Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A permanent exclusion zone round a school

The gloves are off!
 
Birmingham city council has applied to the court to have its injunction banning parental protests outside Anderton Park Primary School made permanent.  In other words, they want a permanent exclusion zone round Anderton where parents will be forbidden to gather - to protest, criticise staff or hand out leaflets (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/18/council-asks-judge-to-ban-
lgbt-lessons-protesters-from-near-school
).  We await the judgment.

Anderton is situated in a predominantly Muslim area and, unsurprisingly, has mainly Muslim pupils.  The protestors – in the main, parents – want the school to stop promoting and normalising LGBT behaviours and life-style choices to children as young as 3, and teaching them that gender is a matter of choice, not biology.  They say that such teaching is not just deeply confusing, but that it also goes against the basic tenets of their faith. 

A not unreasonable position, one would have thought.  Why should 3 year olds be encouraged to question their gender, or think about any kind of sexual relations at all?  And why should parents stand quietly by, while their beliefs are traduced?  But the school and Birmingham city council clearly disagree, refusing even to consider that parents should have the right to have some sort of say in what their children are taught.

And in this, it seems, they are being backed to the hilt by the DfE, which has now issued guidance on what they call ‘parental engagement’.  Which only a while ago was labelled ‘consultation’  (
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/engaging-parents-with-relationships-education-policy). 

Take note of the word change, because it is crucial!

When the RSE Regulations were first issued, they stated clearly (a) that all schools must have in place a written policy for RSE, and (b) that schools must consult parents in developing and reviewing their policy (
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education ).  However, the DfE was clearly unprepared for the strength of parental outrage at this attempted indoctrination of young minds.  Following parental protests outside schools, it quickly became apparent that any idea of genuine consultation was a sham – something that has become abundantly clear in the growing number of statements being issued, saying that parents have the right to express their opinions (provided they don’t stage protests, of course), but do not have a right of veto.  It’s up to schools what they teach!

Now the position has been explicitly spelt out in the recently issued guidance referred to above – and, most telling of all, the mandatory consultation has been magically transformed into a more neutral sounding … parental engagement.

This is deliberate obfuscation, and even the most charitable would surely say it was a declaration of war, with parents being lined up in the DfE’s sights as the enemy.  The clear message is that schools and the State know best … children belong to the State!  And the extremist bigots who are their parents must put up and shut up!

But, sadly, the new Regulations are only the tip of this LGBT juggernaut, because now Stonewall has also issued advice – this time on how to make the whole curriculum LGBT compliant 
(
https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/inclusive_curriculum_guide.pdf).

Yes, seriously.  They are saying that everything a child learns has to be thematically shaped to promote acceptance of LGBT values and behaviours.  So, for instance, in English – study LGBT authors and themes (and presumably make them up if they’re not there).  Maths – give examples using LGBT people and different family structures; and with statistics, use LGBT percentages and fractions.  Geography – talk about experiences of LGBT people in Britain and round the world. Religious Education – explore the work of people campaigning for LGBT equalities in faith communities.  Even worse, as evidenced by a colourful cartoon produced for children aged around 5, teach them that whether you believe in Jesus, Vishnu or anyone else, God loves LGBT people and approves their ‘love’ (
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E4A4sbV4HQ)!

So not content with teaching children that all expressions of ‘love’ are the same, no matter how outlandish or risky, now the plan is to gayify the whole of the curriculum.   Very soon children won’t know there ever was any other way of viewing the world!

According to a survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2017, 2% of the population self-identified as LGB.  There was no percentage recorded for people self-identifying as trans, because the numbers were too low (
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/culturalidentity/
sexuality/bulletins/sexualidentityuk/2017
).  By contrast, in the 2011 census into religious belief in the UK, the ONS found that 59.3% of the population identified as Christian, 4.8% as Muslim, and 3.2% as belonging to other religious groups, including Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Buddhist (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/culturalidentity/
religion/articles/religioninenglandandwales2011/2012-12-11
). These are the latest official figures.

The point to be made is that anything other than heterosexual behaviour is classified as sin by all the world’s major religions – yet a mere 2% of the population are now campaigning to impose their aggressive views on the whole of society, in the process criminalising religious belief as hate speech and homophobia.   

