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THE STATE OF THE CHURCHES. -- BY ELDER M. E. CORNELL.

p. 1, Para. 1, [STATE].

It is not with any desire to find fault, or like the
worldling to dwell upon the imperfections of others, and
make their backslidings an excuse for laxity, that we speak
of the fallen condition of the churches, for we do it with
sadness, and would God it were otherwise. The facts are so
well known to keen-eyed skeptics, infidels, and the world
at large, that if we refuse to acknowledge them it would
indicate a want of honesty on our part. But while infidels
rejoice over the matter, and make it an occasion of
doubting and rejecting the Bible and the Christian
religion, we note the facts with candor, and see in it a
fulfillment of prophecy. Instead of an occasion of
stumbling, we find it an occasion of stronger faith in the
Bible, as of heavenly origin. p. 1, Para. 2, [STATE].

But while we speak freely on the subject, we need not
appear before the world as confessing for the churches, as
though they were unwilling to acknowledge the facts: for
this they have fully done for themselves, as will appear
from the copious extracts in the following pages. p. 1,
Para. 3, [STATE].

Let not the unbeliever rejoice over the fallen state of
the church, for it is an omen of no good to the world. If
the truth has lost its power upon its professed friends,
what can its enemies hope for? Let God's people return from
their captivity and be saved; for, while we admit the fact
that the churches, as bodies, have become sadly degenerate,
yet we firmly believe there are many true-hearted
Christians in the different denominations, who mourn over
the desolations of Zion. Such, we doubt not, will heed the
call, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." p.
1, Para. 4, [STATE].

In endeavoring to show that the present condition of the
churches is a most striking fulfillment of prophecy, we
propose, first, to spring the following question: p. 1,
Para. 5, [STATE].

WHAT IS BABYLON? p. 2, Para. 1, [STATE].

It is the opinion of many of the best students of prophecy

that the great Babylon of the Apocalypse embraces the
popular Protestant churches -- that they are the legitimate
daughters of the so-called "mother church." If this view be
found correct, we shall see in the fall of the churches the
fulfillment of the second angel's message, "Babylon is
fallen, is fallen," &c. Rev. xiv, 8; xviii, 2-4. The word,
"Babylon," from the word, "Babel," signifies "mixture,
confusion;" and most fitly represents the state of the
great family of churches. The fall of Babylon cannot mean
her destruction; because, after she falls. God's people are
called out of her, lest they should partake of her sins,
&c. Her fall must therefore be a moral fall. p. 2, Para.
2, [STATE].

The following testimonies will show that, themselves being
judges, they are embraced in Babylon, and that they are in
a fallen state. p. 2, Para. 3, [STATE].

The Church of Rome claims the Church of England as her
daughter: p. 2, Para. 4, [STATE].

"If the Church of Rome were ever guilty of idolatry in
relation to the saints, her daughter, the Church of
England, stands guilty of the same, which has ten churches
dedicated to Mary for one dedicated to Christ." -- Catholic
Christian Instructed, p. 18. p. 2, Para. 5, [STATE].

Mr. Wm. Kinkade, in his "Bible Doctrine," p. 294, says:
p. 2, Para. 6, [STATE].

"I also think Christ has a true church on earth, but its
members are scattered among the various denominations, and
are all more or less under the influence of Mystery Babylon
and her daughters." p. 2, Para. 7, [STATE].

Mr. Hopkins, in a treatise on the millennium, says: p. 2,
Para. 8, [STATE].

"There is no reason to consider the anti-Christian spirit
and practices confined to that which is now called the
Church of Rome. The Protestant churches have much of anti-
Christ in them, and are far from being wholly reformed from
the corruptions and wickedness." p. 2, Para. 9, [STATE].

Mr. Simpson, in his "Plea for Religion," says: p. 2,
Para. 10, [STATE].

N. "The worshiping establishments now in operation throughout Christendom. [STATE]. In the Religious Encyclopedia (Art. 2. 3. increased and cemented by their respective voluminous confessions of faith. Lorenzo Dow says of the Romish Church: p. slavery. "For though the Pope and Church of Rome is at the head of the grand 1260 year's delusion. Para. national. can never be sufficiently bewailed. [STATE]. politics. "If she be a mother. 3. Andrews remarks: p. we read: p. established churches that came out of her. my people. the Church of Rome." p. conformity to the world. and that Protestant churches should imitate the Church of Rome. Para.' If such persons are to be found in the 'mother of harlots. On this question of What is Babylon? Eld. [STATE]. 4.. Alexander Campbell says: p. 7. of whatever denomination. 542. 3. Para. 5. 3. Para. identify.' with much less hesitation may it be inferred that they are connected with her unchaste daughters. Para. and receive not of her plagues. whether established or tolerated. pride. intemperance. the great body of the Protestant churches as an important constituent part of this great Babylon. who are the daughters? It must be the corrupt." p. but the legitimate daughters of that mother of harlots. p. [STATE]. 3. 3. with sad and faithful accuracy. 3. [STATE]. saying. 'Come out of her. yet all other churches. Antichrist)." Dow's Life. "It can symbolize nothing less than the universal worldly church. 3. those national churches which are founded upon what are called . or have instituted doctrines or ceremonies inimical to the pure and unadulterated gospel of Christ. and the like. 3. [STATE]. [STATE]. that ye partake not of her sins. Para. "The writer of the book of Revelation tells us he heard a voice from Heaven. and their ecclesiastical constitutions. p." p. Para. [STATE]. Para. in this worst part of its conduct. War. 6. are not churches of Jesus Christ. J. shall sooner or later share in the fate of that immense fabric of human ordinances. which partake of the same spirit. 1. 8.

