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his piety was held in the highest es- coming to this place being considered, timation, both by his excellent tutor, I think the hand of God may be (Mr. Jarrom,) and his fellow-students. clearly seen in the affair. If so, the In nothing perhaps did his piety more Lord has work for me to do here. appear than in the holy jealousy with May he qualify me for it, make me which he was wont to watch and ready to every good word and work, examine his motives. As the love of to do his will." applause is natural to man, so nothing The attendance on the first Lord'sis perhaps more pleasing, or more day of his preaching at W. was very stimulating. The mind that is dead encouraging, and continued to into its influence gives little hope of crease during the period of his probadistinction; yet here there is great tion. On the 26th of March following, danger; and especially will this apply he received an invitation to continue to young men preparing for the min. amongst them, which, after much prayistry. Our esteemed friend knew and erful deliberation, he accepted. In felt this. After preaching at Wis- doing so, he considered he was acting bech on Sabbath afternoon, previous in accordance with the leadings of to the ordinance, he thus records his
Divine Providence. So soon as April, feelings :-“ O how dull! how cold! the congregations had so much inhow lifeless ! Surely I had been re- creased that “they could increase no miss. I fear I had not been so fer- more” without an enlargement of the vent in secret prayer for divine assis- chapel. The enlargement was soon tance as I ought. The fault must after commenced, but not without rest with myself: God is the same, opposition. In his diary he remarks, ever ready to communicate his bles- "Bunyan has truly said, sing. In his promises he remains
A christian man is never long at ease, the same, and he says, “Ask, and ye shall receive;' but ask sincerely, and
When one fight's gone another doth him sieze.' ask in faith. What was my motive ? God has wrought for us hitherto in a Where was my faith? Did I not marvellous manner. His house of desire to preach a good sermon, that prayer is being enlarged, although I might gain applause, rather than many have opposed it. The attenthat I might benefit my hearers ? I dance on the means is encouraging, fear this desire of applause prevails although many have attempted to intoo much in my heart. If this be jure us in this. Lord, make thy dust the case, the Divine Being may justly grateful for what thou hast done; withhold his assistance. Lord des. enable him to be zealous and persetroy within me this detestable prin- vering, and daily to commit his way ciple; fill my soul with love to thee, unto God. I am now about to comand desire for the salvation of sin- mence a preparation for my ordinaners."
tion. Lord, assist thy servant; give Having completed his term of him a sound judgment; give him a study at Wisbech, Mr. T., in compli- clear and correct view of divine truth. ance with an invitation, supplied for The Lord has granted me to realize a few months the Church at Wendo- in part the request I made at my first ver, Bucks.
He arrived at W., Jan. coming to W., viz.; that the congrega9th, 1834. He found the Church in tion might continue to increase, that a very unsettled state, occasioned by the place might become too strait some misunderstanding between them for us, and that we might be furnished and their late minister; but a change with the means of enlargement. The for the better was soon witnessed. enlargement is going forward. What At this time Mr. T. remarks, “ All reason have I to doubt his goodness the circumstances connected with my in furnishing us with the means for defraying the expense? He has the siderable share of health, and richly hearts of all in his hands. The gold supplied our temporal needs. He has and the silver are his. Lord prosper given us spiritual enjoyments more us in this respect. I also entreated than we deserved; but, had we lived that the Church might increase in nearer to him, we had enjoyed more. numbers. This he has granted, and The Lord bless us both with humility others are waiting. Lord, what am and godly sorrow for all sin, and keep I, that I should be instrumental of the us to his heavenly kingdom. May least good! To thy name be all the the time I yet live in the flesh be glory.
spent more usefully. Help me, O On the 9th of October Mr. T. was Lord, to go forward, leaning on the appointed to the pastoral office, just beloved of my soul, who is my righnine months after his coming to W. teousness and strength.” Little did This was to him and the Church a our brother think, when he wrote day of great importance and solemnity. this, that in about three years his time Brethren Ferneyhough, Wallis, Hobbs, in the flesh would end, that his mournand Jarrom, engaged in the services. ing widow would have to utter the Brother F. delivered the introductory language, “ Lover and friend hast thou discourse; brother W. proposed the put far from me, and mine acquaintquestions, and preached to the Church ance into darkness." He left no issue. in the evening, from 1 Cor. xv. 5–8; During Mr. T.'s career at W. of brother H. offered the ordination nine years and eight months, there was prayer; brother J. delivered the charge, not any thing unusually varied or founded on 2 Tim. ii. 1. In the memorable. Like many others, he evening of this day two members had his encouragements and discouwere ordained to the office of deacon. ragements, his joys and sorrows, peThe re-opening of the chapel also culiar to the duties of the ministerial took place on the same day. The and pastoral office. These he often congregations were large, and col- recorded with deep emotion. lections far exceeded expectation. Mr. T. was evidently of weak con
On October 13th Mr. T. entered stitution; his most attached and saninto the matrimonial state with Miss guine friends could not predict a long Jefferey, a member of the Church at career. For several
he exhibited Wendover. Of this he says, “I symptoms of decline. In 1836 he trust God in his providence has pro- was laid aside from his labors for vided a helpmeet for me. Oh that several weeks, and again in 1841. Of the blessing of the Almighty, which this latter attack he says, “What a maketh rich and addeth no sorrow world of vicissitudes is this ! Changes thereto, may rest upon us. May we in society : some die, or are put down, ever be sharers of each others joys and others take their places. Changes and sorrows, and hereafter meet in in situation : now prosperity, and now that blissful world where all fare adversity; and God hath set the one well.” This proved a happy union; over against the other for wise ends. and, during its comparatively short Changes in experience; in the frame continuance, both enjoyed the high- of the mind; in the health of the est degree of connubial felicity. In body. A while since I was well, and his diary, October 29th, 1840, he able to attend to my duties ; now I says, “Of the six years that I have am prevented through illness disbeen ma ied, I have in gratitude to charging the duties of the ministry. say they have been years of many Well, it is the Lord ; let me be still. blessings. God has given me a kind, My desire is, that the affliction may sympathizing, and affectionate part- answer the end, that it may be for
He has given us both a con- my good, and that it may be sanctified to the Church; for surely, when a frame; and on the following day he minister is afflicted, more than his said he still thought he should be personal profit is designed, though raised up again, for he had seen so that is a great matter.
