once rational, scriptural, and practical. The work is divided into ten chapters, the subjects of which are - Preliminary Observations, Injurious Effects of the Pre-millennium Theory, the Nature and Character of the New Creation, the Analogy between the Works of the Creator in the Material and the Spiritual World, the Harmony of Prophecy and its accordance with the whole Tenor of Divine Revelation, &c., &c., &c. Though we do not accept all the interpretations of the author, nor consider all his arguments as conclusive, we estimata his work as one of great value. It goes against one of the most dangerous and growing errors of the age, pre-millenarianism. Its discussions are calm, thoughtful, candid, often enlightening, and . suggestive. FIRST STEPS TOWARDS A CHURCH OF THE FUTURE. London: Simpkin,
Marshall, and Co., Stationers' Hall Court. All the productions of the author of this work, whether they agree with our views or not, demand respect. He is always searching, reverent, candid, and devout.
THE WATERS Saw THEE. A Sermon by Rev. COWELL Brows.
London : Elliot Stock. This sermon was preached on behalf of the widows and orphans of the men drowned nt Padstow, through the recent lifeboat disaster at that place. The discourse indicates considerable mental force.
A HOMIL Y
The Hour of Destiny.
“Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.”—John vii. 30.
HE most momentous hour in the annals of time,
was the hour of Christ's crucifixion. Every hour in the world's history is dependent on
this, and derives its highest significance from it. It was the hour of the world's redemption—an hour in which eternal rectitude was triumphantly vindicated; the powers of darkness successfully vanquished; the liberty of untold millions of human souls graciously secured; and the sublime purposes of God with reference to the interests of this world gloriously accomplished !
This was the central hour of time, into which the hopes of all preceding hours had converged, and out of which must emanate all the joys and lustre of all succeeding ones. All the benefits of the past and prospects of the future are blended in this mysterious hour. In this hour we find the greatest exhibition of Divine love, the grandest wonder for angels, and the theme of highest praises for innumerable myriads of redeemed souls through endless ages. Christ
no cognisance of thought, fecling, EVANGELICAL SEEMS RIGHT BUT II desire, and the unexpressed things NEVERTHELESS RUINOUS. Erad of the soul. Industry, sobriety, gelical religion, in the sense of veracity, honesty, these are the participation of the spirit of extent of its demands, and if Christ, is the religion of man. these are conformed to, society There is no true religion apart approves, and applauds. Thou. from a living faith in Christ. But sands consider these conventional the thing that is come to be called rules to be the standards of evangelical is to a fearful extent character, and pride themselves intensely selfish. It is the rew in their conformity to them. Be- ligion of selfishness. Its appeal cause they are diligent in their are all to the hopes and fears of business, they deceive no one, men. Its preaching makes men they pay every man his due, they feel, but their feelings are all consider their way right. With- concerned for their own interest; out disparaging in the least this makes men pray, but their prayer social morality we are bound to is a selfish entreaty for the delirer. say, that what is conventionally anco from misery, and the attainmoral may be essentially wrong. ment of happiness.
Fire and It may spring from wrong motives, brimstone bring men together and be governed by wrong rea. into congregations and churches, sons. · The Scribes and Pharisees We fear that much that is called of old were conventionally right. the evangelical religion of this Albeit they were rotten to the age stands in direct opposition to core.
He who read their natures the teachings of Him who said, through denounced them as whited " He that seeketh his life shall sepulchres. The end of such a lose it," and also to the teaching way is death. Death to all the of Paul, who said, “Without elements of well-being.
charity. I am nothing." A self II. THE PORNALISTICALLY RE- evangelicalism is the way of IGIOUS WAY SEEMS RIGHT, BUT I8
death. Men go to hell through NEVERTHELESS RUINOUS. Religion churches. What, then, is the way has its forms, it has its places, that is really right? Here it is and its times of worship, its order “I am the way." Following of service, its benevolent in- Christ is the only way that leads stitutions. A correct con- life.
are independent of men's opinions, what seems right to men is often wrong, and the reverse. Men are held responsible for their beliefs. A wrong belief, however sincere, will lead to ruin.
are considered by thousands as religion itself. Regularity in Church, attention to all the recognised rites of religion, contributions according to the general standard of the congregation, all this passes for religion, but is not religion. It is mechanism, nothing more. The motions of "machinery not the actions of the soul. There is no life in it, and it cannot lead to life, but to death. «The letter killet' 1* *God is a Snirit and the hip hi
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fallen away, “Left his first love."
(No. CXXI.) Such apostacy, or backsliding, is
CREDULOUS too general in the world; Judas,
CAUTIOUS. Demas, Peter, David, are
“The simple believeth every word: amples. The real backslider is but the prudent man looketh wel to the one that backslides in heart, his going.”-Prov. xiv. 13-19. There are many who don't seem
“SIMPLE" and foolish in these to backslide in their conduct;
verses must be regarded as con. their external life in relation vertible, and represent the same to the true thing continues tho
character. So also the words
I. THE HASTILY CREDULOUS. own ways. Misery inevitably
" The simple believeth every follows his conduct. If he is
word.” First: One of the strusgest restored he will suffer, he will be
tendencies in man's mental nature is « filled with his own ways.'
his propensity to believe. It is David felt it so (Psa. li.), and so one of the most voracious appetites did Peter, who wept" bitterly.
of the soul. The child opens its But if he is not restored, his
mental mouth, hungering for misery will be greater. The
tales from the nurse's lips, and punishment of the sinner consists will eagerly, swallow everything in his being “filled with his own
that is said.
“ As the young ways.”
says a modern author, II. THE HAPPINESS
“instinctively open their mouths
for food, and their mothers not GOOD. “A good man shall be satisfied for himself.” Who is the
even once since the creation of good man? The man who loves
the world, have thrown in chaft the supremely good supremely,
to mock their hunger, so the “Such a man shall be satisfied
trustfulness of children is the from himself.” Whilst the back
opening of their mouth for truth. slider's misery shall spring out of
If we fling falsehood in, and laugh himself, so shall the happiness of
at their disappointment, the Lord the good man. The happiness of
will require it." Alas, this is ungodly men, such as it is, is not
done, and the child grows up to in themselves, it is something
manhood disappointed, sceptical
, outside of them, their children,
and suspicious. (1) This propeztheir business, their friendships,
sity to believe implies a state of their position, their property:
society that does not exist. Were Not so the happiness of the good
men born into heaven, were society man, it is in himself, it is indo
free from all error and deception, pendent of circumstances, he
it would be not only a right, but carries it wherever he goes. It is
a beneficial thing to believe erery a well of water springing up. It
word, to crediterery utterance, is
and to confide in every character.
Thisis the state of society for which “What nothing earthly gives or can destroy,
man was created, but be has lost The soul's calm sunshine and the heart
it. He comes into a world of felt joy."
POPE. lies. (2) This propensity to beliets
explains the reign of priesthood. Priesteraft feeds and fattens on the natural credulousness of the soul.