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Autumn, Lines on,
Faith, Old Orthodox, superior to
Candlish, Dr, on the Atonement, 383 Friendship’s Tribute,
Christ Lifted Up; Sermon by the Grace, Salvation by,
408, 457 Greatness, True ; by the late Dr
Gibson on Natural and Moral Ina-
“ Christian News," Remarks on, 531
as affected by Na-
Divine Design, Illustrations of, 551 Intelligence, Missionary, 45, 101, 197,
Kirwan on the Influence of Popery, 242
526 Review, North British,
507 Review,—The Headship of Christ
159 as affected by National Church
Establishments; by Dr Wardlaw, 286
341 Review of Oliver Cromwell's Let-
ters and Speeches, with Elucida-
tions ; by Thomas Carlyle. The
53 Rome, Pietism of the Church of, 274
360, 467 Sabbath, The, versus the Scotsman, 80
405 Scotland, Duty of being acquainted
with History of the Church
441 Secessions, The Two; Part I. 3
Shirra, Rev. Mr, Memoir of, 360, 467
Sorley, Rev. Mr, Danger of an
Symington's Martyr's Monument, ib.
359 Tandahill, Rev. Mr, Kirkintilloch,
Wardlaw, Review of, on Headship
-as seen in light, 507
ORIGINAL SECESSION MAGAZINE.
The title of this Periodical is derived from the Synod of United Original Seceders. That body, take to themselves the name of Original Seceders, because they adhere to the same principles with Ebenezer Erskine, and those who, with him, seceded from the Established Church of Scotland in 1733. In the year 1747, the unhappy dispute, respecting the burgess oath, was the means of dividing the Secession into two parties, known by the name of Burghers and Antiburghers. The one of these parties, in the end of last century, and the other, in the beginning of the present century, was again divided on the question of the magistrate's power, at which time the great body of seceders departed from the principles of the covenanted Church of Scotland, as stated in the Confession of Faith, and witnessed for in the original testimony emitted by the fathers of the secession. In 1842, the remnant of Burghers and Anti-burghers who still adhered to the original principles of the secession, were reunited, and took to themselves the name of United Original Seceders, to intimate, that they comprised all those who still adhered to the original principles of their seceding fathers.
Under the patronage and sanction of this body, the Original Secession Magazine is put forth. The United Original Secession Church is Calvinistic in doctrine. On this head, the most entire unanimity prevails among her office-bearers and people, and it will be one aim of this publication to promote purity of doctrine in the land, by the occasional illustration and defence of important truths, and by a resolute opposition, as occasion may be presented, to all errors and heresies that now prevail, or that may hereafter arise.
The Original Secession Church is Presbyterian, in worship, and government, and the views advocated in this Magazine shall be in accordance with the distinctive principles of Presbytery, and in opposition to all hostile systems. Under this head, it will be our particular aim, to
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diffuse as much knowledge as possible, regarding the past and present state of Popery,-regarding the whole character of that system as drawn in prophecy and realized in history, and regarding the remnants of Popery preserved in the Protestant Church, --sometimes considering the latter in their state of torpor when they come under the head of defective reformations; and sometimes in their state of life, whether as exhibited in sectarian Episcopacy, which is Popery beginning to bud; or in High Churchism, which is Popery beginning to blossom ; or in Puseyism, which is the fruit, green, indeed, but growing, and requiring only time and sun to expand it into mature and ripened Popery.
Believing that the grand end, for which the Church was erected, and for which the world has been preserved, is to promote the glory of God in the conversion of souls, and being convinced that personal religion is not in a very flourishing condition, it will be one constant aim of this Periodical, to promote a revival of godliness in individuals, in families, and in congregations.
Believing the preservation of religion to be inseparably connected with the sanctification of the Sabbath, the conductors of this Magazine will endeavour to enforce the claims of that holy day, to hold publicly forth its permanent obligation, and to use whatever influence they may attain, to oppose, with steady impartiality, any encroachment on its sanctity.
On the subject of union, it will be our aim to hold forth scriptural principles about the unity of the Church, to oppose loose and latitudinarian schemes for accomplishing this end, and to endeavour to promote good feeling among all who are the friends of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As regards our own country, it will be the aim of this Magazine to illustrate and defend all the scriptural attainments of the Reformed and Covenanted Church of Scotland, and, at the same time, to be the advocates of progress in all that pertains to the moral, intellectual, and social wellbeing of the land.
And remembering that God hath made of one blood all nations of men that dwell on all the face of the earth, it will be our aim to keep continually in remembrance that all men are our brethren, and to do what in us lies to swell the voice of public opinion, and to aid in directing it against every thing that retards the progress of truth, or liberty, or righteousness, throughout the globe, and to assist every scriptural mean, by which ends so desirable can be promoted. With those that are in bonds we cordially sympathise; and slavery, in all its forms, and, particularly, as existing among professing Christians, is the object of our unconquerable aversion, and shall, as we may have occasion, meet with our resolute and uncompromising opposition. And being firmly