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MR BROWN'S VIEWS.

10 THE EDITOE Sir,— l am glad that " A Contender for the Troth agrees with Mr Brown that Christ did not preach to anyone between His death and resurrection. But oan he point out any vatse m Sorlpture In wbioa man Is called a apiriti God aald to Adam •' Dust thou act, aato dust ahalt thou rfetosu." * Ybur correspondent nayg that Jesus and the tbief entered Paradlee on their death. How, then, does he explain Acts 11, 26, 27, wbioh otatea that the hope wh eh sustained Jesus In dying wag that Bis soul should not be left m Hades* Tbe aoul of Jesua went the day of tIU death to a place he was only too glad to get ont of. Did Jeans tben leave the thief there ? If not, what has beoome of that thief since? Tbose who read the Bible and nse sanctified common sense know that till resurrection all persona remain la Hadea or the grave. Paradise it a pace of tbe fatace — the place Ohriat has gone to prepare. There la no difficulty abeofc the two p3Sß»ges quote i. When will Paul be absent from hit mortal body 1 When Ohriat appears who shall change onr vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, Phil 111. 20, 21. Why did Paul say "to die is gain ? " 2 Corinthians XL, 23, 28, i»IU give an aniwer. A hard life was Paul's, only m the grave he would find rest. Bat he did not desire to die. He desired to depart (as Eh j *b, aa Enoch without dying) He wished Ohrlst would return—change the living and raise the dead Thla to Paul would ba far better ; far better than living, far better thajoi dying. Tours, etc, Rmubbeoiion. 10 THE KDITOB. Sir,— Aa exhortation is given somewhere "to oonsider Oae who endured soon contradiction (or gainsaying) of sinners agalnet Himself," and it appears that He still hath *' to endure," only it appears that the name Christian is sometimes substituted when ''sinner " ought to appear. Flowers of rhetorio are an adornment of speech, but a name wrongly applied falls to be a discriminative appellation. It Is inconceivable that a Christian (Christ's man) should write of the immutable Word describing It as " bald-headed statements j of the Holy Soriptores, whioh they (the correspondents oomplalued of) maintain otnnot be got over." The only infarenoe that oan be drawn is that your oorrespon dent of last evening is able to get easily over them. It would be interesting to know if the figure " bald-headed " Is used to show thit they are unadorned quota* tions, or to show that there Is nothing In them. If the former, why does lie complain of them { if the latter, why does he aign himself " Christian V In the first ottse he ought to reaent a figure whioh denotes decay being applied to that whioh he designates as being " holy," but m the latter case he has no right whatever to the position be assumes. The entire letter Is a conglomeration of contradictions and it must be apparent to all who read It that the writet has a very Infirm conception cf what Is true. He claims euoh a dignified position for Mr Brown before whom " so many " stand m awe, and m the same breath styles him as 11 the wolf making such Inroads among the flotks." But " Christian V seems to fall to see that the **. wolf " has got him. It may be that tbe baste m writing to you Sir, is but the earnest expression of his desire that "gome one shall oome forth like » man and kill the wolf." It Is somewhat difficult to understand " Christian " In the qse of the word " peck." E|oob he mean that he has such a glgar conception of Mr Brown's views that they are the fourth part rf a bushel, or that the "bo many " are hteaky that do all they will they oaa on), •. Mke small and repeated bio its with the :L> Us Bat the meaning $ apply to your ccr.c oondent is that he 1b bo satisfied with the ' v ilonerable position of hit, chief tb -i he is confident of his trlnmpb, and that if "so many " would only " peok " m Mr Brown's preaenoe they would soon collapse like "Christian' 1 and beoome a prey for " the wolf/ Should this be the true meaning I oonoede that there may be more like the oh'ild m the fable ready to be deceived. But I hope the end may not be like that of the obild when "the wolf" appeared m his true colors. With regard tv the charge of inconsistency and also of insincerity against Mr North, I leave him to deal with tbat as be may think fit. That he is a true servant of Christ, is too well known for either charge to be believed, " Ohrlsflan" makes the assertion that all the speakers at the meeting on Friday last, together with "Mr Boothroyd, exhibited very bad taste Indeed, In introducing the eubjeot of differences of doctrine," I make the quotation m full be* cause of its insidious character, Mr Boothroyd did speak of a particular doctrine, but, I deny that '« tbe same thing was touched upon by all t&a other speakers" and throw the onus of proof upon your correspondent. I also deny his allegation a« to action taken " In Utrally expelling about • do?3n members eto," I deny that they were " requested to resign" because of a belief* Let youi correspondent quota the whole of the resolution that all may know the truth, concerning which we had never wished to speak again, vfa, that it w.as for *' conduct" and not for belief. The "dlametrfatl opposition" complained of la not true, and your correspondent should oonsider tbe proper me of a term befere he makes use of it. I tfler no apology for this breach of silence. At the same time I repudiate any personal antagonism, but I hive, as 1 have already expressed, a strong abhorrence of osrtain principles held by a few.— l am, etc, W. T. Kingston. April 22 id 1880. .This correspondence must dose here ac It would otherwise become Id terminable.—Fd ]

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MR BROWN'S VIEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889

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MR BROWN'S VIEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889

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