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posed, with a view to this that the subject planted in all of us to seek happiness, to which they were to address themselves which we called good, and every creature had been selected. The grand essential of was in this way ruled by its affections. religion was “to shun evils as sins against Man alone had the power of directing God," and from love to the Lord to do his actions, of choosing between this good. In the past we found people almost and that line of action, of learning new entirely engaged in disputes about the truth. The Lord gave all men sufficient external activities of religion and about knowledge to form ultimately out of every matters of thought. For years there had man an angel. The Lord Jesus Christ, been a dispute that had divided the although not known to all, was the Church of the time, and about which even light that lighteneth every that battles were fought on the alteration of cometh into the worldl. This light set a single letter in a single word. But up a standard hy which could this state of things was passing away, judge between right and wrong. as it was felt that none of these things was therefore of the utmost importance to would determine a man's state and condi- realize this great truth, and examine ourtion in the future. What, then, was the selves by this light, for as we lived in answer to the question? The answer was obedience and in acknowledgment of its not far to seek. As soon as men began to teaching, we ensured for ourselves a place think and put this question to themselves in the eternal world. They were taught the Divine voice answered, “If thou also that in the eternal world there was doest well, shalt thou not be accepted ; an infinite variety of degrees of states and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at answering to the degree of truth known the door." It was not matters of form, and loved here. As he looked on the whether orthodox or otherwise, that would many faces around him, he could in some determine a man's future. The repe- measure understand this infinite variety. tition of prayers and the confession In conclusion Mr. Hemperley said, to that they were miserable sinners, with- determine a state of happiness in the out real repentance, and an active desire future life, we must follow truth as we to do good, would be unavailing. A per- see it, always remembering the words of son must find out his own sins, and take our Lord, “If ye know these things, up his cross and fight them, and as he did happy are ye if ye do them." The choir this he would be saved and would evince here sung the Te Deum. in this life more love to God and charity Rev. C. H. Wilkins next addressed the towards men. In this way he would be- meeting in a characteristic and eloquent come a Christian indeed, and be a blessing speech, which called forth repeated apto those about him; and when he should plause. He commenced by alluding to go into the eternal world he would take the mingled sentiments of pleasure and this heavenly state with him, and become pain which always attended his visits to an inhabitant of that heavenly city for London. The fact of his being a Londoner which his life on earth had prepared him. always made him look forward to a visit, surrounded him. This was too often the which a man lived had an important bearcase in this world, but in the eternal ing on his condition in the eternal world. world it was not so. There would be the If truth were only naturally received, he utmost harmony between the things out- could not rise higher than natural ideas of side and those within the man. It pleased things; but if it were rationally received hin (Mr. Wilkins) to think of homes in and spiritually discerned, he could rise to heaven as well as worlds, and that as our transcending thoughts and spiritual conwants increased so would our spiritual ceptions. The dispensation under which homes. Let them not, however, imagine it was their privilege to live provided a that a man's future would be determined means by which greater heights of wisdom by his surroundings, that could be tried and intelligence than were previously in this life. It had heen found fruitless possible might be reached. Its reception to place a man with a vicious mind in would not only expel the evils of men's beautiful surroundings, but touch a man's hearts, but would reach the greater ones heart with love and the result would be of society. certain. If, then, it was the will that Rev. John Presland, as the last speaker, determined a man's life, what was it that said he would try as briefly as possible to determined the will? We were able to gather together and concentrate the esthink great thoughts. We could read, sence of the previous speeches. He and great thoughts reached us in this remarked that all of them were excellent way; but if we would reach the highest and all implied the idea to which he thoughts we must go to God's Book, wished to draw their ion, the word the Bible. After all, what was more by which he would express it had, howfleeting than thought, nay, what was ever, been omitted by all. To the quesmore fleeting than desire? These thoughts, tion, “What determines a man's state and and the states of joy and peace they condition in the eternal world ?” he would brought with them, could only be pre- answer, Regeneration. Except a man be served by bringing them into action, and born again he cannot see the kingdom of thus making them a part of our characters. God. That this was so was evident. In
The anthem “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord and there was always something to see or God of Hosts” (Gounod), was then given hear in a large city. But he was so often by the choir.