Let us be clear, everyone has an absolute right to choose the life they want to live.  Some life-style choices may be unwise, but that does not deny the basic right – nor does it mean that God ceases to love someone because of that choice.  But God does not, and never will, condone sin.  It was precisely to save us from sin that Christ died.  The conclusion is inescapable.  The State has become complicit in a totalitarian attempt to reconfigure morality and overturn belief.
 
How long will this madness go on? 

 If you haven't yet done so, please email or write to your MP today, protesting at the intimidatory tactics of the DfE and cavalier dismissal of parental concerns. Copy in the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP.
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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Banned from Amazon reviewing

Below is some of my correspondence with Amazon. I had hundreds of reviews published and all have been deleted. Unfortunately the Freedom of Information Act does not cover this.



On Saturday, 19 October 2019, 16:52:11 BST, Amazon.co.uk wrote:


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EKS 
To:review-appeals+A3PIEZZE170JXX@amazon.co.uk,community-help@amazon.co.uk
20 Oct at 10:51

I find your reply tells me nothing.
    'Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company' - who are you kidding? Six emails over a month and no reply. A phone call to you and a reply telling me to await investigation then nothing until after a month when I emailed again.
    You have behaved like judge, jury and executioner and without specifying a charge so allowing no defence.
   'For privacy reasons, we cannot share the results of our investigation with you.' For whose privacy? Is a third party involved here?
    I intend to pursue this under the Freedom of Information Act.
   

Graham J Weeks





Saturday, October 19, 2019

Diary w/e 19 Oct

Sun 13

Cartagena, Spain. 652 miles from Italy. Beautiful city with a very humorous guide on trolley train round.

Mon 14

Gibraltar 252 miles from Cartagena. Visit to semi tropicaL ALMEDA GARDENS THE CABLE CAR UP TO THE ROCK. GREAT VIEWS AND VERY CLOSE UP TO THIEVING MONKEYS.

Tu 15
At sea 249 miles from Gibraltar.

Wed 16

At sea 312 more miles and force 6

Th 17
At sea. 369 more miles.

Fri 18

178 miles back to Southampton. Home by 10:30 am.

Sat 19

Visiting family in Canterbury.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Books read and revised Oct 2019

1. Where We Are: The State of Britain Now by Roger Scruton 

An excellent analysis of post Brexit Britain. A textbook case is made for why the referendum went to leave he EU. It's shortcomings are well recorded and the failure of past government to act in the interestes of national sovereignty. Blair acceded unlimited immigration for Eastern Europe seven years before we had to do so. An excellent critique of he Common Agricultural Policy.

2. Revolution: A History of England Volume IV (The History of England) by Peter Ackroyd  (Author)

Excellently recounted history from 1668 to Waterloo. Not merely the important people and events but lots of social history too. Now I want to read the other volumes in the series.

3. The Gentry by Adam Nicolson  (Author)

The gentry are English landowners below the aristocracy. Various families are considered from the Wars of the Roses to modern times. Here are he ups and downs of the rich and powerful - how riches were attained and then often lost. Strangely the one sure way of losing money, gambling, does not figure largely but having to find dowries for daughters does. Also one may give away all the inherited wealth. The author is from and at home with this declining class of people so writes well about them. 

4. The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 by Lady Antonia Fraser (Author)

This is the fourth book by the author I have enjoyed. I had no idea her parents are converts to Rome and her ancestors were Anglo-Irish Protestant ascendancy opponent of Catholic emancipation. This seems to me a very objectively narrated account. I wish today's politicians who change parties had the integrity of Peel who when he changed his views sought a by election. Was this the first time a monarch had given royal assent on the advice of his ministers against his own judgement.

5.If Symptoms Persist by Theodore Dalrymple  (Author)

Spectator articles written between 1991 and 1994 by the wise and erudite prison doctor and hospital psychiatrist. Witty and humorous as he rails against the irresponsibility of his patients and castigates social workers, lawyers and NHS administrators. 

6. A Brief History of the Crusades: Islam and Christianity in the Struggle for World Supremacy (Brief Histories) by Geoffrey Hindley  (Author)

Diary w/e 12 Oct e

Sun 6 Oct.
Palma, Mallorca. 544 miles from Cadiz.Coach o a coastal viewpoint sat Valdermoossa then a restaurant to see flamenco and enjoy tapas and sangria.