Para." 2 Tim. 6. says: p. p. and her grandeur. [STATE]. p. this gospel will be shut out of all the churches and confined to private houses." p. p. [STATE]. 10. Para. Para. p. Para. 4. 4. Para. 1-5. 9. 4. In giving the list of signs of the end near. xxiv. says: p. p." p. 4. "Pray God it may not exist so long. "About the consummation of these periods. No. iii." Matt. our Saviour says: "And because iniquity shall abound. [STATE]. just before his death. Para. 9. the love of many shall wax cold. 241. "Then what is our duty? To call to all that at this moment. for there is no amendment to be expected. These would rise up infinite sects and schisms. writing on the prophetic periods of Daniel. [STATE]. Cumming of England. speaking of our duty in reference to great Babylon. 3. Para. When one of Martin Luther's guests remarked that the world might continue fifty years. Para. The Scriptures plainly teach that the professed church of Christ will be in a fallen state in the last days. 5. Para. 4. Martin Luther. [STATE]. or imitating within another church her forms her ceremonies. 2. in his German Bible. matters would be even worse than they have been. in his list of characteristics of the last days.The End. which are at present hidden in men's hearts not mature. . 3. having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. 12. may the Lord come at once. 7. 4." -. [STATE]. In the Church of Rome. [STATE]. 1. Dr. Para. 4. By the sure word of prophecy they could see quite clearly what was coming before the end of time. [STATE]. [STATE].Protestant Principles. [STATE]. Para. [STATE]. 8. 4. We will now see what the reforms and Bible students have expected would come in these days. The apostle Paul. 3. 4. to come out of her. whether sprinkled by her baptismal waters." p. 4. her pomp. BABYLON'S FALL. p. speaks of "Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. he replied: p. lest partaking of her sins they receive also of her plagues.

"Which will yet be observed by a few. Para. 4. Para. [STATE]. [STATE]. such a general sleepiness will have seized all professors of religion. particularly that part of it called Christian and Protestant. having no faith in the Lord's coming. 8. [STATE].On Rev. Para. Para. Para. putrid carcass. Dr. 5. Para. on the signs of Christ's coming. "Now when he comes will he find faith on the earth? The question implies a strong negative. Hopkins remarks: p. and now we enquire. 5. [STATE]. till it will come to that state in which it will be fully ripe. "A little before the burning day the nominal church will be like a dead. he himself foresees it. Harthy. 4." p. [STATE]. 4. simple religion. on Luke xviii. 11. has remarked as follows: p. Matthew Henry. -. 1. [STATE]. yet it is very plain that the prophetical characters belong to all. The above is sufficient to show what was expected. Para. [STATE]. They all have left the true. and though each church seems to flatter itself with the hope of being exempted. remarks: p. Para. 5. "There are many prophecies which declare the fall of the ecclesiastical powers of the Christian world. iii." p. but few that have faith. In general he will find but few good people. and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. "There is great reason to conclude that the world. 20. Mr. will yet make greater and more rapid advances in all kinds of moral corruption and open wickedness. Para. 5. few that are really and truly good. 5. 5." &c. . 2. 6. 5." p. says: p. 10." p. Para. 12. p. Dr. 5. no. [STATE]. a learned and sensible churchman. 7. Cotton Mather says: p. S. Para. 4. p. 5. many that have the form and fashion of godliness. Mr. pure. Gill. 3. he shall not. [STATE]. [STATE]. [STATE].

" p. "Spiritual apathy is almost all-pervading.WHAT HAS COME? p. of Oberlin College. chilling as the blasts from the icebergs of the north -. in festivities. and drinking up the energies of the weak. anarchy. [STATE]. Cumming says: p. 4. 6. [STATE]. division. that lukewarmness. and desolation are distressing the borders of Zion. [STATE]. Para. Para. 9. says: p. 10. 6. 12. [STATE].join hands with the ungodly in parties of pleasure. [STATE]. p. 5. The Christian Palladium says: p. . 1.settling like an incubus on the breasts of the timid. [STATE]. 5. 14. 5. Para. Henry Ward Beecher says: p. Para." -. Again he says: p. 5. "Gentility has nearly killed our churches. &c. 6. "Thousands of men in good and regular standing in evangelical churches are giving no evidence of piety. 13. 183. "In every direction we hear the dolorous sound. 5. [STATE]. 3. It comes to our ears and to our eyes. 11. Finney. Suffice it that the evidence thickens and rolls heavily upon us. Para. Para. Prof. or in practices in business and in public affairs irreconcilably.Time of the End. 2. Para. 5." p. [STATE]. [STATE]. p. 5. and is fearfully deep. But we need not expand this painful subject. Para. so the religious press of the whole land testifies. "I believe that one-half of the professors of the gospel are nothing better than practical infidels." p. Para. 6. [STATE]. wafting upon every breeze of Heaven. They have gone very far from the Lord and he has withdrawn himself from them. [STATE]. Para." p. 6. that very extensively church members are becoming devotees of fashion -. to show that the churches are becoming sadly degenerate. I cannot ask such persons to the Lord's table just because they are regular members of a church. Para. also through the religious prints. Dr. are living in open sin. in dancing.

