« PreviousContinue »
What! am I to attend the call of every man, and be ready to yield obedience to every one who gives me a command? Certainly not. If worldly men, and mere religious professors, wish you to become a companion of their's in breaking the sabbath, opposing the gospel
, or even treating religion with indifference, you may immediately “excuse” yourself from doing so, and flee from their circle at
“ Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,” says the apostle, “but rather reprove them.”
These few lines are written to professing Christians; and I would ask, “Who then is willing to consecrate his service this day to the Lord ?” Ireland needs a race of devoted and faithful men. Our individual activity cannot reach far, but our benevolence, compassion, and love, must comprehend all the nations of the earth. To ask for help in seeking to spread the gospel in this land of darkness, is a“reasonable service," and will you refuse? “He that is not with me is against me," says Jesus, "and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Neutrality is impossible. Your influence either accelerates the triumph of the gospel, or the ruin of souls. Will you prefer a state of inglorious ease, to the post of activity and danger? Jesus demands the faithful consecration of all those talents in his service, you have received from his hands. He will not employ any pressed men in his vineyard; but woe unto those professors who refuse to come as volunteers. No man can pay another to labour in his stead, with a view of framing an excuse for not engaging in the service of Christ himself. If we are rich, he demands our activity as well as our wealth. The constitution of the church is so framed, and the world is so rebellious, as to require every man to be at his post. Neither can any individual member transfer his duty to another. Christians cannot act by proxy. We have all received some talent from the Lord; and whatever may be our situation in life, he is saying to every one, “Occupy till I come.” Do
you think that it is utterly impossible to spread the gospel in this land ? It is true that Ireland has long been considered as an impregnable fortress of the man of sin. “You may expend your money, and send your missionaries,” it is said, “but nothing effectual will be done.” This is the language of idleness and unbelief, not of devotedness and faith. Are we not commanded to preach the gospel to every creature? Let every Christian feel that he is under the same obligation to diffuse the gospel as the minister is to preach it, and more sinners will be converted to God, Individual activity must be as extensive as individual piety. Idleness in the church of Christ is one of the reigning sins of the age. Do not be startled at this statement! This slumbering spirit is death to the world, a hindrance to the prosperity of the church, and rebellion against the Lord. Are you willing to labour for souls? Jesus will receive “No excuse.” Does he not say, “Go work to-day in my vineyard?” What professor after this will deliberately resolve to “stand in the market-place all the day idle,” thinking that he can justify his indolence in the day of judgment, when standing at the bar of God, by saying, “No man ever hired me?"
Christianity must be promoted by Christian men; and the measure in which it is possessed will be the measure in which it will be given to others. We must not expect that those whom we teach will ever rise to a higher state of piety than ourselves. We must be more prayerful and holy, in order to be more active
and useful. All our faculties have been ransomed by Jesus; he justly claims the whole of our time; and whatever we possess must be employed in his service. If we can righteously withhold any thing from the Saviour, then we may. it upon our lusts.
But I am sure that we cannot; hence if all Christians were to unite and start from their supineness, and travel in birth for souls, it would not be a greater manifestation of love than a crucified Saviour requires, or a perishing world demands. It may be that sinners are perishing even in your own families for want of Christian instruction; or dying around the very church where you assemble for divine worship, because you never invite them to come to the house of prayer, and will perish unless you put forth an instrumentality to save them.
Perhaps you have felt the force of these arguments, yet you continue to say, “I pray thee have me excused.” No, my beloved friend, as I am only urging the command of Christ, “.
no excuse" can possibly be taken. I am pleading for perishing souls : I am speaking for Ireland; a land of darkness, superstition, and spiritual death. No denial can be taken. “Go out,” says Jesus, "into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be full," and is not that person's piety doubtful who can refuse? Under the Jewish dispensation it was deemed a great calamity to die childless; and what “confusion of face” must you feel in the day of judgment, if you have never “ travailed in birth” for the salvation of souls! As the noblest general that ever entered the field could not gain a victory over the enemy without a fighting army, so the most devoted minister will fail in giving enlarged prosperity to the cause of Jesus, without the united labours of a devoted church.
