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CORRESPONDENCE.

(We do not hold ourselves responsible (or the opinions expressed by oar correspondents.] THE EXPRESSION IN THE U.P. DECLARATORY ACT. TO TBS EDITOR. Sib,— Since my former letter on this subject e speaker in favor of adopting the Act quoted utterances of Hodge, Chalmers, and ■ Cunningham, which were duly applauded by ! a discriminating audience, some of whom wore ministers. An actor on the stage at Portsmouth, in playing to sailors, gained ; rapturous applause by throwing a eulogy ; on Lord Nelson and Sir Sidney Smith into a , tiagedy of somewhere in the Middle Ages, i The question is whether those great divines j are to be understood as having been of the | mind represented by the speaker in his i pleading for the U.P. Declaratory Article in j question. Dr Cunningham is well known to , have been trenchantly antagonistic to the un- , Calvinistic universalism in question. Dr t Hodge, throughout the great campaign j which ended in the division of the , American Presbyterian Church, took the i lead in a like antagonism to the * same view as to the destination of re- ! deception. And the reunion took place on < the basis not of any Declaratory Act, but of j the Confession pure and simple. Chalmers j made no movement for a Declaratory Act; - while he was the most powerful preacher of i a free salvation to all men that Scotland ever j saw. The obvious inference is that—(l) In { the estimation of those great men there is no i need of any qualification of the Calvinism of : the Confession in order to legitimising the | free offer of the Gospel; and (2) the employ- ( ment of such expressions as in that Article i 1., to qualify the Calvinism of the Confession, is presumably at variance with the j evangelical doctrine of grace as held by ; those great men. Of this the pnblio ought i to be warned, because their names have 1 been employed here for the purpose of com 1 mending snch expressions to public confidence.

Another speaker ia the same interest gained applause from a similarly discriminative audience by speaking against being ruled in our faith by the dead : which again raises two suggestive questions—(l) Were Chalmers, Hodge, and Cunningham ruled in their faith by the dead ? (2) If the Confession of Faith represent a tyranny of the dead, and this Declaratory Act be necessary for freedom of the living, why has the speaker quietly lived under the Confession until now, and now declared that he is quite willing to go on without the Declaratory Act if there be serious opposition to it ? 1 am, etc. James Macgbegor. Dunedin, October 31. P.S.—(!) The convener of Committee on the Confession would have preferred something different from a Declaratory Act. (2) The secretary of the Committee has moved for abandonment of the project. (3) The minute of first meeting—the real meeting—does not say who brought up the U.P. Act; and it nowhere appears in the record how the Act was introduced into the Committee, and pushed there, apparently to the neglect of everything else. Was it by spontaneous generation ? or did it drop out of the clouds, say, in a balloon, perhaps under guidance of some one ?

The convener told the Synod that he did not care about such expressions as “ God’s love to all mankind,” etc,, except in Die interest of a free gospel call. It ia historical fact that that manner of applying the expressions Is characteristically Armlnian and Aroyraldian. J.M.

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CORRESPONDENCE., Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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CORRESPONDENCE. Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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