pained when he thought of the contrast The chairman here announced that he that presented itself between great posseshad heard with regret that in consequence sions and small minds. Sometimes when of indisposition they would be deprived of admiring a handsome mansion a carriage the presence of Rev. Chauncey Giles, who would draw up and the owner would step did not feel himself equal to be amongst out, but it was plain from his manner that them that evening. He had therefore some from the outside could enter into asked Rev. F. H. Hemperley to take his and appreciate the beauties of the house place, whom he now introduced to the and garden more than he who occupied meeting. Mr. Hemperley, although quite them ever could. It was, he feared, often unprepared with a set speech, was willing to the case that the house was furnished make a few remarks, as he was sure that while the mind was empty. Emerson had subsequent speeches would make up for once said that everything in a country bis omissions. The subject was indeed landscape gave him pleasure till his eye one that went to the heart of every reli- was arrested by the sight of an agricul. gious inquiry. Our state and condition in tural labourer, who took no pleasure in the eternal world depended on our state the scene. It was a sight full of sadness, and condition in this world. In other but he was not sure that deep down under worils, our state in this world would be that rough exterior there might not be perpetuated after we leave our earthly aspirations that would answer to the home. Our future condition depended beauties of eternity. It pained him to upon the impetus given and the direction think of a man who had nothing in his taken in this life. The desire was im- mind to correspond to the wonders that
Rev. W. Westall said that a variety of this natural world physical health was an answers might be given to the question indispensable condition of natural enjoybefore them, and yet each be true. He ment. For instance, if their friend Mr. might answer with the Protestants to the Wilkins, who had told them of his delight question, ".What determines a man's state in architectural studies, were blind, and condition in the eternal world?” A Westminster Abbey itself would fail to man's faith ; but by faith he would mean call forth his admiration. And a faith which, though as small as a grain with them, if they had been deaf, the of mustard-seed, could remove mountains. music that had delighted them that Again he night say, A man's love ; for evening would have awakened no emotions what was a man's love was his delight, in their hearts. To enjoy pure delights and what was his delight that he would do. they must possess organs suitable for Hence the importance attached to the their reception. If they carried this idea power of love in the Holy Word. The into their inquiry concerning the spiritual commandments, “ Thou shalt love the world, they would see that as they were Lord thy God, and thy neighbour as thy- born alien to the spirit of Divine law, self,” was called by the highest authority they must verily be born again. There the two great commandments. Again he could be no artificial cleansing. It was might answer, A man's life; for what a not a question of either an awful or even man's life was here it would be hereafter. a merciful God, for it was written, “ Unto Faith, love, and life, however, might exist Thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy; for Thou under very different conditions here, and renderest to every man according to his determine variously a man's state in the work." The renewal of the spirits of their future life. For instance, the God in minds was therefore the great determining which the Mohammedan believed was of cause in the future, and could alone enable a different nature from He whom we wor- them to become children of light and sons ship, and his ideas of faith, righteous- of God. ness, and love vary accordingly ; not be- The hymn “Rise, every heart and every cause God is different, but because the tongue, was sung, and the proceedings truth which he receives reveals Him differ- terminated with the benediction given by ently. Truth, therefore, was a great con. Rev. Dr. Bayley. dition in determining a man's future state. The wicked disobeyed God's command- LONGTON AND POTTERIES. --The ments, and as they did this they built up following report presented to the General within thein a wicked state, and that received Conference was forwarded for publication its quality from the truth they rejected. in our pages :Thus the dispensation of truth under “I have to report that during the year
I have carried out as far as possible the AUSTRALIA.--A Visit to New South intentions of the donors of the fund given Wales. (To the Editor of the Intellectual to the Conference for missionary operations Repository.) Dear Sir,-After continuously at Longton, and the dissemination of the working in Victoria during a residence of Heavenly Doctrines in the Potteries. I fourteen months, I resolved to visit New have personally made two visits to Long- South Wales in compliance with the kindly ton, preaching and lecturing to the Society, request of the members of the New Church and rendering such other assistance as I in Sydney, at the same time engaging to was able in furtherance of this mission. deliver a series of lectures explanatory of At one of these visits I had the pleasure the doctrines of ine New Jerusalem. I of introducing into the church at Longton left Melbourne on April 29th by the s.s. several new members, one of them a gen- Barrabool, in company with several gentletleman from whom 1 anticipate help in men who were all strangers to me. After conclucting the public services of the clearing the river Yarra, which in its church in the future.