Do you ask, “What can I do?” Labour in the cause of God according to the ability that he has given you. Shall we, the redeemed, be less concerned for the salvation of souls than the heathens were for the honour of the “Queen of Heaven?” They all found something to do. “ The children,” says Jeremiah, “ gathered wood, and the fathers kindled the fire, and the women kneaded the dough, to make their cakes,” in order to promote her idolatrous worship. Our şunday schools want teachers; our tract societies, distributors ; our destitute neighbourhoods need prayer meetings; and sinners need inviting to come to the house of God. There is no necessity of standing “idle,” thinking that there is nothing to do. Do not say that warnings to sinners are useless : faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Whatever be the cause of the silence and inactivity of Christians, it is a great hindrance to the spread of the gospel. It may arise from a low state of piety; timidity; careless indifference; a want of love to Jesus, or compassion to souls: but whatever be the cause, it is sinful and inconsistent with elevated piety, while those who are thus at ease in Zion" expose themselves to the eternal “Woe” of Almighty God
While Christians have been sleeping, error has been spreading, and souls have perished. The troubled elements, however, that are gathering around us, the approaching crisis, and the cries of the perishing, have at length broken in upon our slumbers, and we are beginning to awake. Let us individually begin to work, and at once put forth an energy which will startle the world, and revive the church. Let us walk to the mouth of perdition, and hear the voices of the damned saying, “send to our brethren, lest they also come to this place of torment.” From thence let us go to Calvary, to renew the vigour of our piety by touching the cross, and feeling ourselves sprinkled afresh with the “ blood of the Lamb," our hearts will instantly burn with holy zeal, while we individually consecrate the remaining part of our lives to the glory of God.
Perhaps after all, you will raise objections, and say, one by one, “I pray thee have me excused.' One
he has no time; another affirms he has no ability ; a third professes to want opportunity; and a fourth says something else. If these things are really so, go and carry these complaints to the “Searcher of hearts, and demand an
I answer all your objections by saying, that not to labour for the salvation of others will raise a doubt as to the genuineness of your own piety, and deliberately affirm that the possession of religion ourselves lays us under an imperative obligation to impart it to others. " For the love of Christ constraineth us, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again.”
BAPTIST CHURCH, CORK.-MR. TRESTRAIL'S of all mercies, that in his providence He sent REMOVAL.
our pastor to this country, as we now believe At a social tea meeting of the members and he has called him to another sphere of labour. communicants of the above-named church, on We therefore part with him in Christian love Friday evening, the 22nd March, 1844, spe- and affection, commending himself and family cially convened in the chapel, in Marlborough to the care of the great Shepherd of the sheep, Street, to mark the united circumstance of and praying that he may be long spared to the removal of their pastor Rev. Frederick conduct the affairs of the Baptist Irish Society Trestrail (he having been nominated to the with pleasure and profit to himself, and inoffice of Secretary to the Baptist Irish Society) creasing usefulness and efficiency to this and the reception of the Rev. Geo. N. Watson country, so that the word of the Lord may as their future minister, the following reso- have free course and be glorified, in the conlutions were unanimously adopted.
version of thousands of our fellow countrymen, Proposed by brother M. Osborn Bergin, and the moral desert around us may speedily and seconded by brother Abraham Jones. rejoice and blossom as the garden of the
Resolved-That we cannot permit the Lord. union which has subsisted for nearly four Proposed by brother Thomas Nicholson, years between Mr. Trestrail and us, as pastor and seconded by brother William Booth and people, to terminate, without taking a (deacon). rapid glance at the attendant circumstances Resolved—That looking at all the circumof that connexion, and the results which now stances which have transpired in connexion present themselves to our contemplation; for with the bringing Mr. Watson before us, (and much of which we have abundant cause of the removal of apparently insurmountable thankfulness and rejoicing.
difficulties* in the accomplishment of the At the period of Mr. Trestrail's first visit same), without the least effort either on his to Cork, the church was almost scattered, and part or our own, we cannot but recognize the the few who remained were as sheep without hand of the Lord in this matter, and as we a shepherd ; but since his settlement over us, believe we have been thus brought providenour numbers both in church and congregation tially together, we now receive him as our have increased, discipline has been restored future pastor most cordially and affectionately, and maintained, brotherly love promoted and and feel it to be our responsible duty to use exercised, the grand end of the preaching of all gospel means individually and collectively the gospel, conversion to God, realized ; and to uphold his hands, and encourage and furon the whole the peace and harmony of the ther him in the work of the Lord, praying brethren have been such, as to show that the that he may be blessed and made a blessing ministrations of our pastor have not been in in the conversion of sinners, and the building vain.
