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TO THE EDITOB. Sir, — My fclouds having had their any, I venture to aeod a few linea (a reply. First, let me remark, m reply to yonr foot-note, that I regret if I caused unnecessary pain to anyone, but I mast beg to differ from you when you Bay " the term 'diabolical ' ahonld not be applied to any belief honestly held." 1, should like to ask what do yoa mean by " boneatly held '?" How any belief be held other than honestly ? lam sure you will admtt . that some religions beliefa are diabolical, such as that held by the ancient Druids, Mexlcauß and others, that human sacrifices were necessary to appease the wrath of the gods. Those beliefs must have been honestly held, and yet they were diabolical, but only m a slight degree compared to certain doofrines taught to-day. In reference to your correspondents by the way they were unfortunate m their choloe of noms dc plume. For brevity let mo c*ll them " Firstly," "Seoondiy," and "Thirdly," In reply to " Firstly," J have not a copy of hla letter by me, but as far as I lenaember It consisted of a nomber of texts loosely strung together. That is a style of argument very common with defenders of orthodoxy, It requires no ingenuity, very little thought, acd is regarded by snob, persons as unanswerable, I will not waste my time or your valuable space m replying to suoh drivol. •• Secondly " is a very long-winded gentleman and intensely orthodox. He writes a column to prove that all thitiking men go to Oburoh regularly. Any person who honestly believes that most be very ignorant of (he condition of the Churches. I Bhou'.d advise your correspondent to attend the various places of worship and count for himself) and after he has taken the numbers let him find out what the most thoughtfel of them thiok of what they hear at Ohuroh, and I venture to say he will have cause to alter his honest belief. " Seoocdly " thinks It " maan and unfair to ridicule a preacher because his sermons are permeated with old dootrine, for if he is slnoero it cannot be otherwise." Considering that there are hundreds of soots of Ohrlatiatn, all taking the Bible as their guide and authority, and that their doctrines — all differing more or leaa — «re m a great tuiny cases quite contradictory, what dooa your correspondent call the old doctrines ? The iu'erenoe to £o taken la, that hla own particular aud peoullsr views are tb,e only, true ones, end that no sincere petaona'can preaoh anything else, a.nd therefore persons preaching other dootrlnea not sincere, which is absurd. "Secondly" thinks "people of the Enquires typo a hludranoa to real Christian work." What dope he oall " real Christian work't" If it consists of propagating a beWef In certain mlraoulous events he is right, Bat there are other definitions. But ray lettar is oyec lengthy now, I must hasten, ". Thirdly" goes very artfully to work. He wants to know why 1 went to hear Mr Munto. I otußt oonfena It was ourloalty, and not to hear about the "Word," aa my friend terms it. Ministers of. the goppel hold responsible positions, but to do any good they must be acquainted with the beliefa and honeat disbeliefs of the people they preaoh to. Why preaoh laboriously and leroedly about " Grace," II Sanotlfioatlon," l< Jußtifioatlon," " Saving Faith," etc, whon half the people listening havo honest doubts whether there ii anything beyond this life. Or why spend hour after hove m picturing the happiness and miser? of wOrldß to come when thousands of our fellow-creature are living m abject poverty, with all its attendant ra'seileß, In this one ? Is this kindness to the living ? <( Thirdly" thinks I am not sincere m thinking disbelief a malady. Well, I shall not satisfy him on that point ; but I would ask why does he want to hear from me again ? It appeara to me he Is not partiou'arly orthodox himself,— l am, etc , Enquirer.

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ENQUIRER CRITICISES HIS CRITICS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888

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ENQUIRER CRITICISES HIS CRITICS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2009, 10 December 1888