Mon 7 Oc

At sea Mediterranean.328 miles from Palma.Force 7 but not as rough in the Med as the Atlantic.

Tue 8

Valletta, Malta.618 miles from Palma. Visited he old capital, Mdina and he new city. Mdina walled with narrow streets. Trolley train round Rabat. Malta very crowded.

Wed 9

Messina, Sicily.166 miles from Malta. Bus up Etna to 6000' by spectacular coastal motorway with 29 tunnels. Jewelery factory demonstration and tapas.

The 10

Naples. 187 miles from Sicily. Coach past Vesuvius to Sorrento and lunch. then to Salerno and fast motor boat to expensive Amalfi. Two drinks in Jerez was E5. Amalfi E16!

Fri 11 Oct

Civitavecchia 166 miles from Naples. Six cruise ships berthed.An hour on coach to grid locked Rome. Saw sights from coach so not good for photographs.

Sat 12

At sea. 307 miles. Typhoon led to cancellation of England v France rugby.

Diary w/e 5 Oct 19

Sun 29 Sep

Ealing Half Marathon led to roads closed and no morning service.Sinclair Ferguson preached afternoon and evening with church tea between.

Mon 30 Sep

Packing for our cruise.Resigned from Harmonsworh preaching after 8nyears as I am due to renew my security clearance, I have not been fit and numbers have been low.

Tue 1 Oct
Good journey to Southampton and quick boarding.Sailed 5pm. First five course dinner on board. Good sea view cabin.

Wed 2 Oct and hu 3rd
A sea. The Bay of Biscay was choppy and ship movement felt.But wind only force 2.  Enjoyed a classical duo of cello and piano and also lectures on Bletchley Park and The Battle of the Atlanic. 315 miles from Southampton.

Th 3 Oct
820 miles from home. Out along the Portuguese coast was smooth.

Fri 4 Oct
904 miles from home.Docked in Cadiz past Cale Trafalgar and a coach to Herez. Maps and road signage were not helpful. Eventually we found the Tio Pepe bodegas and learned about sherry and brandy production but we had to rush away to our coach and missed he sherry tastting and atlpas we had paid for. The bodegas our was far more expensive than an disillery or brewery visited before.

Sat 5 Oct
A sea 262 miles from Cadiz.. Enjoyed seeing England thrash the Argies in he Worlds Cup. Still no news of Leeds games.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Diary w/e 28 Sep

Sun 23 Sep

Chris Roberts adult Sunday School on 'I believe in Jesus Christ.' Before Paul preached Ps 67 we had an infant and adult baptism, the latter an Afghan convert. Littles came for birthday and anniversary lunch but I was so tired I slept after and also at evening service time.

Mon 24 Sep

Pain in chest leg side again. GP says I am anaemic and orders tests.

Tu 25 Sep

Urology consultant at Central Middlesex says I am looking well in he lighter of him thinking I might die in he July operation.

Wed 26 Sep

Six of us a house group on Amos 7. Completed my Rutherford Revised 365 letters.

Th 27 Sep

Lunch with the Littles a Pillars he West London University Restaurant run by the catering students. Best value lunch in Ealing.

Fri 28 Sep

Tried the new Koz Ocabasi Turkish Restaurant a the end if our road. Very well patronised for a new venture. Enjoyable, especially the Raki. Rewrote our wills with a change of executor.

Sat 29 Sep

Great to see Japan beat Ireland.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Rutherford in Verse

LAST WORDS.

Mrs. A. R. Cousin, wife of Rev. W. Cousin, Free Church minister of Melrose, has woven into a delightful poem many of Samuel Rutherfords most remarkable utterances. This piece has become almost a household hymn, known over all our country, and in America no less. It is entitled sometimes by its first line, The sands of time are sinking,” and sometimes,The Last Words of S. R.,” though it takes in many of his sayings, besides his deathbed words.

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The sands of time are sinking, 
The dawn of Heaven breaks,
The summer morn Ive sighed for, 
The fair sweet morn awakes:
Dark, dark hath been the midnight, 
But dayspring is at hand,
And gloryglory dwelleth In Immanuels land.