Para. The professors of religion of the present day in every church are lovers of the world. "Apostasy. but they shrink from even reproach. is engraven on the very front of every church. p. Para. 'We are rich. 8. almost universally complained of. [STATE]. [STATE]. Para. Para. [STATE]. [STATE]. in a sermon preached in London. Barnes remarks that. 6. says: p. 4. "GREAT SPIRITUAL. Para. 2. 11. and did they feel it. 7." p. there might be hope. alas! they cry. Robert Atkins. The Religions Telescope. 6. Para. 7. Para. says: p. O.It is a lamentable fact. A. Family praise is almost wholly abandoned. 6. from which we cannot shut our eyes. 7. Para. [STATE]. there is an increase of worldly-mindedness. We have never witnessed such a general declension of religion as at the present. Dr. in which father. Scott (Wesleyan Methodist). lovers of creature-comfort. 9. 7. 6. and did they know it. 1. 7. apostasy. 6. and the brightening prospects of commerce and manufactures. apostasy. Mr. 6. "Home religion among the Methodists is no longer what it once was. and increased in goods. in 1844.'" p. [STATE]. [STATE]. Whoever hears such a thing now?" p. but. that the churches of this country are now suffering severely on account of the great dearth. "The truly righteous are diminished from the earth. Twenty- five years ago. . They are called to suffer with Christ. and stand in need of nothing." p. 3. [STATE]. "With the increase of business. and no man layeth it to heart. mother and children took part. p. Ohio. Para.A Methodist journal says: p. -. conformers to the world. DEARTH. Thus it is with all denominations. [STATE]. contained the following: p. 6. 10. a Methodist family might be known in any neighborhood by the morning and evening song of praise. Para. [STATE]. of Cireleville. and aspirers after respectability.

The Holy Spirit has not visited us as in former years. Falsehood is unblushingly uttered in the forum and in the pulpit. 7. p.: p. [STATE]. Para. Para. "The world. 7. The following extract is from an address before the Theological School. 13. 14. and unite to crush the poor. and nominal religion. Mr. hypocrites. 'Wo unto you. "I think no man can go with his thoughts about him into . 9. I was led to look back to apostolic times. 6. and ecclesiastical." p. Cambridge. are alike and are together going in the broad way that leads to death. The Genese Evangelist says: p. 10." p. commercial. Para. [STATE]. 7. [STATE]. in view of the sins and worldliness and spiritual indifference of most of our churches. and we have great cause for deep humiliation. 7. Para. Politics. Para. 7. [STATE]. 8. 7. 7. "Our Zion is in a state of mourning. commerce. scribes and Pharisees. and sins that would shock the moral sensibilities of the heathen go unrebuked in all the great denominations of our land. The report of the Michigan Yearly Conference. and to consider wherein the preaching of the present day differed from the apostles. all connive at sin. says: p. Para. [STATE]." These churches are like the Jewish church when the Saviour exclaimed. [STATE]. Mass. Para. "The churches are making a god of this world. 7." p. reciprocally aid each other. Spurgeon says: p. "Reflecting the other day upon the sad state of the churches at the present moment. Para. [STATE]. 12. 1851. 7. 11. Para. 5. p. political. [STATE]. 7. 15. "Most of the denominations of the present day might be called churches of the world with more propriety than churches of Christ. "The church is as deeply infected with a desire for worldly gain as the world. [STATE]. 7. Para. [STATE]. published in the True Wesleyan of Nov." p.

1. [STATE]. lix. On every side we find men false to the most important trusts. The line of separation between the godly and the irreligious fades out into a kind of penumbra. 8. say in bitterness of heart. It has lost its grasp on the affections of the good. in our day. something of a success. Para. Christianity is. Para. Para. Para." and their light is gone out. and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter. 8. One must go into court with a long purse to obtain justice. [STATE]. It is therefore in order to inquire after p. If the church is the "light of the world. I have heard a devout person. and the fruit will be seen in the world. Of the N. in the N. To a certain extent it is a very reputable thing. Para. 4.' And the motive that holds the best there is now only a hope. who prized the Sabbath. THE STATE OF THE WORLD. Y. C. The church courts the world. 5. 8. 14. and zealous men on both sides are toiling to obliterate all difference between their modes of action and enjoyment. of Chicago. "All the framework of society seems to be dissolving. Prof. judiciary. 8. Para. 8. [STATE]. and the salt has lost its savor. S. [STATE]. Y." Isa. 3. It is already beginning to indicate character and religion to withdraw from religious meetings." p. and the world caresses the church. The prophet Isaiah speaks of a time coming when "Judgment is turned away backward. Henry Ward Beecher thus speaks: p. And the popularity of religion tends vastly to increase the number of those who would secure its benefits without squarely meeting its duties. Bartlett. or put under a bushel. and a waiting. The judiciary of New York stinks like . [STATE].one of our churches without feeling that what hold the public worship had on men is gone or going. p. 'On Sundays it seems wicked to go to church." Ex-presidents and statesmen have been willing to round off their career with a recognition of its claims. says: p. and the fear of the bad." p. Even the judges on the bench are bought and sold like meat in the shambles. Men "speak well of it. 6." and the "salt of the earth. 8. 2. Independent. a fearful result will follow. "Religion now is in a different position from Methodism then. [STATE].

9. Piety has hidden herself. The helper is not at home. Y. for if the judge be an upright man his character will be contaminated by the great majority of his associates. [STATE]. 6. [STATE]. The N. The virtues go a begging. [STATE]." p. Para. Credit is turned lazy. [STATE]. "The records of the past have never presented a more fearful and corrupt state of society than now exists throughout most parts of the United States. [STATE]. Says the Expositor. Para. [STATE]. 9. Para. "Honesty has fled from the world. [STATE]. the increase being much greater than the proportionate increase of population. 8. 3. Herald says: p." p. It is no longer an honor to sit on the bench. 9. and sincerity has fallen asleep. Para. and justice cannot find the way. "From the terrible evidences of human depravity which develop themselves from day to day. Para. [STATE].Sodom and Gomorrah. 8. 7. Men say they hardly know a court in which to trust a case. 9. we begin to think that our cities are rapidly descending to the level of Sodom and Gomorrah. "Crimes of all descriptions are on increase. The North American says: p. Para. 9. The newspapers from every quarter are becoming more and more loaded with the records of crime." p. 9. 1. [STATE]. . 9. and conscience is pinned to the wall. 9. 9. Para. [STATE]. 9. The Philadelphia Times says: p." p. [STATE]. Benevolence is under arrest. 11. and charity lies sick. 9. a political paper: p. 10. Says the Christian Herald: p. especially those of the blackest dye. Para. 5. immorality and vice increases. Para. Says the Hornelsville Times: p." p." p. 7. "It is a fact that about in the same ratio that the cause of experimental religion declines. Para. 9. and truth has long since been buried. [STATE]. 2. and faith is nearly extinguished. 4. Para. Para.

