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that appendage. And, after some other observations, he adds, • It is high time—the spirit of the age demands it—that this mania of graduating should itself be graduated, and that without favour in the enlightened estimation of the public. Itaque illud Cassianum. Cui bono fuerit, in his personis valeat. The cui bono question, in reference to these academico-theological degrees, and for the best possible reason, has never been answered. It is an affair that belongs to another category. It has nothing to do with good, but only with honour!'”
Having disavowed any disrespect to Williams' College, or to his clerical brethren, especially the order from which he repudiates himself, he makes the following remarks :
- The purely academic and literary or professional degree, such as A.B., or A.M., or LL.D., and such as merely indicate office or station, and which colleges do not confer, as V.D.M., or S.T.P., are out of the argument, and against such there is no law.' If doctorates in divinity meant anything, they would sometimes be libellous. There are those, it is too notorious, who need a great deal more than collegial or colloquial doctoration to impart to them intellectual, or literary, or theological, or (I blush to write it) even moral respectability ; and whose doctoration, while it is the acrimonious laugh of the million, becomes a solid reason, were there none better, to those who prize good company, for abdicating the eminence of being classed with them in the associations of the community. •Unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united.""
In assigning reasons for refusing the honorary title of D.D., Mr. Cox makes the following remarks :
“I believe that the principle of ministerial party is both evangelical and important, and that the system in question is very inimical to it; that there is no higher earthly honour in the relations of life than that of a minister of Jesus Christ, who loves his master, and understands the truth, and magnifies his office ; and, consequently, I dislike a system that so evidently and popularly implies something unintelligible more, and arrays one ministerial brother in an adventitious superiority over his peers, and that it is anomalous for a secular and literary institution, without any faculty of theology, to come into the church universal of Jesus Christ, and diversify his officers, and confer permanent degrees of official honour, which neither deposition nor excommunication, should they succeed, has power to annul; and all this where he hath said, · Be ye not called Rabbi; for one is your master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.' It is also a grand reason that I think it a "scarlet' relic of papacy, .and that demands retrenchment; but the greatest reason is, that it is earthly, and at variance with the spirit, if not with the very letter of the Gospel. The passage in Matt. xxiii. 5-12, appears incapable of a fair solution in coincidence with the innocency of doctrinal honours in the church. Many other scriptural references might be made. Take a few more : Matt. xviii. 1–6, v. 19, Luke xxii. 24—27, xx. 45–47, John xvii. 18, xii. 25-43, v. 41, 1 Cor. 1-5. Rev. iii. 21, xii. 4, xvi. 15, xvii. 12. The Old Testament contains much to the same purport.
“ To conclude, I believe that the usefulness, the moral worth, the genuine respectability of the sacred profession, and, of course, the honour of our common Master, require the abjuration of doctorates."
(CIRCULAR. UNION OF DISCIPLES IN THE CITY OF NEW
YORK. VERY DEAR BRETHREN, On Lord's Day, March 15, 1835, a large majority of the disciples meeting for worship in King, formerly of Hudson-street, formed a union with the brethren meeting for worship in Laurens-street.
On the Lord's Day above-mentioned at three o'clock, P.M., the brethren of King-street with all their office-bearers, (excepting one of the elders, Jonathan Hatfield, who was prevented being present through sickness,) assembled in Laurens-street, and took their seats on the right hand of the elders ; (the elder of each church being seated together.) After singing and prayer, Elder Barker of the Laurens-street church read Romans, chap.xii.; then stated the interesting object of the meeting, the union of the two churches into one body, following it with some very appropriate remarks, showing that the New Testament alone is the, only foundation of Christian union; that all humanisms, commandments and speculations of men, should have no place among the disciples ;' but that the word of Christ should dwell in them richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another from the Living Oracles alone. And in a very forcible manner enlarged on the blessings that would result from such a union among Christians, in their peace and edification; and by their combined efforts, to be the happy means of saving others. Thus, being united in one body, of one heart, and one soul, speaking the same things to saints and sinners, in the manner the Scriptures ad dress each, would realize the great blessings contained in our Lord's Prayer, recorded John, chap. xvii. After which the elder of each church, gave to each other the right hand of fellowship, in the name and behalf of the members of each society ;—which at that instant constituted us one congregation in the Lord. There was a solemn pause for a moment, when the elder of the King-street church arose and addressed the brethren with much feeling, by saying he had for a long time ardently desired the union of the two societies, who had, in this great city, taken the New Testament as their bond of union; that we had now seen
our anticipations realized. To our great joy, we are no longer two, but one congregation, surrounding one table of the Lord.
Our brother closed this most solemn and impressive address with reading a hymn or song of his own composition on the importance of Christian love and union, when all the disciples rose up and sung this hymn with gratitude in their hearts to the Lord.
There were probably 120 or more disciples present on this solemn but joyful occasion. After which all the disciples present were affectionately invited to partake of the Lord's Supper. We closed this feast of love with this suitable spiritual song :
“ How pleasant to behold and see,
The friends of Jesus all agree;
As members of one common Lord !” and concluded with the apostolic benediction; when a mutual interchange of brotherly feeling and congratulations took place among the disciples. We appeared to separate from this heavenly place, realizing the blessings of Christian unity foretold by the inspired penman in the 133d Psalm,—“ Behold how good and pleasant a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Our present number (as on the day of Pentecost,) is about 120 disciples. On each Lord's Day we meet in the morning, at half past ten o'clock, for divine worship, reading the Scriptures, teaching, &c. In the afternoon, three o'clock, we assemble more especially as a church, to break bread, the fellowship or contribution for the poor saints, singing and prayer, reading the word, and mutual exhortations of the brethren; and in the evening, seven o'clock, to proclaim the Gospel to those who are without. On Monday evenings the church holds a Bible class, to examine the Scriptures and each one to give their views. On Wednesday evenings, social worship, teaching, &c. and on Friday evenings for prayer, and mutual exhortations of the brethren.
