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A SEVERE ORITIO.
TO TIIB EDITOR.
J?ik,— - 1 wont last evening to hoar the Ray P. P. Mouro at the Presbyterian Ohurch, and waa much pleased to hear something original m the wuy of a sormon. I qilto agree with n remark made by Mr Pumoll m an article which appeared In last Friday's "Guardian," that moat of onr preachers are very ranch behind the times. Their system of teaohing ia etendlly delving thinking men from the churches. If oar local olergymen would take a leaf from Mr Monio'«j book, and, lnateir.l of eternally drumming into the oarn of their congregations tho same dty-ao-dnat dootrioos, absurd theories aad diabolioil creeda, give ub something medorn, something believable, something that would oountorao'o tho dibbelief that Jo beoomiog almoat universal, there might be eomu hope foe Christianity. If they woald endeavor to find out what the people generally believe and proaoh accordingly, infltOßd of, nu moat of them do, glvo us beautiful plotui'tß of tho Ohriatlan llfo which every sensible person knows to be puroly imaginary ; if, m fact, thoy wore as anxious for tho truth aa they would have us bolievo, and would search for it aud preaih it, without bi much consideration for their situations, their churches would not be bo empty, and they would nut have to resort to so many shifts to oolleot the neooasary revenue. I did not; however, intend to eulogise Mr Monro's oermon f wither than to remark that It had the quality of beiug a novelty. One remark made by Mr M »nro I think was not tine, aud I wrlto to call attention to It. According to Mr M. the oroed of the agnoat'o is, " kindness to tho living and hope for iho dying," n oroed wo wore told purloined from tho Christian Church. Kindness to the living, forsooth 1 and yet M: Muuro Informed us earlier m the sermon that the Ohriasinn Church had committed more bloodshed imd cruelties than any organisation slnoe the world began, but let that pass. Hope for the dying. Tho orthodox belief io that about one oat of ovory million of tho people who live goeß to hewufl, the remainder to holl, thore to burn m everlasting firo with tho Dovil and his angels, It would be interesting to know whut kind of hope Mr Mouro reckons this In for the dying i I am, etc, [Wo Insert the forogoiog with aoaie healtauoy beoauae the terms employod are In some instances so oevero as to bo oaloulntod to give pain to those who hold vlohs opposed to thouo of our oorlespondont. Snoh a term as "diabolical " ou^ht not to bo applied to uny ro'igloiiß orood honestly held, i.e., if usod u« a term of opprobrium. Possibly, howevor, Enquirer simply meant by the term crouds of whloti one of the artlolos ia a belief m a poraonal devil, and pa the phrase Is open to thlaoonntruollon wegive him the bcnoOfc of the doubt by inserting his letter. At tho aarao time we would eonnael him nhen e^prasalug hla own opinions to show thub coarteoao rOßard for the opinions aud even projudlqes of othora whioh is Indlapeneable to tho unlmpasuioned disoußslon of suoh raattors as he treats of la his lottor Ed ]
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CORRESPONDENCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 19 November 1888
CORRESPONDENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 19 November 1888
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