up and enlarging our little Zion here, to the In reference to the operations of the Baptist glory of our God and Father, through Jesus Irish Society in this land, considerable dis- Christ our Lord. organization had crept into the working of its During the evening the prayers and praises machinery, a degree of estrangement and of the brethren were mingled together ; and want of cordial co-operation was influencing after each resolution, the pastor, to whom it its agents, chiefly arising from the absence of referred, replied thereto in a very affectionate intercourse and mutual consultation: all this and serious manner. It was felt by all present has now passed away, the establishment of that the meeting was pleasing and profitable, quarterly associations, thereby bringing the bre- calculated to invigorate and stimulate the thren statedly together for counsel and encou- church to persevere in the good way, to thank ragement, has under the divine blessing infused God for the past, and take courage, for the new life into the operations of the Society, future. and cemented that feeling of brotherly love between its ministers, without which all else is but as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
* A few months ago Mr. Watson was pastor of Under all these circumstances, we feel that then with Mrs. Watson been baptized by Mr.
the Independent church in Limerick ; but has since we have real cause for thankfulness to the Giver Trestrail.
On Tuesday Evening April 17, Mr. Massie, of Manchester, delivered on behalf of the Society, a lucid, eloquent, and impressive lecture on Ireland, and its claims on Christian sympathy and effort from the church in this country. His statements were received with deep attention, and we doubt not will do much towards correcting the misapprehensions which prevail as to missionary effort in Ireland. We forbear all report of the lecture, our earnest hope being that it may speedily be published. Dr. BENNETT and his friends kindly lent their chapel for the service,
The following contributions, not including London annual subscriptions, have been received up to April 19, the date of going press. Particulars will be given in the Report to be published early in May.
Wiltshire, &c. after Lectures by Mr. F.
in support of a reader
Ditto, Mr. Geo. Dixon
€ 8. d.
£ 8. d. Monmouthshire, a Friend
0 10 0 123 4 11 John Purser, Esq., Dublin (don.)
5 0 0 3 10 0 Mr. Allen, Athlone
1 1 0 4 100 B. B..
11 0 0 Legacy, late - Peto, Esq.
50 0 0 20 0 0 Coleford, sundries, by Miss Trotter. 20 0 0 3 10 0 A Friend, I. T.
20 0 0 By Miss K. Watson
1 12 6 0 5 4 By Miss H. Osler, Falmouth
3 11 6 1 18 10 M. A. Perren, Kingswood
2 0 0 10 0 0 By Mr. T. W. Wake.
1 7 0 3 0 0 By Mr. Pengilly..
5 04 0 10 0 By Mr. Howorth, Bacup
5 06 14 12 0 By Mrs. Lillycrop
1 0 0 2 17 6 By Mr. Jer. Davies
1 11 0 11 1 9 Steventon, Mr. Haigh
1 0 6 10 10 0 By Miss Perks.
0 5 0 6 By Mr. Hills, Sunderland.
3 0 0 1 0 0 By Mr. Smith, Crayford
3 0 0 10 0 0 By Mr. Bayne, Stradbrooke.
2 10 0 8 13 2 Mr. Horne, Worcester
1 1 0 6 19 11 By Mr. Hayden, Tiverton
1 0 0 2 0 0 M. S. R, donation
5 200 “How shall they preach, except they be 1 0 0 sent?” by Mr. Brawn
5 00 5 5 0 Misses M. A. and Jane Austin, by Mrs. W. 1 1 0 L. Smith
1 0 0 8 8 0 Mr. Crowe, Worcester
0 10 0 0 10 0 Mr. Lugsden
2 0 0 5 0 0 New Park Street Auxiliary and boxes. 7 0 6 1 1 0 Mr. F. Roe, 2 years
4 0 0 11 11 8 Mrs. Rippon
10 0 6 1 10 0 Mr. W. Bugby
0 10 0 4 1 5 W. Rees, Esq, Haverfordwest, by Mr. J. 1 1 0 H. Allen
10 00 2 0 0 Wokingham, by Mr. S. D.
