: t\ . THE•A-JsTJD G!-OXjJDE3Sr I^TTXJE-VoL. XXXIX. FEBRUARY, 1880. No. 2CHRISTIAN CITIZENS.BY EEV. B. T. BOBEKTS.Whenever the directions of theBible have been conscientiouslyobeyed, the best results, in even thislife, have uniformly followed. Ofthe millions who have undertakento obey its teacbings,'a few, weariedwith its restraints, or led captive bythe world,,have thrown off allegianceto its authority. Yet oi thesewe have never known, or been informedof one who claimed that hehad been led astray by the Bible.Surely that cannot be a false Ughtwhich invariably guides stormtossedships safely into the harbor.The medicine which makes thepatient better, whatever the disease,ought not to be rejected until amore effectnal one is found as asubstitute. It is not wise to throwaway a chart which has guidedothers in safety over unknown aeas,nntil we are certain that we haveobtained a better.The Bible lays down principlesfor the government of man in everypossible relation of life. It hasmuch to say of nations. "Righteousnessexalteth a nation, but sin isa reproach to any people."—Prov.xiv, 34. The seven nations werecut off from the. land of Canaanbecanse of their abominations.They were destroyed in consequenceof their corruptions—for the samereason that Babylon and Egypt andTroy perished. Infidels might aswell cavil at the destmction of thelatter aa of the former. It wasequally severe; brought- about inthe same way—by hnman agency ;and the direction of the same Providencethat presides over nations,rewarding the righteous and punishingthe wicked. Tet even Gibbondoes not bring np the fall of thethe Roman Erupire as an argumentagainst the inspiration of the Bible.The heavy burdens which Governmentsimpose upon the people areoccasioned, for the most part, bywars, by official corruption and bythe crimes of individuals. In somecountries industry is almost whoUycrushed out by the exactions of theGovernment. In thia conntry,where the Government is professedlyby the people, and for the people,we hazard the conjecture that onehalf the net profits of the farmers,the great producing claaa of theconntry, is now paid, in one form orother,'a8 taxes to the Government.We think it eould be shown thatfuUy thr'ee-fonrths of these taxes are
38 THE EABNEST CHRISTIAN.occasioned by wars and by the saleof spirituous liquors.A war is an expensive, and unchristianmode of settling a dispute.A dispute between nations ahouldl)e settled, if possible, by a mutualwUlingness to do right and to make.'dl needed concessions. If theparties cannot agree, then theyshould choose arbitrators and abideiiy tbeir decision. Every ChristianChurcli should bear its protest,and use its influence against war.Our wars against our Indians area disgrace to the civilization of theage. We make treaties with them.concede to them the exclusive rightto reservations of land of whichthey were the original proprietore ;white outlaws invade their territoryand encroach upon their rights—the poor savages attempt a defence,and, instead of punishing the outlaws,we send an army against fheIndians to drive them from their soiland reduce them to submission. Itis estimated that it costs the Government,that is the people of theUnited States, one million of dollarsfbr every Indian they kill! Thatthese Indian wars result wholly fromour fault' and mismanagement is demonstratedby the experience of ourneighbors in Canada, in .dealingwith the same class of people. TheCanadian Government treats itsIndians fairly, and they have noIndian wars.Our civil war, witb ^he" occasionfor it, the heavy load it has laid uponthe people for years to come, andthe general demoralization whichhas resulted, would all have beenavoided had the advice been followedwhich Elihu Burritt and otherChristians gave about fifty yearsago. They urged that, as the wholenation was, in a measure, responsiblefor the existence of slavery, thereforeall should assist in bearing the burdenof its removal. They, advocateda gradual emancipation with a faircompensation for the slaves within aperiod, which, though brief, wouldhave given the opportunity to educatethe slaves for the duties of freemen.It was proposed to meet theexpense by the proceeds arising fromthe sale of public lani's. But thisplan met with no favor. It was opposedquite as stoutly by the religiousteachers as byany other class ofpeople. Yet that it would havebeen mucb better than the alternativewe were cOmpeUed to adoptthere can be no doubt.A people that acknowledge nohigher law than force, can be governedonly by force. In a Governmentamong those who do not respectthe principles of righteousness,liberty will be short-lived. From unpunishedfraud to force, the step isshort and sure to be taken. The loveof right must be, in the body of tbepeople, stronger than^the love ofparty, or the Republic wUl be ended.Its forms may be preserved, in ameasure, as were those ofthe Romanrepublic, under the Csesars, but thespirit of Uberty will have fled.We should, then, study our Bible,to learn the principles, by which weshould govern our conduct as citizens.It is important to us, and tothe cause of Christ, that we aetrigbt in this important matter. Inthe Theocratic republic, the only
Toivil government that God everpersonally estabUshed on earth,the directionwas given: "Thou shaltpro--vide, out of all people, able men,such aa fear God, men of truth, hatingcovetouaness; and place such•over them, and let them judge thepeople." "Judges and officers, shaltthou make thee in all thy gates;and'they shall judge the people withjnst judgment."Every Christian should act. on thiaprinciple, in choosing civil rulers.As long as the professed followera ofChrist wiU choose, from two bad orincompetent men, who are nominatedfor any office, the politicians -willeee, that they have bad and incompetentmen to choose from. As long ascorrupt men can secure the votes ofgood men, they will manage to getthemselves nominated.CHRISTIAN CITIZENS. 39Some maintain that Christiansought never to vote. They basesight of the Lord. It ia a greatthis opinion upon the saying of ourneglect of dnty for ChristiansLord. " My kingdom is not of thisto stand aside and allow Irish andworld; if my kingdom were of thisGerman whiskey and beer sellers andworld, then wonld my servants fight drinkers to administer the civil affafrsthat I should not be delivered to the of our great cities. If aUowed to goJews, but now is mj kingdom not on, they will, of course, soon assumefrom hence."—John xviu, 36. Butcontrol of the States, and then of thethis passage does not prove that aNational Government. As long as•Christian can take no part in civil' Christians divide up into oppositeaffafrs. To vote is not to fight. ; It parties of about equal numbers, theis the way to prevent fighting. As sons of Belial, acting together, andlong as men differ in judgment there going to whichever party wUl concedemost to their demands, thoughare two obvious modes of settlingsuch differences of judgments as a minority -will carry the day. Inmay arise—by reason and by force. the State ot New York, althoughWhen argument is exhausted, then there are, it is estimated about onean expression of opinion of themilUon one hundred and fifty thousandchnrch members, yet a fewthe parties interested—that is a votein some form—decides the matter. So thousand liquor dealers succeed inthat in order to put an end to fightsecuring legal license and tolerationing, the servants of Christ shouldvote. With thia construction ofour Lord's worda agrees the directionof the Apostle : " Only letyour conversation be aa it becomeththe gospel of Christ."—Phil, i, 27.That is in the original, " Do yourduty as a citizen as becometh theGospel of Christ." This does notrequire that a Christian should be,on the one hand, a politician, or anoffice-seeker ; or on the other, thathe should be indifferent to tbe welfareof the public. He should takean active interest in whatever involvesthe well-being of his neighbors,and should always actconscientiously on the side of theright. He should exert his influenceas a citizen, in a propermanner, to prevent the sanction oflaw being given to anythingwhich is an abomination in the
40 THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN.for a traffic which kills more, andcosts more than the bloodiest war.If Christ has set you free, thenatand forth in this freedom. Allowno party ties to bind you to anyhoary beaded or any youthfid wrongbut keep yourself perfectly free tostand on the side of God and of righton every queation in which duty callsyou to act. Consnlt—not the organsof the party with which you mayhave acted, but the oracles of God,to ascertain your duty. When thatis settled as God would have it settled,then go to Him for -wisdomand courage to do your duty faithfuUyas a citizen in all the variedrelations of life. THT WOED IS ALAMP UNTO MT FEET, AKD A LIGHTUNTO MT PA-TH.—^Ps. Cxix, 105.JOY AND SORROW.As there is a sad mfrth, so there iaa joyful mourning ; look upon thevoluptuous man ; however laughtermay appear in his face, yet sadnessever centres in his heart : his carnaldelights are not only vain, butvexing. Whilst the banquet lasts,the sensualist sings, but when thereckoning comes, his spfrits sink,his burning candle presently goesout in a snuff, his shining sun instantlysets in a watery cloud.Solomon gives us the sum of it thus:"Even La laughter the heart iasorrowful, and the end of that mirthis heaviness."But now come to the penitentialperson ; as his tears are the joy ofangels, so they are the joy of hisheart, and the solace of his soul :the Salter his tears, the sweeter hiscomforts ; the deeper his sighs, thefuUer his joy : the beams of consolationalways shine into this houseof mourning, so that his soul is in atravail with a Barnabas, and hislabora bring forth the fruita ofpeaoe : insomuch, that I may tmlysay :—" To mourn for sin, is toweep for joy." These pure andpleasant streams of consolation, thatSPIBITUAL DKSIEES.—Unsatiabledesfres in temporal things, make apoor man in spiritual things ; a rightChristian is rich in ontward thingsonly, when Ue is contented withwhat he bath. That man hath nothingof heavenly things, that thirstethnot after more. Worldly desires alwaysleave ns empty; either we do flow and run in those crystalnot get what we covet, or else we of etemal pleasure, at God'ariversrightare not satisfied with what we get; hand, come from a weeping spring.but he that thirsteth after heavenly Why tben is the mouth of -wickednessopened against the way things is always filled, and the moreofhe receives, the more he desfres. holiness? As if grace were theSincere desires -wiU bring the richeatand choicest mercies that Godcan give! What a glorious improvementwe might make of this affection,Calvary to entomb joys; and impietythe very womb to bring forthfelicity : but if experience may beheard, my soul hath felt both, and Iif we did but divert the streams find such damps of spfrit in worldyand tum them heavenward. How pleasures, and such refreshing ofmany exceUent mercies lie around, soul in the depth of godly sorrow,and only want this tide to bring that I shaU esteem one drop of suchthem in. Why then do I let my desirearun out in -waste ? I but make thefr carnal mirth.spfritual joy, better than an ocean_,ofmyself poor, in thfrsting after moreof the world, and more of the creatures; whereas I inight be rich, if I angel to write down aU theJIpardonsIt would tire the handa [of anwould but earneatly desfre more of tbat God bestows upon true^enitentgrace, and more of Chriat.believers.—Bates.
EXPERIENCE.BT N. J. TAFT.The wonderfuUy radical changewhich I have recently met -with isleading me to cry aloud, writeabroad, and spare not as never before.My past Christian experiencenever gave me the satisfaction andsoul rest which I believed manyothera enjoyed, simply becanse ofmy unfaithfulness. But there camea time, viz : the first ofthe year 1879,when I determined, by the help otOod, I would cut loose and Uve aconsistent Christian life. Becauseof disobedience in the past, I wasled of the Spirit forthwith to makewrongs right, which was very humiliatingto the old earnal nature. Blessedbe the Lord for the convictingSpirit which lei me to the performanceof this duty. In a number ofinstances I had to make confessionand restitution which brought thepower and the glory. I was verythorough in this matter, both in privateand public. I wish to say, allto the glory of our Saviour, I wasthen and there filled -with the HolyGhost, which enabled me to standout with boldness and declare themighty power of God to save to theuttermost. My first duty then wasto labor -with one whom I could thensee, bnt not distinctly before, wasaltogether wrong and out of theway. This stiiTed the enemy andbrought persecution under the pressureof which I backed down, crushedentirely. I need not now state wbatfollowed, I have decided to leavethat all with the blessed Lord, whoeareth for his own and promises toavenge his own, that cry unto himday and night. But you may ask. the question, why back down then ?I acknowledge my sin. I lived in abackslidden state for some sevenmonths, when last October I resolvedthat I would return unto theLord, and I did in earnest, realizingas fully my lost condition I believeEXPERIENCE. 41as is possible. My prayer to God isthat the backsUdden all about uamight become thus pungently convicted,then we should see a mightystir in earth. The Lord has fullyrestored unto me the joys of his salvation,settled and fixed my waveringmind, established my goings andgiven me the baptism which abideth.AU glory to his precions name ! Ihave learned, as never before, thevalue of secret prayer, which ismy stronghold.THE SOUL'S HAPPINESS.—'Wheretby happiness lieth, there thy portionlieth : if thou place thy felicityin a poor, empty creature ; if withJudas the spirit run so low, thatthou canst be content only to keepthe bag ; or -with Reuben, for someworldly convenience, to quarter onthis side of Jordan; why then, unworthysoul, take that which ia thineown, and go thy -way. If thou wiltbe put off with a breath of honor, ablaze of pleasure, a snare of riches,or a parcel of vanity, why then gotake thy fill : look for no more fromGod. Thou seest thy all; when thougoest from hence, then farewell all.In the meanwhile remember this,that when the breath shall be expired,the blaze extinct, and the soulforever ensnared, then thy etemitysball -be spent in bewailing thy folly.Bnt now, O precious soul !'if thouplace thy felicity in the highest excellency,thy portion lies in the chiefestgood : If it be thy happinessalways to behold the beauty of God'sfa-^e, it shall be thy portion, forever,to behold the beauty of God's presence.Lord ! let the worldling thenbe sent away -with some poor worldlytrifle; for my part, since thou hastmade me capable of such heavenlyexcellencies, I desire never to be pu'toff with transitory vanities : my happinesslies only in thyself, therefore,whatever I enjoy beside thyself, Iwill take it as a blessing but not aamy portion.