Oh! well it is for ever, 
Oh! well for evermore,
My nest hung in no forest
Of all this death-doom
d shore:

Yea, let the vain world vanish, 
As from the ship the strand,
While gloryglory dwelleth 
In Immanuels land,

There the Red Rose of Sharon 
Unfolds its heartsome bloom,
And fills the air of Heaven 
With ravishing perfume:
Oh! to behold it blossom, 
While by its fragrance fannd,
Where gloryglory dwelleth In Immanuels land,

The King there in His beauty, 
Without a veil, is seen:
It were a well-spent journey, 
Though seven deaths lay between.
The Lamb, with His fair army, 
Doth on Mount Zion stand,
And gloryglory dwelleth In Immanuels land.

Oh! Christ He is the Fountain, 
The deep sweet well of love!
The streams on earth Ive tasted, 
More deep Ill drink above:
There, to an ocean fulness, 
His mercy doth expand, 
And gloryglory dwelleth
In Immanuels land.

Een Anwoth was not heaven
Een preaching was not Christ;
And in my sea-beat prison 
My Lord and I held tryst:
And aye my murkiest storm-cloud 
Was by a rainbow spannd,
Caught from the glory dwelling In Immanuels land.

But that He built a heaven 
Of His surpassing love,
A little New Jerusalem, 
Like to the one above,
Lord, take me oer the water,
Had been my loud demand,
Take me to loves own country, 
Unto Immanuels land.

But flowers need nights cool darkness, 
The moonlight and the dew;
So Christ, from one who loved it, 
His shining oft withdrew;
And then for cause of absence, 
My troubled soul I scannd
But glory, shadeless, shineth In Immanuels land.

The little birds of Anwoth
I used to count them blest,

Now, beside happier altars
I go to build my nest:
O
er these there broods no silence,

No graves around them stand, 
For glory, deathless, dwelleth
In Immmanuels land.

Fair Anwoth by the Solway, 
To me thou still art dear!
Een from the verge of Heaven 
I drop for thee a tear.
Oh! if one soul from Anwoth 
Meet me at Gods right hand,
My Heaven will be two Heavens, 
In Immanuels land.

I have wrestled on towards Heaven,
Gainst storm, and wind, and tide:
Now, like a weary traveller, 
That leaneth on his guide, 
Amid the shades of evening,
While sinks lifes lingring sand, 
I hail the glory dawning
From Immanuels land.

Deep waters crossd lifes pathway, 
The hedge of thorns was sharp;
Now these lie all behind me
Oh! for a well-tuned harp!
Oh! to join Halleluiah
With yon triumphant band,

Who sing, where glory dwelleth, In Immanuels land.

With mercy and with judgment 
My web of time He wove,
And aye the dews of sorrow 
Were lustred with His love. 
Ill bless the hand that guided,
Ill bless the heart that plannd, 
When throned where glory dwelleth
In Immanuels land.

Soon shall the cup of glory
Wash down earth
s bitterest woes,

Soon shall the desert-briar 
Break into Edens rose:
The curse shall change to blessing
The name on earth thats bannd,
Be graven on the white stone 
In Immanuels land.

Oh! I am my Belovèds, 
And my Beloved is mine! 
He brings a poor vile sinner
Into His House of wine.
I stand upon His merit,
I know no other stand,
Not e
en where glory dwelleth

In Immanuels land.

I shall sleep sound in Jesus, 
Filld with His likeness rise,
To live and to adore Him,
To see Him with these eyes.

Tween me and resurrection 
But Paradise doth stand;
Thenthen for glory dwelling 
In Immanuels land!

The Bride eyes not her garment, 
But her dear Bridegrooms face;
I will not gaze at glory,
But on my King of Grace

Not at the crown He gifteth, 
But on His piercèd hand:
The Lamb is all the glory 
Of Immanuels land.

I have borne scorn and hatred,
I have borne wrong and shame,

Earths proud ones have reproachd me, 
For Christs thrice blessed name:
Where God His seal set fairest 
Theyve stampd their foulest brand;
But judgment shines like noonday 
In Immanuels land.

Theyve summoned me before them, 
But there I may not come,
My Lord says, Come up hither,
My Lord says, Welcome Home!
My kingly King, at His white throne, 
My presence doth command,
Where gloryglory dwelleth In Immanuels land.

