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had any foundation, we would be newed by the Holy Spirit.” the last to complain of it. As Perhaps he would go still fur. to the rest, we consider it a very ther. When the ministers, who important rule, a rule which has should coalesce according to his had no small influence in the scheme, had finished their colplan of the General Association, lection of "the most important * not to magnify points of disa- points on which they agree,” greement;" and we shall be glad they might, perhaps, think it to find our Correspondent co-op- important, that some or all of erating with others in carrying them should be received by canit into effect.
didates. Their standard might “ 5. Let them agree not to finally contain a creed like the act in the ordination of a candi- general system of doctrines condate, unless liberty be given to tained in the Catechism. If so, examine his qualifications.” it would agree with the plan of
Here again the plan of our the General Association. If Correspondent falls in with the not, it would be entitled to a plan of the General Association. treatment, which we could better But we wish, as well as he,“ to determine, when the proposed understand the measures con- collection of important articles templated, and the probable re- should be made. sult.” If it be a rule to exam- I's last article is to be highly ine the candidate, it must be approved. It accords exactly upon the principle of some stand with the design of the General ard, with which his qualifications Association. ought to correspond. And one
Finally, the attentive reader of these two ways must be adopt will perceive, that the plan of ed. Either the members of the the General Association contains ordaining council must have dif- every thing valuable in the plan ferent standards, that is, cach one proposed by our Correspondent, must have a standard according besides being guarded against to his own opinion ; which, in those things which embarrass his case of different opinions among plan, and render it impracticable. the members of the council, We close with a suggestion. would create endless difficulties, It is not to be supposed, that the and would convert their meeting pages of the Panoplist can be into a scene of unhappy conten- consistently filled with a contintion ;-or there must be a com- gation of this subject.
Our mon standard, in which all con- Correspondent “only wished to cerned in ordaining the candidate propose such objections as ocagree. Doubtless our Corres- curred to his mind.” He has pondent would prefer something had the opportunity. To his oblike this. His idea of a com- jections we have endeavoured to mon standard would extend as make a particular, a serious, and far, at least, as his first article ; a fair reply ; which we hope will that is, he would have it consid- be satisfactory. The whole is ered by all, an essential qualifi- now before the Christian public, cation of every candidate, to be- and is respectfully referred to lieve, “that men are in a state, their decision, by the from which they nced to be re
“ charity rejoiceth not in iniquiON THE NAME CHRISTIAN.
ty, but rejoiceth in the truth." A NAMES, considered in them- banditti, in their depredations selves, are of no importance ; may compliment each other with but they become influential, in the phrase, “ honest fellows;" consequence of their significa- and a company of drunkards may tion. Individuals and societies call each other sober men;" may have names given them, but who would not condemn either by their friends, or ene- such gross perversion of lanmies; and the application of guage ; and who ought not to these names may be very im- pity such persons sporting themproper, from partiality on the selves with their own deceivings? one side, or hostility on the oth- The writer trusts that his charer. Thus we find Jesus Christ ity is as broad as the Bible ; for was called a Samaritan, and ac- it is a maxim with him, charicused of having a devil; and we ty more circumscribed than the read also of some who called Bible, is censoriousness; and themselves Jews, and were not, extended, is libertinism. but were of the synagogue of His design is not to accuse and Satan; and of others, who said condemn; but, by stating what they were apostles, but were appears to him truth, to confound liars.
