made common cause with him against common enemies.We know, that all heresies, schisms, contentions, anddivisions in the church, were in his eyes hateful andabominable things. But still more hateful, still moreabominable to him, would have been the imdisputedsupremacy of irreligion, or polytheism. A beam of light,therefore, seemed cast across the walls of his dungeon,as he learnt, that by some means, by any means, theGospel was making way against the obstinate Jew, thehaughty Boman, the supple Greek, the fierce barbarian;that the sacred presence of Divine truth was invadingthe forum and the synagogue, the schools of the So-phists, and the palace of the Csesars ; that its voice washeard and its power felt above the noise and the gran-deur of the Imperial City ; and that the domination of heathenism was already shaken to its base IWe, my brethren, may sympathize in this our daywith these feelings of St Paul We may sympathizewith them, even amidst the rival altars that are set up ;even amidst the various sects, and denominations, andparties, which rend and distract the Chrbtian society.Believing that our creed is the purest, and our politythe most apostolical, I wish, from my heart and soul,that we, the ministers and members of the Church of England, could, and would, do the whole work our*selves. But, in some manner, by some agency, let itbe done I Even if our adversaries are to do it, let itbe done I Would to God that aU Christians would ad-vance to the * good fight' as one undivided body ; wouldthat there were no seceders from the ranks of the faith-ftdl But, if there must be separatists and dissenters,let us be thankful that we can find cause for congratu-lation and encouragement, no less than for indignationor alarm, moumfulness and sorrow. 1£, therefore, a248 AGAIST STRIFE AD VAI-GLORY. [SERM.