y. s tIERJLr.D. CHRISTIAN sight of God, great moral impurity sin. This is so plainly taught in attaches somewh'ere, in every case the language oT Jesus in Matt. IS th of divorce. An exceptional purity and 19th chapters, and Mark loth was required of the High Priest, as chaptet; it has been universally re garded as conclusive on this point. he was a type of Ch fist. It establishes as true the state All commentators are agreed on ment that, but for sin there never this. Among all religious bodies would have been a widow or divorc nearly all ministers refuse to sol ed person. The entire disregard of emnize marriage between parties God’s marriage law, by the people unless they are morally as well as before the flood brought upon them legally free. The language of Paul, - welt f ee rf uLeonwquun eufl .iif phyj a i . .t ha t ■ husband she must remain uninar- ^Jiak-ineniaLanjl-j^^ . that God was compelled in mercy ried or be reconciled to her husband I 'to the race, to sweep them from the is clear and emphatic. 1 makes L face of the earth by the flood. It due allowance for difficulties that I was the same thigg that so corrupt- may sometimes be encountered in pj±~th^’tnbabitants of Sb Jo m' Kffd the^urrtsgr stater on R'CTOunrsf r Gomorrah, that God had to destroy utter worthlessness, meanness or them with fire from heaven. These* injustice and cruel treatment by things should be warning and teach- either party, and allows a ’separa- now, that a careful learning and faithful observing of God’s law, are ‘“absolutely necessary to human wel- i fare. * From whatever standpoint we look at divorce, it is a great moral ' and social evil. It is allowed by the ■ law of Christ only when one of the F parties has been guilty of one of the greatest crimes. If it*is practiced without this justifying eause, it is a sin against the express provissions of the law of Christ, as well as agaki3t God’s universal law of mar riage. It brings reproach upon the parties to the case, causes misery and suffering to them. It brings these same things upon the children. If the law permits divorce for many causes, it thereby encourages per sons to enter into the marriage re lation carelessly and uncon sider- ately, because they can be freed legally, from the vowrs they have i taken, and the bonds they are un- I der. A legal freedom is by no means I moral freedom, such a system can I be only very immoral. It is one of ■ the greatest social and moral evils I of our times, and calls imperatively ■ for the united and energetic efforts ■ of Christians to resist it. . They should set their faces as I flint against it, and not cease their ■ efforts, until the laws of our land ■conform to the law of Christ. This ■law is clearly and distinctly enun- ■ciated by this Lord Jesus himself. Kle then teaches that there is but Hme crime that will break the mar riage bond. That if for any other ■ba use a man puts away his wife, or HL woman puts away her husband, Ohat they do so in utter and entire ■isregard of the obligations of the ■narriage relation, and will be ac counted guilty of a most terrible ....... .**' - ------------ ; — * marriage. He expressly says that he ordains this in all churches. Our divorce laws, to conform to N. T. law, should allow separation and freedom from all legal claipi upon property oT person in cases where it is clearly proven that there is and has been wilful and determined-neglect of the marriage obligations Jbut should entirely for bid the remarriage of either party. If one has been guilty of the crime of adultery, the other or innocent paity should be allowed to marry again while the guilty one should be debarred that privilege. Such laws would prevent much sin. They would make people more careful about contracting marriage and more studious about fulfilling its obligations after it was entered into. Hence there would be fewer unhappy marriages, and more of the benefits and blessings of the marriage relation would be enjoy ed. Many people who do not re spect moral obligations would be compelled to respect legal ones. Separation would be of rare occur rence and divorces would be still more rare. I have aimed only to be suggestive.. The limits of an address would not admit of the ex haustive treatment of so important a subject. I submit in the fear of God and the love of humanity. It is’ with me a profound conviction that human happiness here and hereafter, requires that w« should give this subject much careful and prayerful study. That we should learn God’s law in his word and works, and having learned joyfully and lovingly obey it. May the God of purity and peace enable us to see light in his light, to be faithful to all our obligations in this life, and hence triumphant in death and happy in eternity.. ifr- > • '•»A--*: ; / ■*,’ •ii * ‘ < ■ Church Government. .. i ............................................. *<1 11 1 1 i n —i n li n D. M. DOTY. . ■ ■■>........ .. Reall before the Convention, Salem, Oregon, Oct. 4, 1883. The subject assigned for this hour’s discussion, “ Church Govern ment,” is one that has been preached upon, written upon and debated by the best minds in the church for centuries past; and the committee on programme in assigning to us 5 6 : 1-5. The disciples, as multi tude, did the choosing anclset them before the apostles, and they laid hands on them (the seven). Here we find the first division of labor in the church. Again, in Acts 13: 2 and 4, we find the church at Antioch fasting and praying and laying hands on Saul and Barna bas, arid sending them out to pro claim the gospel to others. The hfl<4 givoh 11« nr, nasty t.aak, We. should be done by the church, go _ ___ simply design in this fSaper to pre far we have not found an elder or sent a few thoughts preparatory to deacon designated by that name in a discussion of the subject, not to the working of the church, but we elaborate, leaving that for this con find, as the work increases, that fliffeWht indivicfuaTs are being vention. Church government, when pro called to different departments of perly understood and faithfully the work. We pass on to Acts 20: executed, is fraught with great 17. Here we find Paul at Miletus, TTessTn^^ on earth. Paul declares in Eph. 1 : at Ephesus, which he admonishes 22, that “ God hath put all things in verse 28th to feed the church of under his (that is Christ’s) feet, and God over which the Holy Spirit gave him to'be head over all things had made them overseers. These to the church.” Again, he tells the were not simply old men, but over church at Collosse, chap. 1 : 18, that seers and feeders of the flock, and “he:(that is Christ) is head over were called to this position by the the body, the church, who is the direction of the Holy Spirit. This beginning, the first born from the department of work had become ne dead, that in all things he might cessary in the church, and it was have the preeminence.” As a delegated to certain individuals people, wo say (in making our ap which the apostle here calls elders. peal for a return to primitive In passing to the Epistles, in Phil. Christianity) the New Testament 1: 1, we hear Paul addressing the Scriptures is our rule of faith and saints in Christ Jesus, with the practice. Then be it* so ; in these bishops and deacons, which is the t we find both precept and example, first intimation w’e have of an and by these we must be governed officer called by the name of Christ speaks of his kingdom oi deacon, for by reference to 1 Tim. church which was to be set up in chap. 3, we find that both bishops the near future, and when giving and deacons are officers in the instructions to his apostles he said .church. By a close examination of to them, “ Whatsoever you bind on the Scriptures we find that it was earth shall be bound in heaven, not the duty of an officer to legis and whatsoever you loose on earth late or make law’s to govern the shall be loosed in heaven.” Here church, but to execute the law. we find a delegated authority from Christ is King in Zion, hence all him who has the preeminence in law must emirate from him, and all things. We find our first ex through the church, which Paul de ample of church government undeT clares is the ground and pillar of the immediate reign of the in the truth. In giving instructions to spired apostles in fulfilling their Titus, an uninspired evangelist, he commission. We find them first says he left him in Crete to "set preaching the gospel and baptizing things in order that were wanting believing converts, and when the and ordain elders in every city.” number of the disciples had multi From this simple and plain state plied so that the apostles could not ment, wanting, we may learn, attend to the wants of the multi (taking with it the precepts and tude without neglecting the preach examples preceding it) first, that ing of the word, they called the in the government of Christ’s multitude (or whole church) to kingdom on earth, his authority gether, and said to them, “ Look he delegated to certain individual you out seven men full of the Holy members of the church called Spirit,” to attend to the serving of officers, which were to rule in or tables, (whatever that may. be) and execute the laws governing the the saying pleased the disciples, body, and to look after the spiritual and they selected the seven. Acts and temporal interest of the church.