vince and correct, commendThe name Christian is al. ing himself to every man's conmost universally given to the science in the sight of God.” people living in this country; The end he proposes is gained, and from its indiscriminate ap- if any of his fellow men, trustplication, the country has receiv- ing in a name to live while they ed the appellation, “ a Christian are dead, are undeceived, and land.” Respectability and inter. turned to the Lord; or if Chrisest are associated with the title ; tians are led to walk more worand however unsuitable to the thy of the name by which they character of a Christian any are called. With a view to this, man's life may be, his language let us inquire into the meaning is, let me be called by this name and origin of the name Christo take away my reproach from tian ; the character of the peramong men. To unchristianize sons, to whom it was originally a man in name, however infidel applied; and the improper apin practice, is to touch the apple plication of it to many at the of his eye; and to bring upon present day. one's self the odium of bigotry 1. The meaning and origin and uncharitableness. It would of the name Christian. This be matter of great joy to every name simply signifies a follower true disciple of Jesus Christ of Christ. In its proper appliif all, who received the name cation to any person, it supposes Christian, sustained the Chris- that person to be a believer of tian character ; charity the doctrines Christ delivered, thinketh no evil.” But to be. ready to obey the precepts he en. lieve any man to be a Christian, joined, to observe the ordinances while he has only the name, is he instituted, and willing, at the not charity, but cruelty ; for risk of life, and all its comforts,
to follow him. « The disciples disciples were called Christians were called Christians first in at Antioch. It is found in two Antioch.” Acts xi. 26. There other places only in scripture ; are two places of that name and in both used, rather as a mentioned in scripture, the one term of reproach, and a name by in Pisidia, and the other in Sy- which the disciples were known ria. See Acts xiji. 14, and xi. as objects of persecution in the 19-26, and xiii. 1-3. Anti-' world, than an honourable name och in Syria is the place where in among themselves. this name originated. A ques. When the apostles wrote their tion naturally arises, by whom epistles to the churches, or was this name first given to the when Christians addressed one disciples? Was it of divine, or of another, they used the terms human origin? In its applica- saints, brethren, &c. but never tion at first it must have been addressed each other by the name given them by divine appoint- Christian. This name is used ment, or the disciples took it to in Acts xxvi. 28 by king Agripthemselves, or it must have been pa to Paul. After having heard applied to them by others. It the apostle defend himself ahas been thought by some, that gainst the false charges brought the great love the disciples had against him by the Jews, he to Christ led them to call them- says, “ Almost thou persuadest selves by his name. To this it me to be a Christian." This may be replied ; if this name intimates, that disgrace was ashad originated from the disci- sociated with that name in the ples, instead of its being said, minds of men, and that to be
the disciples were called Chris- come a Christian was in other tians, it ought to have been said, words to become an object of “the disciples called themselves persecution. This is more exChristians first at Antioch.” plicitly stated in the other pasOthers have thought that this sage where this name occurs; name was at first given to the 1 Pet. iv. 16, “ Yet if any man disciples by divine appointment." suffer as a Christian, let him not Had this been the case, I think be ashamed, but let him glorify it is probable we should have God on this behalf.” found it more frequently used
It has, therefore, been thought in the subsequent history of the by others, that this name was Acts of the Apostles, and in their not of divine appointment, but Epistles ; which were all written, that it was given at first to the a considerable time after the disciples of Christ, as a term of
reproach. This opinion is conThose, who consider the name firmed, from what historians Christian as of divine appointment, say of the people of Antioch, suppose χρηματισαι in
where this name originated, that 26, means « to be named by divine appointment, or direction.” În proof they were famed for scurrilous of this, Mat. ü. 12, 22. Luke ii. 26. jesting. This name in those Acts x. 22 Heb. viii. 5, and xi. 7, days, might arise in a similar and xii. 25, have been quoted. Park. burst, in his Greek Lexicon, says he
way with names in these days. carmot, however, find that the verb
Thus, in philosophy, those who ever has this signification.
have embraced Newton's system,
are called Newtonians; and those
esteem and respect. who have received Plato's Temporal loss was then opinion's, are called Platonists. nected with its application ; now, In religion, those, who have re- worldly gain.
The name, as ceived Calvin's system, are called now used, seems to have changed Calvinists; and those who have its original meaning; and the embraced
dootrines of greater part of those, to whom it Arminius are called Arminians; is applied, to be destitute of the and those who believe as Luther original character. Many names believed are called Lutherans. have been invented, and applied These names are applied to to the disciples of Christ, besides persons, who become followers that of Christian. In these days, of those who framed these the world is filled with denomirespective systems. In like man- nations, and their tendency has ner the disciples at Antioch been to lead the followers of might receive the name Chris Christ to become followers of tian, from their having embraced
These things ought Christ's system, and becoming not to be.