43 THE EABNEST CHBISTIAN.EARNESTNESS.BY MES. n.CATTON.When we see pei'sons deeply inearnest in anything they have to do,we think they are the ones that wilbe likely to succeed. Perseveranceovercomes obstacles, that at times,appear to be insurmountable. If atthe outset ofour running the Christianrace, we could see all we shouldhave to contend with before wereached the end, we might fear thatwe shonld be overcome in the way;but we are permitted to see only sofw" as it is best for us to see.A soul, that is really in earnest toescape from the " City of Destruction,"will not be easily hindered.He will, like Bunyan's Pilgrim, puthis fingers in his ears, look neithertothe right nor the left, but run,crying "Life! life ! eternal life."A desire " to flee from the wrathto come," will crowd out all otherdesires; and it will be e^'ident thathe is in earnest, by his avoiding andputting from him everything that isdispleasing to God, and seeking todo all that God requires. ."When tbis earnest desire is uppermostin his mind he will not be movedfrom his purpose, by persecution,trial, suffering, losses or crosses. Hewin " count ail things but loss, sothat he may. but win Christ, and befound ia him," when he . shall cometo call his ransomed ones home.Leaving others, whom he cannotpersuade to go witb him,to do as theywill, he wiU so "figbt the fight offaith," as to be a victor in every conflict,and at last gain the skies, andjoin in the chorus—" Unto him thatloved us, and washed us from oursins in his own blood, and hath madeus kings and priests unta God andhis Father ; to Him be glory anddominion forever and ever. Amen."—Believers have a Ufe that deathcan never tonch,—Bomaine.PERFORM THE DOING OF IT.BY AUSTINQ. HAGERMAN.It is easy to wish to do good, butto translate tbe wishes into works,is not so cheap and light a task. . Ofcourse, as far as the mere wishinggoes, it is praiseworthy to wish todo " deeds of love " and " acts ofkindness ; bnt if the matter stopsthere it is abortive and worthless.It seems courteous, and has a ratherbenevolent look to say to a needyone, " Be ye warmed and filled ?"but when nothing is given for thewarming and fiUing. " What dothit profit ? " St. James aptly andtruly asks the question, and thehonest answer of each heai't must bethat such do-nothing kindness profitsneither the speaker nor hearer of thesoft flimsy words of idle well-wishing.The Church at Corinth had beenwilUng for a year to help the needysaints at Jerusalem. St. Paul saidto them, " Now therefore performthe doing of it, that, as there was areadiness to will, so there may be aperformance also out of that whichye have."—2 Cor. viii, 11..This sentence embodies a greatprinciple. Idle planning alonenever made a " fortune," or performeda charity, or saved a soul. Irresolutewishing to be better nevercorrected a single bad habit.A readiness to will is all very wellif there is a performance also.Christian faith may plan largethings, but there must be patientlabor and steadfast toil in performing.Faith and works must go togetherlike the breatliing of thelungs and tbe pulsation of the heart.There must be so many heart-throbsto every full breath, or there will beimpairment of health and loss ofstrength. The body needs freshblood as well as fresh air. It is notenough for us to merely pant afterhoUness; we must have our" fruit unto holiness," or we shall be
Gon's SUNBEAMS.—The brightnessof the morning sunbeams shows usthe dust in a neglected, ill-kept room,and God's messages to us in sicknessare like his sunbeams : they throw abright light upon the sins that wehave tried to hide away in the cornersof our hearts.There ia nothing like staying inGod's light if we want to keep ourhearts clean ; it is only the wickedwho love darkness rather than light,and we are told why :" because theirdeeds are evU."—A short race, a rough pilgrimage,a dangerous voyage, a fiercecombat, a hard day's work ; andthen a glorious prize, a happy end,a good home, a complete victory,and an eternal reward; fear not, theend crowns the whole.MAKE IT PLAIN. 43empty vines and barren fig-trees, fitTHE VICTORT.for the fire only. The soundingBT ms. A., S. HOBHIS.sham and vain show of a religionthat wishes and gushes with loudHelp me, dear Lord, to coneeciateprofessions when it ought to workMyeelf, my all to Thee,and suffer with dutiful performance, And prostrate fall at Thy dear feet jsuch a frijitless religion will make"Thine only now to fie.tbe ebnrches barren wastes, and wUlspread the blight of nnbelief.My heart and mind, my life, my allPerhaps you are planning manyTo Thee, O Lord, I giye,Since Thon has bonght theni with Tby blood;good actions for the coniing year.Thine own. Lord, now receive.Now therefore perform the doing ofthem. Look to Christ Jesus for Then shall my days be crowned with peace.help and inspiration. Consider hisMy nights with praise be filled.example and ponder his precepts. And eelf be swallowed np in Christ—According to ybur heart-capacity toOh, glorious -rictoo' •receive the in working grace ofGod,so work and bestow, and be a blessingto hufrianity. Do what you can.MAKE IT PLAIN.H there be first a willing mind it is On the sixteenth day after the" accepted according to what a man battle of Gettysburg, I entered thehath, not according to that he hath room where a young woundednot." Wishes will count for nothingnnless there is an effort to make death. As I entered he was ronsedcolonel was apparently near tothem real works in proportion to from his stupor, and beckoned me toyour power. The willing mind is his bedside, and threw his feebleaccepted according to what ye have. arms around my neck.To "have" much and do little is " Oh, my father, how glad I am toevil. Have many loving plans and see you ! I was afraid you wonldperform the doing of them. "Your not come till it was too late. I amlabor is not in vain in the Lord."- too feeble to say mueh, though Ihave a great many things to say toyon; yon must do all the talking.Tell me all about dear mother andsister."I soon preceived by -the appearance-ot those in the honse that therewas no hope entertained of his recovei-y.But as I could no longerendure the agony of suspense, I atlast inquired of the doctor, " Doctor,what do yon think of my son'scase ?"Entirely hopeless,"" But is there nothing more thatcan be done to save bim ?"" No, sir. Everything that hu-man skill aud kindness can do, hasbeen done. Your son has been abrave and very successful officer ;has been a great favorite in thearmy ; has won the highest esteem ofall who have known him, but hemust die. Immediately after the
44 THE EABNEST CHBISTIAN.amputation, the gangrene set in,and defies all efforts to arrest it."" WeU, doctor, how long do youthink he can live ?"" Not more than four days. Hemay drop away at any hour. Weare constantly fearing that an arterywiU give way, and then it is all over-with the colonel. What you wiahto do in referenee to his death, youhad better do at once."" Have you, or has anyone, toldhun of his real condition ?"" No. We have left that painfulduty for you to do, as we have beenexpecting your arrival for severaldays."As I entered the room with thedreaded message of death pressingon my heart, the eyes of my sonfastened on me." Come, sit by my side, father.Have you been' talking with thedoctor about me ?"" Yes."" What did he tell you ? Doeshe think I shall recover ?"There was a painful hesitation fora moment." Don't be afraid to tell me jnstwhat be said."" He told me you must die."" How long does he think I canUve ?""Not to exceed four days, andthat you may drop away any hour—that an artery may slough at anymoment, which you cannot surt'ive."With great agitation, he exclaimed :"Father, is that so ? Then I mustdie. I cannot, I must not die- Oh,I am not prepared to die now I Dotell me how I can get ready ! Makeit so plain that I can get hold of it.Tell me, in a few words, if you can,so that I can see it plainly. I knowyou can, fatber, for I used, to hearyon explain it to others.''It was no time now for tears, butfor calmness and light, by which tolead the soul to Christ," and bothwere given." My son, I see you are afraid todie.""Yes, I am."" Well, I snppose you feel guUty."" Yes, that is it I have been awicked young man. Tou know howit is in the army.""Yoa want to be forgiven, don'tyou."" Oh, yes ! That is wbat I waut,Oan I be, father ?""Certainly."" Can I know it before I die?"" Certainly."" Well, now father, make it soplain that I can get hold of it.At once an incident, which occurredduring the scbool-days of myson, came to my mind. I had notthought of it before for severalyears. Now it came back to me,fresh with its interest, and jnst whatwas wanted to guide the agitatedheart of this young inquirer toJesus." Do you remember while atschool in you came home oneday, and I having occasion to rebuke.you, you became very angry, andabused me with harsh language ?"" Yes, father, I was thinking it allover a few days ago, as I thought ofyour coming to see me, and felt sobad about it that I wanted to seeand once more ask you to forgiveme."" Do you remember how, afterthe paroxysm of your anger hadsubsided, you came in, and threwyonr arms around my neck, and said,' My dear father, I am sorry I abusedyou so. It was not your loving sonthat did it. I was very angry.Won't you forgive me ?"" Yes, I remember it verv distinctly."" Do you remember what I saidto you as you wept upon my neck ?"" Very well. You said, T forgiveyou with all my heart,' and kissedme. I shall never forget thosewords."" Did you believe me ?""Certainly. I never doubtedyour word."" Did you then feel happy again?"