lower parts is both uninteresting and not “The amount of missionary labour ren- altogether pleasant, we got into Port dered has not been quite equal to that Philip's Bay, and commenced what proved of last year; and, unless the fund is in- to be a very agreeable and refreshing creased from some other source, cannot voyage. During the passage, which nebe so large in the year before us. The cessarily lies along and near the coast, I monthly visit of the Rev. W. Bates af- had an opportunity of forming a better forded the opportunity of usefully employ- estimate of Australian scenery, with which ing the services of this esteemed minister I was much charmed, especially at some after he had been compelled to relinquish spots, where we came in view of grand the pastorate of a Society. His labours at mountainous country, which appeared to Longton were continued to the time of his me to be in every respect equal to what I departure from all earthly service to his have often seen in Cumberland and Westheavenly home. His loss is severely felt moreland. Some of the peeps are particuby the little flock to which he last minis- larly lovely and inviting, and I fancied to tered, and his place will not be easily filled. myself that, if populated with people of
In addition to the monthly visits of Mr. the right kind, those localities must be Bates, I was able, by the kind consent among the paradises of earth. There was of the Committee of the Manchester and often in my mind a strange feeling of Salford Missionary Society, to arrange for astonishment that this fair land was so frequent visits to the Potteries by Mr. long unknown and shut off from comHenshall, their zealous colporteur, whose munion with the Christian world ; nor visits are warmly appreciated by the could I help desiring for her, men worthy members and friends in the district. I of her wealth, and gifted with willing instructed Mr. Henshall to spend a Sabbath hearts, unselfishly to open her longat Longton, and to employ the following neglected treasures for the comfort and day in colportage work in one of the delight of mankind. Australia seems to populous towns of the Potteries. In his me to be the last continent to be really report to me he writes : “The colporteur understood or appreciated, but perhaps, has visted the Potteries eight times, when known, she will not be the least preached sixteen times, and held a number loved. That, however, must depend upon of cottage meetings for conversation on those who possess her. It was a crime, the Doctrines of the Word. He has dis- I think, to inaugurate her history by maktributed one thousand tracts, and sold ing her a prison for convicts; and if several copies of the “True Christian Re- England has a little trouble with Ausligion, the Apocalypse Revealed,” tralia's sons, let her hear in mind that, as Clowes' Histories, Bayley's “Brighton a mother, she did not foster her fair child Lectures,” and Chauncey Giles' “Spiritual with the milk of human innocence. World.” He has visited Tunstall, Burslem, The only passenger by the Barrabool Hanley, Stoke, Fenton, Kidby, Newcastle, that particularly engaged my attention Mow Cop, Macclesfield, and Congleton. was a medical man-a gentleman of a During the past twelve months there has highly cultured and thoughtful mindbeen an increase of members and a marked with whom I happily obtained much pleaimprovement in the knowledge of the sant intercourse. As a scientist this Heavenly Doctrines.'
physician had long absorbed the merely “I have only to add that the payment of naturalistic and materialistic faith that is the rent for the current year is kindly un- now so widely prevailing. To him nature dertaken by Edward Ford, Esq.,, of the was a plenum as to Tyndall, and there was Lawn, near Stoke. Only one half-year's no room for a God. But on a visit to rent, therefore, appears in the accounts Melbourne his faith in this was shaken, which accompany this report.
and he was so far influenced as to "RICHARD STORRY." vinced that there is a spiritual world.
