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Much important business was transacted, and such measures were adopted, as will in some degree provide the destitute districts with the preached Gospel. Whenever a fifth Sunday occurs in the month, it is recommended to the Ministers living in adjoining Districts, to hold a meeting of three days, for the purpose of preaching the Gospel, and uniting their exertions and efforts, for the promotion of religion and the prosperity of our Church.
The funds of this Synod, are considerable, and are to be appropriated for the education of young men for the ministry, and missionary purposes. The Female Lutheran Society of Charleston contributed $185 43, which, with the sums heretofore contributed by our Lutheran sisters of Charleston, prove that they are ardently devoted to the cause of the Lord and Lutheranism. The whole sum raised at this meeting, amounts to $490,6 which, with what was in the treasury at the last session of the Synod, places at the disposal of the Synod $1764 21.
According to the Parochial reports, were baptised during the past year, 400, of which 10 were adults, confirmed 142, communicants 1444. The Synod by a resolution requires each Minister to make a sull Parochial report at every future meeting of the Synod.
On Sunday, the Lord's Supper was administered, and sermons were preached in the different Churches of Savannah. The texts were Matthew 4 16—Matthew 9 13—Hebrews 13 14-Luke 14 18-Acts 20 21-Hebrew's 4 11.
It was resolved, that a Theological Seminary under the auspices of this judicatory, would greatly advance the interest of our Church, and measures were accordingly adopted to obtain funds for the purpose.
We would add the following extract, from the address delivered at the opening of the Synod, by its President.
“The number of vacant congregations that are calling upon us for assistance, the many districts in our country that would gladly hear the ministers of our Church, and the wants of the vast tract of mission, ary ground from Georgia to Missouri, where not a solitary herald of the cross of our denomination is known, demand increased exertion on our part. Until very recently no way appeared to be opened for us to extend the doctrines of our Church. into the settled portions of our country. The work appeared to us to be in other hands, and as it is not the genius of our religion to make proselytes, we felt no disposition to interfere with other societies, and remained comparatively inactive. But from the calls that are now made upon us from so many quarters, we feel assured that to disregard them would betray a criminal indifference to the spiritual wants of our perishing fellow creatures. From the nature of our climate and domestic institutions, it is not very probable that missionary aid can be obtained from our northern Synods, and our only prospects of supplying the wants of our Church in this southern section of our country, is by encouraging young men of talents, zcal, and piety, to engage in the study of Divinity according to the doctrines and forms of our Church. Several of our zealous young ministers have of late years been brought into our Chnrch by these means, and similar exertions at present in our different congregations might be productive of similar results. Of all the means which God has blessed to the conversion of our fellow men, the preaching of
the gospel has been most effectual. How shall men believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher, and how shall they preach except they be sent.”
At our last annual meeting I recommended the encouragement of the publication of tracts, and of works on practical and doctrinal subjects, which would enable our people and the public generally to judge for themselves, of the nature of our doctrines, and compare them with the Holy Scripture; I have been recently informed that at the last meeting of the Synod of New-York, a committee was appointed to superintend publications of a similar character. From the intelligence and zeal of that committee, I doubt not but that the publications they may superintend will be of a character deserving of a general circulation, and I recommend to my brethren of the clergy, this cheap and efficacious mode of imparting to their people a knowledge of the doctrines and discipline of our Church.
It is a circumstance deeply to be lamented that the clergy of our Church receive in most cases a very inadequate support, and that when they are removed from this world their families are in many instances left in very destitute circumstances. A society for the relief of aged and infirm ministers, and of the widows and orphans of such as have been left in destitute circumstances, would probably be instrumen-tal in relieving many afflictions to which the families of the clergy in our communion are often subjected. I do not propose that this subject should be immediately acted upon, as in the infancy of our Synod it might be considered premature, but it is a subject of so much importance that I have ventured to hint it to
you in hopes that you might revolve it in your minds, and that in due time we might be able to suggest some remedies for the evils complained of."-Editor.
