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Is Christ the able teacher, or the schools ?
Of man's occasions, when in him reside
How oft, when Paul has serv'd us with a text,
And humbly learners of a Savior's worth,
Dan. ix.—3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fastings, and sackcloth, and ashes : 4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments : 6 Neither have we bearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day: to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are afar off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him ; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. 12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil : for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. 14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us : for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, thou hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because for our sins and for the iniquity of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, 0 our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name ; for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear, O Lord, forgive ; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God : for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
89. Success of the Gospel. The assumption that our cause is declining is utterly gratuitous. We think it not difficult to prove that the distinctive principles we so much venerate, never sway
ed so powerful an influence over the destinies of the 5 human race, as at this very moment, Point us to those
nations of the earth to whom moral and intellectual cultivation, inexhaustible resources, progress in arts and
sagacity in council, have assigned the highest rank in
political importance, and you point us to nations, whose 10 religious opinions are most closely allied to those we
cherish. Besides, when was there a period, since the days of the Apostles, in which so many converts have been made to these principles as have been made, both
from christian and pagan nations, within the last five 15 and twenty years. Never did the people of the saints
of the Most High look so much like going forth in serious earnest, to take possession of the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven as at this very day. 20 But suppose the cause did seein declining, we should
see no reason to relax our exertions, for Jesus Christ has said, preach the gospel to every creature, and appearances, whether prosperous or adverse, alter not the
obligation to obey a positive command of Almighty God. 25 Again, suppose all that is affirmed were true. It if
must be, let it be. Let the dark cloud of infidelity overspread Europe, cross the ocean, and cover our beloved land-let nation after nation swerve from the faith-let
iniquity abound, and the love of many wax cold, even 30 until there is on the face of this earth, but one pure
church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-all we ask is, that we may be members of that one church. God grant that we may throw ourselves into this Ther
mopylæ of the moral universe. 35 But even then, we should have no fear that the church
of God would be exterminated. We would call to remembrance the years of the right hand of the Most High. We would recollect there was once a time,
when the whole church of Christ, not only could be, 40 but actually was gathered with one accord in one place.
It was then that that place was shaken, as with a rushing mighty wind, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. That same day, three thousand were added
to the Lord. Soon we hear, they have filled Jerusalem 45 with their doctrine.--The church has commenced her
march-Samaria, has with one accord believed the gospel-Antioch has become obedient to the faith-the name of Christ has been proclaimed throughout Asia
Minor—the temples of the gods, as though smitten by 50 an invisible hand, are deserted—the citizens of Ephesus
cry out in despair, Great is Diana of the Ephesians licentious Corinth is purified by the preaching of Christ crucified. Persecution puts forth her arm to arrest the
spreading superstition, but the progress of the faith can55 not be stayed. The church of God advances unhurt
amidst rocks and dungeons, persecutions and deathshe has entered Italy, and appears before the wall of the Eternal City-idolatry falls prostrate at her approach
-her ensign floats in triumph over the capitol-she has 60 placed upon her brow the diadem of the Cæsars.
90. The events of Providence promotive of the end
of Missions. Little did Julius Cæsar imagine, when the white cliffs of Britain, glittering in the sun, excited his ambition and drew him across the Channel, for what purpose he dis
embarked his legions on our coast ; but we know that it 5 was to open a door through which the Gospel might enter our beloved country.
Little did the spirit of commercial enterprise imagine, when urged only by its thirst for gold, it fixed its establishments at the mouth
of the Hoogley or on the banks of the Ganges, that it 10 was sent thither as the forerunner of Christian Mission
aries. Little does the genius of war imagine, when impelling its mad votaries to new contests, that Christianity is following at a distance, in the rear of victorious
armies, to plant her stations on the fields of their en15 campment, to bear away the best of the spoils, and as
sume the dominion which other potentates have lost. Little did Columbus imagine, when with a heart big with mighty projects, he walked in silence on the shores
of Andalusia, and watched the star of evening down the 20 western sky, who it was that dictated the purpose to ex
plore the region which she went nightly to visit on the other side of the Atlantic. We, however, live at time when all these events are clearly seen to connect themselves with the grand purpose of Jehovah, “to bring 25 all men to Christ.” And the people of future genera
tions will as clearly discern the same relation in the circumstances of our day.
I am about to urge a crusade to the heathen world ; far different, however, from that dreadful superstition, 80 which in the midnight of the dark ages, disturbed the
deep slumbers of the globe, and bursting forth like a volcano, precipitated all Europe in a state of fusion, upon the lovely valleys of Judea. Our object is not to
recover the holy sepulchre from the possession of here85 tics, but to make known the death of Him that descend
ed to it, to wrest the keys of empire from the king of terrors :—the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, as the sword, the spear, and the battle axe; but spirit
ual, as the doctrines of the Gospel exhibited in the ser40 mons of our Missionaries ;--the line of our march will
not be marked by ensanguined fields, and the reign of desolation, but by the comforts of civilization and the blessings of Christianity. We shall not be followed in
our career by the groans of dying warriors, and the 45 shrieks of bereaved widows, but by the songs of redeem
ed sinners, and the shouts of enraptured angels; our laurels will be stained with no blood but, that of the Lamb of God, and drip with no tears but those of pen
itence and joy - while our trophies will consist, not of 50 bits of the true cross, or shreds of the Virgin's robe, but
in the rejected idols of Pomare, with the regenerated souls of those who once adored them.
The Hatefulnesss of War. Apart altogether from the evil of war, let us just take a direct look of it, and see whether we can find its character engraven on the aspect it bears to the eye of an
attentive observer. The stoutest heart of this assembly 5 would recoil, were he who owns it to behold the de
struction of a single individual by some deed of violence. Were the man who at this moment stands before the full play and energy of health, to be in another moment laid by some deadly aim a lifeless corpse at your