MAKE IT PLAIN.4S" Yes, perfectly ; and since that Jesus. Yon and mother and sistertime I have always loved you more will soon come after me, and thenthan ever before. I shaU never forgetwe shaU all be together. We shallhow it relieved me when you have no more tronble tbere. If it islooked npon me so kindly, and said, . God's wiU, I would like to live to' I forgive you -with all my heart.' " serve my country, and take care of" 'WeU, now, this is just the way you and mother; but if I must die,to come to Jesus. Tell him 'lam I am not afraid to, now. Jesns hasso sorry,' just as you told me, and forgiven me. Come, father, let usten thousand times quicker than a sing,father's love forgave you, will he ^When I can read my tiUe clear,'"forgive you. He says he will. Then and we did sing.you must take his word for it, just " Now, father, I want yon shouldas you did mine."pray, and'I wiU foUow you."" Why, father, is this the way tobecome a Christian ?"" I don't know of any other."We did pray, and Jesus heardH8."Father, I am very happy. "Why," Why, father. I can get hold of I believe I shall get well. I feelthis. I am so glad you have come much better."to tell me how."Prom that hour, all his symptomsHe tnrned his head upon his changed — pulse went do-wn, andpillow for rest. I sank into my countenance brightened. The currentoflife had changed.chair and wept freely, for my heartcould no longer suppress its emotions.I had- done my work, and found him cheerful and happy—-The doctor soon came in, andcommitted the case to Christ. He, looked at him—felt his pnlse, whichtoo, I was soon assured, had done he had been watching with intensehis. The broken heart had made its anxiety, and said:confession, had heard what it longed "Why, colonel, you look better."for, " I forgive yon," and believed "I am better, doctor. I am goingit. It was bnt a few moments of to get well. My father has told mesUence, but the new creation bad how to become a Christian, and Itaken place, the broken beart had am very happy. I believe I shallmade its short, simple prayer, and recover, for God has heard mybelieved, and the new heart had prayer. Doctor, I want you shouldbeen forgiven. A soul had pa-sed out beeome a Christian too. My fatherfrom " nature's darkness into light, can tell you how to get hold of it."and from the power of sin and Satan In the evening thi'ee surgeonsunto God."were in consultation, but saw noI soon felt the nervous hand on hope in the case, and one of themmy head, and heard the word " father"in such a tone of tendemess andjoy, that I knew the change hadcome.took his final leave of the coloneLNext morning the two surgeonswho had been in constant attendancecame in, and began as usual to dress" Father, my dear father, I don't the- wound.want you to weep any more, yon On opening the bandages, theyneed not, I am perfectly happy suddenly drew back, and throwingnow, Jesns has forgiven me. I up their arms, exclaimed;know he has, for he says so, and I "Great God, this is a miracle!'take his word for it, just as I did The gangrene is arrested, and theyours. Wipe your tears. I am not colonel will live.' God has heardafraid to die now. I think I wouldas soon die as live, for I ahould goright up to heaven and be withyour prayera!""Why doctor," replied the colonel."I told you yesterday that I be-
46 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.Ueved I shonld get well, for I askedBEWARE !Jesus that I might live to do somegood. I knew He heard my prayersand now you see He has. Bless theLord -with me, doctor."BT BEV. W. T. HOGG.To be forewarned of danger, is toMeanwhUe, " Our son must die," be fortified against it. "If the goodhad gone over the wfres, and sadnessat home. Next day, " Our son watch the thief wonld come, heman of the honse had known in whatwiU Uve, and is happy in Christ," would have watched and would notfoUowed, and joy came again to the have suffered his house to be brokenloved ones.up."—Matt, xxiv, 43. Men oftenAfter his recovery, the colonel returnedto the people whose sons he danger unforeseen. Where no presuffer irreparable loss because ofhad led with honor through fifteen monition was given, no blame attachesto the subject of misfortune.hard-fought battles. They, in retnm,gave him the best office in the But where repeatea warnings have. gift of a loyal and grateful people. been disregarded, " sudden destruction"is a just retribution.Among them he now lives in prosperityand honor, is a member of Jesus Christ repeatedly warns histhe church of Christ, and the father followers against the dangers incidentto a Christian pilgrimage. Andof a happy family. — Congregationalist.he never sounds a false alarm.•-•-• -When the word of God says beware,ASK AND RECEIVE.—Sir Walter then look out for danger. To disregardthis signal incurs an irreversibleRaleigh one day, asking a favor fromQueen Elizabeth, the Queen said to doom The Christian life is attendedby numerous dangers, into whichhim : " Raleigh, when wiU you leaveoff begging ?" He answered: "When careless souls are sure to fall.Your Majesty leaves off giving." Hence, we are frequently cautionedAsk great things of God. Expect to beware.great things from God. Let his 1. "Beware of false prophets."—past goodness make us " instant in Matt, vii, 15. " Because many falseprayer."prophets are gone out into the—^ ,* » »world."—1 John iv, 1. Jesus says,—Faith is simple, it is to believe ; they " come to you in sheep's cloth-'faith is sublime, it is to be born ing, but inwardly they are raveningagain.wolves." They come with a semblanceof godliness, but within they^Our stock in life, our real estate, are full of deceit and wickedness.is that amodnt of thought which we Now they are false prophets in ahave had, which we have thought scriptural sense, wfao teach a falseout. If we have ever done any way to heaven, or who do not teachwork -with those finest tools, the the true way—the way described inimagination, the fancy, the reason, the Bible.it is a new creation, independent ofthe world, and a possession forever.Jesus says, " Strait is the gate,and narrow is the way tbat leadethunto life, and few there be that find—^Poverty is the load of some,and wealth is the load of others, perhapsthe greater load of the two.It may weigh them fo perdition. Bearthe load of thy neighbor's povertyand let him bear -with thee the loadof thy wealth. Thou lightenest thyload by Ughtening his.it."—Matt, vii, 13, 14. Consequently,whoever teaches a broad way, aneasy way, or a popular way toheaven, is, according to the Bible, afalse prophet.Tbe Bible enjoins separation fromthe world as the way of Ufe. Love
BEWARE! 47of the world is spiritual adultery. ot virtue or godliness "to be seen ofChriatiana are married to Christ. men." Much that passes for superiorpiety in onr day, is only superiorConsequently as he was separatefrom sinners, so must they be Uke- hypocrisy. It was so in the days of-wise. Hence, the language of tbe Christ. " He knew what was inapostle James : " Ye adulterers and man, and needed not that any shouldadulteresses, know ye not that the testify of man." And he was continuallysaying to the popularfriendship of the world is enmitywith God ? Whosoever, therefore, church members of that day, " Woe-wiU be the friend of the world is unto you hypocrites," etc. "Forthe enemy of God."—Jas. iv, 4. ye are like unto whited (whitewashed)sepulchres, which indeed" Wherefore, come out from amongthem, and be ye separate, saith the appear beautiful outward, but areLord, and touch not the unclean within full of dead men's bones andthing, and I will receive you," etc.— of all uncleanness. Even so ye also2 Cor. vi, 17. "And be not conformedto this world, but be ye men, but within are full of hypooutwardly appear righteous untotransformed by tbe rene-wing of crisy and iniquity."—Matt, xxiu, 2&your mind," etc.—Rom. xii, 2. Now 29.this is unmiatakably the way*into Now "men look on the ontwardthe kingdom of God. And he -who appearance" and generaUy formteaches any other way, or -who does their opinions of human characteiaccordingly." But, God looketh onnot teach this way, is unmistakablya false prophet. And thonsands of the heart," and judges us accordingsuch there are in our day, who are to what appears within. And what"deceiving and being deceived." shall it profit us tb have acquired aMen assuming to instruct others reputation for virtue among men, U"in the way to heaven who are in God's judgment our hearts arethemselves allied with the workers not - right. Beware of hypocrisy.of iniquity in secret, oath-bound Take no stock in "whitewash" religion.It is deceptive and soul-fraternities, where Christ is ignored,are in the highest degree false damning. Be not content -with aprophets—" blind leadqfs of the fair exterior, but apply to God forbUnd." They are full of falsehood the cleansing of thy heart. Hethemselves, and are continuaUy says, " From all your filthiness, anddeceiving others. So they who professto teach the way of life, and yet you,- and a new heart also will I givefrom all your idols will I cleansecountenance pride, covetousness, unto you."—Ezek. xxxvi, 25. Nothingshort of this will do. Thenlove of the world, self-indulgence,and camal ease, are themselves the constantly Uft thy soul and cry :most subtle foes of humanity, themost detestable enemies of God." For when they speak great sweUingwords of vanity, they allurethrough tbe lusts of the flesb,through much -wantonness, thosetbat were clean escaped from themwho live in error."—2 Pet. ii, 18.Therefore, " Beware of false prophets.''2. " Beware of the leaven of thePharisees which is hypocrisy."—Luke xu, 1. Hypocrisy consists inputting on an external appearance'* Wash me, and make me thus thine own ;Wash me, and mine thon art;Wash me. bnt not my feet alone—ily hands, my head, my heart."Shun all superficial holiness.Keep at a wide distance from Phariseeism.Be " an IsraeUte indeed inwhom is no guile." In order to thisletthy prayer continually be :" Search me, O • God, and know myheart ; try me and know mythoughts ; and see if there be anywicked way in me, and lead me inthe way everlasting.—^Ps. exxxix,23.
4STHE EARNEST OHBISTIAN3. "Take heed and beware of to speak largely of the holy thingscovetousness,"—^Luke xii, 13. Covetousnessof Chriat's religion to men of camalmay be defined as inordiminds. They will only try to rendnate desire for creature good. It our characters if we do. Beware ofdenotes the" atate of a mind fromwhich the supreme good has beensuch men as try to justify themselvesby rending the characters oflost, laboring to replace him by other people. Enter not into theireome subordinate form of enjoyment."society. _ Have no controversy withHence the Word of God them. Give them no occaaion todenominates it idolatry. The moat get an advantage over you. Do notcommon form of covetousness is even attempt to atop their growlingdeaire for riches—a disposition to and barking. They -will bite andlay up treasures upon earth. In the devour you if you do. There issight of God the sin of covetousness danger from this aource. Hence,is just as black as adultei-y or God's word says. Beware!mnrder. Indeed the Bible always The land is filled -with these dogsclasses this character -with those of Satan, They snarl around theso-called baser ones of which men true people of God at every turn.blush to speak.They fain would glut their camalCovetousness is the prevailing sin natures at the Christian's expense.ofthe church. Oue -writer has said: The kennels of hell have well-nigh" Covetousness wUl, in all probability,prove the eternal overthrow the devouring of Christ's flock. Ifemptied themselves upon earth forof more characters among the professingpeople than any other sin, holiness, they -will rage the more.you are all intent in your pursuit ofbecause it is almost the only crime You must beware of them, and givethat can be indulged, and a professionof religion at the same time they wiU destroy you. The onlythem no advantage. Otherwisesupported." It is one of tbe safety from these ravenous beasts isgreatest obstacles to the progress of " in the secret place of the MostreUgion. It robs Christ's kingdom High"—in the narrowest part of theof many a subject. It turns the narrow way. " No ravenous beasttemple of God into a den of thieves. shall go upjthereon ; it shall not beNor is it satisfied until the Lord of found there." There is the place ofthe temple is bartered for a few safety. But, " without are dogs," 'pieces of sUver.ready to rend and devour theWhen a man gives himself up in straggling prey. Therefore, "Bewareof dogs."devotion to the nnrighteous Mammon,who can tell to what extent 5. Finally, " Beloved, seeing yethe god of this world may blind his know these things before, bewarejudgment and deceive his soul? lest ye also, being led away witb theAnswer the Word of God : " Tbeythat -will be rich, fall into temptationerror of the wicked, fall from yourown steadfastness."—2 Pet. iii., 11.and a snare, and into many There is danger of falling fromfoolish and hurtful lusts which graee. No matter how stable youdrown men in destruction and perare, you may fall. Numerousdition."—I Tim. vi, 9. Therefore" take heed, and beware of covetousness."4. " Beware of dogs."—Phil, iii,2. Jesus-cautions his disciples to" give not that which is holy untotbe dogs, lest they tum again andrend you." It is unprofitable for ussnares are laid for your feet. Towalk in safety, one must take heedto his ways. " Let him that thinkethhe standeth, take heed lest he fall.""The error ofthe wicked " abovementioned, is the chief snare of thedevil for the overthrow of Christ'sfollowers. The term " wicked," in
WHAT HAST THOU DONE 1 49thii Scripture, is derived from a aU awake and ever active, or weGreek word which signifies "lawless.sliall come short, at last, of entering" It denotes those characters the celestial city. Therefore, "Bewho' so wrest the Scripturea aa to sober, be vigUant; for your adversarythe de-vil, aa a roaring Uon,make them countenance their ownunholy lust's and lawless practices. walketh about, seeking whom heThey are generally people " having may devour; whom resiat ateadfasta form of godliness, but denying the in the faith."—1 Pet. v., 8, 9.power thereof." Such are the mostdangerous people in the world.God aaya, " from auch turn away." WHAT HAST THOU DONE 2If you walk with them, you will, in What hast thon done to show thy love.all probabiUty, be led away with To him who left his throne above;thefr error, and so " fall from your His glorions throne in yonder sky.own steadfastness." K yon -wish to And came to earth for thee to die fkeep saved, be sure to keep withTell me, my sool Isaved people. Beware of men "whohold the truth in unrighteousness. " What hast than done in all these years.Since Christ in love dispelled thy fears.Beware of sueh aa "corrupt the word And in their place gave peace of mind.of God." They -wiU moat surely And access to his throne to find ?corrupt yon. Be assured that God'sTell me, my sonl IWord means what it says. Its requfrementsmust aU be met. And Hast thon the world renonnced entire;.they that teach other-wise make God And for its praise felt no desire ?From every folly tnmed away.a Uar. Thia ia " the error of the To seek for joys that last alway ?wicked." It overspreads the landTell me, my soal Iwith spiritual death. It has shornthe Church of strength. It is the 'Wben'er a brother in his need.same with wbich the devil drew our Appealed to thee to clothe or feed ;first parents from their exalted Didst thon with generous eon] reply.And for Christ's sake, thyself deny ?•estate. And it is this heUishTell me, my sonl Idevice which is damning* mUliona ofthefr posterity to-day.Mnltitndea are being led awayHast thon e'er dried tbe widow's tear ?•Or sought the orphan's path to cheer ?from the true gospel faith by thia error.This is the cause of all churchTell me, my sonlHast thon e'er raised tbe fallen np,.And bidden bim once more to hope fapostaey. "Now the Spirit speakethexpressly that in the latter times Or hast thon lived in selfish ease,some sbaU depart from the faitb, Seelring alone THTSEU to please,giving heed to seducing spirits and Forgetful that thy Qod would claimdoctrines of devUa; ; speaking Thy service, if thon bear his name ?Ues in hypocrisy ; having the conscienceTell me, my soul I.seared as -with a hot fron."Forget not, sonl, that by and by,1 Tim. iv., 1, 2. The only A reckoning comes in yonder sky.security against apostaey ia to "grow When Christ, as Jndge, wHl astc of tbee,in grace (increase in holiness), andin the knowledge in our Lord andSaviour Jesus Chriat." — 2 Pet. iu.," O soul I -WHAT HABT THOU DOITB lOB HB I"Bemember, soul 1[PsmrnvB HZTHODIBT.].18.If heaven ia ever reached, it -wiU —The Christian religion ha-vingbe by giving aU dUigence to followthe scriptural way, and to avoid ha-ving once assumed its divineonce appeared, cannot again vanish ;the manifold dangers against which shape, can be subject to no dissolution.—the Bible warns ns. We must be Carlyle.
