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being cooked and eaten in some island but it believed in something far nobler of the South Seas. On the other hand, than them; it believed that India, and who are the men of whom the world China, and Africa needed Christ as is not worthy who have gone out leav- much as Europe did ; it believed that ing their English life and English Christ came into the world to save sinhomes? They have not been inspired ners, not in Europe alone. It was a by a passion for civilisation--no, they faith that yearned with a changeless are the successors of the apostles, the loyalty to the throne of Christ, to see true Apostolical Succession this. They Him crowned King of kings, and are the successors of Paul and Barna- Lord of lords. Touch that faith, bus-men who hazarded their lives weaken it, you weaken the very

mainfor the name of our Lord Jesus. Ask spring of our modern missionary enterthem the secret of their devotion to prise; abandon that faith, and our the missionary cause ; ask them why missionary societies will not last many of them deliberately aban. twenty years. Of course, this does doned the chances of intellectual dis- not imply that we think that our tinction in England; ask them why Christianity should take the same they have gone out, some of them to form of intellectual expression or live in countries where to live means ecclesiastical organisation in the east to suffer-and they will teli you, not that it does in the west. We do not for civilisation, but for the sake of care about the form. Let the water Him who, of His own deep and infinite of life take its shape from the vessel lovo, bas looked down upon us and

that holds it. All we care about it is said, “For My sake and the Gospel's.' this: it is the water of life, and it is Of course they carried something more because we believe it is, because that than the Gospel with them-or I would river flows from beneath the throne of rather put it thus, because they carried God and of the Lamb, that on its the Gospel they carried something banks, and there alone, grows the more with them. The missionaries tree of life, whose leaves are for the of Christ have always been mis- healing of the nations ; it is because sionaries of civilisation. I say again, we believe this that we cannot but dig the faith, the only faith that is the the channels into every land, ay,

into inspiration and strength of this mis- the desert and the solitary place, that sionary work; the faith that animated into every spot the life-giving stream such men as Henry Martin, and Carey, may flow; and it shall come to passand John Williams, and our for, sir, the old words are true toMoffat-was not the faith that be- day-that everything which moveth, lieved in the spelling-book and print- whithersoever the river shall come, ing-press only; it believed in them, shall live."



I have not left myself tine to do more than just briefly to refer to the second danger to which our missionary enterprise is exposed from the spirit of the age. I refer to the temporary decay—for I believe it is only temporary-which modern doubt is introducing in our belief in the future punishment of sin.

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“There was a timo-I daresay it is at all certain that that yearning and within the recollection of most of us longing are not becoming rare amongst here-when the principal motive ap- us; and it is no sign for good if they pealed to at the public meetings of be. Whatever theory you may hold this Society in support of it was the as to the future state of the heatheneternal doom that awaited the nations and I confess frankly I have nonethat knew not God. That time has this is certain : that any theory that gone by. The very phrase, “the lessens your concern to preach Christ perishing heathen,' I do not remember to them is by that fact self-condemned, to have heard for years.

We seldom Refuse, if you like, io speculate as to hear anything at our missionary meet- their eternal condition, but do not ings of the danger or the judgment refuse to preach Christ to them. Whilst which the nations that die without we are discussing they are sinningChrist may incur from Christ's hands. sinning, it is true, without law; but, Now, sir, I say frankly I do not regret sir, I remember that there are words this. I go heartily with what Dr. --words dark and mysterious, I know, Raleigh said in that noble and but whose very darkness may cover courageous speech which he made in some judgment for them-'F'or as this hall, I think, two years ago, when many as have sinned without law shall he said, “We make no judgment as to perish without law.' At any rate this the final and eternal condition of the

is certain : whatever their responheathen. But, sir, what I ask is this : sibility-and we can leave it with our Is there no judgment being made-a God--our responsibility is clear. Wo judgment the reverse of the old and are entrusted with the Gospel, and it terrible one? It was once assumed is ours to obey Christ's command, that, because they were heathen, 'Go ye out into all the world and without a doubt they would perish preach the Gospel to every creature.' everlastingly. It seems now to be I heard the other day a simple but assumed equally without doubt that touching story-many of you may because they are heathen they shall

