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L. B. SELLEY, WESTON GREEN, THAMES DITTON. THE MEANS OF

NATIONAL REFORMATION

ACCORDING TO
THE DOCTRINE AND DISCIPLINE. OF

THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH:

IN NINE LETTERS TO A FRIEND.

· BY HENRY BUDD, M. A.

CHAPLAIN OP BRIDEWELL HOSPITAL, MINISTER OF BRIDEWELL

PRECINCT, AND RECTOR OF WHITE ROOTHING, ESSEX.

If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.---

Isa. vii. 9.
Be not afraid, only believe.-Mark v. 36.
Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief.-Mark ix. 24.

LONDON: PRINTED FOR L. B. SEELEY AND SON:
R. B. SEELEY AND BURNSIDE, FLEET STREET:
J. HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY.

MDCCCXXVII.

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THE REV.. EDWARD BICKERSTETH.

SECRETARY TO THE CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY,

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To improve a community of natural men, united
for the common advantages of social life, into
a Communion of Saints, enjoying the privi..
leges, discharging the duties, and encouraging
the hopes of the Gospel-is the highest object at
which both the Statesman and Divine can aim,
though they should live in the most refined con-
dition of society upon earth.

It is with this view, I conceive, that the State has instituted our Ecclesiastical Establishment; and that it expects all—both Divine and Layman to concur in advancing the kingdom of " the Christ of God,” as the highest possible attainment that can make the subjects of the realm truly happy whether here or hereafter.

This kingdom of Christ is a spiritual kingdom; and does not proceed from any native moral power or goodness of man whatever : it

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is founded on the assumption of man's utter worthlessness and sinfulness before God: it is eminently the kingdom of PROMISE—a kingdom of mere mercy, and love, and grace, and peace.

On this principle, I conceive, in perfect consistency with the genuine Gospel of Christ, the Established Church of these realms is built. It is assumed that every child introduced into her communion, is introduced in virtue of the PROMISE made to the children of believers : on this ground the Parents and Sponsors present the Child ; on this ground the Church receives the Child into ́“ the Communion of Saints ;” and on this ground she commits the responsibility of educating the Child to the Sponsors, as interested in all the privileges of the PROMISE. On this ground she instructs him in her Catechism ; on this she prepares him to be Confirmed by the Bishop; on this he is interested in every subsequent formulary, and throughout all her Liturgy; and on this ground she takes her leave of him, in the last act of kindness she can pay him in this world, when she gives “ hearty thanks” to God, “ for that it hath pleased ” him “ to deliver this our brother out of the miseries of this sinful world.

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