"The telegraph wires bend under their weight of woe: the old earth quivers with throbs of agony from the center to the pole. * * * Every vice has increased in an alarming degree. 6. this country has never seen. "Such an intense and insane rush and struggle for wealth. refinement. but even honesty. Para. [STATE]. son against father. 3. 4. [STATE]. 1. fill every section of our country with horrors. Para. and probably throughout the world. and piety have gone down before the tide. purity. cities are shaken down. 10. The Christian Inquirer says: p. Says the N. such reckless. Para. but even women. fair domains are overflowed with red-hot lava. such a delirium for vulgar display. 10. half as many on another. only to be exceeded in the bosom of demons. and reel and totter under its influence on the sidewalks. &c. wife is arrayed against husband. half accomplished. a hecatomb is sacrificed on one railway. Para. countries are engulfed. 5. unprecedented in number and unequalled in atrocity. or completed." p. Tribune: p. ruinous. to a degree wholly unparalleled. [STATE]. "It is admitted by all parties that crimes of the most outrageous and unprecedented character abound through the country. of infidelity and disgrace. Para. and the gamblers include all classes. from the boy of fifteen to the roue of fifty. mother against child. Intemperance -. of gigantic crimes undertaken. Para. exhibiting a hardened barbarity. [STATE]. [STATE]. 10. 2. Y.not only are our streets and public places full of it -. in their details. 10. and on still another the width of a hair stands between a thousand and sudden death." &c. What shall be the end of these things?" p. our newspapers are smutched all over with reports of divorce and separation trials. And alas! not only taste. But why enumerate? Every vice on the black catalogue of . beautiful. [STATE]. In social life. p. extravagance of expenditure. beloved wives and daughters carry its fire-blush on their cheeks. accomplished. "Crimes. There are more gaming places in the city to-day than there were dry goods stores twenty years ago. 10. Says the Scientific American: p. 10.not only do young men and old men and mere boys fall before it by scores and hundreds.

Many of the popular clergy have become rich from high salaries.out with the thoughts of death -. [STATE]. though they may be rich in faith. Para. this is the supreme deity that is adored. vi. 8.. the pride and hope of our land. 11. 11.my farms. Para. and get gain -. and our youth. p. "The noted clergymen of New York are not to be reckoned among the poor of this world. Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us. 3. "The heads thereof judge for reward. Describing the watchmen of the last days. 6. Rev. 4. Says Dr. 11. both with priest and people. and Heaven weeps blood upon my head. [STATE]." p. from his quarter. "Yea. Para. and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely." p. [STATE]. which can never have enough. 11. Para. Another evidence of the fall of the churches is seen in their almost universal thirst for gain. and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord and say. p. though the earth trembles under my feet. 11. Para." Isa. J. Para. [STATE]. [STATE]. 7. 11. . 5. [STATE]. 10. 11. 7. [STATE]. "The world! the world! the world! This is the object which engrosses every care. 11. I will have them. p. lvi. every one for his gain. p. Para. &c. &c. are falling beneath the subtle destroyer faster than ever they fell in Southern campaign. Para. W. my merchandise. THEIR COVETOUSNESS. every one is given to covetousness. the prophet says: p. Bishop Hughes is worth his million. 13. Para." Micah iii. 11." Jer. they are greedy dogs. and the priests thereof teach for hire. p. "For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them. 2.transgression has more than doubled in volume and in victims within these five years. high pew-rents. Covetousness is the crying sin. 1. Buy and sell. 10. donations. [STATE].away with the Judgment and Heaven -. [STATE]. Griffon: p. and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way.

[STATE]. p. Rev. [STATE]. $50. R.000. Para. Storrs. S. and his young bride three times as much more.000. as he that setteth snares. of Brooklyn. building expensive churches. Rev. 26-28. so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great. Another evidence of their fall is found in the seeming effort to outdo the Catholics is extravagant church decorations and high steeples. 12. PRIDE IN MODERN CHURCH BUILDINGS. 12. 11. 3.000." &c. "The more they deck their cities. their houses. [STATE]. If we keep on in our present course. 47. Para. Rev. their possessions. 12." p. "EXPENSIVE CHURCHES. Potts. As a cage is full of birds. Para. Para. they catch men. 12.000. Dr. Wayland's position as follows: p. -. Spring has $100. and waxen rich. 12.000: Rev. is worth a quarter of a million. Para. 48. [STATE]. our population will all be heathen eventually. 11. Adams is worth $100. p. Rich Christians will gratify their pride. Jer. R." 2 Esdras xvi. and the employment of ministers at high salaries. of the Lutheran church. 8. 5. Rev. at whatever sacrifice to the religious interests of others. [STATE]. the more will I be angry with them for their sin. yea. however. speaking of the proposition of Bishop Hughes to have two spires on the great Catholic cathedral. A New York editor. 4. Dr. They are waxen fat they shine. [STATE]. and their own persons. [STATE]. p.Springfield Republican. "For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait. and turned over to the Devil. 2. and has a million more in prospect. either of them twenty-five feet higher than the spire of . they set a trap. A. The Cincinnati Daily Gazette refers to Dr. Henry Ward Beecher and Dr. p. because in this way the masses of the people are excluded from the church.Dr. Para. 9. saith the Lord. and keeping up our expensive worship. about $100. Wayland is opposed to the erection of expensive churches. Bishop Janes." -. He says that. Van Nest is reckoned at $200. are set down at about $30. Dr. p. v. Para.000 each. they overpass the deeds of the wicked.Geissenheiner. 1.

