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fet. Ma»tin's Chinch Iheoiogy.

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fet. Ma»tin's Chinch Iheoiogy. To the Editor of the Pembroke County Guardian." Sir,—I have been thinking over the doctrine complained of as taught in St. Martin's Church, Haverfordwest, and though in our chapel we do not actually pray for the dead, still we line to think of our dead, and talk of our dead. and we believe our dead are not really dead. We would be very much shocked if our minister told us that their souls were as dead as their bodies. We dont think that. We think they" witness our warfare here. We look forward to joining them again, and continuing the comradeship interrupted by death here. Charles Wesley's hymn "Let saints on earth in concert sing is invariably selected by cur minister for funeral services; and the hymn of our childhood, Here we suffer grief and pain," I have heard him repeat at many a sick bed. At our society meetings he tells us what Dr. Salmond, and Dr. R. H. Charles, and others, think of prayer for the dead; and he hints that even deacons do not study the be- liefs of people who lived before the Hebrews, and therefore are not in a position to give an opinion on what they (in their conceit) feel so certain about. He says the religious ideas in the Bible are coloured by the religious ideas of the Sumerians and Samites; but I only read Barnes. Matthew Henry's' Commentaries, and Ysboniad Ysgol Sabbothol," and they had never heard of the Sumerians. Our minister is a great reader. Then again we don't go to Confession; but we recount our experience (profiad) in the Society, and that is really making a confession of your trials and temp- tations, and our minister encourages young members especially to do this, and he assures them of forgiveness. They do not do more than this at St. Martin's, and if the vicar in- vited his members to give their profiad (ex- perience) in the Society and refrained from using the word confession," which to the ignorant sounds papist, it would not shock anyone. When he contrasts Canon Betohing's definition of the Holy Sacrament with what a writer in the Sign says, he should admit that though Dr. R. J. Campbell, of the City Temple, approaches very near to Pantheism and Agnosticism in many of his views, the Free Church Council—his bishop I presume— does not stop it forthwith." I am leniently disposed towards the worshippers at St. Martin's, and the vicar only carries out the wishes of his congregation. I take a great interst in the 9 articles of the Church of Eng- land. They are sound, and require study, and our Cyffes Ffydd," i.e., the Calvinistic Methodist Confession of Faith, is based upon the 39 articles. We are all "advancing." In some of our chapels we chant canticles and psalms, and even use a Litany, and the audible recitation of the Lord's Prayer by the whole congregation is what we dearly love. Old deacons used to think that an harmonium in chapel was copying Rome, and called it "offerin y diafol." But we are getting more enlightened, and I hope more tolerant. It is 1 great calamity to be uncharitable and igno- rant ag well. DEACON JOHN.

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