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and does not allow us to forbid the one who casts out devils, though he follow not with us. It teaches us to bear with those who have many imperfections. Christ's first disciples were subject to numerous imperfections, but though their unbelief, ambition, strife, and errors in doctrine, often called forth the rebuke of their Master, they never induced him to threaten a withdrawal of fellowship. The design of his religion was rather to correct men's errors, and hence banishing for error, would have been thwarting its very object. Just as long as a man was willing to follow the Saviour and learn of him, so long he was numbered with his disciples, though faithless as Thomas, or false and treacherous as Peter.

5. The conservatism of Christianity is seen in that it never inspires to a needless boldness. Christianity makes bold, but only where it is of use. The Saviour never strove to excite prejudices needlessly, but whenever consistent He obeyed government and conformed to the usages of society. He did not cry nor lift up his voice in the street, to call down the prejudices of the Jewish nation upon him, though He had ample means of proving to the world that He was the true Messiah. When no good object could be accomplished by revealing Himself, He charged persons not to make him known.

The significant and conservative reason, given for not doing certain works, at a given time, was, because His. "hour was not yet come.The hour of the fanatic is always at hand, but not so with Him who believes that doing a thing at the right time is equally important to doing it at all.

Martyrdom, under Christianity, was to be suffered, not sought; hence the Saviour gave strict charge to his apostles, that when persecuted in one city to flee to another. While they must be prepared to meet all needful and unavoidable persecution, they must, at the same time, take all just precaution for the preservation of their lives.

6. We may notice the figures used to illustrate the growth of Christianity.

Christianity is a pure system, operating upon imperfect material; and to overcome the numerous obstacles that oppose it, and to establish its principles in individual hearts or in any society, time is requisite. An attempt to hurry, would have the effect to injure what Christianity would fain preserve.

It is compared in the Gospel to the leaven whose gradual working leavens the whole lump; to the growth of the mustard seed, until it becomes a tree; and the tares even must be suffered to grow amongst the wheat, till the harvest, lest, in rooting them up, some of the precious grain should be destroyed. Is not this conservatism ?

7. Finally, the dispassionate manner in which the New Testament writers record events, show that they must have been conservatists. They were cool and deliberate men, who had no anxiety to make the most of the stories they related, in their own favor, nor in favor of their cause. They trusted both themselves and their cause to truth and to God. They speak of the horrible cruelties of Herod, in murdering the infants, their own persecutions, and even the crucifixion of their Lord, with a singular coolness. Take a single instance of the harsh treatment they received from

their persecutors, recorded in Acts 16:19. Let us give the facts as we might suppose some historians would have given them-Now about this time, there was committed one of the most barbarous outrages ever known at Phillippi. While Paul and Silas were quietly prosecuting their work of preaching the Gospel, they were most unjustly apprehended by certain base men, and most shamefully dragged into the market place before the rulers. Here they were falsely accused of troubling the city by teaching certain offensive Jewish customs to Roman citizens, and without having the privilege of speaking in their own defence, they were striped, and most unmercifully beaten, before the whole multitude. Neither were the blood-hounds satisfied with such acts of attrocity, but made them over to the keeper of the prison, who, with unparalleled brutality, thrust them into its most loathsome apartment, and as if their sufferings had not already been enough, confined their feet with enormous fetters.—Does this sound like the cool account of St. Luke? or does it sound more like the language of some modern reformer? Instead of using harsh epithets, the New Testament writers, do sometimes record events with an almost apparently censurable indifference. Who, of our modern apostles, priding themselves in the idea of “turning the world upside down,” aim to perform the exploit by as gentle means as those used by their predecessors ? True, Christianity is compared to a sword and to fire, but its very violence is a violence of love. None of its weapons bear any resemblance to such as are: carnal, though they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. It does, indeed, contend earnestly, but kindly, and its entire spirit is most beautifully expres-

sed by these words of the psalmist :-“He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass : as showers that water the earth.” This, certainly looks much like conservatism.

But in what manner does the conservatism of the Bible evince its truth? It evinces its truth because it finds a perfectly corresponding principle in nature.

1. We have representations of these two principles in the old and the young. The young build their castles in the air. They are full of inventions, and many of their plans are destined to perish in the bud. Other plans, however, succeed, and it is upon such enterprise that the advancement of society depends. But does not the elasticity, the precipitancy of youth, need a check ? Most assuredly, for with all its successes, its failures are numerous and great. The needful check is found in the experience of age. How natural and how right, for the gray-headed parent to place his hand upon the arm of the heedy youth,

Stop my son—be advised by one who has seen more years than yourself, and who has known very many just such plans as you are now forming to fail. You may succeed, if you will labor to accomplish what is feasible; while your labor to accomplish impossibilities is all lost." The old man may, indeed, hold back too much, as the youth is too much under the influence of the propelling principle, but who can say that the representatives of these two principles do not have a mutually good influence upon each other.

2. We not only find the representatives of the propelling and restraining principles in nature, but nature evinces

and say,

the absolute necessity of both, in all her movements. The fastest sailing ship, with the strongest wind, unless directed by the helm, will soon lose the distance it has made ; the engine, must be directed, or it will dash itself and all that is attached to it; the regulator of a watch answers a purpose no less important than the main spring; and that force which draws the planets towards the sun, is as important as the force that would propel them in a straight line. Thus wherever we turn our eyes, we find nature full of the conservative, as well as of the propelling principle, to which the same principles in the Bible most fully and beautifully correspond.

3. For the accomplishment of some things in nature time is absolutely essential. Nothing can serve as a substitute for time. No multiplication of force exerted by ingenious machinery, will much hasten the process of making hay, burning brick or tanning leather. Time is requisite, and efforts to hurry nature is sure to injure the material. Just so, there are moral subjects for whose developement time is absolutely requisite, and they will not bear hurrying. Now the Gospel presents us with a system which is admirably adapted to this developement, written in every department of nature, in most legible characters.



4. Nature dictates that opposition should be met in such a

that it


be overcome with the least amount of injury

The best time for plowing, planting, and harvesting, should be chosen, as well as the best time for attacking an enemy. The wind and tide, fair weather and foul, are all

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