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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1


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The following Sermon owes its origin to a discourse which was delivered by the Right Rev. Dr. Selwyn, (Bishop of New Zealand), in St. Peter's Church, on the afternoon of the first Sabbath of this Month. It was on the occasion of the Consecration of the Venerable Archdeacon Williams to the Episcopal Office for the new diocese of Waiapu. The Bishop's Sermon was based upon 2 Tim. ii., 1, 2. With the exception of a few pertinent observations on the "Grace that is in Christ Jesus," as the only efficient cause of Ministerial success, and some appropriate remarks which, towards the close, were addressed to the excellent man and highly honored Missionary who was about to be consecrated, the address was an energetic enunciation of the doctrine of "Apostolical Succession." The writer entertains a very high respect for his Lordship's person and office: admits his varied talents, and admires his devoted, self-denying zeal; therefore, with the more regret, he listened to the utterance of views which are as unsound when tried by Scripture, as they are unsupported by historic testimony, and monstrous in their logical consequences: sentiments which are opposed to the spiritual nature of Christianity, fatal to the mutual co-operation of the various sections of the Protestant Church, and favourable only to the pretensions of the Romish Hierarchy.

J. B.

Wellington, April 19th, 1859