I bless the much of the goodness and mercy of name of the Lord, for the comfort the Lord during the last five days afforded me in my affliction ; but I that he never witnessed before. He want to feel more zealous, and more was constitutionally afraid of death, deeply concerned about Zion than I though the Lord appeared in mercy to do. The Lord make his cause to lie hide it from him almost to the last. ever near my heart.”
On the Friday morning, the day of In February, 1843, he says, "I his death, I was called up to visit him have it in consideration to diminish the at four o'clock, he having then thrown number of public services on week up a vast quantity of blood. He exevenings, not having strength to sus- perienced a sharp conflict with death, tain them all. May wisdom be given exclaiming in agony, "It is not easy to make such alterations as shall be to die. Come Lord Jesus.” I enfor the best.” This is the last entry deavoured to console him, saying, in his diary. We shall now mention "My dear sir, I hope you will feel a few of the circumstances attending that solid ground that Christian's feet the final scene of his life.
rested upon when he was passing For several months previous to his through the Jordan. “The fear,” he death our excellent brother was unable said, “ which I expressed was not of to preach, and, though various means any consequences after death, but of were used to restore his health, such the passing through the article of as change of air, yet all was in vain death itself.” When I arrived at his On the Friday before his death, bed-side, his sharp conflict with death one of the worthy deacons informs was over, and he was laid on his side, me, he saw him, and found him in a apparently gasping his last breath. calm, communicative, and heavenly He seemed not to notice any one. frame, quite different from what I had I left him, and returned about seven ever witnessed before; for naturally, o'clock, with another christian friend. he was reserved and rather backward He had then rallied, was quite calm in conversation ; but now he appeared and happy, and heaven seemed to altogether as free. I spoke to him beam in his countenance. I said I on the state of his mind, saying I hoped he enjoyed the presence of the hoped he found Christ precious. He Lord. He replied, "I am happy, I
I replied, I trusted he am happy; I am going home; we was resting on him as the sure foun- shall meet there. He is a faithful dation. He answered, he felt safe in God.” He then exhorted the Church the hands of the Lord, but could not to cleave steadfastly to the Lord, and keep his mind fixed as he wished, but cried out, “Tell the young, tell the hoped he should before long. From young, to persevere and follow after his manner I thought he was ripen- holiness.” Then speaking in reference ing for glory, which appeared hid to a friend he much loved, and had from him ; for he expressed an idea long hoped to see give himself to the that the Lord would raise him up Lord, he said, “Tell him not to give again. He then spoke to me about up the pursuit.” Just then another his worldly affairs. From that day he brother and sister in Christ came in, enjoyed continual calmness and se- whom he exhorted to steadfastness, and renity of mind, only interrupted by making an effort, with his hand pointthe occasional discharge of blood. On ing, said,“ See the crown!” When the the following Monday I saw him again, power of speech failed him, I put two still in the same calm and heavenly questions to him of his hope of future
glory, to which he nodded, with a smile than two lines, and they almost uninon his countenance, such as I never telligible. All that could be made out saw before ; so that I beheld his face was, “May a hand divine protect as the face of an angel. While his them, and they enjoy his smile; love end was fast approaching, he made them, guide them, and give them another effort to write to his friends, peace. Christ all.-C. T.” He then but only proceeded with little more fell asleep.
(To be continued.)