" as follows: p. The interior appointments are complete. [STATE].Trinity. consisting of a large dining-hall. Para. Para. closets. [STATE]. let every true Protestant remember old Trinity with affection and pride!" p. but of the popular Christianity of the day. One parlor is to be used for a Bible-class room. "The ground floor is divided into lecture room. [STATE]. sinks. And must they feast away the last hours of time -. p. Para. two parlors. This. 13." p. and be merry. Beneath the vestibule and parlors is a basement.eat. [STATE]. Alas! has it come to this. "Till that is done. 1. with cooking apparatus. Para. [STATE]. 12. is an index not only of modern Methodism. 13. [STATE]. hall leading from the vestibule to the lecture room. anything we have seen in the West. 26x28 feet each. 7. and dresses the Christianity of the church in inviting robes. 4. 8. dressing rooms. under the vestibule and parlors. OPERATIC SINGING IN THE CHURCHES. Worldly splendor paves the 'narrow path 'to Heaven. then. [STATE]. the other for an infant class room. A writer in the Chicago Tribune gives a description of a large church in that city. 13. Para. The basement." p. "Costly palaces and magnificent temples are the great fountains from which the gospel at the present day is proclaimed to the people. 6. the social gatherings can be made agreeable and pleasant without introducing the refreshments into the lecture room or parlors. while destruction cometh like a whirlwind? p. called "The Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church. The Lockport Telegraph remarks: p. furnished with table accommodations for one hundred and fifty persons. 5. remarks: p. 2. a kitchen. Para. that cooking apparatus and feasting rooms are as essential in the house of God as the pulpit and the gospel? We are credibly informed that such is becoming quite common in the new church establishments. library room. [STATE]. one on each side of this hall. 12. . 3. Para. 13. drink. 13. 12. They equal. if not surpass. secures some desirable advantages. &c. these open into the lecture room by heavy folding- doors. Para.

by another. [STATE]. On Monday a young gentleman called upon a lady friend. She was assisted by Pattison. Para.The N. "The newspapers. are just now giving their attention to the invasion of our churches by operatic singers. we know not what. Para. I know. had a splendid benefit concert at the Academy on Monday night. Our Academy of Music was opened last Monday evening. 14. during her absence. [STATE]. "The regular opera is beginning to feel the effect of this church rivalry. Simpson. p. called the Academy of Music. 13. [STATE]. They have their theatre in Brooklyn. Rice. The new voice was the subject of conversation. young girl was one of the performers in the 'Black Crook!' p. 7. Para. you forget. 'I went twice yesterday. in one of the New York Presbyterian churches. the favorite cantatrice of Dr.' "'Why. and one of the newspapers says: p. Thomas. thus: 'Who was she?' 'Who can she be?' The answer was. and Mme.' "'Yes. [STATE]. quite unaccustomed to such a congregation. 2. Para.' he said. 14. Para. 'yesterday was Sunday. She is a young timid girl. Even our sober-minded friends of the Philadelphia Presbyterian.' and on the authority of some other paper. sacred and profane. the place of the regular prima donna was temporarily supplied. [STATE]. under the significant head of 'Shameful. that is going on nightly in one of our minor theatres. but suited to the present tastes of theatre- goers. on account of the strike of the chorus singers. as some of the worshipers beguiled their homeward way. no!' said she. 13. 8. "Miss Florence A.____'s Presbyterian church. [STATE]. "The 'Black Crook' is something or other. 13. over the water from us. p. and asked if she would go with him to the opera that evening. Y. after being closed a week or two. says: p. The audience was very large and proportionately enthusiastic. the English and American. 3. 14. Did you notice how she trembled?' It came out the next day that the timid. Martinez. "A few Sundays ago. 6. 1. "'Oh. and is said to be the most indecent of the spectacles. Observer says: p. Para.' .

Methodist Conference has just closed its sessions. and great events of the age. 9. Para. This denomination is eclipsing all other. . 15. * * * Buildings that are large enough for the purposes for which a house of worship is intended. 14. strange to say. [STATE]. D. not the least noticeable. [STATE]." -. J. I cannot say.Michigan Christian Herald. or some other base purpose. Para. and with all the truth on its side: p.A correspondent of an exchange. [STATE]. says: p. 14. in splendid church edifices. 3. 15. Ames. Y. The same paper of a later date. 2. 4.she answered. probably. [STATE]. of Jan. [STATE]. [STATE]. "The Methodists have dedicated the most magnificent church. Para. Altar and pulpit from cedar and fir wood." p. "WHAT WOULD JOHN WESLEY SAY? -. in the world. are sold for breweries. 15. Para. Para. The Boston Herald. The N. Whether John Wesley would turn over in his grave at seeing all this. costing $200. Bishops Scott. writing from Newark. 6. nor is it possible to predict the ultimate effect of this tendency upon Methodism. or historical. [STATE].000. brought from Mount Lebanon. 5.. Windows to be memorial. 14. 'If we do not have a fine church the rich will leave us. and. on such matters. 14. etc. p. Para. 'but I went to the holy opera!"' p. J. having but just completed a second costly house. 14. 8. p.'" p. [STATE]. The Earnest Christian. Para. and Simpson were present. Del. at Wilmington. also says: p.. a very heavy organ. N. Independent giving a report of a missionary meeting in a western city. 2. says: p. The arguments used for such a course are. says: The N. C. commemorating great men. which drew together a large number of clergymen. "A Methodist church is finishing at Washington. [STATE]. Pews are made in it for the President. 14. in which is a profusion of stained glass and elaborate architecture. 1. 7. Para. "There is a great rage for fine church edifices. says. Para.