A few months before the union, a large and important field of labour was left unoccupied by the decease of our highly-esteemed and aged brother, Elder Robert Scott, who had devoted more than half a century to preaching the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” He not only preached but exemplified the effects of the Gospel in his life, by making it without charge, labouring with his own hands, and by his good works, and by his ready submission to all its requirements. He was 14 years an elder of the church at Rhinebeck, Duchess county, New York, in which place he rested from his labours, in the joyful hope of a blessed immortality, on the 28th of last September, aged 74 years, leaving behind him his decided testimony to the truth of the apostolic Gospel in all its parts, as fully developed by the Holy Spirit on the ever-memorable day of Pentecost, and in the subsequent preaching of the Apostles, as recorded in that sacred book of the Acts of the Apostles.
*For three or four years Elder Barker, and others of the brethren of New York, occasionally visited and laboured among them; but, on the decease of our aged brother, the church in Laurens-street set apart brother John Black as a missionary, and sent him out for six months to labour his whole time at Rhinebeck and its vicinity, on the east side ; and Kingston and the towns adjacent on the west side of the Hudson river, about 100 miles above the city of New York.
A short time after the union of the two churches, brother Black returned, his time having expired; when he gave us an account of his missionary labours, by stating that he had met with much opposition, and many things to discourage him at first, but, by a patient perseverance in holding forth the original Gospel to his fellow-men, and endeavouring to manifest its spirit of love and meekness toward the gainsayers, had a tendency in a good measure to overcome the prejudice of the people; so that now many come out to hear, although few as yet manifest a disposition to obey the Gospel by immersion, for remission of their sins; but that instead of empty benches, as at first, there are full houses and attentive audiences, and a prospect of much good being done this season in that region of country.
We therefore requested brother Black to continue his labours there as a missionary for 12 months longer, which he cheerfully accepted, and immediately entered upon it, (taking his wife with him, a most ami. able sister,) intending to labour with his hands, so much as his time will allow, in the full confidence of the brethren that he will do the work of the Lord faithfully, praying to the great Head of the church that his labours of love may be abundantly blessed to the conversion of sinners, and in assisting in the establishing of the saints in the primitive order of worship.
May favour, mercy, and peace, be multiplied to all the holy brethren throughout the world, through the knowledge of, and obedience to, our Lord Jesus Christ ! Amen.
Signed in behalf of the church of Christ, meeting for worship, No. 138, Laurens-street, near Prince-street.
BENJ, S. HENDRICKSON. JONATHAN HATFIELD.
Earth's pleasures melt away:
And but a moment stay.
Like stars that gild the night,
Shine forth with sweetest light.
But o'er the Christian's soul
Though tempests round it roll:
But to its latest thrill;
THAT RAY WILL LIGHT IT STILL.
ON THE DUTY OF SUPPORTING THOSE WHO
PREACH THE GOSPEL.
[The following observations are quoted from • The Quarterly Christian Magazine, June, 1835, published under the editorship of Mr. JAMES ALEXANDER HALDANE, to whose able pen we owe them. The Journal from which the article is extracted is less known in England than it merits to be, and that must plead my excuse for here introducing the remarks. They comprise the editor's reflections on a copious and well-written paper in defence of the duty of the churches of Christ extending support to their pastors.-W. J.]
“ The subject of the above communication is highly important. While poverty does not prevent a church of Christ having elders, Acts xx. 34, 35, it is the Lord's express commandment, that those who labour in word and doctrine should be remunerated, 1 Tim. v. 17, 18; 1 Cor. ix. 4, 17; Gal. vi. 6, 7. Where this precept is disregarded, like every other act of disobedience, it brings its own punishment. The Lord could have supplied the wants of the priests of old, without requiring the payment of tithes. Had the tribe of Levi obtained an inheritance in the land, they would have been independent of this source of supply; but, by declaring himself to be their inheritance, the Lord took their support upon himself, and therefore charged those who withheld their tithes with robbing God, Mal. iii. 3. We live under a very different dispensation ; but, as the Lord hath ordained that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel,' the disciples should be careful that they do not contravene his will. The advantage of a man being able to give himself wholly to these things, I Tim. iv. 15, without being entangled with the things of this life, is obvious. Much has been said of late of the importance of observing all the apostolic ordinances, but too many appear to look with indifference upon the ordinance of elders, than which none is more inseparably connected with the welfare of a church of Christ. And even, where this ordinance has not been altogether overlooked, some appear to be more anxious about the name than about procuring an efficient eldership, and causing the Gospel to sound out from them. To this, in a great measure, may be ascribed the low state of the churches. May the Lord stir up his people to abound in liberality and in every other grace! may they all be led to consider their ways! The language of God to Israel is very striking,— Ye have sown much, and bring in little ; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink! ye clothe you, but there is none warm ; and he that earneth wages, earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes,' Hag. i. 6. • Bring ye all the tithes into