I have asked this be sung a my funeral - as many verses as they can manage!




















Rutherford Revised (365)

365. To Mr. John Murray, Minister of Methven From St. Andrews 

Reverend and Dear Brother,If I rightly apprehend our condi- tion, we are in a way of declining. We were, within these few years, more in the conscionable use of means, and the Lord did shine upon us in some measure; and now we are fallen from that which we were. It is judged fit by some (and many of our solidest professors) that if we cannot have them in congregations, yet families and private persons may have days of humiliation, at least the last Wednesday of every month or thereabout, according to the best conveniency of Providence. And if this were gone about in your country, and in Stirlingshire, Fife, in Merse, Teviotdale, the West, in Nithsdale and Galloway, and other places, it would prove our strength and help; for we are few and very low. Our enemies are not idle; and there is a faintness and heartless discouragement on the spirits of many. These are to ask that you would combine with Mr. Robert Campbell,Mr. John Cruickshanks, and other of our brethren in your area, to stir up one another that we may wrestle with the Lord for the remnant. I am confident the Lord will yet be inquired of us for this. Though the same particular day be not observed, yet, where many are on work, some salvation from the Lords arm is to be expected. I am decaying most sensibly, and I should look on it as a mercy if the Lord would send a wakening among His own. And blessed shall he be who shall blow the trumpet to cause other sleeping ones awake, and shall help to build the wastes, and the fallen tent of David. I shall earnestly desire you do bestir yourself in his.I shall write to J——, and to others here, and do the best I can to give you a convenient account; for nothing is left to us but that.page738image3012747072
   So remembering me to your wife, and expecting your help, I rest,              Your own brother, S. R.
   Mr. Robert Anderson is most eagerly desired for by the parishioners of Leuchars, and as strenuously opposed by our brethren here.

Rutherford Revised (364)