[STATE]. 15. 31. under the patronage of a Christian church." p. p. 30. 4. Para. 15. 16. Para. Says the World's Crisis: p. The Pastor consented. but before he concluded." p. Of its tendency. Para. 5. they were my first venture. the church may justly claim the verdict. I should never have become a gambler. 6. and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? Jer. v. and donation parties has become quite general in the churches of the day. the prophets prophesy falsely. and the priests bear rule by their means. and this the writer would fain attribute to the rainy evening had he not learned that hundreds had failed to get seats at the opera that night. 9. [STATE]. 7. the Watchman remarks: p. but for that lottery. 'Well. 'these volumes were won by me at a Fair given in your church. and that a party given by one of the church members the same night was numerously attended. Para. the young man laid his hand upon his arm and drew his attention to a pile of splendid volumes that stood upon the table. [STATE].' said the young man. who had become ruinously addicted to the vice of gambling. "A member of a church went to his Pastor and entreated his personal intercession with his favorite son. [STATE]. 16. [STATE]. 2. 15. Para. 15. Obtaining money by games of chance. 1. found him in his chamber. 15. "A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land. [STATE]. [STATE]. fairs. Para. at church festivals. "There appears to be an active competition between the church and the world. RELIGIOUS GAMBLING. Para. 8." p. [STATE]. . 15. "It was almost a failure for want of numbers. and seeking the young man. p. The World's Crisis quotes and endorses the following: p. Para. He commenced his lecture. In appeal to taste. as to which shall furnish for unsanctified human nature the most attractive amusements. In but few communities can the other resorts of fashion vie in magnificence with the so-called houses of worship. Church lotteries are common.

Of the wicked. 1. and fun and frolic prevailed. Para. festivals. Para. "Ministers of the gospel of several different denominations -. 3.not religious -. Festival. devote the evening to feasting and merriment. [STATE]. professor and worldling. and their children dance. There were present. 4. as if to give the sanction of Christ's authority to the most monstrous earthly vanity. 16. and the old and young. We have no time to sport away the hours. [STATE].. There is no proof in the Bible that among God's people the sexes ever mingled in a dance. Para. are the order. picnics and excursions. Depart from us. [STATE]. Para. and rejoice at the sound of the organ. as they now do in ball-rooms. [STATE]. 5. 7." p. [STATE]. Pastor. The last was an ice-cream festival. A dropping tear. p. JULY 13. p. 'lots of fair women and brave men. 8. "To pay the preacher. for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.in the prosperity of the church. 16. p.were there." p. "'Tis not for man to trifle: life is brief. cream disappeared. given for the benefit of the Congregational Society. All must be earnest in a world like ours. in the basement of their church. 1865. Therefore they say unto God. oyster suppers and lotteries. "Messrs. DANCING FELLOWSHIPED. Para. or reviving the flagging interests -.men who ought to be the nearest representatives of the Saviour of sinners -. CONN. Editors: The town of Seymour is alive this summer. David danced before the ark. 16. 17. Rev. and the like. fairs. Para. SEYMOUR. The church made money!" p. They spend their days in wealth. 2. Our age is but the falling of a leaf. And sin is here. religious rejoicing. They take the timbrel and harp. are resorted to. Says the Methodist. [STATE]. Mr. 6. and in a moment go down to the grave. a donation party is held. p. [STATE]. for the purpose of replenishing the funds. [STATE]. Para. Quick. 16. when speaking of the ball given in New York to the Prince of Wales: p. 11-14. Picnics.' and as at all festivals." Job xxi. 16. Para. What now becomes of wholesome . 17. Job says: "They send forth their little ones like a flock. 16. but it was with holy.

followed by a revival. This pastime. [STATE]. from such turn away. and giving away to the spirit of the world. Dress. the rules of the church for two- . More than one hundred persons shared in the blessing. 6. Para.Paul. in the theater.Christian discipline? What becomes of the line so clearly drawn by Christ between the church and the world? What of his command to deny ourselves of all ungodliness and worldly lust. A large and influential denomination. "Christianity is indulging in fashion. p." -. an English paper. in the south of Devon. [STATE]. and eat out its soul! At watering places. The period drew near when ninety-four persons. The Unity Magazine laments as follows: p. Of these. says: p. fritter away its time. and the most frivolous! And can their profession be anything more than a name. and among the mazes of the dance. [STATE]. [STATE]. who had followed the custom of attendance at balls and dancing. Para. p." p. amusements. 7. who had professed conversion. and live soberly." p. 17. experienced an outpouring of the Spirit. entertainments.The Western Times. 17. 4. you may find Christians (?!) even among the foremost. [STATE]. were to be baptized and admitted to full membership. having an organized existence of sixty-four years. and to trace again the fading line between the aggressive world and the invaded church. A corresponding editor of the World's Crisis. Para. 5. 17. 17." -. 3. more than a score were young people. 8. "Having a form of godliness. Para. records the names of not fewer than ten clergymen of the Church of England as being present at a fashionable ball recently given at Newton. "An astonishing instance of a church lowering its standard of piety to suit the perverted tastes of the pleasure- seekers of the age. "THE DANCING CLERGY. [STATE]. Para. The whole community was powerfully stirred during an entire winter. has lately come to our knowledge. 17. but denying the power thereof. righteously and godly in this evil world? May the Holy Spirit himself intervene to restore the broken bulwarks of sacred discipline. Para. 17. secularize its spirit.

