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1 John v.7.
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The winter time of another year hath come upon us, and with it the season when it becomes us again to proffer acknowledgments and congratulations to our friends and readers.
Alas! and doth it not seem as if a winter-time was over the church! Doth not a December gloom overspread her atmosphere, while the dark mantle of a frowning dispensation removes one by one the bright stars, whose ministrations under God have often cheered us ! Jehovah is calling his servants from the evil to come, and the enemy is permitted successfully to sow strifes, and divisions, and anger among many that remain, whilst in others, the risings up of political ambition and unchristian worldliness, manifest that the seed scattered by Satan in their bosoms hath been no deceitful work.
Who can have observed, without feelings of pity and regret, the lamentably unbecoming manner, in which for some time past the discussions on the Pre-existence of Christ's Human Soul have been conducted. Let brethren differ, we as well as themselves do so, and let them give their reasons if they be so minded, but there can be but one opinion of the conduct of controversialists who denounce their opponents as infidels, and in another place consign them to perdition.
Another chief characteristic of the present times, which engrosses niuch attention, and upon which we are at issue with inany of our dissenting brethren, is, the hostility encouraged against the National Church. We,