50 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.BAPTISM OF THE HOLYGHOST-We are required, not only to " befiUed with the Spirit," but lo "beFEEVENT in Spirit, serving theLord." We are required, not onlyat some specific period of our lives,to be " baptized 'with the HolyOhost, and with fire," bnt so toabide and walk in His- iUuminations,that " God's word shall be in ourhearts as a buming fire shut up in•our bones." When we receive theSpirit, we enter into the light of•God, where we have "fellowshipwith the Father, and with HisSon Jesus Christ," and " one withanother." As we " walk in theUght," that is, in the Spirit, this fellowshipis perfected and perpetuated.When first baptized with theHoly Ghost, onr normal ChristianUfe begins, and we become " strongin the Lord, and in the power of Hismight." -AB we subsequently walkin the Spfrit, we, being " in the inwardman renewed day by day,"" go from strength to strength," are" changed from glory to glory," arein the world as Christ was in theworld, do the works which He did,and are " filled" more and more^' with all the fuUness of God."T7i£ Great ISrror.—Here we noticea not uncommon and dangerouserror into which some fall, who havewaited, and actually received "thepromise of the Father." They contemplatethe gift then received as afined one, and the work tben done inthem as a finished work. Now, theythink, we are filled once for all, andfor ever; are endued with Ufe-power,and " abundantly furnished forevery good work " thait Ues beforeus. Hence, they expect nothing,ask for nothing, and trust for nothing,but a continuance, or mere increase,of what has already beenreceived. When the Spirit cameupon them, lor example, His presence.andcoining were evinced by atransforming manifestation of theglory and love of Christ in somespecific form. This one manifestation,in this one form, they think, isto abide with them, and to increasefor life. As they mingle in thescenes, and enter npon the duties oflife, the light, despite all thefr effortsto keep it, waxes dim, and the particularmanifestation passes away.In prayer, and speaking for Christ,they are not helped as they expected.Hence they begin to donbtwhether they ever did receive theSpirit or to think that He has leftthem, perhaps for ever. When insuch perplexities, Satan may presentto them some form of delusion bywhiqh they may be led permanentlyastray, and make ship-wreck of thefaith ; or, at least, present darknessmay become more deep and perplexingthan that which preceded thefirst incoming of the Comforter.Here it should ever be borne distinctlyin mind—and overlookingthis occasions the great error underconsideration—that the Spirit is aperson, and comes to us frora Christand the Father, as a person, to accompUshin us a specific missionand work. In accomplishing this•mission, H« exercises an infinite diversityof functions. So His work ,in us, and throngh us, takes on acorresponding diversity of forms.As our teacher, for example. He iscommissioned to teach truth of aninfinite diversity of forms. Hedoes not show all truth, at any onetime, but leads onward and upwardas our capacities, and necessities, andthe exigencies of our calling assaints of God, requfre. As a teacherand revealer of truth. He "enlightensthe eyes of our understanding,that we inay know the things whichare freely given us of Goa." Hedoes not show us all these things atone and the same time, bear in mind,but successively, as our needs require.As our Teacher and Divine Revelator," He takes of the things otChrist, and shows them unto us."StSS^S:'Sf^S^=ff^2K3!Sffi5EffllOe:
In accomplishing this high purjiose,He does not, at any one tirae, show. all of Christ, or unveil every aspectof His character; nor does He occupyus forever with one and the aameform and aspect of Christ's perfectionand glory. "While, throngh theSpfrit, Christ is always in us the. hope of glory, and as enlightened bythe Spirit, we " behold with openface, as in a glass, the glory of theLord, and are changed into the sameimage, from glory to glory," thisend is accomplished, not, we repeat,by keeping unveiled before the mind•some one side of Christ's character,but by showing us, in successivemanilestations, the endlessly diversifiedfoi-ms of beauty and perfectionwhich exists in Him, and make upthe sum of His glory. When the-vividness of some one manifestationhas passed away, the impressionsmade, " the change in the same image,"has not passed away, but abidesas permanent characteristics of theinner life and as preparatory forhigher visions and manifestations of" the glory of the Lord " to be subsequentlyVouchsafed.In our study of the Sacred Word,the mission of the Spirit is, not somuch to enable us to understand themere meaning of what is written, asto impart to ua all impressive apprehensionsof the Eternal veritiesthemselves, which those Scripturesdo revea!. So when we are walkingup and down in the midst of God'sprovidences, the mission of theSpirit, as we seek his enlightenment,is to " instruct and teaeh us the waywe should go, and guide us by Hiseye," He giving ns wisdom whenwe lack it, and ask it of God.When, as God's sons and danghters.we go forth to do His -will, andwork, the mission of the Spirit is to"endue us with all power for aUthings." and cause "all grace toabound towards ns, so that we havingall-sufficiency for all things, mayabound unto every good work. 'This " all grace " and " all-sufficien.BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST. '51cy," He doea not impart at onetime, but, in all fullness, at each moment,and in each exigency, as onrneeds require.The incoming of the Spirit, at thefirst baptism, is, as we have said, therising upon the soul of " the Son ofRighteousness, with healing in Hiswings." What is it to "WALK intheSpirit ?" It is to trust Him forlight and instruction, as the pupiltrusts his teacher. The teacherdoes not impart all truth at onetime, bnt leads the pnpil onwardand upward, as he is able to receive.So with the Spirit. He leads, guides,iUnmines, imparts grace, and enduementsof power, as we need, andGod's glory in and throngh us requfres.As He is given to abidewith us for ever, so we, at all times,and in all things, are requfred andexpected to seek his teachings, guidance,enduements of power, andDivine enlightenments. We are todo this, expecting that He will leadns through, and induce in ns, not onespecific form of experience, but anendless diversity of experiences, aUalike Divine in character, and forour good and the glory of Christ. Inthe case of Alexander Dallas, one ofthe founders of the Irish ChurchMission, as given in a late number ofDivine Life, we have an impressiveexample of a tme life-walk in theSpirit. " He did nothing" we aretold, " without an open recognitionof the Third Person of the SacredTrinity. He never knelt in prayerwithout making this his firat petition.He never entered a cottagebut he paused at the door to praythat the Spirit would teach him whatto say." Thns " walk in the Spirit,"reader; thus, at all times, and everywhere,seek His guidance, teachings,iUuminations, and " everlaatingstrength," and " your sun wUl nomore go down, neither wiU yonrmoon -withdraw itself; but the Lordshall be your everlasting light, andthe daya of yonr mourning shall beended."—A. Mahan,in Divine Life.
53 THE EABNEST CHBISTUN.TOBACCO AND RELIGION.BY EEV. A. SIMS." Qnencb not the Spirit."—! Thess., v. 19.We sometimes hear the queationaaked, What has tobacco to do withreUgion ? A long and careful observationof the efiects of tobaccohabits has convinced us that thecommon use of the weed is a directcurse to the souls of men, and ia a• fearful hindrance to the spread ofChristianity. Tobacco is praised aa asoporific—as a comfort and solace introuble. Yes, here is the world--wide mischief of this narcotic.Thouaands of young and old menhear tbe Gospel preached, are awakened,resolve to become Christians,thank God for a good cigar whichaUays their fears and quiets thefrdisturbed mind. We have everyreason to believe that thousands ofawakened souls have been lulled tosleep again by the use of the stupefyingdrug.A profesaor of reUgion and aslave of tobacco may mean well,but a haUucination pervadea hismoral nature exactly proportionedto the amount of tobacco he consumes.He may have an intellectualconsciousness of right andwrong, but the moral sense isblunted; he does not feel duty if hesees it; nor does he feel trnth as heperceives it.Multitudes can testify to the awfultmth of these statements, anddid space permit, we might givehundreds of facts in proof of whatwe have laid down ; but a few mustsuffice. Says an old smoker: " Tobaccosmoke deadens sensibUity andfills the soul with self-satisfaction.The smoker, whUst sublimely fumigatingeartb and air, is satisfied.He is satisfied, whether rich or poor,married or single—he has his pipe IHe is satisfied whether in a forecastleor cabin, whether at the headof a factory or an understrapper—he has his pipe I He is satisfied,whether he knows much or little,whether saint or sinner—he has hispipe.'"Here ia another—^but sad confession: " I was at chnrcb, when fidelityto my idol would aUow; andoften waa I moved -with ideas of' wrath to come,' and hurried hometo drown the strivings of God'sSpirit in tobacco fumes. Oftenhave I -writhed under mighty truthsfrom Sinai and Calvary ; often hasmy meerschaum, like the bachannaliancup, relieved every twinge ofpain and every fear." Sometimes I took the anxiousseat,with the other youth : and ourminister, in order to secure my submissionto God, would propoundmany qnestions: 'Do yon feelyourself to be a great sinner ? Doyon believe in the great doctrines ofthe gospel ? Have you any idolsinyour he art ? Do you drink ? Doyou gamble? Do you dance?'And I have gone home 'poor andmiserable,' — like Col. Gardiner,vriahing myself a dog; and havesmoked one pipe of tobacco, and, inten minutes, been in a completestate of hallucination, feeling rich,and in 'need of nothing.'"A deacon once said, in self-defenceagainst an appeal to his'conscience, on the subject of usingtobacco, " If I go to conference orprayer meeting without first smokingor taking a chew of tobacco withme, I cannot enjoy the meeting; Icannot speak or pray without it;the meeting passes like a duU andheavy task; I enjoy none of its ex;-ercises, and I long to have it closethat I may procnre relief Butwhen I previously smoke or carrymy plug of tobacco -with me, I thencan enjoy the meeting—can talk andpray, get good, and do good, and allgoes welL"The reply in substance was this :"Instead, deacon, of going to thesocial meeting, under the inspirationof the Holy Ghost, dependingon His agency to give yon enjoy-
ment, and freedom of feeling, andutterance, you go there leaning ohthe inspfration of tobacco — anagency not from above—one- thatis earthly, sensual, devUish."This is a perfect sample of thecondition and feeling of thousands—and more qr less of all tobaccousers.They so deaden the naturalsensibilities of body and mind byusing it, that they are not immediatelysusceptible of tbe impulsesof the Holy Spirit, by which alone a• true spirit of devotion and religiousenjoyment are induced. Everything to them is insipid and Ufelesswithout their tobacco. They absolutelydepend on its excitingproperties to give them what theycall spiritual life !A worthy Methodist minister toldus of a young man who, after havingbeen deeply aroused to a senseof his spiritual danger, took a fewpipes of tobacco, and thereby lostall his impressions.Writes a friend," A young manofmy acquaintance, between twentyfiveand thirty, became very sick :he was irreligious and profane, anda neglector of the word of God.I felt' it to be my duty to visit himin his sickness, hence called at hisresidence, and -was admitted to hisbed-side, I conversed -with him afew moments, dfrecting him to theblessed Saviour Jesus Christ, whoseblood cleanseth from all sin. Hemade no reply, but called immediatelyfor his pipe, and beckoned me toleave. I moved round to the oppositeside of his bed, and while he waslying on his back smoking, his head aUttle raised, I asked him if he sufferedmnch pain ? He immediatelyreplied in a firm voice, ' Your conversationgives me more pain tbanany thing else !' " This is an illustrationof the undeniable fact thatthe use of tobacco abases, stupefies,and quiets conscience, and endangersthe souls of its victims.The late Rev, George Trask thnscogently writes: " Account for theTOBACCO AND RELIGION. 53mournful fact if you can, that a drugao nauaeous, in spite of every tasteand every instinct, now has masteryover two hundred miUions, withoutthe hypothesis that Satan has ahand in it! Render unto Satan thethings that be Satan's." Tobacco stupefies sensibility,produces self-satisfaction, and soothsthe subjects of Satan in thefr sins !Its lulling potency makes niany aminister an amiable dolt; robs himof zeal for revivals, and of courageto wield the battle-axe ; seats himin his easy-chafr to nurse his dignity,and to be satisfied with hisspiritual attainments, till deathwinds up the scene !" Tobacco to thousands of youngmen has unearthly charms. It allaysanxiety, extracts arrows of conviction,and makes them satisfied,whether saints or sinners. It notonly renders them insensible to theGospel, but it often paralyzes thewill, and its victim is like a fort,with traitors within and enemieswithout, while the sentinel is drunk !It often breaks down all manliness,and the victim is in the conditionof the poor collegian, who in tearscried, ' What I would that I do not,but what I hate that I do." ' 0, Ineed tobacco io give me resolution togive up tobacco.'"It.is deplorable enongh that theGospel mnst encounter a heartwhich is at enmity with God ; but,O ! if it must encounter not only anenemy, but a sot; not only a sot,but a paralytic ; not only a paralytic,but a fool—tbe case is incomparablyworse." Such are the efiects oi tobacco,not on aU, but on moltitndes whohear the Gospel. Satan knOws this;and, if he does not, he has not thesagacity commonly ascribed to him,and is unfit for his office." Smokers, whUst smokers, arehard to convert, and if they cUng totheir idol when converted, they areprone to become drones in thechurch or pitiable backsliders.