" p. Para. leading member overhead the words. 18. An official. ii. Para. 9. . 1. p. received the ordinances and the hand of fellowship. that women adorn themselves in modest apparel. 5. is not of the Father. p. 'He believed in dancing. [STATE]. 4. 18. 15.but with a mental reservation. 4. The official member who had got wind of the plan. the prohibition against dancing should at once be stricken from the rules of the denomination. he would join another religious body. or gold. the obnoxious rule expunged. The dodge which was decidedly jesuitical -. [STATE]. 2. The pastor was in the chair. "If any man love the world. 16. For all that is in the world. or costly array. on the day of their admission to membership. p. the dancing converts won the day. 18. not with broidered hair. [STATE]. alas! no comment but this is needed. For they were determined to dance on. but how were they to meet the prohibition. See also 1 Pet iii.thirds of a century had strictly prohibited its members. whether connected with the church or not! A concerted plan was formed. but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. p. [STATE]. 3. Para. The rulers of the church were instantly summoned in secret convention. Which to them has the greater fascination. 18. stated the young converts' scheme (!) to the assembled leaders. and should his request fail to be complied with. Para. and the pride of life. the lust of the flesh. "The converted dancers were bent upon joining the church. 6. with shamefacedness and sobriety. but is of the world. Para. p." 1 John ii. "In like manner also. Para. 3. They would answer the official questions affirmatively. we have not learned. He then demanded that to save the young people about to join from directly lying. and openly promise not to dance -. or pearls." 1 Tim. "The deed was done. And the pulpit of that same church warned the community not to go and hear the Advent preachers! Alas. [STATE].succeeded. the love of the Father is not in him. PRIDE AND FASHION. 18. and the lust of the eyes. whose members were not forbidden to dance. 18. [STATE]. the prayer-meeting or the ball-room. 10.

" Eze. that she was afraid they would cause her soul to be lost forever. gold and costly apparel. A writer in the New York Tribune. speaking of the FASHIONABLE RELIGION and WORSHIP of this boasted age of PROGRESS. says: p. [STATE]. plumes wave. "Pride hath budded. 9. so many artificials. it is a serious fact. 6." p. [STATE]. diamonds glitter. do we all know how the foul tides of fashion and folly have swept to the very altar-places of our faith. giving an account of a young lady slowly wasting away with consumption. satins glisten. [STATE]. [STATE]. "I strove to recommend religion to her in the best way and manner that I could. 8. still she found none. 19. p. 3." Hosea vii. desiring to find peace in believing. nor seek him for all this. 19. silks rattle. "Now the worshipers one after another glide in. and one generally to be deplored. What absurdity to preach the gospel of the lowly Nazarite to such a set! The clergyman knows better than to do so. Para. 19." p. [STATE]. 19. [STATE]. Para. 10. 19. Para. 19. says: p. that there is more jewelry and superfluous dress worn by the Methodists of this day than there is by any other class of religious professors in our land. Mass. She saw so much pride in professors of religion. already. Para. 19. and they do not return to the Lord their God. Para. [STATE]." p. He values his fat salary and handsome parsonage too highly. She had been reading her Bible for some time. says: p. vii. Para. 19. "Too well. Para. Para. 7. [STATE]. 19. 5. "And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face. 1. and scores of forty-dollar handkerchiefs shake out their perfumed odors! p. A correspondent of the North Western Christian Advocate. 4. The Michigan Christian Herald says: p. The Advocate. [STATE]. 2. "Notwithstanding the prohibition of the Methodist principle. Para. 10. So with a velvety tread he walks all around the ten . Methodist paper published at Charlestown.

there appeared in 'The Boudoir. 8. Through the means of our Popish Establishment there has been an onward rush of error which is perfectly appalling. the following notice: "The readers of Boudoir should not fail to peruse every one of the pages this week. makes the pew income $41. 20. 'The morning cometh?' p. [STATE]. a few years ago." then quotes from the N. 20. II. Watchman. Para. Para. Stephen's. 7. Each is filled to its limit with the liveliest reading and gossip of life. $400 being paid for choice of pews. the church slumbering. Para. 6. nearly $3. [STATE]. PEWS IN REV. Para. 20. with the rental -. said: p. "Simultaneously with the above announcement. Y. [STATE]. 19." p.commandments -. [STATE].000 more than last. 20. Para. -. p.594. The Portland Advertizer says. Spurgeon: p. Para. 1. BEECHER'S CHURCH. and error covering the land!" p. 20. 'What of the night?' canst thou say. men perishing. By putting this and that together. when they ask thee. [STATE]. Para. and all matters of general interest to ladies.483. 3. [STATE]. 20. the news of fashion. Fanny Fern. "Do not rank and fashion gather most readily in those places where their senses are delighted.158. [STATE]. [STATE]. [STATE]. Express: p. 2. 10. "Put this and that together. and in this issue we notice them as displayed at St. p. this. 20. 20. we may understand why high prices are paid for pews. while their souls are deluded? Yes. . Para. 5.places the downiest pillow under the dying profligate's head. will you open your ears to catch the meaning of all these things? Men dying." the ladies' illustrated paper of fashions. and also what many people in these days go to church for. Para. W." p. 4.$12. Ye that love the Saviour. Says Mr.The sale of choice pews this year amounted to $29. We gave last week the current fashions as displayed at Beecher's church. and ushers him with seraphic hymning into an upper-ten Heaven. the affairs of the beau monde.