7 11 0 1 0 0 Birmingham
41 19 9 1 0 0 Dudley
2 1 0 2 0 0 Liverpool..
56 11 6 0 10 6 Canterbury (with a box of apparel)
10 11 0 3 0 0 Norfolk, by S. D..
35 2 4 0 10 0 Produce of share in canal, left as legacy, 1 0 0 one-half...
.230 0 0 2 19 0 Haddenham collection
1 0 0 1 0 0 By Mr. Cotton, Hackney
1 2 6 1 0 0 Blandford Street Auxiliary
14 18 6 0 5 0 Kettering..
7 0 0 2 0 0 Huddersfield, by Mr. R. Willett.
4 11 0 1 1 0 Mr. J. Burt, Beaulieu
1 1 0 1 0 0 Dublin, subs, collected by Mr. C. Sharman 25 18 4 4 0 0 Miss A. Marsh
2 0 0 4 4 0 Mr. Noakes, Burwash
1 10 0 1 1 0 Hackney, by Miss Booth
3 13 0 1 1 0 | Eagle Street auxiliary
Subscriptions and Donations thankfully received by the Secretary, Rev. SAMUEL GREEN, 59, Queen's Row, Walworth; by the Rev. Joseph Angus, at the Baptist Mission House, Moorgate-street; and the Rev. STEPHEN Davis, 92, St. John-street-road, Islington; by ROBERT STOCK, Esq., 1, Maddox-street, Regent-street, Treasurer ; Mr. J. SANDERS, 104, Great Russell-street, Bloomsbury; at the Union Bank, Argyle Place; by the Rev. C. ANDERSON, Edinburgh; the Rev. Mr. INNES, Frederick-street, Edinburgh; by the Rev. C. HARDCASTLB, Waterford;
Rev. F. TRESTRAIL, Rock Grove Terrace, Strand-road, Cork; by Mr. J. HOPKINS, Cambridge Crescent, Birmingham; Rev. GEORGE Gould, 1, Seville Place, Dublin; Rev. W.S ECCLES,
Coleraine ; Rev. R. Wilson, Belfast ; Rev. G. NEWENHAM Watson, Limerick; and by any Baptist Minister, in any of our principal towns.
J. Haddon, Printer, Castle Street, Finsbury,
The scheme of human redemption is passes. In their natural state, they, a clear and undeniable evidence that like others, were guilty, and under God is love. While, however, his a sentence of condemnation; but, compassion extends to mankind uni- through the exercise of genuine reversally, it is delightful to observe, pentance, and humble faith in the that he entertains a peculiar affection Lord Jesus, they have received the for his saints; he taketh pleasure in pardon of all their sins; they are his people.
justified freely by his grace, through His people are
those who are the redemption which is in Christ spiritually enlightened, believe in the Jesus: there is now therefore no conLord Jesus, are renewed in the spirit demnation against them; their guilt of their minds, and are affectionately and fears are removed, and they are devoted to his service. That these brought to the possession of divine are the objects of his special regard, and heavenly peace. is a truth abundantly affirmed in the As a further expression of his love, Sacred Scriptures, and is as clearly he has saved them from their sins. manifest in all his dealings with them. In their unrenewed state, they were It is true they are not unfrequently the slaves of sin, completely under exercised with poverty and affliction; its power and dominion, and had but this, so far from opposing the nothing to expect but to reap its doctrine under review, is brought for- wages. Had they left the world in ward by an inspired apostle as an such a condition, heaven, as a state argument in its favor. The evidences of perfect holiness, they never could of his love to his people are clear, have entered; but now they are made distinct, and various; deeply interest- free from sin, its foulest stains are ing to every pious mind, and a source washed away, they are brought into of the richest consolation under be- a state of holiness, and are therefore reavements, anxiety, and care. made meet to be partakers of the
In contemplating the love of God inheritance of the saints in light. to his people, we may notice the fact, He has also adopted them into his that he has forgiven them their tres- family, and calls them his sons and Vol. 6.-- N. S.