54 THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN.Facts, mournful facts, would amplysubstantiate this statement in America."On another occasion, after havingurged upon an audience the necessityof renouncing every wrongpractice, that they might be cleansedfrom all sin, he thus relates the followingincident: " As I withdrew tothe vestibule, a well-looking brotherapproached ine, under very strongexcitement. ^ You have struck thenail on the bead once,' he said, intrembling, tearful tones. ' Youhave struck tiie nail on the head,'he said again in a louder voice, andsobbed Uke a broken-hearted child.•' Tell us, brother,' we said, ' whatyou mean ?' After a while he replied: ' I have been praying forsanctificatiou five or six years. Therehas always been an Achan in mysoul—always something in my way;and you are the first that ever toldme what it was. It is my pipe.When I have been praying in my•closet for the blessing, somethinghas raised me suddenly from myknees, and I have run to the mantlepiecefor jny pipe ! My pipe hasbeen stronger than God ! And whenreading the Bible in my family devotions,I have often cut short theexercise, and, before I was aware;have run for my pipe. My pipe hasbeen stronger than God!' he saidagain ; then, straightening up -withthe dignity of a man, wiping thetears from his eyes, raising his hand,and looking upward, with genuineeloquence he exclaimed:" The dearest idol I have known,Whate'er that idol be ;Help me to tear it from thy throne.Arid worship only thee."Then, suiting the action to the word,he drew his meerschaum from hispocket, dashed it do-wn indignantlyupon the steps of the church, and,Uke the baptized eunuch, went onhis way rejoicing.—^The rays of happiness, like thoseof light,are colorless when unbroken.TO THE UTTERMOST.There is nothing more commonthan to call in question the divinepromises, as they appear in the wordof God. There is no one thing thatso staggers faith as these promises.If it breaks down anywhere, it is attheir magnitude, for God has said somany things, we think they are toogood to be true, and are forever tryingto pare them down, and say theymean a great deal less tban thewords indicate. Abraham " staggerednot at the promises of God."Nearly everybody's faith would havebeen crushed, but his did not breakdown.• "Able to save to the uttermost."Then tbey began to pick away at theword "uttermost." I wish, beloved,we would leave oft"thia unbelief, andbelieve God's promises.1. His divine ability. The extentof this ability must be determinedby this word uttermost. This is thekey word of the text. Its meaningis not so much perpetuity as completeness.The margin reads, " ableto save evermore." But the primarymeaning is not perpetuity. It doesnot refer to duration particularly,but to completeness. Dean Alford,one of the best Biblical scholars,says: " Ever to save, or to save inimitably,forever." Completeness isme^nt by. the word uttermost. Christis able to save perfectly, completely;to the very end; every way, in allrespects to the uttermost; all wantsand needs in every respect doneaway. Completeness —a work completelydone. The uttermost is madeup of utter and most, meaning tbeouter limit. There is nothing beyondthe uttermost, and there canbe nothing to save when we getthere.I suppose the apostle also meansthat God is able to save everybody ;the word takes in the whole race;the one most distant from himselfand nearest hell. It makes littlediSerence, if he only comes. Some
people think there are others too badto come, and we had better turn ourattention to those more respectable.I believe the heart of God is movedwith profound sympathy for thosewho have least of human sympathy.Ho ! every one that thirsteth comeye.Some think God can save from thegreat sins, but not from the smallerones. But he means to take eachindividual, and make a completework of the human heart. He willgo clear down to the bottom of depravity.; They say that those who talk thisway have a very faint idea of depravity.I doubt if we ever did conceivethe depth of haman depravity;but there is a faUure to comprehendthe virtue of the all-cleansing bloodof Jesns. What does depravityamount to when it comes in contactwith the blood ? What does depravitydo toward stopping the completenessof this salvation? Thetext teaches tbat God arrests a man,and then saves him, away out to theouter limit of the roots of his depravity.We tave a grand foundationto rest our faith upon.2. Some confound the uttermostsalvation with the introduction of asoul into the^ kingdom. Some holdthat when a person is converted,there is nothing beyond but growthand enlargement. This has doneimmense harm in the church. Iwould warn you against what wastaught by one man—Count Zinzendorf.There has never been a chnrehsince the beginning that has not heldthe view that a soul is not entfrelycleansed at conversion. Wesleyfought for that throngh all his life.A few take up the false doctrine andpalm it off on the people. But therecannot be found one in a thousandwho avers that God cleansed himentfrely when he converted him.Although gloriously converted, theyfind things in their bearts which conversiondid not exterminate, butwhich full salvation did. To takeTO THE UTTERMOST. 55the other view you must contradictthe experience of the univeraalchurch. You must take the positionthat ninety-nine out of every,hundred were not converted, whenyou say that Bramwell, Fletcher,Bangs and other such giants, didnot understand Christian experience.Another thing more ungrateful, youmust assume that any person -withconscious impurity in the heart hasnever been converted, or is backsUdden.A man said, " I judge of holinessby the way people Uve; I know"people who enjoy holiness, but theydo not believe in it as you do."B.ut there is something better thanliving religion, and that is possessingit. Bad fruit results from a badtree. People will not always do asyou would do, for they do not thinkas you do; bnt if their hearts areright they -will be loyal.Another mistake is, confoundingpurity with maturity. Purity occurswhere there is something removed,taken away, washed and cleansed ;but maturity means something added.When God purifies, he takesaway depravity. Purity may comein a moment, and it fits fbr heaven;but maturity is not a necessary conditionfor heaven. No person iskept out of heaven because not mature.If a man is pure, he wiU getinto heaven; if he is impure, he willnot. If the doctrine of the text istrue, where does it place the greatmajority • of the Christian church?When you compare .what God hasdone and what he promises, wheredoes it leave you ?" This is the point I long to knowAm I his, or am I not ?''Such experience right under the promises!" In vain we tone onr formal songs."This in the light of full-orbed promises! Oh ! if Christians could sing—" His name yields the richest perfume."When a man takes on such experiencethe world feels it. They know
56 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.tbe difference between this and thepoor, dying rate."•' O ! tlie rapturoiiB heightOf the boly deliglit. .VFliich 1 feel in the life-giving blood;OE my Saviour possess'd,I am perfectly bless'd;I am fill'a with the fulness of God."Why is it that Christians of to-dayhave so few joys to sing about ?Here I am reminded of the ancientGreek general, LTlysses,. who was inhis vessel sailing down the sea withhis soldiers. As the classic storygoes, he had to stop the ears ofhis men with wax, to prevent theSirens' songs enchanting them fromtheir duties. Ulysses himself wasaffected by thefr charming music sothat he had to lash himself to tbemast. But Jason, wbo bad to passdown the same sea, called in Orpheus,who had povrer in music excelling allthe Sfrens of the sea, and havingsueh music aboard, there was nodanger in their seductive powers.Christians, there is music in Jesus'voice. The reason you are drawn somuch to tbe world is, there is so muchof the world in you. We have somuch trouble with the enemy-without,because there are so many within.Think ot a man going to the theatrefor pleasure when he has half of heavenin his heart! With the well ofwater "springing up," -with themusic of heaven in his soul, and goingto tbe opera, to listen to its jarringjargon ! Get a pure heart, ahdyou wiU not want the abominableattractions of the world. Get themusic in your soul. Hand your soulover to God, and let him save yon tothe uttermost.— Christian Harvester.—ReUgion is not a mere bodilyexercise; no, but an occupation ofthe mind and heart—an occupation,too, .which engages the noblest contemplationof the former and exercisesthe purest of the latter. It isthe employment of the whole soulnpon the subUmest object tbat mindcan be conversant with. " Wisdom's-ways are ways of pleasantness, andail her patbs are peace."TOTAL ABSTENIENCE..TOHN B. GOUGH.Now, I say to every abstainer, beyou a Christian or not, let the drinkalone. Total abstinence is yoursafety. Are there no men minedwho had the grace _ of God in theirhearts? Will you dare to say tbatevery deposed minister never hadthe grace of God in his heart ?Will you tell me that the wife ofa minister who spent eight, years inChina, teaching Chinese womenChristianity, as a devoted Christian,and then came home and deliveredlectures to ladies on the wants ofthe women of China, to raise money,not for herself, but for them—willyou tell me she had no grace in herheart ? And yet she died drunk inthe American Mission House, HanoverStreet, Boston, and the servantin the next room heard her cry:'" Oh, Christ, have mercy on me !Oh, God, for jesus' sake, save me !"But she died drunk, and thebottle of brandy by her side "wasonly one-third full, though she hadbrought it in full.I may be getting on delicate topics,but I have had to deal, withfacts, not theories. I have had todeal with men and their experiences.I knew a man in whose pulpit Ispoke in 1848. Dr. Eddy told methat he was the most eloquent ministerin many respects that he everheard. He was the pastor of a veryfashionable church. The night Ispoke he was to offer prayer. Hewas very much intoxicated. Dr.Skinner asked me if I would testifyin the case. They were going todepose this man for drunkenness. Isaid, " No, I -will give no testimdnywhatever." StiU he was deposed,and I know tbat this Doctor ofDivinity, wbo had preached theGospel to thousands for twentyeightyears, stood in a low dramshop, with his face blackened, and anumlaer of degraded and dissolute
(men jeering him, as he stood thereand preached some of hia old sermonsfor whiskey, to stave off deliriumtremens.Oh, Christian tipplers, beware!Cbristian dram drinkers, beware !The thing itself is a moral evil,•caused by a physical agency. I•could give yon fact after fact.There waa a man in the streets ofAlbany, whose' name I -will notmention, or give any clue as to hisidentity. Dr. Sprague, of Albany,was called upon to visit him in thestation-house. He was there maddrunk, jabbering Greek and Latin•quotations. Who was he ? He wasa man who' was elected to fill tbepulpit vacated by the death of oneof the greatest preachers Great Britainever knew. They gave him asituation as a professor. Six monthsago he was found in New Yorkstrapped to an iron bed—mad!These men have ho grace in theirhearts—never had ? Oh! I tell youthere is no power on earth like this•drink, and we fight it with all onrmight, and fight it with all theipower God has given us, asking hisblessing on the grand warfare thatis going on and will go on throughthe ages, until his seal shall be setupon this fruitful' source of miseryand death.Our principle of total abstinence isa la-wful principle. It is a sensible,principle. Can you find me a man•sixty years old who will say, "I amsixty years of age ; I never drink' a•drop of intoxicating liquor, and Iregret that I didn't learn to drink itwhen I was a young man ?" Menbave come to me by the score—^Isay it within bohnds—one of themthe son of a well-known man, who,as he grovelled at my feet and•*lasped my hands, said.:"For the love of God help me outofthis heU."" What is the matter with you ?"" Drink's my curse."Yes, that's it. It comes fromthe(prison,—"Drink's my •cui'se." ItTOTAL- ABSTINENCE. 57comes from your houses of correction,—" Drink's my curse." Itcomes echoing fi'om the lunatic asylum—"Drink'smy curse." It comesfrom the pale-faced wife, and thestarving children — " Drink's mycurse." It comes hissing hot throughthe black lips of the dying drunkard—"Drink's my curse," and not aman who has escaped but rejoices inthe fact to-day.Look at the wrecks of men to beseen on every hand. Oh ! youngmen, I wish I couldlift the curtainthat conceals from your view thesecrets of this charnel house. Aman about forty years of age, Isuppose, a graduate of EdinburghUniversity, came to me and showedrae his diploma as a physician. Hewas quite a fluent linguist and avery cultivated gentleman, but themark was upon him. I was -withhim some time, and when he left mehe said to me, " I am very muchobliged to you, Mr. Gough, for yourkindness to me. You have told methe truth, but it's no use. There'sno hope for me. Will you shakehands with me ? I'm, a lost laddie—good-bye."How many "lost laddies" arethere; lost, lost ! A living man lost—yes. It's an awful sight to see aliving man a lost man, and there aresuch. I knelt at the family altarwith a doctor of divinity in NewEngland in 1852, and I heard himpray. He was the pastor of a largechurch. To-day he is a drunkard,and employed as a hostler in astable in Boston. When Mr. Moodywas holding his meetings, it wasdecided to go ^d see him, and dosomething for him. What was theresult—"Go away from me. Yoaknow who I am. Yon know what Iam. You know what I bave been.Go away from me. The doctorprescribed it for me to save my Ufe,but he bas damned my soul—goaway from me !"Lost! lost! lost! ! and there aremen who are breaking loose to-day.