His faith in this, however, seemed to me Temperance Hall, which would accommoto be mainly sensuous and natural, and date perhaps about 250 persons. Some he was not, I judge, disposed to accept of our hearers had never before heard of any doctrines drawn from Divine Revela- å spiritual sense to the Word, and were tion. During two days I had the great deeply interested in the explanations and pleasure of directing his attention to the illustrations that were given. One gentleNew Church teachings concerning the man, an American, visiting Sydney, Lord and the spiritual sense of the Word. seemed especially delighted with the light These doctrines seemed to be received by which was thus thrown upon the Worl, him with a real relish, and he promised to or rather, which came froin it;
and he, inquire further into them. During his with several others, attended every subsebrief stay in Sydney he visited Dr. Brere- quent lecture. ton, with whom I stayed, and after receiv- The second lecture was entitled, “ Jehoing some of the works of Swedenborg, and vah and Jesus are one,” and was delivered some of the Manchester tracts, which I in the large room, Pitt Street, on Tuesday, carried with me, he wrote saying, “I May 6th. It consisted mainly of three sincerely trust that I may be led to know parts, the first showing that tlie Jehovah the truth, as that is what I have long of the Old Testament was a Man, that is, thirsted after, and these new views give a a Divine and Infinite Man ; the second light to a book which I had before looked treated of the Miraculous Conception and on as mythology.'
Incarnation ; and the third set forth that On arriving at Sydney late in the even- Jesus, the Man of the New Testament, ing of May 1st, I was very kindly met by was Jehovah, the God of the Old—that several friends of the New Church Society, He possessed and manifested all the attriMessrs. Slater, Backhouse, Newton, Hilton, butes proper to the Supreme God. He and others. From them I learned sad was omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. news, which took me much by surprise. He also constituted Himself the only It was of the illness of their highly object of worship, because He was and is esteemed leader, and my friend, Dr. Le the only God. This lecture excited conGay Brereton. By his previous corre- siderable and deep interest. At the close spondence and thoughtful' kindness, this of it at least a dozen questions were asked gentleman had already endeared himself and answered. Some were presented as to us, and to meet him was one of the objections, and others to elicit further pleasures I looked forward to in visiting explanations. Sydney. It transpired, however, that for The third lecture was on
“ Christian a month he had been unable to officiate in Faith,” referring also to the Christian life, the Sabbath service, and that his illness but the Sunday evening when it was delias such was to cause some feeling of alarm. vered was so intensely wet, and the rain
Notwithstanding, however, the shadow came down in such a heavy and drenching which this cast over us all, the Doctor pour that we scarcely expected to see any gave me a hearty welcome, and I remained audience at all. There were, however, in his house, enjoying much delightful in- above twenty-four persons present. tercourse for a full month. At the end of On the following Tuesday evening we this time my host was much the same as again had the large room of the Temperance to his bodily health-in hopes of a per- Hall in Pitt Street, and a good audience fect recovery before long, but still not to the lecture on the Resurrection. Of without much anxiety. Should his life be this the Sydney Morning Herald gave the prolonged, as I fervently pray that it may following brief account : “On Tuesday for many years, I think Dr. Brereton will evening, the Rev. J. J. Thornton, of the render important service to the New New Church, lectured to an attentive Church. He is gifted with great literary audience of about 300 persons in the Temability, a powerful intellect, large resources, perance Hall. The subject was, “The a warm heart, and, what is wanted in Resurrection--when is it?' He said that Australia at present, courage and boldness. the death of the natural body, now and Mrs. Brereton is a thorough New Church before the fall of man, was an orderly lady, and does much to sustain her hus- event, and necessary to man's introduction band in his self-denying labours for the to a higher life. Men were raiserl up out Church.