364. To (Brethren in) Aberdeen    From St. Andrews

Reverend and Dearly Beloved in the Lord,Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
There were some who rendered thanks, with knees bowed to Him of whom is named the whole family in heaven and earth,” when they heard of your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus;” and rejoiced not a little, that where Christ was scarce named, in flavour and power of the Gospel, even in Aberdeen, there Christ has a few names precious to Him, who will walk with Him in white. We looked on it (He knows whom we desire to serve in our spirit in the Gospel of His Son) as a part of the fulfilling of that, The wilderness and solitary place will be glad for them; and the desert will rejoice and blossom as the rose” (Isa. 35:1). But now it is more grievous to us than a thousand deaths, when we hear that you are shaken, and so soon removed from that which you once acknowledged to be the way of God. Dearly beloved, the sheep follow Christ, who calls them by name: a stranger they will not follow, but they fly from him, for they do no know the voice of a stranger. You know the way, by which you were sealed to the day of redemption; and you received the Spirit, by the hearing of faith. Do not part from  that way, unless you see there is no rest for your souls in it. Neither listen to them that say, Many were converted under episcopal as well as under presbyterial government, and yet the godly gave testimony against bishops;” for the instruments of conversion loathed Episcopacy, with the ceremonies of it, and never sealed it with their sufferings. We shall desire instances of any engaged by oaths, and sufferings of the faithful messengers of God, and the manifestations of the Lords presence, in the way you now forsake, who yet turned from it, and went one step toward sinful separation (and did it in that way you now aim at), and did yet flourish and grow in grace. But we can bring proofs of many who left it, and went further on to abominable ways of error. And you do not have it in your power where you shall lodge at night, having once left the way of God. And many, we know, lost peace and communion with God, and fell into a condition of withering, and not being able to find their lovers, were forced to return to their first Husband. We shall beg you, consider what a stumbling it is to malignant opposers of the way and cause of God (who with their ears heard you, and with their eyes saw you, so strenuously take part with the godly in their sufferings, and profess yourselves for religion, truth, doctrine, government of the house of God, His Covenant and cause), if now you build again what you once destroyed, and destroy what you built. And will you not make yourselves, by so doing, transgressors? How will it wound the hearts of the godly, stain the profession, darken the glory of the Gospel, shake the faith of many, weaken the hands of all, if you (and you first of all in this kingdom) will stretch out the hand to demolish the walls of our Jerusalem, by reason of which the Lord made her terrible as an army with banners!” For when kings came, and saw the palaces and walls of it, they marvelled and were troubled, and sped away; fear took hold on them there, and pain as of a woman in labour. And we will be grieved, if you should be heirs to the guiltiness of breaking down the same hedge of the vineyard, for the which the sad indignation of God follows this day the Royal Family, many Nobles, houses great and fair, and all the Bishops' party in these three kingdoms. And when your dear brethren are weak and fainting, will we believe that you will leave us, and be divided from this so blessed a union? The Lord Jesus Christ, we trust, will walk in the middle of the golden candlesticks, and be with us, if you will be gone from us. Beloved in the Lord, we cannot but be persuaded better things of you; and we will not conceal from you that we are ignorant what to answer when we are reproved, on your behalf, in regard that your change to another gospel-way (which the Lord stop!) is so much the more scandalous, that the sudden alteration (unknown to us before) now overtakes you when men come among you against whom the furrows of the fields of Scotland do complain. Do not forget , dear brethren, that Christ has now the fan in His hand, and this is also the day of the Lord, that will burn as an oven; and that Christ now sitts as a refiner of silver, purifying the sons of Levi, and purging them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering of righteousness; and those that keep the word of His (not their own) patience shall be delivered from the hour of temptation, that will come on all the earth to try them.
   If you exclude all non-converts from the visible city of God (in which, daily, multitudes in Scotland, in all the four quarters of the land, above whatever our fathers saw, throng into Christ), will they not be left to the lions and wild beasts of the forest, even to Jesuits, seminary-priests, and other seducers? For the magistrate has no power to compel them to hear the Gospel, nor do you have  any church-power over them, as you teach; and they do not bring love to the Gospel and to Christ out of the womb with them; and so they must be left to embrace what religion is most suitable to corrupt nature. Nor can it be a way approved by the Lord in Scripture, to excommunicate from the visible church (which is the office-house of the free grace of Christ, and His draw-net) all the crowds of non- converts, baptized, and visibly within the covenant of grace, which are in Great Britain, and all the reformed churches; and so to shut the gates of the Lords gracious calling upon all these (because they are not, in your judgment, chosen to salvation), when once you are within yourselves. For how can the Lord call Egypt His people, and Assyria the work of His hands, and all the Gentiles (who for numbers are as the flocks of Kedar, and the abundance of the sea) the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, if you number infants (as many do), and all such as your charity cannot judge converts (as others do) among heathens and pagans, who have not a visible claim and interest in Christ? The candlestick is not yours, nor the house; but Christ fixs and removes the one, and builds or throws down the other, according to His sovereignty. We in humility judge ourselves, though the chief of sinners, the sons of Zion and of the seed of Christ; if you part from us, and carry from here the candlestick, let our Father be judge, and show us why the Lord has called you to come out from among us. We look upon this visible church, though black and spotted, as the hospital and guest-house of sick, halt, injured, and withered, over which Christ is Lord, Doctor, and Master: and we would wait on those that are not yet in Christ, as our Lord waited on us and you both. We, therefore, your brethren, children of one Father, cannot but with tears and exceeding sorrow of heart earnestly entreat, beseech, and swear you, by the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, by His sufferings and precious ransom which He paid for us both, by the consolations of His Spirit, by your appearance before the dreadful tribunal of our Lord Jesus, yes, and charge you before God and the same Lord Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, at His appearing, and His kingdom;” do not break the spirits and hearts of those to whom you are as dear as their own soul. Do not leave the assemblies of the people of God; let us not divide.
   Not a few of the people of God in this shire of Fife (in whose name I now write) dare say, if you leave, that you will leave Christ behind you with us, and the golden candlesticks; and shut yourselves, we much fear, out of the hearts and prayers of thousands dear to Jesus Christ in Scotland. Therefore, before ye fix judgment and practice on any untrodden path, let a day of humiliation be agreed upon by us all, and our Fathers mind and will inquired, through our one common Saviour. And let us see one anothers faces at best conveniency, and plead the interest of Christ, and be comforted; and not be stumbled at your ways.
   So expecting your answer, we shall pray that the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, may make you perfect in every work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. And I shall remain,
   Your affectionate brother in the Lord,     S. R.