p58 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.going across that line which, if theycross, I fear there is no hope forthem. It is horrible when we seethe results of this drinking system,and yet obser\-e men stepping forwardto fill up the ranks as deathmows the others down, ready tobegin again. It is fearful; it ispitiful.Then what shall we do? • Ourprinciple of total abstinence is asimple method. It is so simple !What we want is that men andwomen shonld adopt it. We askyou, then, to adopt this principlenot only for your own sake, but foroihers. Oh! these men need help.They know that the bitter appetiteis there like tbe smouldering ovensof a volcano ready to be roused bythe first dram drunk. Don't tamper-with the appetite. Don't think, ifyou have abstained for ten or moreyears, that yon can drink a littlemoderately. I remember reading ofa gentleman wbo had a pet tiger.The tiger was in his study one day,and the gentleman's hand was hanging,over the chair. The tiger was lickinghis hand, and on the gentlemanattempting to remove it, the animal-with a low growl and a snarl, fixedits claws in the gentleman's arm.The tiger stood with its ears thrownback,, its tail stretched, and wasevidently preparing for the fatalspring. The gentleman, keepinghis eyes fixed upon the tiger, rangthe bell and ordered the servant, tobring the pistol, -with which he shotthe tiger dead. He then looked athis hand and observed blood uponit, the aight and smell of which hadaroused the tiger's dormant natnre.So it is with the appetite for drink,which is ever ready, like the tiger, tomake the fatal spring whenever it isfor a moment tampered- with.—TheAdvance.—I deaire to have a league, offensiveand defensive, -with everysoldier of Christ.—John Wesley. .ONT.Y TRUST HIM.Mr. Moody, in a sermon on tbissubject, preached recently in Cle-sfeland,related a touching incident, asfollows :Wben we were in Philidelphia Iwas going out of the depot buildingone night, tired out. We had had along- session, and I thought I conldnot talk any more, and was goinghome to rest. There was a man atthe door, who looked as if he hadnot a friend in the world. I said tohim, " What is the trouble ?"He said he had come down fromAltoona to find Christ, and had attendedthe meetings, but had notgot any good, and he had got to goback that night witbout Chriat. Isaid,"Are you sure yon have got to goback without him?""Yes," he said; "I could not findhim."" WeU," I said, "I think there issome mistake about it. Look here,my friend, can yon tmst God tosave you ? "" Why, yes," said he, "I can dothat."" Well," said I, "do you supposethe Lord would let you go to perditiontrusting him ?""Well," said he, "he W|0nldn\ 'wonld he? I never thought of that.He wouldn't, wonld he?"""" No," said I, "he wouldn't. Hewould never let a sonl go down intothe dark cavern of death trustinghim."" Why," said he, "I nnderstand itGood bye." And off he went.You may say that is so very simple; but he has made the way soplain that "a wayfaring man, thougha fool, need not err therein."—The gold of the sanctuary mustbe tried before it ia accepted; and isthro-wn into the fire, not because itis of no value, but because it ia soprecions.
HOW SHALL WE GET MONEY?BY II. B. PULLEB.HOW SHALL WE GET MONET? 59This is an age of progress ; oldcustoms and theories pass away and were neglected in the daily ministration.Then the twelve called tbenew ones take their places. Theworld is moving on and we must multitude of the disciples unto them,keep up with it. There are many and said. It is not reason that wegreat Christian enterprises to carry should leave the word of God andforward and we want to do our part serve tables. Wherefore, brethren,in the grand work. Churches must look ye out among yon seven menbe built; the Gospel must be carried of honest report, full of the Holyto the heathen ; benevolent enterprisesfor the destitute must be mulappoint over this bnsiness. But weGhost, and wisdom, whom we maytiplied as poverty and suffering increase.What is our part in the prayer, and to the ministry of the'will give onrselves continually towork? To do all we can. How shall word. And the saying pleased thewe accompUsh it? That is the question.In general we go to the Bible Stephen a man full of faith and ofwhole multitude : and they chosefor direction in practice as well as in the Holy Ghost, and Philip, andfaitb. Let us see whether we can Prochorus, and Nicanor and Timonfind in it any Ught on this important and Parmenas, and Nicolas, aquestion. A few passages must suffice,and we hope they may stimuset before the Apostles : and whenproselyte of Antioch; whom theylate to further study of the subject. they had prayed, they laid theirDavid vowed unto the mighty hands on them." Again, there wereGod of Jacob; Psalms cxxxii: 4-5 "I poor saints in Jerusalem to bewUl not give'sleep to mine eyes, or cared for. Acts xi : 29-30. "Thenslumber to mine eyelids, until I find the disciples, every man accordtohia ability, determinedout a place for the Lord, a habitationfor the mighty God of Jacob." send relief unto the breth-mgtoHow did he fnlfill his vow? A beautifuldescription is given in full in 1 so they did." 1 Cor. xvi : 2. "Upwhichdwelt in Judea: which alrenChron. xxbc; 1-9. David said to the on the first day of the week let everypeople,"I have prepared with aU my one of you lay by him in store, asmight for the house Of my God. . . . God-hath prospered him, that thereThen the chief of the fathers and be no gatherings when I come."princes . . . and captains . . . andrulers offered willingly, of gold 5,000talents and 10,000. drams, of silver10,000 talents, . . .and they -with-whom precions stones were foundgave them. . . , Then the people rejoiced,for that they offered wUlingly,.. . and David tbe king also rejoicedwith great joy."Christ says, Luke ix : 58, "Foxeshave holes, and birds of the air havenests; but the Son of man hath notwhere to lay bis bead." Yet he wasfed and clothed by tbe kindness ofdisciplea, friends, strangers and evenainnera. In Acta vi: 1-6, we havean interesting lesson. " And in thosedays when the number of the discipleswas multiplied, there arose amurmuring ofthe Grecians againstthe Hebrews because their widows2 Cor. viii, 1-4.—" Moreover, brethren,we do you to wit of the grace ofGod bestowed on the churches ofMacedonia; how that in a great trialof affliction, the abundance of theirjoy and their deep poverty aboundedunto the riches of their liberality.For to tbeir power, I bear record,yea, and beyond their power theywere wUling of themselves ; prayingus -with much entreaty tbat we wouldreceive the gifts and take npon usthe fellowship ofthe ministering tothe saints." 2 Cor. ix : 1-7, " Foras touching . the ministering to thesaints, it is superfluous for me to
60 THE EARNEST CbRISTIAN.write to you ; for I know the forwardnessof your mind, for which Iboast of you to tbem in, Macedonia,that Achaia was ready a year ago ;and your zeal hath provoked verymany. But this I say, he whieh sowethsparingly shall reap also sparingly;and he which soweth bountifullyshall reap also bountifuUy. Everyman according as he pnrposeth inhis heai't, ao let him give ; not grudgingly,or of necessity ; for God lovethacheerful giver." Rom. xv : 20." For it hath pleased them of Macedoniaand Achaia to make a certaincontribution for the poor saints whichare at Jerusalem." Tfaese are someof the Scripture examples.Let us now examine briefly some ofthe modern ways of raising money forsimilar purposes. Imagine Davidadvertising a grand series of bazaars,fairs, festivals, socials and dime partiesto get money for the temple.Imagine, if you can, the BelovedDisciple saying to others, " We musthave an oyster supper to get moneyto provide our Master with suitableclothes for his work." Suppose the disciples(Acts vi), had said, " We havehad a great revival, now let us raisetnoney for the widows ; we will stoppreaching the gospel for a while, wecan do that any time. Let us havevarious entertainments and give tbeproceeds to the widows. Get all theyoung people, sinners and all, stirredup, and let us see what we can deviseto bring in money. The cause isnoble and should arouse enthusiasm.Let the shrewd ones devise, and wewill carry out their plans ; the endjustifies the means."Paul wrote from PhUlippi to Corinth.Suppoae he were to-day writingfrom Cleveland to Oberlin and conformingto present customs, he mustwrite somewhat as follows": " Thepeople of Cleveland, as you haveseen by the Leader, have been doinga noble work in raising money forthe different church enterprises; thechurches have held grand bazaarsand fairs and festivals and oystersuppers and dime parties, and almosteverything which could be thoughtof, and have got a little money outof everybody. Thej have furnishedamusement for all who would payfor it. They have enlisted saintsand sinners, all have done nobly.The young ladies bave written lettersto all the young men. and thesewe're sold from their Post-offices forten or fifteen cents ajiiece. They havefish ponds, and sage ministers havefished out dolls and jumping-jacks attwenty cents each, which cost only atrifle. Grab-bags have furnishedgreat fun, and have brought in largereturns. All kinds of fancy articleshave been made and sold at magnificentprices. Now I am going toOberlin and we want a good timethere. What I have written will giveyon some hints as. to the line ofeffort. Some one may suggest additionalplans, for some of you havemade it a study. Getthe people aroused,ministers, faculty, students, citizens,all. Oberlin people have lostsome of their notions, they -will takehold if you get tfiem awake ; make ita grand success, and rival Cleveland."Why should these ihings ' soundincongruous, almost sacrilegiouswhen put into the mouth of Paul?He was a disciple and a preacher;so are we disciples and preachers.In a recent number of the Advancein an article under the title "A NewDeparture" Mrs. Emily HuntingtonMiller gave a defense of Paul'smethods. We would like to bearthe other side if there be any. NowI am a young man preparing topreach the gospel; I want to succeedin it, and all these questions mustbe met. Shall I follow .David, andPaul and the other disciples; or havetheir methods become obsolete?Some wiser one please answer, forseveral of us want to know.Oberlin, 0.—God hears no more than theheart speaks ; and if the heart bedumb, God will certainly be deaf.