have heard it; if so, you will forgive be saved everlastingly. I speak with my repeating it—which perhaps may great diffidence, and with a

serve not only to conclude these reof responsibility; but I think I see marks, but to deepen our sense of the indications of a spirit amongst our

enormous mass of work that yet rechurches which, if it means anything,

mains to be done. A company, I means this : that the perils of moral

think, of gipsies, had encamped near probation in England vanish when a town. A lady who was occupied in you reach China or India. We seem doing the Master's work, and going to to forget that there is quite as much seek the lost, asked permission to be danger in an unscriptural charity as

allowed to enter one cf the vang. there is from an unscriptural severity. After some delay she was allowed; At any rate, sir, I am not sure that and she found upon entering a poor the deep and intense yearnings which boy lying on a wretched bed, and the founders of this Society felt for the evidently at the very point of death. souls of the heathen, that intense She spoke to him kindly, but she relonging for their salvation, the longing ceived no

Then stooping which, in tears and prayer, laid the down she whispered in his ear the old foundation of this Society-I am not verse, and oh, what a biography God



is writing of that verse! "God so myriads of men and women and little loved the world, that He gave His only children for whom Christ died, and begotten Son, that whosoever believeth whom He loves as much as He loves in Him should not perish, but have you and me, who, if they were to hear everlasting life. There was no reply. that old verse, God so loved the A second time sho repeated the same world, this morning, would say, words, and a second time no notice Nobody never told me this before.' was taken of what she said; and then There are hearts, dark and degraded a third time, kneeling down, she whis- I know, foul with all the nameless pered into his ears the same words; vices of heathenism ; but hearts that and then the eyes already closed in Christ's blood can cleanse, that might death opened, and the thin white · turn to him with a look of love and lips moved, and the whisper came, say, • Thank Him kindly for it.' I ask • Nobody never told me this before, you, I ask myself, What are we doing but thank Him kindly for it.' What to tell the world of the infinite love of a rebuke to us, brethren, in those God in Christ: "" words. At this moment there are

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Men may

Others will speak to you of the claims of this Society; but I, as the son of a missionary, and the brother of a missionary, cannot sit down without sayiog one word to the young men that are present here this morning. “ This Society does not merely want

presence of His Cross. money - it wants men, too.

Dr. sneer at you, or blame you; even Mullens said to me this morning, it your

friends may

question your was quite a burden upon them, the motives; but that will not move you. want of men for the missionary work. You have given up your life to the I see numbers of young men present noblest of all works—the work that here to-day. Many of you are hoping an archangel which surrounds the to become heads of large business throne of God may well envy-the establishments in this city; many of work of preaching Christ to the you, I daresay, have the ambition to heathen. That is enough. And often take your share in the great political and often, when you go to your work agitations of the State.

It is an

in the far distant land, amidst days of honourable ambition ; but a nobler loneliness and toil-away from all the ambition is before you to-day. The English love and the English home love of Christ may constrain you, and, which now surround you-Christ will filled with the grandeur and glory of como; and, oh! He will come with Christ's kingdom - that kingdom that look and smile which means, which shall have no end-you may * Well done, good and faithful serto-day, on your knees, say to Him, vanti' Talk of sacrifice with Christ's Lord, Thou hast said the harvest look thus upon you! You will say— truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few: Lord, wilt Thou take me as Happy if with my latest breath

I may but speak His name; one of the labourers for Thy harvest?'

Preach Him to all, and cry in death, It may require sacrifice, but you will

Behold, behold, the Lamb!'” not speak of sacrifice to Christ in the

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Mr. Chairman and Christian friends, I wish that some better missionary from China than myself were here to second the resolution ; but if you are willing to listen to me for a short time, I will try to tell you some of my experiences in China in regard to the glorious work carried on there. “In the first place, I have a very higher than money

