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Remembering the Poor.

Remembering the Poor.

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BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.




Gal. ii. 10. Only they would that we should remember the j)oor;
the same which I also was forward to do.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.




Gal. ii. 10. Only they would that we should remember the j)oor;
the same which I also was forward to do.

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REMEMBERIG THE POOR.BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M. A. Gal. ii. 10. Only they would that we should remember the j)oor;the same which I also was forward to do.THE circumstances to which my text refers, werevery peculiar. St. Paul, in conformity with the com-mission given him by the Lord, had preached hisGospel to the Gentiles, whilst the other Apostles con-fined chiefly their ministrations to the Jews : and,knowing that the ceremonial law had never beengiven to the Gentiles, he neither required of themthe observance of it, nor observed it himself. Butnow, after fourteen years, he went up to Jerusalemwith Barnabas his fellow-labourer ; and, being awarethat his having neglected and dispensed with theceremonial law was likely to excite prejudice againsthim amongst the Jews, he sought a private interviewwith the chief Apostles first, in order that he mightexplain to them the reasons of his conduct, andthrough them remove all objections from the mindsof others. Having succeeded in this, he desired toknow whether they, with all their superior advan-tages, could give him any additional instruction : butthey frankly acknowledged, that they could add no-thing to him ; and all that they had to request of him was, that " he would remember the poor ; whichhe of himself was most forward to do."ow, from hence I will take occasion to shew you,I. In what respects difFormity is admissible — The difference between St. Paul's ministrations, andthose of the other Apostles, was exceeding great — 
 
[St. Paul, as we have said, dispensed with the Jewish lawsaltogether ; whilst the other Apostles observed them. owthis difference, if Paul had not acted with consummate pru-dence, would have made an irreconcileable breach betweenthem. or do we blame the other Apostles for the jealousythey exercised on this occasion. They had received the lawfrom God; and were told, in that very law, that " every onewho should presumptuously neglect it in any respect, should40 GALATIAS, II. 10. [2055.be cut off from the people of the Lord^." They did not, asyet, clearly see that the law had been abrogated by the Lord :much less was this known to the Jews in general at Jerusalem.Still, however, it was so far understood, that all acknowledged,that the difference between Paul and them was, under existingcircumstances, admissible. They saw, as Paul himself also did,that an uniform practice at Jerusalem was expedient : andtherefore St. Paul himself, whilst at Jerusalem, observed thelaw, as well as others : yea, many yeai's after this, he even joined himself to others who had made a vow to purify them-selves as azarites, and purified himself together with them''.But, amongst the Gentiles, such observances were regarded asaltogether indifferent ; and therefore were neither required byhim from others, nor retained in his own practice.]ow this is the precise path adopted by the Churchof England — [The Church of England has its rites, its forms, its cere-monies ; but they are as few, and as simple, as can be imagined.or does she require them to be observed by any but her ownmembers. Others, who judge them inexpedient, are left toadopt any other rites which in their minds and consciencesthey prefer. And in this the Church of England differs alto-gether from the Cliurch of Rome, which insists on an universalobservance of all her forms ; and denounces, as heretics, andconsigns over to perdition, all who differ from her. Every
 
society under heaven has rules established for its own govern-ment, and expects its members to conform to them ; elsethere would be nothing, in any society, but disorder and con-fusion. And the Church of England fitly requires this : andI hesitate not to say, that her members generally, and herministers in particular, are bound in conscience to adhere tothem. But, where a diversity of circumstances calls for adiversity of habits, there the rules, by which we were previouslybound, are relaxed; and a difference of conduct may readilybe admitted ''.The true medium for our adoption is this; to think forourselves; but neither to he intolerant nor rigid. The wholecollege of Apostles at Jerusalem observed the law them-selves, but tolerated the non-observance of it in others.St. Paul, on the other hand, knowing that the law was nolonger obligatory on him, observed it, because he would notgive needless offence by refusing to conform to the established•'' umb. XV. 30. *> Acts xxi. 23, 24.*•' Presbyterianism is the Established Church in Scotland ; and theking, George IV. as became a wise, and candid, and tolerantmonarch, attended divine worship at the Kirk.2055.] REMEMBERIG THE POOR. 41usages. This was a becoming spirit in both : and if this spiritprevailed amongst us, as it ought, we should see very little of separation from the Established Church, and no want of cor-diality towards those who judged themselves constrained todiffer from her''.]Thus we see how far they were agreed to differ.ow let us see,II. In what respects uniformity is indispensable — 

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