TLIFE BEGUN.The Episcopal Becorder gives ananecdote of a moral, industriousman, who fulfilled hia duties creditably,but had one peculiarity thatcropped up on all occasions—a thoroughlydiscontented spirit. Nothingwas right ; no weather pleased him ;no advantages gratified him; nokindness satisfied him ; there was alwayssomething wanting. He and hiswife were regular in their attendanceat meeting, but tbey had no concernabout their souls ; and be only coldly,but civilly, assented to any worddropped upon the snbject of religion.At the end of five years he left hissituation for another of the samekind, with the addition of a littlegardening, in which he took'somepride. Uccasionally some prettyflowers of his rearing, were left atthe house of his former master, andinquiries made of a kindly natnre.Thus passed some years, till one dayhe called to leave a message. Havinggiven it, be was about to go,when a word was spoken as to the imjJortaOceof eternal things over thethings of time. The man's countenancelighted up at once, and, puttinghis hat on the floor, he said, " Ob, Idid so long to tell you what the Lordin sovereign mercy has done for mysoul!" Seeing the surprise withwhich this news w^s received, hesaid. " Ah ! you may well wonder,.as I do at myself Just to think ofthe Lord taking me in hand, andbringing rae to know Him, aud tolove Him ! It seems past belief—indeed,at times I ca!n't beUeve it rayself."Asking for a few particularsas to this great change, the man,with much simplicity, said, " No onehad any hand in it at all but theLord. He began it and ended it.You know what a discontented creatureI was. Nothing pleased me—everything was wrong. I neverthought God or man did anythingright, for I was always of that discontentedtum. God took hold ofLIFE BEGUN. 61.that sin of mine, and showed me my-wickedness. It condemned me dayand night. For a year I had nohope, no peace ; but, in the midst ofall my blindness, the Lord visitedme, and cleared off all my sin, andbrought in such a heavenly peacethat 1 can never describe. Oh, howdifferent everything looked ! I assureyou," said the man, with energyand glistening eyes, " from that timeeverything has changed. The fields,and the garden, and my work, andthe weather, seem quite different.I know the change is here—in raysoul—and I feel it is the Lord's work, -aud I know to what I owe it." " Andto what do you owe it ?" was asked." Why, to sovereign grace," said theman. " No thanks to me, I'm sure.It was the Lord's work, from first tolast, and he well deserves the praise,•DECEITFUL RICHES,—Usually whena worldling is dead, we ask, howrich did he die ? O! say many, be diedrich ; he hath left a great estate,Alas ,'• the poor man hath slept hissleep, lost his dream, and now heawakes,' he finds nothing in his hand.Where lies his golden heap ? Onlythe rust of that heap ia gone to witnessagainst him ; his mammon failshim, only the unrighteousness of itfollows him ; others have the uae ofit; only tiie abuse of it he carries tojudgment with him: be hath madehis friends, but he hath undone himself:—So that I may justly -writethis motto upon every bag, this iathe price of blood. Shall I thentreasure up the price of blood ? No !Christ hath instructed me, as a steward; therefore, what I have, andneed not, Christ shall have in hismembers, that need, and have not.So the transitory creatures, whenthey shall slide away, shall not carryme with them ; but when I shall pa.ssaway, I shall carry them with me.* < *f—Live one moment at a time, andthat moment by faith in the Son ofGod.
63 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.BEATING THEIB MOTHER.Benjamin Franklin, writing toThomas Paine, urging • him not topublish the " Age of Reason," saidto him: " You are probably indebtedto religion for the habits of virtueon which you so justly value yourself.You might easily display yourexcellent talents of reasoning upona less hazardous subject, and therebyobtain a high rank. Among us itis not necessary, as among tbe Hottentots,that a youth, to be raisedinto the company of men, shonldprove his manhood by beating hismother." The pertinency of thisargument as against Paine cannotfail to be seen by any one. And it isequaUy applicable to tbe modernapostles of infideUty and their morenoisy followers.What Franklin ad-vised Paine notto do is what the advocates of infidelityof all shades of abUity andattainments, are busily engaged indoing. They are beating theirmother. To Christianity do theyowe all that distinguishes them fromheathen. Blot ont all that Christianityhas done for the education,civilization and elevation of mankind,within tbe laist eighteen centuries,and what of intelligence,good order, development of tbeforces of nature, and human happinesswould remain ? These menand women who are seeking todiscredit the Bible, to destroy thechurch, and to blot out the name ofChrist as the atoning Saviour forsin, from the records of the world,are indebted to tbe educational institutionswhose foundations werelaid by Christian hands for whateverof leaming, science or philosophythey may have; and to the influenceof the religion of Christ forrprotectionby Christian laws, for the happinessand pnrity of their domesticlife, and for all J;hat is tender, beautifuland grand among men.If ingratitude to parents be one oftbe baaest exhibitions of humannature, who can measure the extentot the depravity which leads thosewho have received so mueh fromChristianity to revile it, to labor forthe destruction of its institutions, to•dishonor it, and cast contempt uponits author, and even to strive todethrone the God of the Universe ?Let those who profess so much sympathywith aU that is truthful andgood, and who boast such a profoundesteem .and affection for aUthat is human, at least cease toe-vince thefr supposed superiority bybeating their mother—-Christianity.This proceeding is, to say the least,very unseemly, and is something ofwhich manly natures ought not tobe guilty.—Presbyterian Banner.*-•-»—The rays of happiness, Uke thoseof light, are colorless when broken.—The great man is he who choosesthe right with invincible resolution;who resists the sorest temptationsfrom within and -without; who bearsthe heaviest burden cheerfully; whois calmest in storms, and most fearlessnnder menace and frowns ; andwhose reUance on truth, on virtue,and on God, is most unfaltering.—Few will question the observationof Bev. H. W. Bellows, thougha Unitarian, that he "never knewone man or woman who steadily evadedthe house of prayer and publicworship on the Lord's day—whohabitually neglected it, and had atheory on which it was neglected—that did not corae to grief, and bringother people to grief."—Private prayer is the goldenpipe through which the Lord is graciouslypleased to convey spiritualblessings to the sonl. He knowethall our wants, and, without our askinghim, could supply all our wantsin the best manner and at the bestpossible time. But he -will be inqufredof by the house of Israel, todo for them according to the exceedinggreat and precious promiseshe has given.
EDITORIAL.FALLING.Tbat there is no need that any oneshonld, under any circumstances, fallfrom the grace of God, the Scripturesplainly declare. Tet that every onemay, they are equally expUcit,"Wherefore let him that thinketh hestandeth take heed lest he faU.-l, Cor.X, 12. God never warns where thereis no danger. But the Bible atooundsin warnings against falling — hencewe conclude that the danger must begreat. " Beware lest ye also, being ledaway -with the error of the -wicked, faUfrom your own steadfastness,"Young converts are in danger. AUttle compromising here and a littlethere—going to a party "just thisonce,"'—conforming to the world " togain influence," and the Holy Spfrit isgrieved,and the poor, ensnared -victimbegins to faU away from God. Discouragementsets in, and the race foretemal life is given up.EstabUshed Christians are in dangerof falling from grace. Solomon wasold and -wise, yet he fell. He probablydid not know it, as he kept up allthe forms of the worship of God. Somany who consider themselves establishedChristians are really destituteof saving grace. They are of the world.But Christians have come out fromthe world and are separate. Someare covetous. "For this ye know,that no covetous man, who is an idolater,hath any inheritance in the kingdomof Christ and of God,"—Eph.v, 5.Preachers are in danger of falling.Perhaps no man since the days of theApostles ever had more influence overthe preachers -with whom he was associatedthan John Wesley had overthose who labored with him. Tet hesays of them," Our preachers, many ofthem, have fallen. They are not spiritual.They are not aUve to God.They are soft, enervated, fearful ofshame, toil, hardship. They have notthe spfrit which God gave to ThomtisEDITORIAL. 63Lee at Pately Bridge, or to you (Mr.Mather) at Boston, Give me one hundredpreachers -who fear nothing butsin, and desfre nothing but God, andI care not a straw, whether tbey areclergymen or laymen. Such alone-wUl shake the gates of heU, and setup the kingdom of God upon earth,"If John Wesley's standard is correct,and who can doubt it ? where are thepreachers -who, if ever converted, havenot f aUen 1 How many do you knowwho are not "fearful of shame, toil,hardship ?" How many who are fullof faith and of the Holy Ghost, declaringthe truth of God -with aUboldness? How many can say "theHoly Ghost -witnesseth in every city,saying that bonds and afflictions abideme. But none of these things moveme, neither count I my life dear nntomyself, so that I might finish mycourse -with joy, and the ministrywhich I have received of the Lord Jesus,to testify the Gospel of the graceof God."—Acts. XX, 23, 24.There are some, thank God, who areready to obey the call of Christ at theloss of all things.But ho-w few, even of those who professtobe fuUy consecrated to God, are-wiUing to go even among thefr owncountrymen to preach, unless theyhave an organized society to backthem up, and thefr support assured inadvance"? How few of those who havebeen truly converted and called ofGod to preach retain the simpUcity,the zeal, and the self-denial of theirfirst love!If so many preachers are merelyprofessionals, foUowing the ministryfor a Uving; if so many are destituteof saving grace, is it any wonder thatthe cause of Christ is scandalized byministers faUing into gross sins ?St. Peter gives a preventativeagainst falUng. It is reUable—appUcableto aU cases, and -within thereach of aU : " But grow in grace, andin the knowledge of our Lord andSaviour Jesus Christ."—2 Pet. iii, 18.
^L.:^^:->:-^^r-n:^-S'.r.64 THE EAKNEST CHRISTIAJS.^•1SELFISHNESS.There is nothing that cUngs to manlike his selfishness. It is the last thingthat grace roots out of the humanheart. The appetites may be subdued,the affections controlled, the temperbronght into subjection, pride overcome,and stUl selfishness remain. Itis the last enemy that holds out in thesoul of man against the dominion ofgrace.A young man came to us recentlyfor spiritual help. We found that hisdifiacnlty was an un-willingness to. obey the oaU of God to preach. Someyears ago he went out on a circuit inOanada, full of faith and courage. Hemet with encouraging success. TheLord gave him favor -with the people,and accompanied the word he preached,-with the power of His Spirit, Alocal preacher, a man of means, anda man of high standing in the church,kindly offered him a home. After hehad been there some weeks, thepreacher noticed a remarkable falUngoft in the condition of his horse.From being fat and Uvely, as he waswhen he went there, he became sopoor as scarcely to be able to getaround the circuit. This was the moreremarkable, as the preacher himselftook care of his horse, and was told togive him all the oats he wanted, froma weU-filled bin. The farmer noticedhis changed appearance, and told thepreacher he must give his horse moreoats. The preacher did so. But hisappearance did not improve. Onemorning, after taking, care of hishorse, the preacher unexpectedlywent back to the bam for somethinghe had left. To his surprise and horror,there stood the farmer, -with ameasure, taking away the oats fromthe horse. Withont saylng.a word,heturned and went back to the housesaying to himself he wonld neverpreach again. He at once left the circuit,-without expressing any reason,and of course lost his peace and joyin God.This -was doubtless an extreme case.Tet how few there are on whom yoncan depend to do any service for youas carefully as they wonld do it forthemselves 1 Tet anything less thanthis faUs below the Gospel rule. OurSa-viour says, Therefore all things whatsoeverye would that -men should do toyou,do ye even, so to them: for this is thelaw and the prophets.—Matt. vU, 12.This is a simple rule, easUy appUed tohis own conduct, by any one who honestlydesires to make the appUcation.It requfres of us, when we undertaketo do anything for another, to do it asfaithfully as we would for oui-selves.His interests should-be as safe in ourhands as they woiUd be in his own. Itmay be we expect an insufficient recompense,or even no recompense.That makes no diflerence. When wepromised to render the serviee, we laidonrselves under obligations to do it-well. Paul says, "I am debtor bdthto the Greeks and to the Barbarians."Not that they had done anything forhim. They had persecuted him onevery occasion, whenever the slightestpretext could be found. But he hadundertaken, in answer to the call ofGod, to preach to them the Gospel ofChrist. By assuming the duty, he felthimself under obligations to makeknown to them the great truths whicbshould make them wise unto salvation.No matter how they treated him, hewas stUl their debtor.Then when you find yourself doingby others—using their property, doingthefr errands, or construingthefr words or actions—more unfavorablythan you would do by yourself,rest assured that selflshness is at thebottom. Tou are not fuUy saved. Yonneed to die out more fuUy to self. Amore complete consecration is calledfor. You should seek by importunateprayer the pentecostal fire—^that wUlburn up the selfishness stiU remaining.Do you -want this thorough work'?Nothing short of it -wiU introduce youinto the etemal kingdom of God.
