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JUN 5 1914

THE

Evangelical Guardian

AND REVIEW.

BY

AN ASSOCIATION OF CLERGYMEN IN

NEW-YORK.

"PROVE ALL TAINGS; HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD."
" TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY."

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dependence of the United States of America, JAMES EASTBURN & Co of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the rignt whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words and figures following, td wit: “The Evangelical Guardian and Revier. By.mn: Association of Clergymed in New York.

Prove all tbiogs; hold fast that wloch is good. To the law and to the testimony

Vol. I. In conformity to the act of tite Congress of the United States entitled " an Act for the encouragement of Learning by secoringelbe copies o Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors aod proprietors of such crpios, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled " an Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled_ao Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies or Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to {be arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other priots."

THERON 'RUDD,
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.

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In order that we may “ know what we ought to do,” it is necessary for us to possess an “understanding of the times.”** Without such an understanding, we cannot rightly estimate the nature and effects of scenes which daily present themselves to our view, and invite our examination. Different events call for the discharge of different duties; and, therefore, it is necessary to know the character of the first, that thus we may rightly perform the last. In this important knowledge, the multitude in Christian lands, at all times, are lamentably deficient, and therefore suffer incalculable mischief in their best interests. They seem, as if by general consent, age after age, to have fallen into two prominent mistakes; which, as they pervert our judgments, always produce disappointmeñt. ?

The first inistake is, that they view pašsing events in a light exclusively political; estirpating their importance, and calculating their issues, upon principles of political science;

no , merely a system of expediency; without ascertaining, or even inquiring, bow far these principles accord with the word of God. Christians themselves, it is to be feared, forget that they have "a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto" they ought to “ take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place;"+ and.

* 1 Chron. xii. 32.

+2 Pet. i. 19

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