INFLUENCE OF POPERY. MR. EDITOR :-Your frequent and timely warnings relative to the advances of the “man of sin," have sometimes elicited the impression on the minds of sleeping “demi-semi-protestants,” that your time might be more profitably employed and the columns of the " Intelligencer” filled with more useful and important matter. With the writer of this article there is not only no doubt in relation to the expediency; but many powerful considerations representing the NECESSITY of repeating and reiterating the call until the dormant energies of the friends of civil and religious liberty are effectually roused. It is far from being expected that such a step will be viewed with general approbation; but, the censure of some, and the opposition of others will not exculpate the neglect of an obvious duty. And although those, who are unconcerned in regard to religion, and, those who are influenced by motives of self-interest may not seem to see sufficient cause of alarm, yet no unbiassed friend of Gospel truth will hesitate and meanly fold his arms until he is forced to bewail a loss which by a seasonable effort he might have prevented; but, boldly sanction and support, whatever consistently with the spirit of the Gospel, has a tendency to limit the reign of superstition and error, and throw the unclouded light of true religion: into the dark chambers of the human heart.
With deep regret it is found that a foreign influence is energetically,
and often successfully exerted against protestantism. The peculiar policy which distinguishes the efforts of the anti-gospel society (the Jesuits,) whilst it shuns the detecting scrutiny of rational investigation, is addressed more especially to the senses, with all the pomp and splendor, that power and wealth can furnish. The most untiring zeal; the most consummate art; and the utmost prodigality of time, wealth and effort are employed to effect designs for the accomplishment of which within the aid of reason or Revelation can be elicited. The mind, uncultivated, and consequently illy prepared to repel the subtile sophistry of designing men, holds out the fairest prospects for ultimate success. But, as the small number whose weakness of intellect makes them an easy prey, does not arise to suit the grasping desires of papal emissaries, they labor to instill their life-withering sentiments into the minds of children criminally neglected by unworthy parents, or as criminally sent to their schools. Here is a new and fruitful ground where these artful seducers scatter the seeds of superstition and idolatry, with the prospect of an abundant harvest, In possession of ample means, they carry out their plans under the imposing garb of benevolence and religion. Thus protestant children are drawn to their schools; and, whilst the fond parent learns from the cunning teacher, the amazing progress of the child in intellectual attainment, he at length finds, to his extreme grief that the brightest prospects of his child's improvement, terminated in its irreclaimable conversion to the "holy mother church.” All books of devotion are carefully excluded from their seminaries and schools, unless they are favorable to the propogation of papal dogmas. And, if some unprejudiced youth should appear, whom
the piety of parents has furnished with the volume of inspiration, it is immediately taken from him, and forced to give way to a popish substitute. The child is taught that the Bible was not dessigned for the people; that all protestants are necessarily excluded from the kingdom of Heaven; and, that unless they enter the pales of the "only true church,” they will finally be damned as obstinate heretics. The unhappy, withering and soul-destroying results of such a system of instruction on the minds of children must be evident. It is a de dly aim at the very nerve and spring of social life. The tenderest tie of filial affection; the highest feeling of parental love have been paralized, in cases where the child was taught to regard its protestant parents as enemies to the “true church.” Domestic happiness has led from the circle of families where one or more were found the advocates of papal authority; or, peace and order could only be restored by the dreaded and only alternative of sacrificing the Bible. Protestant wives have shuddered to see their Bibles and Hymnbooks committed to the flames, themselves excluded, by the command of their husbands, from the preaching of God's word, and thus deprived of every comfort to sustain and encourage them under their accumulated afflictions. In one instance, one of these unhappy heings presented herself, after the death of her husband, and with tears in her eyes, begged for a Bible and Hymnbook which her husband had burned, and which, during his lifetime she was forbidden to use.
With these facts and many others of a similar and more aggravated pature, before us; can we as protestants--as christians--as advocates for the rights of conscience and private judgment-can we, either by our indifference encourage, or by our example support the unholy efforts of those numerous emissaries, that issue from the dark receptacle of the propoganda? You apprehend no danger. Is there no danger in the skilful application of several hundred thousand dollars annually sent across the ocean to advance the interest of the papal hierarchy? No danger in the efforts of those swarms of Jesuits which annually pour into our country? No danger in their having already a number of public schools in their hands, in which thousands of cħildren are instructed in the “mysteries” of the beastiłą No danger in the exercise of an influence already felt over the greatest portion of America; in the vast number of their converts; in their secret machinations; in the desolations of a system of faith and practice, recommended by the latitude of conduct it allows; and by the easiness with which the wrath of Heaven may be averted? Already are they conscious of their growing power; and the re-establishment of that infernal instrument of cruelty and oppression, (the inquisition) is a fearful proof that the beast has not lost his nature, though he was somewhat limited in his power. And, unless protestants awake, our own counntry will ere long blaze by the fires, and tremble under the sanguinary inflictions of a grand Auto-da-fe.
