W*'-^ nj-inr ~~~^Li**KA»***s’**+<*****/m,**s*‘ *^^'^^^^-~v~>J^^-r^rxjrKr,J~^Kri‘ main stationary, while everything else is advancing, by loosing ^relative Handing laad it will be soon crippled, and its influence weakened, if not annihilated. It should be the policy of the church to give to her ministry s^h resources, such eneigy, as to enable it to grapple with the stoutest minds,^and become, by< its well directed strength, the object of respect and esteem, instead of scorn or pity.. Yes, true wisdom says, give it the learning that Can enlighten every circle; give it the pow er of reasoning, that will carry conviction through all ranks; give it a Divine elo quence, that will thrill and move, and charm at pleasure. Yes, give it the abil ity, and courage, to hold up the cross of Christ, and to present the eternal realities of the gospel in all their greatness and : power; and then it will become mighty through God. Let the cause of salvation be thus sustained, and all the bustle and parade, and imposing grandeur of worldly enterprises, cannot obscure its majesty, or impede its progress. The iparch of truth will be onward, and the subjection of the world to the cross of Christ1 will be per tain. Then will die Christian ministry command respect/ and exert a healthful ami saving influence upon the world of mankinds ^ : u From the Western Recorder, The Primitive Church Anti-Sectarian, BY ASA SHINN. HTo» 1* A/r. Editor:^--In order to give an ade quate exhibition of the evils of the secta rian spirit, it is necessary to take a view of the true spirit and impartial constitu tion of the primitive Chuftii; that the be nevolence of the “common salvation” embraced by the first Christians may be held up in contrast with the selfishness of the religion of sectarians. A sect is an organized body based upon certain dis tinctive articles of faith, arranged and established by human authority, the be lief of which is a condition of membership in that denomination. The Bectarian spi rit, is embodied selfishness, zealously en gaged in conflicting with rival sects, or refractory individuals, in order to sustain and to extend its powers and dominion at their expense. It is ray purpose to prove, in the first place, that the primitive Church wu not% this spirit, and that it was based upon an entupy different founda tion; after which the evils of the sectarian spirit will be examiimd in doting with a view to guard reflecting minds against their disastrous consequences. In illustrating the true basis of die pri mitive Churd^ we commei^e with that famous passage in Matthew: “ He saith unto them, but whom say yd|&at I am? And Simon Peter answered, and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Add Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou, Simon ftar-jona: ' for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my rather which is in hea ven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. xvi. 15, Ac. The Church ofMome has long claimed this passage as a prbof that Peter is the rock on which the Christian superstruc ture is founded; but this pretension was not set up till after the Church of Rome had become a distinguished body of sec tarians, based on certain distinctive articles of faith arranged and established by hu man authority; and she claimed an Apos tle as her founder, in order to strengthen her power and influence, in putting down all rival sects ana heretics. “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona.” Why .was he blessed?^ Not merely be cause he was Peter, J%ut because such a central and primary truth had been reveal ed to him, whiph he held fast, and. which he was ready to publish all ahjoad.' This truth that Christ is the Son of the living hope, vir God, is the basis of all _____ 4 , tue and salvation, and our Saviour evident ly meant to be understood, that this doc trine is the rock of our safety and sup port; and not that Peter is the foundation on which the church was to be built. This will appear manifest from the follow ing inspired testimony. 4. Jesus said Je tile twelve Apostles, “Call no man your Father, [Papa or Pope,] upon the earth; for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters; for one is your Master, eva»r Christ, and all ye are brethren.” xxiii. 9, Ac. Here the Apostles are r.—_ J upon an equality, and ale subject ed alike to the governing authority of one

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