*■ b this Disunion to be Perpetuated! BY DR. THOMAS DICK. The disunion of the Christian church js not to be perpetual* We are certain, that a period is hastening on when its di visions shall be healed, when its bounda ries shall be enlarged, and when “the name of Jehovtth shall be one through outall the earth." At some period or other, therefore, in the lapse of time, a movement towards such a union must commend^** it cannot take place before the attention of the religious world is di rected to this object* And why should not such a movement commence at the oresent moment? Why should we$dose another year, or even another month, be* fore we attempt to concert measures, in order to bring about a consummation so devoutly to bo wished for? The present * eventful period is peculiarly auspicious for this purpose* when the foundations of ty ranny, injustice, and error are begjttting to be shaken; When knowledge is Tmjfcng progress among every order of society; when reforms in the state, and in every subordinate department of the Community, are loudly demanded by persons of every character and of every rank; when the evils attached to our ecclesiastical institu tions are publicly denounced; when the Scriptures are translating into the langua ges of every tribe; and when missionary enterprises are carrying forward in every quarter of the habitable globe. To at tempt a union of all true Christians at the present crisis, would, therefore, be nothing more than falling in with the spirit of the age, and acting in harmony with those multifarious movements which are des tined to be the means of enlightening and renovating the human race;' and at no pe riod since the Reformation could such an attempt have been made with more san guine expectations, and greater prospects of success* All eyes are now turned tow ards some eventful and auspicious era, when the light of science shall shine re fulgent, when abuses shall be corrected, evils remedied, society meliorated, and its various i&nks brought Into more harmo nious association. And shall Christians atonio remain shut up in their little home* sleds, apart from each other! stickling about phrases, and contending about forms, without ever coming forth to salute each « Such ft surmise rhinery that is orld’s improve* cannot be indulged: it would be a libel on the Christian world*gnd a reproach* on the religion of whWIhey profess them* selves die votaries. I trust there are thou sands in every department ofj£he church Who are ardently longing to break down the walls of partition which separate them from thair brethren, and anxiously wait* ing for an opportunity of expressing their sentiments, and of giving the right hand of fellowship 44 to all who loveowXord Je* sus in sincerity.” In apy attempts that may be made to promote this great object, mutvnl conces* sions behoove to be made by afl partite. One general principle, that requires to be recognized, is this,—that every opinion and practice be set aside which ie ac knowledged on all hands to have no di* m rett foundation in Scriplute, but is a mere human fabrication, introduced by ac cident or whim; such as the observance of fast and preparation days previous to the participation of the Lord’s Supper, kneeling in the aet of partaking of that or* dinance, repeating the Anthanasian creed in the regular services of the church, <fcc. &c. It is a striking and remarkable fact, that the chief points about which Chris tians are divided, are points on which the volume of inspiration is silent, and Which the presumption and perversity of men have attached to the Christian system, and interwoven with the truths and ordi nances of religion; and therefore, were the line of distinction clearly drawn between mere human opinions and ceremonials, and the positive dictates of revelation, and the (me separated from the other, the way would be prepared for a more intimate and harmonious union in the church of Christ As a preparative measure to such a union, a friendly intercourse between the differ* ent sects should be solicited and cherish ed, Enlightened ministers of different tnominations should occasionally ex ange pulpits, and officiate for each oth er in the exercise of divine worship. This would tend to show to the world, and to each other, that there is no unholy jea lousy or hostile animosity subsisting be tween diem, which their present conduct and attitude Coo frequently indicate. It

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