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it is my humble opinion, that all plots, whether for duping the ignorant, or flattering the learned; courting the populace, or cringing to the great, should, by Missionaries, be totally abandoned. Kindness to inferiors, and respect for superiors in society, must always be cherished; whilst towards both, the Missionary's great object should be the exhibition of CHRIST'S Gospel;-I mention this Blessed Name with the greatest reverence, although it be unaccompanied by any adjunct.-The spiritual Christians, both at home and abroad, have, I fear, too much regard in this day to the patronage of the powerful. Alas! many men at the Head of Governments and of Churches, and among the Counsellors of Monarchs, have as much need of being what our blessed Saviour calls, "yevvnoŋ,” (renatus, or born again) as the Pagans of China, or of India. It is utterly a mistake that by man's efforts merely, or by human learning, or the influence of Rulers, the glorious Gospel can be propagated. God our Saviour must be honoured, and the Holy Spirit continually referred to, by never-ceasing reliance, and ever-constant humble prayer. We should use the best means, but trust only in the Almighty arm. “Not by might, nor power, but By My Spirit, saith Jehovah," shall the conversion of the world be effected. The means to be employed consist, no doubt, of a simple, sincere, and lucid declaration, and reiterated inculcation of the glorious Gospel of the blessed God; with the constant practice of tempers and conduct becoming the children of God, and teachers of the religion of Jesus. Thus occupied, may we be found, when death shall summon us to appear before God in judgment. Amen!
We, my brethren, I conceive, should be exceedingly grateful to God, that he has inclined the hearts of his people, in the United Kingdom, to afford us means of a pecuniary nature, and some of us education, without which we could not have carried into effect the pious desires of our hearts. We should esteem them, and love them, for their co-operation in our Saviour's cause. And, O, how careful should we be not to give them just cause of grief and discouragement. They have often had much cause for regret and sorrow,
respecting some who seemed to run well for a time, but who have subsequently wasted their strength in strifes which eventually ate up the spirit of Christian piety and zeal. Differences of opinion among Missionaries should be, in a kind spirit, settled on the spot; and not sent home in angry letters, to grieve and dishearten the Churches.
From the unavoidable character of popular Societies, they can never, I fear, supply the place of Kindred, and Friends, and Home; and a Missionary must generally submit to be without the natural supports to his mind, which these things afford. I believe, however, that in some Societies there might be less of the frigid manner of mere countinghouse business; and more affectionate attention to the solace of a disconsolate Missionary's mind, than is usually the case. But should we not remember, that it is expected of us to look to Heaven, and gather our consolations from the Gospel of Christ? I do not think that, because we dedicate ourselves to the naturally uninviting office of Missionaries, we have lost our rights, either as men or as Christians; but if the world thinks it may scoff at us, and the Churches look upon us as a sort of devotees, who have voluntarily abandoned our place amongst them, we must bear these things, and still go onward with our work. If, by God's help, we remain faithful, there are bright prospects before us. These hasty thoughts are not, my Brethren, brought before you as any thing new; but as the opinions of a fellow-servant, to be preserved on record, and to appear whenever evidence on these subjects shall be adduced. Farewell!
COLLECTORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
CAUSE OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS.
Friends and Fellow Servants,
IADDRESS you as Members of the Universal* Church of God, as sanctified in Christ Jesus, as those that call upon the name of Christ Jesus our Lord.
You and the Missionaries are under equal obligations to our Divine Redeemer, and should equally have a regard to the accomplishment of what he has commanded in all the labours of Christian philanthropy. The Missionary work may, perhaps, more than the Home ministry, with scriptural propriety, be compared to a warfare. Missionaries are the soldiers who go forth to assail, under the banners of the cross, Satan's usurped dominion over our fellow creatures. It is a just and necessary war, not against our fellow men, but against the powers of darkness, to deliver enslaved sinners from the devil's despotism. Enemies may scoff at a "church militant," but the sneer is superficial. We use the phrase in a moral and spiritual sense; and wo to the church, when in this sense she shall lose her martial character. Alas, that she has so often sunk this character, and instead of resisting with the weapons of truth and Christian fortitude the lovers of sanguinary war, and fighting manfully against satanic usurpation in every land, she has supinely and traitorously associated herself with the enemies of Zion's King!
Missionaries, we have said, are the soldiers in this warfare; "But who goeth a warfare at any time on his own charges?"
* Catholic has been assumed exclusively by the Romanists, and therefore there is a difficulty in using it.
It is not practicable for him to provide the transport ships, the equipment, the military stores, the commissariat, supplies, and also to fight his country's battles. It devolves on the Christian community to supply these ;-to supply liberally an adequate number of men;-a competent provision of all the necessary materiel for carrying on the war with vigour, and a steady perseverance, till a glorious peace be established, by the complete overthrow of Satan's kingdom. There are spiritual supplies, to communicate which is beyond your power: they must come from the "Captain of Salvation." But there are physical supplies, to raise which devolves on you. And in a qualified sense, these, constitute the "sinews" of this war. Your department, therefore, is one of high importance to the success of the cause. In proportion as you fulfil or neglect your duty, the Christian army will be weakly or ably manned and officered; will pine and die through fatigue and want in distant lands; or go onward with spirit and vigour in their benevolent conflict.
I hope you will be more and more convinced that your department of the King's service is a duty, not a “charity :" And whatever is done to aid the brave men who fear not the worldly man's scorn, nor the oppressor's frown, nor exile, nor dangers, nor death, in His service, deserve all the support that it is possible for you to afford them.
Women are renowned for loyalty to their King and attachment to their Country's defenders; and in the Church also, since the day they appeared at the foot of the cross, and at the sepulchre of Jesus, they have maintained their character for efficient aid to "The Good Cause." To them we look to fan the flame of missionary zeal in their husbands', and brothers', and lovers' breasts; and to instil the "True Spirit of Missions" into their children's docile minds.
To all the subjects of Zion's King, throughout the British Isles, and the rest of Christendom, I would suggest certain arrangements, such as they may see fit, to bring the concerns of Foreign Missions more efficiently into the domes
tic and social circle; that Families may sympathise more completely with the circumstances of solitary Missionaries, or new formed churches abroad.
It has occurred to me, that zealous Christians, in the same neighbourhood, might with great advantage meet occasionally, without any of the formalities of an association, to inform themselves fully concerning foreign churches and missionary stations generally; whilst the members of each association, attach themselves to one or two missions, for the purpose of interesting themselves especially in their behalf; and writing out an occasional letter of Christian sympathy or congratulation, in the united names of the persons so assembling. An autograph communication from a faithful soldier in the field, in return, would interest the hearts of the disciples more than a printed despatch ever can. All the Missionaries I have known have felt the want of private expressions of Christian sympathy, and tokens of friendship, in contradistinction from merely official correspondence. Friendship and love are, of all human supports, the most powerful to the heart of man. Adieu !
Dennett, Printer, Leather, Lane London.