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A Magazine of Christian Literature,
WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE
REVEALED FUTURE OF THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD.
S. W. PARTRIDGE & Co., 9, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.
A Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to the Bebealed Future of the Church and the World.
JANUARY 1, 1868.
RESPONSIBILITY OF CHRISTIAN TEACHERS.
APPY the Christian teacher who can adopt the memorable words of Paul to the elders of the Church at Ephesus:-" Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." He had "testified the Gospel of the grace of God"; he had " gone among them preaching the Kingdom of God"; and thus by these harmonious utterances, the two sides of the great salvation, he had "kept back nothing that was profitable unto them."
Can all who profess to walk in the footsteps of the great apostle truthfully use his declaration? Is "all the counsel of God" concerning the Lord Jesus and his Church-so far, of course, and only so far, as that is revealed-openly and clearly proclaimed by all who profess themselves loyal to Pauline doctrine? Is there not much revealed which not a few "shun" to declare? It is no uncharitable charge, but a very mournful fact, that, so far as their exhibition in the pulpit is concerned, many portions of the Bible need never have been written. They are either systematically ignored as if they had no existence, or so misrepresented that their value as parts of the Divine revelation is lost. They are either shunned or explained away, and practically it matters not which. In either case they are not as a living power and clear light from heaven. It is a solemn thing either to take from or add to the words of God; and the responsibility which rests upon Christian teachers, whether in the pulpit or by the press, is therefore such that they have the most urgent need to pray earnestly for light and faithfulness.
Just to declare the thing as it is, to set forth the truth as it is found in Scripture, is clearly the duty and privilege of all ministers of the