to live for, pleasant duty to perform on behalf of although it has such an envied reour converts at Amoy. When I was spectability. I can assure you, from leaving Amoy, to which I hope soon personal experience, that these Chinese to return again, the representatives of have warmed to me as much as I have our twenty native churches and con- warmed to them. I have had opporgregations asked me if I would, en tunities of pleasant concourse with their behalf, pay their respects to you them on sea and on land, in the places Christian friends in this country, and of crowded intercourse, where they thank you for all you have done in would meet together to trade, in their giving them the Gospel. Now that own stores, or in our chapels. I have may sound to you rather strange. known men come in and listen so There are some very strange things attentively to the Gospel, that when talked about the Chinese, and often, they looked for the boots they had in this highly-favoured land, it has taken off to rest their feet, they found been a sad grief to me to hear them. that in their attention to the Gospel There seems nothing too bad, some- some one bad given attention to their times, to be spoken of this people. boots, and walked them off. I have I will not go through all the things I known a poor fellow coming with a have heard respecting them, but I bundle of cash, and put it down to wish to say that if you Christian rest whilst listening to me, and when people in this country who are work- he has looked for it the bundle has ing and praying and toiling for the gone. The man had heard the Gospel, good of these Chinese think that you and he was a better man than the one are working in vain, you could make who had walked off with the cash. no greater mistake. The Chinese are

I can

assure you that they have a shrewd people; they are slow to warmed to me in various directions, believe in disinterested benevolence, and I have grown warmer and warmer because it is so rare. A Chinaman to them; and if you could but come has said to me, “Why don't you, as and see them for yourselves you would your fellow-countrymen do, go into never say it was in vain to work for trade and make a fortune?' There such people. Why, on the road-side, was one man, a good man, who did the pedlar has asked me to take a seat not get on as a missionary. He went and talk to him about the religion I into trade and made his £1,200 a-year. came to teach; and in the shop it has But I fancy if you were to offer a been the same. Within a few moments fortune to any missionary on con- a large company of people would dition that he gave up his work, he gather round me to hear the Word of would feel most grossly insulted. The God. Yes; and even in the idol Chinese have learnt from the mis- temples I have been invited to come sionaries that there is something and make known Christ and Him

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crucified. That may sound to you theirs; there must be something good rather strange, but do not think we in it.' And so, by your benevolence, are incautious; I would not have and by the faithfulness of those whom gone there had not the people pressed you send out sticking to their post, me to do so. But they have done and toiling on in the midst of diffi. that time after time, and that should culties, the Chinese in this way warm show you that the Chinese think very to us. They take time to learn your little of their idols; and if you will kindness and benevolence, and to see give them something better these old in you an exemplification of the love gods will crumble to pieces. If you of God; then they, indeed, warm to understand these few remarks you you, and no man shall dare to say will see it is no strange thing that that they are ungrateful. Why, I they should send their respects to feel as if I could back our Chinese you, and their thanks for your having Christians against any Christians in sent to them the Word of God. Of the mission-field. This message that course, we meet with different kinds I am bringing to you from the far of people.

Somo of the more sus- East came to me unexpectedly and picious sort will give us a knowing unsought. When we were leaving wink, and say, Well, now, just be they came and asked me if I would honest, and say whether your people

allow them to accompany me to the want to take China just as they took ship. I declined, for various reasons. India.' Then some of them, like our They then said, “Will you have a Episcopalian friends, who believe in meeting in your house ? To that I the union of Church and State, come consented; and after the women had to us and say, “Does your king find come to see my wife in considerable the money ?' And some of them, numbers, the men representatives of who are inclined to believe in the these churches and congregations, to disinterestedness of your benevolence, the number of sixty, came to see me. say, • Catch our people doing it.' We prayed together and we wept They call the attention of their friends together, and we thanked God for the round about, and say to them, “Why, help that He had given us. Accept these foreigners are going North, and me as their representative, and be South, and East, and West, and sure that in carrying on your work setting up houses of God for the amongst them you are giving them an people to worship in, and they are idea of that love of Christ that passeth toiling to make known this religion of knowledge."


“Well," 'you will say, “what sort people are they who aspire to be on "

, friendly terms with us ?" I should like to tell you a little about them.

“A gentleman said to me the other Christ, so that in a competitive exami. day, What we want to know is nation of sermons, he has taken a prize whether the Gospel is of any use ? I even from the native pastors. It has wish you would tell us whether it has laid hold of the agriculturist, the man laid hold of the people?' Laid hold of who was originally low and degraded, the people! Why, it has laid hold of and who now goes out to work in his the learned man, has set him to study fields glorifying the God of nature.

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