if not from the opera. p. "When I go to the theater. I care not how common and plain I am dressed. "I don't profess to be so pious as to be shocked beyond recovery at this sort of thing. 1. p. indeed. This is the . and. p. for all go there to see the performance on the stage. Para. I was perfectly gratified. [STATE]. So far as pleasing the senses went.praise God in machine music. 3. 21. The organ of said fashionable church is a superb instrument. Para.' would be appropriate. He writes thus: p. and the churches vie with each other in getting up first-class orchestral accompaniments to what they are pleased to call divine worship. a negro minstrel leads the choir. to offer thanks to the Lord in the sweetest gift granted the human family. and a boast. in music stolen from the Catholic church and the opera. 21. [STATE]. Para. [STATE]. the bass. may have much heart. and which cannot be denied. 21. 9. I felt that a round of applause. Para. rather than an effort. [STATE]. The poor girl from the opera. every voice hired for the occasion. [STATE]. he states facts which show the fallen and lifeless condition of the churches. "I was inveigled into attending a fashionable church. "While one sweet. or the harmonious 'nigger' from the minstrels. clear voice went soaring up like a bird. 10. for people go there to see the latest fashions!" p. and true prayer in her or his soul. and in all of them hired voices -. p. 20.' and 'encore. [STATE]. 21. 2. in New York city. on the promise held out that I would hear some of the most heavenly music ever vouchsafed to human ears. A correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial gives the following description of fashionable worship at the present day. with a subdued cry of 'bravo. when pouring out the praise the sweet voice makes acceptable. WORSHIP IN NEW YORK. In one aristocratic circle of the Lord's elect. but when I go to church I put on my best. "This is the style of things in New York. last Sunday. 20. but I am disgusted at the spirit which procures the music as an entertainment. at least from professional sources -. and the same may be said of the tenor. 4. Para. Making all due allowance for the sarcasm of his style. Para.

We have here the church of the Sainted Zebra. when delicate spires rose. [STATE]. I rather think the parson would require an introduction. to any other church in New York. barefooted and sore. the friend of the poor and down-trodden. It is not very extensive -. Universalists.their way being the upholstery. The churches are small and insignificant. and those who do. while gazing at a congregation dressed as carefully and gaily as if gotten up for an opera. who once trod our earth. introduce the parson to the other eleven. If the Y. 21. 5. Peter might shake hands with him and not lose caste -. C.only one-tenth of the population claim to be religious. who took no heed of what they should wear. and the Hebrews. [STATE]. speaking of introductions. Para. It expends its religious fervor in paint and putty. and it is a cheap sort of ostentation. as one of the strangers in New York. All sense of religion was lost in admiration of the singer. I thought. Para. if not superior. as I was saying. in the way of music. these three are not honored with a place. that the meek and lowly Saviour. St. 21. It does not break out in huge cathedrals and ministers. and a mean.spirit that pervades the congregation.St. The preacher would have been as much at home in a barber shop as in the pulpit. How quickly that keen-eyed sexton . and if we count out the Catholics. Association had omitted the advertisement altogether I would not complain. cloud-capped. as the blind faith of the dark ages did in Europe. They are wonderful in their way -. to be worshipped by art through all coming time. "Religion here is ostentatious. p. 7. 6. And these three named are counted out by the Young Men's Christian Association. but a small part of New York make profession of religion. "This sort of church music is but part of the ostentation that makes up two-thirds of the religion here. directing strangers to places of worship in New York. with entire security. for I notice in the advertisements put up in prominent places. [STATE]. Probably this is right enough. Peter might. p. should enter and seek a seat in this temple erected to his glory. but he was eminently respectable. make only profession. Suppose. 21. but the upholstery is immense. And my ugly thoughts grew grotesque. p. pride of being equal. I make no complaint. and the church of the Holy Grapevine. He might lack faith (he certainly lacked sense). Para. "How close we cast out little vanities to the river of death. M. the number is still less. But.

Para. [STATE]. Her pastors love to live at ease." p. They covet wealth and honor. 22. and it must have pleased every one. "If the music was paid for the preaching was conventional. 3. Once she was all alive to thee. the rest have sentiments. . p. I could not help thinking that in these degenerate days there were just two sects left that were in earnest and meant business -. p. Her glory is departed. in Jerusalem. 23. [STATE]. Para. Para. The state of Zion calls aloud For grief and lamentation. 22. Para. Some few. In earnest for the heavenly land. when they of Zion say. 1. I never heard a more powerful discourse on the sweetness of holiness and the sinfulness of sin. 22. 22. my God. 4. WELL may thy servants mourn. 23. but as we moved slowly out to the music of a fashionable galop. it was just such an exhortation as a Hebrew rabbi might have given to a congregation of Moses and sons. 4. 2. If they are not perverted. But now a sad reverse we see.With these the world has bought them. ye light and gay! I'll seek the broken-hearted. So far as phraseology went. And thousands were converted. The church they lead and ruin. And while they seek such things as these. too - . 1. p. p. [STATE]. Para. 2. [STATE]. [STATE]. They bring reproach upon her. Adieu! ye proud. Her private members walk no more As Jesus Christ has taught them: Riches and fashion they adore -. 3. THE CHURCH'S DESOLATION. 23. Her glory is departed.would seize on him and lead him out. eighteen hundred years ago. Para.one is the Catholic and the other the Methodist. Warmly and undiverted. With such religion may remain. By separation they'll regain The glory that's departed. Who weep. They never yet have halted. While thousands have revolted. They have convictions. [STATE]. Such worthless objects they pursue. like good Elijah stand. Para. 23. Para. p.Her glory is departed. "It is not my province to be theological. [STATE]. p. The church's desolation. p. played on the organ. for no one's conscience could have been touched. [STATE].