Continued from page 117. WHAT are our reasons, then, for re- or moral attributes, without respect to fusing to conform to the Church of theological attainments or spiritual England ? We will specify a few. condition, the hereditary and reigning
Ist. We utterly disapprove of its sovereign is head of the Church, and constitution, and its form of govern- has power (as facts of history suffiment. It is a National Establish- ciently attest) to produce extensive ment, and, as such, all the inhabitants and most objectionable changes; while of the land, if sprinkled in infancy, no reforms, however desirable, and and afterwards confirmed,” are bonâ however loudly called for even by the fide members of it, whether carnally clergy and the bishops, can ever be or spiritually minded, whether experi- effected until the sovereign has been mentally acquainted with scriptural consulted, and has consented to the and saving godliness, or otherwise. alteration. From a Church like this, They are received into the Church so unscripturally constituted, and so when a few days old perhaps; they strangely governed, we feel ourselves may go to its communion after con- compelled to dissent. firmation, through life, provided they 2nd. We cannot conform to the be not “notorious evil-livers." When Church of England because of certain buried, it is publicly declared, that “it doctrinal errors incorporated with it hath pleased God of his great mercy which appear to us of a very gross to take their souls unto himself," and dangerous description. and their bodies are committed to the call your attention to the doctrine of grave “in sure and certain hope of baptismal regeneration. When a clerthe resurrection to eternal life.” gyman has baptized any infant, he
Then as to the government of the addresses himself to those around in Church : the sovereign of these the following words :-“Seeing now, realms for the time being is its ac- dearly beloved brethren, that this knowledged head, whether a male or a child is regenerate, and grafted into female, a believer or an infidel, a pious the body of Christ's Church, let us person or a profligate. If a king is give thanks unto Almighty God for upon the throne, he may be a Henry these benefits.” Accordingly, they VIII., or an Edward VI.; a George all kneel down, and the clergyman III, or a George IV. If a queen
is says, “We yield thee hearty thanks, upon the throne, she may be a popish Most Merciful Father, that it hath and sanguinary being, like Mary, a pleased thee to regenerate this infant masculine and tyrannical creature, like with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him Elizabeth, or an amiable and praise for thine own child by adoption, and worthy lady, like Victoria. In short, to incorporate him into thy holy without respect to mental capabilities Church.” Then, when that child is
able to repeat the catechism, he is really was intended for their instrucrequired to say, (in reply to the ques. tion and salvation, might they not tion, “Who gave you that name ?") very justly answer, “We have been “My godfathers and godmothers, in born again already; we have been my baptism, wherein I was made a pardoned and converted already; we member of Christ, a child of God, and are acknowledged as children of God, an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.” and inheritors of the kingdom of In course of time that child is taken, heaven, by all the clergy, yea, and by with a number more, before the bishop all the bishops in the country?” Thus of the diocess, who, addressing him- they might live and die, with “a lie self to the Divine Being, exclaims, in their right hand.” We are aware “ Almighty and everlasting God, who that some of the clergy do not believe hast vouchsafed to regenerate these in baptismal regeneration any more thy servants by water and the Holy than we do, but strenuously endeavour Ghost, and hast forgiven all their to disabuse the minds of their parishsins,” &c. Now what, I would se- ioners on this important matter. So riously ask, is the character, and what far, however, they act inconsistently is the state of these children, after with their professions, and with the they have been baptized by the requirements of the Church to which “priest,” and at the very moment they belong. So far, in fact, they when the bishop is publicly thanking renounce their own system, and act God for their regeneration ? Are upon ours; they forsake their own they not all, or nearly all, totally ig- party, and identify themselves with us. norant of spiritual and saving religion? Such errors as the above, then, Have they any clear and adequate appearing to us extremely gross and conception of what religion is ? Do dangerous, we dare not so much as they furnish the smallest evidence of seem to sanction them; we are con“ repentance toward God, and faith in strained by our love of evangelical and our Lord Jesus Christ ?” A few of saving truth to protest against them : them may. But I allude to the gene- consequently, we cannot belong to rality. Are they not manifestly going that Church with which they are so astray from the paths of wisdom, and closely and so essentially incorporated. “ seeking death in the error of their 3rd. We refuse to conform to the ways ?" Yet every one of them is Church of England because so many instructed to consider himself as of its offices and its officers derive no “ born again,” and as entitled to the countenance whatever from the Chrispeculiar blessedness of the man whose tian Scriptures, but are popish in their transgressions are forgiven, and whose origin, and mischievous in their tensins are covered ! !” How utterly un- dency. By carefully examining the scriptural, and how excessively dan- New Testament writings, you will find gerous, is a doctrine like this! Sup- that Churches of Jesus Christ are pose a pious clergyman to be preaching "congregations of faithful men, in at any time before a number of such which the pure Word of God is individuals, from the solemn asseve- preached, and the sacraments duly ration of our Lord, “ Ye must be born administered,” &c. You will further again ;” or from the hortatory lan- discover, that for such societies two guage of the apostle Peter, “Repent kinds of officers are provided, viz.; ye, and be converted, that your sins bishops and deacons. By bishops, may be blotted out,”—would they be you will easily perceive, is not meant at all likely to profit by his sermon ? lordly and pompous prelates, rolling could they be reasonably expected to in wealth and luxury, but simply paslisten to it as in any way applicable to tors, or overseers ; pious, judicious, themselves? And if assured that it devoted men, whose business it is to