If disciples his followers. Whatever way of Christ, we ought to follow this name originated, the disci- Christ only, and not to be serples of Jesus Christ have no vants of men. cause to be ashamed of it; but change their original meaning; it has been, and still is for a original names may now be aplamentation, that many called plied to improper persons ; yea, Christians are a disgrace to the new names may be invented, and name. In those days, it was ex- applied to the disciples of Christ; pressive of character ; in these but let us ever remember, that days, it is merely nominal. In the character of a true disciple those days, it was applied to a is unchangeable. Now, as well few; in these days, to all indis- as formerly, “if any man will be criminately. When first given, Christ's disciple, he must deny it was probably applied as a term himself, and take up his cross, of reproach ; but now, it has be- and follow him.” come a title of honour, Then, it
CYPRIAN exposed to persecution ; now, it
To be continued.
The following Extraci is from the Christian Mirror, a recent pub
lication. It will serve 10 exemplify the faults 10 which a person of ardent feelings is liable, even when earnestly engag. ed in pursuing a religious course.
[Evan. Int. “ Miss L. was a young lady of tions was added every accoman amiable temper, great sincer- plishment which might be exa ity, and uncommon flow of spir- pected from an affluent situation its; to these natural qualifica- in life ; her company was sought
by all the young and gay of her sermon was adapted to the event, acquaintance, and every visit and, for once in her life, Miss L. seeined dull, if Miss L. was not became serious. She listened, of the party.
mused, wondered at the truths “ Her friends, however, dis- she heard, and in vain endeavourcovered that she suddenly be- ed to conceal her flowing tears. came gloomy and melancholy ; When the service was over she her company was no longer went home with her companion, pleasant, and she, whom every but not a word was spoken. one had admired and flattered, Each of them carefully concealed was sneered at as a Methodist,* from their friends the place and avoided as a religious enthu- where they had been ; the one, siast ; the only kind of enthusi- because she was ashamed of asm which worldly people uni. what she felt, and the other, beformly condemn. A man may cause she was angry with her. be an enthusiast in poetry, paint- self, for having been the occasion ing, music, or philosophy ; that of all this anxiety and distress to is, he may be unreasonably at. her amiable friend. It was, howtached to them, and the world ever, soon visible enough to all, will admire him for that very at- that Miss L. was deeply affected tachment ; but let him shew as with something ; but nobody great a zeal for the cause of could account for it; one suspectGod, and the welfare of his soul, ed she was ill, another that she (a cause to which our attach- had been offended : they were ment can never be unreasonably willing to suppose any thing, strong, nor our attention too ea- rather than that their gay comger) and every tongue will con- panion could be so weak as to be demn him.
affected by any thing said in a “ The following circumstance pulpit. They thought of a thouoccasioned the change in Miss sand other causes, while she at L. which rendered her so very an early hour retired to her disagreeable to her former ad- chamber; but it was to weep, not mirers. On a Lord's day even- to rest. The faithful warnings ing one of her friends proposed of the preacher still rung in her going to hear a popular minister, ears, and she could not sleep. who was to preach in the town Her distress continued for severwhere she lived. As, from un- al days, and was increased by the expected disappointments, they attempts of her friends to recould not make up their party at move it. Their amusements, cards, it was thought the dull their pleasures, their vain conhour might as well be passed versation, was loathsome to her : away in the house of God, and instead of healing they aggravataccordingly these two ladies a- ed the wound in her conscience; greed to go. The discourse was and in the whole circle of her occasioned by the death of a acquaintance there was not one young person who had been sud
who could direct her to a remedenly called into eternity : the dy. At length it was settled, by
all, that she had lost her senses ; * The name of Methodist is appli
and the poor distracted girl beed to many classes of dissenters in England.
came the subject of conversation