Ainong the few sayings of our Lord,recorded by aU four of the evangelists,is the foUowing, to which we aUdo weU to take beed : "He that lovethhis Ufe shall lose it; and he tlwit hatethhis Ule in this world, shaB. keepit nnto life etemal."—John ^^, 25.See also, Matt, x, 39 ; Mark. viu, 35 ;and Luke ix," 24. _ ^UNION.Whether union is desfrable or notdepends altogether on the thingswhich are to be united. In nature,substances whieh have no affinity foreach other may be mixed, but theywiU not nnite. Light and darknesshave no comniunion. God has separatedsLa and holiness. They will notharmonize. Men may seek to unitethem, but the effort is vain. Theyhave nothing in common. Christ -wiUnot walk -with BeUaJ, even though thelatter may covet his company.It is f oUy to seek to unite a churchthat has come out from the world,-witha chnrch that is conformed to theworld. It wUl not improve either.The Mississippi is a clear stream ;the Missouri muddy. When theyeome together the united stream ismuddy. A few drops of ink wUl colora tumbler-fuU of water.It is now quite the fashion to cry outfor nnion. Some, in thefr great zealfor nnion, have scattered thefr ownfamUies, and wherever they gain aninfluence, they divide those whomGod has united. They introduce,wherever possible, a spirit of division.Against sueh we are wamed. "NowI beseech yon, bretliren, mark themwhich canse divisions and offencescontrary to the doctrine which ye haveletCmed ; and avoid them. For theythat are such serve not oui Lord JesusChrist, but thefr o-wn beUy; and bygood words and fafr speeches deceivethe hearts of the simple."—Rom. xvi,17,18.Our first aim should be to get peopleto the Lord. When they are reallynnited to Him they -wiU be in harmony-with each other. '' Bnt he thatEDITORIAL 65is joined unto the Lord is one spirit."—1 Cor. -vi, 17. This union is an Indi-•vidual one. It is bronght about by apersonal," voluntary, permanent consecrationto God, Lamps hangingaround a wall must each be filled andtrimmed and Ughted by itself. Wheneach sends ont its own pnre lightthere is no difBculty in making themshine in common. So when you getpeople flUed -with God's blessed Spirit,it is easy to get them united. Thosewho were baptized with the HolyGhost on the day of Pentecost needed,no exhortation to bring them together.Of thefr own accord they had '' aUthings in common."StUl among those who are united totheLord and who have his Spfrit, differencesof opinion may arise. Thiswas the case with Paul and Barnabas.But neither of them was -wrong. Theydisagreed, probably because it wasbest tbat they shonld disagree. Theyconld no longer work together becansetbe time had come when they shouldwork apart. More heard the Gospelfrom thefr Heaven-touehed Ups thancould have done if they had stayedtogether.But when we flnd ourselves disagreeingwith God's saints, we should seethat we are not self--wUled. It is hardto admit that we can be -wrong. Yethe who never admits it makes but littleimprovement. A spirit of submissionbecomes a disciple of Christ.Whenever others have as much rightto thefr opinion, as we have to ours,-weshould never insist upon having onrown way. We should concede, r.s faraa we can, even to the weaknessesand prejudices of others where concessioninvolves no sin. "Itherefore,the prisoner of the Lord, beseech youthat ye walk worthy of the vocationwherewith ye are caUed, -with aUlowUness and meekness, -with longsnffering,foTbearingone another in love;endeavoring to keep the unity of thespirit Iqthe bond of peace."—Eph. ix,1-3.
66 THK EARNEST CHEISTIAN,BE SERIOUS.The Spirit of God never dweUs witha spirit of levity. Tbe two- are notagreed. There is as -wide a differencebetween tbe joy which the Lord givesand the joy of the world, as there isbetween the natural motions of a livingbeing and the contortions of adead one produced by electricity. Atrue Christian is not gloomy and morose—andhe is no tUght and trifling.There is something ghastly in themirth of a man standing on the gallows,on which in a few moments he isto suffer for his crimes. No rightlydisposed person would feel Uke laughingat his witticisms and imitating hisjokes. So no Christian who is alive toetemal reaUties can sport -with his fellowmen on the brink of ruin. If heis in a proper spiritual condition hehas no disposition to do it.Many preachers would succeedmuch better in thefr work if they hadreUgion enough to make them serious.But if one goes in for sport 'and fimthrough tbe week, he cannot expecttihat the solemn truths which he utterson the Sab'^ath -wUl have any moreinflnence -with his congregation thanthey have with him. He may affectan eamestness he does not feel, bntfew -will be deceived. If you walk-with God, seriousness -wiU characterizethe whole of your deportment. Hethat holds converse with Deity is notamused at trifles. An elephant doesnot cut antics Uke a monkey. A heraldsent from Heaven with an importantmessage for mortals does not behavehimself, when out of the pulpit,like a strolling actor. He is not deceivedby the flimsy pretense that togain an influence with sinners, hemnst smoke or joke with them. Paul'sexhortation to a young minister was :"Let no man despise thy youth; butbe thon an example of the believers,in word, in conversation, in charity, inapirit, in faith, in purity."—1. Tim, -vi,12.Those you make sport with -wiU despiseyon. By your acts yon placeyourself on a level -with them and theywill in thefr own estimation place youbelow themselves, for they wiU saythat they are not hypocrites—they donot claim to be anything more thanthey are,A Christian is engaged in a seriouswork. To escape heU and gain Heavenis the most important work inwhich a man ean be employed. He eanbe no trifler who beUeves the words ofChrist. "But I say unto yon, thatevery idle word that men shall speak,they shall give account thereof inthe day of judgment."—Matt, xii, 36.IN BROOKLYN,We had the pleasure of attendingthe General Quarterly meeting atBrooklyn, N, Y,, the 17th and 18th ofJanuary. It was a blessed season.The testimony of the saints showedthat they are holding on thefr wayrejoicing. The large and attentivecongregation manifested a deep interestin the word preached.Action is being taken to raise afund to buUd a church, which isgreatly wanted. There is no placewhere free churches are so muchneeded as in our large cities. But itis very difflcnlt to estabUsh one.Land is high. The population, especiallythe working classes, is fluctuating—it costs so much tobuUd and-idstainthe popvUar churches that every methodknown to man is adopted to securefor thefr support every one possessedof means. : Many are artfuUy drawnin to pay thefr money against thefrsettled, conscientious convictions.They support reUgious institutions inwhich they have no confidence.AMONG THE GERMANS,—On Mondayeve, following the General QuarterlyMeeting, we preached for ourGerman Society in New York. Theyworship in a haU on Grand Street, Itwas ^crowded by an inteUigent, interestedaudience. We have rarely enjoyeda service better, God was in
from any other motive.^-f*AT ALTON, N, Y.—Under the laborsof Bev. A. Smith, the Lord is graciouslypouring out his Spfrit. A numberhave been converted, and the workseems to have only commenced. Wespent the Sabbath, Jan, 25th, -withthem, and it was a memorable day.The altaar was flUed at tbe close of themoming service with seekers for pardonand pnrity. In the evening anumber came forward seeking pardon.We trust the work -will go on fall hundredsare saved.«« « ». •—OUB. PROSPECTS are brightening.Some of onr friends are taking holdin good eamest to extend our cfrculalation,and with the best results. Wetender to such our sincere thanks.New subscribersmay stiU be sent in.We tmst aU our friends wiUtake holdand send us one or more new subscribers.We can stUl supply the Januuarynumber. CaU the attention ofyoung converts to THE EARNESTCECRISTIAN. It -wiU help them SpfrituaUyto read it. Let us hear fromyou soon.C0RRB8P0N DENCE, 67our midst, of a tmth. AU felt hispresence. A number rose for prayersas seekers of salvation, A few cleartestimonies were given, , At the close.Brother Kettles, the pastor, statedthat they had a fund previously raisedand invested in Government bonds oftwo thonsand dollars towards buying we overlook an error.a lot and building a church. He saidthat those who felt free to do it mightgive in thefr names -with the amountwhich they felt free to pay for thispurpose. In about ten minutes, -withouturging, with the best of feeling,he raised over one thousand dollars tobe added to the amount on hand.This was another demonstration ofwhat has long been an establishedconviction -with us, that there is noway to raise money among Christianslike appealing dfrectly to thefr lovefor Christ. He who tmly loves Christ-wiU do more ont of love for him thanMISTAKES.—It is a very great annoyanceto us to see typographical errorsin THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.GeneraUy it is remarkably free fromthem. In this respect it will usuallybear a favorable comparison -with anymagazine in the land. But sometimesSometimeswhen we are away,errors wiU creep inin spite of the eare of ctynpetent personswhom we leave in charge. Weconsole ourselves -with the reflectionin such cases, that those who noticethe errors, wiU know how to correctthem, , It is hnman to err—and, wemust confess it—sprinters are human, -CORRESPONDENCE.THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN has beena great bleasing to my souL For nearlytwenty years I have been a readerof this best of magazines. During thetime I was teaching, we—teachers inthe same school—kept various magazinesand exchanged -with each other.I examined, too, most of the religiouapubUcationa of the American preas.In the M. E. Church, I took three ofits largest papers. Since that time, Ihave been led to look for real sal-vationpublications. The conclusion towhich I come after aU this re-view, isjust this : -that what it professes to be—a magazine for the diffusion of BiblereUgion—THE EARNEST CHRISTIAIS- isbeyond all question, so far as I know,the best, reUgions magazine in America.D. W. HART.OBITUARY.Mr. David Wamer—father of Rev.W. W. Warner, Da-vid S. Warner, ofSpring Arbor Seminary, and of MissElla M. Warner of ChUi Seminary—departed this life in holy triumph, athis residenee, in Geneseo, Livingston,.Co. N. Y., December 27th, 1879.Aged 63 years and 9 months. He wasborn, Uved and died, on the farm takenup by his faiiher, David Wamer. inthe early settlement of the conntry.
68 THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN.Brother Wamer gave his heart toGod in early life, and united with theM- E. Chureh, of which'he continueda member untU he united with theFree Methodist class at Groveland,about eleven years ago. His -wife, andsome of the chUdren, had united withthe class when first organized; butBrother Wamer was slow in foUowinghis eon-vietions, in regard to changinghis Church relations. When, however,he had decided the question, heassisted freely with his means in erectinga-honse of worship, and maintainingthe principles of Free Methodism.He was highly respected in the communityin which he Uved, as a man ofintegrity and uprightness. In hisChristian course, he was subject attimes, to great depression of spirit, undertemptation, thus preventing thatconstant state of -victory, in which itis the wUl of the Lord, to preserve hischUdren. But God, who is rich inmercy, was pleased to sanctify, hislast afOietion, to his spiritual good.Thoughpoorly in body, he attendedthe last session of the Genesee Conference,as delegate from the cfrcuitto which he belonged. He was confinedto the house most of the time afterhis return home.Soon after Conference, he said tothe writer that he did not feel as clearin his mind as he wished, and desfredto be remembered at a thi'one of grace.A few weeks later, he felt better in hismind, and remarked, "It has beengood for me to be afflicted." It wasapparent, that God was drawing himcloser to himself; but it was not imtUthe Sabbath pre-vious to his depai-t--ure, thathe gained the signal victory,that he enjoyed, the last week of hisearthly existence. CaUing _ his wifeand daughter, to engage in prayer, hemade such a specific, definite, and entfreconseoration of himself and all toGod as brought do-wn the divine blessing,in a wonderful manner, on hissouL Prom this time he seemed fiUed-with holy comfort and ecstacy, exclaiming,over and over again, " Glory. Glory, Glory, Saved to the uttermost.Saved to the uttermost." ThefoUowing expressions are a few,among many of like character, madeduring his few remaining'days,—"Ifeel as if I was right on the borders ofHeaven." "This is Heaven begun."^"He flUs me with Himself," "Hegives me the victory over all." "Thegrave looks lovely." " I am all ready,I want to go." "This is no fiction,this is reaUty." " O how I praise God,and -will to all eternity, that he evergave me such a family ; that wouldnot give me up, but held right on tome, tiU I got saved." Thus, -with theclear light of eternity, shining on hissoul, he gave his emphatic endorsementto the course of his f amUy in thepast, and exhorted them to be valiantfor the truth, and do aU they could, tosnatch poor souls from ruin's brink.He called his children, one by one, tohis bedside, and placing his hand onthe head of eaeh, gave them his partingcounsel, and benediction. He •had a word of exhortation for aU Whocame in, and left messages for friendsnot present. It was remarked byhimself and others, that his mindseemed unusually clear. Those whowitnessed these scenes unite in declaring,that they were indescribablyglorious. In the presence of such -victories,sorrow and suffering flee awayfrom -Christian hearts. The fanulymoui-n not as those who have nohope.GEO. W. COLEMAN.. LOVE FEAST.J. SIMONSON.—My soul rejoices inthe God of my salvation. Jesus iswatering my soul -with his Spirit daily,and he is feeding me -with the mannathat never perishes; therefore myheart praises him -with aU the powerhe has given me, and I intend to pressforward to the mark, that I may havea glorious entrance to the kingdom ofmy Redeemer, where all the bloodwashedare !-J-tC^jUUiBBBSWHB