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The New Zealand Evangelist

Reformed Presbyterian And Original Secession Churches

Reformed Presbyterian And Original Secession Churches.

The Evangelical Alliance originated in Scotland; at least the initiatory steps to its formation were taken there. Its fundamental principle was co-operation on common ground now with a view to incorperation hereafter. It is pleasing to witness how rapidly incorporation is following co-operation in Scotland. Within the last two years, the two largest bodies of prebyterian dissenters, after the Free Church, the United Secession and the Relief churches, completed a union that had been pending for years, and page 163 formed what is now the United Presbyterian Church. There is now also a strong probability that the two remaining bodies of Presbyterian Dissenters, the Original Secession, and Reformed Presbyterian Synods will complete the union that has for many years been pending between them At the meeting of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod in Glasgow, in May last, a very encouraging report was given in on that subject. The Synod appeared highly gratified with the progress that had been made, and appointed a large committee to promote this object. Since that time the elders of both denominations in Glasgow have been holding meetings to cultivate each others acquaintance, and unite in prayer for a blessing upon the committees appointed by their respective Synods. Both parties aeem desirous that every obstacle be removed that stands in the way of union. “Where there is a will, there is a way.” It has often been a want of love more than a want of light—alienation of affection more than diversity of sentiment, that has produced and continued separation between churches. If Christians have a strong love to one another, they will soon see eye to eye sufficiently far to enable them to walk to gether in unity. The common ground held by both these churches is so broad, and the one point of difference between them so narrow, that by a little mutual forbearance, perhaps no churches in Christendom could more easily unite, and if united, though greatly less still in numerical strength than the other presbyterian churches, yet the high character of both for intelligence, orthodoxy, and piety, would secure for them a high moral influence in the community, and their power of doing good would be greatly increased.