of their natural bodies, as a rule, about During the first fortnight of my visit to the third day after death, as Christ was ; Sydney there were continuous rains. On but to this there were exceptions, such as the evening of the first lecture, the subject those meeting with sudden death, as in of which was “The Spiritual Sense of the case of Saul, who was killed in war, Holy Scripture,” the wet was very heavy, and was told by Samuel, the day before too heavy for any but strong men to be his death, that he should meet him in the out, and we hail an audience of seventy or spirit world the following day. Mr. eighty people in the small room of the Thornton brought forward passages from
the Scriptures to prove his position, and report of the Town and Country Journal,, further stated that man's spiritual body May 24th :was within his natural body, and that he • When I ascended the stairs of the new had greater fulness of life when he was Temperance Hall on Sunday night I found released from his natural body, which was myself in a little crowd waiting for an only a temporary covering to enable him opportunity to enter the room, where to act in this life, and not needed in the service had already commenced, and the higher life. He said the soul was in the words which reached my ears froin the human forin, which was the highest and inside were those of the Lord's Prayer, best form of which we could conceive, reverently uttered. As I stood a mobeing in the image and likeness of God. ment the thought came to me, Should not It was in every part of the natural body, all who solemnly and thoughtfully use and by it man felt, saw, and heard, but these words, taught by the Good Master without it the body was dead and could Himself, recognise one another as brethren? do neither, as any one could prove for From almost every gathering of Christians himself. The presence of the spiritual in the two hemispheres these words of body in the natural was possible, just as prayer were being uttered in obedience to two things could be in the same place at the one command, and as the fitting, exthe same time. For example, electricity pression of the thoughts which arise in a and iron and light and glass. 'Numerous mind which has learned the great lesson questions on and beyond the subject were of our common faith-that the Almighty asked after the lecture, and were answered is our Father in heaven. Surely the posto the satisfaction of the audience, who session and use of this prayer should be frequently applauded the lecturer." recognised as a sacred bond between the
On Saturday, May 17th, the members members of different Churches in spite of and friends of the Sydney Society held a their theological differences of opinion. social meeting, which was especially called “While the minister was announcing the for the purpose of discussing the project first lesson I entered the crowded hall, for forming a General Association of New where every seat was occupied, and was Church Societies in Australasia. In an requested to go forward and avail myaddress based on the words, “Jerusalem self of one of the Temperance Society's is builded as a city that is compact to- chests beside the platform. Mr. Thornton gether,” I endeavoured to describe what at once commenced to read a chapter in the Church ought to be as an external in- Isaiah. At the conclusion of the first stitution, quoting largely from the works lesson Montgomery's hymn for public of Swedenborg in illustration of the sub- worship, “To Thy temple I repair,' was ject, and urging the importance of our heartily sung by the cougregation, and Mr. taking some steps in Australia calculated Thornton then read with considerable exto strengthen and protect the uses which pression the 22nd chapter of the Revelaare being inaugurated. Addresses were tion of St. John, a chapter which has met also given by Messrs. Backhouse, New- the deepest wants of the human soul. man, Slater, and others, all favouring the What introduction could be more fitting proposal. Arrangements
subse- for a discourse or meditation on Heaven'? quently made to hold a meeting of the These words seen dimly through Society with the view of adopting some tears have oftentimes brought beaven very practical suggestions on this subject. The near to the bereaved heart. The lesson Adelaide Society is the only one that has was followed by the Beatitudes, which, emyet sketched out any plan of united bodying in a brief form the sum and subaction, and they suggest the publication stance of the teaching of our blessed Lord, of a New Church periodical for Australia. are read every Sunday in the services of It is hoped that before another year has the New Church. A confession and two passed the views of the Societies will be prayers had been read before the first lesmore mature on this and kindred subjects, son, and after the second three beautiful and that we shall have something more to prayers and a thanksgiving were offered. communicate to our friends in England. They were composed in stately dignified The Australasian New Church is yet far language, and at the same time expressed in the wilderness, and she has a hard fight the wants of the heart in the simplest before her. Hér enemies arise just so
One prayer for families was soon as she is perceived to possess any especially noticeable, containing the petipower.
tion-'Enable married partners to live On Sunday, May 18th, we had the small before thee in humility, purity, and love, hall for the lecture on “Heaven." On ever helping each other to become what this occasion, for the first time, we had a Thou wouldst have them to be. Between really fine night. The hall proved much these prayers and the sermon the oldtoo small for those who wished to hear. fashioned and favourite hymn of Dr. Watt's, I cut out for you the following from the “There is a land of pure delight,' was sung.