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THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD
The Rev, J. T. Pinfold (Wesleyan) has received a unanimous invitation to remain at Reefton for another twelve months.
The Wyndham trouble was before the Mataura Presbytery on Tuesday, but as no settlement oouli be arrived at the whole matter has been referred to the Synod. To do penance for his sins the Abbe Maltier of Boistrudau, near Rennes, brok® stones on the highway for three days, refreshing himself only with bread and water. His parishioners subsequently entertained him at a substantial repast. The Rev. dames Duncan, of Foxton, the oldest minister in the Presbyterian Church' in the colony, who has just, at the eightyfifth year of his age, completed the fifty-fifth year of his service in the church, has resigned hiS'oharge. The Presbytery of Wanganui passed a resolution acknowledging his long and devoted labors. The Roman Catholics have 600 missionaries in China, and the adherents to that church now number 2,500,000 in that country.
At a recent meeting of the Alelbourne Hebrew congregation the subject of conversions to tho Jewish faith cropped up. A notice of motion was on tho paper affirming that no Jewish minister should be allowed to make converts, except by the desire of the congregation. When the subject came on for discussion Iho Rev. Dr Abrahams asked leave to speak, and this having been accorded, he expressed himself as strongly against the proposition. The carrying of the motion would ba, he said, an interference by the_ congregation with his ecclesiastical duties and privileges, and if it were adopted ho would forthwith resign his pastorate. He suggested that a committee should be appointed to inquire into-the whole subject, and promised while the matter was under consideration to refrain from admitting any p osely e-. Dr Atrahams’s suggestion was adopted and the notice of motion withdrawn.
Bishop Julius told a representative of the ‘ Lyttelton Times,’ who interviewed him in Dunedin, that the recent pronouncement of the Pope against the validity of Anglican orders had completely stopped tho movement which had arisen in favor of union between the churches of Rome and England. The dignified reply of the Anglican bishops to the Papal utterance was viewed with warm approval throughout the English Church, and the result has been to leave English churchmen fully satisfied with their own position. As to the relations between the Church of England and other churches, the bishop said that deep but very pleasant feelings were aroused at the Lambeth Conference by the admirable and noble letter of greeting sent by the Established Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The presence of a bishop of the Russian Greek Church, the Archbishop of Finland, at the opening services of the Conference and at the service_ on Jubilee Day was an agreeable intimation of the friendly relations between the English Church and the other great branch of the Church Catholic.
Bishop Julius, preaching in Melbourne on the 25th ult., said that in the colonies, where there were so many competitive religions, they were trying to make religion too cheap, they were telling a man to pay up his subscriptions to help the church, and then saying they would cot ask what his life was, whether he was honest in his business or faithful and true in his dealings. They were, in fact, making religion cheap ; but they were making it very nasty. It had seemed to him during his ministerial career that the elfort both here and at Home had been to make religion easy to men. He bad noticed, however, on his recent visit to England that there was now a great wave of spiritual life at Home, filling the soul of the church there, and that men and women were sick of cheap religion, and would have none of it. They were crying out for reality, for something that made demands on men, for the religion of the Bible, and for the consecration of a man, body, soul, and spirit, to the work of religion. What meant the establishment of the sisterhoods and brotherhoods and similar movements but the fact that the people wanted a religion which exacted much of them, and were sick to the very hearb of the religion which consisted merely of going to church and paying their threepenny bits there. If faith was hard, it was hard because a man had lost the spirit of it; and if they could not grasp the mysteries of religion it was beoau-.e they had lost the spirit of faith. If their life was not consonant with their faith, it was not because the standard of faith was too high. It was because they had turned away from it, and bad cheapened its high ideal and had sought to bring down the Divine life to their level. What was wanted was not so much fine churches as the endeavor to lift up men’s minds, so that they might believe the thinrs He taught for them. A correspondent sends the following as an extract from the ‘ Morning Star,’ an English journal“ A writer sends along a piece of news that no less surprised than cheered us, on tha authority of a canon of the church. He says that our beloved Queen is waiting for the personal coming of oar Lord Jesus Christ. In a conversation which this clergyman had with Her Majesty she is reported to have said : ‘ I am looking for the coming of our Lord, and I do not think it impossible that I may not have to surrender my crown till I lay it down at His feet.’ It is surely a glad thing to know that at a time like this the greatest Sovereign on earth has been looking forward to a far greater event than her own Diamond Jubilee with gladsome anticipation, and that she would count it a blessed privilege to lay her crown at the feet of the King of Kings, Jesus her Saviour and her Lord.”
The members of the Congregational Church at Gore presented the Rev. A. H. Wallace’s wife with a silver-mounted biscuit barrel and two silver butter knives on the occasion of their valedictory meeting. The widow and family of the late Rev. T. L. Stanley have placed a memorial tablet in the chancel wall of the Anglican Church at Gore.
Bishop Julius while in England arranged with the Rev. J. Whitehead, M. A , senior curate of Whilstable (Kent), to come out to the colony. He is expected here next month, and will have charge of St. Marv’s (Timaru) during Archdeacon Harper’s leave.
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD, Issue 10441, 9 October 1897, Supplement
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