Can you as protestant parents exculpate yourselves in regard to your criminal neglect of your Children? Can you send them to schools, where erroneous doctrines are inculcated, blasting the fairest fruits of social life, and leaving human nature nothing but the name? If but one drop of blood, of those immortal men who boldly came forth as the undaunted champions of Revelation and reason run in your veins, you would not thus stand in need of encouragement to fire your souls in disseminating the word of Life, and exerting your influence to stifle those plants of superstition which like the fatal upas, infect every object that comes within their reach. Protestants awake! Defer not to act with vigor, until the evil no longer admits of a reme: dy. Look to your children, your religion, your Bible, and suffer no the occurrence of a loss you might have prevented, and which may prove fatal to the tranquility of your expiring maments,
MELANCHTHON, Taneytown January 30, 1830. REPORT OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL SOCIETY AT HANO
VER, PENNSYLVANIA. It is with great pleasure, that we comply with the resolution of the Sunday School Society of Hanover, to publish extracts from their annual report. It is in perfect accordance with our plan to do so. Nothing can gratify our readers more than to learn, that our Churches are generally becoming more convinced of the importance of an institution, by which under God, children will be enabled to escape infidelity and Popery, to the arrows of which the present generation is, and will be exposed.-Editor.
years have already elapsed since the first organization of the Hanover Sabbath School, and we have abundant reason to adore the Lord of all, for having thus far sustained us in our efforts to diffuse light and knowledge, among the youth of our place. For the first year we were appendant to the Hanover Tract Sosiety, an Auxilary of the Philadelphia Branch of the American Tract Society, but our Tract Society becoming extinct, we at the commencement of the second
year, formed ourselves into a body altogether distinct and independent of every other society, upon a new basis, depending upon the exertions of our own members for support, and as we believe by this step, gave more satisfaction to those immediately connected.
Various have been the changes of the school since the commencement of it, the number of Scholars quite large at one time, at another dwindled away to a mere shadow of its former self, then again did the face of things vary, alternatively rising and falling. The beginning of our operations exceeded the hopes of the most sanguine, the novelty of the institution, attracted to it as many as 140 children for several sabbaths, but alas! too soon did the number decrease and the friends, and supporters of the school had to lament the deplorable change. The causes of the decline may have been chiefly these. The indifference and irregular attendance of many of the teachers (principally male) affording but few inducements to the children to at tend, the novelty having worn off, the example of their teachers, who not feeling an interest themselves could not communicate it to their classes. The total disregard of the parents, as to sending their children, leaving it to their option to attend or not, ignorant of the advantages presented, willingly absented themselves, in order that they might pass the Sabbath, according to the bent of their inclinations. And finally the contemplated incorporation of the American Sunday School Union, this created prejudice in the minds of many parents. who then withdrew their children from school and prohibited them from attending in future. May not ar. All-Wise Being have tried our faith in his promises of assistance, our zeal for the promotion of his glory and our love for the welfare of immortal souls placed under our care, and have urged us to renewed exertions for forwarding our measures? For the last year the number of scholars has not been so great, but those attending have been more regular than those, who attended in the former year. The remaining teachers are punctual in their attendance, many of those parents who once withheld their children, now send them again, new scholars are almost weekly added to the institution; which under the Divine protection bids fair to flourish. The number on November 15th was 83, being an increase in two weeks of 17 scholars. And ought not this to cause every one to rejoice, who has at heart the welfare of the rising generation? Every one of those committted to our care is possessed of an immortal soul and should we not exceedingly rejoice, that we in the hands of the Supreme Being, may be instrumental in leading them unto "fountains of living water." The opposition and prejudice against, have been and are still great, but have we not the assurance of aid from an Almighty Power, if we have enlisted in a good cause? And what undertaking more worthy of our attention, our Uunost regard, than that of rearing children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” A class consisting of six coloured persons has been added to the school, and we hope that this